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Welcome to Saint Gerald Catholic Church

Ash Wednesday Mass Schedule - February 10
96th & Q: 7am, 8:15am, 12:15pm, 6pm
Lakeview: 9am (children's), 7:30pm

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.
Time to Sign Up!
Beginning after the noon mass on Feb. 21 and ending the evening of Tuesday, Feb. 23, we will once again have Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament around the clock and we will encourage all parishioners to come and pray before our Lord. Each evening we will have chanted evening prayer, the Mission Presentation by Jim Beckman and Benediction.

Reserve your hour now! 40 Hours of Adoration Online Sign Up

This exhibit is open to the entire city and five hospitality volunteers are needed per shift for host activities, such as sitting at the welcome table, pouring coffee, handing out brochures, etc.

We also need adult childcare volunteers who have completed the environmental safety training. Activities will be provided. Specific times for childcare are also noted below.

Sign up to be a host or help with child care

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From the Pastor's Desk
Ash Wednesday: This is a day of Fasting and Abstinence. Only one main meal today... and just a light snack at the other two... no eating between meals. And no meat. During Lent, the Church asks us to surrender ourselves to prayer and to the reading of Scripture, to fasting and to giving alms. The fasting that all do together on Fridays is but a sign of the daily Lenten discipline of individuals and households: fasting for certain periods of time, fasting from certain foods, but also fasting from other things and activities. Likewise, the giving of alms is some effort to share this world equally-not only through the distribution of money, but through the sharing of our time and talents. More specifically, here are the rules for fasting and abstinence: Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are obligatory days of fasting and abstinence for Catholics. In addition, Fridays during Lent are obligatory days of abstinence. For members of the Latin Catholic Church, the norms on fasting are obligatory from age 18 until age 59. When fasting, a person is permitted to eat one full meal. Two smaller meals may also be taken, but not to equal a full meal. The norms concerning abstinence from meat are binding upon members of the Latin Catholic Church from age 14 onwards.

Archdiocesan Listening Sessions: Archbishop Lucas has invited input from across the Archdiocese in helping him form a pastoral plan for the Archdiocese. He has scheduled 9 sessions over the next two months. The first one was here at St. Gerald, and of this writing, is still on, depending on the snow. But it had about 100 people registered. St. James parish is hosting one at the same time on Tuesday Feb. 2 and then St. Roberts is hosting one on Wednesday, Feb. 24. Registration is required. If you can handle doing this on their Website then go to www.archomaha.org and take care of it online. If the snow does wipe out the St. Gerald and St. James one, I encourage our parishioners to sign up for the St. Robert's one. Check out the website for others.

Helpers for the Eucharistic Miracle Exhibition: It is easy to sign up for a slot to help out... Click Here... if you have already used SignupGenius then sign in, otherwise the site asks you to register and then you will receive a reminder by email of the time you volunteered for. We have had a great response so far but we still need helpers for staffing the Hall and to help with childcare in a number of time slots. We will be using the same method to help with the sign up for hours of adoration during the 40 Hours portion of the Mission. We are using the old fashioned method of signing up at mass... but if you have an email... this really works great. And a reminder is automatically sent to you. Soooo, use SignUpGenius for both your adoration hour(s) and for volunteering to help with the Exhibition and Childcare for the Exhibition.

Donations welcome: If you want to help with underwriting the Parish Mission and this Exhibition you can pick up a form in the back of Church or again, go to the Parish Website: www.stgerald.org We have had a wonderful response so far.
Information on Lent
  1. Confession will be offered on Fridays of Lent, except Good Friday, 6:00- 7:00 pm at 96th and Q.

  2. Mission: February 20-23... Evening Presentations take place Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 21, 22, 23 beginning at 7:00 pm

  3. 40 Hours: During the Mission... sign up for an hour of adoration OR join your group or ministry at their assigned hour OR just show up.

  4. Eucharistic Miracles Exhibition: Feb. 20-23... full information here on the home page.

  5. Stations of the Cross: Friday following the 12:15 mass and Friday at 6:00 pm during the confession time.

  6. Adoration and Confessions: Beginning after the noon mass on Friday March 5 and continuing until Noon on Saturday March 6. Confessions will be Friday, March 5 beginning at 5:00 pm and ending at 7:00 pm. Confessions will be heard at 10:00 pm and conclude when we are finished. Then on Saturday, Confessions will be heard at 7:30 am until 8:15 am. We will move the normal 8:15 am Saturday mass from Lakeview to 96th and Q. This 24-hour period is being done along with parishes around the world in response to Pope Francis call for a Year of Mercy. We will conclude with Benediction at noon on Saturday, March 5. Come and pray, a quiet place alone and away from the Crowd.

