ST. GERALD

CATHOLIC CHURCH

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ArchOmaha UNITE - Registration NOW OPEN

It's a new year, with new beginnings, and new opportunities for grace! St. Gerald is excited to announce that Unite registration for youth and adults is NOW OPEN! Read on to learn more about Jim Gaffigan - the comedian bringing his hilarious takes on food, faith, and life with five kids to the ArchOmaha Unite main stage next June.

SPOTLIGHT ON: Jim Gaffigan
A comedian at a Catholic event? And not just any comedian - Grammy-nominated comedian, actor, writer, best-selling author and hot pocket-lover Jim Gaffigan! A Catholic father of five known for family-friendly jokes, Jim performed for Pope Francis at the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia in 2015. His hilarious takes on food, faith, and life with kids will bring notes of lighthearted joy to our celebration. Don’t miss the opportunity to catch him live at ArchOmaha Unite!

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.

Register TODAY

School of Prayer

Click on image to pop up a full sized version of this image. In Mt. 21:13, Jesus tells us that “My house shall be a house of prayer”. You and I, by virtue of our baptism into Christ, are now God’s house, God’s dwelling place, God’s temple of the Holy Spirit. In Lk. 11:1, one of Jesus’s disciples said, “Lord, teach us how to pray just as John taught his disciples.” God created us for Himself, that we might come to know Him and the profound love that He has for each of us. As disciples of Jesus, it is absolutely essential that we be deeply grounded in Him (in Love) through a life of prayer. For without Him we can do nothing (Jn. 15:5)!
If you would like to grow in your relationship with Jesus through a life of prayer, please join Fr. Mark every first Saturday of the month beginning Saturday, February 2nd at the Lakeview chapel following the 8:15 Mass. Please bring a journal and pen.

Direction for our Times

Click on image to pop up a full sized version of this image. God is always trying to reach us. Sometimes, God even chooses people in the Church to receive special messages or private revelations from Heaven. On Sat. Jan 19th from 9-3pm, a woman by the name of Anne, the Lay Apostle, is coming to our parish from Ireland. Anne has received messages from Jesus, Mary, and the Saints. Anne was also taken by Jesus to visit Heaven and Purgatory. You can learn more about her on our parish website. Join us on Jan 19th: the FULL DAY registration is $25 with lunch provided. If you can’t make the whole day then just stop by for a portion of the day.

Alpha Food Donations

Click on image to pop up a full sized version of this image. Plans are being finalized for the upcoming Alpha session starting January 27. 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 stgeraldalpha@gmail.com or 402-331-7524.

Please prayerfully consider answering the call of discipleship for the upcoming Alpha session.

Article Suggestions from Father Mark


MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

Click on image to pop up a full sized version of this image. MARCH 17-20, 2019

St. Gerald’s has a Lenten Parish Mission planned! Join us each of the four evenings as Deacon Ralph Poyo shares engaging content meant to help transform our lives and our parish! Each night’s presentation will start at 7:00 PM, but feel free to come at 6:30 PM for music and prayer.

Deacon Ralph is the founder of New Evangelization Ministries. He travels the country preaching parish missions, training leaders, and is passionate about bringing people and churches into closer relationship with the Lord!

St. Gerald Advent Retreat - Saturday, December 1

Click on image to pop up a full sized version of this image. The Advent and Christmas seasons are upon us. Similar to Lent, the Advent season is a time of interior preparation in joyful anticipation of God's gift of new Life. The message of Advent, "Prepare the Way", is an urgent and ageless message and certainly a message for our times. It is a call to conversion, to discipleship and to preparedness for the coming of Christ who longs to enter more deeply into our hearts. Please join Fr. Mark as we take a closer look at our interior life and how we can experience more fully the birthing of God's incarnate love (Jesus) within our hearts each and every day. You can watch the videos of Father Mark's talks by using the links below:

Anchors Aweigh Soiree

Click on image to pop up a full sized version of this image. Do you have relationships with or are you familiar with local businesses that may be interested in underwriting the Guardian Angel Auction or being a corporate sponsor? There are many opportunities for businesses, in any amount, to advertise their business or become an event sponsor.

