St. Gabriel the Archangel has as its primary concern the holiness, health and safety of our parishioners. These past six months we have been praying for all who have been impacted by the current health crisis, especially the sick, the homebound, and their care givers. The spread of COVID-19 has truly impacted our parish, our community and our country. We invite you to attend or view our Masses which are broadcast on our website; plus, our Church has always daily been open for prayer throughout this pandemic.
Last month our school resumed, in class teaching, and we pray for safety for our children, faculty, staff and parents. We must also continue to pray and support those in our parish and community who are most vulnerable – the poor, those with less stable employment, and parents who need to work and are unable to find childcare. In a special way, we want to support the elderly, sick and shut-ins who may feel isolated and lonely.
Please know that we are committed to continuing the good work of our parish and the Church at this time. We want to thank each of you for the many ways you support our mission, and ask that you please continue to support the work of our Church. I have been uplifted by the great generosity of so many during this difficult time.
Stewardship is about being a functioning member of the Body of Christ. It is about our involvement in the life of the Church, but it extends beyond the church walls into the wider society to care for God’s creation, the earth on which we live, our brothers and sisters who share it with us and the creatures which dwell on it. Stewardship is a spirituality – a way of life that calls us to receive God’s gifts with gratitude, share them lovingly and give an account to God of how His gifts were used.
Our parish is dependent upon your weekly financial gifts to continue our school and ministries in this critical time of crisis. We are grateful for your contributions. St. Gabriel the Archangel Catholic Church now offers a way for you to support our parish offertory: if you find this program to be appropriate for your family, please enroll by responding to the mailing you will receive or visit www.faithdirect.net to enroll securely on line. Our parish code is MO413. If you have questions regarding Faith Direct, please call Joan Miller at the rectory (314-353-6303) Monday through Thursday, 8:00 am - 2:30 pm.
I would like to invite all to our annual mass in the park next Saturday September 26 @ 4:00 pm as we celebrate our Feast day (Archangels) and the gifts and blessings of our Parish. Please bring a mask and social distance in the park. Please be assured of my prayers for all of you, our St Gabriel parishioners, and know that we are here for you.
Msgr. John Shamleffer
RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS—RCIA
This September we will again start the process for men and women who are inquiring about the Catholic Faith. RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is the process through which adults enter into the Catholic faith. RCIA is a spiritual journey designed in phases and implemented through various rites. The participants' spiritual growth is encouraged and enhanced through weekly reflection on God's Word and the teachings of Catholic doctrine and traditions.
Becoming a Catholic is one of the most profound and joyous experiences of life. Some are blessed enough to receive this great gift while they are still infants, and over the course of time they grow into a recognition of the enormous grace that has been bestowed upon them, of the dignity and wonder of their identity as Catholics. Others come into the Catholic fold while they are older children or adults. In these cases it is important for people to have a grasp of the joyful process by which one becomes a Catholic.
If you know someone who might be interested in joining the Church, be that family member, fellow worker, or neighbor, please contact the parish office with their name and phone number. Our parishioners are always the best evangelists. Your faith and how you live it will speak volumes to those around you.
Let us pray for those who are contemplating joining the Catholic faith and encourage them through our words, actions and prayers. God bless you for sharing your faith!
Stewardship Reflection ~ September 20, 2020
25th Sunday in Ordinary Time
“So the last will be first and the first last”. - Matthew 20:16
You’ve heard the saying “it’s not where you start, but how you finish.” This certainly applies to this Bible passage. We have a responsibility not only for our own lives, but for the lives of others as well. We are called to generously share our gifts with others, not hoard them for our own use. Our sincere gratitude and cheerful generosity will help us live “God-centered” lives and not “self-centered” lives.
We are St. Gabriel!