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. 


Parish Morning of Service:  Join us!
Saturday, August 10, 2019

Our first “Caring for Charlotte” Morning of Service offers opportunities across the city for parishioners to serve those in need, with a focus on the hungry, poor, and the homeless.  Bring the whole family out as we have opportunities for children 5 years and up to serve. Sign up with friends, ministry members, family  members or as an individual.  This is a great way to meet other St. Gabriel parishioners and share our love for others.  Can't serve on this date, there are opportunities to participate by donating backpacks for our Prison Outreach Ministry and/or toiletries for our partner school, Cochrane Collegiate/I-Meck Academy.  Click on link below for details. 

Sign up here
 Contact Karen Brown  with questions. 


Outreach Opportunities

Literacy Tutoring Info Sessions - July 18 or 25
Learn how you can become a Literacy tutor and make a life-impacting difference for a high poverty student through the Augustine Literacy Project.  Attend an information session on Thursday, July 18, or Thursday, July 25, from 10:30 – 11:30 at Caribou Coffee in Park Road Shopping Center.  Training will provided this fall.   RSVP by email here. 

Men's Shelter Dinner:   July 26
Prepare and serve dinner at the Men's Shelter for our monthly dinner.  Choose from one or both shifts:  2:30 - 5:00 or 5:30 -7:15.  Find details and sign up here.    

Refugee Resettlement Ministry - July 23
This program will be rescheduled for September.  Check back for the new date or contact Karen Brown for details.

Dinners for Hospice Volunteers at Aldersgate  Tuesdays and Thursdays in August and September, prepare home-cooked dinners for 10-15 Hospice volunteers and deliver to Aldersgate (near Plaza Midwood).  Find details and sign up here.    Questions, contact Meagan Quinlan.

Cochrane Academy Classroom Setup- August 13
Be the extra hands the Cochrane Academy teachers need to spruce up classrooms, prepare bulletin boards and do whatever needs to be done to welcome students back. Bring your teens and make it a volunteer family day.  9:00 am - noon.  Sign up here.

Cochrane Academy Staff Breakfast - August 16
Be a breakfast elf for 85 dedicated faculty and staff of Cochrane Academy, our partner school.  Pick up coffee or other goodies, set up the spread, then disappear, leaving joy (and breakfast) behind!  Sign up here.

Ministries Opportunity Weekend - August 17-18
Stop by the Fellowship Hall after all Masses this weekend to learn more about our ministries and where you may be called to serve. 

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.

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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

Bereavement Ministry:  Ongoing
Offers receptions after funerals.  Sets up, serve and clean up is a 4 hour time commitment.  Must be available on-call.  Contact Mary Lou Johanek. 

Faith Formation Catechist:  September - April
Catechists needed for Faith Formation Classes next school year.  No experience needed and training is provided.  Share your faith with our children.  Contact Kristen Rivera 

From the Heart Gift Shop (Sundays after 9:00 and 10:45 Mass)
Do you like to shop and usually attend 9:00 or 10:45 am masses on Sundays?  Put them together and volunteer.   From The Heart Gift Shop is looking for volunteers to staff our store after 9:00 and 10:45 Masses. Head to the bookstore directly after receiving Communion and plan to stay 15 minutes after Mass.  Meet new people, see familiar faces and lend a hand.  Contact Karen Brown if you can help.

Forever Young:  Co-Ministry Leader
 Do you have a heart for serving the elderly and like to have fun?  Forever Young seeks a ministry leader to co-coordinate their 9 monthly lunches with entertainment.  Forever Young serves seniors, 75 years.  We have volunteers to help but need someone to- help organize. Contact Maria O’Boyle .

Hospitality/Welcome Brunches  
Help plan, set-up, greet, serve and clean up our quarterly Welcome Brunches for new parishioners.  Meaningful opportunity to engage with members and meet others.  Contact Margie Eades for more information.

*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.  

 *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 Bob Fernan.  

Perpetual Adoration
Spend one hour a week in prayer with our Lord.  Regularly scheduled adorers are needed.  Contact Estelle Wisneski for specific days/times needed.

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.  

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, ext. 214.

*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.

 

Volunteering Policies:
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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.


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