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Posted on September 24, 2020 in: Parish-wide Announcements

Pastor's Corner
May God Bless you as we strive to bring the face of Christ to our world! LIVE Stream Mass is available on FaceBook and YouTube Click on this FB link   St.Gabriel the Archangel Mass LIVE Stream or for YouTube Channel St. Gabriel YouTube Channel

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Save the Date for the Annual Mass in the Grass St. Gabriel will celebrate Mass in the Grass on Saturday, September 26 in Francis Park at 4:00pm, across from the church.      

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Check out the LIVE Stream Facebook page.   St.Gabriel the Archangel Mass LIVE Stream Don't have a FaceBook account? LIVE Steam on St. Gabriel the Archangel YouTube Channel We will LIVE Stream Masses at the following times: Sundays 9:00 am - Facebook and YouTube Weekdays 8:00 am - Facebook and YouTube CLICK on the attached file below, it contains the worship aid to follow along with Sunday Mass. Also look for videos for Stations of the Cross, Prayer to St. Michael, Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola with Fr. Mark and more.   C...

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Our donations this month will be delivered to the food pantry of St. Cronan's, located in the grove area in the city. We will be collecting the food throughout the week starting Sunday, September 27 - October 4. As mentioned, food pantries around the metropolitan area have been struggling to keep up with the demands of an ever-increasing clientele. Your donations come at a vital time for many families affected by this pandemic. Thank you as always for your generosity.  

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Many of us may know what the Church teaches, but many of us may not know why the Church teaches what She teaches.  Would you like to know why the Church teaches what She does?  Do you like spending time with people (especially those whose company you may enjoy)?   If you answered ‘YES’ to any or all of these questions, we invite you to consider joining us on the First Tuesday of every month at 7:15 pm. We will meet in rectory Fireplace Room OR if weather permitting of the patio behind the rectory, the number of rectory attendees will be limited to 15 and masks will be require...

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We need your help in finding worthy projects! St. Gabriel will hold a fall Day of Service on Saturday, October 17, 2020.  We will be working on area homes and on projects in our neighborhoods. Among the tasks will be landscaping, minor home repair and more.  Because of COVID-19 we will limit the number of indoor projects for the safety of all involved. If you know of someone who needs yard work or minor home repair and can't afford to have them done (such as if they're elderly and on  a fixed income), contact Denny Heinze at 314-645-8126 or at the4heinzes@sbcglobal.net. We're lookin...

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Flu Vaccine Unfortunately we will not be hosting a flu vaccine clinic here at St Gabriel this fall due to logistical issues and our inability to guarantee the minimum number of doses. Flu vaccines can be obtained nearby at Target, Walgreens, Schnucks, Deirbergs and most physicians’ offices.  I will post BJCs schedule of free vaccine clinics when it becomes available. Blood Drive Save the Date - the parish blood drive is in one month: Sunday, October 25 CDC Guidelines: Who Needs to Quarantine? Quarantine is used to keep someone who has been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. Quarantine helps...

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The Bishops of Missouri have established the following common practices in the celebration of Mass to fulfill the requirements of social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Before Mass Archbishop Carlson has dispensed all the faithful from the obligation to attend Mass on Sunday.  Therefore:  -- Those who are symptomatic or who have been exposed to another with the virus within 14 days are not permitted to enter the church, in accordance with national, state and local health directives. All attendees are asked to check their temperature at home before coming to church. --  Thos...

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The First Tuesday of the Month for Exposition/Adoration/Benediction has resume! Each month on the first Tuesday. we begin with Exposition at 2:00 pm.  Adoration continues until 7:00 pm with Benediction.  If your schedule permits, please stop by for a brief period of devotion.  It is a blessing to be able to resume this monthly practice.  There is no need to schedule anything - Simply drop by for a visit. Hope you can join us in this special devotion to the Most Precious Body.

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Our parish Director of Sacred Music, Mary Beth Wittry, has created some interesting YouTube videos. Did you ever wonder how the Liturgical Year works? Check out ~ YouTube Mary Beth Wittry ~ for short videos on liturgy and liturgical music.   Here is a direct link to Mary Beth on YouTube      

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All parishioners are invited to join the St. Gabriel Adoration Society and spend at least one hour a month in church in prayer. All levels of commitment are welcome. Taking advantage of the gift of adoration is one of the best ways to draw closer to God. A holy hour is simply spending time in the presence of God. It's not a project to be accomplished but an exercise of love. You can read the bible or a spiritual book, say the Rosary, or just rest with the Lord. For a list of times available or for more details, call Veda Jeggle at 752-3109 or email Mary Beth Wolf at marybethluna@hotmail.com    

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Several Parishioners and School Families have asked us to continue to sell gift cards through the SCRIP program.  It gives them the oppurtunity to give back to the parish and school and it allows them to purchase gifts for family and friends safely. Some parishioners, who are not grocery shopping during this time of COVID are able to provide Dierbergs gift cards to those who shop for them without the need to exchange money.  Consider purchasing GIFT CARDS through the St. Gabriel SCRIP program for yourself or for those in need. We continue to sell SCRIP gift cards at the rectory and eCards o...

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St Gabriel School is back in session! Traffic will be heavy before 8:00 am and again at 3:00 pm for dismissal, so please be cautious and help to keep our children safe as they walk to and from school.  Generally, pedestrians have the right-of-way at all intersections; however, regardless of the rules of the road, please exercise patience and caution to avoid striking pedestrians. Children are the least predictable pedestrians and the most difficult to see; take extra care to look out for children not only in school zones, but also around the neighborhood and park. Drivers should not block the crosswalk when st...

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RECTORY CONSIDERATIONS With the easing of the stay-at-home restrictions, we are requesting your cooperation in order to keep visitors and our rectory and church staff safe and healthy: All visitors to the church and rectory MUST WEAR MASKS. If you would like to request Mass intentions, please call or email Eileen Garavaglia at the rectory.  She can schedule your Mass intentions; you can then mail a check or drop it off at the rectory. If you are dropping off Offertory contributions, tuition payments, school registrations, etc. please place them in one of the rectory mail slots.  There are mail slots ...

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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.  Any questions contact the rectory at 314.353.6303.  Becoming a Catholic is one of th...

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We have received numerous phone calls from parishioners who have received emails or text messages that appear to be from Msgr. Shamleffer or other rectory staff requesting you to contact them and possibly to purchase gift cards.  Please be aware that these requests are coming from scammers. The scammers create an email account using our pastor’s name and sending email or text messages. Priests, pastors, rectory and school staff will never email or text parishioners looking for gift cards and would never send a business email from a private account such as @aol.com or @gmail.com

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Vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life: Any young man interested in the priesthood or any young person interested in the religious life is encouraged to contact the Pastor or one of the deacons at 314-353-6303 or to contact the Archdiocesan Vocation Office 314-792-6460. All Catholics are called to pray for an increase in religious vocations.

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BE A VIP!  VINCENTIAN IN PRAYER! WE NEED YOUR HELP! Prayer is a vital aspect of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Prayer guides us. Prayer sustains us. Prayer leads us to trust in Divine Providence. Prayer keeps us focused on how we are called to build community with our neighbors and how to assist them with their needs. We need volunteers to be Vincentians In Prayer, “Prayer Warriors” who are assigned to pray for a specific neighbor or family. We ask that you initially pray a Novena to St. Jude then commit to pray daily for the neighbor for a minimum of three months. Although the...

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