St. Gerald News and Information

St. Gerald 2019 Annual Report

pdf The St. Gerald Finance Committee has published the 2019 Annual Report. Copies of the report are available at the Parish Office and online. If you have any questions please contact a member of the Finance Committee.
Jen Tselentis - 402.740.2410
Pat Garnatz - 402.250.4326
Mike Courtney - 402.968.4292
Peter Henning - 402.301.4400

Archbishop's Annual Appeal

The 2019 Archbishop's Annual Appeal is beginning in our parish. You will receive an invitation from Archbishop Lucas to suppor the missionary work of the Church through a personal committment. The Annual Appeal supports the parishes, schools and ministries across the archdiocese. As disciples of Jesus, we are invited to trust, to let go of fear and ope our mindes and hearts to God's saving work. What is holding you back from sharing your gifts?

Knights of Columbus Coats for Kids

Click on image to pop up a full sized version of this image. Thank you for your generous support of the Knights' 2019 Coats for Kids Fundraiser! We are humbled by your response and generosity! Together we raised $12,000 which will allow for the purchase of over 450 brand new Coats for Kids who would otherwise go without! We will be distributing them soon within Ralston area schools! This fundraiser was an incredible success and we are so appreciative of your support. May Christ's peace be with you all!
-Pat Garnatz, Coats for Kids Chair

A testimonial received from Ralston teachers regarding the distribution of Coats for Kids: "As a teacher, we see students not prepared for the cold weather. Many of our students walk to school in just a hoodie. Our parents want to provide but it’s a tough choice to make when you live in poverty. When our kids were called down to receive their free winter coats it was like Christmas morning. We appreciate your help more than you know!!" -- Ms. H and Ms. Y

60th Anniversary Slide Show

Seeking Truth Bible Study

Click on image to pop up a full sized version of this image. You are invited to participate in a faith building program called Seeking Truth Catholic Bible Study! It is designed to help us grow deeper in love and understanding of our Catholic faith through the Scriptures. Weekly meetings will discuss a lesson from the book of Exodus that you prepare in advance at home. The lesson will be discussed followed by an engaging video by the teaching director, Sharon Doran. All three Nebraska bishops support this program which was founded in Omaha. You can read more about the program on their website.

We will meet at St. Gerald's 96th & Q Multipurpose Room every Tuesday from 7:00-8:30pm for 11 weeks starting September 10. To register, contact Lonnie and Mary Dinneen or Ralph and Bonnie Pulte.

RCIA Starting September 10

Click on image to pop up a full sized version of this image. Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is an avenue for interested inquirers to learn about the Catholic Faith. Through the program, they walk the journey of faith with fellow parishioners who are dedicated in their desire to learn about God through the Catholic Faith. These men and women meet on a weekly basis from September through Easter.

Just as in the early Christian Community, Baptism takes place at Easter time. Families and friends are welcome to enjoy this joyful event with those who have completed the steps to a defining point in their lives.

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Listening Session Videos

Welcome Aboard!

Click on image to pop up a full sized version of this image. Please join in welcoming Dan Wilson to our parish staff, as our new Facilities Manager. Born and raised in NE, Dan attended high school at Grand Island Central Catholic where he graduated in 2003. The following year he attended college at the University of Nebraska at Kearney and graduated in 2009, with a bachelor’s of science in Construction Management. Dan has resided in Omaha since 2010, and has been attending mass at St Gerald’s parish for the past 5 years. He is a father to two boys, and enjoys spending quality time and doing family activities together. Dan is excited to join the parish team as facilities manager and looks forward to serving the parish in his new role.

Fr. Mark's School of Prayer

Click on image to pop up a full sized version of this image. In Matthew 21:13, Jesus tells us that "My house shall be a house of prayer". You and I, by virtue of our baptism into Christ are now God's house, God's dwelling place, God's temple of the Holy Spirit. In Luke 11:1, one of Jesus's disciples said, "Lord, teach us how to pray just as John taught his disciples." God created us for Himself, that we might come to know Him and the profound love that He has for each of us. As disciples of Jesus, it is absolutely essential that we be deeply grounded in Him (in Love) through a life of prayer. For without Him we can do nothing (John 15:5)!

If you would like to grow in your relationship with Jesus through a life of prayer, please join Fr. Mark every first Saturday of the month at the Lakeview chapel following the 8:15 Mass. Please bring a journal and pen.

New Rectory

In an effort to cut our parish expenses and to get our parish out of the “rental” business, Fr. Mark and the Servant Leadership Team, and with the approval of our Finance and Maintenance Committees, have decided to sell our current priests’ residence (rectory) sometime this summer and to make our parish rental house behind our church office the new rectory. Proceeds from the sale of the current rectory will then be used to pay off the majority of the rental house mortgage, while the remainder of the proceeds will be used for much-needed renovations of the rental house. Thanks to the generosity of countless volunteers, mostly from our parish, and donations of labor, materials, supplies and resources, we should be able to keep this renovation project under budget. Our hope is to have our priests moved in to the new rectory sometime this summer. Words cannot express our deep gratitude to all our volunteers who have made so many sacrifices and have worked countless hours in providing our parish a beautiful new home for our priests.

Perpetual Adoration

Click on image to pop up a full sized version of this image. 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.



Father Mark's Homily About Our New Vision and Mission

New Vision and Mission for St. Gerald Parish

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.

We are witnessing an exciting moment in the history of our parish! On Monday, May 14, over one hundred parish staff and ministry leaders gathered the Fellowship Hall for the unveiling of our new vision and mission. During this time, Fr. Mark introduced the leadership team who helped him craft the new vision and mission statements.

The evening included prayer, praise and worship and small group discussions. Some attendees gave a short testimony on the spiritual renewal they have witnessed within our parish in recent times. Many found comfort in learning that our new vision and mission align with the Archbishop’s vision and mission for the Archdiocese of Omaha.

The parish staff and ministry leaders are excited and anxious to get started on this great undertaking Fr. Mark has developed alongside his leadership team. Stay tuned as we continue to communicate our progress towards implementing this new vision and mission into the framework of our parish and all its ministries.

If you missed the leadership summit, please view the video taken that evening:

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.

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.

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.

St. Gerald Athletics

Visit our sports pages for information on St. Gerald athletic programs and events. Soccer Registration Open

Bible Verse of the Day

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Update Your Information

The parish office maintains information on our registered parishioners. Please take a moment to submit your information so we can update our records. If you are not yet registered at St. Gerald, you are invited to register now.