  7. Financial Renewal Weekend: March 6-7

  8. Sunday, March 13: Feast of St. Gerald

  9. Parish Penance Service: Sunday March 20, 7:00 pm

  10. Holy Week: March 20-27
    • Palm Sunday; Outdoor Procession at 10:30 as weather permits Indoor processions: 5:00 pm Saturday and 10:30 Sunday

    • Holy Thursday Mass: 7:00 pm

    • Good Friday Ecumenical Outdoor Stations: Noon beginning at Lakeview

    • Good Friday Service: 7:00 pm

    • Holy Saturday: 8:30 pm

    • Easter Sunday: Normal Sunday mass times

Our Parish Mission - 40 Hours - Eucharistic Miracles Exhibition: February 20-23 are the dates for this very important event in the spiritual life of our parish.

- Jim Beckman from the Augustine Institute in Denver will be coming to do our Parish Mission. His three presentations are geared to our parish needs. We wanted help in encouraging our discipleship through a deepening prayer life, clear mission to show mercy, fired up parish spirit. His talks are entitled as follows:
   - Mercy and the Disciple : God's desire for us - Relationship!
   - Mercy and the Evangelist : The JOY of the Gospel, Flowing from Conversion
   - Mercy and Mission : YOU Can be a Missionary! Yes, Even You!

- 40 Hours: Beginning after the noon mass on Feb. 21 and ending the evening of Tuesday, Feb. 23, we will once again have Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament around the clock and we will encourage all parishioners to come and pray before our Lord. Each evening we will have chanted evening prayer, the Mission Presentation by Jim Beckman and Benediction.

- The Vatican International Exhibition: Eucharistic Miracles of the World. This exhibit will find a home in our Fellowship Hall and will be open to the public beginning Saturday afternoon and will conclude Tuesday evening. Hours for this exhibit are being published. The purpose of this exhibit is to strengthen our faith in the Presence of Christ in the Holy Eucharist, to ponder the work of Almighty God in our world through the many appearances of the Blessed Mother and the inspiration of the Saints who loved the Lord especially in the Holy Eucharist. It is a big deal to have this exhibit command our space in the hall for this period of time. I would not do this if I did not think it was important. If there is a funeral during this time we will do all we can to facilitate the luncheon at another location.

During these days our parish will be on retreat. This means that all other meetings and activities are to be curtailed, postponed, canceled or rescheduled. Attendance at the evening presentations is really something everyone ought to make as a supreme priority. I want to encourage families to come to the Mission. If you think your kids are too small to be up that late, then come as a family to make a Holy Hour... Sunday afternoon... or at 5:00 pm on Monday or Tuesday. If your kids are in High School, they can come to this Mission. I hope the YDisciple groups will come for an hour of Adoration and will come to the Mission as a group. Information on this upcoming mission can be found below.
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Thank You!
A note of thanks to St. Gerald Knights of Columbus for all they have accomplished. See the attached PDF for a list of the many good works that were done in 2015!

To visit the Knights of Columbus page on the St. Gerald website, click "Ministries" in the left hand column and follow the link to the "Knights of Columbus" page.

If you are interested in joining the Knights, contact the parish office to be put in touch with someone who can help you become a member.
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St Gerald Pre-School!
BIG NEWS: St. Gerald School is adding PreK classes!

Beginning in the Fall of 2016-2017

Two Sessions Offered: (Limit of 12 students per session)

Monday-Friday 7:50 - 11:00 AM  OR  11:50 - 3:00 PM

$185/month and $50 non-refundable deposit

Students must be 4-5 years of age (age 4 by July 31st, 2016)

St. Gerald parishioners register first!

If you are interested in enrolling now for the fall, please e-mail the school principal, Mrs. Goerke, at mgoerke@stgerald.org
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Women's Spiritual Book Club
This group meets once a month on Thursday morning at 10:00 a.m. the Millard Public Library, 13214 Westwood Ln, Omaha, NE. We have a wonderful group of 6 women and would welcome more. The books planned are:

November 19, 2015--The Women of Christmas by Liz Curtis Higgs
December 17, 2015--Any book on Mother Theresa
January 21, 2016--Any book on Maximillion Colby
February 17, 2016--Jesus of Nazareth - Part 1
March 17, 2016--Jesus of Nazareth - Part 2
April 21, 2016--A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
May 19, 2016--Karol the Pope, The Man- DVD Part 1
June 15, 2016--Karol the Pope, The Man-DVD Part 2
July 21, 2016--Where We Got the Bible by Henry G. Graham - Part 1
August 18, 2016--Where We Got the Bible by Henry G. Graham - Part 2

Contact Bonni Pulte with questions. 402-658-6179 - rbpulte@yahoo.com
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.

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.

Choir CDs
The choir has released six CDs that may be purchased after any weekend Mass. It is our hope that our music will touch your heart and lift your spirit.

More information...
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.