The Messenger

A Publication of St. Gabriel the Archangel School 12/15/2021

Dear Fabulous Families -

  • Tomorrow afternoon and on Friday we will be moving desks out of classrooms to make room for some new furniture that will be arriving. Please send your child with a towel or blanket tomorrow to sit on while they "camp out" in their classrooms on Friday. Please be sure to fill out the form (see below) if you would like a free desk. Chairs are not included.

  • Thank you for sharing your thoughts about the phase-in to "normal" process. If you would like to participate in this anonymous survey (email addresses are not being collected), please do so by Friday, December 17. Phase-in to "Normal" Survey We look forward to reviewing this survey and the staff survey when we return from break so that we can make plans for second semester.

  • Wishing you and your family a safe and healthy Merry Christmas. We are so blessed to have you all here at St. Gabriel. We look forward to seeing you back after the first of the year (January 3rd).

Peace and Joy -

Tonya McEnery


St. Gabriel the Archangel

Dan Winkeler

Assistant Principal

St. Gabriel the Archangel

Christmas Spirit

Please enjoy some musical performances of our students in Mrs. Seiler's music classes, Sr. Gail Buckman's band classes, as well as art work from Mrs. Abramczyk's art classes.

Virtual Musical performances

Virtual Art Show

Third grade learned to sew and made Christmas tree ornaments.

Kindergarten made poinsettia paintings with sponges.

Student and Staff Christmas Fun

Vaccination Cards

  • Parents are welcome to voluntarily send in a copy of their child's vaccination card or a photo of it to Nurse Ciegel at This will help us quickly figure out who may need to quarantine and who will not need to quarantine due to being a close contact. Many times cases occur on the weekends or we get word of a case in the evenings. Having this information at our fingertips leads to quicker decisions about who may need to stay home the next day or who may return to school. Thanks to everyone who has sent these in to our nurse.

Scholarship Information

January 6, 2022
  • Families currently on scholarship will receive requalification instructions the first week in January.
  • Schools will receive a copy of the family letter in January via email, as well as a Spanish version of the letter that you may use to distribute to your Spanish-speaking families.
  • During the same week, application instructions will also be emailed to families who applied for scholarships in 2021-22 but were not awarded.

January 18, 2022 , Tuesday

  • The Scholarship Application will be open online on Tuesday, January 18, 2022 the day after MLK Day

February 28, 2022

  • Scholarship application window closes
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Technology Sale - Tomorrow is the last day to purchase and pick up!

The Tech Department is clearing out inventory. If you are interested in purchasing, please see the flyer below for more information. You can visit the link below, or scan the QR code to schedule a time to pick up your Chromebook.

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Now that we have your attention...We have new furniture arriving very soon and we have many student desks for which we need to find new homes. If you would like a student desk, you are welcome to have one - for free!

Perhaps your child likes to "play school" and would love to have a few in the basement or maybe your child needs a place to study in their room and thinks their school desk fits the bill. Do you know an organization who would benefit from a couple desks or a dozen desks? We are giving these desks away for free to make way for some new movable furniture purchased with EANS money.

Please let us know if you would like a desk as well as how many you would like by filling out

this form by TOMORROW, Thursday, December 16:

We will contact you about pick-up.

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Dear Parents,

Happy Advent! Thanks to our 4th grade homerooms that are leading the daily Jesse Tree prayers for school.

The last few days of Advent are a time when the O Antiphons are prayed.

Here is a link for prayers from December 17th -23rd:

Here is a Prayer Song with the O Antiphons:

In December, we focus and learn about the Catholic Social Teaching of:

Rights and Responsibilities

We are called to protect the rights that all people have to those things required for a decent human life, such as food, clothing, and shelter.

Please pray for Pope Francis' intention for December:

We pray for catechists, summoned to announce the Word of God: may they be its witnesses, with courage and creativity and in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Classes in grades 3rd -8th have been offered the opportunity to celebrate the healing sacrament of Reconciliation during this Advent season.

Act of Contrition

My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart. In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good, I have sinned against You, whom I should love above all things. I firmly intend, with your help, to do penance, to sin no more and to avoid whatever leads me to sin. Our Savior Jesus Christ suffered and died for us. In his name, my God, have mercy. Amen.

Important Dates for Sacraments:

First Communion Parent Meeting- Thursday, April 7th, at 6:30 pm in church

First Communion- Sunday, May 1st at 2:00 pm


Tuesday, April 26- Confirmation Day of Prayer

Thursday, April 28- Confirmation at 7:00 pm Mass at SGA

We continue to celebrate our Thursday, All School Masses, on the school parking lot if the weather permits. Otherwise, the grade level of the class that is planning the Mass attends in person at church. The rest of the school live-streams the service. Eucharist Ministers bring Communion to the classrooms.

For our level Masses on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, we have changed from rotating two grade levels at a time to having one grade level attending at a time so students can be safely distanced. The grade level of the homeroom that is planning will be in attendance at the Mass. The schedule below is updated to reflect this new change. Parents are always welcome to join us for Mass.

Mass Days:


Thursday, 12/16 4P


Tuesday, 1/4 3B

Wednesday, 1/5 8R

Thursday, 1/6 5G

Tuesday, 1/11 2O

Wednesday, 1/12 6B

Thursday, 1/13 4M

Tuesday, 1/18 4S

Wednesday, 1/19 5S

Thursday, 1/20 Jude House

Tuesday, 1/25 1M

Wednesday, 1/26 7E

Thursday, 1/27 3P

Peace and blessings!

Deborah DaLay

Coordinator of Religious Education

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Year at a Glance

December 15- Virtual Vocal Concert - The link is provided above.

