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The Rectory office is open from 9:00 am-2:30 pm Monday-Saturday, and 8:30-11:30 am on Sunday.
Please call us at 773.764.3621 before coming.
Monday-Saturday at 7:30 am - Click HERE for reservations.
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Click HERE for our parishioner guidelines for attending Mass in Church. Each service may have up to 150 people in attendance.
Every Sunday at 10:30 am, we live-stream Mass from St. Gertrude Church using Facebook Live. Please click HERE to be connected to our parish Facebook page. After Mass, we upload the video to our YouTube channel.
We’re still looking for help! If you can make some phone calls, please let us know! We also need people to pick up donations (and deliver them after the auction.)
If you can help, please email us at email@example.com.
Don’t forget to donate a bottle of wine (approx $20 value) for our Wine Spectacular. (Binny’s in Evanston will give you a 15% discount and store the bottle for us – just mention St. Gertrude Auction 2021.)
A sampling of some of the items we have gotten to date include:
You can also upload information about your donation to our auction website HERE.
Thank you to those who have donated!
The St. Gertrude Parish 2021 Auction Committee Fr. Rich Prendergast, Kathy Krokar, Laura Pigozzi, David Sullivan
For more information about the Auction 2021, including what donations we are looking for, please click HERE.
The Archdiocese shared the final decision about St. Gertrude, St. Ignatius, and St. Jerome on their website on Friday, December 18.
The link below takes you to a letter from Father Rich outlining the decision and an announcement from the Archdiocese. There is also a link to a video of the meeting, including responses to questions asked by viewers who watched the event live.
Mary Clare Barker, our wonderfully talented music minister, rerecorded the November All are Welcome Feast Day concert, as the original broadcast had sound issues.
This recital/lecture features the music of three Chicago African-American Women composers, Florence Price and her protégé, Margaret Bonds, and Lil Hardin Armstrong, wife of famed trumpeter Louis Armstrong.
All of these artists were very strong women much like our patroness, St. Gertrude, who used their gifts to make significant cultural contributions in a white, male-dominated field.
Our parish's pets were blessed on Sunday, October 4!
Mary Clare Barker, our talented Music Minister, wrote a special note for her volunteers:
I want to extend a heartfelt and sincere thank you to all of the cantors and musicians who contributed mightily to the beauty of our Christmas liturgies. We are so blessed at St. Gertrude to have so many talented musicians who give so freely of their time and share their prodigious talents with our community. I am deeply appreciative of all that they do.
Thank you for all your extraordinary support of the Refugee Ministry. Because of your generosity, we have been able to once again extend a helping hand.
The Giving Tree resulted in over $4,000 in gift cards to our ministry! We are going to share gift cards with the three families we are currently helping, offer some to Catholic Charities for other refugee families, and keep the rest for our next families.
This is yet another example of how, with the generosity of our fellow parishioners, we have been able to sustain our ministry and help so many people over the last four years. It's truly a wonder! Our families are listed below, and now seems like a good time to reflect on the goodness in the world and to pray for their continued success.
Your support has helped these families:
Official sponsorship with Catholic Charities:
May the good work we have begun together continue into the new year!
~ Denise Goodman on behalf of the Refugee Ministry
A very special thanks to all who helped in any way with our Giving Tree! The collection totaled $7,343! All the gift cards collected went to support Care for Real and families that are part of our Refugee Ministry.
St. Gertrude's Refugee Ministry collected a total of $3,961! Our donations were:
Our collection for Care for Real totaled $3,382! Donations were:
Additionally, throughout the year, St. Gertrude serves as a strong supporter of Care for Real through our sharing program. This past fiscal year, we raised $2,886.70 for Care for Real.
Thank you for your generosity!
Our annual Balsam Pine Sale was a success! Last Friday, we sold out of our entire inventory of trees and garland, as well as our 18”, 24", and 36" wreaths.
We are so grateful to Steve Peavler, Mike Tentler, Art Blumberg, and Robert Clarke, who organized this sale, their amazing delivery team, and the supporters of our balsam pine sale! The team made $3,413.50 in revenue for the parish, with 106 individual deliveries made over two weekends! We appreciate their great work!
