Mission & Philosophy: The St. Gabriel Sports Ministry Program’s mission and philosophy states that our program must operate at all levels with common courtesy, patience, pride, and respect. Our coaches, parents, and administrators should act as educators and transmitters of Catholic values. The goal of the St. Gabriel Sports Ministry program is to inter-mingle sportsmanship and Catholicism so that our children come away with a heightened sense of themselves as people who can strive for great things.
Who & How: All school families and families actively participating in our Religious Education program can play sports at St. Gabriel the Archangel Parish.
Sports Masses: During the school year, we hold monthly Sports Masses to honor our student-athletes and to encourage them to participate in weekend worship with the parish community. Athletes and their families are asked to serve in our mass as lectors, gift bearers, ushers and Eucharistic Ministers.
Student-athletes are encouraged to wear their uniform. After Mass, student-athletes are asked to stay for a photo shoot with our clergy on the altar. After mass, the Knights of Columbus typically provide breakfast and we have been honoring our 8th grade athletes for the current sports.
Sports Registration Is Easy!
Register electronically through CSAA Gameday for your children
- Simple League Scheduling with access to rosters and team chat features
- Instant Communication with text and email notifications on game times and changes
Fund Raising for Sports Ministry Programs
Bingo is the primary fundraiser for the Sports Ministry, which offsets program costs and keeps athletic fees lower. We also hold various archery, basketball and volleyball leagues which we need concession help. Parent volunteers commit to working 1 bingo OR 1 concession session per child for each sport. Parents will be assigned a date for each child at the beginning of each sports season.
Bingo is held every Wednesday and Thursday at J-Town bingo Hall located at 9125 Galene Drive, Louisville, KY 40299. Volunteers work 6:30-9:30 PM to sell pull-tabs. Concession stand operates at various times throughout the year.
Fundraising brings in $250,000 or more annually. Over $30,000 of the annual proceeds are transferred to athletics to offset costs and keep fees down. These monies are also used to offset salaries for our Sports Ministry Team. The majority of the fundraising proceeds are used for St. Gabriel school family tuition assistance and capital expenses, such as our new school chiller, playpark and preschool renovation.