December 16- Band Concert for band families (See email from Sr. Gail)

December 20- January 2- NO SCHOOL- Christmas Break

January 3- School Resumes

January 14- Teacher Planning and Collaboration - NOON DISMISSAL

January 17- Martin Luther King Jr. Day- NO SCHOOL

January 30-February 5 - Catholic Schools Week

January 30- Catholic Schools Week - Prospective Student Open House

January 31- Catholic Schools Week - Writing Celebrations, 7:30 am - 8:30 am

February 4- Catholic Schools Week- NOON DISMISSAL

February 14- Valentine's Day- Valentine Parties @ 2:05

February 18- Teacher Planning and Collaboration - NOON DISMISSAL

February 21- Presidents' Day- NO SCHOOL

February 25- End of 2nd Trimester

March 5 - Auction

March 13- March 19- NO SCHOOL- Spring Break

March 30 - Student-led Conferences

April 7- First Communion Parent Meeting at 6:30 pm in church

April 14- Holy Thursday- NO SCHOOL

April 15- Good Friday- NO SCHOOL

April 18- Easter Monday- NO SCHOOL

April 28- 8th Grade Confirmation 7pm

May 1- First Communion- 2nd Grade

May 7- 8th Grade Follies 7pm

May 10- Vocal Concert 7pm

May 11- Band Concert 7pm

May 13- Field Day- NOON DISMISSAL

May 20- 7th Grade Leadership Day and 8th Grade Mystery Day

May 24- 8th Grade Graduation 6:30pm

May 27- Last Day of School- NOON DISMISSAL

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A Word from Monsignor Shamleffer

Dear St Gabriel the Archangel Parents and Students,

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace!

Thank you for your patience this year as we continue to adhere to safety protocols and health department mandates. The etymology of the word patience tells us, it means capable of enduring misfortune, suffering, etc., without complaint. Your support of faculty, administration, health-care directives have been a blessing. The children of St. Gabriel the Archangel have done a wonderful job during this difficult year. Thank you to all of our students!

As we rapidly approach the celebration of the Birth of the Christ-child once again, I would like to take this opportunity of sending you our school parents and your families my prayers and blessings this year.

One thing I would say about this Pandemic is it has certainly focused the mind on to what are the most important values of life. Family, health and faith all go hand in hand. The fact that we belong to the Family of God through the practice of our faith has been the great sustaining factor throughout this difficult period of time. I thank God that we are now able to gather together as God’s family to celebrate our faith through the Holy Eucharist on a weekly basis. Welcome to all who have returned and I look forward to all of us being able to gather together in faithful celebration.

I thank the whole parish community for your continuing support of the parish and school during this pandemic; your offerings have helped to sustain parish and school life.

I take this opportunity of wishing you and all your loved ones a Very Happy, Holy & Blessed Christmas. Keep Safe and Well. And as life is too short, always be Kind & Loving to one another.

A Happy & Healthy New Year for 2022 -

Msgr John Shamleffer

Adult Faith Classes to Begin


Are you wondering what all this conversation is about regarding the telling of the history of our country?

Would you like to learn more so you can understand more?

St. Gabriel’s will be offering two learning opportunities from JustFaith Ministries:

Faith & Racial Equity and Faith & Racial Justice

With faith as our starting point, these two classes invite people to learn and understand our history of race and our role in systemic racism

so we can follow in the footsteps of Jesus and help create an equitable and just society. Faith & Racial Equity is open to all;

you need to have participated in Faith & Racial Equity or Faith & Racial Healing in order to take the Faith & Racial Justice class.

The dates and times are yet to be determined but will begin in January. Please contact Megan Dolton at (314) 629-6143

or or Cris Fischer at (507) 269-6268 or for more information.


LOOKING FOR TOOLS TO HAVE MEANINGFUL CONVERSATIONS…with family, church, friends, co-workers?

Please join us for JustFaith Ministries 8 week class:

WANT TO TALK? Communication Tools for Divided Times will guide you in deepening your relationships while staying true to your values, whether you find yourself navigating a heated disagreement with a spouse, interrupting racism in the office, facilitating political tension in church, or working for systemic change around any justice issue.

The class will be held - by Zoom - on Thursday evenings from 7:00 - 9:00 pm beginning January 6, 2022 and will be facilitated by CSC members, Vaughn Meister and Cris Fischer. The cost is $45.00. There are two books as part of the class; the cost for the two books is $25 - $30. For more information, please contact Cris Fischer at 507-269-6268 or

Blessing Bags

SGYG was able to make 80 Blessing Bags for the Homeless. Thank you to everyone who donated supplies or made monetary contributions! The bags are in bins in the vestibule of church for anyone to take and give to the homeless.

Calling All High School Teens of the Parish:

You are invited to SGYG Nights! These occur on Wednesday evenings from 7-9pm in Gabriel House. Feel free to bring a friend (they don't have to belong to St. Gabriel Parish) and see what SGYG is all about! (Masks are required.)

SGYG Calendar of Events

Dec. 15th - Tacky Christmas Sweater Party

~ This will be our Christmas Party and the last meeting of 2021. We will play games, have contests, eat sweet treats, and more! Tacky Christmas attire isn't required, but is part of the fun and one of the contests.

Dec. 22nd & 29th - NO YOUTH NIGHTS ~ Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! ~

Jan. 5th - First Youth Night of 2022!

Connect with SGYG!

Instagram @stgabesyg

Facebook Private Group: St. Gabriel Youth Group (SGYG)

Flocknote: Youth Ministry

If you have ideas for events, service opportunities, fundraising, or are wanting to volunteer, etc. please contact Sarah!