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Ushers & Greeters
Ushers and Greeter extend a warm welcome to parishioners and guests at St. Gerald, they assist the assembled people to participate in the worship, and ensure the smooth flow of the liturgy. You will be asked to attend one training session and to follow parish guidelines.
Parking Lot Patrol
Volunteers patrol the parking lot at 96th & Q during weekend Masses, holy days of obligation and weekend events. Teams are usually scheduled for one Mass a month. Patrolling is done on foot during nice weather and in vehicles if the weather is inclement. The Parking Lot Patrol observes and reports, never confronts.
The St. Gerald Bridge Group meets the second Sunday of the month, September through May, in the multi-purpose room at 96th & Q. Open to all singles and couples in the Omaha community.
The Welcoming Committee meets with new parishioners to welcome them to St. Gerald and invites them to join in parish activities in a spirit of stewardship. Welcome Sundays are the second and fourth Sunday of each month following the 10:00 a.m. Mass in the Church Library at 96th & Q. Volunteer to assist the deacon in greeting those looking to join our parish.
The Social Committee plans and organizes social activities in the parish aimed at fostering parish community. St. Gerald hosts quarterly Donut Sundays. All parishioners are invited with a special invitation being sent to parish newcomers. Refreshments may also be served after other parish events. Volunteers serve and clean up after these events held at 96th & Q.
Friends on Q
Friends on Q provides adult members of St. Gerald Parish opportunities for social, cultural and spiritual growth. Monthly activities provide opportunities for both new and continuing friendships. We pray for members who are sick and send cards for deceased members. Watch the bulletin and parish website for upcoming activities. Open to adults over age 40.
Knitting & Crocheting
Meets the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month in the Church Family Room/Library from 6:30 -10:00 p.m. Work on your own project or join in ongoing service projects: baby afghans for OneWorld Community Health; hats, scarves and mittens for the homeless and elementary school children in low income areas; dish cloths for the annual church bake sale. Looms and yarn are available to make hats and scarves. Don't knit or crochet? Join us and we will teach you.
Quilting and Sewing Group
Meetings are held at 6 p.m. on the third Monday of the month for personal or service oriented projects. Special workshops and all day sew-ins are scheduled throughout the year.
Meeting dates and times to be determined. Meets in the Church Library, 96th & Q.
Women's Page Turners Book Club
Meets at 7 p.m. the last Thursday each month (except December) at the Ralston Baright Library to discuss current or classic fiction, non-fiction. This group is currently full but with enough interest we will help get a new group started.
Women's Spiritual Book Club
The group gathers as women of faith to discuss books that educate, inform and inspire us in our Catholic faith. New members are welcome. Meets at 10 a.m. on the third Thursday of the month at the St. Gerald Library, 96th and Q.
Women's Walking Group
Meets every Friday morning at 8 a.m. at Brookhaven Park, 110th and Harrison.
St. Gerald Athletic Committee sponsors sports activities for the youth of the parish including soccer, basketball, volleyball and baseball. The principles of a Catholic, faith-based sports program are: placing faith and family first, contributing to the mission of Christ in the world, and actively engaging in the Catholic faith community.
Women's Golf League
St. Gerald Women's Golf League is open to all ladies of the parish. This league is recreational and not competitive, all playing abilities are welcome. The league meets weekly on Wednesday evenings at Westwood Golf Course. A weekly commitment is not required.
Meets weekly at Eagle Hills Golf Course from mid-April to mid-August. The league is currently full with a waiting list. We apologize that we are unable to include additional golfers at this time.
Evangelization and Discipleship
Each of us is called to evangelize others and to be a disciple, but what does that really mean? Put simply, Evangelization is sharing Jesus with others. "The New Evangelization" is summarized by the realization that we cannot only look outside the church for people to evangelize, but that many of the people in the pews (often including ourselves) need to be (re) FORMATION "Love the LORD your God with all your heart." (Lk 10:27) Educating the mind and forming the heart are necessary steps in the steward's growth. evangelized. Discipleship is a way of life for the person who has committed their entire life to Jesus Christ. This person then learns to a) closely follow Jesus, b) be led by the Holy Spirit who dwells in them, c) and share Jesus with others. St. Gerald already has many ways for you to participate in evangelization and discipleship. However, there is also much more to come. We will provide opportunities and training in 1) pre-evangelization strategies, 2) sharing your testimony, 3) developing an intimate relationship with God in prayer, 4) small group leadership. If this sounds appealing to you please contact Mark Nelson in the parish office, our Director of Evangelization and Discipleship.
