Fr. Foster Golf Tournament
The 24th Annual Fr. William A. Foster Memorial Golf Tournament is scheduled for Saturday, July 11, 2020 at Tara Hills Golf Course. This tournament is for men and women; individuals and foursomes.
Please see the attached flyer
The deadline for reservations is July 3rd. This tournament is a benefit for the St. Gerald Fr. Foster Endowment Fund. Hope you can join us!
Welcome Fr. Marcus Knecht!
Hello, I'm Fr. Marcus Knecht, soon to be your new associate Pastor. I grew up going to public school in Forest City, Iowa (less than two hours east of Okoboji) and received my BA in Computer Science from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. I moved to Omaha in 2005 to work as a Technical Support Analyst.
It was the perfect job for me and I thrived there for a while. St. James became my parish and I quickly got involved in the many young adult activities and Bible studies offered throughout the Archdiocese for growing in my faith and learning about it from an adult perspective. Faith has always been important to me and as I got older it also became important to share my Catholic faith, offering real answers to the misunderstandings that many have about it. I joined the local boards for Theology on Tap and the Pro Sanctity Movement. I also helped the Faithful Builders group for Habitat for Humanity. Traveling to many countries has been a blessing to me. It is almost a hobby. In my spare time, I like to socialize by playing all sorts of lawn/card/board games. I'm not afraid to try new things.
In 2010 I answered the call to join the seminary and in 2016 graduated from Kenrick-Glennon Seminary of St. Louis. My first assignment as a priest was being the Associate Pastor at St. Patrick in 'Neill and St. Joseph in Amelia. I also taught 9th & 11th grade Theology at St. Mary Catholic School in O'Neill. In 2018 St. James parish became my second assignment and I visited 1st, 5th, and 7th graders each week as SJS. I am looking forward to serving the parishioners of St. Gerald.
May God bless our time together.
Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults
Are you interested in the Catholic Faith and deepening your relationship with Jesus Christ or do you know of someone who is? Or maybe you’re already a Catholic and interested in learning more about the Faith and growing in your relationship with Jesus? Or do you know someone who needs the presence of Jesus in their life, especially in these times?
The St. Gerald RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) program will be starting in August and is available for non-Catholics who may be interested in joining the Catholic Church as well as for Catholics who would like to grow deeper in the Faith. Also this year, the parish Alpha program will be part of RCIA! To learn more, please visit our RCIA page
and complete the online Adult Inquirer Form or contact the parish office for more information.
Food Drive Success!
Thank you for your generous donations to the recent food drive! Below is a note of gratitude from Catholic Charities we'd like to share.
Thank you so much for organizing another drive for Catholic Charities and those we serve. We truly appreciate your on-going support, especially the work of the Knights of Columbus and Dig In Youth Group.
We are very grateful to you and your parishioners for the tremendous donation of 2,245 pounds of food/supplies from the drive last weekend! The food is critically important as we continue to serve over three times as many people through our pantries during the COVID-19 crisis.
On behalf of those who will receive the food, thank you for your generosity! May God bless all of you abundantly for helping to be ‘the hands and feet of Jesus Christ’ to those in need!
Senior Director, Community Relations
Best Wishes for Fr. Michael
Our beloved Fr. Michael Voithofer, as of July 1st, is being sent by Archbishop George Lucas as a full-time missionary for the apostolate that the Lord has called him to, Ablaze Worship Ministries.St. Gerald's has been so richly blessed by Fr. Michael's passion for his priestly vocation. He has served our parish family with love and joy and we will miss him. If you would like to express your appreciation to Fr. Michael for his years of service, and wish him well in his Ablaze ministry, you can put a card in the collection basket at church, drop him a card at the parish business office or mail a card to him at:
Fr. Michael Voithofer
c/o Ablaze Worship Ministry
11501 Fairview Rd
Springfield NE 68059
May God bless and keep Fr. Michael, and may his ministry of Ablaze set many hearts on fire!
Archbishop Lucas Statement Calls for Peace and Justice
"Ever since I saw the video of the violent death of George Floyd at the hands of police officers, I have been praying for him and for his family. Many law enforcement professionals have rightly decried the violence that led to his killing. This is a shocking example of the racism that too often remains embedded in our institutions and in our communities." Read more...
Also, please read this: Statement of U.S. Bishops’ President on George Floyd and the Protests in American Cities
Guidelines and Safety Measures
Re-opening of Public Mass St. Gerald Catholic Church
Please note: The dispensation from the Sunday and Holy Day obligation remains in force.
If you choose to act on this dispensation due to safety reasons, you are encouraged to attend a weekday Mass where there are fewer people in attendance (but you are not obliged to do so). You may also continue to participate in the live-streamed Mass at stgerald.org/live.
