The Messenger

A Publication of St. Gabriel the Archangel School 5/3/2023

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Dear Fabulous Families -

  • Thanks to everyone who signed up on the PFA list to "Stock the Lounge" for the staff. Your generosity is appreciated and the staff members are enjoying their treats!

  • We wish our 5th grade Dancing Classroom Team the best of luck as they perform at the Regional Competition Monday night.

  • Please see the message below from Mrs. Ronshausen.

It is with a heavy heart but excitement for the future that I let you know, after 28 years of teaching at St. Gabriel School, I will not be returning for the 2023-24 school year, but instead will be teaching at Notre Dame High School. St. Gabriel School will always hold an enormous piece of my heart, and I believe this special place will thrive for years to come. Thanks to all of you for the beautiful memories I have made here and the roles so many of you have played in them.

We will miss Mrs. Ronshausen and everything she has done for St. Gabriel the Archangel, but we celebrate with her in this exciting new professional opportunity! May God bless her in all that she does.

  • There are always lots of items to go in the school newsletter throughout the year. Please send in submissions by noon on Monday to Dr. Winkeler,, and Mrs. McEnery,, before the Wednesday publication. Graphics should be a jpeg or png - not a PDF.

Peace and Joy -

Tonya McEnery


St. Gabriel the Archangel

Dan Winkeler

Assistant Principal

St. Gabriel the Archangel

And Then There Were None!

The storage pods were removed yesterday from the parking lot. They served us well for the past several years. Now there's a bit more room on the parking lot!
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Field Day Information

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School Year 2023-2024 Information

School Supplies On-line Ordering for the 2023-2024 school year can be found here (Supply Lists)

Individual grade level supply lists will be posted on the website next week.

Preliminary calendar for 2023-2024 can be found here: (Calendar 2023-2024)

Additional information will be added, but we know many of you want to plan vacations!

Chairback Pouches:

If your child will be entering 3rd and 4th grade next year you will need a new chairback pouch.

Because the new chairs are wider in these grades the sides of the chairbacks are splitting open.

All chairbacks will now be made wider to accommodate all sizes of chairs!

They will be slightly big on the small chairs but will work nicely and hopefully save many from ordering new ones in the future


Art Bags

All grades, kindergarten through 5th grade, will be using drawstring bags. Feel free to use any drawstring bag you may have. Just make sure you have your child's name clearly labeled on it. Joyce Ortwerth will also have some on hand that can be monogrammed but feel free to use what you already have around your house. If you already have a drawstring bag but would like it monogrammed, Joyce is also able to do that for you also. Just fill out the paperwork accordingly and drop it off to her with your drawstring bag.

Finally, if you are attached to the idea of the old art bags for the younger grade, contact Joyce she will accommodate you.

The order form can be found here: (order form).

For any further questions, please contact Joyce Ortwerth at 314-323-3168.

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Pro-Life Club

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Board of Education Elections

Totus Tuus Registration Open

Totus Tuus returns to St Gabriel’s this summer during the week of June 26-30. The day program is for school aged children entering grades 1st-6th from 9 am - 3 pm in the school. There is also an evening program for those entering 7th-12th grade at 7:30 pm in the Gabriel House.

For those who are unfamiliar with Totus Tuus, it is initially a Catholic version of a Vacation Bible School led by missionary and seminarians from across Missouri. Totus Tuus includes Confessions, Mass, and Adoration as well as learning about the Catholic faith!

This is also an opportunity for high school students to volunteer who are in need of completing service hours.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Faith Kremer at or 314-712-4433

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Dear Parents,

Please continue to keep our 2nd grade students and their families in your prayers as the 2nd graders prepare to receive their First Eucharist.

We continue to strive to live our faith by being mindful of the Catholic Social Teachings.

St. Louis County Library is offering a program for adults on Racial Equity for anyone interested. Here is a link. Registration is free but limited.

Tuesday Masses

5/9 3P-3rd Grade Baptism Mass

5/16 2A

5/23 Kindergarten Baptism Mass

Wednesday Masses

5/10 8M

5/17 5W

5/24 5P

Thursday Masses

5/4 Girl Scout Mass-Religious Awards

5/11 7D-Leadership Mass for 7th Grade

5/18 May Crowning -8th Blessing Mass

5/26 Friday, Last Day of School, All School Mass

Come pray with us. Please join us whenever you are able! Masses are at 8:00 am in church.

2nd Grade

First Communion-May 7, 2023 at 2:00 pm

Peace and blessings!

Deborah DaLay

Coordinator of Religious Education

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Year at a Glance for 2022-2023

Dates below are subject to change and additional days will be added as we continue to plan for the upcoming year.

May 7- First Communion, 2:00 pm, Church

May 8- 2nd grade Off School Due to Confirmation

May 9- Vocal concert (Kindergarten, 1st, 3rd, 5th grades, and Honor Choir), Art Show

May 10- Band concert, Art Show

May 12- Field Day- NOON DISMISSAL

May 23- 8th Grade Graduation (6:00pm)

May 26- Last day of school- NOON DISMISSAL

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From the Teacher Appreciation Committee

We are excited to celebrate our annual Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week May 7th-12th. We have lots of fun things planned. Please see below for an itinerary of weekly events along with suggestions of how your student can contribute. Thank you!
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Join the PFA!

Are you interested in getting involved to support our school, faculty and students next year? The PFA strives to foster connections across our school community through activities both in and out of school.

