Christ acts through the Sacraments he instituted to communicate his grace. The sacraments are perceptible signs (words and actions) accessible to our human nature. By the action of Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit they make present efficaciously the grace they signify.
So God gives his Divine life to us as Catholic Christians through the sacramental life of the Church. In each Sacrament Christ is present with us in every stage and condition of life.
This is why our Mission at St. Gabriel’s is to Proclaim Christ and make disciples through the Sacramental life of the Church. We really believe that each Sacrament is an encounter with the living God. The effect is that our lives are as Jesus desired: I have come that you may have life and life to the full (John 10:10) and as St. Paul declared to the unbelieving Greeks: ..in Him we live and move and exist (Acts 17:28)
Engaged couples should contact the pastor at least six months prior to their intended wedding date, PRIOR TO committing to a date. Engaged couples are required to participate in the FOCCUS program which prepares engaged couples for the Sacrament of Marriage. Click the following attachment for answers to questions: Marriage Preparation & Planning Guide
Anointing & Communion for the Sick and Shut In
If you or your loved one is facing surgery, an illness or end of life issues, the Sacrament of Anointing is a spiritual and prayerful blessing. Anointing is always most effective when you AND your loved one are able to participate in prayer. Contact the pastor to make arrangements for this personal sacrament.Inform the parish office of parishioners who are unable to attend Mass because of illness, surgery or age and would like communion. We will arrange for a St. Gabriel Parish Communion Minister to deliver communion after the weekend or daily mass.