It is a privilege to be part of the Saint Gabriel School community and a joy to work with the students and teachers to celebrate our faith.
Personally, I love to be outside and am an avid hiker, biker, bird watcher and basically enjoy anything to do with the natural world.
As Coordinator of Religious Education, it is my hope to partner with teachers, parents, and parishioners to help our children grow in faith, the knowledge of God's love, and to celebrate God's love in the sacraments and in their daily lives.
Here are some websites I suggest:
- Activity Finder
- Good Ground Press (Printables)
- Sisters of Mercy
- School Sisters of Notre Dame
- Open Wide Our Hearts (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops)
All School Mass
Mass is offered every week. Kindergarten begins attending the all school Mass in October. Grades 1–8 attend Mass twice a week and assume active liturgical roles. Students celebrate their Baptismal Birthdays on the third Thursday of each month. Students can invite parents, grandparents, or godparents to attend this special Mass with them.
Beginning in 2nd grade, students prepare for Reconciliation and First Holy Eucharist. Confirmation takes place in 8th grade. We partner closely with parents in preparation for these very important celebrations.
At a special Mass each year, every 6th grade student receives a personalized Bible that is blessed by Father so they can use it within their studies over the course of junior high.
The school community seeks to assists organizations that need support. These organizations have included Whole Kids Outreach, St. Vincent DePaul Society, South Side Early Childhood Center, Our Lady's Inn, and John Cochran VA Medical Center.
Beginning in 4th grade and continuing through 8th grade, students have the opportunity to participate in mass as an altar server. These students assist with both parish and school Masses.
The students take an active part in Living Rosary, Baptismal Celebration Masses, Stations of the Cross, and many more.
Retreats & Days of Reflection
Our school provides unique opportunities for students to strengthen their Catholic Identity and to foster personal awareness of God’s plan for their lives through retreats and days of reflection.
Religious Education Information and Resources
The three actions on which we focus during Lent are: pray, fast, and give alms (do service). Last week, our 7th graders began their service project at Southside Early Childhood Center.
Our second grade class has started Kale seeds indoors to support our Claver House Community neighbors .Once ready to be planted outside, the kale will be planted in the Claver House Community garden.
This Lent, our community is participating in CRS Rice Bowl, a Catholic Relief Services program that invites us to encounter God and our global family through prayer, fasting and almsgiving.
Through CRS Rice Bowl, we encounter communities in Uganda, El Salvador and Indonesia and learn how issues like hunger and climate change are impacting our sisters and brothers around the world. Together, we will reflect on our participation in the body of Christ and how the Eucharist—the Bread of Life—compels us to share bread for life with all members of our human family.
The CRS Rice Bowls are being sent home today. There is a calendar inside of the rice bowl with a daily prayer that can be used and an action.
You call us, as members of the body of Christ, to serve one another. This Lent, may we be your eyes to see with compassion. May we be your hands and feet, to serve with love. By meeting you in the Bread of Life, may we joyfully share bread for life with all members of our global family.
The School Sisters of Notre Dame have a virtual prayer space to pray for peace. SSND Prayer Room: Open on Fridays from 9am- 9pm Central Time.
It is our privilege to partner with you in your child's religious formation. Students attend Mass twice weekly. See below for our Mass days and for which homeroom is in charge of Mass planning. Masses are at 8:00 am. Please join us whenever you are able!
This school year, we are hoping to build community by having a grade level Family Mass once a month at the parish's Sunday 10 am Mass. We are excited to see families come together at the weekend parish Mass.
Family Mass Schedule:
2nd Grade- March 3rd
K and 1st Grade- April 21st
Sacrament Dates 2023-2024
Confirmation-Thursday, April 25th 7:00pm, at St. Gabriel the Archangel Church
Confirmation Retreat Day- April 23rd
First Communion Parent Meeting- Thursday, March 21 at 6:30 pm in church
First Communion- Sunday, May 5th at 2 pm
Please contact me if you have any questions.
Come pray with us!
Deborah DaLay, Coordinator of Religious Education