The Mothers Group
Mothers and Dads of children up to three years of age meet in Walsh Hall on Wednesday mornings from 9-11, September through May, to share the common, and sometimes not-so-common, experiences, problems, solutions and concerns of the early childhood years. Participants have reported that it’s a great place to interact with other parents and, for first-time moms and dads, to learn from the veterans.
While the parents enjoy the talk, coffee and bagels, the toddler get their early training and practice in social skills. A $50 fee covers expenses for the year.
High school and college students are invited to join the St. Gabriel Youth Group. Activities include a parish Youth Mass and luncheon every second Sunday of the month, with students participating as Eucharistic ministers, lectors, alter servers and ushers, or as members of the choir. A social and sports calendar consisting of trips, fund-raisers for charity, socials, barbecues, and a boy’s high school basketball team round out the year.
St. Gabriel has a wide-ranging recreational program which is supervised by the St. Gabriel Athletic and Recreation Committee. Parishioners of all ages are encouraged to join in the action and participate in such programs as the student basketball teams, the Friday sports nights held periodically during the year, and in special athletic events such as the Danny Monahan Basketball Tournament. The Committee welcomes volunteers – please call the Rectory.
The Leisure Club
The Leisure Club meets every Monday afternoon, September through June, in Walsh Hall. An informal group, it has no officers and volunteers prepare coffee and refreshments. The club affords members a chance to spend a few hours in a relaxed atmosphere, playing a variety of card games, Bingo and Scrabble, or just socializing. An occasional “wine and cheese” party adds to the fun as do birthday and anniversary celebrations.
During the year the group sponsors trips to destinations/activities such as Milleridge Inn, Millennium Theater, Belmont Race Track, Atlantic City Cruise, Hyde Park Culinary Institute, Westchester Dinner Theater, and the Passion Play in Jersey City.
The Limited Raffle And Gala
The Limited Raffle is an annual fundraising event that culminates with a gala social evening late in April. Each year a committee, along with the Pastor, designates an area of special parish need which the proceeds would help meet.
The event has become a highlight of the year, benefiting the parish with a happy combination of good food, good music and great people
Sunday morning "after the Eight" has become a catch-word for a gathering of the bagel and coffee regulars who meet in Walsh Hall to chat, eat, and occasionally celebrate birthdays, births, loss of weight, new outfits, and anything else that can be used as an excuse to bake a cake and blow out candles! Volunteers prepare the coffee and shop for the goodies. It has become a great way to see old friends including those who return to say "hello", proving no one ever really "leaves" St. Gabriel’s and make new ones.
Some nine o’clockers have been known to sneak in early. Just one visit makes anyone a regular.