Guardian Angel Auction Sponsor Form

Perpetual Adoration

Click on image to pop up a full sized version of this image. 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.

SIGN UP FOR ADORATION

FR MICHAEL TUTORIAL VIDEO

Walk in the Footsteps of Jesus

A pilgrimage to the Holy Land will be led by Fr. Mark Nolte, pastor of St. Gerald church in Omaha, Nebraska. The dates are from June 10-19, 2019. We will visit the major holy sites in the Holy Land with Mass every day.

For more details about the pilgrimage, click here. To reach our tour contact, Imad Qumsieh, or Fr. Mark, please contact the parish office.

The cost will be $2750.00 + airfare (~ $1200.00) from Omaha to the Holy Land. For those who do sign up and express an interest, we will have an informational presentation at St. Gerald on Thursday, January 3, at 7 PM in the Fellowship Hall, 96th and Q. Imad will cover the details of the pilgrimage.

Ready to join Fr. Mark in the Holy Land?
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Father Mark's Homily About Our New Vision and Mission


New Vision and Mission for St. Gerald Parish

Vision:
Encountering Jesus · Making Disciples · Transforming Lives

Mission:
Led by the Holy Spirit, we are a Catholic community of faith whose primary purpose is to know Jesus, to love Him, and to serve Him in serving others. Sent to make disciples, we invite and welcome everyone to come and share our Master's joy.

We are witnessing an exciting moment in the history of our parish! On Monday, May 14, over one hundred parish staff and ministry leaders gathered the Fellowship Hall for the unveiling of our new vision and mission. During this time, Fr. Mark introduced the leadership team who helped him craft the new vision and mission statements.

The evening included prayer, praise and worship and small group discussions. Some attendees gave a short testimony on the spiritual renewal they have witnessed within our parish in recent times. Many found comfort in learning that our new vision and mission align with the Archbishop’s vision and mission for the Archdiocese of Omaha.

The parish staff and ministry leaders are excited and anxious to get started on this great undertaking Fr. Mark has developed alongside his leadership team. Stay tuned as we continue to communicate our progress towards implementing this new vision and mission into the framework of our parish and all its ministries.

If you missed the leadership summit, please view the video taken that evening:

Encountering Jesus: 2018 Lenten Retreat

Father Mark first introduced the parish to many of the themes of our new parish vision in five sessions of a Lenten retreat. If you missed the opportunity to join Fr. Mark and learn more about prayer and the interior life, you can click the links below to view the video recordings and have a deeper encounter with Jesus.


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!

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?

Come find out what our parents already know! For more information on the value of a Catholic School education, go to www.lovemyschool.com.

Call the school office for more info: 402-331-4223 or contact school principal, Christy Keenan, to set up a tour - ckeenan@stgerald.org.

Please watch the video below to learn more about our wonderful school.



Vision
Encountering Jesus · Making Disciples · Transforming Lives

Mission
Led by the Holy Spirit, we are a Catholic community of faith whose primary purpose is to know Jesus, to love Him, and to serve Him in serving others. Sent to make disciples, we invite and welcome everyone to come and share our Master's joy.

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 below.

Parish Calendar

Click here for a calendar of upcoming events.

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 Formation, Youth Ministry, Adult Education, and the Parish Library. Click here to reserve your HOPE certificates online now.

St. Gerald Athletics

Visit our sports website for information on St. Gerald athletic programs and events. Soccer Registration Open

Bible Verse of the Day


Looking to spend some more time with scripture? Follow a daily bible plan and read the entire bible in one year!

Update Your Information

The parish office maintains information on our registered parishioners. Please take a moment to submit your information so we can update our records. If you are not yet registered at St. Gerald, you are invited to register now.