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School Families - Urgent Action is Needed!The Textbook Loan Program is one of few government benefits that private school families receive in return for our education tax dollars. So that we do not lose this important program, parents are advised to send a message as soon as possible to our representative on the Board of Education. Click here for details...
Time to Sign Up!40 HOURS
Beginning after the noon mass on Feb. 21 and ending the evening of Tuesday, Feb. 23, we will once again have Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament around the clock and we will encourage all parishioners to come and pray before our Lord. Each evening we will have chanted evening prayer, the Mission Presentation by Jim Beckman and Benediction.
Reserve your hour now! 40 Hours of Adoration Online Sign Up
EUCHARISTIC MIRACLES EXHIBIT VOLUNTEERS
This exhibit is open to the entire city and five hospitality volunteers are needed per shift for host activities, such as sitting at the welcome table, pouring coffee, handing out brochures, etc.
We also need adult childcare volunteers who have completed the environmental safety training. Activities will be provided. Specific times for childcare are also noted below.
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HELP WITH THE COSTS OF THE EXHIBITION
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From the Pastor's DeskMany Thanks: God bless all the workers for our Angel Dinner Auction last week. What a wonderful event. The races were a wonderful wrinkle that made the evening move fast with generosity expressed by everyone at every stage. We had a sell-out crowd of enthusiastic people wanting to do all they could to keep our school strong and vibrant. To the Chairs: The Courtneys, Siedliks and Wrights... fantastic work. I know you are exhausted but this will always be a memory that you will cherish. I still remember as a kid when my parents were chair of a similar thing... I think your kids will remember this also with fondness. To all those who decorated our gym to look like a palace... working during the blizzard (that wasn't) without electricity... up and down the lift, and a million zip ties later... to the faithful remnant who came to take down, to all those who asked others for donations (this is a tough job that begins months ago) to all the workers, planners, etc. etc. etc... thank you all so much.
Parish Work Continues: In the fall we had our Time and Talent Renewal along with a Stewardship Fair. Many people became familiar with all that is going on in the parish and offered their time and talent to continue the various ministries, services, and organizations in our parish. During Lent we do our Financial Stewardship Renewal. The Theme this year is: God's Gift to Me... My Gift to God. The background to this theme is that our Parish is God's gift to us and we all have a sense of ownership for the parish... This Is My Parish.
The principal pillars of our Financial Renewal are:
A good report followed by an open forum
The witness of fellow parishioners
An examination of one's own giving
A yearly commitment to collection
At all the masses on Feb. 27-28 the Finance Committee will address the congregation prior to the beginning of mass (there will be NO other announcements at the mass) sharing with you a very quick Financial report, verbally and with a handout. The following weekend March 6 there will be an Open Forum in the Fellowship hall after the 7:30, 9:00 and 10:30 masses where a more detailed report will be shared and questions answered. In addition, a report will be given on how our Forging a Future of Faith Campaign is progressing and improvements already made in our facilities. Prior to all the masses on March 5-6 members of the parish will give a witness talk on their call to be good stewards. A letter will be sent to the all parishioners in between these two weekends that will have a good deal of information:
• A report on parish finances, the same one that will be handed out on Feb.27-28.
• A personal contribution report with some added information on average Sunday giving
• An ACH (automatic withdrawal) form for your use or to update
• A request to consider an increase in Contributions
• A commitment form for your Financial Stewardship.
Let us pray for a good effort on all our parts as we pull together to keep our parish alive and vibrant.
PARISH MISSION INFORMATION GO TO: www.stgerald.org
We start our mission Sunday evening, February 21 at 7:00 pm at the Church. Each evening will include a beautifully chanted evening prayer along with the presentation by Jim Beckman and ending with Benediction. The Exhibition will open on Saturday, February 20 at 3:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall.
Helpers for the Eucharistic Miracle Exhibition: It is easy to sign up for a slot to help out... just go to the parish website: www.stgerald.org Click on the link that you will find right on the opening page of our website. If you have already used SignupGenius then you know how it works... otherwise the site asks you to register and then you will receive a reminder by email of the time you volunteered for. We have had a great response so far but we still need helpers for staffing the Hall and to help with childcare in a number of time slots.
Sign up for Adoration Hour: You can do one of three things in order to participate:
1) you can come when your group or ministry is assigned... see the big posters in the lobby of the churches;
2) you can sign up for an hour or more on sign-up genius or do the paper sign up in the narthex;
3) You can come anytime without signing up, the Church will be open 24/7 from Sunday until Tuesday night. But if you have an email... sign-up Genius really works great. And a reminder is automatically sent to you. Click here to sign up or sign up after masses in the narthex.
