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From the Pastor's DeskHoly Week Begins: We come to the end of our preparations for the great festivities of the Church Year. Holy Week is by far more important than Christmas. Christmas is seemingly bigger because it is couched in a secular almost pagan environment that builds to Christmas. People come in droves to church. But Holy Week contains everything you need to know about our Christian and Catholic Faith. With Holy Thursday we remember the Last Supper, the Institution of the Holy Eucharist, Jesus betrayal, arrest and trial. On Good Friday we remember his Passion, Death and Burial. During the night of the Easter Vigil we remember and experience his Resurrection... the Light of the World conquering the Darkness of Sin. I can't express more strongly the importance of these great celebrations and the need for Catholics to be present to have their faith renewed and solidified. We prepare for these great festive liturgies by purifying our hearts through 40 days of penance and the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Good Friday Outdoor Stations: We will commemorate the Way of the Cross with an outdoor procession. We will begin at noon right outside Lakeview Chapel. We will walk a route up Lakeview Street to 80th then south ending at Trinity Methodist. Bring the kids in strollers, take time off of work, make the Death of Jesus for your Salvation a significant thing in your life by making it so in a visible way. In cooperation with the neighboring Ralston Churches this is for the whole community so invite your neighbors.
End of Life Decisions: Sometimes people ask me for counsel on end of life decisions, so-called living wills, or medical power of attorney. I found a great Catholic Resource. www.ncbcenter.org The National Catholic Bioethics Center is a great resource for these questions.
First Communion: Just around the corner. We celebrate the First Communions for our Grade school at the 9:00 and Noon masses on the Sunday after Easter. The Sunday after that we celebrate similarly with our Family Formation kids. The masses are no longer than a regular Sunday mass so don't avoid it. And there is room, in the two years we have been doing this, we have not had to seat anyone in the hall.
Parish Penance Service: Come and be reconciled... Monday evening at 7:00 pm at 96th and Q. Other confession times are published in the bulletin.
Doing things Differently - Doing things more Effectively. A priority of mine for this parish as I expend my energy is the formation of families. This formation is something that is core to our Catholic Self-Definition in this age that seeks to redefine even marriage and disparage our core faith values. Family Formation is not as much a program as it is a way of doing things. Like families with various ages represented in a household-things are not always neat and organized. But there is a golden thread running through it all... teaching the children... becoming disciples in every sized body. I see this happening in three stages in our parish. The first stage has been underway for almost two years. Our CCD program has been changed to a Family Formation model. Parents who have engaged have experienced a personal conversion and catechetical rebound in their own lives. Catechesis has been de-centralized and put back into the hands of parents. But not without help from the Church. The second stage involves our Grade School Families. I wish I could ask my Grade School Parents to engage in this formation process but we just don't have the room. Right now I am filling up the gym once a month with my Public School Parents. But this program is not about another way to do CCD. It is about Forming Families. My goal is not worked out in detail but I hope to add this "Doing Things Differently" to energy our School Families' Faith Life as well. The third stage of FF in our parish will involve the Youth: both Middle School and High School. The Family Formation Model encourages faith sharing, shared prayer, everyday discussion of our faith, and the witness of the older to the younger and vice versa. Apply this to the Youth means going small but intensified. I hope to work towards implementing both of the later two stages this summer and next school year. Where do I begin: with prayer. I have prayed about this and will continue to do so. I am asking you pray for this as well. More later...
Prayer of Refocus: Dear Lord, you have always been faithful to us and you have led us through various paths so that we can come to know you more clearly and follow you more nearly. Send your Holy Spirit down on our parish as we seek to strengthen our families in living a dynamic faith life. Let this same Holy Spirit work to renew all our families: those with children in our Grade School and those with children in our Family Formation program, those with children just born and those with children in High School and College. Convince us that the faith will be spread most fruitfully when we involve all age groups. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Fish DinnersSt 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.
2015 Fr. Foster Memorial Golf TournamentThe St. Gerald Knights of Columbus and St. Gerald Men's Club are sponsoring the 19th 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 16, 2015 with an 8:00 AM 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. Early registration and payment is strongly encouraged; last year's event sold out and raised $10,600. Register by calling 402-331-1955. Deadline for registration and payment is May 5, 2015.
CLICK HERE for additional information including registration form, donation letter, and information poster.
Men's Golf LeagueThe 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
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.
St Gerald Choir CDOur 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.
Family Formation PresentationAttached 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.
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 - firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please watch the video below to learn more about our wonderful school.
Forging a Future of Faith Campaign
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.
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.
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