The Council, presided over by the Pastor, is the means by which "the Christian faithful, along with those who share in the pastoral care of the parish in virtue of their office, give their help in fostering pastoral activity." (Canon 536:1)
The Council is neither an executive parliament nor a legislative congress. It is a consultative body which advises the Pastor in all matters. Besides the priests and deacon, members are the school principal, the director of religious education and other appointed representatives of regular parish societies and activities.
The Council ordinarily meets once a month, in Walsh Hall. No meetings are scheduled in December, July and August.
Lectors And Eucharistic Ministers
A number of parishioners serve either as lectors at Sunday and daily liturgies or as Eucharistic ministers who assist the celebrant in distribution of the host or the cup or who bring Holy Communion to the homebound and to those in hospitals and nursing homes. Liturgical and scriptural preparation and refresher programs are held for lectors and Eucharistic ministers as necessary. Please speak to the Pastor if you are interested in participating in either of these ministries.
Altar servers assist at all the Sunday masses and other parish liturgies. Service begins in the 6th grade and is open to boys and girls in St. Gabriel’s School and the School of Religion. In addition, the servers organize fundraising projects for charities and enjoy outings and social events. Those interested in serving God and our parish at the altar are welcome to join. Practice sessions are held intermittently throughout the year.
The St. Gabriel’s Choir sings at the 11 a.m. Sunday liturgy and at all major liturgical functions of the parish. Rehearsals are usually on Wednesday evenings or as announced. New members are welcome and may contact the Director of Music at any time after a Sunday Mass or may call the Rectory for an appointment with the director.
The Folk Choir sings at the 9:30 a.m. Sunday liturgy from September to June. Rehearsals are held on Sunday mornings before the Mass. New members may contact the Folk Choir director any time after Mass or may call the Rectory to make an appointment.
Children’s and Youth Choirs are in the process of being formed. The Children’s Choir will be composed of children who are in grades 2-5. The Youth Choir will be composed of students grades 6-8 and High School. Those interested in any of the choirs should see the Music Director.