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Welcome to Saint Gerald Catholic Church
From the Pastor's DeskThank You: Many people have come forward to wish me their sympathy and condolences over the death of my Mom. I want to thank you for your kind sentiments and for your prayers and good wishes. It's amazing being on the receiving end of a funeral especially when it is one's own parent. As I have offered often to families who have lost their last parent, they are now the oldest generation. There is frailty, fragility and responsibility all wrapped up in that experience. Mom lived a good long life but she had been talking about and thinking about death for a good long time. Her 100th was a wonderful event. Once again, thank you.
This is a BIG Weekend! It marks the advent of LENT... how's that for bringing the two purple seasons together?
First Friday: March 7: Our Devotions take place at the Lakeview Chapel. We begin with Exposition after the 9:00 am mass and continue throughout the day with a closing service at 2:30 pm. If you want to come and spend time with the Lord this day then you need to check in at the school office and enter the chapel through the school. You are more than welcome to join the kids for the closing service at 2:30. It is really beautiful and the kids are so reverent, respectful and they look forward to it each month.
Yes We do have a Mission This Year: John Michael Talbot will be coming to our parish to conduct a Mission March 23-25, Sunday through Tuesday. "God gave me a vision of itinerant ministry going from parish to parish in a time of great need in our culture. I believe that our current ministry is fulfilling that vision. The Catholic Church has nearly died in recent years, but God is raising us to new life in Christ if we will but accept it. We are rebuilding the church one parish at a time, and renewing hearts one life at a time!" John Michael Talbot is one of the most active motivational ministers traveling over nine months per year throughout the world inspiring and renewing the faith of Christians of all denominations through sacred music, inspired teaching and motivational speaking. We couple Talbot's Mission with 40 Hours Eucharistic Adoration like we have done in the past two Missions.
Lent is coming soonAsh Wednesday is March 5. Once again this year we will encourage the use of the sacrament of reconciliation by all our parishioners. Only by encountering the mercy of God can we hope to have a deeper personal relationship with the Lord. Confessions will be heard from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm at both churches each Thursday during the Season of Lent. March 6, 13, 20, 27, April 3 and 10. With this schedule we will have fewer times for confession just before Easter. So, plan on coming to the sacrament sometime during Lent on one of these Thursdays. I hope to have a parish Penance service on Tuesday of Holy Week but right now I am having a hard time getting priests to help.
Ash Wednesday Mass Schedule:
March 5: 96th & Q, 7am, 8:15am, 12:15pm and 6pm
March 5: Lakeview, 9am (school mass) and 7pm
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.
Thank you Gene and JudyHelp Our Parish Educate
Thanks to everyone who contributed to St. Gerald education programs by purchasing from the H.O.P.E. program in 2013. Your willingness to support the program resulted in sales of $760,110.00 and a profit of $31,807.00 in 2013. The H.O.P.E. program was able to contribute $35,000.00 in August toward the purchase of the new playground equipment installed last summer. This year the goal is to contribute funds for security systems planned in the school.
Hy-Vee helped raise over $1,000.00 for the playground fund by volunteering to place coin boxes at their registers through August, 2013. St. Gerald School will also receive over $1,375.00 from the Hy-Vee register receipts. Congratulations to everyone who turned in receipts and to Judy Haug for her work in that program.
In 2014, we H.O.P.E. everyone is motivated to stay involved or get involved with the program. As you know, a campaign will be conducted in 2014 to raise funds for needed school upgrades. With everyone's involvement, the H.O.P.E. program could do so much more to help with that effort. Although 2013 sales increased by over $60,00.00 from 2012, profits were down, the result of Hy-Vee, our largest seller, decreasing their contribution form 5% to 3%. With money tight in everyone's budgets can we afford to not take advantage of free money? In the last 5 years, the H.O.P.E. program has raised over $115,000.00 to help offset tuition costs and contribute to educational needs. This was accomplished without costing students, their parents or parishioners a cent. Thanks for your help, keep up the good work.
Judy & Gene Steimle, H.O.P.E. Coordinators.
TOTUS TUUS Returns to St. Gerald July 6-11, 2014Registration will begin May 7th for the children belonging to St. Gerald Parish only. You may print the registration & medical release forms May 7th and thereafter using the links below.
Medical Release Form
Elementary School Registration
Middle/High School Registration
Students entering 1st - 6th grades in the fall
July 7-11 from 9am-3pm
$20 per child for the week or $50 per family for the week.
Students entering 7th - 12th grades in the fall
July 6 -10 from 7:30-9:40
$5 per student per night or $20 per student for the week.
Registration deadline is June 27th.
For more information please contact Mary Harper @ 402-331-1955 or email @ email@example.com
Financial Report Questions And AnswersRecently the Finance committee was asked several questions about our financial report and financial decision making process. Click on the attached PDF document to see the questions and answers. This will hopefully clarify some things. Thanks for the interest. We all want to be good stewards and it begins with a truly generous heart.
Campaign 2013 - Planning for a Brighter FutureOur buildings that were constructed over 50 years ago have served us well. But they are showing their wear, the heat pipes are clogging more often, the bathroom fixtures are chipped and showing real wear and rust. Roofing and windows need replacing. Air quality and heating and AC have been improved in places but we do not have a total system that works. In the winter in one classroom you can find all the windows open because it is so hot and next door the kids are wearing their coats. What passed as an excellent facility when it was built---needs serious upgrade so that it can serve to the expectations of a school in 2013.
Much of parish life is concentrated here at the Lakeview Site. School, Religious Formation, Recovery groups, Meetings, Masses, Athletics, Dramas and Musicals, Wedding Receptions and Dances, School Lunch, Parish Office, Counseling and Marriage Preparation and more meetings. St. Gerald's straddles the line between the old parishes and their rundown structures and the new ones out west with their modern accessible features. I guess we are at a point of asking...which group should we resemble the most?
A committee with the assistance of architects from BCDM, spent many hours looking at what we have and what we will need to function well into the next half century. Click on the attached PDF document to see the presentation given to parishioners detailing the committee's findings.
Prayer For The UnbornHeavenly Father, You created us in Your own image, and You desire that not even the least among us should perish. In Your love for us, You entrusted Your only Son to the Holy Virgin Mary. Now in Your love, protect against the wickedness of the devil, those little ones to whom You have given the gift of life.
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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