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| Parish Pastoral Council
The Parish Pastoral Council is a leadership group that serves as a
consultative body to the Pastor. The council’s purpose is to
fulfill the parish mission by helping to coordinate all aspects of
parish life, including worship, service, education, formation,
evangelization and stewardship. In cooperation with the Pastor, the
council strives to develop a unified vision among parishioners and to
provide direction for the appropriate action necessary to attain this
vision with the spiritual growth of parishioners always a primary
The Parish Pastoral Council is comprised of seven to nine members
selected from the Parish at large plus the Parish Staff. Meetings
are held five times during the year usually on the third Wednesday of
the month at 7:00 p.m. in the parish office.
Pillar I: Prayer & Worship
The Liturgy Committee is responsible for planning prayer services, para
liturgies, and liturgical celebrations throughout the year. It is
also responsible for the decorations in the church and at the
altar. In addition, it prepares the schedules for the servers,
Eucharistic ministers, lectors, cantors, organists and greeters.
Time required: Members of this committee attend a two-hour
meeting the second Saturday of the month.
Sacristans make all the preparations necessary before each Sunday Mass,
freeing the pastor to greet the people as they arrive.
Time required: about twenty minutes before Mass once every three
Friendly faces are necessary to create a welcoming atmosphere for those
entering our church. Greeters view themselves as hosts and
hostesses for the Lord’s House and the Lord’s Meal.
Time Required: About 20 minutes before Mass.
Conscientious servers assist at Liturgies. Duties include leading
the procession before Mass, assisting the priest during Mass, and
putting things back in order after Mass. Boys and girls in fourth
grade through young adulthood may be servers after attending a training
session. If unable to serve at your assigned Mass, you must find
Time required: Training session plus fifteen minutes before and
after the Mass at which you serve.
Ushers seat worshipers as needed, collect offerings, distribute Sunday
Bulletins, care for any need that might occur, and straighten pews
Time required: About twenty minutes before and after Mass.
In order to Proclaim the Good News, it is necessary to prepare and try
to better understand the meaning of the Scripture to be read.
Lectors are scheduled on a rotating basis, usually once every four to
five weeks. To ensure the best presentation, additional materials
are given to lectors and they are expected to prepare before they read
Scripture passages at Mass. If unable to serve at your assigned
Mass, you must find a replacement.
Time required: varies according to individual needs.
Saint Gabriel uses home baked communion bread made in accordance with
Church directives (water and wheat flour only), which more closely
resembles a true loaf than the traditional wafer. Families in the
parish prepare it.
Time required: Two hours per month
Families and/or individuals are needed to assist in bringing up the
gifts at the Offertory at all Masses. You may want to sign up if
the Mass is for a deceased family member or any special occasion.
Time required: Ten minutes before Mass on the Sunday or Holy Day.
Contact: Sign the book in the back of church or check with the
usher before Mass.
Our Music Ministry enhances and supports congregational singing during
liturgies. Singing is a form of prayer.
Cantor (Song Leader)
Cantors are the first to greet the assembly before Mass begins.
The cantor leads the congregation in singing, reads petitions, and
provides leadership during the sung parts of the Liturgy.
Time required: Cantors are scheduled on a rotating basis and
practice as needed
Organist and Pianist accompany the congregation for singing.
Time required: Piano/Organists are scheduled on a rotating basis
and practice as needed
Instrumentalists are encouraged to share their musical talents at Mass
or other events. There are many times throughout the year that
instruments are needed to complement the musical portions of the
Mass. Occasionally, a Folk Mass is scheduled and will feature
guitar and other instrumental music.
Time required: Instrumentalists are scheduled on a rotating basis
and practice as needed.
Those persons who enjoy singing, are committed to serving God in a
musical way, and are willing to attend regular rehearsals are
encouraged to become part of the Saint Gabriel Choir. The choir
sings about one or two Masses each month during the school year.
Time required: one hour weekly for choir practice, Wednesday at
Eucharistic Minister – Mass
A Eucharistic Minister is a reverent person chosen by the Pastor
to help in the distribution of the Eucharist at Masses. Duties
include arriving ten minutes before Mass to confirm your presence and
the responsibility of finding a replacement in the event you are unable
to attend your assigned Mass.
Time required: Training is required. You will be asked to
serve at one Mass approximately every three weeks. In addition,
Holydays are scheduled.
