The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
We celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the civil rights leader who, using nonviolent opposition, led our nation to great rights for all people, regardless of their race or the color of their skin. Dr. King taught a whole generation in this country the most fundamental lessons of non-violence. Unlike what many misrepresent as passivity, non-violence is a very active resistance to injustice in our world. It insists upon concrete, measureable changes in the way we function, but not through violent means. It is certainly one of the most courageous stances any leader or individual can take. As we celebrate this national holiday, let us take a moment to consider how we are dealing with both personal the institutional injustices in our society. How and what do we do to try to bring about change for good of all? At another moment in history when our nation seems to be so divided, how can we non-violently resist injustice, challenge the status quo and encourage the movement toward greater respect, dignity and human rights for all our sisters and brothers? Fr Rich
This weekend at St Gertrude January 13 and 14
This weekend we are very fortunate to have a guest homilist. Fr. Chuck Dahm is a Dominican priest who has worked here in Chicago for many years and currentlyresides at St. Pius Parish on the south side. He has also done extensive work on domestic violence, including providing the background information and articles and talking points for all the clergy in the Archdiocese of Chicago to speak about domestic violence. Fr. Chuck also goes out to parishes on a regular basis to preach about domestic violence and invite any interested parishioners to come together to form a new parish ministry to help deal with domestic violence. Please welcome him and listen to the important information he will be sharing with us today. As part of his talk, he will be inviting all who are interested to come to a meeting on Monday, January 15 at 7:00pm in the Ministry Center to explore the possibility of starting a domestic violence
ministry here at St. Gertrude Parish.
Music Ministry Job Opening
After 12 years of dedicated service as our director of music Mary Herbin-Horan will be leaving us in early February, 2018. We wish her well and know that she will be an asset where ever she is. With her decision to move on to other opportunities, we need to find a new Music Director. The employmnet opportunities tab has a full description of the position please take a look.