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Welcome to Saint Gerald Catholic Church

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From the Pastor's Desk
I want to add my thanks to the words of the Campaign Chairs who spoke at our masses last week. I am so grateful to all of our parishioners who have already made a pledge to the Campaign. The volunteers and the parish staff have been doing such a fine job. The materials that have been produced tell the story clearly. If you have any questions about the campaign don't be afraid to call the office. If you are called for an appointment you are asked to meet with our Campaign volunteers to visit about the purposes of the Campaign. We have reached the first goal of our Campaign, the Archdiocesan Ignite the Faith Goal. We will make 10 payments to the Archdiocese over the next five years. Our first payment is in December. We will budget our Campaign gifts over the next five years and accomplish the goals we reach according to that budget. I am hoping we can get a portion of the roof work done this summer. This is needed so we can properly place the huge roof top cooling tower on more solid footing in preparation for the second goal, the HVAC work, during the summer of 2015 or 2016.

Holy Triduum Information:
Holy Thursday Mass: 7:30 pm
Good Friday Service: 7:30 pm
Holy Saturday Vigil: 8:30 pm.
Stations of the Cross will be prayed at the Lakeview Chapel at 12:15 pm on Good Friday. Remember, NO 12:15 pm mass or communion service on Holy Thursday and Good Friday. Adoration, Keeping Vigil with the Lord in the Garden after the Holy Thursday Mass

Morning Prayer: The Liturgy of the Hours, Morning Prayer, will be prayed at Lakeview Chapel at 8:15 am on Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday.

Relic of the True Cross: During Holy Week we will host a Relic of the True Cross. The Relic is very small; two small slivers of dark brown wood. These slivers are attached to a small cross which is then mounted in the reliquary against a red backdrop. The reliquary itself is exquisite fine workmanship. The Reliquary is in turn housed in a protective monstrance. We will honor this important relic at the end of the masses on Palm Sunday. The Grade School children will have a chance to venerate it during Holy Week. It will also be present in the Church during Adoration time after the Holy Thursday Mass and at the Evening Good Friday Service at the end of which everyone will be invited to come forward and venerate it. The Relic of the True Cross, (these two tiny slivers), is a doorway or a kind of window which helps us show honor, love and adoration to the Lord that died on a cross made from wood. The Lord Jesus is my savior and He died on the cross for you, for me. This Relic is not accorded the adoration due to God alone but any honor paid to the relic is, in faith, transferred to Jesus, our Savior who died on the cross.

The Good Friday Collection provides help to the Catholics in the Holy Land: pastoral care for parishes, housing and health care for the poor and elderly, Catholic elementary and high school support, along with care for the shrines and welcoming pilgrims. The Franciscans of the Holy Land do so much in the land that continues to suffer for lack of peace. I support the missions in the Holy Land because the work that is done there by the Franciscans is the best chance for peace. The Patriarch of Jerusalem runs schools that welcome all creeds and with the children learning together bridges are formed between Muslims, Jews and Christians.

Confession Times: Parish Penance Service: Tuesday, April 15, 7:00 pm; Individual Confession Times: 9:00-11:00 am, Wednesday, April 16 @ 96th and Q; 2:00-4:00 pm, Wednesday, April 16 @ Lakeview Chapel; 10:00-11:30 am, Thursday, April 17 @ Lakeview Chapel.
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Walk of Pride
This spring St. Gerald Catholic School will host our annual Walk of Pride! This is the one and only event that supports our Home & School budget for the year. Our school is excited about this event, not only because it is a tool to provide much needed funding for our school but also because it is an exercise in stewardship.
Your overwhelming support last year raised more than $35,000!  The funds are used to provide financial support for the 2014-2015 school year.  Your contributions cover all bus transportation for classroom field trips, financial support for field trip activities, sacramental celebrations, Catholic Schools Week events, additional enrichment and educational programs for students, scholarships, teacher appreciation events, classroom technology and classroom materials.  We also contribute to expenses for increased security at the school, school building upgrades and much more!

CLICK HERE to make a secure online donation now!
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.
New Parish Directory Coming
Our last parish pictorial directory was distributed in 2007 and it's time for a new one. Family photos by Lifetouch will be taken in July, August and September. Watch the bulletin for more details. Call Sharon Bissen at 402-991-1836 if you have any questions.
Fr Foster 2014 Golf Tourney
The St. Gerald Knights of Columbus and St. Gerald Men's Club are sponsoring the 18th Annual Fr. William A. Foster Memorial Golf Tournament. The event is a fundraiser for the Fr. Foster Endowment at St Gerald Church. The tournament is a 4-person scramble held at Tara Hills Golf Course on Saturday May 17, 2014 with an 8:00am shotgun start. Registration fee is $90 per golfer or $360 per team and includes 18 holes of golf, cart, lunch, raffle tickets, refreshments, fellowship and prizes. Corporate sponsorships with or without foursomes included are welcome and available. Register by calling 402-331-1955. Deadline for registration and payment is May 2, 2014.
St Gerald Women's Golf League
Thursday evenings at LaVista Falls Golf Course. 8 or 16 week season available starting on May 8th and ending on August 21st. Sign-up meeting will be held on April 24 at 6:00 P.M. in the golf course club house. For additional information, please email or call Linda Goecke at lkgoecke@msn.com or 402-592-3030.
Friends on Q June Event
Storm Chaser's baseball game at Werner Park, 2:05 P.M. - June 8. Cost for the tickets is $7.00. Reserve your tickets now - place orders in collection basket or submit to business office. Any questions, please call Rosemary at 402 933 9299.
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TOTUS TUUS Returns to St. Gerald in July
Registration will begin May 7th for the children belonging to St. Gerald Parish only. You may print the registration & medical release forms May 7th and thereafter using the links below.

Medical Release Form
Elementary School Registration
Middle/High School Registration

Students entering 1st - 6th grades in the fall
July 7-11 from 9am-3pm
$20 per child for the week or $50 per family for the week.

Students entering 7th - 12th grades in the fall
July 6 -10 from 7:30-9:40
$5 per student per night or $20 per student for the week.

Registration deadline is June 27th.

For more information please contact Mary Harper @ 402-331-1955 or email @ mharper@stgerald.org
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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.
Vocations Committee
Learn more about the St. Gerald's Vocation Committee, join the 31 Club and read the monthly reflection on vocations. Click here...
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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