St. Gerald Lenten Mission - March 17-20, 2019
Did you miss part or all of our parish mission? It is not too late! Watch the playlist of talks in which Deacon Ralph Poyo shared engaging content meant to help transform our lives and our parish. He is the founder of New Evangelization Ministries. Deacon Ralph travels the country preaching parish missions, training leaders, and is passionate about bringing people and churches into closer relationship with the Lord!
Communications Moving to Flocknote
We have a lot of amazing things going on here at St. Gerald. And we have many ministries and events to help you Encounter Jesus, Make Disciples and Transform Lives. We want to make sure it's as easy as possible for every parishioner to be involved and connected to it all.
St. Gerald is moving to a new and improved way of communicating that will make it much simpler for you to get the information you want from us! It’s powered by a service called Flocknote. This is all totally free for you to use. Take a couple minutes to sign up
and Flocknote lets you receive email and/or text messages from only the groups and ministries that you choose.
NOTE: If you are signed up to receive our eNewsletters, your email will be transferred to Flocknote. Phone numbers will not transfer, so you will need to set up text message preferences. If you have questions, contact Kelly O'Donnell at the Parish Office.
ArchOmaha UNITE - Registration OPEN
Thousands of people have already registered for the ArchOmaha Unite event, but there’s still room in the CHI Health Arena for you! Space is limited and registration is free, so we recommend you register early. For more information about the event or to register, go to Unite - dot - ArchOmaha - dot - org. Did You Know… That the Parish who registers the highest percentage of their Mass attendees for Unite gets reserved VIP seating in the arena? That means there will be no need to get there early to get good seats because you’ll have the best seats in the house! And, there will be no need to save seats between sessions. Register now and help the entire parish snag great seats!
UNITE Q&A: “How much do tickets cost?”
The Archdiocese of Omaha values your presence so much that admission to Unite is free. That's right - FREE! Youth and Adult attendees must preregister online individually prior to the event; admission is subject to space and availability. Out-of-town attendees may take advantage of a group hotel room rate at the Hilton Omaha, across the street from the CHI Health Center.
Fasting for Freedom: A Parish-Wide Lenten Fast
The word “Lent” means “springtime”. Lent is all about getting our hearts and minds ready (a “spiritual spring cleaning”) so that we might experience the fullness of our baptism, which is the joy and freedom of a new “spiritual” springtime won for us by the death and resurrection of Jesus.
As disciples of Christ, our Lord and His Church have given us the very tools that will dispose us to receive such a joy and freedom, and that is through prayer, fasting, and almsgiving (stewardship).
Scripture tells us that this freedom is an “interior” freedom. Knowing God’s love for us personally, liberates us from the very shackles of sin and its deadly effects, such as anxiety and fear. It is a freedom, given to us through the gift of the Holy Spirit, that then enables us to experience a true and lasting joy and peace, even in the midst of our greatest sufferings (Phil. 4:4).
If you and your family would like to know this freedom more fully, then please join us by simply signing up for one day of fasting during this Lenten season.
The type of fast will be entirely up to you. Maybe it’s a strict fast of just bread and water or water alone. Or maybe, along with water, it is having only one meal for a day, known as an intermittent fast. All this of course must be combined with a time (30 minutes to an hour) alone with our Lord in prayer, possibly before our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. All this is left entirely up to your own discernment. Thank you for giving this your prayerful consideration. And may the good Lord, through our prayer and Lenten sacrifices united with His most holy Sacrifice on our altars at Mass, grant our entire parish the transformation and freedom He so deeply desires to give to each of us.
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Alpha Food Donations
One of the integral parts of each Alpha session is a shared meal of all the guests and Alpha team members. Food donations by our Alpha alumni and parishioners help to defray the costs of each meal for the 12 weeks.
Weekly emails sent through Sign-up Genius allow you to see what food items are needed for that week. Food donations can be brought to the Fellowship Hall when you come to church that weekend, or dropped off on Sunday afternoon by 4:15 PM.
If you are interested in donating food or have any questions, please contact Jean Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 402-331-7524.
Please prayerfully consider answering the call of discipleship for the upcoming Alpha session.
Article Suggestions from Father Mark
Please consider committing to 1 hour of Adoration / week. You can go to the link above & click weekly commitment if you'd like to commit to an hour of prayer weekly. This web application allows scheduled adorers to find a subs very easily. If you cannot be an adorer at the time, then please sign up to be a sub using the link above.
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FR MICHAEL TUTORIAL VIDEO
Father Mark's Homily About Our New Vision and Mission
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