Teens at St. Gabriel

Great opportunities for fun, service and faith!

StrengthsQuest for Teens & College Students

This 2-session workshop helps participants discover their God-given strengths and learn how these strengths relate to all aspects of their lives: faith, school, relationships, career choice, etc.  Offered by more than 600 schools and universities, it's insight participants will use for a lifetime. Check back for upcoming dates.

Teen Service Opportunities

Need service hours?  Want to give back?  Check out our many service opportunities below.
Please note that priority will be given to St. Gabriel teen parishioners.

High School
Venture Crew

Join us once or often!   We bowl, hike, go skiing, bike the Virginia Creeper Trail, and more!  Our teen-led Venture Crew provides opportunities for leadership, adventure and service in a social setting. 

Monthly Teen Mass

Participate in our monthly Teen Masses as a lector, eucharistic minister, usher, greeter or altar server or help set up and serve refreshments.  Find details here. 

Upcoming Teen Masses: 
Sunday, November 18, at 5 pm
Sunday, January 27, at 5 pm
Sunday, February 24, at 5 pm
Sunday, March 31, at 5 pm
Sunday, April 28, at 5 pm
Sunday, May 19, at 5 pm (Blessing for graduates)


Upcoming Teen Program - ESL/First General College Student:  Application Program
  Friday, October 26, 4:00 - 7:00 pm
Where:  Ministry Center
What:  ESL and First Generation College students are invited to join us for a College Appliation program.  Sponsored by LAWA (Latin American's Women Association), this program will discuss higher education institutions, completing the application, financial aid and grant opportunities, bachelor's and associates degrees, trade and vocational programs.  Light dinner served.  Registration is required.  Find details and register here.  

Teen  Service Opportunities

Have a service opportunity to add to our list?  Email Karen Brown, Ministry and Volunteer Coordinator.

Men's Homeless Shelter Dinner
Prepare and serve dinner for the guests at the N. Tryon shelter.  Choose from 2 shifts:  prepare dinner from 3:00 - 5:00 and serve dinner from 5:00 - 7:00.  Find details and sign up here.  Contact Wally Penilla for more information. 
When:  Friday, October 26

Habitat for Humanity:  Build Team or Lunch/Support Crew
What:  Help St. Gabriel build a new home for a family.  Work dates begin on Saturday, October 27 and continue most Saturdays through January.  Must be 16 years to volunteer on-site.  Sign up and details can be found here. 
OR Don't want to work on-site?  You can prepare lunch for the work crew.  Sign up here.  

Share Sunday
What:  Collect non-perishable foods for Catholic Charities Food Pantry
When:  October 27 & 28 at all Masses

Campout to Stamp Out Homelessness
When:  Saturday, November 10 - 11
What:  Camp out to understand homelessness.  Speakers, Dinner, service project, and 7:30 am Mass on            Sunday will give teens an understanding of the challenges facing our homeless neighbors and                how we can help.  15 hours of service credit will be given to participating teens.
How:  Find details and sign up here.  
Contact:  Leslie Tesch

Advent on the Polar Express
What:  CMG hosts this annual event for children featuring snacks, crafts and viewing of The Polar                       Express.  Teens are needed to help prepare crafts, set up, and help host the event.
When:  Wednesday, Dec. 5 - prepare crafts
             Saturday, Dec. 7:  set up, greet children, play games, clean up, etc.  
Where:  Parish Center Hall/School Cafeteria
How:  Find details and sign up here.  
Contact:  Jennifer Smith

Room In the Inn Set Up
  Every Thursday evening this winter, December 6 - March 28
Where:  Parish Center Hall/school cafeteria
What:  Set up beds, tables for dinner, serve as overnight hosts for our 20 guests from The Urban Ministry.  Find details and sign up here.    Contact Frank Czaniecki with questions.  

Coffee and Donuts  
When:  Choose from most Sundays, 7:30, 9:00 or 10:45 am Masses
Where:  Fellowship Hall
What:  Set up, serve and clean up  ‚ÄčSign up to serve here

When:  15 minutes before Mass
Where:  Church Lobby
What:  Welcome parishioners as they enter the church.  See details and sign up here.

Words on the Wall   
When:  Weekend Masses
Where:  Back of the sanctuary
What:   Work the laptop that projects the words on the wall during Masses.  Ideal for older teens who are familiar with Microsoft Power Point and the parts of the Mass.
Contact:  John Krasniewski via email.

Other Opportunities
You may also volunteer at one of the many organizations that receive tithings grants from St. Gabriel Church. Some of these include:

Urban Ministry:  Serve lunch, dinner, drinks, or homemade cookies.  See details here.


You will do amazing things if you prepare well, starting now, by living your youth and all its gifts to the fullest and without fear of hard work. 

Pope Francis
Teen Jubilee Mass Homily

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