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Welcome to Saint Gerald Catholic Church
Summer Server Party
Mark your calendars...Friday, August 1....we are going to go to Fun Plex and then have a cook out. Approximate times: We will begin around 1:00 pm and end with the supper cookout at a location to be determined. Parents will deliver their children to Fun Plex at 1:00 pm and come and pick them up to transport them to the Lakeview property for our cookout at 5:00 pm, then we will be finished about 6pm. I will need Safe Environment Certified parents to help supervise. Email invites will be sent and the bulletin/website will carry more information and registration/permission form. All you servers, especially those who participated in the Corpus Christi Procession, have done such a fine job and I want to say thanks. All costs are covered for the servers. You, however, will have to pay for anything you buy at Fun Plex. Your entrance fee is covered. Download and return the attached permission form.
From the Pastor's DeskWe welcome Emily Martinez: She is a member of our parish and is a recent graduate from UNL. She is now a Focus Missionary. She will witness to us her faith journey next Sunday at our Masses at 96th and Q. The Deacons will preach the homilies next weekend and will provide the beginning words in our common call to be Evangelizers.
Kitchen Upgrades: It appears we might have the kitchen done before the school year begins. We are getting a new center counter with room for the mixer and microwave oven and it will have built in electrical plugs. The new stove will have convection ovens. We are getting an ice machine and a new dishwasher with a special cool down cycle that will eliminate the need for a hood. We are putting in some new shelving in the storage room and moving the freezer out to the kitchen area. We are getting a coffee maker for use at all parish functions that use the gym. We are improving the Heating and AC in the kitchen with new controls (the same unit takes care of the conference room AND the kitchen so with some special controls the kitchen will be better regulated). We are getting some carts for the microwave ovens in the gym area with an upgrade on the electrical so we can run three or four of them at once. There are few other odds and ends and perhaps the money raised by the Angel Auction will cover all of this. A final note: Gym Ceiling Painting: This project began on July 21 and will be completed on August 1. This project is paid for by the Home and School and the Men's Club.
Choir News: Welcome back Mary Clare Mendick. Mary Clare had a Doctor recommended time off to rest and improve her health. She is back. She asked to be able to share responsibilities with Kim Brokke and so from here on out, Kim and Mary Clare will work together to provide the same quality of music you have come to expect. Kim and Mary Clare, when Mary Clare was in charge of the Grade School Music program, worked together in that capacity. So we welcome Kim to this new leadership role. With this seamless transition those who share their musical talent are hereby supported in their role and are thus shown appreciation for their time and talent. Thank you for all you do for the parish. God bless Kim and Mary Clare in your continuing role of Liturgical Leadership for St. Gerald. Fr. Korte
Can you believe it: School starts on August 18. Teachers begin on August 13 with the first installment of the School of Faith. Here is their mission statement: School of Faith is a public association of the faithful that provides ongoing adult catechesis throughout the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas. In the Fall of 2013, we will also be providing ongoing formation to the Catholic school teachers in the Archdiocese of Omaha and the Diocese of Des Moines. School of Faith offers doctrinal and spiritual formation for Catholics through catechetical programs that stress the call to prayer, virtue, and holiness of life, with a particular emphasis on mentoring those who have the responsibility to teach the faith to others. The Pillars of the program are four:
1. Intellectual formation
2. Interior formation or Spirituality
3. Community and friendship
4. Apostolate or Application
The program is ongoing for three years and involves the faculty in formation about 8 times throughout the year, 3-4 hours each time. This program is paid for by the Capital Campaign which we just finished in our parish: Ignite the Faith for the Archdiocese and Forging a future of faith in our parish.
Thanks: To all who came to my 60th B-day party. Special thanks to the Bobby Lane Orchestra for sharing their talent and making this a great celebration. Thanks also to all who organized and worked with the food, refreshments, etc. God bless you all. I was on retreat this week at Broomtree, SD: July 21- July 28. There was a core committee that worked on this party and since I do not know who all helped....I just will mention you by group and thank you for your care for me personally.
Eagle Scout Project: An Eagle Scout's project for the benefit of the Salvation Army is accepting donations of personal care products such as soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, and washcloths. Bags will be handed out on the weekend of Aug 9 & 10 and collected the following weekend. For more info contact Sean Manley with Troop 377 at 402-592-2725.
Friends on QWednesday August 27th in Fellowship Hall 96th & Q 6pm. Cost is $8 per person for members and $10 for non members this includes meal and 4 bingo cards. Reservations must be in by Tuesday, August 19th. Money may be put in collection basket in a separate envelope
marked Friends on Q or sent or taken to church office. Questions call Janet Rentko 402-339-7910.
New Parish Directory PhotosTake advantage of multiple discounts when you sign up for your church directory photo. Lifetouch is offering a 20% senior citizen discount, a $10 coupon discount and another $5 discount when you bring a canned, boxed or packaged food item for our local food pantry. See the volunteers in the back of the church this weekend or click here for more information. If you'd like more help, call Judy Haug, 402 -593-9378 Lifetouch policy is No Pressure Sales.
Hosts/hostesses are needed during our photograph sessions . If you can help for a session, call Tammy Fonfara, 402-339-1389.
A military page will be included in our church directory. If you have a family member currently serving in the military and would like to have him/her pictured, please contact Sharon Bissen, 402-991-1836.
Corpus Christi Procession
Click Here to see more pictures of the event.
EMHC and Lector TrainingIf you would like to serve as an EMHC or Lector, you need to attend one training session and the mandation. To serve at St. Gerald Parish, you also need to be a registered member of the parish.
Aug 10 St Columbkille 1:30-4:30pm
Aug 12: St Leo 7-10pm
Aug 18: St Vincent de Paul 7-10pm
Sept 4: St Cecilia Cathedral 7pm
Names must be submitted by July 30, 2014 to the business office.
Forging a Future of Faith Campaign
Prayer for the success of our campaignDear 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.
Communion to Shut-InsIf 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.
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.
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.
Learn more about the St. Gerald's Vocation Committee, join the 31 Club and read the monthly reflection on vocations. Click here...
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