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Welcome to Saint Gerald Catholic Church
Totus Tuus ReturnsSt. Gerald's summer catechetical program, Totus Tuus, is returning this summer! A visiting team of seminarians and college students from across the country bring this program to Omaha, including catechetical instruction, songs & games, daily mass, reconciliation, lunch, recess, and more!
Day Session, June 8-12, 9am-3pm.
Evening Session, June 7th-11th.
Registration forms can be downloaded below:
Elementary School Registration Form
Middle/High School Registration Form
Medical Release Form
From the Pastor's DeskHunger Doesn't Take a Break: We took up this collection several weeks ago. It goes to our local Catholic Charities to help with their food bank. We collected $4650 towards this. Many Thanks. The envelopes for this collection are still in the two churches.
The Vital Importance of the Family as a Home for the Faith: (continued from last 2 weeks) Our Catholic Schools today do a great job of educating kids, helping them learn and love to learn. We seek to integrate our Catholic Faith into each and every class setting. But if this is not happening at home then it's just an expensive way to educate kids. I have come to believe that it is the responsibility of the Church and therefore the School to enter into the formation of the Family. The Children become the means of getting this done. It's the parents I really want to affect, evangelize, catechize and form. Like Pope Benedict wrote, The Christian family has always been the first way of transmitting the faith and still today retains great possibilities for evangelization in many areas. When it comes to the faith, it is the one thing that cannot be delegated. You can find help and the Catholic School is a great help but it is the parent's personal responsibility. (to be continued... full text in upcoming SpiritLink)
Corpus Christi Procession: Things that after 30 years in the priesthood still amaze me. There are things that annoy me (a form of amazement) but I just shake my head and go on with my life. Some things I just can't change. Amazement still is part of my faith in what happens at each mass when Jesus becomes present for us in a way that only faith can grasp. Why do I not even grasp this mystery more firmly and realize that this is my Savior, my Lord, my Redeemer, my God that takes off the cloak of His power and glory to some and be with us in the form of simple bread and wine. Amazing! When one participates in a Corpus Christi Procession it is like a physical expression of the Baptismal Promises we make in a verbal way. To walk with Jesus is to say first of all to oneself, "I believe, I profess, I trust... in you my Lord." Secondly it says to others that this Jesus is worth a small walk, a short amble and He is worth to me so much more... He is my all. My life is pointless without Him. Parents, this is a perfect way for you to witness your faith to your children... they who are still easily fascinated and amazed will see in this a window to God and you will be that window.
1) A people trolley will be available for any of you who want to ride all or part of the way.
2) So far we have 20 servers signed up.
3) Nick Steinbach, Ken True and Rob Mendick are working together to provide the pick-ups, trolley, and PA.
4) John True is in charge of the Ushers. These people will help with hospitality at the church before and after and others will help with guiding the procession-wearing security vests.
5) Verl Squire is in charge of the canopy carriers. These men, dressed in black trousers and white shirts, will carry the canopy for a portion of the procession.
6) The Squires will distribute flyers to the homes in front of which our procession will be passing. They will distribute them this week.
7) Ralston police have been contacted and will once again provide escort.
8) Joan Squire is working with the four parishioner homes along the route where we will be stopping. She will be working with those who have volunteers to help with decorating the altars and area around the site.
9) Vici Hegarty, Judy Morrison and Kathy Goodman are helping with preparations for banners and server gowns.
10) The Social Committee and strong armed male ice cream scoopers will be working together to get the root beer floats ready for serving on Saturday afternoon.
11) Jennifer Tselentis is working to recruit and inform the Grade School parents, especially the second grade families) to come to the procession.
12) Word of mouth is still the best way to invite.
13) Others on the committee have been present on the weekend at the tables encouraging your participation.
The Land of Lakes Choirboys of Minnesota, "Minnesota's Singing Boys", will present a concert of sacred and secular music on June 15, 2015 at 7:30 pm. The concert will be hosted by St. Gerald Parish and it will take place at St. Gerald Church at 9602 Q St, Omaha, NE. A free-will offering will be taken.
The Land of Lakes Choirboys believes in developing boys through the discipline of music. Their extensive training, based on the Royal School of Church Music's Voice for Life program, trains the boys in the areas of music theory, sight-singing and ear training, and intense vocal studies. But it's their joy of singing, sparkling stage presence, and their ability to engage the audience that sets this Minnesota choir apart from the rest. Now in its fourth decade and the recipient of many national and international awards, the choir auditions young boys from ordinary small-town backgrounds and trains them to perform complicated musical works with sensitivity and artistry.
Their training can begin as young as five years old and may continue through voice change at which time they are encouraged to join the Land of Lakes Men's Chorus. In addition to their musical studies, the boys are taught about leadership, appropriate behavior, and traditional manners. The choir's motto is "Music, Respect and Honor" and the boys, as they grow into fine young men, come to understand how important this motto is in life.
The Land of Lakes Choirboys performs for audiences around the world. The organization has travels through all of the United States with exception of Alaska and through many countries around the world. Locally, the choir performs an average of 20 concerts each season. The choir believes strongly in programming music that is appealing to its audiences. They perform music by the great masters of Bach, Schubert, Strauss and more. They also perform music from Broadway, Folksongs from around the world and other inspiring selections that promise to leave their audiences with a song in their heart. Their performance in our community will include Music from around the world.
The Land of Lakes Choirboys' mission is to enrich the lives of boys by teaching excellence in choral music and self-discipline. Learn more about the choirboys at www.lolcb.org. Come enjoy the wonderful sound of "angel voices" as the Land of Lakes Choirboys lift your soul with their gift of music.
Omaha Gives - Donate to St. Gerald
Omaha Gives! is an annual 24-hour charitable challenge to benefit metro-area nonprofits. This 24 hour community give-together was May 20th. Did you miss it? It is not too late to donate! Your gift to St. Gerald Catholic Church would be very appreciated! Click here or scan the QR code with your mobile phone to give!
Prayer for Family FormationPrayer 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.
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
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 - email@example.com.
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
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.
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.
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