Many Cultures; One Faith
The Mission of the Alter Server is to provide direct assistance to the Celebrant of the Mass and other liturgical functions and activities in a reverent and respectful manner. It is also a mentoring and developmental program to provide training, discipline, and a sense of responsibility to the youth of this parish.
Included below are just some of the responsibilities that fall with in the scope of the Alter Server program in which youth of out parish can volunteer their time and talent:
Commitment: Each Alter Server must be fully committed to serving in this program. This commitment means showing up each and every time they are scheduled to serve, as well as to arriving at least 15 minutes prior to Mass in order to assist in the preparation for the mass, if necessary.
Reverence & Respect: Each Altar Server must perform their assigned tasks and responsibilities with the utmost reverence and respect for the Mass and during other liturgical functions and activities.
Training Program: Each candidate will receive a one-hour training session, including additional periodical follow-up training and instruction classes. They will also be paired up with a senior Altar Server whenever possible until they are comfortable in performing their assigned tasks and responsibilities on their own.
Individuals interested in becoming an Altar Server must have parental consent, be a parishioner of St. Gabriel Church and have received the Sacrament of Holy Communion. Please fill out the tear off portion of this form and place it in the collection basket and/or contact Tom Michel at 410-292-8403 if you are interested in volunteering your time and talent.
The mission of the Art & Environment Committee is to enhance the
worship space during the liturgical seasons; Advent, Christmas, Lent,
Triduum, Easter, and Ordinary Times. By facilitating visual art and objects
in decorating our worship space, it promotes an atmosphere of warmth and fellowship in a sense of holy.
Parishioners interested in volunteering their time and talent as a member
of the Art & Environment Committee do not need any specific training. Artistic talent and creative abilities are always welcome but not essential. Members will:
• Help design, install and maintain decorations, art and other
accoutrements in keeping with the liturgical themes.
• Need a willingness to help and perform tasks as assigned during
the decorating process.
• Need a basic understanding in working with the care of plants and
• No need to attend meetings. This committee only meets to
perform the task of adorning the worship space with banners,
ribbons, potted flowers and plants, etc.
Any parishioners interested in donating their time and talents as a member of the Art & Environment Committee are always welcome to join. Please fill out bottom portion of this form or contact Debbie Davis at (W) 410-313-9412 or at (H) 410-747-3310 or by email at
Faith Formation provides parishioners with instruction and faith experiences as part of their lifelong journey with the Lord. Here at St. Gabriel we want to provide opportunities for parishioners of all ages to enjoy learning and celebration by gathering together. For that reason, we offer Christian Formation Programs for adults, children and youth throughout the year and monthly family catechesis that are designed especially for that purpose. Whether you're a parent or parents with young children or teens, an empty nester, a grandparent, a young married couple
or a single adult, you're always welcome!
ELEMENTARY FAITH FORMATION (GRADES 1-5)
The religious education model is a blended model of classroom instruction and community faith sharing. Students are expected to participate in both aspects of instruction. English sessions are held on Sundays, from 9:15 am to 10:15 am.
Spanish sessions are held on Sundays, from 10:30 am to 11:45 am. Both the English and Spanish sessions are conducted in the school/parish hall.
Classroom Instruction: Catechists instruct children in the Catholic faith, engage them in discussion of the lesson and help them apply our belief to everyday life.
Community Faith Sharing: This element of our curriculum involves parish and family participation the 1st of the month in seasonal, intergenerational, parish-wide
Each participant and/or family must be registered in this parish. Children and youth in the sacramental program have to present a baptism certificate, attend classes, retreats, service projects, and present a written and/or oral examination. Parents have to attend at least 5 gatherings: orientation day, 2 Reconciliation (Penance) & Eucharist (1st Communion) sessions.
PARISH MISSION STATEMENT
Through Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist we are called to be a community of faith. We share in the priestly, prophetic, and royal mission of Christ. Recognizing our rich diversity in ethnicity, age, and culture; we commit ourselves to building the Kingdom of God. We are called to take responsibility for fulfilling the mission of the Church in the world. We reach out to the larger community in prayer and service, meeting their physical, social, and spiritual needs.
The following are a list of committees, ministries and subcommittees who work hard here at St. Gabriel to continue God’s mission.
Altar Servers, Art & Environment, Boys & Girls Scouts, Choir, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, Evangelization, Christen Formation, Finance, Greeters, Knights of Columbus, Lectors, Liturgy, Maintenance, Money Counters, Parish Council, Religious Education, Sacristans, Social Action, Ushers, Ways & Means, Young Adult Group and Youth Group.
