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<p>1959-2009</p> <p>St. Gabriel the Archangel 2009 Parish DirectoryChurch and Parish Offices: 900 Geiger Street Neenah, WI 54956 Rectory: 151 Andrew Avenue Neenah, WI 54956 Richard L. Allen, Pastor JoAnn Serwas, FSPA, Pastoral Associate Raymond DuBois, Deacon</p> <p>Parish Office Telephone: 920-722-4914 Parish Office Fax: 920-722-2566 Rectory Telephone: 920-722-1091 Website: E-mail:</p> <p>31807</p> <p>If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:1-13</p> <p>31807</p> <p>From Our PastorA jubilee looks ahead as much as it looks back. In biblical times, jubilee meant a new beginning. Every fifty years our ancestors would erase all debts and, if possible, move beyond all misunderstandings. I was always impressed by Pope Paul VI who focused the jubilee year of 1975 on the idea of reconciliation. Ideally, in misunderstandings, we try to go back to the source. Sometimes we cannot do that. In jubilee we start out againtogether. In our jubilee, as in any anniversary, we look to the past with thanksgiving and inspiration. What motivated these people in the first days of organization? What was that first organizational meeting like? How do we capture their spirit? Now we move on. What will the phrase local church mean in the days ahead? As we see women and men assuming leadership positions that were once off limits, what will it mean for our Churchlocally and worldwide? As we face new challenges, what do we find in our tradition that helps us face the present and look to the future? In jubilee we are open for new beginnings.-Fr. Richard Allen</p> <p>131807</p> <p>A Time to RememberA time to remember How could I ever forget! It was early June in 1959. I was pastor of St. Ann Parish in St. Anna, Wisconsin, a few miles from New Holstein. I was giving a mini-retreat to our eighth graders who were to graduate that evening. I received a phone call from Bishop Bona. He asked if the telephone was a private line. I said that there were at least two or three on the line. He said he would like to talk to me. He said, You better come in to see me this afternoon. I said of course I would come to see him. I went to see him that afternoon. He met me and said simply, I want you to start a new parish. Go into this room and think about it. Im visiting with a bishop. About fifteen minutes later he came into the room and said, What do you think about it? I replied, If you think I can, I will. He said, If I didnt think you could, I would not have asked you to come in. I said, Its OK with me. Where is this parish? He said, You will receive a letter with that information. I went back to St. Ann not knowing where I would be starting this new parish. On the tenth of June I received his letter. I was appointed, effective June 18, 1959, pastor of the newly established St. Gabriel Parish in Neenah, Wisconsin. The rest is history!-Fr. Lawrence Stingle</p> <p>231807</p> <p>331807</p> <p>The Catholic Church was busy as well. Vatican radio reported that representatives of the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches would meet to discuss reunification. John XXIII had just begun his reign as the 261st Pope. He would publish three encyclicals that year, including his first, On Truth, Unity, &amp; Peace, in Charity. And in a move that would change our Church in profound ways, on January 25, 1959, John XXIII proclaimed the Second Vatican Council.</p> <p>Deacon Ray DuBoisIn the grand scheme of things, I suppose, 50 years is just not a long time. Experts estimate the age of the earth at 4.5 billion years. The giant redwoods can be up to 2,000 years old. Green Bay was founded more than 375 years ago, and our nation itself recently celebrated its 233rd birthday. So whats so exciting about a 50 year anniversary? For starters, we can go back to the record book and take a peek at some of the key events of that year. We began 1959 with only 48 United States; Alaska and Hawaii followed in quick succession. Vince Lombardi signed a 5-year contract to coach the Green Bay Packers, and the Barbie doll debuted, eventually selling more than 800 million. Bob Dylan graduated from high school in Hibbing, Minnesota. And Xerox manufactured the first plain paper copier.