Omaha Gives! is a one-day online fundraising event organized by the Omaha Community Foundation and held on May 24 to raise support for nonprofits in Douglas, Sarpy, and Pottawattamie Counties. It is a community-wide event to show off the area's spirit of giving, raise awareness about local nonprofits, and celebrate the collective effort it takes to make this city great. Since 2013, this community give-together has raised over $27 million for 789 nonprofits!
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Our Lady of Fatima
Excitement builds... an epic journey, a critical message that must be spread! Our Lady of Fatima tours America - coming to St. Gerald's on May 30, 2017. Get the word out! Check here every week for a new video and visit this page
to see previous videos, see a schedule of events for May 30, find out about an opportunity for a plenary indulgence, and more!
St. 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!
June 26-39, M-F 9:00am to 2:30pm for students entering grades 1-6. Cost is $20 per student, or $50 per family. Use the attached registration form and sign your student up today!
New Director of Stewardship and Development
Please extend a warm welcome to TJ Ernst, our newly-hired Director of Stewardship and Development. TJ will be joining our parish staff on May 15th. As Director, TJ will be responsible for the creation and implementation of a comprehensive stewardship and development program to secure the financial resources required to support, sustain and enhance the ministries and programs of St. Gerald church and school. TJ was formerly a Senior Campaign Manager at the Steier Group and, as you may recall, was a vital part of the success of our own Ignite the Faith Campaign.
Born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, TJ Ernst attended St. James Seton and Omaha Central. After graduating high school in 1997, he started working for Hewlett-Packard. During his sixteen years with HP, he spent ten years in logistics project management. TJ earned a bachelor’s degree in business management and a master’s degree in business administration, both from Bellevue University. He spent almost four years at the Steier Group as a fundraising and development consultant before joining the St. Gerald’s family. Married to his wife Lindsay for twelve years, they have three children together, Caleb 11, Adrienne 9 and Josie 3. Lindsay’s background is elementary education and finds her passion in homeschooling their three children. TJ and his family are members of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton.
Crucified and Resurrected Sculptures of Jesus
Dear Members of St. Gerald,
Many of you have probably already noticed that the sculpture of the resurrected Christ has now been erected in the narthex of the church. Traditionally, of course, the resurrected Christ was erected on the wall behind the main altar in the church, while the crucified Christ remained in storage, except for the season of Lent. After consulting with our parish council and several other parishioners, and with the permission of Lou and Kathy D'Ercole, the donors of the resurrected Christ, I have decided to permanently erect both of these breath-taking sculptures in our church so that all of us can enjoy their beauty year-round.
In making this difficult decision, and with the feedback of other parishioners, I had to decide where it would be most appropriate to erect these beautiful sculptures. Many of you are old enough to remember that the "Mass" was commonly known as the "Holy Sacrifice of the Mass". At every Mass, the sacrifice of Christ on Calvary is renewed. It is one and the same sacrifice He made for us over two thousand years ago, and is now made present to us (sacramentally) on our altars. The only difference now is that His perpetual offering of Himself, in giving us His Body and Blood, is an unbloody
sacrifice, but it is still the same sacrifice. We, on our part, and as His disciples, are there to unite our own sacrificial offering of ourselves with His sacrificial offering for the salvation of souls, including our own. That is why the Catholic Church has traditionally erected crucifixes in our sanctuaries near our altars. The crucifix is a beautiful reminder to all of us of the great mystery we are not only witnessing on our altars, but partaking of as well. And that is why, traditionally, the Church has always required that the crucified
Christ be erected in our sanctuaries near the altar, even outside the celebration of the Mass (General Instruction of the Roman Missal, # 308)
. And, so, that is why I felt it was most appropriate to permanently erect our crucified Lord behind the altar. Jesus' sacrificial offering of Himself is not merely a Lenten reality, but is a reality for all times and for all places. It is a reality we celebrate, not just during the season of Lent, but throughout the entire year every time we come to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.
The most appropriate place for the resurrected Christ, on the other hand, seemed to me to be in the narthex of the church. This joyful image of the resurrected Christ will still be very visible to us in our church, and it is a beautiful reminder of the mandate Jesus gave each us as He ascended to His Father and ours. And that mandate is to "go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations.
And that He would be with [us] always, until the end of the age"
Having both sculptures on permanent display also reminds us that we cannot have one without the other. As a disciple of Christ, you and I can only share in the glorious victory and joy of the Resurrection to the degree we are willing to share in His suffering and death. In other words, no cross, no glory!
As we approach Holy Week, may the good Lord grant each of us a renewed love for the cross, and a greater courage to take it up with Him for the salvation of our souls and the souls of countless others! May our union with the passion and death of our Lord Jesus Christ lead each of us to the glory and unlimited joy of His resurrection! And may our risen Lord, crucified for our sins, bless each of you and your families in abundance this Easter season!
In the Victorious Lamb,
Fair Trade Sales
The St. Gerald Fair Trade committee will hold coffee and tea sales in the narthex after Mass on the third Sunday each month. Working with Catholic Relief Services,the money raised by these sales goes to support farmers and artisans in developing countries and provides them a fair living wage.
By supporting our brothers and sisters through your purchases, you are performing a Corporal Work of Mercy!
Spiritual Book Club
Bonni Pulte, 402-658-6179, firstname.lastname@example.org
This group meets on the third Thursday of the month at 10:00 a.m. at one of the members home. We have a wonderful group of women and would welcome more. The books planned are:
Jan. 19, 2017 – My Sisters the Saints by Colleen Carroll Campbell (Chapters 1 – 4)
Feb. 16, 2017 – My Sisters the Saints by Colleen Carroll Campbell (Chapters 5 – 6)
Mar. 16, 2017 – I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai (Part I & II)
Apr. 20, 2017 – I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai (Part III to end)
May 18, 2017 – Short Stories by Jesus by Amy-Jill Levine
June 15, 2017 – Short Stories by Jesus by Amy-Jill Levine
July 20, 2017 – Any Saint Biography
Aug. 17, 2017 – Any Saint Biography
Sep. 21, 2017 – Peace Like a River by Lief Enger
Oct. 19, 2017 – The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis
Nov. 16, 2017 – Peter Keys to Following Jesus by Tim Gray
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