Faith Advisory Committee

The Mission of the Faith Advisory Committee is to encourage students and their families to grow in their Catholic Faith.  The committee prayerfully supports the faculty and helps to enrich their principles through the guidance of the Holy Spirit. 

 

The committee has many faith-filled activities planned throughout the year and is looking for volunteers!  If you are interested, please email Jennifer Hoefling or Anne Bowen for more information. 

FAITH ADVISORY ANNOUNCEMENTS

May: Celebrate Mary, Our Blessed Mother!


Traditionally, as we continue celebrating the Easter Season, we recognize special devotions to Mary during the month of May. As we rejoice in our Risen Lord and in the new life He gave us, we remember His mother, Mary in a special way. Mary gave birth to our Savior and nurtured Him as a child. She was His first and most dedicated disciple. She constantly guides us to Him by her holy example.

 

Below, we have compiled a list of devotions suggested by St. Gabriel families. We hope you enjoy them, and please, if you have one to share, let us know!
 

1.  May Crowning

2.  Living Rosary

3.  Learn a Marian prayer:  Hail Holy Queen, The Fatima Prayers, or The Memorare

4.  Pray the Rosary as a family

5.  Pray a novena, such as the Novena to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

6.  Pray a decade of the Rosary each day.  By the end of the week, you will have said an entire Rosary!

7.  Enjoy Marian music, such as Ave Maria, Immaculate Mary, or Hail, Holy Queen

8.  Create a home Mary garden or dedicated indoor space for a statue of Mary.  Decorate it with flowers or herbs.

9.  Bring flowers to the Grotto or to your home Mary garden.

10.  Flowers of Mary:  marigolds, lilies, roses (esp. red or white), violets, lavender, and columbine

11.  Watch the Busted Halo video, Mary in 2 Minutes:  bustedhalo.com/video/mary-in-two-minutes

12.  Create a visual Rosary.  Use cupcakes or cookies or go healthy!  Use blueberries, raisins, small crackers or popcorn!  There are 53 Hail Mary beads, 6 Our Father beads, 1 medal (can be same as Our Father bead), and 1 crucifix (can be a snack, a picture, or an actual crucifix)

13.  Create a Rosary garden.  Use different rocks or painted rocks as the beads.

14.  Enjoy a Rosary holder craft to hold your special Rosary (a simple wood cross or plaque with prayer card attached with screw-in hook on front to hang the rosary; can use tissue paper or modge-podge to decorate; drill hole or attach string to use for hanging)

15.  Have your Rosary or other sacramentals blessed by your parish priest.

16.  Read about a saint with a special devotion to Mary, such as St. Catherine Laboure and the Miraculous Medal, or St. Louis de Montford, or St. John Paul II.  

17.  Pray the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin.


 

With masses cancelled, schools closed, and activities shuttered, we face an unprecedented situation.  As we make efforts to social distance from each other, let us remember that God is our Father.  He loves us.  He sent His only Son to save us.  He is with us always.  He walks this journey with us, at our side.  He waits to welcome us with open arms, in all our anxiety, in all our fear, and in all our struggles.  Let us go to Him!  Our faith community is strong, and we put our trust in Him!

 

Here are some quick links and ideas we hope will help you remain close to Our Father as we begin our distance learning journey: 

 

My soul, be at rest in God alone, from whom comes my hope. (Psalm 62:1)

 

Attend Mass Virtually:

When a physical communion is not possible, make a spiritual Communion by attending virtual masses:

 

EWTN

 

Mass at The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

 

 

Listen to Fr. Richard's reading of the Gospel and his homily:

 

Fr. Richard's Homilies

 

 

Pray Pope Francis' Prayer to "Our Lady, Health of the Sick," which he composed especially for the COVID-19 pandemic:

O Mary, you shine continuously on our journey as a sign of salvation and hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick.
At the foot of the Cross you participated in Jesus’ pain,
with steadfast faith.
You, Salvation of the Roman People, know what we need.
We are certain that you will provide, so that,
as you did at Cana of Galilee,
joy and feasting might return after this moment of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love,
to conform ourselves to the Father’s will
and to do what Jesus tells us:
He who took our sufferings upon Himself, and bore our sorrows to bring us,
through the Cross, to the joy of the Resurrection. Amen.
We seek refuge under your protection, O Holy Mother of God.
Do not despise our pleas we who are put to the test 
and deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin.
Amen.

 

Build Prayer Into Your Day:

 

Read your Bible!  Enjoy this time to read the daily Gospel or choose a book of the Bible and read it through with your family.  

 

Say The Morning Offering:

O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer you my prayers, works, joys, and sufferings of this day for all the intentions of your Sacred Heart, in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world, for the salvation of souls, the reparation of sin, the reunion of all Christians, and in particular for the intentions of the Holy Father this month.  Amen.

 

Offer the Angelus at 6:00 am, Noon and 6:00pm

(this is live broadcast on EWTN site noted above)

 

V.  The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary:

R. And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.  Say a Hail Mary

 

V. Behold the handmaid of the Lord

R. Be it done unto me according to Thy word.  Say a Hail Mary

 

V. And the Word was made Flesh (genuflect)

R. And dwelt among us. (rise) Say a Hail Mary

 

V.  Pray for us O holy Mother of God

R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ

 

Let us pray...Pour forth we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts, that we to whom the Incarnation of Christ, Thy Son, was made known by the message of an angel, may by His Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of His Resurrection.  Through the same Christ Our Lord. Amen.