Mass Times: (All Masses @ 96 th & Q until further notice)
Weekends: Saturday @ 5:00 PM; (no 8:15 AM Mass); Sunday @ 8:00 AM & 11:00 AM
Weekdays: Monday-Friday @ 12:15 PM (Fellowship Hall-enter only through patio doors of the Fellowship Hall)
Livestreamed Masses: 12:15 PM Monday-Friday; 5:00 PM Saturdays & 11:00 AM Sundays
People Who Should Not Attend:
When You Arrive for Mass:
- People with underlying medical conditions;
- If you feel sick or you are concerned about your safety or the safety of others;
- Family members who live with elderly people or those who are at risk;
- People who have access to those at risk in nursing institutions;
- People who have upper respiratory or flu like symptoms;
- People who live with someone with upper respiratory or flu like symptoms;
- People with COVID-19 or live with someone with COVID-19;
- People who have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.
1. Please enter through the front entrances of the church only. The west entrance (chapel doors) of the church will be locked and will only be used as an exit at the conclusion of Mass.
2. In order that there be as little chaos as possible, please arrive no earlier than 30 minutes before Mass and no later than 5 minutes before Mass. You cooperation is deeply appreciated.
3. A face mask is required for everyone 10 yrs. old & older. Consider this an act of charity/love for others who may be more vulnerable than you. If you do not have a mask, there will be masks available for you at the church entrance.
4. Bulletins & Liturgy guides will be provided in the narthex as you enter the church
5. Hand sanitizing dispensers are available along the rear windows of the church, if needed.
6. When you enter the church, ushers will seat you beginning in the front pews in the center sections. When the center sections are full, they will then begin seating you in the side sections of the church. The side chapel will not be open.
7. Each household or individual is to remain at least six feet apart in each pew. You will be seated in every other pew.
8. Children should always remain with their families. Please do not allow them leave your sight or wander around the church alone or without the presence or supervision of a family member.
9. During the greeting at the beginning of Mass and at the sign of peace, there should be no physical contact with others except those who reside with you in the same household. We certainly encourage you to wave or give some form of friendly (non-contact) gesture to those around you ? .
10. Seating in the Fellowship Hall will only be utilized if needed.
Distribution of Holy Communion:
Holy Communion will be distributed to you in your pew by an EMHC (priest, deacon, or layperson) whom will be wearing a mask. You will be asked to stand (unless you are unable) to receive Holy Communion. As a safety precaution, we strongly encourage you to receive in your hand and keep your mask on as the EMHC approaches you. Once you have received the Sacred Host, please allow the EMHC to move past you at least six feet before removing your mask to consume the Sacred Host. Those who still wish to receive on the tongue, please remain standing and a priest or deacon will come to you after everyone else has already received in the hand.
At The Conclusion of Mass:
At the conclusion of Mass, and for everyone's safety, we will not be exiting the church all at once. Please remain seated. Ushers will come to each section and allow you to exit one pew at a time. Exiting of pews will begin in the back of the church and progress forward to the front. Ushers will allow each household or individual out of the pew one at a time always maintaining at least six feet apart from other households or individuals as you are directed out the church. For your safety, it is extremely important that everyone exit the church immediately and that there be no congregating in the narthex, lobby areas or Fellowship Hall of the church. Your patience and cooperation are deeply appreciated.
Collection baskets will not be passed from pew to pew. Baskets will be available in the narthex, west lobby, and Fellowship Hall as you exit the church for those wishing to drop off your envelope, cash, or check. Drive-thru contributions outside the church will still be available from 6-7:00 PM on Saturdays and from Noon -1:00 PM on Sundays (previously from 11:00 AM-noon).
For more information, or for a clearer understanding of these guidelines, we strongly encourage you to view the video that has been sent with these guidelines. Once again, we deeply appreciate your patience and cooperation during these very difficult times. Although our worship of the Lord will still be restricted in some capacity, we are so grateful to God that He has given us this wonderful opportunity to gather once again as a parish family. God bless you, and we look forward to seeing you at Mass.
With the re-opening of public Mass effective Saturday, May 30th, new chapel hours for the weekends at St. Gerald are as follows:
Saturdays: 6:00 AM -4:00 PM & from 6:30 PM -10:00 PM
Sundays: 1:00 PM-10:00 PM
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. 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!
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
Panic vs. Perfect Love
Please consider committing to 1 hour of Adoration / week. You can go to the link above & click weekly commitment if you'd like to commit to an hour of prayer weekly. This web application allows scheduled adorers to find a subs very easily. If you cannot be an adorer at the time, then please sign up to be a sub using the link above.
SIGN UP FOR ADORATION
FR MICHAEL TUTORIAL VIDEO
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 www.lovemyschool.com
Call the school office for more info: 402-331-4223 or contact school principal, Christy Keenan, to set up a tour - firstname.lastname@example.org
Please watch the video below to learn more about our wonderful school.
Encountering Jesus · Making Disciples · Transforming Lives
Led by the Holy Spirit, we are a Catholic community of faith whose primary purpose is to know Jesus, to love Him, and to serve Him in serving others. Sent to make disciples, we invite and welcome everyone to come and share our Master's joy.