Service Opportunities Calendar

Looking for opportunities to serve or give back? 
Check out the curent needs below that ministry leaders have shared with us. 

Youth & Teens:  An * indicates items appropriate for youth/teens.  Also visit our Teen Webpage for teen service, social and spiritual opportunities.

Volunteering Policies:  Safe Environment

All volunteers who work with children, young people or vulnerable adults must complete "Protecting God's Children" training, authorize a background check, and complete several forms.  Find details here.

Have a service opportunity to add to the calendar?  Contact our parish Volunteer Coordinator, Karen Brown, by email or at 704-362-5047, ext. 214. 

Outreach Opportunities

Blood Drive:  September 23, 8:00 - 12:30, Ministry Center
Donate the gift of life.  Sign up inthe Narthex or contact Ray Hojnicki at 704-847-9043.  

September 25:  CIS Success Coach Training, 5:30 - 8:30, Ministry Center
Communities in School will conduct a training for those interested in mentoring middle and high school students at our partner school at Cochrane Academy as well as other schools.  Find details and sign up information here. 

September 29-30:  Share Sunday
Bring non-perishable food items (leftover from Hurricane Florence) to Mass with you to stock the food pantry at Catholic Charities.   

October 13:  Crop Walk, 9:00 am Independence Park
Join other St. Gabriel parishioners and walk to end hunger at the 41st annual Crop Walk.  Contact Richard Schaftlein or Kerri Lennon to walk with our team. The walk begins at 8:00 am.  Walkers can bring their dogs.  Bring canned/dry goods for Loaves & Fishes.  Bring new socks and underwear for Crisis Assistance.   Find details on the walk here.  

October 27 - January 26:  Habitat Build a Home
Volunteer to help a family move out of homelessness.  We will work most Saturdays from October 27 - Jan. 26.  Find the complete schedule and sign up information here.    DO't like using a hammer?  Volunteer to prepare lunch or greet volunteers on site.  Lots of opportunities for the entire family to serve.  Find details here.  

3rd Friday of every month:  Friendship Trays
Do you have two hours a month to deliver a meal and a smile to a home-bound neighbor?  Our Friendship Trays Ministry needs a driver for the 3rd Friday of the month.  The time commitment is 2 hours a month but the rewards will last all month long.  Find contact information here.  

4th Wednesday of every month:  Alzheimer Support/Shining Stars
Do you have a few hours to share one day a month with our elderly?  Our Shining Stars/Alzheimer Support Ministry is looking for a few volunteers to serve the 4th Wednesday of every month from 10:00 – 3:00. Assist the Program Coordinator with games, snacks and lunch. Contact Suzanne Back for details at 704-335-0253.

Refugee Resettlement Ministry
Assist families with adapting to their new city and country with English coversation, budgeting, transportation and friendship.  Contact Tammy Greyshock by email

Rosary Makers
Make rosaries for missions around the world, sick relatives, friends and parish members.  Join us on Thursdays from 10:30 - noon in the Ministry Center to work together or pick up instructions and materials to work on at home.  Contact Betty or Paul Donovan by email or at 704-817-8780.

On-going:  Share your time with the homeless through Supportive Housing Communities at McCreesh Place 
Lots of opportunities for ages 12+:  tend the community garden, prepare and serve dinner, share a special skill (computer class, art, music, etc).  Learn more here.  

On-going:  Visit the Homebound
Visit our homebound parishioners once a week and share your compassion with those who are not able to get out.  Contact Kris Sheheen or 704-362-1818.

On-going:  Nepalese translator
Our Refugee Resettlement Ministry is in need of a volunteer who speaks Nepalese and can serve as a translator for our newly adopted family.  Contact Carla Sztyber if you know of someone who can help.



St. Gabriel Church is committed to thithing a minimum of 10% of our Offertory.  The list below represents some of the organizations that have received our tithing funds or benefit as an outreach ministry .  These organizations offer volunteer opportunties.  Visit their websites to learn more. Many of these offer service hours to teens as well.