Donations welcome: We have had a fantastic response covering all our expenses for the Exhibition and eating away at the costs for the Mission. Donations are still welcome.!
Evening Activities During the Parish Mission: Once again I want to emphasize the importance of delaying, sidelining, postponing and canceling all evening activities in the Parish during the three days of the Mission. I am asking that all Athletics be over by 6:30 pm and gym cleared out. This includes the adult basketball that takes place in the gym. This will encourage family attendance at the mission and help to make the statement that this is important. PASS THE WORD!!
FAMILY FORMATION FOR PS AND GS: RESCHEDULED. WE MEET THIS WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 17 IN THE GYM. THE ST GERALD SCHOOL PARENTS WHO ARE GOING THROUGH THIS PROGRAM TOO WILL BE WITH US. SO, 6:00 PM, THIS WEDNESDAY. I apologize for the cancellation. It was the perfect storm. We had the snow days which should not have made us move the meeting time... Wednesday night was workable. But the snow days messed up the whole schedule on decorating the gym for the angel auction. The power was out off and on at the school, Mary was down with an ice fall injury... well, anyway, I hope you can see to coming this Wednesday.
Information on Lent
Our Parish Mission - 40 Hours - Eucharistic Miracles Exhibition: February 20-23 are the dates for this very important event in the spiritual life of our parish.
- Jim Beckman from the Augustine Institute in Denver will be coming to do our Parish Mission. His three presentations are geared to our parish needs. We wanted help in encouraging our discipleship through a deepening prayer life, clear mission to show mercy, fired up parish spirit. His talks are entitled as follows:
- Mercy and the Disciple : God's desire for us - Relationship!
- Mercy and the Evangelist : The JOY of the Gospel, Flowing from Conversion
- Mercy and Mission : YOU Can be a Missionary! Yes, Even You!
- 40 Hours: Beginning after the noon mass on Feb. 21 and ending the evening of Tuesday, Feb. 23, we will once again have Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament around the clock and we will encourage all parishioners to come and pray before our Lord. Each evening we will have chanted evening prayer, the Mission Presentation by Jim Beckman and Benediction.
- The Vatican International Exhibition: Eucharistic Miracles of the World. This exhibit will find a home in our Fellowship Hall and will be open to the public beginning Saturday afternoon and will conclude Tuesday evening. Hours for this exhibit are being published. The purpose of this exhibit is to strengthen our faith in the Presence of Christ in the Holy Eucharist, to ponder the work of Almighty God in our world through the many appearances of the Blessed Mother and the inspiration of the Saints who loved the Lord especially in the Holy Eucharist. It is a big deal to have this exhibit command our space in the hall for this period of time. I would not do this if I did not think it was important. If there is a funeral during this time we will do all we can to facilitate the luncheon at another location.
During these days our parish will be on retreat. This means that all other meetings and activities are to be curtailed, postponed, canceled or rescheduled. Attendance at the evening presentations is really something everyone ought to make as a supreme priority. I want to encourage families to come to the Mission. If you think your kids are too small to be up that late, then come as a family to make a Holy Hour... Sunday afternoon... or at 5:00 pm on Monday or Tuesday. If your kids are in High School, they can come to this Mission. I hope the YDisciple groups will come for an hour of Adoration and will come to the Mission as a group. Information on this upcoming mission can be found below.
2016 Fr. Foster Memorial Golf TournamentThe St. Gerald Knights of Columbus and St. Gerald Men's Club are sponsoring the 20th Annual Fr. William A. Foster Memorial Golf Tournament. The event is a fundraiser for the Fr. Foster Endowment at St Gerald Church.
The tournament is a 4-person scramble held at Tara Hills Golf Course on Saturday May 14, 2016 with an 8:00 AM shotgun start. Registration fee is $90 per golfer or $360 per team and includes 18 holes of golf, cart, lunch, raffle tickets, refreshments, fellowship and prizes. Corporate sponsorships with or without foursomes included are welcome and available.
Early registration and payment is strongly encouraged; last year's event sold out and raised $12,836. Register by calling 402-331-1955. Deadline for registration and payment is May 5, 2016.
Click Here to download your registration form.
Click Here to download an event flyer.
Thank You!A note of thanks to St. Gerald Knights of Columbus for all they have accomplished. See the attached PDF for a list of the many good works that were done in 2015!
To visit the Knights of Columbus page on the St. Gerald website, click "Ministries" in the left hand column and follow the link to the "Knights of Columbus" page.
If you are interested in joining the Knights, contact the parish office to be put in touch with someone who can help you become a member.
Women's Spiritual Book ClubThis 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 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Prayer for Family FormationPrayer 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.
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 - email@example.com.
Please watch the video below to learn more about our wonderful school.
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.
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