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Welcome to Saint Gerald Catholic Church

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From the Pastor's Desk
The Easter Season: It does really last 50 days. It does not end until we get to the Feast of Pentecost. It is interesting that the Church developed the 50 days of Easter in contrast to the 40 days of Lent. It really takes a longer time to unpack the mystery of Easter than to prepare for the "Paschal Festivities." Some of the collects (opening prayers) during the Season of Lent has us preparing for the Paschal Festivities. The Holy Triduum contains the highest feast days of the entire year. I wonder what kind of world it would be if people were to get as hyped about these great days as we all seem to do over a favorite athletic team. I wonder what kind of world it would be if as many people wore red to church for Pentecost as you see wearing the same color when Nebraska has a key game. I wonder what kind of world it would be if all the people that call themselves members of this parish actually showed up in church on a Sunday... speak about a parking problem. People in Africa walk miles to get to mass and that mass lasts three hours... no one leaves early and everybody stays afterwards. I wonder if we just don't have it too nice here in the old USA. The more creature comforts - the less the practice of faith. Why believe in an afterlife that depends on what we do here when we can be so self-fulfilled here with all the stuff we have and have to do? After hearing confession over the past 30 years I have to say there is great suffering on the part of so many. Unemployment, family splits, marital disillusionment, trouble at work, kids who don't go to church, sickness & old age, habits hard to break and the loss of a life partner - the need for God and what only He can bring is so very much apparent and real. Easter brings us hope. It is really amazing how God uses suffering to wake us up to what is eternally important. Unfortunately, even death is not enough to wake some of us up - (there is a pun in there somewhere but you get the point). Faith, the practice of Faith, is such a mysterious thing. What inspires one person to be a practicing Catholic and fails to move another - same age, same upbringing, similar Catholic household. This conundrum touches on the core Mystery of Easter and the Resurrection. Even Thomas had to touch Jesus in order to believe... how close he was to the physically resurrected Jesus yet how unconvinced he was. Faith, it is a mystery. All we can do is pray that our suffering and our good works will serve to wake up the unbelievers to Faith. Offer up your sufferings for the salvation of the world - including your family members and fellow parishioners who seem to not get it.

Leadership Meeting: The leaders of all our parish committees and organization will once again come together to celebrate our accomplishments by sharing information about them at the final Leadership Meeting of this year. We met last fall to talk about goals each organization had and now we will come together to share the Good News. These leaders help to invigorate our parish, they guide the various organizations and ministries, they inspire others to get involved and they welcome them to service: the Leaders of our parish are to be commended for their fine work over the past year. The Leadership Meeting will take place at the Fr. Larry Dorsey Hall at 96th and Q on Thursday, May 8, at 7:00 pm. This date has been changed due to my scheduling conflicts.

First Friday: May 2 is First Friday. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will take place at Lakeview. Anyone can come and spend time with the Lord by going through the School office in order to gain access to the Church. It begins after the 9:00 am mass and continues until we have a closing service at 2:15 pm. The children will be praying the Via Lucis (The Way of Light) .. a reflection on the various Resurrection appearances (14 Stations). All are welcome to attend.

Family Formation First Communion: At both the 9:00 am and Noon masses, this coming Sunday, children from our Family Formation will be receiving their First Holy Communion.

Recruitment Committee: We are beginning a recruitment committee for St. Gerald School. At present we are brainstorming various activities we would like to accomplish over a 12 month calendar. Our second meeting is coming up. It is hoped this will become an active and vibrant subcommittee of the School Advisory Board that will gain a life of its own similar to the Home and School and the Athletic Committee.

Corpus Christi Procession: Corpus Christi is June 22. We will have our procession on the Eve of the Feast, June 21, beginning at 7:00 pm and we will begin and end at the Lakeview chapel walking a route within the city limits of Ralston. It will be a shorter route than last year. We will have a social afterwards in the gym. Plan now to attend. Representation from each parish organization is encouraged... make a banner to identify yourselves. Each year this will get better and hopefully bigger.
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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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