ST. GERALD

CATHOLIC CHURCH

Ralston, NE

Vocations Committee

Mission Statement

Click on image to pop up a full sized version of this image. The Vocations Committee of St. Gerald Parish, with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, strive to jointly walk the path for all those considering a religious vocation by providing support, information and prayers. We pledge to combine our talents and resources to assist all those discerning religious life.

Praying for Vocations

Click on image to pop up a full sized version of this image. "A vocation is a call of invitation. It is important that we pray for vocations since the answer to an invitation from the Father is always a grace. We pray particularly to Mary who gives us the model response to a life-changing invitation from God."
- Archbishop George J. Lucas, Archbishop of Omaha

Your prayers for vocations really help! Click here and order free booklets and prayer cards to assist you in lifting your prayers to God for this important intention.

Vocations in the Archdiocese

The Archdiocese of Omaha website vocations page features videos from three Archdiocesan priests, Rev. Damien Cook, Rev. Jim Keiter, and Rev. Andrew Roza. Hear their stories of discernment, seminary experience and life as a priest. Listen to how our Lord has led and inspired them to lay down their lives. Click here to view these videos. Or, if you have not already done so, scroll down to view the monthly reflections from past months.

Deacon Steve Luna

Deacon Steve Luna talks about his experience in discerning his vocation to the diaconate and explains the process of becoming a permanent deacon.


Seminarian Scott Shilmoeller

Click on image to pop up a full sized version of this image. Scott Shilmoeller is a seminarian from our very own parish. He is well known to a number of the children at St. Gerald by his interaction with them in the school and the Totus Tuus program. Scott's willingness to enter the seminary and explore his vocation inspired the St. Gerald Knights of Columbus Squires to raise money to support his vocation. Learn more about Scott...

Squires Support Vocations


St. Gerald Knights of Columbus Squires found their own unique way of supporting vocations. The boys sold Christmas cards to support an Omaha Archdiocesan seminarian from St. Gerald. Click here to learn more...

Video Reflections from Sr. Rosalee Burke

Sr. Rosalee Burke is a Notre Dame Sister who worked in our parish in the 1990s and in 2012. She celebrated 50 years as a vowed religious Sister this past summer. This January and February, Sr. Rosalee will share how she decided to enter the convent and how her life has been. In March, she will have an intimate conversation with parents and students about how to know if this is the life our youngsters are being called by God to consider. Click here to view these reflections.

Reflection from Fr. William Fitzgerald

Click Here to read a reflection from Fr. William Fitzgerald (Fr. Fitz), former co-pastor of St. Gerald Parish. In addition this month, we have a short video from the Archdiocese of St. Paul/Minneapolis about a pilot who answered his call to the priesthood.

Deacon George Butterfield

"There were many influences in my life that led me to become a Protestant pastor and then, as a Catholic, a deacon. Almost all of them center around the actions of people."

Click here to read this month's reflection by Deacon George Butterfield

Be a 31 Club Member

Pray for vocations... It is easy to participate! Pick a date and attend an extra Mass each month on that date to pray for an increase in vocations. The sheet is on the bulletin board in back of church to sign up. Any questions call Kathy at 402-339-3658 or send an email.

Contact the Vocations Committee

If you have questions or need more information, please contact the parish office.

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.

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