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From the Pastor's DeskTotus Tuus: Our fantastic Summer Religion Camp Program takes place July 17-21 for older kids and Monday-Friday, July 18-22 for the younger ones. We move the 12:15 pm mass from 96th St. to Lakeview that week and it begins at Noon. Call the parish office to register.
Seminarian for the Summer: Taylor Leffler will be joining us in June and July as a seminarian intern. He is presently completing his second year in Theology at Kenrick in St. Louis. He will be here in time to help with our Corpus Christi Procession.
Corpus Christi Procession: We are getting geared up for this big event in our parish spiritual life. Archbishop George Lucas will be joining us this year and this makes be very glad. I hope you see it as an extra reason to put in on your calendar and plan all your other family activities around the date: SATURDAY, MAY 28, 6:30 PM.
Final Family Formation (FFPS): May 4, this Wednesday, come and join in a beautiful May Crowning Ceremony and Benediction in the newly remodeled Lakeview Chapel. We begin as usual at 6:00 pm in the gym.
Final GS Family Formation (FFGS): May 11 beginning at 6:00 pm. We will be making decisions on how we will run next year's FF for the GS. I would like to make one program and call it a Parish Program and bring all the families together... Family Formation is an emphasis on the Family and building connections with the whole parish.
IT'S A BIG DEAL: The Traditional May Crowning for the Grade School will take place on Friday, May 6. This mass in Honor of Our Lady and her spouse Joseph will begin at 8:15 am at the main church at 96th and Q.
CONFIRMATION: Much thanks goes to the teachers, catechists, music ministers, ushers, KC Honor Guard, and any and all who contributed to the preparation of our Confirmandi and the wonderful celebration. And with the celebration of Confirmation, summer is in sight. YES!!
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.
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Lakeview Chapel Renovations
These changes have cost the parish Sunday giving (normal income) nothing. The estates of Ron Kuta and Deacon Tom Valasek, and small portion of the estate gift from Anthony & Josephine Fucinaro as well as an Anonymous Gift given in Memory of Deceased Loved Ones...paid for the work done in the chapel. It began probably a year ago with the installation of a new sound system. Then came the movement of the organ to the slot vacated by one of the confessionals and change of the ambo from the east to the west sides. These were very practical things: better sound (the old speakers could be improved upon). The choir area, now created by the Organ change, for our Grade School Masses was a practical improvement and with the Ambo closer the Cantors could more easily make use of it for the Responsorial Psalm. Previous gifts earmarked by the donor for the use of the pastor made it possible for us to acquire the Blessed Sacrament Parish Mosaic and Angels.
With the help of Dave Beringer, the Architect for our New Church, who donated his advice and sketches, we made ready to make the other changes. The Arch idea came from Dave, tying in the curves of the main support beams of the Church. The Arch theme is duplicated in framed background for the Mary and Joseph Statues, in the baldachin, in the accent arches above the angels, in the arch frame around the mosaic. Lighting was changed, using much of what was already there. LED spots were added along with indirect lighting to enhance the baldachin and the mosaic. With the addition of a warm grey paint, the marbled wallpaper, and the sky blue and stars of the Baldachin...the whole sanctuary takes on a freshness and the reason for the desire on the part of this pastor to make these changes is achieved. The Tabernacle shines with a new brilliance and is given proper prominence befitting our Eucharistic Lord. We unveiled the Chapel to the children on Friday, April 15. We had mass at 9:00 am and we conducted a kind of Litany of Remembrance of a Dedication walking through all the Liturgical Furnishings that make up a church: Baptismal Fonts, Statues and Art, Altar, Ambo, Choir Area, Tabernacle and offering a prayer for the kids at each stop.
We had hundreds of hours of donated labor in this project. Here is list of things I know people helped with: removal of confessional, building a riser and bench seating for choir, moving the Ambo, building new wall shelves, cleaning the wood, regluing loose plaster symbols, patching holes, building frame backgrounds for the Statues of Mary and Joseph, painting the new exterior doors, (these really help with School Security) cleaning-repairing and rehanging various plaster wall plaques, painting new conduit to hide it, setting up and taking down scaffolding, various carpentry fixes as we finished up. I don't have access to the names of all the donated laborers but want you all to know how grateful I am. We even stripped the top of the altar-which I began doing with my little vibrating sander only to find out we had to use a belt sander to clean it up (the varnish was peeling), then we stained, and varnished it.
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2016 Angel Auction UpdateWe are very proud to announce that the 2016 Guardian Angel Auction raised over $100,000 for St. Gerald Catholic School! This success was only accomplished through the generosity of many individuals, businesses and organizations within St. Gerald Parish and the community at wide. We are conducting a brief survey to gain feedback regarding the event. Whether you attended or not, we would greatly appreciate your participation in the survey-it will only take a few minutes. Your thoughts and ideas are very important to the planning of the event in 2017!
The survey will close April 22nd and we plan on sharing what we learned from your feedback shortly after. Thank you again for making 2016's auction such a huge success! PS. Save the date-the 2017 auction will be held on February 11th!
Financial Stewardship RenewalIn 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 brief financial report followed by an open forum
• The witness of fellow parishioners
• An examination of one's own giving
A yearly commitment to collection I want to thank the members of the Finance committee for preparing and presenting to the parish last week a very complete report on our Parish Financial Picture. This 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. This past week you received a letter with a good deal of information:
• A report on parish finances, the same one that was handed out on Feb 27-28.
• A personal contribution report with some added information on average Sunday giving
• An ACD (automatic withdrawal) form for you use or 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. PLEASE FILL OUT THE COMMITMENT FORM AND RETURN IT TO THE PARISH VIA THE COLLECTION BASKET. In doing so you help yourself make a promise to be faithful in your parish support. It's like a wedding ring, you promised on your wedding day, but your ring reminds you.
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 - email@example.com
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 - firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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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.
Run of Pride
Joe Wiebold will attempt to be the first person to run across the state of Nebraska. From June 22-July 1, he will run between 41 and 53 miles each day!
Click here to learn more about the Run of Pride and how it will support St. Gerald athletics.
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