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From the Pastor's Desk
The Annual Appeal and St. Gerald Parish: Last year we had 383 respondents from our parish out of a possible 2100 that chose to donate to the appeal. I think a reasonable goal for us this year is to raise that to 425. If you gave to the Annual Appeal, I ask that you please repeat your gift this year. And I prayerfully ask you, if you have not contributed in the past, to consider a gift to the Annual Appeal. Even a one-time gift of $25 or $50 is a way to begin. I know the money raised by this appeal goes towards some very worthy causes within our local church. I make a pledge each year and a regular amount is withdrawn from my checking account for this purpose. This gift is over and above the gift I pledged to the Capital Campaign: Ignite the Faith (ours was called: Forging a Future of Faith). Thank you for your consideration. I want to thank Bill Beckman and Patrick Slattery for taking the time to visit with us about the Appeal. Both work for us and are directed by Archbishop Lucas to assist in the Catechetical, Youth, and School work in our Archdiocese and in our Parishes. I spoke (will speak) at all the masses this weekend to thank you for all that you do for the Stewardship of our local Church. I pray we can make the goal of greater participation this year.

Pet Blessing: Today, October 4, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, at 2:00 pm in front of the Church at 96th and Q. Treats for all the pooches and Kocka's (cats).

Rosary prayed: at 10:00 am in the Garden at Lakeview, this coming Saturday, Oct. 10. For the health of our country, defense of marriage, right to life, religious freedom.

Server Training: A new tech twist on the Server Training made it go very smoothly. I filmed some of our 8th graders a couple weeks ago serving the various parts of the mass. Then I created DVDs of these parts creating four different learning stations. When the kids came, they were divided up into four groups and after two hours made the entire circuit. With the help of the deacons and the guys in formation, it went really well. I want to honor these kids who came to learn. I'm mulling over how to do that. But it will be a great time. Fr. OK

The Francis Effect: It has taken some time for the Francis Effect to become more clear. Pope Francis is not changing doctrine, he is building up our Christian lives and our Families. He seeks to build up the unity of the church by looking at how we (who are active members) can simply be the leaven in our society. This is exactly what Vatican II taught. The importance of the LAITY in carrying our their vocation in the world. So much happened and was said during the week he was with us here in the USA it will be sometime before it's all digested. He has challenged all of us to be more fervent followers of Jesus in our daily actions.

Commissioning Catechists: This week I will commission all the catechists in our parish and I will also raise up all our faithful who engage in the teaching work for our society. We will do this at the 9:00 and 10:30 masses on Oct. 4.
St Gerald's St Vincent de Paul Message
During the last six weeks our St. Gerald Conference of the Saint Vincent de Paul Society has responded to 81 calls for assistance, all within our parish boundaries. Our members make home visits to those requesting assistance to assess their needs. During this period we kept 16 households in their homes with rent assistance and prevented utility disconnects or helped restore service to another 18 homes. We provided referrals to the Tri-City Food Pantry for 37 households, delivering food to the disabled or to those lacking transportation. We helped three people purchase prescriptions they could not afford. Another 4 persons were provided vouchers to purchase furniture, clothing, and household necessities at the St. Vincent de Paul Stores. We also helped provide gas to three people to enable them get to work or make it to interviews for new jobs. We even provided an immigrant man with a bus ticket to another city where he was guaranteed a new job. All told, we assisted 191 persons. All of this is thanks to the generosity of you parishioners. Our funds are nearly depleted. Any help you can provide would be most appreciated. Funds can be directed to us through the parish office. If you are interested in becoming a member of our St. Gerald Conference, call the business office, 402-331-1955.
Adult Education
Fr. Harrison will be offering a thirteen week class on prayer this Fall/Winter. The classes will be held on Thursday evenings at the school library beginning Thursday October 1. The class is for adult parishioners of St. Gerald from at 7:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. The class involves watching a DVD by Fr. Thomas Dubay and then having a discussion period afterward. You do not need to bring any materials. Bibles are available in the library. If you have any questions please contact Fr. Harrison at pcharrison@archomaha.org
Knights of Columbus Red Cross Blood Drive
Saturday Oct. 31st the Knights will sponsor an American Red Cross Blood Drive in the Fellowship Hall from 7 AM to 12:30 PM. Please call Verl Squire 402-331-4930 or Bob Ryba 402-331-2125 to sign up to donate blood.
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New! Welcome Tuition Grant
St. Gerald Catholic School is excited to announce our participation in a newly formed student transfer program developed by the Archdiocese of Omaha. Children entering grades 1-7 from a non-Catholic school will be eligible to receive a $1,000 tuition discount in year one and $500 in year two of their enrollment. For more information, please contact our Principal, Mrs. Michaela Goerke at 402-331-4223.

Face the Truth

Tools to fight pornography in a sexualized culture (not appropriate for children/youth due to content). No cost free-will offering.

Parent session: Saturday, October 3, 2015 8:30am to 12pm
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, 114th and Fort St., Omaha, NE

RSVP...due to limited space.
Email Mary Beth Hanus: mbhanus@archomaha.org
or Register online: Click Here

Sponsored by the Archdiocese of Omaha
Prayer for Family Formation
Prayer for Family Formation in Every Part of Our Parish
Dear Lord, you have always been faithful to us and have always guided our parish to know, love and serve you. You call us to be Disciples who actively share their faith with others. Strengthen the gifts of the Holy Spirit in each of us as we seek to help our families become the primary place of religious formation. We give you thanks for the fruit that has come from Family Formation. Bless all our efforts this coming year especially as we move the Family Formation model into our school and as we begin YDisciple among our youth. Encourage us as we move in this new direction and keep our hearts tuned to your will. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
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Why Saint Gerald Catholic School?
Come find out what our parents already know! For more information on the value of a Catholic School education, go to www.lovemyschool.com.

Call the school office for more info: 402-331-4223 or contact school principal, Michaela Goerke, to set up a tour - mgoerke@stgerald.org.

Please watch the video below to learn more about our wonderful school.

A message to parents...
The statistics on how our children are being affected by the availability of pornography are disturbing, to say the least. I don't like to tell parents how to parent but when it comes to this subject, I do get more personal. You need to do all you can to keep this from your kids. Kids can click on something quite innocent and suddenly they are the victims. So you need to do all you can to keep this out of your house and the attached brochure, produced by our own office of victim outreach and abuse prevention, is a good one to help you. I hope you take the time to read and put into effect its recommendations.
Forging a Future of Faith Campaign

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 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.