</p> <p>Although I didnt realize it at the time, the Council would change my life forever as well. One of its key documents, Lumen Gentium (Dogmatic Constitution on the Church), called for the restoration of the permanent diaconate. It may well be possible in the future to restore the diaconate as a proper and permanent rank of the hierarchy (LG 29). Pope Paul VI did so on June 18, 1967, the feast of St. Ephraim, a deacon. The Popes apostolic letter Sacrum Diaconatus Ordinem permitted episcopal conferences to request that the Holy See allow the ordination to the permanent diaconate of celibate and married men. In April 1968, the American bishops made that request. Four months later it was granted. The first Standing Committee on the Permanent Diaconate was appointed by the National Conference of Catholic Bishops in November 1968. Since becoming a member of St. Gabriel Parish in 1994, and my subsequent ordination and assignment as deacon in 2004, I have had the privilege of serving our parish community in the diaconal roles of Word, Worship, and Service. I am forever indebted to Fr. Allen for his support, encouragement, and guidance. The man truly loves the priesthood!</p> <p>431807</p> <p>I must admit that as I began my service here as your deacon I was filled with excitement but also the trepidation that comes with the fear of the unknown that is associated with long-term commitments to brand-new experiences. But you welcomed me and my family unconditionally. My wife, Anita, and I were struck by genuine diversity of our parishioners: occupations like dairy farming, teaching, banking, engineering, and medicine. Our friends had grown-children, school-aged kids, toddlers, infants, and no children. Single, married, separated or divorced. Some were retired, and others had just started their careers. Gourmet cooks and junk food junkies. We walked with many of you through milestones of life, including pregnancy and birth, the death of a parent, boy scouts and girl scouts, Catholic school and Renew 2000 groups, beautiful summers and bitter cold winters. Soccer, basketball, football, and the oftentraumatic Pinewood Derby. We celebrated the sacraments and a Super Bowl together, and cheered on our high school teams to State Championships. We participated in lifelong Catholic learning. So as we now celebrate St. Gabriels Golden Jubilee, I thank each of you for the time, talent, and treasure you bring to our community. Anita, our children Patrick and Megan, and I are truly blessed. As a parish, we are united by our faith in God and the love of our Church. May God continue to bless you and your families abundantly as we move together as one. United We BuildFaith in our Future!-Deacon Ray</p> <p>531807</p> <p>Memories</p> <p>Dedication Booklet September 17, 1961</p> <p>(1961) Fr. Michael Clifford Assistant Pastor</p> <p>(1961) Members of The Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity staffing Saint Gabriel School include: back row, I. to r., Sisters Mary Zoe, Saint Philip, Donna Marie (principal), Verna and Marteen; front row, I. to r., Sisters Anna, Richarda, Carla and Mary Pius.</p> <p>631807</p> <p>Parish Administration</p> <p>Sr. JoAnn Serwas Pastoral Associate</p> <p>Lori Lynch Parish Secretary</p> <p>Theresa Rusch Parish Secretary</p> <p>Business Office</p> <p>Anne Greif</p> <p>Norm Reudinger</p> <p>731807</p> <p>St. Gabriel SchoolA Golden Jubileea time of celebrating fifty years! In this day and age, few things last that long. What a wonderful accomplishment for the community of St. Gabriel Parish. The parish faith community has continued to support St. Gabriel School also through these years. In addition to financial support, members of the parish volunteer to help at the school and contribute items to forego costs. The school has a Senior Buddy Program in which students send cards/letters to member of the parish during the school year in acknowledgement of their efforts. The school has undergone many changesboth physically and educationally over the years. About ten years ago, the Twin City Catholic Education System (TCCES) was formed. St. Gabriel School is a member of TCCES with two other elementary schools St. Margaret Mary in Neenah and St. Marys in Menasha, Seton Catholic Middle School, and St. Mary Central High School. Students at St. Gabriel School range in age from 3 years to Grade 5. This year, the staff is comprised of nine classroom teachers, four aides, six specialists (art, music, band, physical education, library, and Spanish), and the office staff. The school is very committed to following in the footsteps of Jesus and through outreach programs has helped raise funds and supplies for several local organizationsthe Community Clothes Closet, St. Josephs Food Pantry, the Humane Society, Habitat for Humanity, and families with newborns who are in need to name a few. Each day begins with prayer. Liturgy is celebrated weekly, and seasons of the Church are celebrated and shared as a community.Kathy Bergholz Secretary</p> <p>Mary Jo Brown Principal</p> <p>After 50 years, St. Gabriel School continues to be thankful to the parish that helps support it as we provide a Catholic school education to all who want to attend. With Gods guidance, we will be here for many years to come.