We are so excited that you will be joining us for the 
2017-2018 REACH
 Elementary School Youth Ministry Program

Belong, Believe and Become
Belong, Believe and Become is our 2017-2018 Youth Ministry theme.  As Lori, Scott and I discussed why we love St Gabriel we found that we all had the same reason....COMMUNITY!  While we each had a different story to share, the outcome was exactly the same.  We each felt like we belonged and we have this same desire for our youth, as well as for you!  When you feel like you belong you are able to hear the message that Jesus wants us to know of His amazing love for us.  And through this we can become His disciple and evangelize to others.  This is what we are called to do.  This is our journey and we are all on it together, but we are each at a different place on this journey and this makes our need for community even stronger.

I am just thrilled that you have discovered REACH.  This fellowship ministry was created to give your 3rd-5th grader a place to call their own.  A time to make friends and to learn about their faith all while having fun!  It is our goal for them to make St Gabriel a place to call home and not just one more place to go or one more thing to do.   We want them to have a relationship with each other, so they can have a relationship with God.  This is just the beginning of an amazing journey and I feel so blessed to be on the path with them and with you.

Our theme for REACH this year is Saints and Angels.  We want your child to understand who they are and the very special role they play in your child's life.  Our Catholic faith is so very unique and special and we want to embrace that by helping your child to learn that Catholicism is something that is for them everyday and not just something we do in a building on Sundays. It is our goal to help prepare them to tackle the everyday challenges they face through the eyes of the Church. They try to do this on their own using tools that society provides and we want to give them a new way to help lead them closer to Jesus.  The best way to do this is start at the beginning...making friends and having fun!  
Upcoming Events

Our First REACH Gathering is on coming up:

When: Tuesday, September 12th
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Where:  St Gabriel Community Center

What: REACH Game Night
This will be a fun party night and a great chance for the kids to play, have fun and get to know each other.

T-shirts:  If you didn't have a chance to purchase our fabulous Youth Ministry t-shirt at Mass last week for $15, please feel free to stop by the church during office hours or grab yours at our first gathering.  We have youth and adult sizes, so you might want to get one for the whole family!!

*More information about REACH to come before our first night on the 12th
A little about Me

My name is Michelle Buckley and I am the Elementary Coordinator and Youth Ministry Assistant.  My husband, Jared and I have been married 20 years this October and we joined St Gabriel when we moved to McKinney in 1998.  We have three children: Cora is a freshman at Iowa State; Gavin is a sophomore at McKinney Boyd High School and Maia is an 8th grader at Cockrill Middle School.  I have worn many hats as a volunteer at St Gabriel over the years, but I have been on staff in this role for the past 4 years this August.  I feel so very blessed to have spent so much time here at St Gabriel and to see our parish flourish over the years.

Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns or if you would like to get more involved at mbuckley@stgabriel.org or 469-408-1933

More information, including the calendar for the year, is available on our website