There are also a large number of cultural and ethnic communities within St. Gabriel that include:
African Community, Cameroon Community, Filipino Community, Nigerian Community, and Spanish Community.
If you have any questions, please fill out this form or contact Sr. Sonia at the parish office between 8am-4pm at 410-298-8888.
The mission of the Evangelization Ministry is to build the Kingdom of God, through our primary Prophetic mission. We reach out to our multi-cultural, intergenerational community in prayer and service to teach about God. With intra-ministerial cooperation, we bring a prayer-based faith sharing, to recognize the spirit of God in each of us. Through the sacraments of initiation; Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist, we bring to a realization, the active presence of God in our lives. With community celebration, we gather to express God’s infinite love.
Through education, spiritual discernment and willingness to interact with each other, our programs offer opportunities to understand God, and each other. The Evangelization Ministry supports the following activities:
• Community Catechesis: a monthly family gatherings (1st Sunday of month, after 10:30 mass), with topical discussions concerning our faith, and opportunities for fellowship in a multi-cultural, inter-generational setting, through the sharing of a meal.
• Special Programs: bible studies, discussion groups, and prayer gatherings to help aid the spiritual development for the community.
• Education: personal development training for individuals to increase their understanding and effectiveness for the ministerial work within the community.
Parishioners interested in participating to achieve a better understanding
of God are always welcome. Please fill out the bottom of this form or contact Dan Bremehr at [email protected] or through the parish office between 8am-4pm at 410-944-2106.
The Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion mission is to assist our priests in the distribution of Holy Communion with the proper respect and reverence, committing themselves to serve God and our fellow parishioners in Church, in the homes of our homebound and nursing homes, in an effect to support the supernatural life of the soul.
Below are just some of the responsibilities and requirements that fall within the scope of the Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion in which parishioners can volunteer their time and talent:
• Extraordinary Ministers are trained and delegated by the Archdiocese of Baltimore to assist priests in the distribution of Holy Communion with proper respect and reverence.
• They assist the priests by distributing of the Body and Blood of Christ during all celebrations of the liturgy.
• Ministers who have received additional training also bring Holy Communion to the sick, homebound, to patients in local hospitals and nursing homes. As a parish, we are responsible for Kernan Hospital, Northwest Hospital and Manor Care.
• Eucharistic Ministers have a strong faith life and a deep desire to bring the Body of Christ to others. You must be at least 18 years of age, in good standing with the Catholic Church precepts and be available to donate your time on a rotating base schedule.
Parishioners interested and willing to donate their time and talent are
always welcome to join the Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion.
Please fill out this form or contact Jeannette Deuber at 410-788-9546 or [email protected]
As required by Canon Law, the mission of the Finance Committee is to oversee and monitor the parish financial budget. By proficiently completing their assigned task, this committee advises and assists the Pastor in maintaining concise financial records.
Additionally, the Finance Committee directs and supervises all fundraising initiatives including all parish and diocesan stewardships programs and capital campaigns.
Several of the responsibilities that fall within the scope of the Finance Committee in which parishioners can volunteer their time and talent are:
• Reviewing, make recommendations and approving all budget proposals submitted by parish committees and ministries along with preparing an annual budget for the Pastoral Council’s and Pastor’s approval.
• Providing quarterly and annual budget reports for the Pastoral Council, Pastor’s and congregation’s review.
• Monitoring bookkeeping, money counting and accounting systems to ensure that all financial transactions are processed in accordance with archdiocesan policies.
• Reviewing monthly operating statements and monitoring all internal controls for handling cash at all parish events.
• Reviewing monthly checkbook balances and reconciling bank statements.
Interested parishioners willing to donate their time and talent who are confident with their accounting skills and protocols are welcome. Please fill out this form or contact John Wiggins by email at [email protected]
The mission of Girl Scouts of America is to help make the world a better place by developing girl's courage, confidence, individuality and character.The Girl Scouts of Central Maryland is dedicated to ensure that any girl - whether she lives in the city or suburbs; in a traditional or non-traditional troop; benefits from the principles and practices of the only organization dedicated solely to girls.
