Once again this year, our parish will be providing Christmas gifts for underprivileged children and families in and around Newark through St. Michael's parish. Trees are in the church lobby with tags for either a child or a family.
Walk-In Dinner Program
Our parish has been participating in the Walk-In Dinner program of the Inter-religious Fellowship for the Homeless for the past eighteen years. Many parishioners volunteer to help prepare the dinner, while others drive to Hackensack to deliver the meal and serve. We do this on a regular basis - about eight times a year. In preparation for our evening in Hackensack, we have a "sign-up" session after Mass so that the parishioners, who can volunteer to cook or serve, can commit to the date. The date for the next WID is announced at Mass and in the bulletin.
Food Pantry Collection
On the first weekend of each month, the parishioners donate bags of food to stock the food pantry at St. Michael's Parish in Newark. Suggested items are rice, pasta, canned tuna, peanut butter, jelly, canned fruit, canned vegetables, and other basics. The food is delivered to St. Michael's for distribution after the noon Mass on Sunday begins.
In July 2013 Sr. Esther travelled to Haiti to experience first hand how our parish may pair with a parish in Haiti. Sr. Marilyn Minter is our contact there, (Sr. Marilyn has given talks and missions here at St. Gabriel's) and introduced Sr. Esther to the pastor at St. Yves Parish. If you would like further information, please contact Sr. Esther at the Parish Office 201 327 5663 x305 or EFalzone@StGabrielSR.org