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New Pastor Named for St. Gerald Parish
As you already know, Fr. Harrison and I will be departing from St. Gerald at the end of June. I know, it seems a bit early. It's not the normal big parish pastor tenure of 10-12 years. But at my age I wanted to think about the transfer at much older age and then so close to retirement. Although I am moving into a smaller parish, the Grade and High School will keep me young and active. I am looking forward to parish life at a slower scale and to teaching in the High School.

I share with you a bio he wrote about himself that is on his present parish website...

Fr. Nolte was born February 16, 1960 and was raised in a large Catholic family in Fort Smith, Arkansas. He is one of ten children. Prior to receiving his call to the priesthood, Fr. Nolte was an Optometrist in Nashville from 1986 to 1995. Through his involvement and life-changing experiences with the Catholic charismatic renewal, he eventually felt led to join the Diocese of Nashville in 1995 to begin his studies for the priesthood. Within a few years, however, he began to feel a strong calling to religious life, particularly to a more contemplative life-style. His search for community life eventually led him to Omaha, Nebraska where he became a member of the Intercessors of the Lamb community from 1997 to 2010. Since his ordination on June 1, 2002 in the archdiocese of Omaha, Fr. Nolte has served in Omaha as the associate pastor at Holy Cross parish from 2002 to 2005, St. Margaret Mary's parish in 2006, and again at Holy Cross parish in 2012. As a member of the Intercessors of the Lamb, and in addition to his parish duties, he has also directed both public and private retreats as well as parish missions throughout the United States and abroad. In January of 2013 he returned to the diocese of Nashville and was appointed as associate pastor at St. Rose of Lima parish in Murfreesboro. On August 9, 2014 he was installed by Bishop Choby as the new pastor here at St. Edward Catholic Church.

I am very happy to be handing over the reins of this parish to Fr. Nolte. He is a very good pastor and has learned to lead in the crucible that sometimes is our church. He brings a deep spirituality and a joy for the priesthood to St. Gerald. I know the parish will welcome him with open arms.

Some of you learned this from emails that were flying all around based on a letter published in another parish. It was not because I did not want to tell you of this news. It was because Fr. Nolte had not told his staff that he was leaving nor had he told his parish (which will take place only this weekend, 5/21-22. He and I were going to announce this simultaneously. It completely caught me off guard especially since I only got confirmation of this move last Monday, 5/16.

In addition to Fr. Nolte, the new Associate Pastor will be Fr. Michael Voithofer. Fr. Voithofer is presently assigned to St. James Parish. Fr. Voithofer brings a love for the Eucharist, musical talent, enthusiasm and a joyful spirit to St. Gerald. His Ablaze music and worship events have become known across Omaha. Both Fr. Voithofer and Fr. Nolte were at one time members of the Intercessors of the Lamb. Coming together they will nurture together the Good News of the Spirit that was planted in their hearts with the call they felt when they became schooled in the power of Intercessory Prayer. I predict much good will come from these men coming together as your next priests.

- Fr. Korte
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From the Pastor's Desk
Corpus Christi Procession: We are getting geared up for this big event in our parish spiritual life. Archbishop George Lucas will be joining us this year and this makes be very glad. I hope you see it as an extra reason to put in on your calendar and plan all you other family activities around the date: SATURDAY, MAY 28, 6:30 PM.
  • All First Commuincants, please plan on being in the procession
  • All parish servers, please plan on being in the procession
  • People trolley can carry 20-25 people.
  • Great PA system and prayer booklets for eveyone
  • Families with kids in strollers makes it a very holy event
  • Your participation is the greatest farewell gift I could receive

Congratulations: We give thanks for and offer prayers for all our parish graduates from High School and College. Transitions are filled with all sorts of emotions from the high of having met a goal successfully to the low of leaving the familiar and entering into a new chapter of unknowns. May God reveal Himself to you in this special moment in your lives.

