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Farewell CelebrationDessert reception for Fr. Owen Korte's farewell will be Sunday, June 26th, 2:00-4:00pm St. Gerald School Gym @ 78th/Lakeview. All are invited. Come and show your appreciation to Father Korte for all he has done as Pastor of our parish these past 6 years.
Farewell from Fr. OKIt has been a very fast 6 years. And like the old saying from the Tale of Two Cities, "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times." So I take this opportunity to thank all of the folks who have helped me in being the pastor. Support and Challenge have been part of this help. I feel accomplished in having contributed to the spiritual life of the parish as well as providing good stewardship to the physical things of the parish. In leaving I am keenly aware of the happy moments and also the sad moments. I offer a prayer for whom I have offered the Funeral mass. I offer a prayer for all those I have baptized, all those I have married, all those who I have brought into the Church and all those I have taught and formed. Oh, there have been disappointments and grievances... for these I am sorry and wish I could have been a better shepherd in these areas. Ever since I announced I was leaving, the folks leaving mass have often taken an extra moment to say thanks, or say "I will miss you" or they might have just held my hand a little longer. I really do appreciate all of this. I also honor the change that you are going through as you get used to a new pastor who will not be me. He will bring his gifts and will help to form the Kingdom of God here as the Spirit directs. May the Lord bless him and you throughout all this transition. God Bless You All!
Matthew Kelly Live: Remember the Purple book we gave away at Christmas time. The author is Matthew Kelly and he is coming to Omaha, July 23. Do you feel stuck in a rut physically, emotionally, intellectually, or spiritually? Are you searching for clarity about who you are, what you are here for, what matters most, and what matters least? Attend Matthew Kelly's Living Every Day with Passion & Purpose event! Ralston arena on Saturday, July 23, 6pm. Don't wait to purchase your tickets, these events always sell out! Order tickets at www.DynamicCatholic.com/ Omaha. This will be great event and if you want more information talk to John Yochum who is our parish representative on the planning committee. And you can't find a spiritually uplifting Catholic Faith rally closer... it's at the Ralston Arena.
Special Request: Calistus Oboudogo died here in the United States after a long illness with cancer. His wife and most of his family are in Nigeria. Judith, his daughter is here in the US and she is raising her son, Emmanuel. Emmanuel just became one of our newest servers. The family does not have a lot of resources to send the body back to Nigeria and cremation in their culture is seen as a great disrespect to the deceased. I know I have contributed to the fund that we have started. I have asked the African Community that uses Lakeview Chapel every other week to help. I wonder if you wouldn't like to help in this extraordinary work of mercy. We will be having a funeral for Calistus here before his body is shipped. The paperwork and regulations take a long time to process. We will be having his funeral mass at Lakeview on June 27. Kremer Funeral home is helping a great deal with the costs. So everybody is trying very hard to help Judith send her dad back to Nigeria. The cost of the funeral is a little over $6000 including the transport. If you would like to help, just send a check to the parish office and mark it clearly what it is for. God Bless.
Our Last Weekend: Fr. Harrison and I will have our last weekend here on June 25-26. He will be the priest and preach at the 7am, 9am, and Noon masses, I will be the priest and preach at the Saturday, 5pm, and the 7:30 am and 10:30 am masses.
Last Minute Seminarian Guest: Kyle Loeker will be living at the Priest House this summer. Kyle is a St. Thomas University student and also a seminarian for the Archdiocese at St. John Vianney Seminary (SJV) and he just returned from a semester of schooling in Rome. He will be working at Catholic Cemeteries this summer along with our own Matthew Pohlman who will be a Freshman at SJV and St. Thomas.
Vacation: I will be gone from the parish June 13 until June 23. Fr. Harrison will be holding down the fort. I will be moving one load of things to Hartington on Friday, June 24. I will be moving the rest of my things on the last assigned day here, June 30. I want to thank all the men who will be helping me move and to the ladies who have helped with some of my packing.
Totus TuusOur fantastic Summer Religion Camp Program takes place July 17-21 for older kids and Monday-Friday, July 18-22 for the younger ones. The teachers of Totus Tuus are college age youth who have been trained in the curriculum... they include seminarians from the Archdiocese and youth who are involved in Catholic Campus Ministry and Foccus. Use the attached registration forms or call the parish office to register.
