Help to prepare the Linens for the Table of the Lord - Serve in the Altar Linen Ministry
St. Gabriel’s is in need of 2-4 more altar linen ministers to help launder the altar linens for our liturgical celebrations. Training is given and you would be ask to serve every 4-6 weeks. If interested CLICK HERE and sign up for altar linen ministry or on the clipboard at the welcome table in the Commons.
Childcare Worker Position open at the parish. CLICK HERE to find out more.
Angel Tree Outreach
Select an Angel that represents a person in need this Christmas at the table near the library. Angels range in age from children to the elderly, and each angel holds a wish list of items they would like and you can choose what to give from that list. Be sure to fill out and leave the identification card for each Angel so we can keep track of who is getting gifts for the person. The card can be put in the parish mail slot if you missed returning it at the Mass. All directions are on the angels and you are ask to return all gifts to the Masses on Dec. 7 & 8 to ensure delivery in time for Christmas. If you cannot make those Masses be sure to return the gifts before Dec. 7 to the parish office. Questions? Contact the parish office at 639-6712.
CCHASM Thanksgiving Dinner Collection at Masses on Nov. 16 and 17
Please bring donations to help those in need prepare a holiday feast for their household. MEAL GIFT PACKAGE INCLUDES: one 40 oz can of yams or sweet potatoes; one 13 oz. box of mashed potatoes; one 14 oz can of cranberry sauce; two 15 oz. cans of corn; two 15 oz. cans of green vegetables; two bags or boxes of stuffing; two cans or packages of gravy; one box of hot chocolate; one box of tea bags; one box or bag of cookies. Bring all donations to the masses on Nov. 16/17. We also give a $15 gift card to each family to help buy the turkey and other perishables. If you would like to purchase a gift card visit the SCRIP table in the Commons after Mass.
We are in need of Ministers of Communion, Usher, and Altar Servers
Sign up for the next Liturgical Ministry Training
Saturday, Nov. 23, 9 a.m. - Noon
New ministers and returning ministers are always welcome to serve in the many liturgical ministries. Please signup online at http://www.saintgabriel.org/training or on the clipboard at the Adult Formation table in the Commons.
Do You Have Leftover Halloween Candy?
Please bring donation of candy to the basket at the adult formation table in the Commons. It will be used for the piñatas at the Parish Christmas Fiesta on Fri. Dec. 13.
Help Out With Knitting November Beginning Nov. 2!
The Praying Hands Prayer Shawl Ministry produces prayer shawls, lapghans (some for our Vets), baby blankets, chemo hats, March for Life scarves and countless squares for baptisms, Cursillos, Caritas guests, and the military. These gifts equates to nearly $4000 in outreach and they operate on donation only. Please help support this beautiful ministry where prayer is put in every stitch.
To Help with our Knitting November campaign:
DONATIONS: PLEASE NO WOOL, and they prefer Caron brand, 1 pound packages but welcome any donations. Donations can be put in the bin located by the library beginning November 2. Financial donations are also welcome – indicate on the envelope that it is for Praying Hands.
VOLUNTEERS: Want to help and be a part of this beautiful outreach? Contact Janice Hennessey at 739-4151 or email her at [email protected] You do not have to attend the weekly meetings to participate.
Calling All Children and Youth to be a Part of the Nativity Play
All children and youth, PK through high school are invited to participate in our Nativity play. Rehearsals are Tues., Dec. 3 and Thurs Dec. 12—6:30-8:00p.m. You must be able to attend both rehearsals. We will perform at the parish Christmas Fiesta celebration on Fri. Dec. 13 at 7 p.m.. Sign-up at the Children and Youth formation table.
First Saturday Devotions: 9 a.m. Mass followed by Exposition, Adoration and Benediction, Saturday, Dec. 7
Before we begin Exposition, Adoration and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, we will celebrate Mass. You can then stay for Exposition and 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? Fill out the form below.
Mark Your Calendar for the Food Pantry Collection, Dec. 7/8 at all Masses. The need is great…
We have the opportunity to be Christ-like for 16 families that come to the St. Gabriel and Good Samaritan Food Pantries each month. Please help us keep the shelves stocked by bringing 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. Please CLICK HERE for lists of items needed for each parish’s food pantry.
Feast Of the Immaculate Conception: (Holy Day of Obligation) Monday, Dec. 9, 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. Masses
Would you or your family like to light the candles for the Advent Wreath this season?
Sign up for one of the spots at the Welcome table in the Commons and arrive at that mass 20 minutes before that Mass begins. Check in with the prayer leader for that mass in the Sacristy so they can explain what you will do. Thanks so much for being a part of this season of preparation for the coming of our Lord more deeply into our lives!
Mark Your Calendars for the Christmas Fiesta! Fri. Dec. 13, 7-9 p.m.
Join your parish family and our sister parish of Good Samaritan guests for a gathering of prayer, fun and fellowship! The evening will begin with music and prayer including the rosary in English and Spanish followed by a Nativity Play featuring children and youth. After the play we will enjoy food and fun in the Commons, including piñatas for the children and a visit from St. Nicholas. There is no cost, donations will be accepted, but we do need an RSVP from those who plan to attend to ensure we have enough food for all. Sign up below or on the clipboard at the Adult Formation Table in the Commons.
Knights of Columbus Christmas Cards
The Knights of Columbus Council 13170 will be selling “Keep Christ in Christmas” Christmas cards at the Knights table after each weekend Mass. Thanks for your support.
Catholic Diocese of Richmond – Coffee Table Book
“Shine Like Stars – 200th Anniversary of the Catholic Diocese of Richmond”
St. Gabriel Parish is now accepting pre-orders for the diocesan coffee table book – “Shine Like Stars: 200th Anniversary of the Catholic Diocese of Richmond”. The book not only gives the history of the Diocese, but every parish has its own special page to tell its own story. Order forms can be found on the Welcome Table. All completed forms along with payment can be either mailed to the office or dropped in the mail slot at the Welcome Table. We also have an on-line form, just CLICK HERE to place your order. Books are expected to be arriving between December 16 and 19th. If you pre-order a book, we will send you an e-mail once they have arrived for pick up. We will not mail out any books.