RCIA is an acronym for the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. Those who are not Catholic and are interested in the faith are invited to become part of the RCIA program. RCIA meets weekly from September through Easter. Interested inquirers and St. Gerald parishioners walk the journey of faith together. Classes are held on Tuesday nights at 96th & Q.
WINGS, We're In God's Spirit is RCIA adapted for Children. We work with children and teenagers to prepare them to fully participate in the sacramental life of the Church. Children who are in need of baptism as well as those who are behind in receiving their sacraments of Initiation are a part of this group. We meet on Saturday mornings and are in need of a classroom aid.
Spirit Link, the St. Gerald stewardship newsletter, is published quarterly and mailed to all parishioners. It is an opportunity to reach out to our parish family and share stories of stewardship in action. The volunteer staff includes writers, editors, photographers and graphic artists.
Young Adult Ministry
St. Gerald Young Adult Group consists of young adult singles and couples reaching out to other young adults in a spirit of Christian friendship, for the purpose of spiritual growth, service and fun. We offer a wide variety of activities that involve service, faith sharing and socializing. Newcomers are welcome at any time.
GLOW - Youth Ministry
Inspired by Matthew 5:16 "So then, let your light shine in the sight of men, so that they may see your good works, and may glorify your Father, who is in heaven" GLOW Youth Ministry provides the youth of St. Gerald, grades 7-12, an opportunity to have fun while deepening their encounter with Christ. GLOW offers many different faith sharing encounters including; Alpha Youth, YDisciple Small Groups, and many fun events. It is the mission of GLOW to walk with the youth as they grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ. Together we are building a community focused on trust and friendship. We are always finding new ways to encounter Jesus, make disciples and transform lives.
Family formation is a religious education program for families of the parish with children in grades K-6 who attend public school or home school. Family Formation also welcomes St. Gerald School families. Parents and children attend one session each month from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Parents are taught by the pastor or other speakers in the school gym while their children learn the same lesson in the classrooms. The children are grouped by grade level and receive instruction from certified catechists. Parents receive three home lessons each month that guide them in sharing the Good News and the beauty of the Catholic Faith with their children. Family Formation follows the three year lectionary of the Catholic Church. A minimum tuition is charged. Volunteers are needed for teaching positions, classroom assistants, childcare, refreshments and cleanup at night's end.
Youth at St. Gerald prepare for the sacrament of Confirmation during a 2-year program in the 7th and 8th grade. Adult catechists teach a weekly Wednesday evening class held at St. Gerald Grade School from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Volunteer teachers are needed as well as classroom assistants.
Totus Tuus is a nationally recognized week long youth summer catechetical program for grades 1-12. Totus Tuus teaches the four pillars of the Catholic faith and the rosary through games, songs and fun. The catechists are seminarians and college students motivated in their faith life. Adult volunteers are needed to house the Totus Tuus team for the week, host them for supper and assist them as they work with the parish children.
Stewardship is a way of life that acknowledges everything we have is a gift from God: our families, faith, talents, skills, livelihood and finances. The Stewardship Committee assists our parish family in realizing and responding to this lifestyle by assisting with the parish Time and Talent Sign-Up, the archdiocesan Annual Appeal, the Spirit Link newsletter and the Welcoming Committee. We invite you to become involved in this important ministry.
The parish library is a great resource of religious books and videos for adults and children. Volunteers are needed to help check out and reshelve materials. The library is open before and after each weekend Mass.
That Man Is You
That Man Is You is an archdiocesanwide ministry for adult men. Through study of Scripture and faith sharing men of our parish become men formed after God's own heart. Early morning sessions meet in the Family Room/Library and include continental breakfast. Friday or Saturday morning sessions are available.
