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Welcome to Saint Gerald Catholic Church

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Summer Server Party
Mark your calendars...Friday, August 1....we are going to go to Fun Plex and then have a cook out. Approximate times: We will begin around 1:00 pm and end with the supper cookout at a location to be determined. Parents will deliver their children to Fun Plex at 1:00 pm and come and pick them up to transport them to the Lakeview property for our cookout at 5:00 pm, then we will be finished about 6pm. I will need Safe Environment Certified parents to help supervise. Email invites will be sent and the bulletin/website will carry more information and registration/permission form. All you servers, especially those who participated in the Corpus Christi Procession, have done such a fine job and I want to say thanks. All costs are covered for the servers. You, however, will have to pay for anything you buy at Fun Plex. Your entrance fee is covered. Download and return the attached permission form.

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From the Pastor's Desk
Thanks: To all who came to my 60th B-day party. Special thanks to the Bobby Lane Orchestra for sharing their talent and making this a great celebration. Thanks also to all who organized and worked with the food, refreshments, etc. God bless you all. I was on retreat this week at Broomtree, SD: July 21-July 28. I will return on the 28th.

First Friday: August 1. We will have mass at 8:15 am at 96th and Q followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament until just before the 12:15 pm mass. Confessions will be heard prior to the 8:15 am and the 12:15 pm masses.

Germs, Contagions, Flu Bugs and Hospitality: We would like to be welcoming to people and do all in our power to make people feel good about being at mass. We would like to avoid whatever detracts from that. When you come to church and have a cold it would be best to smile and bow to the folks around you, even a little wave of the hand... refraining from the handshake is just fine. There are some folks who are very susceptible to contagions and prefer to refrain from shaking hands. For instance, if someone is beginning chemotherapy, their immune system is weak. Hospitality can still be applied and folks can turn to one another and acknowledge their presence, wave, bow and smile... saying the proper words: "May the Peace of the Lord be with you." We teach kids in school to sneeze and cough into their shirtsleeves to keep the germs out of the air as much as possible; the use of Kleenex is best, but when that is not quickly available, the shirtsleeve is best. The virtue of hospitality is that we don't stand on our own rights but we respect the rights of others: in this case the need to take care of them by not spreading germs. Love one another...

Can you believe it: School starts on August 18. Teachers begin on August 13 with the first installment of the School of Faith. Here is their mission statement: School of Faith is a public association of the faithful that provides ongoing adult catechesis throughout the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas. In the Fall of 2013, we will also be providing ongoing formation to the Catholic school teachers in the Archdiocese of Omaha and the Diocese of Des Moines. School of Faith offers doctrinal and spiritual formation for Catholics through catechetical programs that stress the call to prayer, virtue, and holiness of life, with a particular emphasis on mentoring those who have the responsibility to teach the faith to others. The Pillars of the program are four:
1. Intellectual formation
2. Interior formation or Spirituality
3. Community and friendship
4. Apostolate or Application
The program is ongoing for three years and involves the faculty in formation about 8 times throughout the year, 3-4 hours each time. This program is paid for by the Capital Campaign which we just finished in our parish: Ignite the Faith for the Archdiocese and Forging a Future of Faith in our parish.
Friends on Q
Wednesday August 27th in Fellowship Hall 96th & Q 6pm. Cost is $8 per person for members and $10 for non members this includes meal and 4 bingo cards. Reservations must be in by Tuesday, August 19th. Money may be put in collection basket in a separate envelope
marked Friends on Q or sent or taken to church office. Questions call Janet Rentko 402-339-7910.
New Parish Directory Photos
Take advantage of multiple discounts when you sign up for your church directory photo. Lifetouch is offering a 20% senior citizen discount, a $10 coupon discount and another $5 discount when you bring a canned, boxed or packaged food item for our local food pantry. See the volunteers in the back of the church this weekend or click here for more information. If you'd like more help, call Judy Haug, 402 -593-9378 Lifetouch policy is No Pressure Sales.

Hosts/hostesses are needed during our photograph sessions . If you can help for a session, call Tammy Fonfara, 402-339-1389.

A military page will be included in our church directory. If you have a family member currently serving in the military and would like to have him/her pictured, please contact Sharon Bissen, 402-991-1836.
Corpus Christi Procession

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EMHC and Lector Training
If you would like to serve as an EMHC or Lector, you need to attend one training session and the mandation. To serve at St. Gerald Parish, you also need to be a registered member of the parish.
Training Dates:
Aug 10 St Columbkille 1:30-4:30pm
Aug 12: St Leo 7-10pm
Aug 18: St Vincent de Paul 7-10pm
Mandation:
Sept 4: St Cecilia Cathedral 7pm
Names must be submitted by July 30, 2014 to the business office.
Forging a Future of Faith Campaign

Prayer for the success of our campaign
Dear Jesus,
We humbly stand before you *
grateful for our call to be your disciples. *
We form St. Gerald Parish with its vital connection to the
Archdiocese of Omaha *
and together we form a community of faith *
helping each other respond to your call to be holy and generous disciples.
Thank you for St. Gerald Parish and the whole Archdiocese *
for they are gifts to us from the many faithful who sacrificed to build and
nourish what we have today *
and to whom we are forever indebted.
When you sent the Holy Spirit upon the first disciples,
tongues of fire appeared. *
Let that same fire forge us into more holy and generous disciples. *
Let the flames enlighten us to share what we can for the good of
St. Gerald Parish and the whole Archdiocese.
May the gifts of the Holy Spirit, freely given to us, be ignited in our souls
and in our actions *
so that we can be more like you, Lord Jesus, *
for you show us the way by loving example and enable us with your grace.
Dear Jesus, please bless our efforts to provide a holy future filled with
hope for generations yet to come.
We offer this prayer in your name, Jesus, for you live and reign with the
Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.
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Communion to Shut-Ins
If you know of anyone who is unable to come to Mass on Sunday and they would like the Eucharist brought to them, please call 402-331-1955.


Mission Statement
We are a Catholic faith community devoted to becoming a dynamic center of worship. We challenge ourselves to lead lives patterned after Jesus. With gratitude we share our faith, talents, gifts and resources so that more people experience God's love.

Parish Goals
1. To help people feel "at home" in our parish.
2. To improve communications within the parish.
3. To increase our evangelization efforts.
4. To improve the financial state of the parish and the viability of its property.
Click here for more detail regarding parish goals.
Today's Mass Readings
Visit the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops website and read today's mass readings, or listen to the readings by clicking on the play button (small triangle) below.




Help Our Parish Educate
By purchasing gift certificates to various local vendors at no additional cost to you, you support our educational programs including 5 Day School, Family Faith Formation, Youth Ministry, Adult Education, and the Parish Library. Click here to reserve your HOPE certificates online now.
Vocations Committee
Learn more about the St. Gerald's Vocation Committee, join the 31 Club and read the monthly reflection on vocations. Click here...
Women's Social Group
Click Here for more information about the St. Gerald Women's Social Group and join us for one of our upcoming events!
Bible Verse of the Day
Update Your Information
The parish office maintains information on our registered parishioners. Please take a moment to submit your information so we can update our records. If you are not yet registered at St. Gerald, you may wish to register now.



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