By kholum - Last updated: Sunday, January 8, 2012
Dear Parishioners and Friends of St. Gabriel’s
As Pastor I want to welcome you to the website of our parish of St. Gabriel Archangel in Kansas City, Missouri. I, along with the people of our parish and our pastoral staff hope that this first encounter with our parish may be one that will further your inquiry into our community.We are a community of 900 families in southeastern Clay County. St. Gabriel’s was first established in 1956 and over the years has grown to become a solid part of this neighborhood. We established a parish school early on and later added an Early Childhood Learning Center. Both continue today offering good, solid Catholic education to families across our area. We are very proud of our school and learning center. Our slogan has become, “St. Gabriel’s –where everyone knows your name.” I hope you will drop by sometime and meet our great staff and tour our facilities.
If you come to Mass here on the weekend you will discover a committed group of parishioners who faithfully pray for the needs of all. We pray for the poor and lost. We welcome the stranger and help comfort the grieving. We do our best to be Christ for others. Come and share the Eucharist with a simple community that wants to know Christ better and serve His people as best we can.
We all have a place here at St. Gabriel’s. I could not welcome you to our website without letting you know that our teens are a big part of our life. Each Sunday evening we have a very uplifting and spiritual Mass at 6pm. Many young people from around the area have been drawn here for companionship with our Lord and with one another. Following Mass they stay for a teaching and fellowship. They are great at working so much in our parish and beyond. They impress so many who come through our doors. We are so proud that they have found a home< .
So thank you for looking at St. Gabriel’s. I hope our website (which is a work in progress) will give you some initial information about our community. But let me be the first to invite you here to discover a great little parish , “where everyone knows your name.”
Peace in Christ,
Fr. Joe Sharbel