Next Sunday begins Catholic school week. Every year the Archdiocese celebrates Catholic Schools. The Archdiocese of St. Louis has been abundantly blessed with so many wonderful Catholic schools. Many areas of our country are not as blessed as we are. Please consider catholic Schools. Thanks to all who support Catholic education in our parish (especially those who contribute to our Support a Student program) and in our Archdiocese. We are truly blessed to have a school of over 500 students and a talented and dedicated staff and great parental support.
I also take this opportunity to thank all of those who supported in prayer and or contributed to the Beyond Sunday campaign. This campaign has and will help to support catholic education of years to come. If you did not have the opportunity to make a pledge there is still time.
In the Archdiocese of Saint Louis there are over 113 Catholic grade schools and 28 Catholic high schools to choose from, plus two Catholic colleges at Fontbonne and St. Louis University. In our Archdiocese there are also over a hundred P.S.R. programs. I would like to take this opportunity to especially thank all of our teachers both here at St. Gabriel and throughout our Archdiocese for their dedicated ministry to our youth. The lessons learned at our schools help to enhance the faith that is lived in our homes.
I would like to particularly thank our parents, teachers and our principal Mrs. Kelly Slattery, our DRE and our assistant principal Mrs. Deborah Dalay and our Board of Education for their leadership and guidance; besides enriching our students academically they also help to prepare our children for the reception of the sacraments. This coming spring our eighth graders will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation and our second graders will receive their First Communion. Just last month our Second Graders received the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time, as they partook of the healing and forgiving love of our God.
It is with great joy that I commend these young men and women and all our youth to you and ask that you keep them in your prayers.
Msgr. John Shamleffer
Stewardship Reflection ~ January 21, 2018
Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
“Follow me and I will make you fishers of men.” Mark 1:17
Jesus’ call to “Follow me” is a call to all Christians! The call is in the here and now, in our present circumstances, not when we think we are “ready” or have everything in order. Good stewardship of our God-given gifts means that things aren’t always going to go according to our schedule and that God has a much better plan in store
for each of us.
We are St. Gabriel!