About St. Gabriel
All of us at St. Gabriel are glad and feel blessed that you have taken a look at our parish community. We take great pride in living our lives according to the Gospel of Mercy proclaimed by Jesus Christ. As He welcomed all to journey with Him, so do we. As Pastor, I would like to invite you on a journey of faith with our community.
Let me tell you a little about this community. We are a community nestled within the southern Clay county region of Kansas City. We are made up of people, young and old, from all walks of life, coming from many different ethnic backgrounds. Some of us remember the first days of the parish (yes it began in a roller rink) and some are taking a first look. We have a beautiful school where kids from ages 2 to14 learn, grow and discover the love and mercy of Jesus Christ. We celebrate Mass. We sing. We serve. We reach out to our neighbors in need. We’ll greet you as a neighbor and a friend and find a place where you can serve as well.
St. Gabriel is a small parish. We pray, work and serve together with the help of God’s Holy Spirit. But we still have a long way to go. No church is perfect. We are all “companions on the journey of faith.” I’d like to invite you to discover the spirit of St. Gabriel for yourselves. Come and journey with us. You’ll find a home here.
Fr. Joe Sharbel, Pastor
St. Gabriel Archangel Parish Lenten Journey 2021
(Confessions in Heritage Hall, hallway between church and school.)
+ Thursdays 6pm-7pm (beginning 2/18)
+ Fridays 12noon – 1pm (beginning 2/19)
+Sundays: 30 minutes prior to each Mass. (beginning 2/21)
Stations of the Cross Fridays @ 5:30pm
Adoration Fridays After 8:15am Mass – 5pm
www.formed.org (Catholic website that can be accessed for free)
+Lenten Daily Reflections + Into the Desert: Lenten Study on Prayer
+Opening The Word - Sunday Reflection of Readings
+ Presence – The Mystery of the Eucharist
+ Elements of the Mass
(The above are just a few suggestions of material you can utilize from FORMED.)
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An Examination of Conscience
+ For the times when I forget that I need a Savior, and arrogantly rely on myself as if I am sufficient to myself: Lord Jesus, have mercy on me!
+ For the times when I trust my sinful attachments more than the Father’s love: Lord Jesus, have mercy on me!
+ For the times when I allow my own reactions and opinions to supersede the truth of the Father revealed to me through Christ in his Church: Lord Jesus, have mercy on me!
+ For the times when I shun the presence of Christ, whether it be his sacramental presence or his presence through the people he puts in my life: Lord Jesus, have mercy on me!
+ For the times when I blaspheme by using other human beings as things that I can manipulate or use for my own selfish ends: Lord Jesus, have mercy on me!
+ For the times when I abuse those things the Father has given to me for the building up of his Kingdom: Lord Jesus, have mercy on me!
+ For the times when I justify my sinfulness: Lord Jesus, have mercy on me!
Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen
God our Father, in this Lenten season may we not betray your love by trying to deserve it. Help us to fast from all that distracts us from your love. Help us to recognize you as the origin and goal of all the desires you place in our hearts. Help us to be true to ourselves and true to you by continuing to beg for your love. Through Christ our Lord. Amen
Resumption of Public Masses Important Information
We urge every parishioner to become aware of these instructions before attending Mass at St. Gabriel
The Diocese has issued instructions regarding the policies and procedures to be put into place when public Masses resume. Those Liturgical Guidelines as of April 30 can be seen in their entirety here. St Gabriel is committed to following this guidance from the Diocese. Below are rules from the Diocesan policy and how St. Gabriel will implement them.
We are limited on the number of people (all wearing masks) allowed inside of our church at any one time.
Who Should or Should Not Attend
- All four area diocesan bishops have dispensed the faithful from the obligation to attend Mass on Sunday and from the Easter Duty. Therefore,
- Those who are symptomatic or who have been exposed to another with the virus within 14 days are not permitted to enter the church, in accordance with national, state and local health directives. All attendees are asked to check their temperature at home before coming to church.
- Those who are at risk because of an underlying health issue or who are 60 or older are strongly encouraged, for their own health, to avoid the risk of attending public celebrations of the Mass.
- If you have small children for whom wearing a mask for extended periods of time is a concern then you may wish to refrain from attending or make other arrangements for the care of your children.
- Remember during this phase of this process we have a reduced capacity in our church. We don't want to turn people away but we cannot allow more than our limited capacity to ensure social distancing is in place.
- St. Gabriel will continue to live stream the Mass on Wednesdays at 8:15 am and Saturday at 4 pm for the foreseeable future and we urge those at risk to take advantage of this.
Entering and Leaving the Church and Being Seated
- Enter thru the main church doors. Stop in Gathering Space to give name and phone number to Greeter.
- Within the center sections, pews will be taped off to ensure the six foot distancing. Ushers will be helping with seating. Please only sit in the pews you have been directed to. Do not remove any tape. Upon entering your pew you need to leave six feet of open space between you and any other family in your pew.
- Move all the way to the end of the pew, leaving six feet between you and any family who may be in the pew already. Please do not grab an end seat when there is more space available in the pew. We cannot allow people to "scoot past" you on their way to their seats.
- Exit through the Parish Office door. When you leave the church at the end of mass, please remember to keep a six foot distance between yourself and other families.
- We will have two communion ministers distributing the Body of Christ.
- We will use the center aisle going to communion and the side aisle for returning to our pews. Floor markings will be placed six feet apart on the aisle approaching the sanctuary for communion. Please maintain the distancing when you return to your pew.
- Holy Communion will be distributed in the hand only.
- Those who refrain from receiving communion still unite themselves with the sacrifice of Christ. Non-communicants are kindly asked not to accompany their loved ones during the reception of communion, remembering that a blessing is given to all at the end of Mass.
- When approaching the Communion minister, the communicant is to pull their mask below their chin in order to receive Communion. The communicant will immediately replace their mask after consuming the Host.
- Appropriate cleaning of high use areas within the church will take place before each service.
- The pews utilized by the assembly will be thoroughly sanitized.
- Holy water fonts will remain empty until further notice.
- Entry doors will be propped open before and after Mass.
- Our Offertory Procession is suspended.
- The sign of peace is optional. If it is offered, there is to be no physical contact. A simple gesture, such as a nod of the head, is recommended..
Over Flow / Too Many in Attendance
- The Diocese has stated that we are not permitted to exceed our capacity if it violates the distancing standards. Therefore we would have no choice but to not allow people to come in once we have reached our limited capacity.
- The Gathering Space will be open for an overflow of 10 people.
- We will not show the Mass in other locations on the campus.
- We cannot allow the faithful into the sanctuary to receive Holy Communion only and then leave.
- We will continue to live stream 4 pm Saturday Mass. No other masses will be live streamed.
- Decide if it is too risky for you to attend. Please err on the side of caution.
- Wear a mask. Bring your own.
- Do not bunch up, maintain six feet distancing from other families. Avoid contact with non-family members.
- Go as far into the pew as safety permits. Do not sit at the near end of a pew if there is more space. We cannot have people "scoot past" you.
- Communion -
- Masks to be worn going to Communion. Lower it briefly to place the Body of Christ in your mouth.
- Non-Communicants please do not go to the altar to receive a blessing.
- Respect social distance when leaving the church. Avoid crowds at end of Mass, go directly to your vehicle please.
- Clergy are not to greet the faithful either before or after Mass. It is not a matter of not loving you or being arrogant. It is to ensure your safety and health and that of the priest.
To view the Diocese's EIM Code of Conduct Policy & Communications with Youth Policy follow this link: