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Welcome to Saint Gerald Catholic Church

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From the Pastor's Desk
Thank You: Our School Open House last week was a great time of community celebrating the goodness of our school. The School Ambassadors did such a wonderful job in giving tours of our school and interacting with all the visitors. We had well over 500 people come through along with a good number of new families who came to check out the school. Thank you Men's Club for sponsoring the Pancake Man. Thank you School Staff, Recruitment Committee, School Advisory Board and numerous volunteers that made this day such a success.

On Behalf of the Reger and Krzemien Families: I want to thank the school community for reaching out to these grieving families. The deaths of two Dads in our school are a shock to the whole school and parish community. I just know that this community will continue to reach out and be of support to the families. In the funeral masses for Chris Reger and Dan Krzemien, we prayed for them and for their wives and children. We will continue to pray for them and find ways to support them. In school we will do all we can to help the kids and all those connected to grieve in healthy ways. Our faith is truly our consolation and strength.

A Wonderful True Story: We are incredibly indebted to Simon Peter's brother, Andrew, for the gift of Peter to the Church and to the world. Andrew was the one who brought his brother, Simon Peter, into the presence of Jesus. Andrew was the one who encouraged Simon Peter. Andrew was the one who introduced Peter to Jesus. It's recorded in the first chapter of John's Gospel. Andrew finds the Messiah.

Back in the 15th century in a tiny village near Nuremberg, Germany there lived a family with eighteen children. That's right... eighteen! In order merely to keep food on the table for this large family, the father (who was a goldsmith by profession), worked almost eighteen hours a day at this trade and any other paying job he could find in the neighborhood. Despite their seemingly hopeless condition, two of the older children had a dream. They both wanted to pursue their talent for art, but they knew full well that their father, with all that he had on him, would never be financially able to send either of them to Nuremberg to study at the Art Academy there.

After much discussion, the two boys finally worked out a plan. They would toss a coin. The loser would go down into the nearby mines and with his earnings, support his brother while he attended the Art Academy. Then, when that brother who won the toss completed his studies in four years, he would in turn support the other brother at the academy either with sales of his art work, or, if necessary, also by working in the mines. So, one Sunday morning after Church, they tossed a coin. Albrecht Durer won the toss and went off to Nuremberg to study art. His brother, Albert, went down into the dangerous mines and for the next four years, financed his brother whose work at the Art Academy was almost an immediate sensation. Albrecht Durer's etchings, his woodworks, and his oils were far better than those of most of his professors, and by the time he graduated, he was beginning to earn considerable fees for his commissioned works.

When the young artist returned home to his village, the Durer family held a festive dinner on their lawn to celebrate Albrecht's triumphant homecoming. After a delightful meal with lots of music and laughter, Albrecht Durer rose from his honored position at the head of the table to express his deep appreciation to his beloved brother, Albert, for the years of sacrifice he had put in that had enabled Albrecht to fulfill his ambition. His closing words were: "And now, Albert, blessed brother of mine, now it is your turn. Now you can go to Nuremberg to pursue your dream and I will take care of you."

All heads turned in love and eager expectation to the far end of the table where Albert sat. Tears were streaming down his face. Slowly, Albert stood to his feet and softly he said, "Thank you, my brother, but no, I cannot go to Nuremberg. It is too late for me. Look, look what four years in the mine have done to my hands. The bones in every finger have been smashed at least once, and lately, I have been suffering from arthritis so badly in my right hand that I cannot even hold a glass to return your toast, much less, make delicate lines on parchment or canvas with a pen or a brush. No, my brother, for me it is too late."

More than 450 years have passed. By now, Albrecht Durer's hundreds of masterful portraits, pen and silver-point sketches, watercolors, charcoals, woodcuts, and copper engravings hang in every great museum in the world, but the odds are great that you, like most people, are familiar with only one of Albrecht Durer's works. More than merely being familiar with it, you very well may have a reproduction hanging in your home or office. One day, to pay homage to Albert for all that he had sacrificed, Albrecht Durer painstakingly drew his brother's abused hands with palms together and thin fingers stretched skyward. He called his powerful drawing simply "Hands", but the entire world almost immediately opened their hearts to this great masterpiece and renamed his tribute of love, "The Praying Hands." The next time you see a copy of this touching creation, take a second look; let it be a reminder that no one... no one ever makes it alone!

"Not to oppose error is to approve it; and not to defend truth is to suppress it, and, indeed, to neglect to confound evil men-when we can do it-is no less a sin than to encourage them."
- Pope Felix III
Ash Wednesday Mass Schedule
February 18: 7am, 8:15am, 12:15pm & 6pm at 96th & Q
9am (school mass) & 7pm at Lakeview Chapel.
Soup Luncheon
A soup lunch will be served in the Fr. Larry Dorsey Fellowship Hall on Ash Wednesday from 11am until 2pm. A freewill offering will be taken up for our own St. Vincent de Paul Society.
Family Formation Presentation
Attached is the power point presentation that would have been presented when family formation was cancelled due to the cold weather. Please click on the attached file and review the information if you are a participant in family formation.
Guardian Angel Auction and Dinner
Saturday, February 14th, 2015

Invitations have been mailed! Please RSVP by January 30th for a chance to win $200 in AUCTION CREDIT!

Mail your RSVP to PO Box, or deliver to school or parish office.
We are still accepting cash, HOPE and wine donations! Please drop off at school or parish office as soon as possible.

Questions? Contact Angie at angela.gallagher@conagrafoods.com or 402-660-0738.
Thank you,
Angie Gallagher & Jennifer Tselentis
Fish Dinners
St Gerald Knights of Columbus invites you to our annual Lenten Fish Dinners on Fridays: Feb 20, 27, Mar 6, 13, 20, 27, 4:30-7:30pm in the Fr. Larry Dorsey Fellowship Hall, 96th & Q. Menu includes:
Baked Cod, Mac & Cheese, Potatoes (Baked or Fries), Cole Slaw & Drink. Cheese pizza available for purchase. Desserts available for purchase to support parish organizations. Cost: Adults $9, Children (under 10) $6, Immediate Family Max $30, Seniors (60+) $8, All Carry Out $9.
Men's Golf League
The Thursday night St. Gerald Men's golf league has openings for additional golfers. If you are interested or want additional information please call Doug Tucker at 402-707-3982 or John Howell at 402-968-0251
St Gerald Choir CD
Our choir has released their new CD - SEASONS OF FAITH - recorded at their choir concert during the YEAR of Faith. Please stop after Mass at the back of church or in the music room to purchase your new CD. Cost is $10.00, and it features the celebration of music throughout the SEASONS of the entire LITURGICAL YEAR.
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.