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Summer Server Party
Mark your calendars...Friday, August 1....we are going to go to Fun Plex and then have a cook out. Approximate times: We will begin around 1:00 pm and end with the supper cookout at a location to be determined. Parents will deliver their children to Fun Plex at 1:00 pm and come and pick them up to transport them to the Lakeview property for our cookout at 5:00 pm, then we will be finished about 6pm. I will need Safe Environment Certified parents to help supervise. Email invites will be sent and the bulletin/website will carry more information and registration/permission form. All you servers, especially those who participated in the Corpus Christi Procession, have done such a fine job and I want to say thanks. All costs are covered for the servers. You, however, will have to pay for anything you buy at Fun Plex. Your entrance fee is covered. Download and return the attached permission form.

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From the Pastor's Desk
The Culture of the Provisional: Pope Francis has urged young people to follow Jesus to overcome a prevailing "culture of the provisional" that feeds a lack of commitment and superficiality in taking responsibility. Speaking this afternoon to an estimated 20,000 young people from the diocese of Molise and Abruzzo at the Shrine of Castelpetroso in southern Italy, the Holy Father called on the young faithful present to look out for what really matters in life and that which remains stable over time. "Contemporary society and its prevailing cultural models - the 'culture of the provisional' - do not provide a climate conducive to the formation of stable life choices with solid bonds, built on the rock of love and responsibility rather than on the sand of emotion," the Pope said. Such a culture, he added, places everything in question and breaks "with relative ease" the possibility of pursuing life paths "with commitment and dedication." "This feeds superficiality in taking responsibility," he said, "because in the depths of the soul they risk being regarded as something from which we can still be free." But he stressed the human heart aspires to "great things" and urged young people to "take courage" and pursue their future "together with Jesus." "Alone we cannot do it," the Pope said. "Faced with the pressure of events and fashions, we will not be able to find the right path, and even if we could find it, we would not have enough strength to persevere... And here comes the invitation of the Lord Jesus: 'If you want... follow me.' He invites us to accompany us on the journey." The Pope said that only with Jesus, praying and following him, can each person "find clarity of vision and the strength" to carry on. "He loves us, definitively, he has chosen us definitively, he has given himself to each of us definitively," the Pope said. "He is our defender and brother and will be our only judge. "How nice to be able to face the vicissitudes of life in the company of Jesus, to have with us his person and his message! He does not take away autonomy or freedom; on the contrary, he strengthens our fragility, allowing us to be truly free, free to do good, strong to continue doing so, able to forgive and to ask for forgiveness." Journeying through life with Jesus does not "deny difficulties and problems," he stressed, but to see them "as temporary and surmountable." The Pope closed by pointing out that Mary "always helps us when we work and when we are in search of work, when we have clear ideas and when we are confused, when prayer comes spontaneously and when the heart is dry. "Mary is the Mother of God, our Mother, and Mother of the Church. Many men and women, young and old have turned to you to say thank you and supplicate a favor," he said. "Mary leads us to Jesus, our peace. We have recourse to you, trusting in his help, with courage and hope." The Shrine of Castelpetroso is dedicated to Our Lady of Sorrows who was proclaimed patron saint of the area by Paul VI in 1973. John Paul II celebrated Mass at the shrine on March 19, 1995. The Virgin Mary appeared there in 1888.

A Culture of Stability and Life: Thank You: Our 8 "turned onto the faith" young adults led a great week of faith renewal and fun for our Totus Tuus kids. Lots of things compete for our children's time, so I want to thank those kids who attended and to their parents for encouraging them. Thank you to anyone who helped bring about a successful week for our kids and teens.

Parish Staff and Deacon Community Retreat: Office will be closed on July 16 for our annual day of recollection. Fr. Tom Weisbecker will be leading our day at Knowles Mercy Spirituality Center.

Birthday Rumors: Rumor has it there is a party being planned for my 60th Birthday. I just want you all to know that all I want is for you to come, have good time visiting, eating, and listening to some good music. Please, no gifts. My birthday is a present to you, my family. My association with the Bobby Lane Orchestra is through a friend of mine whose dad founded the orchestra. They play swing music, big band music-its great music. Even if you forget to send in a RSVP, come anyway. There's always enough.
Birthday Party!
Fr. Owen Korte's 60th Birthday
Sunday, July 20, 2-4pm
Fr Foster Parish Center, 78th & Lakeview
Please RSVP with your name and the number attending to: office@stgerald.org
Big Band Music by Bobby Lane Orchestra
Friends on Q
Wednesday August 27th in Fellowship Hall 96th & Q 6pm. Cost is $8 per person for members and $10 for non members this includes meal and 4 bingo cards. Reservations must be in by Tuesday, August 19th. Money may be put in collection basket in a separate envelope
marked Friends on Q or sent or taken to church office. Questions call Janet Rentko 402-339-7910.
New Parish Directory Coming!
The photographers from Lifetouch will begin scheduling in mid-June for family portrait appointments in July. Watch the bulletin for more information. Family photos will be taken at the church, 96th and Q streets. For more information, call Sharon Bissen at 402-991-1836.

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Corpus Christi Procession

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EMHC and Lector Training
If you would like to serve as an EMHC or Lector, you need to attend one training session and the mandation. To serve at St. Gerald Parish, you also need to be a registered member of the parish.
Training Dates:
Aug 10 St Columbkille 1:30-4:30pm
Aug 12: St Leo 7-10pm
Aug 18: St Vincent de Paul 7-10pm
Mandation:
Sept 4: St Cecilia Cathedral 7pm
Names must be submitted by July 30, 2014 to the business office.
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.
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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.




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.
Vocations Committee
Learn more about the St. Gerald's Vocation Committee, join the 31 Club and read the monthly reflection on vocations. Click here...
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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