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Welcome to Saint Gerald Catholic Church

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From the Pastor's Desk
Overload: With all that has happened the past several weeks (funerals, work projects, orientation of new staff, etc., besides the normal) I really don't have much to say this week. School begins on Monday with two half days until Wednesday with a full day. Friday is our first all school mass (gds. 1-8). Teachers have been hard at it for over a week getting everything ready. Kitchen upgrades are on track. The new stove, dishwasher, and ice machine have been installed. Electrical upgrade is almost finished. Storeroom has been rearranged with lock cages for school lunch supplies so that we can leave the room open for those who need ice. Heating/AC upgrades for the kitchen are in process so that the Kitchen now has control over its own climate. Gym ceiling is painted. Several rooms have been repainted. Physically we might be ready to go. The rest is still a steep learning curve. Life returns to the halls and the reason we have a school will be creating a childish din soon. All for the Glory of God!!

Recent Meeting: Our Pastoral Council, Finance Committee and School Advisory Board had a good Planning Meeting last Saturday. We are developing a plan to help us create a budget that is going to be balanced. More on this as we go along.

Wall between the Chapel and the Church: These next several months will be the proof that our numbers attending mass has dropped. The rhythm in parish life is less mass attendance in the summer and an uptick in the fall. If this does not happen then we can be sure that numbers are simply down. The Planning Meeting, referred to above, is trying to research the reasons for this. For months now there has been enough room in the church proper for our worshiping community. But there is one other reason the wall has not been moved that you all need to be aware of. The wall is moved by volunteers... our ushers. We have asked for people to volunteer so often and have gotten no one... we must be doing something wrong. One of our faithful ushers at the 5:00 mass had a stroke. There is no one to replace him. If we don't continue to open the wall then we will be told it is another reason people are not coming to mass. You see the bind. We have many regular people in our parish who normally attend a particular mass... especially the 5:00. We ought to have a full complement of ushers and greeters for this mass just from those who regularly attend. That's how the wall gets opened.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly! - Women of the Old Testament (Adult Bible Study for men and women) Join Ralph and Bonni Pulte for an inspiring walk through the Old Testament featuring approximately 30 women. Each was faced with extraordinary - even scandalous - challenges. You will discover how each impacted the lives of others and their connection to famous men throughout the history of the bible. The Bible Study will start on Thursday, Sept 11 through Oct 16 at the school library from 7-8:30pm. All are welcome to attend. Please email rbpulte@yahoo.com if you plan on attending or just come when convenient. All you need is a bible. Ralph and Bonni have Advanced Certification of Biblical Studies from the Catholic Biblical School Program through the Archdiocese of Omaha.
St Gerald Parish Festival and Hog Heaven
Sunday, September 14, 11:30 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. We need your help to make our parish festival fun and successful! Consider a donation to help defray cost of petting zoo, new games and inflatables.

Send money to the parish office marked "festival donation".
Raffle Tickets have been mailed. Please return ASAP.

KIDS WALK is in need of gently used stuffed animals, small games or toys.

PENNY TOSS is in need of Glassware for prizes, clear glass is preferred. Pint glasses, Glass bowls, small vases, etc

2 liter bottles of pop needed for another popular game, the POP TOSS.

Check your recipe book for a delicious baked good recipe for the CAKE WALK.

GROCERY BOOTH is collecting groceries from now until Sept. 7. Please place items in the coat room after mass. Bring as follows:
A-F Napkins, Other Canned Items, Dessert Mixes
G-L Tissues, Pasta, Canned Veggies
M-R Paper Towels, Canned Fruit, Cereal
S-Z Toilet Paper, Soup, Crackers, Popcorn
There will be a box at the back of church marked Festival Donations.
Questions: Contact Deacon Chris.

Hog Heaven Saturday, September 13
78th & Lakeview
Mass at 5:00 p.m.
Followed by a BBQ in the gym at 6:00 p.m.
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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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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