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Welcome to Saint Gerald Catholic Church

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From the Pastor's Desk
YDisciple Information: At the end of this week the leaders of the various teams will be getting together to work on the assignment of youth to the groups and working out who will be the leaders of the groups. Again, we are looking to the kids to recruit their Catholic friends to join the YDsciple. The goal is to have friends together. Beginning date for YDsciple is fast approaching. Once the groups are determined then leaders will begin making contacts.

Family Formation PS: Family Formation for the Public School students will be getting started real soon. Sept. 16 will be here before you know it. Mary Feda, formerly Mary Harper, is back in the office and is getting everything lined up to begin.

4th Degree: Our annual dinner for the Archbishop Bergan Assembly of the 4th Degree of the Knights of Columbus will take place this coming Thursday, August 27 at Piccolos. If you have not gotten in your RSVP you better do that now. The 4th Degree of the Knights of the Columbus is there ceremonial group that represents all the KC's at various liturgical and patriotic events. They are the ones with the sword and white feathered hats. Their garb is reminiscent of the garb worn by soldiers in the time of Christopher Columbus. Defending the Catholic Faith is at the core of the KC's.

Endowment Board: We meet on Tuesday, August 25 in the parish office. I recently reactivated the Board for our Endowments Funds. We have funds totaling approximately $1.25 million, the interest of which benefits our parish and school. We now have a six member board, with terms of office, who will oversee the investments and meet several times a year to make the various decisions that need to me made relative to these endowment purposes. One of the duties of the Board will be to produce a report to the parish on the Endowments. This will be something that will come out once a year. Members on the Board are: Lou D'Ercole, Kevin McCoy, Bill Wachtler, Dave Kolenda, Jerry Sestak and Joe Distefano.

Stewardship: I am beginning my "Appreciation Moments" at my masses where I mention the names of about two parish groups each week and thank them for their service to the parish. Last week I mentioned Jean Thompson and her crew who help with Food Collection. We donate yearly to the Tri-City Pantry. I also singled out the Music Ministry under the guidance of Mary Clare Mendick and Kim Brokke. Thank you so much.
St. Gerald Festival - 2015 BATTLE OF THE BAKERS
It is as simple as 1*2*3

  1. Each cookie or bar must have at least one chocolate chip in it.

  2. Each contestant must volunteer for 2 hours at the parish festival or Hog Heaven.

  3. Each contestant must bake 3 dozen cookies for the Hog Heaven barbeque. Finalist must bake 3 cookies for the Baker's Dozen final round.

Winning Prize:

  • $500 voucher for St Gerald School to be awarded to a student of their choosing. The voucher has no cash value, nor can be sold.

  • Winning recipe will be published in the St Gerald Bulletin

Click here for entry instructions, rules and more!
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St. Gerald Parish Festival
Sunday, September 13, 11:30-6:00 at 96th & Q

Do you own a business, member of a parish group, or just an individual that would like to assist in supporting the Parish Festival?

The festival committee is looking for sponsorships for the booths. A sponsorship is only $50 and will get your name on the booth. If interested please send your name and the correct spelling to Tim Hancock at the parish office along with $50 payment.

The festival committee is also looking for several other items: (Please place in back of church)
Used or new children's books
Any size glassware for the penny toss game
2 litters of pop (any brand)
Bottles of wine, 6 pack of beer, or other liquor for wine pull (unchilled)

Lastly, you should have received your raffle tickets in the mail. Please consider filling them out and returning with payment or selling them to friends, neighbors, or coworkers. Thanks for all your support and generosity in making the Parish Festival a success. For any questions please contact Mark and Jennifer White at jwhite1973@cox.net
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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.

Face the Truth

Tools to fight pornography in a sexualized culture (not appropriate for children/youth due to content). No cost free-will offering.

Parent session: Saturday, October 3, 2015 8:30am to 12pm
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, 114th and Fort St., Omaha, NE

RSVP...due to limited space.
Email Mary Beth Hanus: mbhanus@archomaha.org
or Register online: Click Here

Sponsored by the Archdiocese of Omaha
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.

A message to parents...
The statistics on how our children are being affected by the availability of pornography are disturbing, to say the least. I don't like to tell parents how to parent but when it comes to this subject, I do get more personal. You need to do all you can to keep this from your kids. Kids can click on something quite innocent and suddenly they are the victims. So you need to do all you can to keep this out of your house and the attached brochure, produced by our own office of victim outreach and abuse prevention, is a good one to help you. I hope you take the time to read and put into effect its recommendations.
Forging a Future of Faith Campaign

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.
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 Formation, Youth Ministry, Adult Education, and the Parish Library. Click here to reserve your HOPE certificates online now.
Online Giving
Make your one-time or recurring donation using your debit card, credit card, checking, or savings account. Click here or scan the QR code with your phone:
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.