Celebrating Fr. Harrison's Silver Anniversary: All are invited to a reception for Fr. Harrison on Sunday, June 12 beginning right after the Noon mass in the Fellowship Hall. This will also constitute his going away reception.

Deacon Ordination: Our own Scott Schillmoeller, Friday, May 27, 7:00 pm at the Cathedral. Anyone is welcome to attend, there will be no problem with seating. Scott will preach his first mass on Sunday, May 29 at 10:30 pm.

Memorial Day: May 30, there will be only one mass that day, at 96th and it will be at 9:00 am

Priesthood Ordinations: Six men will be ordained to the Priesthood on June 4 at the Cathedral. Two of these men were with us for summer internships. Two years ago Tobias Letak spent the summer here. He has completed his studies at North American in Rome. His first mass will be at St. Stephen the Martyr Church on Sunday, June 5 at 2:00 pm. Eliot Schwer completed his studies at Kenrick in St. Louis. His first mass will be at St. Margaret Mary Church on Saturday, June 4 at 5:00 pm. Anyone is welcome to attend these First Masses and the receptions that follow.

Fr. Eliot Schwer will be coming to St. Gerald on June 19 and he will have the 7:30 and 10:30 masses. There will be coffee and rolls in the hall between these masses.

There is still room: In case anyone wants to go with me on the Alaska Cruise, there is still room. The Ship leaves Vancouver on Wednesday, June 15 and comes back to Vancouver on June 21. Holland America Volendam out of Vancouver, British Columbia. Port of call: Cruise Inside Passage, Alaska * Tracy Arm For Service Call Only * Juneau, Alaska * Skagway, Alaska * Cruise Glacier Bay National Park * Kechikan, Alaska. Prices begin a $2758 for two passengers this includes all port fees and taxes. Daily Mass offered. For further info or to register, contact Doug or Eileen, 860-399-1785/Doug@CatholicCruisesandTours.com
Totus Tuus
Our fantastic Summer Religion Camp Program takes place July 17-21 for older kids and Monday-Friday, July 18-22 for the younger ones. The teachers of Totus Tuus are college age youth who have been trained in the curriculum... they include seminarians from the Archdiocese and youth who are involved in Catholic Campus Ministry and Foccus. Use the attached registration forms or call the parish office to register.
Lakeview Chapel Renovations

These changes have cost the parish Sunday giving (normal income) nothing. The estates of Ron Kuta and Deacon Tom Valasek, and small portion of the estate gift from Anthony & Josephine Fucinaro as well as an Anonymous Gift given in Memory of Deceased Loved Ones...paid for the work done in the chapel. It began probably a year ago with the installation of a new sound system. Then came the movement of the organ to the slot vacated by one of the confessionals and change of the ambo from the east to the west sides. These were very practical things: better sound (the old speakers could be improved upon). The choir area, now created by the Organ change, for our Grade School Masses was a practical improvement and with the Ambo closer the Cantors could more easily make use of it for the Responsorial Psalm. Previous gifts earmarked by the donor for the use of the pastor made it possible for us to acquire the Blessed Sacrament Parish Mosaic and Angels.

With the help of Dave Beringer, the Architect for our New Church, who donated his advice and sketches, we made ready to make the other changes. The Arch idea came from Dave, tying in the curves of the main support beams of the Church. The Arch theme is duplicated in framed background for the Mary and Joseph Statues, in the baldachin, in the accent arches above the angels, in the arch frame around the mosaic. Lighting was changed, using much of what was already there. LED spots were added along with indirect lighting to enhance the baldachin and the mosaic. With the addition of a warm grey paint, the marbled wallpaper, and the sky blue and stars of the Baldachin...the whole sanctuary takes on a freshness and the reason for the desire on the part of this pastor to make these changes is achieved. The Tabernacle shines with a new brilliance and is given proper prominence befitting our Eucharistic Lord. We unveiled the Chapel to the children on Friday, April 15. We had mass at 9:00 am and we conducted a kind of Litany of Remembrance of a Dedication walking through all the Liturgical Furnishings that make up a church: Baptismal Fonts, Statues and Art, Altar, Ambo, Choir Area, Tabernacle and offering a prayer for the kids at each stop.

