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Christmas Tree Pick-up

Posted on December 31, 2020 in: Event Announcements

Contact:  Melissa Rosenhoffer at 314‐954‐5566    Email:  rosenhofferm@att.net  

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Reconciliation Weekdays: 7:30am ~~ Saturdays: 4:00pm Thursday, December 31 Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Vigil: 5:00pm Friday, January 1 Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary: 8:00am & 10:00am If you have watched the Mass live streamed but would like to receive communion it will be available in the Church for 20 minutes after Mass. In this holy season may you know the touch of Jesus in your life.  May you look into the eyes of those you encounter and see the Christ.  May you know the deep peace of the Word spoken for you.  May God touch your heart and bring you joy.  Advent and ...

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Did you know this special project of love and service has been in existence for over 35 years? Unfortunately, the restrictions for donating due to the COVID pandemic has changed how we can give, but the need is still great! As we count our own blessings, please consider making a donation to one of the following charities this year. This list was compiled by Sue Parada in lieu of The Giving Tree. Most places are not accepting tangible (non-monetary) donations due to Covid but as we all know; they are in desperate need at this time.  If you have the means to contribute, please choose a worthy cause from this ...

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Christmas 2020 Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Rejoice!  The weeks of Advent waiting are over, and Christ is born! We rejoice in our Savior’s birth—remembering the great gift of faith He has given us through the mystery of His incarnation and the saving power of His death and resurrection. If you are like me, you have a lot of uncertainty about the coming weeks and months.  Because of the pandemic, there are many challenges ahead.  But I am sure of one thing, Christ will be with us in the midst of our difficulties.  Now is the time for Catholics to step forward, giving gener...

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As we approach these late days of Advent, our parish will begin praying a Christmas novena each evening from Thursday, December 17 through Wednesday, December 23rd at 7:00pm.   NOTE: the Novena on Saturday, December 19 will begin at 6:00 pm (right after the 5:00pm Mass) This Novena is filled with readings, prayers, and beautiful music of the season of Advent, to help prepare our hearts for Christmas. The prayers lasts only about 30 minutes each evening. You can attend in church, it will also be LIVE STREAMED on Facebook and YouTube.

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Update Contact Information Current Phone Number? Does our Church database have your family contact information correct?  Did you DROP your landline phone and only use your cell phone?  Please update your information so the parish has a way to contact you. Current Email Address? Do we have your current email address?  In order to facilitate communication with our parishioners, we would like to have a current email address for each family.  If you would like to be able to receive email communications from the parish, please email Eileen Garavaglia at the rectory at garavagliae@stgabrielstl.or...

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Thank you for supporting the 8th Grade Class with this annual fundraiser. Pick up will be on Saturday, December 5 - 9:00-NOON outside the School Meeting Room.   Face masks and distancing will be required.   Unless prior arrangements are made, any poinsettias that are not picked up will be donated.  For any questions, please contact Alexandria Wilson via email at wilson7800@sbcglobal.net.     

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Sign Up for Weekly Newsletter!
Tell your friends!  Go to:https://www.stgabrielstl.org/ and enter your name and email address to sign up for the weekly email newsletter from St Gabriel (see picture for what it will look like)!  Parish/Group Leaders, contact the Rectory for information on how to get YOUR group annoucements posted on the website and all forms of social media!  We have the GOOD NEWS at St Gabriel!  Let's SHARE!

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St. Gabriel Church will offer In-Person Masses this Weekend.  Our priests are out of quarantine and will be celebrating the Masses this weekend.

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The St. Vincent De Paul truck will be on the St. Gabriel's parking lot excepting donations on  November 7 from 8:00 am - Noon  RECYCLE & REPURPOSE - Care for God's Creation                               The St. Gabriel Conference of St. Vincent de Paul will be holding a donation drive on Saturday, November 7th, from 8AM - noon in the church parking lot.  This drive will be curb-side only.  We will not be able to pick up items from homes due to COVID r...

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October 29, 2020 Dear St. Gabriel the Archangel Families, I write to inform you that our beloved Monsignor Simon has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. Monsignor Simon last offered Mass on October 28th at 6am.  Later that morning he began to feel ill and was tested for the COVID-19 Virus, which was positive.  Monsignor Simon will now self-quarantine during recovery and will be allowed to return to service after completing the quarantine period and receiving medical clearance as is health department COVID-19 policy. Because of our close proximity and living with Msgr. Simon, while both Fr. Mark Madde...

