Volunteers Needed!

Volunteers are needed to assist in the changing of the hymnals for the new liturgical year.
This will take place Wednesday, November 3rd after the 9:00 am daily Mass. Thank you!


Giving Tree 

November 6 thru Dec 12, 2021

St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother parish will again partner with local community organizations this Advent season to provide gifts for those in need.  We are starting the Giving Tree program earlier this year due to possible shortages and delays buyers may encounter in the retail market.

We will be working with three organizations, Tick-Tock Early Learning Center, Pocopson Home, and Legacy for Life. Please take one of the paper ornaments from our Giving Tree in the vestibule.  Some of the gifts MUST be returned to the church vestibule by December 4th. All others gifts should be returned to the church vestibule by December 12th. Please leave all gifts unwrapped, with the tag attached.  Thank you for your generosity and love for others in need.  If you have any questions, please call the church office. 


PREP Updates:

Preschool to Level 4 children are invited to participate in the Children’s Liturgy of the Word at the 9:30 Mass.  All children and adults must wear masks.  Parents are invited to participate also.

Parents, please find the new, updated schedule and handbook on our PREP Download page!
PREP Classes are held every Monday (September through Easter).
This resource will help you when teaching children about the faith:
Catechism of the Catholic Church http://www.vatican.va/archive/ENG0015/_INDEX.HTM

Job posting – Director of Music

St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother Parish is looking to fill a part-time position as Music Director to begin ministry in September 2021. This position requires the ability to play the pipe organ and at time piano.

Our program needs building up and we are looking for someone creative and energetic to recruit choir members and musicians. The Director of Music reports directly to the Pastor and collaborates closely with the Parish Pastoral Staff.

This position involves two or three weekend Masses (Saturday Vigil Mass at 4:15 pm, Sunday Masses at 9:30am and 11:30 am), and including rehearsing with and building up the Parish Choir. Currently, Choir rehearsals are held on Tuesday evening from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm from September to June.

Additional liturgies to be covered include: Christmas, Holy Week, Easter, Holy Days, and Masses for the Sacraments of Initiation (First Eucharist and Confirmation). Some of these liturgies involve collaboration with instrumentalists.

The Music Director should plan liturgical music and meet with Pastor as needed for other special liturgies. Weddings and funeral liturgy planning with the families is also required. Additional compensation is provided for these liturgies.

Along with excellent musical skills, this position requires a person in good standing with our Catholic faith.

To apply, send your resume to:

St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother Church, P.O. Box 709, Avondale, PA 19311

Email: stgabriel@kennett.net

Questions may be directed to the Parish Business Manager, Silvia Lawrence.


Year of St. Joseph

Pope Francis proclaimed this liturgical year from December 2020-2021 in honor of St. Joseph the worker, foster father of Jesus, protector of the church, and terror of demons.

Here are 15 ways to earn plenary indulgences: https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/fifteen-ways-to-gain-an-indulgence-in-the-year-of-st-joseph-81304

Additional prayers to St. Joseph can be found here:  http://www.catholictradition.org/Joseph/joseph-txt.htm

For the entire year of St. Joseph, our parish will be hosting a traveling Sacred Heart Icon for vocations.  Starting on Sunday March 21st and running until March of 2022, your family can host the Icon at your house for a week to pray for vocations. You would pickup the Icon at the Church after either the Saturday Vigil Mass or after any Sunday Mass.  You would then return the Icon by Friday at 3pm. We ask that while you have the Icon in your home, that you pray specially for vocations.  We will provide a laminated card with a prayer for vocations on it, for you. You may choose more than 1 week if you so wish.

Please click this link to see the dates available and to sign up for your week.  If you have any questions or concerns please call the office. (or paste the following into your browser: https://forms.gle/cJHjvk5pcjPXA8nH9)