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Eucharistic Miracle

Lanciano, Italy 8th Century A.D.

Eucharistic Miracle

Ancient Anxanum, the city of the Frentanese, has contained for over twelve centuries the first and greatest Eucharistic Miracle of the Catholic Church. This wondrous Event took place in the 8th century A.D. in the little Church of St. Legontian, as a divine response to a Basilian monk’s doubt about Jesus’ Real Presence in the Eucharist. During Holy Mass, after the two-fold consecration, the host was changed into live Flesh and the wine was changed into live Blood, which coagulated into five globules, irregular and differing in shape and size. The Host-Flesh, as can be very distinctly observed today, has the same dimensions as the large host used today in the Latin church; it is light brown and appears rose-colored when lighted from the back. The Blood is coagulated and has an earthy color resembling the yellow of ochre. Various ecclesiastical investigation (“Recognitions”) were conducted since 1574. In 1970-’71 and taken up again partly in 1981 there took place a scientific investigation by the most illustrious scientist Prof. Odoardo Linoli, eminent Professor in Anatomy and Pathological Histology and in Chemistry and Clinical Microscopy. He was assisted by Prof. Ruggero Bertelli of the University of Siena. The analyses were conducted with absolute and unquestionable scientific precision and they were documented with a series of microscopic photographs.

These analyses sustained the following conclusions:

  • The Flesh is real Flesh. The Blood is real Blood.
  • The Flesh and the Blood belong to the human species.
  • The Flesh consists of the muscular tissue of the heart.
  • In the Flesh we see present in section: the myocardium, the endocardium, the vagus nerve and also the left ventricle of the heart for the large thickness of the myocardium.
  • The Flesh is a “HEART” complete in its essential structure.
  • The Flesh and the Blood have the same blood-type: AB (Blood-type identical to that which Prof. Baima Bollone uncovered in the Holy Shroud of Turin).
  • In the Blood there were found proteins in the same normal proportions (percentage-wise) as are found in the sero-proteic make-up of the fresh normal blood.
  • In the Blood there were also found these minerals: chlorides, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, sodium and calcium.
  • The preservation of the Flesh and of the Blood, which were left in their natural state for twelve centuries and exposed to the action of atmospheric and biological agents, remains an extraordinary phenomenon.

Most Recent Events:


At the end of May, every year, St. Gabriel Church hosts our “Annual Senior Luncheon” given by the Social Concerns Committee. There was fabulous food, exciting entertainment, door prizes, but, mostly, a lot of fun! See pictures below: Senior Luncheon 1 Senior Luncheon 2


Every May we crown the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary in our campus grotto. This tradition has been part of St. Gabriel Church for many years and is a wonderful sign of our love for the Mother of Our Lord, our Mother, whose “fiat” changed the world. 

Mary May Crowning


On April 15, the St. John Paul II Seminary staff and seminarians visited St. Gabriel Church. We had 46 seminarians from 5 different dioceses visit our parish and participate in Mass. The seminarians are in their first two years of philosophical studies. Once they finish acquiring the necessary philosophical tools and understanding the metaphysical categories of being, then they are ready to ‘step it up another notch’ with their theological studies in different major seminaries. I remember my philosophical studies as being some of the most illuminating years of my life where I began to understand God and myself in the clearest of ways. What a gift! …If the thought of serving God as a Catholic priest has crossed your mind, don’t hesitate. Talk to a priest about it or go on one of the discernment retreats offered by your diocese. It is a wonderful life that is never boring and profoundly fulfilling.



Resurexit Sicut Dixit! Resucitó, Asi Como Nos Dijo!

“He Is Risen, Just As He Said”

Alleluia! Alleluia!

Feliz Pascua! Happy Easter! 

Sincerely in Christ, Fr. Avelino González

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And here are some pictures from the St. Gabriel Triduum Celebration!

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If You Would Be Perfect

First Annual St. Gabriel

Young Adult Lenten Day of Retreat

at the National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Emmitsburg, MD. On March 7, 2015, Fr. Avelino was invited by the St. Gabriel Young Adult Group to lead their first annual Lenten retreat at the National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, the United States’ first native-born saint. The retreat theme was “If you would be perfect”- taken from the encounter of Jesus with the rich young man in Mark 10:17-22. The retreat coincided with the celebratory year of the 40th anniversary of St. Elizabeth Seton’s canonization on September 14, 1975, by Blessed Pope Paul IV. The retreat also coincided with the 30th anniversary year of the promulgation of St. John Paul II’s Apostolic Letter to the Youth of the World (Dilecti amici). The Apostolic Letter inaugurated what we know today as World Youth Day. The retreat talks were a reflection on some of basic themes of the Letter, as well as some of my own reflections on the narrative of the rich young man.



Homily for Adult and Family Mass for Life

St Matthew’s Cathedral 

January 22, 2015

March for Life 2015

On January 22, 2015 hundreds of thousands gathered at the nation’s capitol for the National March for Life.  The Archdiocese of Washington and Association of Ecclesial Movements and New Communities sponsored the Adult and Family Rally and Mass for Life on the morning of January 22 at St. Matthew’s Cathedral, where Fr. Avelino was the main celebrant and homilist. Click here for the transcript of his homily: Pro-Life Homily

December 21, 2014: Christmas Concert for the Petworth Youth ProgramWebsite 3

  • La Bella Voce Ensemble and Jessica Stecklein performed Christmas Carols between Scripture readings. The night was the perfect end to Advent as it was all about the coming and Incarnation of the Word, that the prophets had predicted, into our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. 
  • The concert was followed by a lovely reception in the school auditorium.
  • Free will donations supported our Petworth Youth Program. You can find more information about the PYP underneath the tab on our website. 

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