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Welcome to Saint Gerald Catholic Church

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From the Pastor's Desk
Archbishop's Annual Appeal: The 2014-15 Archbishop's Annual Appeal is just beginning in our parish. This is an annual appeal to help the Archdiocese do its day-to-day ministry. The campaign we just finished, Forging a Future of Faith, and that we are still collecting on: is a long range fund drive. Our parish did so well with this drive that we will be able to take care of our duty to the Archdiocese and our own parish needs over the next five years. The Annual Appeal is something we do every year. Our goal is $92,000. The appeal funds many ministries, programs and services, most of which serve our parish in some form or another. Thank you for prayerfully considering a gift to the Annual Appeal. You will soon receive a mailing with further information on the Annual Appeal.

Information about our Forging a Future of Faith Campaign: as of Sept. 4, 2014
Total Pledged: $2,512,719.00
Total Received: $362,081.10

Lest we not forget: Our parish has to pay its bills too to keep the local ministries going. Your contributions keep the lights on and the kids taught and the songs sung etc. etc. Keeping up with these weekly contributions is important too and I am so grateful for your continued support of St. Gerald Parish. I recognize that we have asked a lot from you. Fatigue about giving can turn our smiles upside down. But the generosity of people is something that needs to be honored and appreciated. Without your sacrifice the work of Jesus would be hampered. God bless you all because your gift is a thank you back to God.

Girls Scouts: Much has been said about the Girl Scouts and the possible tainting of your donations when accusations are made against the larger parent organization that appear to be unfounded. The United States Council of Catholic Bishops conducted an investigation and I have to say, after reading it, the parish's endorsement of girls participating is still valid and a wonderful way to teach your girl leadership skills. Below is the exact web address to pull up the summary of the results of that study. No directive has come from Archbishop Lucas that tells me I should discourage involvement. Copies of this information is also available in the kiosks at church.Click here for a summary of the study results.

Pastor's Appreciation Moments: These are the thank yous that I offer at the end of my weekend masses. I have brought to the attention of the parish the following groups: Music Ministry, Pastoral Council, Finance Committee, School Advisory Board, Stewardship Committee, Liturgy Committee, Maintenance Committee and the Social Committee. All of these various committees and ministries keep the life of the parish beating strong. From music at mass, to monitoring the budget, to setting direction & facilitating communication, to coordinating liturgical ministries, to inviting the sharing of time, talent and treasure, to hosting and organizing the socials after mass and at other parish events, to advising the administration of the school, to overseeing the physical plant of our parish - a great band of volunteers.
St Gerald Parish Festival and Hog Heaven
Sunday, September 14, 11:30 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. We need your help to make our parish festival fun and successful! Consider a donation to help defray cost of petting zoo, new games and inflatables.

Send money to the parish office marked "festival donation".
Raffle Tickets have been mailed. Please return ASAP.

KIDS WALK is in need of gently used stuffed animals, small games or toys.

PENNY TOSS is in need of Glassware for prizes, clear glass is preferred. Pint glasses, Glass bowls, small vases, etc

2 liter bottles of pop needed for another popular game, the POP TOSS.

Check your recipe book for a delicious baked good recipe for the CAKE WALK.

GROCERY BOOTH is collecting groceries from now until Sept. 7. Please place items in the coat room after mass. Bring as follows:
A-F Napkins, Other Canned Items, Dessert Mixes
G-L Tissues, Pasta, Canned Veggies
M-R Paper Towels, Canned Fruit, Cereal
S-Z Toilet Paper, Soup, Crackers, Popcorn
There will be a box at the back of church marked Festival Donations.
Questions: Contact Deacon Chris.

Hog Heaven Saturday, September 13
78th & Lakeview
Mass at 5:00 p.m.
Followed by a BBQ in the gym at 6:00 p.m.
Curriculum Nights

August 26 and August 28

Please see the attached document to view the Power Point presentation used for the curriculum night meetings.
New Parish Directory Photos
Take advantage of multiple discounts when you sign up for your church directory photo. Lifetouch is offering a 20% senior citizen discount, a $10 coupon discount and another $5 discount when you bring a canned, boxed or packaged food item for our local food pantry. See the volunteers in the back of the church this weekend or click here for more information. If you'd like more help, call Judy Haug, 402 -593-9378 Lifetouch policy is No Pressure Sales.

Hosts/hostesses are needed during our photograph sessions . If you can help for a session, call Tammy Fonfara, 402-339-1389.

A military page will be included in our church directory. If you have a family member currently serving in the military and would like to have him/her pictured, please contact Sharon Bissen, 402-991-1836.
Corpus Christi Procession

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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
Make your one-time or recurring donation using your debit card, credit card, checking, or savings account. Click here or scan the QR code with your phone:
Women's Social Group
Click Here for more information about the St. Gerald Women's Social Group and join us for one of our upcoming events!
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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