We prepare the church altar, ambo and the entire church with
appropriate decorations; flowers, plants etc. for the Church
seasons. We adorn the altar in a beautiful array of what
Jesus’ presence means to our church community.
Time Required: Depends on season & personal interest
Marian Prayer Group
Our Blessed Mother’s family prayer group meets for
the 7:30 a.m. Mass each Saturday and after Mass for the Rosary and
other prayers. There are other opportunities throughout the month
to attend healing services (physical, mental, or spiritual) and other
Spirit-filled outings that are listed in the monthly newsletter.
Everyone is welcome.
Saint Anne Altar and Rosary Society
Saint Anne Altar and Rosary Society is a group of women who sponsors
care for the altar area and sacristy. Funds are raised to pay for
altar bread and wine. Two annual meetings include the feast of
Saint Anne in July and a December Christmas gathering. Donations
are collected during Advent and Lent for holiday flowers.
Yearly dues are $3.00.
Time required: As needed
Pillar II: Preaching & Teaching the Word
Religious Education Kindergarten – Sixth Grade
Classes are held on Sunday mornings from 9:00 to 10:15 a.m. the months
of August to May for parish youth who attend public schools or are
home-schooled. Trained volunteer catechists share their faith by
teaching the students catechism and Church doctrine in the classroom
setting with textbook materials, church tours and group
activities. The children also go to church to recite the Rosary,
Stations of the Cross, and the Divine Mercy Chaplet and lead the
assembly at two Sunday Masses during the year.
Sacramental Preparation Sessions for Parents are held on a scheduled
basis for families with a youth preparing for First Eucharist or First
Reconciliation. Notices of meetings are in the bulletin.
Children’s Liturgy of the Word
Liturgy of the Word for Children is designed for 3-5 year old
children. The purpose is to explain the Sunday Mass to this age
group in a manner they can understand. Our liturgy provides them
with knowledge for later use and a love for God. It is held
during the 10:30 a.m. Sunday Mass. These sessions run from
October to May. Volunteers are needed to plan the sessions,
prepare craft materials and participate with the youth on Sundays.
Time required: one hour per week or month
Vacation Bible School
Children’s Vacation Bible School may be held during the summer for
youth three years old through sixth grade. The children learn
bible stories and scripture through hands on activities. Many
adult and youth volunteers are needed each year to help with the
variety of sponsored activities. Specific tasks depend upon the
theme for the year.
Time required: no more than 10 hours
Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)
A Pre-catechumenate (Inquiry) Class is held twice a month throughout
the year. Those who are interested in the Catholic Faith may join
at any time. Those who have grown in faith may become Catechumens
on the last Sunday in November and plan to join the Catholic Church at
The Saint Gabriel School Commission exists to promote the teachings of
Jesus Christ and to serve the Catholic Community of Fayette County
through the catechetical message of word, worship, community, and
The Commission consists of the pastor, school principal, nine
parishioners, and a representative from the PTSG (Parents and Teachers
of Saint Gabriel School). Parishioners may become members of the
Commission through a discernment process, which is held each
spring. Terms are for a 3-year period. The Archdiocesan
Education Commission and the Archdiocesan Office of Catholic Education
support the Commission.
The roles of the School Commission include:
1. Forming a mission statement, goals and objectives for the
at Saint Gabriel Parish
2. Budgeting for parish educational programs
3. Employment of a school administrator
4. Setting education policies in accordance with Archdiocesan
The Commission meets the first Tuesday of each month August through
June. The exact time and location are published in the parish
bulletin and school newsletter. The meetings are open and guests
are welcome to attend. A person or delegation wishing to address
the Commission may do so by contacting the Commission President or
school principal at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting.
Comments addressed to the Commission by a delegation will be limited to
10 minutes per meeting.
ST. GABRIEL CATHOLIC
Saint Gabriel School was founded in 1854. Its purpose is to
provide a Catholic education for students in the Connersville
area. At that time a tradition of excellence was begun that
The present school, which is state accredited,
consists of classes for preschool through grade 6. Before school
care is provided.
The school is housed in the 1957 building and the
new addition, which was built in 2001 - 2002. Grades preschool –
fourth grade and before care are located in the 1957 building, and
grades five and six plus the school office are in the 2001 addition.