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On the weekend of Oct. 24 and 25, Khader & Mary Abu Sada a Catholic couple from the Holy Land will be visiting our parish to market olive wood hand carved religious articles made by the Christian artisans in the Holy Land.  With the hostilities worsening in the Holy Land and the lack of Christian pilgrims, the outlets for the olive wood hand-carvings have been closed, leading unemployment to increase up to 75%, and forcing many Christians to leave the Holy Land in order to find other ways to market their handiwork. But the absence of a living Christian community is disastrous for the Holy sites, ...

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On the Evening Before the Election Monday, November 2 Rosary will be recited at 7:00 pm Holy Mass will be celebrated at 7:30 pm Archbishop Mitchell Rozanski Principal Celebrant   Church Guidelines Capacity Restrictions - 200 in-person at Mass 6 feet social distancing required all in attendance must wear a face mask The Mass can be viewed remotely. Refer to the home page of this parish website for the links to LIVE STREAM on Facebook and YouTube.   Sponsored by Our Lady of Guadalupe, Our Mother of Life Praesidium of the Legion of Mary, part of the Archdiocesan Respect...

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All women of the parish - Join us at the well! Our mission offers the opportunity to come together to BUILD COMMUNITY WITH FAITH, FELLOWSHIP AND FUN. Please join us for a very special presentation on Race in America by Joyce Jones from the Archdiocesan Office of Racial Harmony. Joyce will be sharing a powerful presentation about the racialization of America and how we can work together to change hearts and build relationships. We hope you will join us.

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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 looking for projects that can be completed in about half ...

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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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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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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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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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Blood drive time!  Our St. Gabriel drive is Sunday, July 26, 8:00am -12:30pm School Cafeteria Summer Blood Drive: Donors Urgently Needed Donate Blood-Consider it an Investment in the Future (maybe yours)… The need is great. Cancer patients are among the most common recipients of blood transfusions; but donations are also used daily many other patients. Blood supplies are critically short due to the cancellation of hundreds of blood drives. You probably can. While donors must be at least 17, there’s no upper age limit for giving blood as long as you are well and have no restriction...

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July 4, 2020 My Dear Sisters and Brothers, Since the pandemic has caused isolation from one another I wanted to reach out to all of you.  First and foremost, please know of my continued prayers for the health and well-being of you and your family.  I appreciate all the ways you are staying connected with each other in prayer, thought and deed during this challenging time. Here is an update regarding where things are as of today, July 4, 2020.  The church has been open for prayer and confessions daily since the Mass shutdown.  Masses were streamed every day during this shutdown.  On Memoria...

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A Note from the Children's Liturgy Committee
St. Gabriel's Church is doing a wonderful job promoting a healthy environment to allow for prayer and mass for all; however, in order to remain healthy this means Children's Liturgy is unable to resume under social distancing guidelines.  Therefore, we would like to extend an invitation for families to come to church when it is open during the day and take part in the interactive Rosary prayer board offered to our young children in the parish.  As you enter through the alley church doors, you will find the Rosary board on a window sill along with a basket ...

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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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Update Membership Information Does our Church database have your family membership record correct?  Did you DROP your landline phone and only use your cell phone?  Please update your information so the parish has a way to contact you. Here is your chance to update your record for our annual Guide Book & Directory (if you haven’t already done so). It is time for us to update our database with any changes, additions, or deletions that may have occurred in your family over the past year. Have you changed your phone number? Have you moved? Are you preparing to move soon? Are all of your chi...

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Parish Wide Election for the St. Gabriel the Archangel Parish Board of Education The Parish Board of Education recommends policies and goals to support educational programs of St. Gabriel the Archangel.  The board serves in an advisory capacity to the school administration and pastor.  Each board member serves a three year term. The Parish Board of Education is pleased to announce that six parishioners/school parents have discerned that serving on the board is a means through which they would like to contribute to the parish and school.   Each parishioner and school parent is encouraged to...

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"WE ARE ONE" St. Gabriel School Community Candles for Sale! Be the light in the darkness and share that at home or with a friend or loved one! Urban Candle Company is offering a limited edition "We Are One" candle series for our St. Gabriel School community. The label is unique to St. Gabriel, with a photo of the church and school. Urban Candle will donate $5 for each candle to the PFA for its contribution to the St. Gabriel Support-A-Student Fund. This fund assists school families in need of tuition assistance. Candles are $15 each and two scents are available: 1) Bamboo and Cocon...

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Starting Monday, May 18 public Masses in the Archdiocese of St. Louis may resume.  At the same time, the general dispensation from the Sunday Mass obligation will remain in place for all Catholics of the archdiocese until further notice, as many individuals continue to have concerns for the health and safety of themselves and their loved ones.  During this time, all churches are to remain open to individuals for personal prayer, devotions and confessions. Schedule Church is open for prayer.  Please respect social distancing. A face mask must be worn at all times inside church. We will...

