Parish Groups

At St Gabriel’s our parish groups support a diverse range of ministries, and groups within the church community, each serving unique purposes and catering to various interests and needs of our parishioners. Here’s a breakdown of some common parish groups you can get involved in:

Liturgical Ministries: These groups play essential roles in the celebration of Mass and other liturgical services. Examples include:

  • Altar Servers: Assist the priest during Mass by serving at the altar.
  • Lectors: Proclaim the Word of God through readings at Mass.
  • Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Assist in distributing the Eucharist during Mass and may also bring it to the sick and homebound.
  • Choirs and Music Ministry: Enhance the worship experience through music and song.

Faith Formation and Education: These groups focus on religious education, formation, and spiritual growth:

  • Religious Education Programs: Provide catechesis and sacramental preparation for children, teens, and adults.
  • RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults): Prepare individuals seeking to become Catholic through a process of inquiry, learning, and formation.
  • Faith Sharers: Offer opportunities for ongoing learning, discussion, and reflection on Catholic teachings and spirituality.

Social Outreach and Service Ministries: These groups engage in charitable activities and social justice initiatives:

  • Food Pantries and Soup Kitchens: Provide food assistance to those in need.

Fellowship and Support Groups: These groups provide avenues for fellowship, support, and community building:

  • Small Faith Sharing Groups: Gatherings for prayer, Scripture study, and mutual support.
  • Young Adult and Youth Groups: Offer social, spiritual, and service opportunities for young people.

Special Interest and Cultural Groups: These groups cater to specific interests or cultural backgrounds within the parish:

  • Ethnic Ministry Groups: Celebrate cultural heritage and provide support for immigrant communities.

These are just a few examples of some of the parish groups we have here at St Gabriel’s. Each group plays a vital role in fostering spiritual growth, community engagement, and living out the Catholic faith in daily life. To find out more about our parish groups and to know how you ca get involved click here