We had hundreds of hours of donated labor in this project. Here is list of things I know people helped with: removal of confessional, building a riser and bench seating for choir, moving the Ambo, building new wall shelves, cleaning the wood, regluing loose plaster symbols, patching holes, building frame backgrounds for the Statues of Mary and Joseph, painting the new exterior doors, (these really help with School Security) cleaning-repairing and rehanging various plaster wall plaques, painting new conduit to hide it, setting up and taking down scaffolding, various carpentry fixes as we finished up. I don't have access to the names of all the donated laborers but want you all to know how grateful I am. We even stripped the top of the altar-which I began doing with my little vibrating sander only to find out we had to use a belt sander to clean it up (the varnish was peeling), then we stained, and varnished it.
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Pastoral Changes
After six years as your Pastor I will be leaving St. Gerald at the end of June to take up responsibilities at Holy Trinity Parish in Hartington, NE. Holy Trinity has a Grade School and is the county seat of Cedar County, a very Catholic community with a strong German heritage. I will serve also as the President of Cedar Catholic Jr-Sr. High School. I will also be teaching Senior Religion in the High School. Altogether, there are about 390 students in their school system. Two other grade schools in Northern Cedar County, (East Catholic and West Catholic) help feed Cedar Catholic.

In many ways I have tried to serve you as best I could with my gifts and talents and I think I am handing over a parish and school of strength, vitality and vision to the next Pastor. I will be expressing my thanks to you in different forms over the next 6 weeks. I am especially grateful to all who have shared their time and talent, collaborating with me in leading the parish.

In addition, Fr. Harrison will be leaving his post as Associate Pastor to become Chaplain at Skutt Catholic HS with residency at St. Patrick's in Gretna. Having both priests transfer at the same time is no reflection on the parish but it calls for a certain amount of trust and desire to welcome your new priests with special hospitality and openness to their leadership. As an agent of change in our parish I know I have stepped on toes; I haven't always been charitable and so I hope I can take some of those feelings away with me so that the next pastor can begin fresh with the joys and challenges that are here.

Change is difficult, that goes without saying... and both Fr. Harrison and myself share that difficulty along with you. But change can bring about growth in ways not yet clearly seen, for individuals and for a parish family. I will pray for St. Gerald Parish especially over the next several months and I ask for your prayers as well. May God Bless You All!

- Fr. Korte
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2016 Angel Auction Update
We are very proud to announce that the 2016 Guardian Angel Auction raised over $100,000 for St. Gerald Catholic School! This success was only accomplished through the generosity of many individuals, businesses and organizations within St. Gerald Parish and the community at wide. We are conducting a brief survey to gain feedback regarding the event. Whether you attended or not, we would greatly appreciate your participation in the survey-it will only take a few minutes. Your thoughts and ideas are very important to the planning of the event in 2017!

Take Survey

The survey will close April 22nd and we plan on sharing what we learned from your feedback shortly after. Thank you again for making 2016's auction such a huge success! PS. Save the date-the 2017 auction will be held on February 11th!
Financial Stewardship Renewal
In the fall we had our Time and Talent Renewal along with a Stewardship Fair. Many people became familiar with all that is going on in the parish and offered their time and talent to continue the various ministries, services, and organizations in our parish. During Lent we do our Financial Stewardship Renewal. The Theme this year is: God's Gift to Me... My Gift to God. The background to this theme is that our Parish is God's gift to us and we all have a sense of ownership for the parish... This Is My Parish. The principal pillars of our Financial Renewal are:

A brief financial report followed by an open forum
The witness of fellow parishioners
An examination of one's own giving

