The food drive benefiting Catholic Charities is the weekend of May 21/22. Please bring your food donation items in either a paper or plastic bag to any Mass that weekend, you can also drop off items at the Church the morning of Sunday, May 22 or at any time before 12:00pm.
If you forget food that day, cash donations are also appreciated and welcome. If making a monetary donation, please make the check payable to: Catholic Charities.
This is an effort in collaboration with Catholic Charities and our Knights of Columbus Council, 9518. These items will support the Juan Diego and St. Martin de Porres pantries. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.
MOST NEEDED ITEMS: Canned vegetables, Canned fruits, Canned soups, Canned meats, Cereals, Pasta, Pasta Sauces, Peanut Butter, Jelly, Mac N Cheese, Dry Rice, Dry Beans, Snack Foods (specifically nuts), Diapers size 4,5,6 We are also making efforts to stock culturally and dietary appropriate foods in our pantries. Such items include: Organic foods, Canned Salmon, Spices (coriander, cumin, turmeric, curry), Vegetable Oil, Maseca Flour, Milk powder, Dried beans (kidney, black eyed peas, lima, chickpeas, pigeon peas), Condiments (ketchup, hot sauce, and honey)
Joy of Giving
On Wednesday, May 18, you are invited to support St. Gerald Church and School by participating in "JOY OF GIVING," a day of giving and service to benefit Catholic schools, parishes, and organizations across the Archdiocese of Omaha. This is a special spring opportunity to show your generosity. All funds donated at the link below will stay right here within our St. Gerald parish community.
DONATE at this St Gerald Church and School dedicated giving webpage,
Please help spread this exciting opportunity - share this link with family, friends, relatives, and alumni who might be interested in supporting our St. Gerald parish community.
Ascension of Jesus - Holy Day of Obligation
Wednesday, May 25
6:00pm at 96th & Q
Thursday, May 26
7:00am, 12:15pm and 7:00pm at 96th & Q
Letter from Archbishop Lucas
Dear Friends in Christ, I recently participated in seven meetings across the archdiocese to kick-off our Journey of Faith pastoral planning process. I came away from these gatherings filled with hope for the future. I am grateful to the clergy and hundreds of parish leaders from each parish who participated.
At these meetings, we looked carefully at trends that shape our current reality - declining religious participation, population shifts and numbers of priests available to serve in parishes. We also grouped parishes in "families" which will work together going forward. Read more...
In these Families of Parishes, we will bring together the best we have to offer, for the good of the whole family. A collaborative approach among parishes, schools and ministries will ensure a stronger future for Catholic life. Priests will be better able to focus on pastoral ministry, in cooperation with brother priests, with shared staff and financial resources to contribute to better stewardship.
Families of Parishes now begin the challenging work of planning for necessary changes. While fear often comes with the prospect of change, we recall the promise of the risen Jesus to be with the Church. He is with us at this important moment.
As we work toward the November goal for submitting plans, I ask you to think of the abundance that Jesus surely wants us to experience as we more fully embrace the mission of living and spreading the gospel. Join me in praying for a holy imagination, to see what God sees for our flourishing.
Thank you for joining this Journey of Faith and for your prayers as we meet, work and plan during the coming months.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Reverend George J. Lucas
Archbishop of Omaha
"Don't Mom Alone" Summer Study and Fellowship8 Thursday nights, 7-8:15pm, running June 9 - July 28 at St. Gerald
Moms of all ages-you are invited to join us for encouragement and inspiration as we discuss the book, "Don't Mom Alone," by author Heather MacFadyn. Being a good mom isn't about doing everything perfect. To ask for help often feels like defeat. Yet when we try to do it all by our own strength, we end up depleted and lonely. This study will reveal how moms can be empowered by God, supported by others, and connected with their children. Whether you work or stay home, whether you have teenagers or babies, you'll find in this study compassionate guidance for your motherhood journey. To register, email Jenny Wiswell at email@example.com or call the office at 402-331-1955. Books can be purchased through St. Gerald for $17 or through Amazon.
I-80 Collar Softball Series
The annual tradition is back! Priests from both the Archdiocese of Omaha and Lincoln will participate, in an effort to promote vocations to the priesthood, consecrated, and religious life. Our own Fr. Knecht will be on the team. Get your tickets and join the fun suppporting Fr. Knecht and this wonderful event!
