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From the Pastor's DeskFeast of the Immaculate Conception: The actual day is Dec. 8 but Advent Sundays take precedence so it is transferred to Monday, Dec. 9. Under her title of Immaculate Conception, Mary is the Patroness of the United States. And even though, as a result of its transfer to Monday, it is not a Holy Day of Obligation, I know that many would want to come to mass on Mary's Feast Day to pray for our country.
Masses will be as follows: No 7 am mass; 8:15 am at 96th and Q; 9:00 am at Lakeview; 12:15 at 96th and Q and 6:00 pm at 96th & Q.
Time to go to Confession: We are well into the Season of Advent. Time to stop putting it off. Come to confession. Every weekday before the 12:15 pm mass. Saturdays: 3:00 pm until 4:30 pm at 96th and Q.
Advent Penance Service: Sunday, Dec. 15 at 7:00 pm at 96th and Q. We will have about 8 priests available for confessions.
Learn and grow in the faith: I have new stuff for you. What better way to kick off the new liturgical year than by dedicating yourself to learning a little more about our Faith in a super simple way! We have two amazing options for you this year...
Read the Catechism in a Year (starting from the beginning) Go to www.flocknote.com/catechism to sign up!
Study the Gospels in a Year (w/ Ignatius Study Bible commentary) Go to www.flocknote.com/gospel to sign up! Both are free and life-changing. And also great to do with a group of friends. Both started during the first week of Advent.
Results of the Feasibility Study: Because the bulletin is due on Tuesday of the week before and the final report for the study will presented to the leadership of the parish on Thursday, I will share with the parish the results in the Dec. 15 bulletin. I want to say thanks for the great participation in the interview and the survey portions of the study. Your input is so very important in order to make sure we are heading in the right direction. I'll also include an information note about this in the Christmas Letter mailing. Thanks again.
Thank you: I want to thank the parish leadership for coming together about a month ago to share in one of our Leadership Gatherings. We have made progress in the content and success of these meetings since we began them a year ago. We have become more focused on what we want to gain by bringing all our leaders together to share information about the activities of all our organizations and ministries and to figure out how we can make some headways in bringing to reality the Four Parish Goals: Hospitality, Communication, Evangelization and Stewardship of our various resources. The Council began, at this last meeting, to digest your reports and we will share with you some golden threads that spell our accomplishments and desires. We won't be meeting again until several months into the new year, on May 1. At that time we will review progress we have made on the goals for our parish. I will then report at that time what I have been able to do in terms of the budget to better reflect the needs expressed at our meetings.
Guardian Angel Dinner & AuctionSave the date: Saturday February 15, 2014.
We need your help to make this event a HUGE success. We are especially looking for a trip for the LIVE AUCTION!
Please visit the website for wish list of auction items and more details www.stgerald.org/guardianangel.html.
Contact us with any questions or concerns!
Angela Wichita & Angie Gallagher - Auction Chairwomen
Mass Schedule for All Saints DayNovember 1: The Feast of All Saints: A Holy Day of Obligation: All Catholics are expected to attend mass this day. Mass times: Thursday, Oct. 31 at 6:00 pm @ 96th and Q, Friday, Nov. 1: 7:00 am, 8:15 am (both @ 96th and Q), 9:00 am @ Lakeview, 12:15 pm @ 96th and Q and 7:00 pm @ Lakeview.
Financial Report Questions And AnswersRecently the Finance committee was asked several questions about our financial report and financial decision making process. Click on the attached PDF document to see the questions and answers. This will hopefully clarify some things. Thanks for the interest. We all want to be good stewards and it begins with a truly generous heart.
Angel TreeSt Gerald will once again help those in need that live in our parish boundaries at Christmas time. If you know of someone who has children and may need help this Christmas with gifts for their children, please have them contact the business office at 402-331-1955. We will accept names until November 15. No names accepted past the deadline.
Hour of PowerPRAYER TOGETHER IN ADORATION AS A FAMILY OF FAITH
Hosted at the Lakeview Chapel. Holy Hours on the 1st Sunday of the month at 4:30 pm. Last date for this is November 7.
Campaign 2013 - Planning for a Brighter FutureOur buildings that were constructed over 50 years ago have served us well. But they are showing their wear, the heat pipes are clogging more often, the bathroom fixtures are chipped and showing real wear and rust. Roofing and windows need replacing. Air quality and heating and AC have been improved in places but we do not have a total system that works. In the winter in one classroom you can find all the windows open because it is so hot and next door the kids are wearing their coats. What passed as an excellent facility when it was built---needs serious upgrade so that it can serve to the expectations of a school in 2013.
Much of parish life is concentrated here at the Lakeview Site. School, Religious Formation, Recovery groups, Meetings, Masses, Athletics, Dramas and Musicals, Wedding Receptions and Dances, School Lunch, Parish Office, Counseling and Marriage Preparation and more meetings. St. Gerald's straddles the line between the old parishes and their rundown structures and the new ones out west with their modern accessible features. I guess we are at a point of asking...which group should we resemble the most?
A committee with the assistance of architects from BCDM, spent many hours looking at what we have and what we will need to function well into the next half century. Click on the attached PDF document to see the presentation given to parishioners detailing the committee's findings.
Prayer For The UnbornHeavenly Father, You created us in Your own image, and You desire that not even the least among us should perish. In Your love for us, You entrusted Your only Son to the Holy Virgin Mary. Now in Your love, protect against the wickedness of the devil, those little ones to whom You have given the gift of life.
Communion to Shut-InsIf 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.
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.
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.
Women's Social Group
Year of Faith
Visit the Adult Education page for our calendar of events for the Year of Faith.
Learn more about the St. Gerald's Vocation Committee, join the 31 Club and read the monthly reflection on vocations. Click here...
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.
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