Perspectives on Depression and Anxiety
A Respect Life Talk Happening Sat. Sept. 22, 10 a.m. – Noon
Depression and Anxiety are epidemic in the United States, affecting both adults and children. The National Institute of Mental Health estimates 15 million people aged 15 to 44 are living with depression, and maybe more living with anxiety. Many elderly people also struggle with these challenges in their senior years. Sister Kathleen Persson offers her perspectives as a counselor over the past 30 years. As a Benedictine Sister of Virginia, she brings her Catholic faith and beliefs to bear in her assistance to those in her care. Don’t miss this free event sponsored by the St. Gabriel Respect Life Ministry! Please RSVP below or at the Adult Formation table in the Commons.
DEADLINE to RSVP - Wed. Sept. 26 for the Feast of the Archangels and Picnic Sunday, Sept. 30, 11 a.m.
The Feast of the Archangels is a perfect opportunity to celebrate our namesake, St. Gabriel the Archangel, who announced the Good News of Christ coming into the world. On Sunday, Sept. 30, we will begin at 11 a.m. with Mass followed by a parish-wide celebration with food, games for the kids and fellowship for all. The Knights of Columbus will supply the hamburgers and hotdogs, all you need to do is bring a side dish or dessert to share and to sign up for this fun event below or at the adult formation table in the commons.
We hope to unveil the new St. Gabriel Statue and distribute the parish directories at this event so don't miss out!
CCHASM Thanksgiving Program
Families who would like to register to receive a Thanksgiving Meal Gift Package should call CCHASM's office, 804-796-2749, beginning Thurs. Oct. 1 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Registration will be based on the number of contributions pledged. CCHASM will be distributing the Meal Gift Packages to REGISTERED FAMILIES on Sat. Nov. 17 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Chesterfield County Fairgrounds Exhibition Center. If you know of anyone in need, please let them know of this opportunity.
Sat. Oct. 6: First Saturday Mass, Exposition Adoration and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament
Before we begin Exposition, Adoration and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, we will celebrate Mass. You can then stay for Exposition beginning at 9:30 a.m. followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament until 11:45 a.m. when we will celebrate Benediction. Come spend an hour or more with Jesus, fully present in the Eucharist and bring family and friends to share in the peace and joy of Christ’s presence in the Blessed Sacrament. ‘In his Eucharistic presence he remains mysteriously in our midst as the one who loved us and gave himself up for us…” – Catechism of Catholic Church. Do you want to sign up for a holy hour? Please do so below...
Help Stock the Shelves… Food Pantry Collection, Oct. 6 and 7 at all Masses.
Our shelves are getting very bare as we seek to feed those in need in our parishes of St. Gabriel and Good Samaritan and the greater community. We are able to help on average 16 families with 4 members each a month. Please bring items to Mass or you can drop them by the parish office during office hours. We also welcome financial donations to purchase $10 Food Lion gift cards so they can buy perishables like milk, cheese, eggs and margarine. CLICK HERE for lists of items needed for each parish’s food pantry.
Blessing of the Animals, Sat. Oct. 6, Noon
Every year on or around October 4,Catholics throughout the world celebrate the Feast of St. Francis with prayers for creation and a blessing of the animals. On Saturday, Oct. 6 at noon you are invited to bring your pets for a blessing from Fr. Felix. Meet in the church garden located in front of the church building for the blessing.
Rosary Offered Between 9 and 11 a.m. Masses Beginning Oct. 7!
October is the month of the Rosary and, beginning Sun. Oct. 7, the Knights of Columbus will be leading the Rosary from 10:30 – 10:45 a.m. each Sunday. This will be an ongoing prayer opportunity throughout the year in addition to the 8:15 a.m. Rosary each Sunday. Please take advantage of either of these opportunities to seek the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Joy Luncheon - October Fest on Tues. Oct. 9
It's time for October Fest 2018 at St. Gabriel's. This year's event will be held on Tues. Oct. 9 beginning at 12:30 p.m.
Menu: Bratwurst, potatoes, sauerkraut, dessert
Cost: $6.50 per person (make check out to St. Gabriel's and mail to office or drop in the parish mailslot located at the Welcome Table in the Commons. Write "Joy Luncheon" on envelope and memo line of check. )
Contact: Pat Gracey at 794-0020 to reserve your place for the luncheon.
Update on the Status of the St. Gabriel Statue, our 20th anniversary gift to the parish!
Thanks to your generosity, we have collected all the funds to cover our completed St. Gabriel Statue! The estimated installation is in time for the Feast of the Archangels on Sun. Sept. 30.