-Mary Jo Brown</p> <p>831807</p> <p>School Staff</p> <p>Tina Olsen, Mary Bergman, Valerie Vancil Kathy Lamecker, Terri Boccheciamp , Adele Kulinski</p> <p>Robert Srnka, Karen Brouillard, Kathy Bergholz Sue VanEeckhout , Mary Jo Brown</p> <p>Sue Coenen, Ann Ellyson, Christine Benrud, Janet Loughrin Karen Miller, Susan Walter, Judy Rothe</p> <p>Rhex Arboleda</p> <p>931807</p> <p>Parish Council</p> <p>Worship Committee</p> <p>Deacon Ray DuBois, Tom Gritton, Gerry Van Handel, Tom Knott Dan Matthews, Karen Rappl, Holly Lifke, Gary Elmer Kathy Gill, Lori Matthews, Mary Koslowski</p> <p>Doris Seymour, Evy LeBouton, Jan Lietz, Mary Jo Widener Father Allen, Marilyn Simonis, Pat Laux</p> <p>Social Concerns Committee</p> <p>Finance Committee</p> <p>Diane Meschefske, Jan Lietz, Evy LeBouton, Marilyn Fishel, Lois Shandonay, Sarah Lange Suzanne Harness, Mary Jo Widener, Sr. JoAnn, Paul Wolters</p> <p>Karen Rappl, Gary Elmer John Mortier, Gerry Van Handel</p> <p>1031807</p> <p>Making a Joyful Noise Unto the Lord</p> <p>Contempory Choir</p> <p>Folk Choir</p> <p>Funeral Choir</p> <p>1131807</p> <p>TCCES Food Service</p> <p>Mary Ellis, Lynn Graves TCCES food service director, Linda Morey, Jeanne Stumpf</p> <p>Custodial Staff</p> <p>Scott Stenson</p> <p>Frank Milarski</p> <p>Mike Mabie</p> <p>1231807</p> <p>In the Beginning...</p> <p>Fifty years is hardly a blink when you look at the total span of history. But it is the entire lifespan of the Eucharistic community called St. Gabriel the Archangel Parish. The following two pages show a brief look at some parish milestones.</p> <p>1331807</p> <p>S T. G A B R I E L T I M E L I N EJun 18, 1959 Bishop Stanislaus V. Bona appoints Rev. Lawrence A. Stingle as founding pastor. Aug 30, 1959 The very first Roundup is held, before the parish moves into permanent quarters. Apr 17, 1960 Ground is broken for the building on Easter Sunday while snow falls. Mar 24, 1961 Msgr. Joseph Glueckstein, pastor of our mother parish, St. Margaret Mary, celebrates the first Mass. On the same day Fr. Stingle has a Solemn High Mass in the new church. Jul 1, 1961 Rev. Michael Clifford is the first associatehe stays for five years. Aug 1961 Nine Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity arrive to work in St. Gabriel School. Principal Sr. Donna Marie Kessler and the teachers welcome 437 students. Sep 17, 1961 The church/school complex is dedicated. Mar 2, 1968 The Parish Council Constitution is adopted, making St. Gabriel one of the pioneer councils in the diocese. Sep 1973 St. Gabriel hires its first full-time Christian Formation Center (CFC) director to lead the program for children who attend the public schools. Fall 1982 RENEW comes to St. Gabriel Parish. The 3-year personal spiritual renewal process is well-received. Jul 1, 1985 Fr. Lawrence (Casey) Stingle retires as pastor and is replaced by Richard AlIen, our current pastor. Sep 1986 Fr. Mike Betley coordinates the first year of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) process at St. Gabriel. Jun 1988 TCCES comes to life after a great deal of planning by a committee led by Father Allen. All five parishes in Neenah-Menasha participate, and progress is made toward the goal of cradle to grave educational efforts under the TCCES banner. Nov 1991 A germ of the idea for the St. Gabriel Building Project was explored, but then shelved for a few years. Sep 24, 1996 The Parish Council approved formation of a Building Committee. Nov 26, 1996 Architects were hired-DLR (Dana Larson Roubal). Feb 1997 A formal presentation on the building project is made to the parish, and a firm hired to assist with fund-raising efforts.</p> <p>1431807</p> <p>Mar 1998 Miron Construction is retained as general contractor for the project. A ceremonial groundbreaking is held on Pentecost Sunday. Jan 28, 1999 First day of occupancy in the new parish offices. The meeting rooms, conference room, chapel, Allen Family Center, etc. are all well used. Oct 1998-Nov 2000 RENEW 2000 spiritual renewal program occurs throughout the diocese, including St. Gabriel. Sr. Carol Bearss, Pastoral Associate, serves as parish coordinator. 2003 A 5-parish planning committee is formed to investigate ways to cooperate in providing pastoral services of all sorts to the Catholic community of Neenah-Menasha. 2004 A Collaboration Committee is established to study the use of priests in the 5 parishes of Neenah-Menasha. 2004 Kurt Grube leaves and Steve Pable is hired as St. Gabriel Christian Formation Center (CFC) director. May 15, 2004 Ray DuBois...</p>


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