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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.

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Annual Financial Report

This report covers the finances of our time, talent, and treasure between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022.

Rest - Worship - Healing

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Regeneration

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Welcome our New Director of Music Ministry!

Click on image to pop up a full sized version of this image. Colleen Jeffrey, is originally from North Bend, Nebraska. She earned a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and a Master's Degree in Music Therapy from the University of Kansas-Lawrence. Colleen worked as a music therapist and taught K-8 general music in both Catholic and public schools.

Colleen has played the piano since she was 7 and began organ lessons as a high school student, continuing her studies at both UNL, and KU. Since college she's been playing for several different churches, accompanying and directing both children's and adult choirs. Additionally, she's served in the 43rd Nebraska Army National Guard Band, as a flute/piccolo player.

She and her husband Eric have been parishioners at St. Gerald's for over 10 years and have two children who attend St. Gerald's Catholic School. Colleen is excited to continue the mission of St. Gerald's through the music ministry at St. Gerald's.

Food Drive

Click on image to pop up a full sized version of this image. The food drive benefiting Catholic Charities is the weekend of November 19/20. Please bring your food donation items in either a paper or plastic bag to any Mass that weekend, You can also drop off items at the Church the morning of Sunday, November 20 or at any time before 12:00 p.m. If you forget food that day, cash donations are also appreciated and welcome. If making a monetary donation, please make checks payable to Catholic Charities.

This is an effort in collaboration with Catholic Charites and our Knights of Columbus Council, 9518. These items will support the Juan Diego and St. Martin de Porres pantries. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

MOST NEEDED ITEMS: Canned vegetables, Canned fruits, Canned soups, Canned meats, Cereals, Pasta, Pasta Sauces, Peanut Butter, Jelly, Mac N Cheese, Dry Rice, Dry Beans, Snack Foods (specifically nuts), Diapers size 4,5,6 We are also making efforts to stock culturally and dietary appropriate foods in our pantries. Such items include: Organic foods, Canned Salmon, Spices (coriander, cumin, turmeric, curry), Vegetable Oil, Maseca Flour, Milk powder, Dried beans (kidney, black eyed peas, lima, chickpeas, pigeon peas), Condiments (ketchup, hot sauce, and honey)

New Sunday Mass Times Starting Sunday, Nov. 27th!

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ (Eph. 1:2). We are living in a world and in a Church that is rapidly changing right before our eyes. And with change comes challenges. One of the challenges we, as the Church, are currently facing is the substantial decrease in Mass attendance on the weekends. This unfortunate reality is not only in Omaha and in Nebraska, but world-wide. In the U.S., only 22% of Catholics attend Mass on Sundays on a regular basis. At St. Gerald, although we continue to bring in new parishioners on a regular basis, our average Mass attendance on the weekends has gone from 1,616 in 2018 to 1,003 in 2022. As many of you have probably noticed, we have a lot of empty pews at our Saturday evening and Sunday Masses. Weekend Masses are not as well attended as they were years ago.
After consulting with our Servant Leadership Team (SLT), our Liturgy Committee, as well as other parishioners, and with a lot of thought and prayer, I have decided to reduce the number of Masses we are offering on Sunday. Beginning Sunday, November 27 (First Sunday of Advent), the 7:00am Lakeview Mass will be eliminated and our new Mass times for Sunday will be 7:30am, 9:30am, and 11:30am. THESE MASSES WILL ALL BE HELD AT 96 & Q. The 5:00pm Mass on Saturday will remain as scheduled. For now, the early Mass (7:30am) will continue to be a Low Mass (without a choir). Since we are losing one of our early Masses (8:00am), we will need more room that the Lakeview Chapel is not able to provide. This is one of the main reasons for moving the early Mass from Lakeview Chapel to the main church. Having all our Sunday Masses at the main church will also be a greater sign of unity as a parish community. Part of the archbishop's vision for our archdiocese is that we be "One Church".
As with any change, especially Mass changes, I realize that not everyone will be pleased. However, given the current attendance at our weekend Masses change was necessary. Thank you for your understanding and for your continued love and support for St. Gerald. I know these past several years, especially with COVID, have not been easy on any of us. Yet, God continues to be faithful to us in providing us all the grace and strength to weather these storms.
I also want to take this opportunity to reach out to those of you who are not attending Mass on the weekends on a weekly basis. Jesus is calling you to come home to Him and to the Sacraments, especially to the Holy Eucharist and to Confession. He loves you so much, and He has proven His love for you and for me by suffering and dying on the cross for your sins and mine. It is breaking His heart and the heart of our heavenly Father that so many of His children are rejecting Him. Please, for the love of our Lord, repent and come home to your Father and mine. He awaits you, as we do, with open arms and He longs to receive you in His loving and merciful embrace.

