Pastor's Corner

Dear Parishioners:

This past Monday I received the sad news of the passing of Father Charles Burgoon.  Fr. Burgoon served the people of St Gabriel for 14 years and is still fondly remembered today.  It was my pleasure to know Father Burgoon and call him my brother, as he served our Archdiocese for 55 years as a priest.   Please keep him and his family in your prayers.

Priests by virtue of their ordination to the priesthood are united among themselves in an intimate sacramental brotherhood.  All priests are workers in the same apostolate whether they’re engaged in parochial or extra-parochial ministries. All priests, whether diocesan or religious, are united in building up the body of Christ. … They have a special bond in charity, ministry and brotherhood of the priesthood.

With a decrease in vocations over the years and an abundance of parishes, having a sacramental brother in close proximity is difficult in this day and age. Many pastors live alone as the sole priest at a parish, and might oversee two or more parishes. Last year I was the only priest living at St Gabriel at the parish rectory (Fr. Steve Kuhlmann O.P. ministered here but lived with his community).  We are blessed this year with Fr. Madden and Msgr Simon living at the parish with me.

Recently, I met with the Pastors of St Raphael and St Joan of Arc.  We talked about how we can support our parishes and meet the needs of our parishioners.  It is my hope to expand this conversation to other members of our parishes as we work together to support the faith of our communities.  I appreciate all of your prayers as we grow together in the Lord.


                                                                                    Msgr John Shamleffer

Ten top reasons to come to RCIA—not in any particular order.

  1. You want to become Catholic.
  2. You are marrying someone outside the faith and they desire to know more about our faith.
  3. You are Catholic, and did not receive all of the Sacraments of Initiation—Reconciliation, Eucharist, and Confirmation.
  4. You have children to teach and don’t know the faith well enough.
  5. You have a friend or family member interested in learning more about the faith, who would be more comfortable if you came with them.
  6. You have experienced a loss of some kind in your life and need a small faith community.
  7. Your spouse is not Catholic, and might be interested in joining our Church as your children are receiving first communion or confirmation.
  8. You are Catholic, and would like to learn current Church teaching and practice.
  9. You’ve heard it is a great experience.
  10. God is calling you.


Stewardship Reflection ~ October 20, 2019

Twenty-Nineth Sunday in Ordinary Time

“…proclaim the word, be persistent whether it is convenient or inconvenient...” (2 Timothy 4:2)

It is not always convenient to be a good steward, especially when all the temptations of our busy and materialistic world get in the way. Now add our own pride and ego into the equation and living a stewardship lifestyle may be downright uncomfortable! Remember, God didn’t call us to be comfortable. He called us to be faithful.


We are St. Gabriel!


Msgr. John B. Shamleffer

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