A yearly commitment to collection I want to thank the members of the Finance committee for preparing and presenting to the parish last week a very complete report on our Parish Financial Picture. This weekend, March 6 there will be an Open Forum in the Fellowship hall after the 7:30, 9:00 and 10:30 masses where a more detailed report will be shared and questions answered. In addition, a report will be given on how our Forging a Future of Faith Campaign is progressing and improvements already made in our facilities. Prior to all the masses on March 5-6 members of the parish will give a witness talk on their call to be good stewards. This past week you received a letter with a good deal of information:

A report on parish finances, the same one that was handed out on Feb 27-28.
A personal contribution report with some added information on average Sunday giving
An ACD (automatic withdrawal) form for you use or update
A request to consider an increase in Contributions
A commitment form for your Financial Stewardship.

Let us pray for a good effort on all our parts as we pull together to keep our parish alive and vibrant. PLEASE FILL OUT THE COMMITMENT FORM AND RETURN IT TO THE PARISH VIA THE COLLECTION BASKET. In doing so you help yourself make a promise to be faithful in your parish support. It's like a wedding ring, you promised on your wedding day, but your ring reminds you.
Thank You!
A note of thanks to St. Gerald Knights of Columbus for all they have accomplished. See the attached PDF for a list of the many good works that were done in 2015!

To visit the Knights of Columbus page on the St. Gerald website, click "Ministries" in the left hand column and follow the link to the "Knights of Columbus" page.

If you are interested in joining the Knights, contact the parish office to be put in touch with someone who can help you become a member.
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Women's Spiritual Book Club
This group meets once a month on Thursday morning at 10:00 a.m. the Millard Public Library, 13214 Westwood Ln, Omaha, NE. We have a wonderful group of 6 women and would welcome more. The books planned are:

November 19, 2015--The Women of Christmas by Liz Curtis Higgs
December 17, 2015--Any book on Mother Theresa
January 21, 2016--Any book on Maximillion Colby
February 17, 2016--Jesus of Nazareth - Part 1
March 17, 2016--Jesus of Nazareth - Part 2
April 21, 2016--A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
May 19, 2016--Karol the Pope, The Man- DVD Part 1
June 15, 2016--Karol the Pope, The Man-DVD Part 2
July 21, 2016--Where We Got the Bible by Henry G. Graham - Part 1
August 18, 2016--Where We Got the Bible by Henry G. Graham - Part 2

Contact Bonni Pulte with questions. 402-658-6179 - rbpulte@yahoo.com
Prayer for Family Formation
Prayer for Family Formation in Every Part of Our Parish
Dear Lord, you have always been faithful to us and have always guided our parish to know, love and serve you. You call us to be Disciples who actively share their faith with others. Strengthen the gifts of the Holy Spirit in each of us as we seek to help our families become the primary place of religious formation. We give you thanks for the fruit that has come from Family Formation. Bless all our efforts this coming year especially as we move the Family Formation model into our school and as we begin YDisciple among our youth. Encourage us as we move in this new direction and keep our hearts tuned to your will. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
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Why Saint Gerald Catholic School?
Come find out what our parents already know! For more information on the value of a Catholic School education, go to www.lovemyschool.com.

Call the school office for more info: 402-331-4223 or contact school principal, Michaela Goerke, to set up a tour - mgoerke@stgerald.org.

Please watch the video below to learn more about our wonderful school.

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.

Run of Pride
Joe Wiebold will attempt to be the first person to run across the state of Nebraska. From June 22-July 1, he will run between 41 and 53 miles each day!
Click here to learn more about the Run of Pride and how it will support St. Gerald athletics.
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 Formation, Youth Ministry, Adult Education, and the Parish Library. Click here to reserve your HOPE certificates online now.
Online Giving
Make your one-time or recurring donation using your debit card, credit card, checking, or savings account. Click here or scan the QR code with your phone:
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.