Homemade Cards Needed

We have 3 committees that send out home-made cards.  Approximately 75 cards are mailed each month. Currently, there are 4 volunteers making cards and we could use some help. The Homebound Committee is sending 40+ cards per month and likes to use any uplifting card. They use monthly themes, Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving etc. The Bereavement Committee sends anywhere from 6 to 15 cards per month and likes Thinking of You cards with the fronts decorated, and the inside blank.

We send birthday cards to parishioners once they reach their 80th birthday which totals 20+ each month. You can make the cards at home at your leisure and drop them off at the Parish office.

If you aren’t a crafter but would still like to help, we can always use envelopes, stamps, or cardstock, decorative paper, etc.  Please do not drop off cards sent to you as a gift from a donation to a charitable organization.  Thank you

Meal Pack – Postponed

Thank you for your prayers and contributions in support of the Rise Against Hunger Meal Pack event, co-hosted by St. Gabriel and St. Margaret Mary parishes.  Contributions and support from the two parishes will enable us to assemble and package at least 35,000 meals! However, concern for safety and welfare of parishioners amid the COVID-19-Coronavirus outbreak has led to a temporary postponement of the Meal Pack event.  Please note that this is a postponement and not a cancellation of the event.  Details of a future date and time for this exciting parish service project will be announced to all parishioners via the bulletin at a later date.  Lenten blessings!

Mass Intentions

Mass intentions: we know that the Mass is the most powerful prayer we can offer as a church, drawing us into the sacrifice of Jesus on Calvary. This is why we always encourage Mass to be offered for different individuals and intentions. They are not just for those who are deceased. Having a Mass said in memory of a loved one is a beautiful remembrance. Mass offerings may also be given for the health of a sick person, a newly married couple, a young person preparing for Confirmation or First Holy Communion, a person preparing to enter the Church through RCIA, a college student, a wedding anniversary or any other prayer intention.  We limit weekend/holy day Masses to two per year per person, but weekday Masses are open to request. There is a customary offering of $10 for a Mass intention.  Please contact the parish office if you would like to schedule a Mass. 

All prayer intentions can be emailed to stgabriel@smcatholicschools.org, and we urge you to make your intentions known that way, or to our parish prayer chain at 920-725-7455.

Scrip News!

Scrip is available for purchase from the parish office! We have a good inventory of Festival, Pick ‘n Save, Walmart, Woodmans, and Kwik Trip as well as others we keep in stock. Please call before you come to make sure that we have what you need. Current weekday office hours are Monday-Thursday from 9:00 am – 3:30 pm and Friday from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm.

In addition, SMCS and CFC families who have online Scrip accounts are encouraged to purchase ScripNow through www.shopwithscrip.com. Thank you for continuing to support the parish by using Scrip for your everyday purchases!

Scrip Tips

Do you have students registered in the St. Gabriel CFC program? Did you know that by purchasing Scrip gift cards you can earn credit to offset some of your tuition? CFC families earn 2% tuition credit on every Scrip purchase from in-stock purchases – for example: purchase $100 of gift cards (gas, grocery, etc.) and earn $2 tuition credit; $400 purchase = $8 credit. CFC families can earn a higher tuition credit for Scrip ordered online.

Ask Georgia in the CFC office if you are interested in learning more about this program and then watch your tuition savings add up! Other family members and friends can also earn credit for CFC families by purchasing Scrip gift cards. Just be sure to circle CFC on the Scrip and write in the family name to receive the credit! Don’t miss this opportunity to reduce your CFC tuition bill!

CFC News

Congratulations to all of our Confirmation Candidates who will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation in a special Mass on Sunday April 25 at 3:00 pm.  It has been my honor to work with each of them and their families throughout their journey, even as odd as this year has been!  I have had the pleasure of meeting with each of our candidates individually over the past few weeks, and their prayers, stories, questions, and thoughts have been wonderful.  These students are not the future of our parish community, but the NOW of our parish community!  I look forward to seeing how God will use each of their gifts to spread hope and light in their families, with their friends, and in the community.  They are a blessing!  Come, Holy Spirit!

Our CFC Year for grades 7-10 has officially ended, but the learning never stops!  Information about classes for next year, including Confirmation,  will come out in May.  Parents are the number one teachers of faith, and there is no better way to teach it than to model it in your family.  Attending Mass together, praying together as a family, watching a movie about a great saint, or celebrating a feast day are just some of the ways to celebrate faith in your home.  Feel free to give me a call or stop in and visit if you’d like to talk about more ways to keep growing in faith! 

Attention ALL SENIORS!  The end is near!  You only have a few weeks left of your high school career, and we want to celebrate and pray with you!  On Tuesday May 25 at our 5:45 pm Mass, we will be honoring all High School Seniors at a Baccalaureate Mass.  Baccalaureate Masses are intended especially to celebrate graduating students, and dates back to the 1300s.  Mercifully, the Mass will not go on for four hours, nor will graduates be required to give a homily, but we do hope you will join us!  All are welcome and no RSVP is required. 

Meredith Lauer,

Youth Ministry and Faith Formation Coordinator

920-725-0660, mlauer@smcatholicschools.org