Corpus Christi Procession Photo Album
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An Important Piece of InformationOne of the pieces of business that I am leaving unfinished and on the desk for the next pastor is the issue of mass schedule for the weekend. This parish, along with other parishes in similar geographic locations across the diocese, has seen decreasing mass attendance. Certainly one of the things that was laid at my feet was that I caused this. Well, I have thick enough skin to know that the factors are much more varied than simply me if at all me. What is important for Fr. Nolte to monitor after he is in the parish for several months is what happens with the mass attendance. But more than likely mass attendance will not sprout wings such that the mass schedule does not need to be looked at. I was going to tackle this question this coming year. Here are the factors:
Fr. Nolte and I have talked at length about this for from the outside he is baffled by the 7am and 7:30 am situation. I suggested a Sunday mass schedule that looks like this: 7:30 am, 9:30 am and 11:30 am at 96th and a 5:00 pm mass at Lakeview.
I am including this in the bulletin to let you know that I was going to move into a period of discernment with the parish, take some surveys, get some input and I was going to move forward with a new mass schedule after a suitable period of study.
New Pastor Named for St. Gerald ParishAs you already know, Fr. Harrison and I will be departing from St. Gerald at the end of June. I know, it seems a bit early. It's not the normal big parish pastor tenure of 10-12 years. But at my age I wanted to think about the transfer at much older age and then so close to retirement. Although I am moving into a smaller parish, the Grade and High School will keep me young and active. I am looking forward to parish life at a slower scale and to teaching in the High School.
I share with you a bio he wrote about himself that is on his present parish website...
Fr. Nolte was born February 16, 1960 and was raised in a large Catholic family in Fort Smith, Arkansas. He is one of ten children. Prior to receiving his call to the priesthood, Fr. Nolte was an Optometrist in Nashville from 1986 to 1995. Through his involvement and life-changing experiences with the Catholic charismatic renewal, he eventually felt led to join the Diocese of Nashville in 1995 to begin his studies for the priesthood. Within a few years, however, he began to feel a strong calling to religious life, particularly to a more contemplative life-style. His search for community life eventually led him to Omaha, Nebraska where he became a member of the Intercessors of the Lamb community from 1997 to 2010. Since his ordination on June 1, 2002 in the archdiocese of Omaha, Fr. Nolte has served in Omaha as the associate pastor at Holy Cross parish from 2002 to 2005, St. Margaret Mary's parish in 2006, and again at Holy Cross parish in 2012. As a member of the Intercessors of the Lamb, and in addition to his parish duties, he has also directed both public and private retreats as well as parish missions throughout the United States and abroad. In January of 2013 he returned to the diocese of Nashville and was appointed as associate pastor at St. Rose of Lima parish in Murfreesboro. On August 9, 2014 he was installed by Bishop Choby as the new pastor here at St. Edward Catholic Church.
I am very happy to be handing over the reins of this parish to Fr. Nolte. He is a very good pastor and has learned to lead in the crucible that sometimes is our church. He brings a deep spirituality and a joy for the priesthood to St. Gerald. I know the parish will welcome him with open arms.
Some of you learned this from emails that were flying all around based on a letter published in another parish. It was not because I did not want to tell you of this news. It was because Fr. Nolte had not told his staff that he was leaving nor had he told his parish (which will take place only this weekend, 5/21-22. He and I were going to announce this simultaneously. It completely caught me off guard especially since I only got confirmation of this move last Monday, 5/16.
In addition to Fr. Nolte, the new Associate Pastor will be Fr. Michael Voithofer. Fr. Voithofer is presently assigned to St. James Parish. Fr. Voithofer brings a love for the Eucharist, musical talent, enthusiasm and a joyful spirit to St. Gerald. His Ablaze music and worship events have become known across Omaha. Both Fr. Voithofer and Fr. Nolte were at one time members of the Intercessors of the Lamb. Coming together they will nurture together the Good News of the Spirit that was planted in their hearts with the call they felt when they became schooled in the power of Intercessory Prayer. I predict much good will come from these men coming together as your next priests.
- Fr. Korte
Pastoral ChangesAfter six years as your Pastor I will be leaving St. Gerald at the end of June to take up responsibilities at Holy Trinity Parish in Hartington, NE. Holy Trinity has a Grade School and is the county seat of Cedar County, a very Catholic community with a strong German heritage. I will serve also as the President of Cedar Catholic Jr-Sr. High School. I will also be teaching Senior Religion in the High School. Altogether, there are about 390 students in their school system. Two other grade schools in Northern Cedar County, (East Catholic and West Catholic) help feed Cedar Catholic.
