Messengers of Hope – March 23, 2018

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April 2018

 

 

Mass Schedule

 

Come join us for 8 a.m. Mass each week.

 

Tuesday-Grades 1-4

Wednesday-Grades 5-8

Thursday-Grades K-8

 

4/10   3P

4/11   5P

4/12   2O

 

4/17   3B

            4/18   5F

         4/19 4S Baptism

 

4/24   2M

4/25   8S

4/26   6D MOC

 

We invite you to all of our Masses throughout the week, but we especially invite you to some of our special Masses this month.

 

19th-Baptismal Mass

 

We will present the Messenger of Christ Awards to the students and faculty on

April 26th.  

 

Confirmation

7:00 pm on April 19th

We Prepare our Hearts for Holy Week

 

The days of Lent are almost over. We have kept the long weeks of prayer and good deeds. We have contributed to the alms giving that is asked of every Christian. Because of our gifts, others may be able to celebrate the great festival of Christ’s resurrection with joy. Now we are ready to join our families in celebrating the Triduum, the three holiest days of the Christian calendar. During this time, we will again become part of the dying and rising of Christ our Savior.

This coming Sunday is Palm Sunday. The branches we receive on Palm Sunday remind us of the willingness with which Jesus went to Jerusalem, even though it meant death for him. We join those who followed him into Jerusalem with joy, not knowing what being his disciple would cost. When we place some palms in our homes near the cross and the scriptures, they are a sign that we are willing to pay the price of following him. May you gather some palms at Mass this weekend and display them in your house to remind us of Jesus’ great sacrifice all year long.

THANK YOU!!!! For the month of March, the school community hosted a dress down day to benefit St. Patrick Center. Over $1,000 was raised to benefit this ministry for people who are homeless.

 

FOOD BANK

We are proud of our 5th grade students that spent a day of service at the St. Louis Area Food Bank. Our 7th graders are continuing their service project at Southside Early Childhood Center. It is our hope that activities like these develop compassion in our students for people who are less fortunate.

Third Trimester Social Teaching:

This trimester we focus on the Catholic Social Teaching of Care for God’s Creation. “We show our respect for the Creator by our stewardship of creation. Care for the earth is not just an Earth Day slogan, it is a requirement of our faith. We are called to protect people and the planet, living our faith in relationship with all of God’s creation. This environmental challenge has fundamental moral and ethical dimensions that cannot be ignored.” USCCB

Thanks to our 6th grade class whose leadership is helping to educate us to be better stewards. Students have developed power-point presentations and are presenting information to homerooms about the Pope’s encyclical Laudato Si! They are focusing on two small actions we can take as a community to be earth protectors. They are asking that we limit our use of plastic water bottles. Instead, we are to BYOB! Bring our own refillable water bottle. Also, they are requesting that when shopping, we bring our own bags and avoid using plastic shopping bags whenever possible.

 

Catholic Easter Prayer
Lord, the resurrection of Your Son
has given us new life and renewed hope.
Help us to live as new people
in pursuit of the Christian ideal.
Grant us wisdom to know what we must do,
the will to want to do it,
the courage to undertake it,
the perseverance to continue to do it,
and the strength to complete it.

source: New Saint Joseph People’s Prayer Book

 

 April Baptismal Birthdays

Each month at St. Gabriel School, we take time to celebrate student baptismal months. The students baptized during the month are honored at an All-School Mass and they have the opportunity to renew their baptismal vows.

You are invited to celebrate with us at the 8:00 a.m. Mass on Thursday, April 19, 2018. Due to limited space, we ask that each child bring only 2 guests.

Please meet your child in the vestibule of church and join in the entrance procession. You will sit together in the reserved pews in church on the side of the Baptismal font.

We hope you are able to join us for this remembrance of your child’s birth into the Catholic Church.