Baby Bundles: Provides newborn essentials to families in financial need.  View details here.

Catholic Charities: Many opportunities to volunteer in various capacities.  View details here.

Classroom Central: Provides school supplies to students living in poverty.  View details here.

Crisis Assistance Ministry:  Provides assistance and advocacy for people in financial crisis, helping them move toward self-sufficiency.  View details here.

Hope Haven, Inc.:  Provides recovery for chemically dependent adults and families.  View details here.

Hospitality House of Charlotte:  Offers temporary lodging to families and patients being treated at local hospitals. View details here.

*Urban Ministry Center:  Offers support to vulnerable homeless neighbors by serving lunch, making sandwichs, or serving drinks.   View details here.

Parish Life Opportunities

September 27 & October 4:  Eucharistic Minister Training, Church
Teens and adults who have been confirmed and feel called to serve are welcome. Choose which date to attend.  RSVP to Deacon Larry  

*Coffee and Donut Servers (Sundays after 7:30, 9:00, and 10:45 am Masses) Sign up in advance, choosing specific dates and Mass times.  Set up and clean up are simple, and this ministry is appropriate for everyone from singles to families with children, Scout troops, and teens who need serve hours. Sign up here to volunteer.  

From the Heart Gift Shop (Sundays after 9:00 and 10:45 Mass)
Volunteers needed to staff our store.  Meet new people, see familiar faces and lend a hand.  Contact Theresa Anderson if interested.  

*Ushers Needed:  A Great Way to Serve
Do you attend the same Mass on a regular basis?  Consider serving as an usher - both men and women are welcome.  The need is especially great on Sundays at 12:30 pm and 5:00 pm.  Teens are welcome to serve on Sundays at 5:00 pm.  For details, please contact ministry leader here at 704-562-3802.   

Altar Society
Tidy our Altar Server robes by hanging according to size, checking for needed repairs, occasionally lanundering.  No ironing or sewing required.  Time commitment is 1-2 hours each week.  Perfect for those who frequent daily Mass or spend time in Perpetual adoration, or live close to the church.  Contact Denise Murphy at 704-843-8660.  

Church Mice: 
Tidy up the Church on Monday mornings.  More hands make light work.  Contact Karen Brown at via email for details. 

Words on the Wall:
Volunteers needed during Mass to run the laptop that projects the "words on the wall".  Must be comfortable with Microsoft Power Point. Find contact information here.  

On-going: Bereavement Bakers
Provide 3 to 12 dozen baked goods for funeral receptions on an as-needed basis.  To volunteer or for more information contact Denise Murphy by email

Prayer Ministry Volunteers
Pray for the intentions of our parishioners by receiving a postcard every month. Contact Karen Brown by email or at 704-362-5047 x 214.

Once a month: From the Heart Gift Shop
Staff gift shop one Sunday per month from the end of one Mass to the beginning of the next. Contact Theresa Anderson at (9:00 Sunday Masses have greatest need for help.)

*On-going:  Greeters                      
Arrive 20 minutes before Mass and welcome people as they arrive in the Narthex.  The 5:00 pm Masses on Saturday and Sunday are in greatest need.  Perfect for smiling faces of all ages.  View details and sign-up online here. 

On-going:  Welcome Table   
 Stay 15 minutes after Mass and staff the Welcome Table in the Narthex (answer visitors' questions and provide registration information to newcomers.) The 5:00 pm Masses on Saturdays and Sundays are in greatest need.  View details and sign-up online here.

*On-going:  Children's Liturgy of the Word
Teach short lesson to children (ages 4 years - 2nd grade) during the Gospel and homily on Sunday at 9:00 am Mass.  Lesson ideas are provided.  Contact Denise Gruender.




*Service opportunity is appropriate for youth/teens.




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