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Welcome to Saint Gerald Catholic Church
From the Pastor's DeskLenten events at St. Gerald:
- The 12:15 pm daily mass is always a big thing, many come and pray together, in the main church, to grow closer to the Lord.
- Stations of the Cross will take place on Thursdays at 96th and Q beginning at 7:00pm and on Fridays after the 12:15 pm mass.
- The Light is On will repeat this year. On Thursdays, in both Churches, from 5:30 pm until 7:00 pm confessions will be heard. We begin on the Thursday of the first full week of Lent: The dates are: March 13, 20, 27, April 3 and 10. Please take advantage of these times because I will schedule fewer special times for confession- especially with the Parish Penance Service on Tuesday of Holy Week.
- Sign-up for Adoration Times for our Mission. Each weekend from now on until the Mission you can stop by the tables in the Narthex and sign up for an hour of adoration.
- Mission: With John Michael Talbot: March 23-25. Evening sessions are at 7:00 pm
- Holy Land Olive Wood Carvings: Imad Quemsiah will be here once again on April 5-6 with these beautiful "objet d'art", works of art. This benefits the Catholic Families in the Holy Land.
Forging a Future of Faith: Last weekend I talked at all the masses and showed our Campaign video. The work of the Campaign has been going on for some time. Many people have been contacted already and everyone has been so supportive. I ask that you receive the phone call from your fellow parishioner with courtesy and respect. They have volunteered to put their faith and commitment on the line by going out to our parishioners and asking them to participate. I would also ask that you allow them to visit with you about the project and then prayerfully consider the request that they make. No one can do more than one can do... but sacrifice and courage by everyone will make this campaign a great success. Knowledge of what is going on in your own parish is the way to further unify us as parish community. Prayer for the success of the campaign will continue each Sunday during the now public phase of the campaign.
Special Pre-Lenten Retreat: Deacon Tim McNeil came to our parish a couple weeks ago to conduct a Saturday Morning Retreat. It was a good success. About 40 people attended. I want to thank Deacon Tim. I want to thank Deacon Steve Luna and Deacon George Butterfield for organizing this. We already have the Advent Saturday Morning Retreat scheduled with Fr. Paul Hoesing, Vocations Director, leading us.
Update on Family Formation: I just really enjoy delivering the teaching to the parents of our Religious Ed. kids. I find them very receptive and they keep coming back. I am gaining greater confidence in how this program is really FAMILY FORMATION.
Annual Parish Bake Sale & RaffleApril 12 & 13 (Palm Sunday) All proceeds from this bake sale will go to offset the cost of our parish funeral dinners. Our funeral dinners are a comforting service of ministry to families who have lost a loved one. What a great way to support our parish families through this form of stewardship by donating a baked item and attending our sale. There will also be a great raffle! "The Sacrament of Baptism" presented by Deacon George Butterfield Mar 31, Apr 7, 14, 21, 28, May 5, 7-8:30pm School Library. Bring Bible.
2014 Angel Auction UpdateWe are thrilled to report that the Auction proceeds topped over $90,000! Many thanks to the volunteers, donors both within our parish community as well as outside and of course to the attendees! Attendance was up almost 15% with over 300 attendees, zoot suits and all. Our live auction proceeds, including the newly famous Golden Raffle Ticket, were up over $6,000 (30%) from last year! What a tribute to the generosity of our attendees and donors! From the event planning that started a year ago to the night of, we can all agree that the event was the Bee's Knees!
Kindergarten RoundupKindergarten Round-Up is fast approaching, Monday, March 24th. If you have not yet pre-registered
your child (must be 5 by July 31st), please call our school office at 402-331-4223.
Prayer for the success of our campaignDear 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.
TOTUS TUUS Returns to St. Gerald July 6-11, 2014Registration will begin May 7th for the children belonging to St. Gerald Parish only. You may print the registration & medical release forms May 7th and thereafter using the links below.
Medical Release Form
Elementary School Registration
Middle/High School Registration
Students entering 1st - 6th grades in the fall
July 7-11 from 9am-3pm
$20 per child for the week or $50 per family for the week.
Students entering 7th - 12th grades in the fall
July 6 -10 from 7:30-9:40
$5 per student per night or $20 per student for the week.
Registration deadline is June 27th.
For more information please contact Mary Harper @ 402-331-1955 or email @ email@example.com
Financial Report Questions And AnswersRecently the Finance committee was asked several questions about our financial report and financial decision making process. Click on the attached PDF document to see the questions and answers. This will hopefully clarify some things. Thanks for the interest. We all want to be good stewards and it begins with a truly generous heart.
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
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.
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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