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Welcome to Saint Gerald Catholic Church
Pastor's MessageCorpus Christi Procession: Final Note: Come and join your fellow parishioners and others who are coming from neighboring parishes in our First Annual Corpus Christi Procession. We begin at 6:30 pm at the Lakeview Chapel on Saturday, June 1. Included in this bulletin is a flier that gives you all the details. O Sacrament Most Holy, O Sacrament Divine, All praise and all thanksgiving be every moment Thine!
Here is what the Youth Catholic Catechism says about what we are doing... it is a mini-pilgrimage.
Someone who goes on a pilgrimage "prays with his feet" and experiences with all his senses that his entire life is one long journey to God. In ancient Israel people made pilgrimages to the Temple in Jerusalem. Christians adopted this custom. And so this developed, especially in the Middle Ages, into a regular pilgrimage movement to the holy places (above all to Jerusalem and to the tombs of the apostles in Rome and Santiago de Compostela). Often people went on pilgrimage so as to do penance, and sometimes their actions were affected by the false notion that one had to justify oneself before God by tormenting and punishing oneself. Today pilgrimages are experiencing a unique revival. People are looking for the peace and the strength that come from those grace-filled localities. They are tired of going it alone; they want to get out of the rut of the daily routine, get rid of some ballast, and start moving toward God.
Thanks and Congrats: Thanks to Joan Luebbert, Mary Morss and Ryan Sevcik who have served valiantly on the Pastoral Council. And welcome to Kathy Yochum, Greg Mendick and Rich Martin, new members of our Pastoral Council. We have a similar turnover going on with our School Advisory Board and when that is all settled I will include a thanks/congrats for them. We will do an installation and blessing for all standing committees in September.
Memorial Day Mass: There will be only one mass on Memorial Day, May 27. It will be at 9:00 am at 96th and Q.
Pre-Ordination Service: Deacon John Norman who served in our parish last summer will be ordained to the priesthood on Saturday, June 1 at 10:00 am at the Cathedral. It is the tradition in our Archdiocese for there to be a prayer service and supper for all the special participants (John's Family, Seminarians, Priests, Serrans and friends of the Ordinandi) the night before. Our parish will host this event and the Serrans and the Vocation's office is in charge of the details. If you wish to attend contact Kathy D'Ercole. Fr. John Norman's first mass will take place on Sunday, June 2 at St. Columbkille's at 2:00 pm. Fr. John will come to St. Gerald on the Sunday afterwards, June 9, to be the celebrant and homilist at the 10:30 am mass. Come and offer him your prayers and good wishes.
Knights of Columbus: Plans are underway for us to form an Assembly for the Fourth Degree of the Knights of Columbus in our own parish. A meeting was held recently with several men from the parish who are 4th Degree along with myself and the State Master Don Ferneding. An exemplification ceremony hosted by us will inaugurate the Assembly. For more information talk to Jim McNamara or Tom Hegarty or Ron Goodrich. We need to get all our ducks in a row for this by June 9, 2013, that's when we host the exemplification here at St. Gerald's. Fourth Degree of the Knights of Columbus is the Patriotic Portion of the KCs and is most notable for the garb they wear at various liturgical functions. They stand for a solid faithful fidelity to the Catholic Church and the Freedoms of our Country. We need Third Degree Knights to step up to the Fourth Degree and we need local Fourth Degree Knights to transfer their membership to our Assembly. Those who join in the first wave will be able to vote for the name of our assembly. Either the Archbishop Daniel E. Sheehan Assembly or the Fr. Edward Flanagan Assembly.
Business Office Will Be ClosedSt Gerald Business Office will be closed at Noon on Friday, May 17th and all day on Monday, May 27th which is Memorial Day.
KC Blood DriveThe Knights of Columbus will sponsor an American Red Cross Blood drive in the fellowship hall on Sat, June 15, 7am-Noon. Contact Verl Squire 331-4930 or Bob Ryba 331-2125 or go to
www.redcrossblood.org use sponsor code 009662 to schedule an
appointment. "The need is constant. The gratification is instant. Give Blood."
Habitat for Humanity Volunteers NeededWould you like a unique opportunity to serve the poor in Omaha? Habitat for Humanity of Omaha and St Gerald parish are working together to build a simple, decent home in Northeast Omaha with a needy family. Volunteers are needed to help build the home, provide meals for the volunteers, and to contribute to the cost of building materials. Sign up sheets for the project are available in the kiosks at the back of church. Please help if you are able. Contact Tim Mundorf at 592-9056 or email@example.com for additional information.
Support Group for Those Who Have Lost a Loved OneIf you have experienced the death of a loved one in the past 12-18 months, we invite you to consider joining us for a six week series of small group gatherings that begin Tuesday, May 28th. It will be held here at St Gerald Church. Limit to 10 in the group and plan on attending all six weeks. It will be 7-8:30pm each Tuesday evening. Call Valerie at 402-676-4333 for more information and to register.
Totus Tuus RegistrationTotus Tuus dates are June 23-28. Registration forms were sent home with the children Wednesday, April 24th. The registration forms are also available in PDF format for you to print using the links below. Please pray for the success of Totus Tuus.
Medical Release Form
Elementary School Registration
Middle/High School Registration
Hour of PowerPRAYER TOGETHER IN ADORATION AS A FAMILY OF FAITH
Hosted at the Lakeview Chapel. Holy Hours on the 1st Sunday of the month at 4:30 pm.June 2 / July 7 / Aug 4 / Sept 1 / Oct 6 / Nov 7
Campaign 2013 - Planning for a Brighter FutureOur buildings that were constructed over 50 years ago have served us well. But they are showing their wear, the heat pipes are clogging more often, the bathroom fixtures are chipped and showing real wear and rust. Roofing and windows need replacing. Air quality and heating and AC have been improved in places but we do not have a total system that works. In the winter in one classroom you can find all the windows open because it is so hot and next door the kids are wearing their coats. What passed as an excellent facility when it was built---needs serious upgrade so that it can serve to the expectations of a school in 2013.
Much of parish life is concentrated here at the Lakeview Site. School, Religious Formation, Recovery groups, Meetings, Masses, Athletics, Dramas and Musicals, Wedding Receptions and Dances, School Lunch, Parish Office, Counseling and Marriage Preparation and more meetings. St. Gerald's straddles the line between the old parishes and their rundown structures and the new ones out west with their modern accessible features. I guess we are at a point of asking...which group should we resemble the most?
A committee with the assistance of architects from BCDM, spent many hours looking at what we have and what we will need to function well into the next half century. Click on the attached PDF document to see the presentation given to parishioners detailing the committee's findings.
Prayer For The UnbornHeavenly Father, You created us in Your own image, and You desire that not even the least among us should perish. In Your love for us, You entrusted Your only Son to the Holy Virgin Mary. Now in Your love, protect against the wickedness of the devil, those little ones to whom You have given the gift of life.
Communion to Shut-InsIf 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.
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.
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
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Women's Social Group
Year of Faith
Visit the Adult Education page for our calendar of events for the Year of Faith.
Learn more about the St. Gerald's Vocation Committee, join the 31 Club and read the monthly reflection on vocations. Click here...
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