Women of Grace®
Women of Grace® is an extended 17-week study in which women embark upon a fascinating and exciting journey of transformation and discovery as they explore the great call and gift of their femininity. Participating women will meet great women saints, learn more about the Catholic Faith, begin to unpack the treasures of Sacred Scripture, and come into a closer relationship with Jesus Christ and the Blessed Mother.
The Pro-Life Committee's goal is to raise awareness of Catholic teaching on pro-life issues and to provide information on educational and volunteer opportunities at St. Gerald and around the city. Pro-life issues include abortion, human cloning, embryonic stem cell research, and euthanasia.
Alpha is a series of sessions exploring the basics of the Christian faith. Alpha guests share a meal and watch a video that explores the Good News of Jesus Christ in a thought provoking, relevant way. Then, in a small group setting, guests are free to ask questions, share their thoughts, build relationships, and experience the love of God through the power of the Holy Spirit. Let Alpha take you on a journey leading to a personal encounter with Jesus Christ.
Couples are needed to help teach Baptism classes for new and expectant parents. Catechists will be trained in the Called by Name© baptism program developed by the Archdiocese of Omaha Family Life Office. The program offers an overview of the basics of baptism, focusing primarily on infant/toddler baptism, and the importance of this sacrament not only for the one being baptized, but for the individual's family and the larger parish community. The time commitment is three to four classes per year.
PRAYER AND WORSHIP
Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion
EMHCs assist the parish family by distributing the Body and Blood of Christ during Mass. Some EMHCs also take Communion to the ill and homebound. Those new to the ministry may begin serving as an EMHC after having attended a required August Archdiocesan training session followed by a mandation liturgy conducted by the Archbishop. After having completed the archdiocesan training and mandation you will be required to attend a St. Gerald Liturgy workshop. Previously mandated Ministers of Holy Communion who wish to serve at St. Gerald should contact the parish office.
Proclaim God's word to the parish community during daily and Sunday Masses. You will be required to attend the Archdiocesan training session followed by a mandating liturgy conducted by the Archbishop. You will also attend a St. Gerald Liturgy Workshop to receive our parish guidelines. Training and mandation occur annually each fall.
Burying the dead is a Corporal Work of Mercy. Ushers greet and help seat mourners who attend funerals at St. Gerald. This important service to bereaved families presents an excellent opportunity for retired parishioners to serve the parish family.
Funeral Mass Adult Server
Adult men serve as Altar Servers for parish funerals. This important service to bereaved families presents an excellent opportunity for retired parishioners to serve the parish family.
Youth Mass Server
Boys and girls in grades 5 through 8 are invited to assist at weekend masses as altar servers. Training classes are held several times throughout the year. Watch the bulletin for specific dates. Contact Marge Harman with any questions.
Music Ministry / Choir
St. Gerald Choir provides music for Weekend and Holy Day liturgies as well as other liturgical celebrations. You are invited to join in praising God through the gift of music. If your love of music calls you to participate in the choir as an instrumentalist or as a vocalist, your reward includes enrichment of liturgical celebrations as well as fellowship with other joy-filled, spirited parishioners. The Adult Choir is open to parishioners high school age through adult, and meets on Wednesday evening at 7 pm in the church choir room. The Children's Choir, open to parishioners grades 3 through 8 meets on most Wednesdays 3:15 p.m. at the Lakeview Chapel.
Hospital Ministry collaborates with the priests of our parish to provide a service to the sick and dying. Members of this ministry feel called to extend the warmth and concern for the spiritual welfare of those experiencing sickness and chronic or life-threatening illness. Bergan Mercy and Methodist are the hospitals regularly checked twice weekly, however, these ministers will go wherever requested and then forward the pertinent information to our priests. Hospital Ministry provides our priests with essential help in extending their priestly ministry to all in need.
Marian Movement of Priests Cenacle
"Cenacle" is a word for the upper room where Jesus' apostles gathered together in prayer with his Mother Mary. Our Lady invites us to consecrate ourselves to her Immaculate Heart where "she will nourish, form, and help us to grow in perfect consecration to her. She calls us to form cenacles together with her and to multiply and spread them everywhere, so that the Divine Spirit of Love may pass through the golden door of her Immaculate Heart and thus prepare humanity for a new era of grace and holiness." (From To the Priests our Lady's Beloved Sons, cf. 226j, June 7, 1981) The Marian Movement of Priests Cenacle meets every Tuesday morning at 11:15 a.m. in the multipurpose room at 96th and Q. The group meets to pray for priests and the Pope. Meetings are 15-20 minutes after which the group stays for the rosary and Mass.