We are fortunate at Saint Gabriel's / John Paul Regional Catholic School to have our own Girl Scout Troop. Girls from kindergarten age to 12th grade have a place in Girl Scouting. Many of the activities that our girls participate in include outdoor adventures and camping at different destinations, earning badges, patches and religious awards. We explore
nature, technology, science, games, sports and the arts. One of the many programs offered by Girl Scouting is a shadowing program with local businesswoman. By participating, it can help our girls by opening up a variety of scholarships, entrepreneurial skills and career choices. Remember, a large number of world's leading women were Girl Scout, first.
If you want to experience our troop at Saint Gabriel's / John Paul Regional Catholic School, meetings are held every other Thursday, starting in September and run through the middle of May, in the school at 6:30 PM.
Girls can register with parental approval for an annual fee of $12.00. Adults can also register and/or volunteer their time and talent. $12.00 a year can open a new world for everyone (adult membership is $12.00, as well).
Please fill out the tear off portion of this form and place it in the collection basket or contact Pamela Alexander - [email protected], subject line GSCM for more information. You may contact the Girl Scout of Central Md directly at 4806 Seton Drive, Baltimore, MD 21215. 410-358-9711
The mission of the Church Greeters is to provide a welcoming environment, not only to current parishioners but especially to new visitors
to our congregation as they arrive for Church services. By extending this
warm and friendly greeting before each Mass celebration, it promotes an
atmosphere of friendship and fellowship along with a sense of community.
Parishioners who would like to volunteer their time and talents as a Church greeter will need to:
• Arrive at Church approximately 20 –30 minutes before each scheduled Mass.
• Meet as many Mass attendees as they enter into the Narthex and greet and extend a warm and sincere welcome.
• Assist parishioners and visitors with any questions or concern that they may have.
Any parishioners over the age of 14 interested in donating their time and
talents as a Church Greeter are always welcome to join. Please fill out
this form Sr. Sonia at the parish office between 8am-4pm at 410-298-8888.
The Knights of Columbus is a culturally diverse Catholic men’s fraternal organization that has a special devotion to the Blessed Mother. This organization promotes an atmosphere for worship and fellowship. The Knights of Columbus and their families participate in events that foster family, council, community, Church, youth and pro-
The Knights of Columbus actively supports Saint Gabriel parish community by donating their time, talent and treasures. The Knights hold fundraisers for special charities, including the mentally handicapped and actively support the Church teaching on Right to Life issues. Included below are just some of the activities that the Knights of Columbus participates in:
• Tootsie Roll Campaign for intellectual disabilities
• Christmas caroling at Kernan Hospital
• Bartending at the Miracle Players’ dinner theater productions
• Council picnic, Christmas party, ladies appreciation dinner
• Youth activities including a scholarship to a graduating JPRCS student
• Memorial Mass for deceased members
• Appreciation day for fire, police, teachers, and emergency medical technicians
All Catholic men interested and willing to donate their time and talents are welcome to join. Please fill out this form or contact Ed Randel at [email protected] for more information.
The mission of the Lectors is to proclaim the Word of God through Scripture readings at all of the Masses in a way that brings the Word alive and stirs the heart of those listening during the celebration of the Eucharist.
Below are some of the responsibilities and requirements that fall within the scope of a Lector in which parishioners can volunteer their time and talent:
• Being able to publicly speak before a large audience with the ability to read and speak in a clear, uplifting, inspirational voice.
• Become thoroughly familiar with each reading assignment beforehand to learn and properly pronounce unfamiliar words.
This will also include General Intercessions and Announcements.
• Arrive at least 15 minutes before Mass to gather in the Narthex for the opening prayer.
• Attend and participate in annual workshops, retreats, and meetings to review current lector’s guidelines and special liturgies.
• Conform to a dress code that is tasteful, dignified and respectful of their liturgical role.
• Assigned readings are conducted on a rotation schedule.
Any parishioners interested in becoming a Lector are always welcome to join. Please fill out this form or contact Ann Baden at 410-788-6423.
The Liturgy Committee guides and enhances the spiritual direction of the people of God at St Gabriel’s who come together in worship. Focusing on the Church liturgical seasons, they look for opportunities to enrich the communal worship experience and meet the spiritual needs of our diverse faith community. At the conclusion of each Mass, their goal is to inspire, empower and lead people into full participation, active, and faithful worship in both body and mind.
Included below are just some of the responsibilities and subcommittees that fall within the scope of the Liturgy Committee:
• Preparation and oversight of the parish liturgies for the entire liturgical year.
• Set goals for the liturgical life of the entire parish community.
• Communicates with other liturgical committees within this parish to provide resources for support and encouragement.