On Thanksgiving Day, we we gathered together to give thanks to God for our many blessings. We also honored the recipients of this year's Parish Service Award - all the volunteers from our newly established COVID-19 team!
This extraordinary corps of volunteers makes it possible for us to have masses, funerals, weddings, and baptisms every week! Without them greeting every member or guest who comes into church, checking names, or having people not already on the reservation list sign in, taking temperatures and spritzing sanitizers on hands, directing traffic during Communion time, and cleaning up after every mass and service, we couldn’t have services in church. Not only have they provided this excellent ministry, but many of them have also served almost every week since we re-opened for services in June. Truly much for us to give thanks for this year.
Thank you to all parishioners who joined in the virtual ECRA Interfaith Thanksgiving Service this past Sunday! Special thanks go to the Resounding Wayves, a men's group made up of several parishioners, and Mary Clare Barker, our music minister, for their hard work.
All of the food collected at St. Gertrude over the course of the past two weekends and Thanksgiving Day will be donated to Care for Real.
Thank you for your generosity to our neighbors in need!
Mary Clare Barker, our incredibly talented Music Minister, put on an amazing recital and lecture to celebrate the Feast of St. Gertrude on Saturday, November 14. It featured the music of three Chicago African-American Women composers, Florence Price and her protégé, Margaret Bonds, and Lil Hardin Armstrong, wife of famed trumpeter Louis Armstrong. All of these artists were very strong women much like our patroness, St. Gertrude, who used their gifts to make significant cultural contributions in a white, male-dominated field.
Florence Price was the first African-American woman to have a work performed by a major American symphony. Her Symphony in E Minor was performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) in 1933 at the Chicago World's Fair. Margaret Bonds was the first African-American woman to play as a soloist with the CSO.
Both Price and Bonds enjoyed successful careers as composers, teachers, and performers and drew heavily from the rich African-American musical traditions in their compositions. Both women were prolific composers of over 200 works each and composed in nearly every genre. Particular attention will be devoted to providing insight into the social climate and attitudes toward women in music and the obstacles that each composer had to overcome.
Lil Hardin Armstrong was a sought after pianist in Chicago’s vibrant jazz scene of the 1920s. At a time when women, especially black women, were relegated to being singers or dancers in a chorus line, Lil had a serious career as a jazz composer, pianist, bandleader, singer, and arranger.
Mary Clare Barker compiled a list of resources to learn more about these women. The list contains songs they wrote, books and articles written about them, and YouTube links to performances.
We celebrated our parish feast day the weekend of November 14-15 at all the Masses.
The Spirit of St. Gertrude Award was presented to the Renew My Church Parish team: Denise Goodman, Lisa Erceg, Rob Sierzega, Mark Huffman, Kim McInerney, and Tim Harrington.
These parishioners have given many hours for meetings and a lot of homework to participate in the discussion with the other members of our grouping parishes in order to make a recommendation to the Cardinal for our future configuration in the Rogers Park/Edgewater community.
They have provided extraordinary leadership not only for St. Gertrude Parish, but for the entire grouping of representatives from St. Jerome, St. Ignatius, and St. Gertrude parishes.
Thank you to everyone for supporting me throughout the 26.2 miles of my personal marathon for Heart to Heart on Sunday, October 11! Your prayers, along with the wonderful support of parishioners cheering me on, helped me get to the finish line in 5 hours and 8 minutes.
I am so thankful that so many volunteers and parishioners came out to cheer me on and to help staff the different stations around our Edgewater neighborhood. I am grateful also to the staff of St. Gertrude Parish for their assistance and encouragement.
As of November 1, more than 300 people have donated $23,661.15 to Heart to Heart for my run! Thank you for your generous support and your contributions to Heart to Heart.
Father Mike Bradley
Click HERE for a photo gallery from Fr. Mike's Run for Heart to Heart
Click HERE to donate to Fr. Mike's Run