St. Gabriel Faith Formation

We are called to serve our community by supporting life-long faith formation and an ongoing relationship with Jesus Christ.

St. Gabriel Faith Formation

Adults   |   Youth   |   Sacraments

 

Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick

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.

Sacrament of Baptism

Baptism is the first of the three sacraments of initiation, during which the priest or deacon immerses or pours water over the recipient conferring sanctifying grace over sin. At St. Gabriel Parish, our parish community rejoices in welcoming a newly baptized member of our family into our Christian community and baptisms may be celebrated during liturgies or during a family ceremony.  Baptism classes are offered for parents to help them gain an understanding of the sacrament of Baptism. The theology of Baptism, signs and symbols, and a walk through the Rite is covered. Parents are required to attend this class before their child is baptized.


Sacrament of Confirmation

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.

Sacraments of First Eucharist/First Reconciliation

The sacrament of Reconciliation celebrates the forgiveness of our sins and reconciles us with God and the Church.  In receiving the Eucharist for the first time, we receive the "source and summit of Christian life" and are united with Christ's sacrifice on the cross, a sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving to our Father. Youth receiving one or both sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Eucharist are prepared through family-centered programs which include several meetings of orientation and formation, and a retreat with parents and children. Teachers, catechists and a team of parishioners help in the planning and implementation of the process.

 
Sacrament of Marriage

The sacrament of Marriage is a holy covenant whereby the couple is joined on their life's journey by Jesus Christ who promises to bless, sustain, and rejoice in their union. At St. Gabriel, we rejoice in the vocation of marriage and offer our guidance and encouragement to support the couple. We ask married couples to register with the parish at least six months prior to the wedding date so that adequate preparation can be offered in the form of individual meetings with our priests or deacons, ceremony preparation and PreCana attendance. 

 

Becoming Catholic

Over and over again, God invites his people to a new way of living, to a change of heart.  Adults seeking to respond to the promptings of God's Spirit participate in a process of conversion called the RCIA, The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. This journey of faith leads the inquirer toward a lifelong commitment as a disciple of Christ, and if he/she so chooses, becomes a member of the Catholic Church. 


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 Faith

Baptized 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