Students use the “old building” for art, gym class, and
lunch. The schoolrooms are shared with evening and weekend
SAINT GABRIEL CATHOLIC SCHOOL MISSION STATEMENT
Saint Gabriel Catholic School is committed to “education founded in
faith” for preschool through sixth grade. Our Roman Catholic
faith is taught, practiced, and celebrated. We are committed to
meeting and exceeding Archdiocesan standards, which include state
standards and national standards for academic excellence. Our
purpose is to emphasize the spiritual dimension of development and high
academic achievement within the context of a loving Christian community.
PHILOSOPHY: Our mission is supported by three basic philosophies:
Parents are the primary educators of their children. Parents have
the right to choose the place and type of education they want their
children to receive. They have the responsibility to be
actively involved in their children’s education and school community.
Roman Catholic Christian values, parental involvement and a
comprehensive academic curriculum are the essential components of a
solid educational foundation. This triangular foundation ensures
the growth and development of children into successful, productive,
Stewardship and service are natural products of a faith-filled life and
make it possible for institutions like St. Gabriel School to perpetuate
and continue to produce moral, responsible adults. St. Gabriel
students develop into citizens who are ready to contribute to society
and meet the challenges of the future.
FACULTY: All classroom teachers are certified elementary school
teachers licensed by the State Department of Education. The
majority of the teachers and staff members are Catholic. Only
Catholic teachers/catechists teach religion classes. The school
principal is a practicing Catholic, licensed and experienced in school
administration and teaching.
Preschool classes are held for three and four year old and four and
five year old students. The four and five year old classes are
Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The three and four year old classes
are Tuesday and Thursday. Classroom activities follow the
Archdiocesan Early Childhood Guidelines.
Parents and Teachers of Saint Gabriel School (PTSG)
PTSG is a very active parent/teacher organization. It exists in
order to facilitate better communication between parents and teachers
and to provide educational opportunities for the students.
Parents and patrons of Saint Gabriel School are invited to become
active members of the PTSG. Meetings are usually held the second
Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m. (Sept. – May).
Youth Ministry is our parish community’s response to the needs of our
young people and invites them to participate in the life, mission, and
work of our community. Youth Ministry is about becoming Church
to, by, for and with young people and their families. Youth
Ministry focuses on these eight components: Advocacy, Catechesis,
Community Life, Evangelization, Pastoral Care, Justice and Service,
Leadership Development, and Spirituality. Some planned annual
events include retreats, a summer mission trip and a youth rally.
Events are planned for both middle and high school youth.
Catechesis or religious education groups for youth in grades seven to
eleven meet on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 to 8:15 p.m. Trained
volunteer catechists share their faith with the young people.
Sacramental Preparation for Confirmation in offered to juniors and
seniors in the parish. This is a program that offers young people
the opportunity to explore their faith and their commitment to the
Church community in a deeper way. Young people participate in
formal classes, do community service work, and attend an overnight
Youth Masses are offered once a month and young people are given the
opportunity to lead the community in our celebration. Young
people are lectors, cantors, ushers, greeters and gift bearers as well
The Parish Youth Group is for all youth in grades seven through twelve
who enjoy gathering for social activities. They also participate in
Deanery and Archdiocesan events. Activities vary and are based on
the time and the season.
Adult Catechetical Team (ACT)
The Adult Catechetical Team strives to offer opportunities for adults
of our parish to strengthen their knowledge of our faith and enrich
their spirituality. We realize that our faith formation should
not end at confirmation. There is a need and desire in our parish
for more adult education opportunities. Our goal is to provide
faith formation opportunities for our parishioners through various
programs, speakers and events. ACT consists of parishioners
interested in helping form classes for adults and informing our parish
of speakers and programs of interest in our area.
Every Tuesday morning Fr. Stan and two men of the parish go to the
Fayette County Jail for a Service of the Word based on the previous
Sunday Lectionary readings. It’s a simple format, but
well-received by the six to eight men in attendance
Marriage Preparation Sponsor Couple
A Sponsor Couple is a married couple who meet with an engaged couple to
discuss pertinent issues facing Christian marriages today. This
is part of the marriage preparation. The sponsor couple should be
in a loving marriage and be ready to discuss the ups and downs of their
marriage and be good listeners.
Time required: The sponsor couple meets with the engaged couple 4
to 6 times before marriage.
Pillar III: Service in the Name of Christ
Funeral choir supports the cantor at Funeral Masses.
Time required: varies
A committee of parishioners that organizes, prepares, and serves a meal
following the funeral for the family and friends of a deceased member
or former member of Saint Gabriel Parish. Currently there are
seven committees. As a member of one of the committees, you are
called to prepare a dish, and if you are able, help serve the
meal. Meals are usually served at the K of C Hall, but
occasionally other arrangements are made.
