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This Sunday, January 27, there will be a Combined Mass at 10:30 am in lieu of the 10:00 am Mass in Church, the 10:30 am Gym Mass and the 11:30 am Mass in Church.

Mass Schedule

Sunday:

8:00 am - Church
9:30 am - St. Gertrude East (Sacred Heart School/Sheridan and Granville)
10:00 am - Church
10:30 AM - Gym Mass (1401 W. Granville Ave. September-June)
11:30 AM - Church

Monday through Friday:

7:30 am - (Thursday is a Communion Service.) - Church

Saturday:

7:30 am - Church
5:00 pm - Church (Sunday Vigil)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lenten Faith Sharing Groups

Faith sharing groups offer the opportunity to join with other parishioners during Lent to reflect on selected readings. Please consider if one of these groups may be of interest to you as we journey through Lent to Easter. If you are new to the parish, they are a way to meet other members of St. Gertrude, and for “seasoned” parishioners, they are a way to renew and deepen relationships. Below is a list of groups offered during the coming Lenten season. Sign up sheets are available on the table in the back of Church.

Women Only Facilitated by Mary Ann O’Connor 
Tuesdays from 7:00-8:30 pm at 1400 W. Hood; March 12-April 9
Focus: Reflection on scripture from the preceding Sunday with a focus on the Gospel reading. 

Thursday Morning Group Facilitated by Kevin Chears  
Thursdays from 8:30-9:30 am in the Ministry Center: March 7, 14, 21 and 28
This ongoing group is inviting others to join them for Lent. 
Focus: The Women in the Gospel of Luke.

Women’s Scripture Study Facilitated by Suzanne Stryczek  
Thursdays at 7:15 pm at the Stryczek residence (1244 W. Granville Ave.); March 7-April 11
This ongoing group is inviting others to join them during Lent.
Focus: Reading and reflection on scripture for the coming Sunday.

Sheridan Road Faith Sharing Group Facilitated by Leon and Ana Ward
Thursdays at 7:30 pm, please arrive at 7:15 pm, at 6121 N. Sheridan Road (call the Wards at 773.338.1862 from the lobby); March 12-April 11 
Focus: Reading and reflection on Scripture from the previous Sunday.

Thursday Evening Reflection Group Facilitated by Christopher Alt
Thursdays 7:00-8:30 pm in the Ministry Center; March 14, 28 and April 11
Focus: Brief meditation, followed by “ups and downs/highs and lows” of the week.

Men’s Group Facilitated by Allen Stryczek
Fridays from 6:30-8: 00 am in the Ministry Center March 8-April 12
This ongoing group is inviting others to join them during Lent. 
Focus: Reading and reflection on Scripture using “Sauntering Through Scripture” by Sister Genevieve Glen, OSB.

Family Lenten Faith Sharing Group Facilitated by Jim Potthast
Saturdays from 10:00-11:00 am in the NCA Cafeteria; March 16, 30, and April 6
Focus:  Interactive faith forming activities for families with children ages 0-6.

Other Lenten Activities

Simple Suppers: All are invited to participate in faith-focused reflections while sharing a meal of soup and bread. Various parish groups will host these meals in the Social Hall from 6:00-7:30 pm. 

  • Wednesday, March 27, hosted by the Commonweal Conversation group
  • Wednesday, April 3, hosted by the NCA Preschool
  • Wednesday, April 10, hosted by the Parish Pastoral Council

Stations of the Cross: Stations of the Cross will be prayed every Friday during Lent at 3:00 pm in Church.

Lenten Food Drive: A food drive for Care for Real will be held on Saturday, March 16 and Sunday, March 17.

Lenten Reconciliation: A reconciliation service will be held Sunday, April 7 at 3:00 pm in Church.

Refugee Committee Postcard Event: A postcard writing event will be held on Sunday, April 7 after the 10:00 am, 10:30 am, and 11:30 am Masses.

Rice Bowls: Catholic Relief Services’ rice bowls are available in the back of Church. 

Almoners Program: Each weekend in Lent, gift cards to McDonald’s will be distributed, with the intention of parishioners sharing them and a conversation with those in need. 

Lenten Resources

  • Use the Sacred Space app available at the iTunes App Store or Google Play.
  • Listen to The Examen podcast with Fr. James Martin, S.J.
  • The Little Black Book for Lent (available in the back of Church.)
  • Carry and use the prayer cards (available in the back of Church.)

Minutes from February Parish Council Meeting

The group continued the conversation around the four parish commissions begun in January and aligned approximately half of the parish ministries to a commission. Dialogue on this topic will continue at the March meeting, and the PPC members will also be asked to join a commission.

Greg Pierce provided the PPC with an overview of one-on-ones – what they are (and are not), why they are important, and how to go about them.

There are three main reasons why one-on-ones are important:

  1. They are grounded in the message offered by Jesus: “Come and see”. This approach is the foundation of the Church and the key to driving future engagement.
  2. They can help our democracy. Currently, both sides of the political spectrum tend to talk past each other. One-on-ones can help bridge the gap and get people to start finding common ground. American democracy is rooted in one-on-ones.
  3. They can help break out of the social media/Internet echo chamber, as one-on-ones are about in-person dialogue and relationship building. One-on-ones are a bigger investment in time and effort than simply clicking ‘Like’.

Following establishing the final alignment of all parish ministries within commissions, PPC members will be holding one-on-ones with representatives from the various ministries.

The next meeting: March 28 at 7:00 pm in the Ministry Center.

Respectfully submitted,

Dominic Guagenti, Vice Chair