Ralston, NE

St. Gerald News and Information


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Welcoming new Youth Coordinator and Liturgical Music Leaders

One of the beauties of our Catholic tradition is that we embrace a variety of different styles of music and worship for a Church that has such a diversity of individuals, peoples and cultures. In an effort to bolster our youth program at St. Gerald and to give our youth the opportunity to get involved in our Sunday Liturgies, we will be introducing a more contemporary style of music and worship at our noon Mass on Sundays. To assist in this effort, we are also excited to introduce to you our new part-time youth coordinator, Kelly O'Donnell, who along with a team of parish volunteers will be implementing some new programs for our youth. Also, many thanks to our former youth coordinator, Dan Wees, for his wonderful work with our youth these past several months. Dan will still be a part of our volunteer youth team.

So, beginning on the first Sunday of Advent, and alternating from week to week, we will be introducing four new members to our noon choir who will be leading us in music and worship. Please give a warm welcome to our new youth coordinator and Liturgical music leaders.

Youth Coordinator
My name is Kelly O'Donnell. I was born and raised in Omaha, NE. As a youth I attended Christ the King Parish and have spent a majority of my adult years at St. Patrick's-Elkhorn. I was a Religious Formation catechist for over a decade and taught 2nd grade and Confirmation.

During my time at St. Patrick's, I had the privilege of serving the youth of our parish as an active volunteer for SPY (St. Patrick's Youth). I have also served on the Core Team at St. Stephen the Martyr and assisted with their Life Teen youth ministry.

God has blessed me with three amazing boys; Ryan (21), Collin (18) and Isaac (15). These young men have helped bring me closer to Christ and challenge me in new and exciting ways, every day.

I am passionate about my Catholic faith and I am excited to give the youth of St. Gerald's a new way to encounter Christ and grow in holiness.

Liturgical Music Leaders
Mark Nelson and his wife, Tracy, have three children. They are new to St. Gerald's this year and excited to be here. Mark spent 10+ years working in youth ministry and other Catholic ministry settings. For the past few years he has been a stay-at-home dad and is now finding ways to be more active in the ministry of the Church again. Mark loves worshiping God through music and is looking forward to playing guitar and singing with you at Holy Mass!

Erin Keller is new to St. Gerald, but not to liturgical music. She began playing guitar for her third grade class's weekly mass and has participated in liturgical choirs and on worship teams ever since. Her greatest desire is to make Christ known and loved, and her favorite way to do that is through music. Erin is excited for the opportunity to minister to God's heart with our community through the 12 o'clock mass worship team. Erin is a wife of 25 years and a mother of five.

Joey Bastian is a Pennsylvania native who moved to Nebraska when was just 8 years old. He went to high school at Mt. Michael Benedictine school where he discovered his vocation to be a music minister and continued to minister throughout his college career at Creighton where he graduated in May of 2016. Today he resides in Benson and his home parish is St. Vincent de Paul church in Omaha where he leads music for the 5pm Sunday mass.

Kim Becker has been participating in parish music ministry at various Omaha area parishes for over 30 years, including St. John's (Valley, NE), Mary Our Queen, and St. Philip Neri. She is also grateful to have had the opportunity to be a part of the worship team for many area prayer events in the area. She is the wife of Bob Becker and they have 10 children and 11 grandchildren. She looks forward to serving the parish community of St. Gerald's.

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!

St. Gerald Choir CD Sale!

Available at the H.O.P.E. office or in the Music Room after all Masses


Prayer for Family Formation

Prayer 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.

Why Saint Gerald Catholic School?

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Mission Statement
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.

Parish Goals
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.
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