Dear St. Gabriel Parishioners:
- Today's Gospel passage is one of the classic descriptions of authentic Christian spirituality, the image of the “vine and the branches” as to invite us to a depth of spirituality. If Jesus is the vine, we are summoned to ‘abide’, to ‘live', to make our home ‘in him'. The Gospel text of the vine challenges us:
-How do we maintain intimacy with the living God as we strive to live out our vocation of bearing fruit for the world?
-What does it mean, to ‘abide' or ‘dwell' in the vine, to be intimately attached to Jesus?
- Please consider to share the Blessing of God that you have received in participating in the Annual Catholic Appeal Campaign this year 2021. Materials have been sent to each of the household from the Archdiocese and our own parish to inform and invite you to learn about over 60 different ministries in the Archdiocese support by the Annual Catholic Appeal. Individually we cannot respond to all the legitimate needs of the people of God in the Archdiocese; but TOGETHER, we will be able to accomplish the need for all people of God.
Thank you for your generous and consistent support to St. Gabriel year-round and the Annual Catholic Appeal 2020. I’m sure that with your help and support, together, we will fulfill our parish goal this year. I’m counting on each of you to join with me in supporting the common Ministries that we share together as a local Church of the Archdiocese of Seattle.
This weekend is the Annual Catholic Appeal Education week. Thank you for your participation and support of the Annual Catholic Appeal last year; please joins with me and other parishioners in supporting the many ministries in the Annual Catholic Appeal of 2021.
- As we come to this month of May, the Church traditionally celebrate our Blessed Mother, Mary in a special way; the Legion of Mary and other parishioners will continue to invite us to pray together as a community before Mass the “Mysteries of the Rosary – a meditative prayer in the life of Jesus and our Blessed Mother, Mary”. May this “common prayer – the Rosary” extending to our family at home and in our own individual time of prayer, as we have done successfully in the “discipline of prayer” throughout the last Lenten Season.
- Please remember to pray for:
“Neophytes – Newly Baptized”, Newly Catholics received through Full Communion with our Church on Easter Vigil April 3. Please continue to our parish newly Baptized and Received into the Church.
The Newly Confirmed – Junior High and Seniors High and Adults – on last Saturday, April 17 at 6:30 PM by Bishop Daniel Mueggenborg. Please continue to pray for our young newly Confirmed.
Most, especially, “the children” from our parish community who are preparing for their First Holy Communion – an encounter of Christ in the Sacrament of Eucharist for the first time in their lives. The small group of children from last week was:
- Saturday, April 24 at 6:30 PM Mass: Kai Janaszak, Isaac Sink and James Alameda
- Sunday, April 25 at 8:00 AM Mass: Lucas Bacus and Curtis Chobot
- Sunday, April 25 at 11:00 AM Mass: Sophia Frazier, Adam Meredith and Natalia Calderon
Please pray for these children by name as they will be formed in the Body of Christ with the whole Church. We’ll share the names of other children as they will receive their First Holy Communion in the weeks ahead.
Fr. Phuong Hoang