Time required: five hours to twenty-four hours per a year.
This committee keeps in contact with parishioners who have lost a
friend or family member. They offer a helping hand to those who
are grieving the loss of a family member. They communicate
through notes and phone calls and follow up during the year of the
death. This committee sponsors the All Souls Day Mass each
Time required: Varies according to need. No meetings.
Bereavement Support Group
Tammie Angeles and Chris Wells are beginning this ministry. They
wish to welcome people who have lost a loved one or are experiencing
some difficulty in life to come together for prayer, sharing and
Saint Gabriel took the lead many years ago by joining the CIRBC
(Central Indiana Regional Blood Center) and hosting the first large
scale blood drive in April 1974. That lead to the
Fayette County plan to host 6 drives each year to collect 1,300 units
of blood annually.
Since that time, the need for blood and blood products has increased
tremendously. Today, Saint Gabriel still participates with the
Indiana Blood Center and hosts one of the major county drives each
It takes many hands to conduct a blood drive today. First there
are the many donors and the calling committee to insure that donors are
spaced evenly throughout the day. Then there are the
cookie bakers and the crews that cook and feed the blood drive
workers. Did you know that we do this so that they can eat
in shifts to keep the donor line moving smoothly? There are
the greeters and those who donate the juice and cups and hand out the
cookies. There are those who help set-up and put back after
the drive. Behind the scenes are those who coordinate,
promote and advertise the blood drives.
Giving Tree & Toys for Youth (Christmas in July)
The Giving Tree is the parish’s way of sharing with those less
fortunate at Christmas time. After Thanksgiving, gift tags are
put on a tree in Church indicating individual family needs, for example
“Boy, 12, size 14 jeans.” Parishioners select a tag and purchase
and wrap the item(s) requested. Committee members help identify
needy individuals and coordinate this outreach. There is only one
meeting in October to make a timeline for the give away. Toys for
Youth tags are placed on a tree in July. Parishioners are asked
to purchase a toy and wrap and tag the toy.
Time required: There is little time required for this ministry
The Pro-Life Committee’s general purpose is to make parishioners more
aware of pro-life issues and needs, including euthanasia, abortion,
AIDS, cloning, the elderly and handicapped, etc. Our goal is to
educate the parish about these issues and to emphasize our Christian
responsibility to protect God’s gift of life. The Pro-Life
Committee receives its information from several sources including the
Archdiocesan Pro-Life Office, radio, television, Internet, newspapers,
etc. The committee is involved in planning Masses for Respect
Life Sunday, for the January 22nd anniversary of Roe vs. Wade decision
to legalize abortion and other appropriate occasions during the
year. This committee meets the fourth Wednesday of every month.
Time required: varies
St Vincent de Paul
We help the needy by paying for prescriptions, gas vouchers and
overnight lodging for transients. We also furnish food
vouchers and prepare the food baskets at Christmas time. There
are many deserving needy people in our community. We serve God by
helping those less fortunate than ourselves.
Time required: varies No meetings, just volunteer
work preparing food baskets.
Fr. Stan and Fran Holmes are praying to know God’s will in this new
ministry. What is envisioned is members of the parish going
out two-by-two to visit needy folks in the community.
Thanksgiving Dinner for Senior Citizens
This is an annual event on the Tuesday of Thanksgiving week. Many
volunteers are needed to prepare and serve this dinner, which is held
at the K of C Hall from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. Approximately 250 dinners are
delivered to individual homes as well.
Time required: varies No meetings, just volunteer
work; preparing, serving and delivering meals.
Communion to the Homebound, Nursing Home and Hospital
These Eucharistic Ministers take Communion to persons in the local
hospital and nursing homes and to those who are homebound.
Training is provided.
Time Required: Varies according to need
Community Sharing Foundation
The Foundation is an effort within Fayette County to help meet the
needs of the hungry through a food pantry. Drop off boxes for
non–perishable food items are located in the church for parishioners to
share with those less fortunate. The Foundation meets on the
third Monday of every month at 7:00 p.m. at the Fayette County
Library. Donations can be sent to the Community Sharing
Foundation at Community Sharing Foundation, 120 West 3rd Street,
Connersville, IN 47331.
Time required: as much as 2 hours every week and meetings.