Archdiocese of Omaha VS. Lincoln Archdiocese
University of Nebraska Omaha
Tal Anderson Athletic Field
2425 South 67th Street
Omaha, NE 68182
Sunday, June 12th, 2022
Gates Open at 3:00 pm / Game starts at 4:00 pm
Tickets available gameday, at Cosgrave's Omaha or Gloria Deo Stores in Omaha and Lincoln, and will be available online here
Adults $10.00 / Youth 4 - 17 $5.00 / 2 adult & 4 youth Package $30.00
Priests, religious & Youth under 4 Free
Stewardship Sign Up
You should have already received the Stewardship booklets that have been mailed to your home. There are over 80 groups and ministries at St Gerald that will give you an opportunity to encounter Jesus, become his disciple and allow God to beautifully transform your life and the life of others. Prayerfully consider the opportunity to bring fresh ideas and energy to a new ministry. Complete the signup form in the back of the booklet or online here: stgerald.org/stewardship
Parish Directory Update
Thanks to the families who participated in getting their photos taken for the parish directory.
If you ordered additional pictures from your photo session, you will receive an email that the photos have been sent. They will be delivered to your home address. If you have any questions regarding your photos, please contact the Re:Member Directory Customer Service Department 1-336-724-3907.
Due to staffing shortages with the directory company, our parish directory won't be delivered until approximately late June. We apologize for this inconvenience, but the situation is out of our control. We will keep you informed of any updates as we receive them. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Help Stop the War In Ukraine
On December 10, 1925, Our Lady of Fatima appeared to Sr. Lucia requesting the practice of the First Saturday of the month devotion for five consecutive months as an act of reparation for the offenses committed against her Immaculate Heart and for the conversion of Russia. If we ignore her requests, she says, “Russia will [continue to] scatter her errors throughout the world, provoking wars and persecution of the Church”. And because so few have responded to her request, Russia continues to be obstinate and unrepenting. For more information on the messages of Fatima and the First Saturday devotion, please refer to the following articles:
In humble obedience to Our Lady’s plea for help, please join us in this powerful devotion as we pray the Rosary for five consecutive first Saturdays of the month beginning Saturday, April 2 at the Lakeview chapel at 7:45 am. Mass will follow at 8:15 am.
If you were missed the consecration mass on Friday, March 25 here is the "Act of Consecration Prayer" we prayed at that mass: https://archomaha.org/consecration-for-russia-ukraine/
Letter from Archbishop Lucas
Dear Friends in Christ,
Pope Francis announced last spring that the topic of the October 2023 Synod of Bishops will be synodality in the Church. A synod is a meeting of bishop delegates from around the world invited to discuss a topic of theological or pastoral significance, in order to offer advice or counsel to the pope. Synodality is understood by Pope Francis to mean all members of the Church (clergy, laity, religious) participating in the evangelizing mission of the Church, journeying together as a community, prayerfully listening to one another in order to discern the voice of the Holy Spirit.
In preparation for the synod, the Holy Father has asked Catholics worldwide to share their experiences of participation in the life and mission of the Church...
Read the Full Letter...
Archbishop's Annual Appeal
Our gifts to the 2021/22 Archbishop's Annual Appeal bear witness to God's love at work in our lives. Thank you to all those at our parish who have responded so generously to Archbishop Lucas' invitation to join him in the work of equipping disciples and living mercy. Please prayerfully consider supporting this year's Archbishop Annual Appeal.
Pray For Priestly Vocations
This year, unfortunately, we had no young men ordained to the priesthood for the archdiocese of Omaha. Please pray that more young men will hear and respond to God's call to the priesthood.
PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS (by Pope St. John Paul II)
Jesus, our Good Shepherd, bless all our parishes with numerous priests, deacons, men and women in religious life, consecrated laity and missionaries, according to the needs of the entire world, which you love and wish to save. Assist our pastors and all who live a consecrated life. Guide the steps of those who have responded generously to your call and are preparing to receive Holy Orders or to profess vows. Look with love on young people and call them to follow you. Help them to understand that in you alone can they attain complete fulfillment. To this end we call on the powerful intercession of Mary, Mother and model of all vocations. We beseech you to sustain our faith that the Father will grant what you command us to ask. Amen.
Would you pray about committing to 1 hour of Adoration weekly, between Wednesdays at 8 AM and Thursdays at 11:59 PM? You can go to the link below if you'd like to commit to a weekly hour of prayer before Jesus in the Eucharist.
SIGN UP FOR ADORATION
We will notify you when we have all the hours filled and are able to begin exposition for these times on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Although our Eucharistic Lord is not always exposed in the monstrance, He is in the tabernacle 24/7. You are always welcome to come pray in the chapel at 96th and Q. To find out how to get the code for the chapel doors (west doors), please contact the parish office at 402-331-1955.
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.
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.