Caring for children in need continues as a SND focus

This week marks my first as a staff member of the Ark. The Ark is an emergency  nondenominational shelter for youth which began as a project of the Missionary Sisters of Jesus, Mary and Joseph.   The Missionary Sisters began their work with youth in 1971, establishing the New Life prevention program for girls, followed…

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Preparing for transition

Our pastor, Father Doug Dousson wanted to prepare the St. Gabriel parishioners for transition when he retires.  He invited parish leadership and any parishioner who wanted to be part of a six-part leadership training.  Each session was divided into three parts:  Spiritual, Theological and Pastoral.  In each session, which was about two months apart, the…

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BrainPower™ Program at Mirabeau Family Learning Center in New Orleans

Sister Mary Ellen Schroeder coaches a third grade student as she does her BrainSkills™ program.  The students spend a half hour daily at the Center on the program.  This consistent practice of the skills will result in the development of skills in memory, attention, processing speed, visual and auditory processing and logic and reasoning.  Coaching…

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“Living Waters”

Lisa Wagner-Carollo, a friend of our Pastor, Father Doug Dousson and Pastoral Associate, Sr. Kathleen Pittman came to St. Gabriel  in 2011 to interview parishioners about their Katrina experience.  She took these experiences, wrote a script, hired some actors and presented “Living Water: The Story of St. Gabriel the Archangel Church.” They came at the end of last month to…

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The privilege of baking bread

One of the many aspects that makes St. Gabriel’s in New Orleans’ Sunday worship meaningful is the participation of so many parishioners in various ministries. One of these is bread making for the Eucharistic bread.  I take my turn about twice a year for a month to do this loving service. What a privilege it…

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