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Welcome to Saint Gerald Catholic Church

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From the Pastor's Desk
Special Prayers for the Dead: November is the month when we especially want to remember our beloved dead. We have planned a special mass on Thursday, November 6, at 7:00 pm where we will proclaim the names of those who have died this past year and honor them with ritual. The families and friends of these deceased are invited to attend this mass. Their Bereavement Committee Companions will be reaching out to them with personal invitations. All in the parish are welcome to attend... I know I will be thinking of my sister and my mother whom I lost in the past year.

Funeral Rites Brochures: These very important teaching pamphlets were handed out at masses last weekend. They are in the kiosks at church and on the tables in the lobby for you to take.

Family Formation: Anyone that can is welcome to attend our Family Formation nights. The next Faith Formation Night involving children and parents will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 5 beginning at 6:00 pm. We have almost 100 families coming and learning about their Catholic Faith. As pastor, I take seriously my obligation to teach the faith, and these FF nights are a highlight for me. There is a growing enthusiasm on the part of our parents as they get better attuned to their role and practice as the first teachers of the faith. Everyone is invited, especially the adults in our parish. The topic this week will be the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy: How to love our neighbor.

First Friday: Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament begins after the 9:00 am mass at Lakeview and continues until the closing service at 2:30pm with the Grade School Children. All Parents and Grandparents: you come and sit in the parking lot waiting for your kids... how about coming and joining us for this wonderful closing service. You will hear the kids sing the beautiful Eucharistic hymns... it's a little bit of heaven.

Grade School First Reconciliation: Our class/family retreat will be Sunday afternoon November 2, at 2:00 pm at the School and the celebration of Reconciliation will take place on November 9, at 2:00 pm at Church.

Veterans Day: Tuesday, November 11: Our School sponsors a special mass of Remembrance and Honor on this day. All Veterans and their families are invited to join us at 9:00 am in the gym at Lakeview. A very nice program is planned immediately following the mass.
Angel Tree
St. Gerald will help those in need that live in our parish boundaries at Christmas time. If you know of someone who has children and may need help this Christmas with gifts for their children, please have them contact the business office at 402-331-1955. We will accept names until November 17. No names accepted after the deadline.
Help With Baking
Bakers Needed! St Gerald's Knights of Columbus is partnering with the Salvation Army this Thanksgiving. Turkeyfest is a Salvation Army program that serves 1600 dinners to the needy elderly in the Omaha area on Thanksgiving. Our Knights of Columbus Council is asked to provide 300 dozen home-baked cookies to be served with the dinners and provide nourishment for the many volunteers. If you would like to help by providing 10 dozen cookies, please contact Mark Gerow at 402-320-4625 or email markgerow@msn.com. Thank you and God Bless.
Friends on Q Celebrate 10 Years
Wednesday Nov. 19 at 6 PM we will have a Soup Supper in the Fellowship Hall at 96th and Q. The cost is $8 for members and $10 for non-members. Help us celebrate our 10 year anniversary. Money has to be in by Nov. 10. No exceptions. Any questions call Bobbie Petri 402-331-0882. This is also the time of the year to renew memberships. Renewal forms will be available at the Nov. Soup Supper.
Poultry Bingo
The St Gerald Knights of Columbus Council 9518 will sponsor their Annual Turkey Bingo on Sunday, Nov 23. Bingo will be for donated prizes, turkeys and money. Fr Foster Parish Center, 78th & Lakeview, 7-10pm. Proceeds raised will be used by the Knights of Columbus to support scholarships, youth activities, and various charitable needs within the community. Last year's funds were used to provide scholarships to students continuing their education and other charities of the Knights of Columbus.
Advent: A Season to Let Jesus Find You
Saturday, December 6, 9am-12pm in the Fr Larry Dorsey Fellowship Hall, 96th & Q. A free will offering continental breakfast will be served beginning at 8:15am.
Fr. Paul Hoesing, Vocations Director for the Archdiocese of Omaha will lead this time of reflection:
"There is one who is coming after me"
The scripture comes from the Baptist
Letting us know the really Good News
He comes to us...
Prepare to be found
Please call the St. Gerald Office, 402-331-1955, to register.
Fr. Korte in Italy
Fr. Korte shares his pictures and stories from his trip to Italy.

Forging a Future of Faith Campaign

Prayer for the success of our campaign
Dear Jesus,
We humbly stand before you *
grateful for our call to be your disciples. *
We form St. Gerald Parish with its vital connection to the
Archdiocese of Omaha *
and together we form a community of faith *
helping each other respond to your call to be holy and generous disciples.
Thank you for St. Gerald Parish and the whole Archdiocese *
for they are gifts to us from the many faithful who sacrificed to build and
nourish what we have today *
and to whom we are forever indebted.
When you sent the Holy Spirit upon the first disciples,
tongues of fire appeared. *
Let that same fire forge us into more holy and generous disciples. *
Let the flames enlighten us to share what we can for the good of
St. Gerald Parish and the whole Archdiocese.
May the gifts of the Holy Spirit, freely given to us, be ignited in our souls
and in our actions *
so that we can be more like you, Lord Jesus, *
for you show us the way by loving example and enable us with your grace.
Dear Jesus, please bless our efforts to provide a holy future filled with
hope for generations yet to come.
We offer this prayer in your name, Jesus, for you live and reign with the
Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.
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Communion to Shut-Ins
If you know of anyone who is unable to come to Mass on Sunday and they would like the Eucharist brought to them, please call 402-331-1955.

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 (small triangle) below.

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 Faith Formation, Youth Ministry, Adult Education, and the Parish Library. Click here to reserve your HOPE certificates online now.
Online Giving
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Women's Social Group
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Bible Verse of the Day
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 may wish to register now.

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