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Welcome to Saint Gerald Catholic Church

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From the Pastor's Desk

Refugee Family: Lutheran Family Services works, with the support of our local Catholic Charities, to make a home for a refugee family. Many of these families have been in refugee camps for several years and after a long wait are now ready for resettlement. I believe St. Gerald contains enough generous and willing souls to help with this process for one family. Lutheran Family Services provides support and guidance. Right now I am looking for you to make yourself known by sending me an email or sending one to Deacon Lonnie Dinneen telling us of your interest. Raising awareness is first, gathering concerned parishioners is second. We will have a meeting with the Lutheran Family Services Refugee Resettlement Coordinator to learn more. Then we will see if we can do it. Pope Francis asked for every parish in the world to help one family. Ours is waiting in a camp someplace in the world. Deacon Lonnie Dinneen: lmdinneen2@gmail.com Fr. Korte: owkorte@archomaha.org

Annual Appeal: "Receive the Gift." The Archbishop's Annual Appeal is every Catholic's opportunity within the Archdiocese of Omaha to share in the work of the archdiocese and the mission of the Church. Our parish has currently committed $38,159 (from 140 donors) towards our goal of $95,248. Please prayerfully consider a contribution to help us reach our goal! We are one through our baptism into Christ, and therefore, one with the archbishop and his ministry.

Server Training: We have 25 new servers who will be completing their training this weekend. These kids will be assigned as "shadows" over the next several months. They will dress and walk in and out with the servers. Then they will sit with the servers and observe... learning by watching. Then in January they will begin serving at Church. Thank you parents for getting the kids to the training and your continued support in the years ahead.

Local Celebration of the Canonization of Junipero Serra: At 6:00 pm on Tuesday, Oct. 13 at the Cathedral, all members of the local Church are invited to come and celebrate the Canonization of Blessed Junipero Serra. We at St. Gerald have been praying a version of the Serra Prayer for Vocations for years. In it we mention Blessed Junipero Serra. We will soon change the words of that prayer to read, St. Junipero Serra. In particular, anyone who is a member of the Serra Club or has worked on a Vocations Committee is most encouraged to come.

Family Formation for GS: Last week was the second meeting of FFPS and this week is another meeting of the Family Formation for our parents in St. Gerald Grade School, grades K-1. The topic for our FFGS families is the Precepts of the Church. Last time we met I dealt with the Bible. These topics were reversed for the PS parents. In November we will all be on the same page.

KC Mass: This Thursday at 7:00 pm there will be mass at the chapel at 96th. All are welcome to attend.

Liturgy Committee: Meets this Thursday at 6:00 pm at the Church. Good news for the future... Archbishop Lucas will join our parish at our Corpus Christi Procession on May 29, 2016.
St Gerald's St Vincent de Paul Message
During the last six weeks our St. Gerald Conference of the Saint Vincent de Paul Society has responded to 81 calls for assistance, all within our parish boundaries. Our members make home visits to those requesting assistance to assess their needs. During this period we kept 16 households in their homes with rent assistance and prevented utility disconnects or helped restore service to another 18 homes. We provided referrals to the Tri-City Food Pantry for 37 households, delivering food to the disabled or to those lacking transportation. We helped three people purchase prescriptions they could not afford. Another 4 persons were provided vouchers to purchase furniture, clothing, and household necessities at the St. Vincent de Paul Stores. We also helped provide gas to three people to enable them get to work or make it to interviews for new jobs. We even provided an immigrant man with a bus ticket to another city where he was guaranteed a new job. All told, we assisted 191 persons. All of this is thanks to the generosity of you parishioners. Our funds are nearly depleted. Any help you can provide would be most appreciated. Funds can be directed to us through the parish office. If you are interested in becoming a member of our St. Gerald Conference, call the business office, 402-331-1955.
On the Synod on the Family in Rome 2 Quotes
Pope Francis: Dear Brothers, as I have said, the Synod is not a parliament, where to reach consensus or common agreement recourse it taken to negotiation, to bargaining or to compromises, but the only method of the Synod is that of opening to the Holy Spirit, with apostolic courage, with evangelical humility and with confident prayer, so that it is He that guides and illumines us and puts before our eyes not our personal opinions but faith in God, fidelity of the Magisterium, the good of the Church and the salus animarum. (salvation of souls)

Cardinal Andre Vingt-Trois, Archbishop of Parish: "The Church needs to pastorally accompany struggling families but if people believe this means doing away with or changing Church doctrine in the Synod, they are mistaken." "Church leaders must listen to their people, and discern the best ways of supporting the family and the life of the family. However, they reaffirmed that this does not mean doctrinal changes are on their way." The Cardinal's first impression of this first day of the Synod, he said, is how there "is a great diversity among the participants that manifests the unity around Pope Francis."
Adult Education
Fr. Harrison will be offering a thirteen week class on prayer this Fall/Winter. The classes will be held on Thursday evenings at the school library beginning Thursday October 1. The class is for adult parishioners of St. Gerald from at 7:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. The class involves watching a DVD by Fr. Thomas Dubay and then having a discussion period afterward. You do not need to bring any materials. Bibles are available in the library. If you have any questions please contact Fr. Harrison at pcharrison@archomaha.org
Knights of Columbus Red Cross Blood Drive
Saturday Oct. 31st the Knights will sponsor an American Red Cross Blood Drive in the Fellowship Hall from 7 AM to 12:30 PM. Please call Verl Squire 402-331-4930 or Bob Ryba 402-331-2125 to sign up to donate blood.
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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
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New! Welcome Tuition Grant
St. Gerald Catholic School is excited to announce our participation in a newly formed student transfer program developed by the Archdiocese of Omaha. Children entering grades 1-7 from a non-Catholic school will be eligible to receive a $1,000 tuition discount in year one and $500 in year two of their enrollment. For more information, please contact our Principal, Mrs. Michaela Goerke at 402-331-4223.

Face the Truth

Tools to fight pornography in a sexualized culture (not appropriate for children/youth due to content). No cost free-will offering.

Parent session: Saturday, October 3, 2015 8:30am to 12pm
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, 114th and Fort St., Omaha, NE

RSVP...due to limited space.
Email Mary Beth Hanus: mbhanus@archomaha.org
or Register online: Click Here

Sponsored by the Archdiocese of Omaha
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.

A message to parents...
The statistics on how our children are being affected by the availability of pornography are disturbing, to say the least. I don't like to tell parents how to parent but when it comes to this subject, I do get more personal. You need to do all you can to keep this from your kids. Kids can click on something quite innocent and suddenly they are the victims. So you need to do all you can to keep this out of your house and the attached brochure, produced by our own office of victim outreach and abuse prevention, is a good one to help you. I hope you take the time to read and put into effect its recommendations.
Forging a Future of Faith Campaign

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 Formation, Youth Ministry, Adult Education, and the Parish Library. Click here to reserve your HOPE certificates online now.
Online Giving
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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.