Ralston, NE

St. Gerald News and Information

Encountering Jesus: A Lenten Retreat

Click on image to pop up a full sized version of this image. "Come Away By Yourselves to a Deserted Place and Rest Awhile"
- Mk. 6:31

  • Saturday, Feb. 17: "Identity Crisis"
  • Saturday, Feb. 24: "Lord, Teach Us How to Pray"
  • Saturday, March 3: "Spiritual Warfare: Knowing the Enemy"
  • Saturday, March 10: "The Battle Within: Facing the Enemy"
  • Saturday, March 17: "The Healing Power of Surrender"

The retreat will be held at the Lakeview Chapel following the 8:15 am Mass from 9:00 to 10:30 am. Please join Fr. Mark as we learn more about prayer and the interior life and how we can come to a deeper encounter with Jesus. This retreat is for adults only, high school age and older. *Please bring a notebook and pen.

Knights of Columbus Fish Dinners

Fridays of Lent
Fr. Larry Dorsey Fellowship Hall, 96th & Q
Adults $9 Seniors (60+) $8
Children (under 10) $6
Mac & Cheese Dinner $5
2 Slices Pizza Dinner $5
Single Slice Pizza Only $2
All Drive Thru and Carry Out $9

Menu includes:
Baked Cod, Mac & Cheese, Potatoes (baked or wedges), Cole Slaw & Drink
New Menu Choices This Year:
3 scoops Mac & Cheese + wedges dinner
2 slices of Cheese Pizza + wedges dinner.
Single slice of Pizza will still be available as well as Beer for purchase. Desserts available for purchase to support parish organizations


Kindergarten Parent Meeting: Thursday, March 15th at 6:30PM - School Library (Parents Only)
Kindergarten Round-Up: Friday, March 16th - AM Session: 9-10:30 PM Session: 1-2:30PM
Call St. Gerald School Office (402-331-4223) or Email Mrs. Keenan at to register for preferred session.

Still Enrolling for 2018-2019 PreK at St Gerald School, but spots are quickly filling.  
AM PreK: 7:50AM-11:00PM
PM PreK: 11:50AM-3:00PM
Call (402-331-4223) or Email Mrs. Keenan at for registration information.  


Parish Penance Service: March 18 at 7pm
Confessions: Monday, March 26: 7-8:30pm at 96th & Q
Tuesday, March 27: 7-8:30pm at 96th & Q
Wednesday, March 28: 7-8:30pm at Lakeview
Saturdays, 3-4:30pm at 96th & Q
Both priests will be available for all time slots, including Saturdays of Lent.


Click on image to pop up a full sized version of this image. SIGN UP FOR ADORATION

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Article Suggestions from Father Mark

New Year's Resolutions from St. Padre Pio
Click here to read this article.

Mass is a time of silence and prayer, not idle chitchat, pope says
Mass is the highest form of prayer and not an appropriate moment for small talk, Pope Francis said. At church, Catholics should spend their time in silence before Mass, preparing "to meet with Jesus" instead of engaging in "chitchat," the pope said Nov. 15 during his weekly general audience.

Click here to read the entire article.

Why So Many Have Stopped Going to Church
"This is the story of four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody. There was an important job to be done and Everybody was asked to do it. Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it. Somebody got angry about that, because it was Everybody’s job. Everybody thought Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn’t do it. Consequently, it wound up that Nobody told Anybody, so Everybody blamed Somebody."

Click here to read the entire article.

The scary truth about what’s hurting our kids
CNN recently interviewed Dr. Jean Twenge, author of iGen and her interview worried me – because I saw the truth that I would be facing in just a few short years. Dr. Twenge started doing research 25 years ago on generational differences, but when 2011 -2012 hit, she saw something that would scare her to the core. This is the year when those having iPhones went over the 50% mark.

Click here to read the entire article.

Fair Trade Sales

The St. Gerald Fair Trade committee will hold coffee and tea sales 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.

By supporting our brothers and sisters through your purchases, you are performing a Corporal Work of Mercy!

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.

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

Call the school office for more info: 402-331-4223 or contact school principal, Christy Keenan, to set up a tour -

Please watch the video below to learn more about our wonderful school.

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 below.

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Parish Calendar

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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.
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St. Gerald Athletics

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Bible Verse of the Day

Looking to spend some more time with scripture? Follow a daily bible plan and read the entire bible in one year!

Update Your Information

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