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Welcome to Saint Gerald Catholic Church

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From the Pastor's Desk
Bethlehem House: I heard a presentation on this wonderful ministry in our community. Bethlehem House is a place of safety and help for women who find themselves in a very lonely place in their lives and are pregnant. The home helps these women get on their feet, learn parenting skills, complete their GED, look for a job, and find a place to live all in the context of a loving and care-filled atmosphere. There is a chapel in the house, the Blessed Sacrament is present there, and ministers in the church actually introduce, without coercion, these women to God. In some cases, it is the first time they have heard that God loves them. One of the things I love about this place is that it accepts no government assistance so it can really live out its Catholic Mission. The people who provide the care and supervision are degreed professionals. I am looking for a couple people who would be willing to be our parish representatives for Bethlehem House. Here is the JD: Should be comfortable with speaking before parish groups, computer savy (if you get emails you qualify) where they can receive information from BH, respond and distribute emails to interested parishioners and able to share creative ideas to engage St. Gerald Parishioners. Please contact me if interested. If you take a tour of Bethlehem house you will be sold... they are doing a great ministry and take our prolife stance and make it real.

Christmas Letter: I sent the parish a Christmas letter this week. The principle information in that letter related to the Confession and Mass Schedules for the next several weeks. It also included a report on your Sunday contributions up to this point. It is my hope that if you find that you have missed some Sundays or just desire to catch-up you will do that before the new tax year roles around on Jan. 1. Again, I pray that this effort and the Christmas donations will help us with our bills. Your generosity to the parish is none other than taking care of your own family- spiritual family. God Bless.

Confession Times: Our parish Penance Service will take place this Sunday, the 14th, at 7:00 pm at Church. Next Saturday, Dec. 20, both priests will be hearing confessions at 96th and Q from 2:30 - 4:30 pm. Then on Sunday, Dec. 21 we will hear confessions 7:00 - 8:30 pm at Lakeview.

Many thanks: I'd like to thank the Men's Club for allowing the combining of their Santa Breakfast with the Stewardship. I thought it was a grand atmosphere with many happy people coming together to enjoy a nice breakfast, check out how to share their time with the parish and see the kids with Santa. I thought it was all a wonderful success. The aroma of bacon made for an invitation all by itself. Hmmmm, brainstorm!! ... bacon incense... now there's a thought.
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Living Nativity
The Youth Ministry will present a Living Nativity on Sunday, December 21 from 5:30-7:30pm at 78th and Lakeview. Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy the story of Christmas.
St Gerald Choir CD
Our choir has just 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.
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Guardian Angel Auction and Dinner
Save the date! St. Gerald's Guardian Angel Dinner and Auction will be held on February 14, 2015. We invite you to be a part of this memorable event! Please consider donating an item to be auctioned, such as a themed basket or gift card, supporting as a business sponsor, advertiser, or other monetary donation. For a wish list of Auction items and more details, please visit our website at www.stgerald.org/guardianangel.html. Please contact us with questions at angie.gallagher@conagrafoods.com or 402-660-0738.

Angie Gallagher and Jen Tselentis
2015 Auction Chairs
Business Office Holiday Closings
Office closes at 11:30am on Dec 24.
Office closed Dec 25 and 26.
Office closes at 11:30am on Dec 31.
Office closed Jan 1 and 2.
Fr. Korte in Italy
Fr. Korte shares his pictures and stories from his trip to Italy.

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
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.

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