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Welcome to Saint Gerald Catholic Church

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From the Pastor's Desk
Choir Concert: Don't forget... Sunday, Nov. 30 at 7:00 pm.

Communion: For those who have some form of allergy to the wheat in the hosts, receiving communion in the form of the host is a problem. We would like to begin offering the low gluten hosts if this is something that your allergy can tolerate. Theologically the Church has taught that the fullness of the Body and Blood of Christ, soul and divinity is received either in the form of unleavened bread (the host) or in the form of wine. If you wish to test the hosts that we are going to get that are low gluten just stop in the sacristy after mass and ask for one. Consume it at your convenience and see if you can digest it. If it works for you then you can begin to receive the consecrated low gluten host. The host we are going to use is white compared to the tan colored ones that we have in large number. Here is the procedure we will institute: Once you know where the pyx and hosts are kept you can do this easily... the sacristan will show you where these items will be placed for your use. Come to the room where the pyx and host are kept before mass. Retrieve a pyx and place an unconsecrated low gluten host in it. Place the pyx in the ciborium bowl with the other hosts that are on the offertory table in the back of church. The priest who is saying mass will place the pyx with your consecrated host in it with the other hosts he will be distributing. You must come to the priest for communion. With your finger just make a little sign of the cross in the air... this is the simple signal you can give to receive that particular host. It's a good idea for the first or second time to just make yourself known to the priest before mass so we can begin to know who you are... thus making communion more seamless. Any questions just talk to Fr. Korte or Fr. Harrison or one of the sacristans.

Stewardship Renewal: Give the Lord a chance to light a fire in your heart. Yes, the Lord can do that if we allow him to have some matches-we own the matches: the matches of time and talent. Only when you give him some time or some talent can He then light that fire. Anyone who puts forth the effort to give something back to the Lord that really costs you something will find his/her reward a 100 fold in return. I will be preaching at all the masses next weekend as we begin our renewal. We are entering the world of technology in our sign-up process this year. We have cliff-notes version of a stewardship fair this year along with the Men's club breakfast with Santa. We'll be addressing Stewardship with some great lay witness talks. Stay tuned... over the next three weeks.

First Sunday of Advent: Today is the first Sunday of Advent and we want to have a variety of representatives from the many different ministries, committees and organizations take part in the lighting of the candle on the Advent Wreath each week at each mass. If you would like to participate just let Vici Hegarty, head sacristan, know.

Bringing up the gifts: It is wonderful for families with little kids to help with the offertory procession. The kids love to carry something and this is a great way to feel more a part of the mass. If you want to do this just find an usher and let them know before mass. It works best if you are here at least 10 minutes before mass.

Immaculate Conception Masses: This major feast day and Holy Day of Obligation lands on a Monday. So, on Dec. 8 we will have masses at 7am, 8:15am, 12:15pm at 96th and Q. There will be a 9am and 7pm at Lakeview. There is NO eve mass for this Feast Day on Dec. 7.

A Little History: At the First Plenary Council of Baltimore in 1852, under the direction of Archbishop Francis Patrick Kenrick, the Bishops of the United States chose the Blessed Mother, under the title of the Immaculate Conception, as the Patroness of the United States. This was two years before the promulgation of the Doctrine of the Immaculate Conception by Pope Pius IX in 1854. And this was 30 years before the ordination of Fr. Michael McGivney, the founder of the Knights of Columbus in 1882 at the Cathedral in Baltimore. This above Council was called Plenary because it made rules and guidelines for all the Diocese of the United States. This period of time in the United States, for the Catholic Church, was one of dramatic growth. Populations of Catholics were growing, parishes and institutions were created and the role of the Church in society moved the Church into the mainstream of United States Culture. It is also interesting to note that the Third Plenary Council of Baltimore in 1885 promulgated a catechism which came to be known as the Baltimore Catechism, the same year the Diocese of Omaha was created.

New Pew Song Books: OCP is going to discontinue the smaller print version of the pew song books and so we had to switch to the large print. I tried to save as much money as I could on this change by getting cheaper book covers and converting the pew song books at Lakeview to the exact same ones, without the readings. We have a number of personal missals that you can purchase that have the readings. Check at the HOPE window. The advantage is that the print is larger, like the ones we originally had before we put book racks on the pews, except for the readings. Another concern, in going with the larger book, would the book racks work? The chosen book and cover make this possible. In addition, on a monthly basis, sometime less often, the insert in the clear cover will change bringing you some timely information, news or teachings.

Family Formation Catechetical Night: This Wednesday, Dec. 3 beginning at 6:00 pm. The topic this time is "Mary: God's Masterpiece".
Guardian Angel Auction and Dinner
Save the date! St. Gerald's Guardian Angel Dinner and Auction will be held on February 14, 2015. We invite you to be a part of this memorable event! Please consider donating an item to be auctioned, such as a themed basket or gift card, supporting as a business sponsor, advertiser, or other monetary donation. For a wish list of Auction items and more details, please visit our website at www.stgerald.org/guardianangel.html. Please contact us with questions at angie.gallagher@conagrafoods.com or 402-660-0738.

Angie Gallagher and Jen Tselentis
2015 Auction Chairs
Business Office Holiday Closings
Office closed Nov 27 and 28.
Office closes at 11:30am on Dec 24.
Office closed Dec 25 and 26.
Office closes at 11:30am on Dec 31.
Office closed Jan 1 and 2.
Angel Tree
St. Gerald will help those in need that live in our parish boundaries at Christmas time. If you know of someone who has children and may need help this Christmas with gifts for their children, please have them contact the business office at 402-331-1955. We will accept names until November 17. No names accepted after the deadline.
Choir Concert
Let us prepare our hearts for the essence of the Advent/Christmas Season. Come and spend an evening with the St. Gerald Choir as we present our new festive music for this beautiful time of year. Mark your calendars for Sunday, Nov 30 at 7:00 p.m., Church, 96th & Q.
Poultry Bingo
The St Gerald Knights of Columbus Council 9518 will sponsor their Annual Turkey Bingo on Sunday, Nov 23. Bingo will be for donated prizes, turkeys and money. Fr Foster Parish Center, 78th & Lakeview, 7-10pm. Proceeds raised will be used by the Knights of Columbus to support scholarships, youth activities, and various charitable needs within the community. Last year's funds were used to provide scholarships to students continuing their education and other charities of the Knights of Columbus.
Advent: A Season to Let Jesus Find You
Saturday, December 6, 9am-12pm in the Fr Larry Dorsey Fellowship Hall, 96th & Q. A free will offering continental breakfast will be served beginning at 8:15am.
Fr. Paul Hoesing, Vocations Director for the Archdiocese of Omaha will lead this time of reflection:
"There is one who is coming after me"
The scripture comes from the Baptist
Letting us know the really Good News
He comes to us...
Prepare to be found
Please call the St. Gerald Office, 402-331-1955, to register.
Fr. Korte in Italy
Fr. Korte shares his pictures and stories from his trip to Italy.

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.
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.

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