We have two committees that need volunteers for next year:

  • The Home & School Committee needs two volunteers. This committee focuses on supporting activities at school, such as—Class Party support, Veterans Day breakfast coordination, Grandparents Day breakfast coordination. (Often this committee spends 1-3 hours on PFA activities per month).
  • The Community Outreach Committee needs one volunteer. This committee focuses on connecting our school with the broader community through service activities. Join this committee in finding amazing ways to help our school community give back. (Often this committee spending 1-3 hours on PFA activities per month with slightly more for our school-wide day of service in October)

If you have a couple of hours a month to give, please consider joining PFA to support our amazing school community! Reach out to Erin Knitter ( or Emily McGinnis ( for more information or to volunteer.

Mentor family

If you are interested in being a mentor family, please see the link below:

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St. Gabriel Youth Group (SGYG)

SGYG is open to all high school teens. We meet on Wednesday evenings from 7:30-9pm (Doors Open at 7:15pm) in the Gabriel House Chapel. No sign-up necessary! High schoolers can attend on a regular basis or drop-in as it fits their schedule!


Please keep our high school teens leading our first LUKE 18 Retreat and our 8th graders attending the retreat in your prayers this weekend. Come Holy Spirit!

Wednesday meeting change for April

-May 3rd is our final LUKE 18 Retreat planning meeting from 7-9pm.

-May 10th we will be serving the homeless dinner at Sts. Peter and Paul in Soulard. We will leave St. Gabriel at 4pm and should return around 6:30pm. Dinner will be provided upon our return for those who volunteer their time. Space is limited, so contact Sarah asap if you want to participate (8th graders and high school teens can attend).

-May 10th following Sts. Peter and Paul, we will have a Movie/LUKE 18 "reunion" night with snacks and drinks. Doors will open at 7pm with the movie beginning at 7:15pm.

Stay Connected

Follow us on Instagram @stgabesyg

Like our Facebook Group: St. Gabriel Youth Group (SGYG)

Join the Flocknote Group: Youth Ministry

Visit the Youth Group page on the parish website

Contact our Youth Minister: Sarah Henderson -

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A Note from Monsignor

Dear Parishioners:

One of the gifts of the Easter season is baptism. We are blessed to celebrate

close to 100 Baptisms a year here at St Gabriel. The gift of new life is a great

gift to our families and our entire parish community. It was wonderful on

Easter to have so many families and their children with us at Mass. The

sounds of life were joyful for all.

I especially want our Parents of Young Children to know how grateful we are

that you and your family have joined us for Mass at St Gabriel the Archangel.

It is our hope that your little ones will grow up to be vital members of our

parish family. We are grateful that you begin this journey with us.

I and all of St Gabriel realize that it’s not easy to get your whole family to

Mass, and it can be even more difficult to keep all of your little ones still

throughout, but your kids should know that this church is their home and we,

the community, are all brothers and sisters. They should feel welcome and at

home in this place of worship, in the house of God.

We invite you to sing, pray, teach, respond, and explain what is going on at

Mass with your children (In our pews are booklets to help understand the

Mass). Our liturgy is full of life and our little ones learn how to worship

through you and your participation. Children learn by example and your

dedication to coming to Mass and attentiveness to it will be their best lesson.

The presence of children in Mass is a gift to our church and a sign that we are

growing! We rejoice that our children are with us, and that our parish

welcomes new life! Please remember to keep encouraging our young families,

offer your help if they need it, and support them as best you can!

Jesus said, “Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them; for the

kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” (Matthew 19:14)

Congratulations also to our 8 th grade class as they received the gift of the

Holy Spirit in Confirmation last week, your profession of Faith was

wonderful to behold, blessings on all as you live out the life of your faith!

Early congratulations to our second graders as they prepare to receive their

First Communion next Sunday!

Easter Blessings!

Msgr John Shamleffer

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Urban Golf 2023 is an event benefitting the St. Gabriel the Archangel Athletic Association.

Urban Golf is like traditional golf using one golf club of the player’s choosing and a tennis ball. Players drive, pitch, and putt with all the challenges of traditional golf but in a transformed Francis Park 12-hole golf track. Teams of 4 participate in a best ball scramble with the lowest score taking home the championship and bragging rights.

There will be 3 tee times for the event taking place at 12:00pm, 2:00pm, and 4:00pm with event check in occurring 30 minutes before your scheduled tee time at the north end of the park near Nottingham and Childress.

Sign up information:
Please email the following information to sign up for the event.
Team name:
Golfer’s names:
Preferred tee time: 12:00pm, 2:00pm or 4:00pm (first come, first serve):

Payment information:
The event cost is $200 per foursome, that cost includes Urban Golf greens fees, tennis balls, beverages including beer, seltzer, water, and food including burgers, brats, hotdogs, chips and pretzels.

To pay via Venmo, send the $200 payment to @SGAA-Urban-Golf or deliver/mail a check made out to St. Gabriel the Archangel Athletic Association (SGAA) to 6364 Devonshire Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63109.

Thank you for supporting the St. Gabriel the Archangel Athletic Association!
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St. Gabriel Players

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CBC Summer Academy Registration is now open for all boys entering 6th, 7th, and 8th grades.

Enjoy a premier summer experience held in CBC’s theater, classrooms, science labs, STEM Academy, art studios, and sports facilities by being part of our CBC Summer Academy. Register today at Contact Melissa Ryan at or 314-985-6095 for more information.