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Welcome to Saint Gerald Catholic Church

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From the Pastor's Desk
Mass on Thanksgiving Day: We will have mass at 8:30 am on Thanksgiving Day at Church. A collection is taken up at this mass to help the hungry at the Stephen Center or our own St. Vincent de Paul Society. Bring a monetary donation or a non-perishable food donation. Come Pray with our Protestant Brothers and Sisters: Our annual Thanksgiving Prayer service for all the churches in Ralston will be held at the Trinity Methodist Church on Sunday, Nov. 22 at 4:00 pm followed by free dessert. Attending this gives you ample time to get back to the gym and get your bingo cards for Poultry Bingo. If we could get at least 10% of the numbers that show up to win a turkey to come and pray with our neighbors ..what a wonderful turnout that would be.

Archbishop's Annual Appeal: If you have not had a chance to make a commitment to the Annual Appeal you may have received another invitation to participate. Earlier I asked our parish if we couldn't get 425 participants from our parish. We are at 86% of our goal with 336 participants. That is good when it comes to getting to our goal... but sure would like to see more folks help out. We did so well on the St. Vincent de Paul Collection... a one time effort for over $13,000. And a lot more than 336 parishioner families helped make that happen. For this, let's band together and push the mark for our Parish Participation. Thanks to all who have made a contribution.

Catholic Cruise to Alaska: June 15 to June 22 : Cruise on Holland America's Ship the Volendam out of Vancouver, British Columbia and returning to the same. Cruise Inside Passage, Alaska - Tracy Arm for service call only - Juneau, Alaska - Skagway, Alaska - Cruise Glacier Bay National Park - Ketchikan, Alaska. Mass every day on board ship. For more information email: doug@CatholicCruiseandTours.com or call 860-399-1785 and ask for Doug or Eileen.

Refugee Family: Informational Meeting was Sunday, Nov. 1 at the Church at 1:30 pm. We had a great turnout and are moving forward with a plan to sponsor a Family through Lutheran Family Service. Our next meeting will be Sunday, Dec. 6 at 1:30 pm at church. At that time we will look over a draft plan for how we will approach the project. You can still join this great outreach. Contact either Deacon Lonnie Dinneen: lmdinneen2@gmail.com or Fr. Korte: owkorte@archomaha.org

Coming up soon: Our Time and Talent Renewal will take place in a month from now. Our Stewardship committee is working on the book of opportunities that will be given to all of you in place of the normal SpiritLink. We are planning on a Stewardship Fair on Sunday, Dec. 6 along with the Men's Club Santa Breakfast. This is a separate appeal different from the Financial Stewardship that we do during Lent.

ATTENTION ALL MINISTRIES AND COMMITTEES: Get ready with your own decorations and table favors along with anything else to soup up your display for the Stewardship Fair. We just might do a competition to see who has the best table display: unique, creative, inviting, attractive---you get the idea.

Server tweaks - for your information: You will begin hearing the ringing of bells at the Epiclesis of the Mass. This is when the priest places his hands over the gifts and asks for the Holy Spirit to come down upon the gifts. This is the beginning of the Consecratory work of mass culminating in the Institution narrative when Jesus said "This is my Body..." + "This is the cup of my Blood..." At the elevation of the host and chalice the servers ring the bells three short times. Both of these signals draw our attention to the great miracle of the mass and the call for us to become the Body of Christ on earth. The Server who holds the Missal will begin sitting next to the Deacon rather than hiding behind the wall. This move demonstrates that servers have a role to play that is public and they, by their reverence, help to lead the people in prayer.

A Thanksgiving Prayer Service: All the children in our school invite you to attend their Prayer Service before they go home for Thanksgiving Break. When: 2:15 pm on Tuesday, Nov. 24. All parents coming to pick up kids... don't sit in the car, come to the gym for the service.
Praying with Scripture
Praying with the Scriptures using Lectio Divina is a beautiful way to prepare for Christmas. Deacon Steve Luna will lead the prayer on Mondays, 7-8pm in the multipurpose room, 96th & Q, from November 30 through December 21. Please contact the parish office if you plan to attend.
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Women's Spiritual Book Club
This 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 - rbpulte@yahoo.com
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New! Welcome Tuition Grant
St. Gerald Catholic School is excited to announce our participation in a newly formed student transfer program developed by the Archdiocese of Omaha. Children entering grades 1-7 from a non-Catholic school will be eligible to receive a $1,000 tuition discount in year one and $500 in year two of their enrollment. For more information, please contact our Principal, Mrs. Michaela Goerke at 402-331-4223.

Prayer for Family Formation
Prayer 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.
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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 - mgoerke@stgerald.org.

Please watch the video below to learn more about our wonderful school.

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.

Choir CDs
The choir has released six CDs that may be purchased after any weekend Mass. It is our hope that our music will touch your heart and lift your spirit.

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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 Formation, Youth Ministry, Adult Education, and the Parish Library. Click here to reserve your HOPE certificates online now.
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Women's Social Group
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Bible Verse of the Day
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