Sincerely in Christ,
Fr. Mark

RCIA - Becoming Catholic

Click on image to pop up a full sized version of this image. Are you interested in the Catholic Faith and deepening your relationship with Jesus Christ or do you know of someone who is?

Learn about the Catholic faith through weekly meetings which will be held on Sunday nights, from 6:00-8:00pm, starting September 11th at St. Gerald on 96 & Q. This opportunity is available for non-Catholics as well as for Catholics who would like to grower deeper in the Faith.

Most people who become Catholic do so because of the influence, good example, and encouragement of a spouse, fiance, or friend. If you know of someone who would be interested in our Catholic faith, encourage them to join us.

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Visit the Holy Land!

Click on image to pop up a full sized version of this image. Come join Fr. Mark and his brother, Fr. Walter Nolte, as they walk in the footsteps of Jesus in the Holy Land next May 22-31, 2023.

Make your way through the Holy Land to experience Him, follow in His footsteps, and see Him in the works He performed - your footsteps will become His. Celebrate votive Masses in the very places where these miraculous gifts became pages in the Gospel. See where He was back then, and feel how He is still there today!

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Seeking Truth Bible Study on the Gospel of John

Click on image to pop up a full sized version of this image. Bible Study at St. Gerald's starts September 6, 2022.

Please join us for a Seeking Truth Bible Study at St. Gerald's starting on Tuesday, September 6, 2022 to study the Gospel of John.

St. John the Evangelist ended his gospel by stating: "But there are also many other things which Jesus did, were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written."

Please journey with us through the book of John. This course is very foundational in seeing a deeper, mystical understanding of the 7 Catholic Sacraments and Priesthood. We will view an engaging video presentation by the Teaching Director, Sharon Doran each week and then discuss a lesson that you prepared in advance at home.

This 22 week Bible Study will break at Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's and is scheduled to be completed at the end of February, 2023. We will meet in the Fellowship Hall each week and will also have a Zoom Class available. There is no charge and materials will be provided.

Where: St. Gerald's on 96th & Q
When: Tuesdays starting September 6, for 22 weeks
Time: 7:00-8:30 p.m.

REGISTER NOW by emailing Deacon Lonnie and Mary Dinneen (lmdinneen2@gmail.com) or Ralph and Bonni Pulte (rbpulte@yahoo.com)

Religious Education Registrations Are Open!

Use the links below for details and registration:
Family Formation - Grades K-6
Confirmation - Grades 7 & 8
Sacramental Preparation - First Communion and First Reconciliation

Journey of Faith

Click on image to pop up a full sized version of this image. Our commitment to the Journey of Faith as a Family of Parishes continues. Our combined committee of representatives from St. Columbkille and St. Gerald have been meeting and discussing our path forward together as a community of faith. Recently each parish group took time to reflect and assess the strengths of the parish as well as areas in need of improvement. The teams used an assessment tool provided by the Archdiocese that directed each parish team to look at liturgy, leadership, path to discipleship, culture of generosity, adult formation, religious education, the Catholic school, sacramental preparation, finance and facilities. Once each individual parish team had time to reflect, both teams came together to share their findings. Knowing where each parish stands, we can then move forward and discuss ways that we may be able to support each other while we build each of our parishes into more flourishing and missional faith communities.

Understanding that this Journey of Faith process is intended to span the next 10 years, the framework and ideas that come from the Family of Parishes relationship will be things that can grow and transform as time progresses. An immediate area that is being discussed is creating an invitational spirit and promoting faith events within each parish. Recently an invitation was extended to the teens of St. Gerald to join St. Columbkille's teen faith program. Likewise, an invitation from St. Gerald was extended to the women of St. Columbkille to attend their "Women of Grace" Bible study. While these are small beginning steps, it is the hope that continued cooperation and collaboration will help lead our two parishes into a closer relationship as we work together to strengthen the faith of the members in each of our communities.

Welcome Our New Business Manager - Sheri Kirk

Click on image to pop up a full sized version of this image. Sheri grew up in Omaha the oldest of eight girls. She attended Sts. Peter & Paul and Daniel J Gross High School before receiving her accounting degree from UNO. She is the proud mom of four and grandmother to 5 wonderful grandchildren.

Sheri has over 18 years experience working in Catholic parishes and looks forward to meeting and working with everyone at St. Gerald.

Staff Openings

Director of Music Ministry
Teresa Paal is retired at the end of June. We want to thank Teresa for her dedicated service at St. Gerald and pray the Lord graciously bless her in retirement. Click here to apply or to read job descriptions.

Facilities & Maintenance Support
Full time and part-time positions are available on the Facilities & Maintenance team. Click the links to apply or to read job descriptions.

Parish Athletic Director
For a job description and more information, please contact the business office. There is a stipend included.
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