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Fr. Korte in Italy
Fr. Korte shares his pictures and stories from his trip to Italy. Return often for updates and additional videos being added.

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From the Pastor's Desk
Archbishop's Annual Appeal: Recently you received a letter from Archbishop Lucas asking for your support of the Archbishop's Annual appeal. Please give prayerful consideration to how you can respond.

Gratitude: I want to express my thanks to all who volunteered to work the festival. And I thank all of you who attended and contributed. It is always a very nice event bringing all our generations together. God Bless you all.

Convention and Vacation: I will be gone from the parish for the next two weekends, this one and the next. I am going to Denver to a convention that lasts from Friday Sept. 19 through the 21st. I return home for a couple days and then leave for Italy on the 24th and I will return on Oct. 3. I will be traveling in Italy with Fr. John Norman and we will end our time there in Rome attending the Deacon ordination of Matt Niggemeyer. Fr. Ron Battiato will be my substitute at the weekend masses. www.stgerald.org: If you are interested, I thought I would share some pictures and comments about my trip. I plan on visiting Lanciano, home of a Eucharistic Miracle; Castel Gandolfo (summer residence of Popes) going to the rarely opened gardens; Monte Cassino, tomb of St. Benedict and St. Scholastica; Subiaco, a Benedictine Monastery and cave where St. Benedict spent time as a hermit; Matt's ordination at St. Peter's and probably a few other things. Go to our website and starting on Sept. 26 or so I will be sending back some proof of being in Italy.

Important Information: A couple weeks ago we made a significant decision to purchase property adjacent to the school. We feel it is important to give the parish information about this decision. About a month ago we learned that the house at 7858 Tilford Circle, was going to be up for sale. The house sits behind the gym portion of the property. The maintenance committee of the parish learned about the upcoming sale and through an extensive deliberation process recommended that the parish purchase the home. There were several reasons for their recommendation.

1) The school is landlocked by homes and so our ability to expand for future growth is limited to when homes come up for sale.

2) You may not know it, but the city of Ralston requires businesses to have a percentage of green space. St. Gerald has exceeded this amount by a large margin and up till now the city has looked the other way. We don't anticipate that will continue. What this means is that if we even wanted to change the driveway or add a parking stall we would not be able to.

3) There are some drainage issues on that part of our property that we have worked out a solution with the current homeowner. We will likely need to continue to work this solution with ongoing maintenance. We are concerned a new homeowner may not be as flexible with us.

After considering all these factors, the maintenance committee did a thorough evaluation of the property. The committee has on its membership, contractors, realtors and a home inspector. They found the house to be in excellent / move in condition and the price was at market. The finance committee was presented with the recommendation that we purchase the home. The means of doing this is by financing the purchase through a low interest loan with the Archdiocesan Deposit and Loan Fund and rent the home. This was a difficult decision especially since the parish operated at a deficit last fiscal year. The other side of the coin of course being that these opportunities do not present themselves often. After review, it was determined that it was prudent to buy the home at this time if we could get close to break even. Based on the terms of the loan and the expected rental rate we believe this is feasible. Since the condition of the home was excellent, we determined that the parish would not have a difficult time selling the home at a later date if needed. The finance committee voted to move forward with the purchase. This decision is in a way a statement about our positive outlook on the future of St. Gerald's. The purchase will give us flexibility to grow. We have been so blessed as a community of faith. We should all feel very proud of the community we have and grateful for God's many gifts. We understand you may have questions. Please contact any one of the finance committee members (Katie Rinkol, Ryan Sevcik, Jennifer Tselentis, Ted Mekelburg, Joan Luebbert, Lynn Svoboda), the maintenance committee (Nick Steinbach, Ken True, Chris Sommers, Dean Coenen, Dan Thiele, Dave Fowler, Doug Donaldson, Felix Kalinowski, Fred Kambach, Greg Mendick, Jared Franzluebbers, Leo Kochanowicz, Sam Mandolfo, Tim Mundorf, Tony Jones, Verl Squire) or Father Korte with questions.

God Bless, Finance and Maintenance Committee Members

Life Chain Sunday, October 5, 2014 Please defend life and join in the annual
Life Chain on Sunday, October 5, 2014, 2:00-3:00 p.m. along Dodge Street from
60th-90th. Signs will be provided at your location or you may obtain them just
before the event at the parking lots of St. Margaret Mary Church and the 8712
Dodge Building. All signs should be returned to the people or pick-up sites from
which they originated. For more information, please contact Elizabeth Abbott,
Respect Life Apostolate Coordinator at 402.551.9003, ext. 1306.
Curriculum Nights

August 26 and August 28

Please see the attached document to view the Power Point presentation used for the curriculum night meetings.
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
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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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