Divine Mercy Cenacle
The St. Gerald Divine Mercy Cenacle meets for a discussion of the writings of St. Maria Faustina and to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet. A quote from St. Faustina's Diary is emailed to members a day or so before the meetings. "The revelations given to St. Maria Faustina are excellent for spiritual growth and also give a deeper understanding of our merciful Lord." (Used with permission of the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception of the B.V.M.) The Cenacle prays the Divine Mercy Chaplet for our parish needs, for the intentions in the chapel book, for the sick, the dying, the souls in purgatory, for the intentions of those in attendance and those praying from a distance. (Members unable to attend meetings join their Divine Mercy Chaplet with the group's from wherever they are at the time of the meeting.) The Divine Mercy Cenacle meets Fridays at 3 p.m. in the Chapel at 96th and Q. Meetings last 20-30 minutes.
Perpetual Adoration has been a beautiful tradition at St. Gerald for many years. Would you like to spend an hour in prayer once a week, day or evening, before Our Lord in the Eucharist? Adoration takes place in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel at 96th and Q.
St. Gerald Prayer Chain
Intercessory prayer is one way to show love for your neighbor. Prayer warriors volunteer to pray for intention requests. By contacting the prayer chain, your intentions and needs are passed along to dozens of parish family members to be lifted up in prayer. Prayer requests are received by phone at the parish business office or by entering the request on the parish web site. Volunteer to be a prayer partner by contacting the St. Gerald Business office. At this time prayer partners are being added to the email prayer list.
The Bereavement Ministry is offered in our own parish setting to those who have experienced the death of a loved one in the past year. It is also open to non-parishioners. Volunteers serve as companions to the families experiencing a death, send cards and pray for them. Wood crosses with the names of the deceased hang in the back of the sanctuary for a year, then are presented to the family.
The Liturgy Committee helps prepare for our parish liturgical celebrations according to the changing seasons of the church year. The committee works with the parish staff in overseeing the various liturgical ministries.
Liturgical Environment Committee
The Liturgical Environment Committee works to create an environment that draws the faithful more fully into prayer in accordance with the Liturgical Seasons. The Easter and Christmas seasons are the two largest decorating times with the need for volunteers for just those seasons. However the Liturgical Environment Committee needs on going help with votive candle care, light dusting in the Chapel and around the Altar as well as plant care, such as transplanting and watering. These daily, weekly or monthly tasks rotate among the committee members.
The Vocations Committee develops programs to foster and educate the parish regarding vocations in the Catholic Church. Through prayer and encouragement, vocations to the priesthood, deaconate and consecrated life are supported and developed.
Lead or pray the Rosary before daily Mass
Parishioners say a rosary before the daily 8:15 a.m. Mass at 78th and Lakeview and before 12:15 p.m. Mass at 96th and Q. Rosary begins at 7:45 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.
Volunteers craft rosaries to donate to local and international organizations. Many of the rosary makers work from home. Once a month part of the group meets on the first Monday after the 12:15 Mass to socialize and prepare the rosaries for shipping.
A Sacristan (man or woman) prepares the materials necessary for the daily and Sunday liturgy and other liturgical days. This includes opening up the church and setting out the bread, wine, vessels and tangible needs of the worshipping community. Sacristans work under the direction of the Pastor and have a spirit of service that works in harmony with the presiding priest. Sacristans are required to be a mandated EMHC.
Grow in your spiritual life by daily reading of Sacred Scripture. Pray with your family. Spend time with God in private prayer each day. Attend Mass each Sunday, on Holy Days, and during the week if you can. Receive the sacrament of Reconciliation frequently. Contact Jesus daily.