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Due to the continued uncertainty surrounding the Corona Virus (social distancing, large crowd gatherings, sanitation, etc…) the picnic committee sadly announces the cancellation of the St. Gabriel Picnic scheduled for Saturday June 13th, 2020.  All presale purchases will be refunded. Please be patient as we work through those logistics. While our customary gathering on the second Saturday in June won't be happening, the committee does intend to reschedule a picnic like event in the fall. Please be on the look out for details later this summer. The picnic is about more than money, but we can't overlook t...

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During this time without Mass consider making an Act of Spiritual Communion, where we unite ourselves to God through prayer. It is a beautiful way to express to God our desire to be united with him when we are unable to complete that union in the reception of Holy Communion. The ultimate goal of our lives should be communion with God and an act of spiritual communion can help a person draw closer to that goal. My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come a...

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Follow this link for instructions on How to Recite the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy www.thedivinemercy.org

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For the most up to date information about the precautions we are taking related to the Coronavirus COVID-19 please refer to the Archdiocese of St. Louis website.  Please click on this link www.archstl.org/coronavirus.    

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St. Gabriel’s Parish Picnic - Saturday, June 13 - Picnic Purchases
Is it picnic time already???  Well it's time to buy advance purchase picnic items!   SAVE THE DATE Friday, June 12 - Prelude to the Picnic - 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm Saturday, June 13 - Parade at 9:00 am Saturday, June 13 - Picnic from 10:00 am - 10:00 pm THIS IS A FUNDRAISING EVENT AND PROCEEDS BENEFIT THE ENTIRE PARISH All your picnic needs can be purchased using this link! -  membership.faithdirect.net/events/details/4026 Advance Purchases Picnic Package  $60 - Ride Armband, T-shirt, $10 G...

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Please visit the Safe Environment page on our Parish Website to review the latest information from the Archdiocese of St.  Louis - Office of Child and Youth Protection.  Safe Environment Program

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ACTS Retreat for the women of our parish March 12-15 has been cancelled. It was with a heavy heart that the difficult decision was made to cancel the retreat due to escalating challenges and concerns related to the COVID-19 virus. This decision was made after prayerful consideration and in consultation with the retreat team, members of the ACTS Core Team, and Msgr. Shamleffer. Please spread the word that all activities related to this retreat including the Potluck this weekend have been cancelled. As we navigate so much uncertainty, the theme of the retreat resonates:  Hope does not disappoint. We wish...

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St. Gabriel’s Men Have Been Going to White House Retreat in South County for Over 50 Years. Please Join Us. Where is God in your life? The Lord’s gift of peace is waiting for you. Be invigorated and renewed, both spiritually and physically. Enjoy a relaxing and beautiful environment overlooking the Mississippi River bluffs in South County. Private room with bath is provided. The meals are delicious! Financially, the offering is free-will. The retreat starts on Thursday, 3/19/2020 with dinner at 7:00 pm and ends on Sunday, 3/22/2020 at 1:00pm. For those who have made an ACTS retreat, the White...

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The Eucharist in Scripture

Posted on January 23, 2020 in: Event Announcements

The Eucharist in Scripture Join us for Scripture Study and Prepare for Easter Join us for The Eucharist in Scripture – a Little Rock Scripture Study that illuminates the importance of meals shared in faithful fellowship as part of our covenant relationship with God.  We will study scripture from the Old Testament, the Gospels, St. Paul’s letters and the Acts of the Apostles in just six weeks!  This is your opportunity to find a closer relationship with God, your fellow believers, and to appreciate the gift of the Eucharist.  And, have fun.  The six-week class will be held on Monday ...

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Our parish is planning a morning workshop for all Parishioners who currently serve as Lector, Cantor, Usher or Eucharistic Minister. We are also inviting anyone who wishes to serve in any of these ministries to be with us that morning. The day will begin with 8:00 am Mass, coffee and pastries, followed by guest speaker Fr. Paul Niemann who will share his reflections on the importance and role of ministers in the liturgy. The morning will conclude with breakout sessions by ministry where we will review and learn specific guidelines for our parish. If you currently serve in one of these ministries or wish to begin serving...

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College students, parents and grandparents of college students connect with your Newman Center and campus ministry before you leave for college.   The Newman Centers are NOT notified by colleges that Catholic students are on campus so many college students never locate their Catholic ministry or church at all. Your assistance is greatly needed to help our young people stay close to their faith and grow in their relationship with Our Lord.  It is through their connection with their college Catholic community that they will be able to make friends, continue their formation and grow as they discern what dire...

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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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