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Celebrating St. Gabriel Parish
September 19th, 2016
By Albert Alioto

No one could have done a better job than Roger Gargano did in telling St. Gabriel’s story (“St. Gabriel Parish celebrates 75th anniversary,” Sept. 12).

It is interesting to note that our delightful Spanish mission-style church was much too small for the parish in the 1950s and ‘60s. There were at least four, maybe five, Masses in the auditorium each Sunday morning, concurrent with the Masses in the church. It is amazing to think how the priests, in the days before eucharistic ministers, coordinated being in both places to distribute Communion. Working that out must have been a miracle.

Mr. Gargano, very properly, prominently mentioned the Sisters of Mercy who made the school what it was. Each class had 50 students in those days. The sisters, and a small number of extraordinary laywomen, were also truly miracle workers. Those of us who were blessed to be in those classes can never be sufficiently grateful.

Albert Alioto
San Francisco

The writer is a lifetime parishioner of St. Gabriel.

From September 22, 2016 issue of Catholic San Francisco.


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