Fair Trade Program
The St. Gerald Fair Trade committee sells coffee and tea in the narthex after Mass on the third Sunday each month. Working with Catholic Relief Services, the money raised by these sales goes to support farmers and artisans in developing countries and provides them a fair living wage. Several times a year in addition to coffee and tea, there will be for sale chocolate, scarves, jewelry, Christmas ornaments and other gift items, all at a reasonable price! You are invited to buy these products and/or volunteer to help with their sale. By supporting our brothers and sisters through your purchases, you are performing a Corporal Work of Mercy!
Funeral Luncheon Committee
The committee provides sustenance and comfort to the bereaved in the form of a meal served in the Fr. Larry Dorsey Fellowship Hall after a funeral service. Helpers are needed to serve the meal and persons are needed to prepare dishes in their home and drop them off at the church the morning of the funeral.
Funeral Bake Sale Committee
Bake Sale & Raffle is held each year on Palm Sunday weekend. Funds raised are used to help defray part of the cost of funeral luncheons for our parish families. Volunteers are needed to donate baked goods for the sale, and to give time and talent to plan and work at the sale.
St. Vincent DePaul Society
St. Gerald Conference is set up to serve the needy within the parish boundaries. The Conference assists those with immediate needs of food, clothing, furniture and emergency help with rent and utilities. Calls made to the Business Office or other referrals are passed on to the Society members who follow up with personal contacts to best determine how service can be provided. The St. Gerald Holy Day collections fund the work of the St. Vincent DePaul Society.
Those in need at Christmas time receive help from the Angel Tree group. The Angel Tree enables parishioners to provide gifts for families in need with children and to brighten Christmas for local senior citizens. Volunteers are needed to organize the collection and delivery of gifts.
Siena Francis House
On the first Sunday of each month parishioners bring pantry items of canned tuna, a box of prepared snacks and a bag of chips to a volunteer's home. The next day volunteers from St. Gerald Parish deliver the meal items to the Siena Francis House homeless shelter. On the third Saturday of each month a different group of volunteers prepare and deliver a meal. Volunteers are needed to prepare food or provide a cash donation.
Volunteers prepare and serve an evening meal one Friday a month at the Stephen Center Pettigrew Emergency Shelter.
Habitat for Humanity
St. Gerald works with a coalition of churches that raise the funds and provide the volunteers needed to build a new home in an impoverished area of Omaha every year. Projects typically start in August with just a foundation/basement. Framing, siding, doors and windows, insulation, drywall, painting, finish trim, and cleanup continues through November. The completed home is sold to a family who participated in the construction. The family receives the home with a no interest loan for the cost of the construction. The aim is to give families living in poverty or homelessness an opportunity to own their home and enjoy economic stability.
Tri-City Pantry Food Drive
St. Gerald Parish organizes an annual food drive for the Tri-City Pantry located in Papillion. The food drive is conducted during the summer when the pantry is in most need of food donations. The pantry serves the needs of the communities of Ralston, La Vista and Papillion.
Knights of Columbus
St. Gerald Knights of Columbus (Council #9518) was granted its Charter in March of 1987. Supporting the mission of St. Gerald Parish is our primary concern along with the four principles of the order: Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism. Among the many activities of the Knights are the Lenten Fish Dinners, Tootsie Roll Drive for Intellectual Disabilities and Red Cross blood drives. Monthly meetings are held the third Thursday at 96th & Q.
The Columbian Squires is the official youth organization of the Knights of Columbus. It is a leadership development and character building program for young Catholic men ages 10-18 years old. Squires have fun and share their Catholic faith, help people in need, and enjoy the company of friends in social, family, athletic, cultural, civic and spiritual activities. The Squires Circle is designed to be run both by and for young men.
Women's Community Service
Meets several times throughout the year to provide support to projects that serve our parish and community.
Men's Club is dedicated to providing support to the St. Gerald community with an emphasis on St. Gerald School and the spiritual, academic and athletic growth of all students in the parish. St. Gerald Men's Club provides its members the opportunity to build relationships with fellow parishioners and to participate in various activities for the benefit of the parish. Meetings are held monthly at the Fellowship Hall from September through May.
HOPE stands for Help Our Parish Educate. This program provides funds for parish educational programs. Gift certificates for grocery, restaurant, discount and retail stores are available in the Business Office and after Sunday Masses. These gift certificates work just like cash with the parish receiving a rebate (ranging from 2% - 20%) from the participating businesses. If you have a child enrolled in St. Gerald School or religious education programs you can earn up to 2% of your purchases to offset tuition fees. Purchase certificates or volunteer to sell after Mass.
