**Implementing the Project

Initiating, Reactivating or Revitalizing a
Parish Gabriel Project

Definitions

Gabriel Sunday:

A Sunday on which parishioners are encouraged to sign up to attend an Orientation Session during which they will learn about Gabriel Project volunteer roles, responsibilities and procedures. No commitments to volunteer are sought at this point.

Orientation Session:

A description and discussion of volunteer roles, responsibilities and procedures is conducted.

Objectives

  1. Informing parishioners that the Pastor’s approval to implement The Gabriel Project has been obtained.
  2. Informing parishioners of what The Gabriel Project is all about.
  3. Obtaining a list of volunteers who will be committed to The Gabriel Project.
  4. Determining if you have enough volunteers to have a viable Gabriel Project.
  5. Having the Project Coordinator register your parish with the Central Helpline for referrals.
  6. Ordering a sign to be placed on church property announcing that your parish is a Gabriel Project Parish. This requires your Pastor’s approval and is a parish expense.

Steps to Take

Prior to Gabriel Sunday – Inform parishioners of what The Gabriel Project is all about:

  • Include a flier within a Sunday bulletin.
  • Include announcements in Sunday bulletins.

On Gabriel Sunday – Obtain a list of parishioners interested in learning more about volunteer roles, responsibilities and procedures:

  • Ask your Pastor (or ask his permission to permit you) to speak from the pulpit.

After Gabriel Sunday – Orientation Session:

  • Conducted by the  Gabriel Project Coordinator.
  • Can be conducted on a weekday evening or weekend afternoon.
  • To be conducted after Gabriel Sunday (preferably the following week).

Needed Resources

  • Written description of The Gabriel Project to include in the parish bulletin (can use excerpts from the Gabriel Project brochure).
  • Orientation Session signup sheet (only need parishioners’ names and contact info).
  • Volunteer signup form (provided during Orientation Session).
  • Volunteer Handbook (provided during Orientation Session).

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