 

Say Grace Before Meals (and snacks!):

Bless us, O Lord, and these Thy gifts which we are about to receive from Thy bounty, through Christ Our Lord. Amen

 

Grace After Meals:

We give Thee thanks, Almighty God, for these and all Thy benefits, Who livest and reignest forever. Amen.

 

Pray the Rosary

The Rosary can fit any schedule: pray an entire Rosary at once.  Pray the five decades over the course of the day, or pray a decade each school day. Do a FaceTime Rosary with friends and family.  Invite others to pray with you!

 

During this Lenten season, we meditate on the five Sorrowful Mysteries as we pray.  Here is a link to remind you of how to pray the Rosary:

 

How to Pray the Rosary

 

Say a Hail Mary or an Our Father anytime throughout the day!  Perhaps between "classes" or maybe before "recess."

 

Learn a new prayer, such as the Prayer of St. Francis, the Memorare, or St. Teresa of Calcutta's Daily Prayer (Link)

 

Sign up for the St. Gabriel's School Lenten Journey emails.

Allow these email reflections and prayers to accompany your students' poster journey, which was distributed to them on Ash Wednesday.

 

Sign up for email Novenas at Pray More Novenas

Join thousands of others praying novenas with an email sent directly to you.

 

Sign up for the Morning Offering emails at Your Morning Offering emails

This email arrives early each morning and contains the Gospel of the day, a mediation, Saint of the Day, and more!

 

Saint of the Day!  Look up each day's feast.  Just this week we celebrate the Solemnity of St. Joseph on March 19th!

Here is a link for quick reference:  Saint of the Day

 

 

The following websites have faith-based activities and games for parents and kids of all ages:

 

Catholic Icing

 

Catholic Mom

 

Drawn2BCreative

 

Reach out to your friends!  Support them in prayer.  Ask them to support you in prayer.  It is powerful and building!  We are together with Our Lord!

 

"Prayer is not asking.  Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God, at His disposition, and listening to His voice in the depths of our hearts."  St. Teresa of Calcutta

 

"Do not look forward to the changes and chances of this life with fear; rather look upon them with strong hope that, as they arise, God, Whose child you are, will deliver you from them." St. Francis de Sales

 

"We cannot always do great things, but we can do little things with great love." St. Jane de Chantal

Happy New Year 2020:  Year of St. Joseph!

Bishop Jugis has declared January 1st - December 31st The Year of St. Joseph.  Please see Year of St. Joseph Website to learn more about this special year dedicated to honoring St. Joseph as guardian and protector of our church and her faithful.

What is a St. Joseph Altar?

 

The St. Joseph altar originated in Sicily in the Middle Ages as a way to thank St. Joseph for his part in relieving the area from famine. After praying to him to help end their drought, it rained and produced a crop of fava beans. In thanksgiving, the Sicilians promised to honor him on his feast day each year by setting up an altar with items that relate to him. 

 

The altar is set up to represent the Holy Trinity and is divided into three sections with a statue of St. Joseph at the head. Candles, figurines, flowers, medals, and food items are placed on the altar. Because the altars thank St. Joseph for relieving hunger, offerings of food are added to the cornucopia and are donated to local charities. 

 

Everything placed on the altar is symbolic of St. Joseph. Some examples include breadcrumbs as sawdust to represent Joseph’s time as a carpenter, a peace lily to symbolize his innocence, and candles in remembrance of loved ones and because many pray to St. Joseph for a happy death. Fish represent the twelve apostles or the miracle of the loaves and the fishes, wine symbolizes the miracle at Cana, grapes represent the vineyards of Sicily, olive oil and olives represent the olive orchards of Sicily, and dried figs represent the fig orchards of Sicily.

 

The food dishes represent the harvest, the created beauties of the world. Breads are baked in shapes of a staff, a carpenter's implement, a hand, the cross and animals close to the Infant Child at birth. These shapes represent St. Joseph and the life of Christ. Other vegetables, celery, fennel stalks, boiled and stuffed artichokes are also served. Many dessert cookies are embellished with almonds. The almond tree is characteristic among the flora of the Mediterranean and a profoundly sacred symbol to those of Jewish, Moslem and Christian faiths alike.

 

Here is a list of tropical foods that you would see on the altar:

Pasta sauce, tomato sauce, pasta, fennel, garlic, onion- all ingredients in Pasta Milanese (a meatless pasta dish served during the St. Joseph feast day) 

Eggplant, Artichokes, Olives 

French bread loaves (bread in general is fine, but is often baked into shapes that represent St. Joseph) 

 

 

PRAYING MOTHERS GROUP - MONDAYS AT 8:00 AM

Praying Mothers Group invites all moms to join us in lifting up our St. Gabriel School Community each week after drop off, Mondays 8 am to 8:30am, Room E in the Ministry Center.  Come as you are! Email Megan Deblitz (deblitz1@mac.com) with any prayer requests or questions.

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St. Gabriel is a co-ed, K - 5th grade,
Catholic school in Charlotte, NC, open to students of all faiths and backgrounds.

St. Gabriel belongs to the Mecklenburg Area Catholic Schools (MACS) system.