Come visit and keep watch with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament! More than ever, Jesus is calling us to join Him in prayer as we continue to pray for our families and loved ones, and for an end to this horrible pandemic. Beginning this Monday, May 11th , we will be unlocking our doors (west entrance only) to our chapel every day from 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM. The Blessed Sacrament will not be exposed, so there is no need to sign up for an hour. For your safety and that of others, please wear a mask and disinfect your hands (hand sanitizer available in the back of the chapel) immediately upon arriving in the chapel and before departing in order to prevent spreading any possible infection onto the door handles of the west entrance.
Disinfectant spray bottles will be available in the back of the chapel. Please spray down your entire seat before you leave and allow it to dry on its own. No need to wipe it down. Due to the fact that the interior chapel doors will remain propped open, and out of respect to other adorers, we ask that you please keep a spirit of silence while in and outside the chapel area and that, for your safety and the safety of others, there be no congregating within or outside the chapel.
We have really missed your prayerful presence and we are so excited to have you back in our chapel to pray. Let us all continue to pray for each other and for our parishes. Jesus, Mary and Joseph, pray for us!
Dear Parishioners of St. Gerald,
Warm greetings to all you and your families. It is so refreshing to see that Spring has finally arrived and that many people are able to get out with their families and friends to enjoy the beautiful weather, especially after being so confined the last month and a half. I want to thank you for all your encouraging cards, emails, and food, etc. you have sent me and our leadership team and staff. I also want to thank those of you who have volunteered so much of your time and energy to assist us in these difficult times. Most especially, I want to thank you for your continued prayers and financial support. Your loving and generous support enables us not only to survive as a church and school, but, more importantly, it enables us to continue to thrive and grow as a faith-filled community whose mission is to make disciples of others through a deeper and transforming encounter with the risen Lord!
As you know, Gov. Ricketts recently announced plans/guidelines for reopening businesses in Nebraska on May 4th. The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services has issued updated Directed Health Measures that affect churches. These changes go into effect on Monday, May 4. We have also received guidelines and safety measures from Archbishop Lucas that we must enforce when we reopen our churches for the celebration of Masses and Sacraments. This complete document can be found at https://archomaha.org/guidelines-and-safety-measures-as-ofmay-4/.
In this document, Archbishop Lucas informs us that “the dispensation from the Sunday and Holy Day Mass obligation remains in force.” We are also told that “pastors are responsible for the safety of those who attend liturgies.” As your pastor, I take this responsibility very seriously. Since we received the document from Archbishop Lucas last Saturday, I have consulted with our Liturgy Committee, Leadership Team, and several other leaders of our parish, and a number of pastors in Omaha to determine the logistical needs and procedures that will allow us to return to Mass in the safest and most orderly way possible. The pastors of our deanery also met Wednesday afternoon and we, like many other local pastors, felt very strongly that we need to take a “wait and see” approach before reopening our churches for the safety and well-being of our parishioners. Based on the advice and recommendations I received, and like many other of our local pastors, I have made the difficult decision that we will not be reopening our church for the celebration of the Mass on May 4. Our hope and prayer, however, is that we will reopen our church in the next two to four weeks - provided that there are no new serious outbreaks of COVID-19 following the reopening of businesses in the state of Nebraska, especially in Omaha and the surrounding areas, and that it is safe for our parishioners to return. In the meantime, Masses, devotions, etc. will continue to be live-streamed and all other procedures will remain in place until further notice.
Please know that you and your families are in our thoughts and prayers daily. We miss you and we love you all very much, and we long for that day we can see your smiling faces once again!☺ Please keep me, Fr. Michael, our parish leadership, and all those on our church and school staff in your daily prayers as well. Let us also continue to pray for those in our parish who are unemployed and for those who are most vulnerable, and especially those who have been infected by this horrible virus. Most importantly, let us keep our eyes on the risen Lord who is with us always as our Good Shepherd, and who continues to lead us and protect us.
Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, pray for us!
Sincerely in Christ,
Food Drive Thank You!
"For I was hungry and you gave me food ... And the King will say, Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of the least brothers of mine, you did for Me." -MT 25: 35, 40
On behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to thank everyone at St. Gerald's who made your drive-up food drive a success. The amount of support we received to feed the community was outstanding. A donation of this size during the pandemic will continue to support our mission of providing nutritious supplemental groceries to families and individuals who are in need of food assistance. I am truly grateful for the generosity of all the families at St. Gerald's.
Director, Tri-City Food Pantry
For those wishing to have Holy Water available in your homes, there is Holy Water available in the courtyard by the Fellowship Hall doors at 96th & Q. Please limit to water size bottle container so that all may partake.
Free Registration for Seeking Truth Bible Study - Gospel of John
If you would be interested in using down time in these weeks for study, the Seeking Truth Bible Study, headquartered in Omaha, has made their series on St. John’s Gospel completely free. This may be particularly helpful, given the abundance of the use of St. John’s Gospel during the Mass in Eastertide. Special thanks to Steve and Sharon Doran for making the available!
Register for Free!
Consecrations to Mary and Joseph
The bishops of Canada & the U.S. will be renewing our nations' consecration to our Blessed Mother on Friday, May 1 (Feast of St. Joseph, the Worker). Details here...
On that same day, we, as a parish community, will also be consecrating our parish to St. Joseph! The "Consecration to St. Joseph" prayer is below for those who would like to join us as we recite together the prayer of consecration to St. Joseph on live stream at the conclusion of the 12:15 Mass on Friday, May 1 (go to stgerald.org/live
). For those who cannot join us live, we strongly encourage all of our parishioners to pray this powerful prayer of consecration to St. Joseph together as a family sometime on Friday. Mary and St. Joseph, pray for our families!
Prayer of Consecration to St. Joseph
O Glorious Patriarch and Patron of the Church! O Virgin Spouse of the Virgin Mother of God! O Guardian and Virginal Father of the Word Incarnate! In the presence of Jesus and Mary, I choose you this day to be my father, my guardian, and my protector. O great St. Joseph, whom God has made the Head of the Holy Family, accept me, I beseech you, though utterly unworthy, to be a member of your "Holy House." Present me to your Immaculate Spouse; ask her also to adopt me as her child. With her, pray that I may constantly think of Jesus, and serve him faithfully to the end of my life. O Terror of Demons, increase in me virtue, protect me from the evil one, and help me not to offend God in any way. O my Spiritual Father, I hereby consecrate myself to you. In faithful imitation of Jesus and Mary, I place myself and all my concerns under your care and protection. To you, after Jesus and Mary, I consecrate my body and soul, with all their faculties, my spiritual growth, my home, and all my affairs and undertakings. Forsake me not, but adopt me as a servant and child of the Holy Family. Watch over me at all times, but especially at the hour of my death. Console and strengthen me with the presence of Jesus and Mary so that, with you, I may praise and adore the Holy Trinity for all eternity. Amen.
Live Adoration Broadcasts
Here are a few adoration LIVE STREAM links to help you with continuing your hour of adoration. God will honor your love for his Eucharistic Heart.
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