In many ways I have tried to serve you as best I could with my gifts and talents and I think I am handing over a parish and school of strength, vitality and vision to the next Pastor. I will be expressing my thanks to you in different forms over the next 6 weeks. I am especially grateful to all who have shared their time and talent, collaborating with me in leading the parish.
In addition, Fr. Harrison will be leaving his post as Associate Pastor to become Chaplain at Skutt Catholic HS with residency at St. Patrick's in Gretna. Having both priests transfer at the same time is no reflection on the parish but it calls for a certain amount of trust and desire to welcome your new priests with special hospitality and openness to their leadership. As an agent of change in our parish I know I have stepped on toes; I haven't always been charitable and so I hope I can take some of those feelings away with me so that the next pastor can begin fresh with the joys and challenges that are here.
Change is difficult, that goes without saying... and both Fr. Harrison and myself share that difficulty along with you. But change can bring about growth in ways not yet clearly seen, for individuals and for a parish family. I will pray for St. Gerald Parish especially over the next several months and I ask for your prayers as well. May God Bless You All!
- Fr. Korte
Lakeview Chapel Renovations
These changes have cost the parish Sunday giving (normal income) nothing. The estates of Ron Kuta and Deacon Tom Valasek, and small portion of the estate gift from Anthony & Josephine Fucinaro as well as an Anonymous Gift given in Memory of Deceased Loved Ones...paid for the work done in the chapel. It began probably a year ago with the installation of a new sound system. Then came the movement of the organ to the slot vacated by one of the confessionals and change of the ambo from the east to the west sides. These were very practical things: better sound (the old speakers could be improved upon). The choir area, now created by the Organ change, for our Grade School Masses was a practical improvement and with the Ambo closer the Cantors could more easily make use of it for the Responsorial Psalm. Previous gifts earmarked by the donor for the use of the pastor made it possible for us to acquire the Blessed Sacrament Parish Mosaic and Angels.
With the help of Dave Beringer, the Architect for our New Church, who donated his advice and sketches, we made ready to make the other changes. The Arch idea came from Dave, tying in the curves of the main support beams of the Church. The Arch theme is duplicated in framed background for the Mary and Joseph Statues, in the baldachin, in the accent arches above the angels, in the arch frame around the mosaic. Lighting was changed, using much of what was already there. LED spots were added along with indirect lighting to enhance the baldachin and the mosaic. With the addition of a warm grey paint, the marbled wallpaper, and the sky blue and stars of the Baldachin...the whole sanctuary takes on a freshness and the reason for the desire on the part of this pastor to make these changes is achieved. The Tabernacle shines with a new brilliance and is given proper prominence befitting our Eucharistic Lord. We unveiled the Chapel to the children on Friday, April 15. We had mass at 9:00 am and we conducted a kind of Litany of Remembrance of a Dedication walking through all the Liturgical Furnishings that make up a church: Baptismal Fonts, Statues and Art, Altar, Ambo, Choir Area, Tabernacle and offering a prayer for the kids at each stop.
We had hundreds of hours of donated labor in this project. Here is list of things I know people helped with: removal of confessional, building a riser and bench seating for choir, moving the Ambo, building new wall shelves, cleaning the wood, regluing loose plaster symbols, patching holes, building frame backgrounds for the Statues of Mary and Joseph, painting the new exterior doors, (these really help with School Security) cleaning-repairing and rehanging various plaster wall plaques, painting new conduit to hide it, setting up and taking down scaffolding, various carpentry fixes as we finished up. I don't have access to the names of all the donated laborers but want you all to know how grateful I am. We even stripped the top of the altar-which I began doing with my little vibrating sander only to find out we had to use a belt sander to clean it up (the varnish was peeling), then we stained, and varnished it.
Enroll Your Child at St. Gerald School
Women's Spiritual Book ClubThis 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 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Prayer for Family FormationPrayer 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.
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 - email@example.com.
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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.
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Today's Mass Readings
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Run of Pride
Joe Wiebold will attempt to be the first person to run across the state of Nebraska. From June 22-July 1, he will run between 41 and 53 miles each day!
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