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

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.  

November 30:  Men's Homeless Shelter
Prepare and serve dinner to the men at the shelter on N. Tryon St.  Choose from 2 shifts 2:30- 5:00 and 5:00 - 7:30 pm.  Find details and sign up here. 

November 30 & December 1:  Under the Bridge Clothing Donation Sort
Our Confirmation students are collecting gently-worn clothing and household items for our neighbors in need.  Adults are needed to help set-up, organize and direct the sorting process.  Find details and sign up here. 

December 6 - March 28 (Every Thursday):  Room In the Inn
Set up beds, tables for dinner, serve as overnight hosts for our 20 guests from The Urban Ministry every Thursday night this winter.  Find details and sign up here.    Contact Frank Czaniecki with questions.  

December 6 - March 28 (Every Thursday): Room In the Inn Meals
Prepare and serve dinner for our 20 guests; provide breakfast (deliver on Thursday between 4:00 -7:00 pm),  provide 20 bag lunches (deliver on Thursday between 4:00 - 7:00 pm).  Contact Dorothy Menze or 704-365-8043 to sign up.  

December 15: Baked Good for St. Vincent de Paul Christmas Baskets
Prepare non-perishable baked goods for a family of 4-8 and deliver to the school cafeteria for the 450 Christmas food baskets our parish provides each year.  Bake in advance and freeze!  Find details and sign up here.

December 21:  Florence Crittenton Christmas Dinner
Florence Crittenton serves young, un-wed women in crisis pregnancies.  Sign up to help prepare the dinner at the house (1300 Blythe Blvd, near CMC Main) from 2:30 – 5:00 or serve from 5:00 – 7:00.  Contact Yza Lustre if you can help.

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:  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

 *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.   

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, 704-364-9568.

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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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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