Adult and Teen Lectors
Ministers of the Word bring Christ’s presence to His people at Eucharistic liturgies and other liturgical services by proclaiming the Word of God. Lectors are responsible for proclaiming the first and second readings at Mass and lead the petitions during Prayer of the Faithful. Persons who have a deep faith and feel called to be a lector can inquire the parish office for training.
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion help distribute Holy Communion during Mass. They also may bring Holy Communion to parishioners who are sick or homebound. They are nominated by the pastor and approved by the Archbishop of Hartford.
Altar Servers assist the Priest during the celebration of the Eucharist and other liturgical services. St. Joseph has opportunities for both Adult servers and for Youth servers (beginning in the fourth grade). Please contact the parish office for information about training.
Ushers and Greeters
Ushers and Greeters provide the first sign of welcome into the community and fosters a sense of community and friendliness.
Kindergarten through Tenth Grade
Faith Formation is available to all children and teens of the parish. They meet once per week and follow the school calendar September through April. Children are prepared for the Sacrament of Reconciliation and First Eucharist in the second grade. Preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation is offered to teenager grades nine and ten. Sacramental preparation takes place through the Faith Formation programs and may include retreats, service and group activities. Catechists need to commit to teaching weekly classes September through April and participate in occasional training / meetings.
Adult Faith Formation/Soup for the Soul
The purpose of Adult Faith Formation programs is to provide adult parishioners with opportunities to grow in faith and spirituality through Bible studies, doctrinal studies, and faith sharing groups.
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
The RCIA program provides several stages of faith formation for individuals who are seeking baptism in the Catholic Church, and those who have been baptized in other Christian traditions who wish to explore the Catholic faith as a way to live their faith and deepen their relationship with Christ.
This time of preparation, prior to initiation into the Church, includes formation in liturgy, prayer, doctrine, service, Christian morality, and traditions of the Church within a community of people seeking deeper faith.
Funeral Mass Ministry
The Funeral Mass Ministry calls on bereaved families of St. Gabriel Parish who desire help to plan the funeral Mass of a deceased loved one.
The Saint Gabriel Choir sings weekly at the 10:30 AM Sunday Mass and for special seasonal liturgies. The group rehearses on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 PM, with additional rehearsals for Christmas and Easter as needed. All adults and high school students are welcome to join. No audition is necessary.
The Good Shepherd Choir provides all music for funerals scheduled at Saint Gabriel Church, lending support to family and friends of the deceased with their gift of song. Members are notified of funerals in advance and participate as their schedules allow.
The Holy Family Retreat Center in West Hartford, operated by the Passionist Community, offers weekend retreats for both men and women during the year. Dates are publicized in the parish bulletin.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
The Prayer Shawl Ministry provides knitted or crocheted prayer shawls and infant prayer blankets to anyone who would benefit from receiving one. The Shawls are created with prayers as each stitch is made.
The Social Ministry provides opportunity for our Parish Family to socialize together, fostering a sense of community within the Parish Family as well as a sense of welcoming to new members of the Parish.
The Liturgy Committee, in cooperation with the pastor, recognizes that the environment is a vehicle to meet the Lord and to encounter one another. The art and decoration of the liturgical space enhances the celebration of the liturgy and invites the Christian community to gather to celebrate its faith and vision.
Celebrate Life Ministry
The Celebrate Life Ministry seeks to foster an awareness of the dignity of all human life from conception to natural death. This is done through Education – hosting speakers, providing information on pending legislation, Respect Life quotes in the bulletin; Prayer – Adoration, Rosary for Life, participation in the 40 Days for Life campaign; and Action – collections for organizations such as St. Agnes Home and St. Gerard Center for Life.
Youth Group Ministry
An opportunity for grades 6th-10th graders to come together as a parish family, be themselves, have fun and get to know God and understand His role in their life.