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A Note from Fr. Molini

Posted on May 17, 2024 in: Parish-wide Announcements

A Note from Fr. Molini

Pentecost: Come Holy Spirit!

With the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, the early Church community began evangelizing the world.  With the first proclamation to the crowd, St. Peter and the Apostles began a ministry of preaching and calling others into discipleship. That call resounds to this very day and invites us to consider our own calling as members of Christ’s Body. 

It is one thing to recognize our place in the Body of Christ, as a member of the Church.  It is another step in discipleship to share the message of salvation through an active ministry of evangelization.  The Church cannot advance in the world when it’s members are passive participants in society, living our own lives quietly while the culture rages on.  As the Apostles demonstrate on Pentecost, we must confront the culture with confidence and compassion, determined in faith and unswerving in the truth.  We need to be a voice of hope in a time of despair and uncertainty.  Our prayers are a support when the world undercuts the foundations upon which we rely.  Our worship of God in Jesus Christ offers a focus when our culture blurs so many lines of understanding.  Our strong community offers a safe-home for those who find their relationships fractured or broken by the overwhelming individualization fostered in our culture.

Pentecost is our call to recognize our personal and communal responsibility to unity, faith, and holiness.  Over this week consider how you can further the call to Christ in your own life, and then as a part of our community.  Will you support the ministry of prayer, preaching, and providing so the parish will grow in the work of evangelization?  Will Pentecost be a renewal of faith that benefits us all?

Congratulations to our Eighth Graders

Over the next few days, we will see the final class days for our Eighth Graders who are completing their course of study in our Elementary School.  As we celebrate their time at St. Gabriel’s, let us pray for their continued growth in wisdom, understanding and faithfulness. 

Sr. Gail and the Notre Dame Sisters

This Sunday we wish Sr. Gail a parish farewell after 27 years of leading our Elementary School Band program.  It is a remarkable gift to the parish community that still bears fruit in the many children exposed to a band instrument who have cultivated a love for music.  Thank you. Sr. Gail for your great enthusiasm and zeal shared so beautifully with our students.

It is also a somber moment for your parish to see the last School Sister of Notre Dame leave our school.  For 89 years, our parish community has benefited from the educational excellence fostered by the Sisters and carried on by the teachers of today who have built upon the strong foundations the Sisters established.  While this concludes their ministry at our parish, their legacy remains as a challenge for our ongoing ministry of education.  Should you wish to extend your gratitude to them through a donation, please send to: School Sisters of Notre Dame, 320 East Ripa Avenue, St. Louis, MO  63125 and indicate that you are from St. Gabriel’s. 

Memorial Day

Looking ahead, our Mass on Memorial Day, May 27, will be at 9:00 am.  The Mass at St. Raphael’s will be at 8:00 am.  Please join us to pray especially for those who gave their lives in service for our country.