St. Gabriel Faith Formation
St. Gabriel Parish offers the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick on a quarterly basis in a communal format to provide healing, comfort and strength to those who are dealing with significant health or age-related issues. During this sacrament, the priest and community uses a symbolic "laying on of hands" as a biblical sign of Jesus' touch and the outpouring of the Spirit of strength, love and forgiveness. The priest also anoints the forehead and hands of the ill person with blessed oil. In addition, parish priests are available to anoint the sick on an individual basis when needed.
Confirmation is a special outpouring of the Holy Spirit like that of Pentecost. This outpouring impresses upon the soul an indelible character and produces a growth in the grace of Baptism. Confirmation roots us more deeply in divine kinship, binds us more firmly to Christ and to the Church, and reinvigorates the gifts of the Holy Spirit in our soul. Young people who are in the ninth grade or older, and who have received the sacraments of Baptism and Eucharist are invited to participate in the process in the fall each year. Preparation involves catechesis and instruction in faith led by a team of parishioners.
Vocations to Serve the Church
Christian life is about loving and serving as Jesus taught and did. Those called to serve God and the Christian community as bishops, priests, deacons and lay ecclesial ministers have Christ's invitation to love God's people with an unfailing "fatherly" love, rooted in their own dedication to the Lord and His gospel.
St. Gabriel Parish wishes to provide support to parishioners discerning a religious or lay vocational call for their lives. Priests, deacons and lay ecclesial staff members are always available to meet with parishioners to help guide them in their discernment process. Please call the Parish Office to contact a pastoral staff member for further discussion.
Growing in FaithBaptized children who are in the second grade and have not participated in any formal religious instruction are eligible to begin their sacramental preparation if they can exhibit a basic knowledge of our Catholic faith. A conference with the parents and child will determine the best approach for sacramental preparation, e.g., participation in a formal Grade 1 classroom, a special year of growing in faith tutoring, or other agreed upon faith formation offering in the parish.
For More Information Contact:
St. Gabriel Parish Office - 440-352-8282