From Our Pastor - A Future Full Of Hope
For I know well the plans I have in mind for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for woe, so as to give you a future full of hope. When you call me, when you go to pray to me, I will listen to you. When you look for me, you will find me. Yes, when you seek me with all your heart, you will find me with you, says the Lord, and I will change your lot; I will gather you together from all the nations and all the places to which I have banished you, says the Lord, and bring you back to the place from which I have exiled you (Jer. 29:11-14).
Written by the prophet Jeremiah, this was God’s love letter to the nation of Israel-a nation in crisis very much like our own nation today. Like our own nation, it was a suffering nation- a nation under siege and in exile, cut off from loved ones, from a country they once knew and cherished, and from all that was close and dear to their hearts. Like many of us, they were a nation whose future was uncertain and they were beginning to lose all hope.
As a contemporary evangelist once said, “we may not know what our future holds, but as believers we do know Who holds our future”. We know that God has a plan for our welfare and not for woe. Let us take time out of our busy days to call on Him and pray to Him. Let us take comfort in knowing that when we look for Him with all our heart we will find Him and He will change our lot. God’s message to Israel is a message for all of us and for all humanity. It is a message of restoration and of hope. God’s promise of restoration, however, is not merely a restoration to “normal”, but something far greater. It is a restoration to a peace and a hope that only God can give us. It is a restoration to a whole new life in and with Christ. A life of profound joy and true freedom. A life that our world and its leaders promise to give us, but fail to deliver time and time again.
My hope and my prayer for all of us is that as we look to the future, let us first look to the present and find that God is with us. And, come hell or high water, that it is in Him and Him alone that we will find a future full of hope.
In Christ our Hope,
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Welcome Jenny Wiswell!
Jenny Wiswell is a native northeast Nebraskan, and after spending her studying years in south Texas and Indiana, has called Omaha her home for the past 14 years. She and her husband Travis have been married for almost two decades and share the crazy adventure of raising and loving their five daughters together. After meeting Jesus more deeply as a young college student, the Lord gave Jenny a heart to spend her life leading others to him.
Jenny has taught high school theology, then served in campus ministry, chaplaincy, and RCIA ministry in Indiana during her formation to receive her Divinity degree. In Omaha, she has served as the Director of Adult Formation at St. Vincent de Paul Church from 2006-2012, and after a call to homeschool her girls, returned to ministry part time at St. Vincent in Evangelization and as the Director of Alpha the past three years.
Jenny has been amazed to witness the power of the Holy Spirit in bringing transformation and healing to a Church and world in need and is very excited to join St. Gerald in the mission to make disciples. She will begin her ministry here in January 2021 as a part-time Coordinator of Discipleship and Evangelization. Come Holy Spirit!
Welcome Deacon Rick and Debby Melrose!
Deacon Rick is a native of Southern California, his wife Debby is a native of Illinois. Rick joined the Navy in 1969, serving on active duty for 22 years, retiring in 1991. During his first assignment to the Naval Training Center, Great Lakes, Illinois, he met, dated and married Debby on August 18, 1973 in St Anastasia Catholic Church, Waukegan, Illinois. Rick and Debby have 4 children and 11 grandchildren, and are currently guardians of their nephew, Nick, after the death of Debby's sister in 2018.
Their time in the Navy took them overseas to Iwakuni, Japan and Gaeta, Italy, as well as assignments in Great Lakes, IL, Camp Pendleton, CA, Washington, DC and San Diego, CA. Following retirement from the Navy, the couple and their children remained in San Diego, CA. Rick's post-military career involved administration of dental insurance benefits for military families. After retirement from their civilian careers, they relocated to Bellevue, NE in 2017 to be closer to family in Nebraska and Chicago.
Following a very powerful Men's Cursillo experience in 1994, Rick and Debby began serving on many subsequent semi-annual Cursillo weekends in the mountains of Julian, CA, serving in a variety of positions over the course of the next 22 years. During this period, Rick discerned a call to the ordained life and in 2003, was accepted into formation for the Permanent Diaconate Program in the Diocese of San Diego. Debby joined him in his ministries and completed the same academic curriculum during the 5 year formation program. He was ordained a Permanent Deacon on June 6th, 2008 @ St Margaret's Catholic Church in Oceanside, CA by Bishop Robert Brom. During his formation, Rick spent a year each serving as a hospital chaplain intern, a hospice chaplain intern, a homeless shelter chaplain intern and a jail chaplain. Rick discovered a special fondness for serving the incarcerated and following his ordination, continued to serve as a Catholic Chaplain for the San Diego County Woman's Detention and Reentry Facility as well as the Boys Juvenile Detention Facility and the San Diego County Men's jail.
Rick and Debby were also involved in parish life with Debby starting and leading a MOMS (Mothers of Ministry Sharing) for 5 years in their home parish of Guardian Angels in Santee, CA . They also taught classes together including Baptism Prep, High School Confirmation and Theology of the Body for Teens. Deacon Rick is also a Third Degree Knights of Columbus member. The couple just completed the Intro to Discipleship program at St Gerald. They look forward to meeting and working with all of the parishioners.
Would you pray about committing to 1 hour of Adoration weekly, between Wednesdays at 8 PM 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.
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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.
Seeking Truth Bible Study on the Gospel of Luke
Bible Study at St. Gerald's starts September 8, 2020.
We will be starting a new Bible Study at St. Gerald's starting on Tuesday, September 8, 2020. We will be studying the Gospel of Luke. As a physician, Luke wrote his Gospel to bring the medicine needed for our wounded souls. The Gospel of Luke has many unique stories not found in the other Gospels. Only in Luke are found the stories of the Good Samaritan and the Prodigal Son. This is 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.
We will be meeting weekly to discuss a lesson that you prepared in advance at home during the week from scripture. We will discuss the lesson and then view an engaging video presentation by the Teaching Director, Sharon Doran. All three NE Bishops endorse this program founded in Omaha NE. You can read more about the program on their website at www.seekingtruth.net .
This is a 22-week Bible Study with breaks at Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's and is scheduled to be completed at the end of February, 2021. We will be using the Fellowship Hall and will meet all social distancing and/or mask requirements.
Where: St. Gerald's on 96th & Q
When: Tuesdays starting September 8, 2020, for 22 weeks
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
REGISTER NOW by emailing Deacon Lonnie and Mary Dinneen (email@example.com) or Ralph and Bonni Pulte (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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.
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.
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!
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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?
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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.