• Participates in in-service training for liturgical ministry, provide opportunities for spiritual and practical formation for its members, liturgical ministers and for the entire parish community.
• Reviews and evaluates past celebration and seasons to make ongoing improvements to enrich the celebration of the liturgy.
• Develops policies relating to planning and practices within the Church
Subcommittees include: Altar Servers, Art & Environment, Choir, Eucharist Ministers & Pastoral Care, Evangelization & Christian Formation, Greeters, Lectors, Sacristans and Ushers.
Parishioners interested and willing to donate their time and talents are always
welcome to join the Liturgy Committee. Please fill this form or contact Sr. Sonia at 410-298-8888
The mission of the Maintenance Committee is to maintain the entire complex in a manner that provides a safe, attractive environment, which promotes an atmosphere for worship and fellowship. This goal is accomplished by proactively maintaining all of its facilities and grounds in a cost efficient manner that is both functional and user friendly.
Included below are just some of the responsibilities that fall within the scope of the Maintenance Committee in which parishioners can volunteer their time and talent:
1. Janitorial Projects: Ensure the Church, Narthex, Office, Annex and grounds are clean and presentable for services and meetings.
2. Plumbing Projects: Repairing leaky faucets clogged drains and pipelines.
3. Electrical Projects: Repairing broken outlets, switches and breakers.
4. Carpentry Projects: Repairing items that are broken and constructing new projects for parish events.
5. Painting Projects: Interior and exterior painting and sheet rock work.
6. Grounds Maintenance: Landscaping, trash clean up, leaf and snow removal.
Parishioners with backgrounds as a licensed plumber, licensed electrician as well as carpenters and painters or anyone willing to donate their time and talent are always welcome to assist in these tasks.
Please fill out this form or contact Dennis Wesley at the parish office between 8am-4pm at 410-298-8888 if you are interested in lending a helping hand.
The mission of the Money Counters is to accurately count and categorize the offertory and special collections from all of the weekend and holy day masses. By proficiently completing their assigned task, this committee assists the pastor and finance committee in maintaining
concise financial records.
Included below are just some of the responsibilities that fall within the scope of the Money Counters Committee in which parishioners can volunteer their time and talent:
Responsibilities: The committee is divided into five teams, comprised of three team members. Each team is scheduled once every five weeks to meet on Sunday mornings to perform their assigned task. After collections are received, this committee counts and logs all of the revenue. Deposit slips are filled out, checks, currency, and coins are packaged per bank instructions, and the deposit is taken to the bank.
Skills & Talents: Addition & subtraction arithmetic skills along with a basic understanding of protocols relating to making bank deposits are needed. Familiarity with Excel spreadsheet data entry is preferable.
Interested parishioners, willing to donate their time and talent that are confident with their arithmetic skills are welcome. Please fill out this form or contact Ed Piechowiak at 410-744-7689 if you are interested in volunteering your time and talent.
The mission of the Music Ministry is to stir the soul and help create an environment for prayer and praise during the Mass. St. Gabriel’s is fortunate to be the spiritual home to so many cultures whose liturgical music traditions add to our sense of the holy. In addition to traditional adult and youth English music, there are individual choirs made up of parishioners from Africa, the Philippines and Spanish-speaking countries.
Included below are the choir groups that fall within the scope of the Music Ministry:
• English Youth Choir – Ages 12 – 25, with parental approval for those under the age of 18.
• English Adult Choir – Ages 18 and older.
• African Choir – Open to all ages (Maria Pango 443-467-6284)
• Filipino Choir – Open to all ages. (Maria Ramos 443-889-4253)
• Spanish Choir – Open to all ages.
Choir members are expected to attend all practice rehearsals, which are usually held weekly, with scheduled representation at all of the Masses. There are also special sing events including weddings, funerals and baptisms, along with Christmas and Easter concerts.
Parishioners that are dependable dedicated and interested in donating their time and talent either vocally and/or instrumentally are always welcome to join the Music Ministry. Please fill out the tear off portion of this form and place it in the collection basket or contact Marie Pango at 443-467-6284 or 410-298-8888.
Programs / Activities Offered
Girls interested in becoming a Scouts must be at least ___ years of age and have parental consent.
Please fill out the bottom of this form and place it in the collection basket and/or contact either for Cub Scout - Latasha Minter at 443-801-8924, email [email protected] or for Girl Scouts - Pamela Alexander at 410-___-____, email [email protected] Adults interested in volunteering your time and talent are also welcome.
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