St. Gerald Pack 4, Lewis & Clark District, is open to boys grades 1-5. Boys interact and develop leadership skills. Adults are needed who are interested in assisting as leaders or helpers.
Boy Scouting Troop 377 is open to boys ages 11 - 18. Mental, physical and moral development forms boys into leaders. Scouting is the single best way for a young man to learn about himself and the world around him through life-forming experiences. Adult leaders are needed, especially as merit badge counselors and campers.
Girl Scouts is open to all girls, grades K-8. Girl Scouts builds girls of courage and confidence, developing them into leaders with the highest ideals of character, conduct, patriotism, and service who make the world a better place. Adult volunteers are needed assisting as leaders or helpers.
Guardian Angel Dinner and Auction
The Guardian Angel Dinner and Auction raises funds for large school purchases and other needs. Help with this event with time, talent, or a financial donation. Volunteers are needed for planning, decorating, set-up, or working the night of the event. This is an excellent way to get involved and meet school and parish families.
The Parish Festival is an opportunity for the parish to join together for fellowship and fun. Volunteers help plan the activities and events of the festival. Additional volunteers serve as booth captains, workers the day of the festival at a booth, kitchen, etc. Be a volunteer or just attend the festival.
In our call to be stewards of our parish resources the Finance Committee is responsible for reviewing and assisting the pastor and Parish Council in developing an annual budget for the entire parish. The committee will provide monthly reports to the Parish Council regarding the current status of parish finances.
The Maintenance committee plans scheduled maintenance for our physical plant and advises the Parish Pastoral Council on improvements at both parish campuses. The committee includes engineers, craftsmen and those who are willing to assist with maintenance projects, lawn care, snow removal.
Night Watch Security
Volunteers check all the parish buildings at both campuses each night to verify lights are turned off and all doors are locked. Time commitment is 1 or 2 weeks a year. Training is provided.
Parish Pastoral Council
The St. Gerald Parish Pastoral Council is a visioning body (mission-focused) whose primary responsibility is to discern the will of the Holy Spirit for the parish. As strategic planners, the council's secondary responsibility is assist the pastor and his leadership team in the process of creating a long-term (3-5 yrs.) pastoral plan that will help our parish live out our mission. The Parish Pastoral Council is made up of trusted advisors selected by the pastor and his leadership team.
Parish Office Volunteers
In a busy parish like ours there are innumerable special and ongoing projects that need volunteers. If you have a few hours to spare we would appreciate your help. Volunteers are needed in the parish Business Office during the daytime hours.
Church Landscape and Snow Removal
Help is needed to maintain our parish campuses no matter the season. Help with spring clean up, flower planting, weeding and watering at the church at 96th & Q and a small garden on the north side of the Chapel at Lakeview. The work rotates during the spring and summer among committee members. During the winter volunteers help keep sidewalks around the church clear from snow.
School Recruitment Committee
The Recruitment Committee's focus is to promote St. Gerald School within the surrounding communities. Activities are focused on increasing school enrollment and welcoming current and prospective families to the School.
Home & School Association
St. Gerald Home & School's goal is to support the academic development, spiritual growth, and various needs of students, families and faculty of St. Gerald School. The Association creates a welcoming and supportive environment with parents, administrators, teachers, and students. The group organizes and sponsors many activities throughout the year, including the annual Walk of Pride and teacher appreciation events. Volunteers are needed to help in the lunch room, library, and in the classrooms. All volunteers at St. Gerald School must be safe environment trained and certified.
School Advisory Board
The purpose of the St. Gerald School Advisory Board is to provide recommendations and input to the School Administration and Pastor on matters related to school policy and procedures. The Board is focused on the continued excellence of St. Gerald School and in strategically planning for our future.
School Learning Garden
This group coordinates activities and volunteers for St. Gerald School's Learning Garden. Volunteers spend time with our school children in an outdoor learning environment helping with the upkeep of the many beautiful flowers, plants, fruits, vegetables and herbs. All volunteers at St. Gerald School must be safe environment trained and certified.