Teens at St. Gabriel

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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: 
October 27
November 24

Teen  Service Opportunities

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

High School Homelessness Experience and Service Projects:  November 23
POSTPONED due to conflicts with Urban Ministries' schedule 
Grades 9-12, join us for one or more of these events as we serve and connect more deeply with our neighbors who are experiencing homelessness.  November is Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Month.  

Clothing Drive:  November 22-23
Adults and older teens (grades 10+) needed to help the 9th graders with the Confirmation Class Clothing Drive, setting up, assembling boxes, supervising students.  Multiple shifts to choose from on Friday evening and Saturday morning. Ministry Center 1st Floor.  Find details and sign up here.  

Men's Homeless Shelter Dinner:  November 29
Prepare and or serve dinner at our monthly dinner at the Men's Shelter on Tryon Street.  Choose from two shifts:  2:30 - 5:30 and 5:30 - 7:15.  Find details and sign up here. 

Men's Club Christmas Tree Sale:  November 23, 25 and 29
Help with our annual Men's Club Christmas Tree Sale.  
November 23:   8:30 - 11:30 am  Set up Tree Lot.
November 25:  4:00 - 6:30 pm  Unload Trees and wreathes.  Dinner Provided.
November 29:  8:00 - 11:00 Load trees on rack and sell trees.  
Just show up for a shift to serve.   

Advent on the Polar Express:  December 6
Help with set up, crafts, food, games, or clean up at our annual event for little ones in the school cafeteria.  Many shifts and activities to choose from throughout the afternoon and evening.  Find details and sign up here.

High School Christmas Service and Social:  December 7
Let’s get in the Christmas spirit!  Join us at the Men’s Club Christmas Tree Lot on Saturday, December 7, from 3:00 to 5:00 pm.  We’re making Christmas ornaments for local nursing homes and enjoying hot dogs and hot cocoa provided by the Men’s Club.   Festive Christmas attire welcome.  In the case of inclement weather, we'll meet in the Scout Room. No cost.   Sign up here.

Las Posadas/Bilingual Christmas Program:  December 14
Teens needed to distribute programs and help with the reception after the program.  Great service opportunity for teens studying Spanish.  Dress in black or Christmas attire.  Hours needed are from 6:00 - 9:00 pm.  Contact Karen Brown for more information or to volunteer.  

Giving Tree Sort Night:  December 16
Help sort our mountain of Giving Tree gifts for distribution to local charities on Monday, December 16, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm in the school cafeteria.  Sign up here. 

Cookies for St. Vincent De Paul Baskets:  December 20
Home-made cookies and desserts are needed to fill our 486 Christmas baskets for families (4-8 people) on December 20.  Bake ahead and freeze!  Find details and sign up here.  

St. Vincent de Paul Christmas Baskets UNLOADING:  December 20
Join us at 4:00 pm in the school cafeteria to help unload food boxes.  No RSVP needed.

St. Vincent de Paul Christmas Baskets ASSEMBLY: December 21
Join us at 8:00 am in the school cafeteria to help fill almost 500 food baskets/boxes for needy families in our area.   Everyone is invited to join in this St. Gabriel Christmas tradition.  Takes about 2 hours. No RSVP needed.

Room In the Inn Set up: through late March
Set up beds, tables for dinner, etc for RITI guests on Thursday evenings.  Set up begins at 3:30 and ends at 5:30 in the Parsh Hall Cafeteria.  Sign up here.  

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
Sign 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.


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
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