Hope Pregnancy Care Center
Hope Pregnancy Care Center witnesses to the sacred value of all life
and responds accordingly to the woman seeking answers.
Contact: Hope Pregnancy Care Center 825-1244
Pillar IV: Community Building
Welcoming of New Parishioners
This committee extends a warm welcome to all new parishioners with a
visit and sharing of a packet of church and Chamber of Commerce
brochures. When available the new parishioner receives our
current pictorial directory. The primary responsibility of
this committee is to make the new parishioners feel important and make
them feel welcomed.
Time required: 2-3 hours a year
This group of senior citizens (55+) in the parish meets on the third
Wednesday (except in November, it is the last Wednesday of the month)
at noon to share a meal and fun. It is a way for seniors to
get better acquainted with each other. The group eats at a local
restaurant during the winter months and out of town restaurants in the
summer months. There are no dues, just a fun time!
Gabriel’s Horn is a quarterly newsletter sent to all parishioners and
interested persons notifying them of parish life and special activities.
Time required: Varies
Daughters of Isabella
The Daughters of Isabella at Saint Gabriel raise funds for Saint
Elizabeth’s Home in Indianapolis, a $500 Scholarship, as well as the
local church needs and those of the Connersville community. It is
a circle of Catholic women meeting monthly who share membership with
State, National, and International Circles.
Time required: Meetings are the fourth Monday each month
Knights of Columbus
The Knights of Columbus, K of C, is a group of men actively involved in
many spiritual, social, charitable and community programs. Lenten
Breakfasts, Casino Nights, Saint Patrick’s Day Celebration, Italian
Night, and Chicken dinners are some of the fundraisers the K of C
sponsors during the year. Proceeds help Saint Gabriel School, the
parish, and the community. The Hall is located at 921 Central
Avenue and is open at various times for social and dining events.
Council meetings are the first and third Mondays of each month.
Time required: As much or as little as one wants.
Contact: K of C Hall
Knights of Columbus Auxiliary
The Knights of Columbus Auxiliary consists of spouses, mothers,
daughters etc. of members of the K of C. This, like the K of C,
is a spiritual, social and charitable organization. This
auxiliary assists the K of C, provides scholarships and makes a basket
for the Fall Festival. They meet on the second Tuesday of every
Time required: As much or as little as one wants.
A group of men within the K of C that has received this highest
honor. This is a patriotic degree. Third degree members
within the K of C who are members at least one year are eligible.
Fourth Degree men serve willingly in full dress at liturgical
celebrations, parades, and funerals as Honor Guard.
The Foundation: Administration /Stewardship
The Stewardship Commission promotes and implements a comprehensive
program of stewardship that cares for the human, material and financial
resources of the parish. It is responsible to the Pastor and
Parish Pastoral Council and helps to achieve Parish goals and
objectives in the area of Stewardship.
Time Required: at least five meetings a year, as needed.
Finance & Planned Giving Committee
The Pastor appoints members of the Finance Committee. Duties and
responsibilities of this committee include assisting and advising the
Pastor concerning the administration of the parish as it pertains to
financial matters. They help committees and groups prepare their
budgets and they oversee the preparation of the parish budget.
They oversee the preparation of the annual report for the parish and
the archdiocese. The committee members are skilled in financial
and business matters.
Time required: Meetings are held every other month on the second
Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. or as needed.
Property and Facilities Committee
This committee is responsible for the maintenance, upkeep, and repairs
of all parish buildings and grounds. It is charged with the task
of evaluating current needs with regard to parish properties, planning
for future development and proper care and maintenance of all parish
buildings and grounds. This is a working committee.
Time required: Meeting held last Wednesday of the month or as needed.
Volunteers clean the church on a rotating basis. We currently
have five committees in charge of cleaning the church.
Time required: Approximately two hours every five weeks
Auction & Flea Market
This committee is responsible for the annual spring Auction and Flea
Market. Parishioners donate used, collectible, or handmade items
for our auction and/or flea market.
Time required: Varies
Chicken at the Fair
During the Fayette County Free Fair we serve our Fried Chicken on
Tuesday evening to all in our community.
Time required: Varies
The Fall Festival is a time of fun and games along with our Famous
Fried Chicken Dinner. We also have a country store where people
can buy homemade goodies and crafts.
Time required: Varies
The Winterfest is the kick off for Catholic Schools’ Week. It is
another opportunity for parishioners and our guests to have fun and
play games while enjoying the Kunkel’s famous chili.
Time required: varies