Fr. Mike Gabriel, the Pastor of Holy Family (on Roosevelt Rd.) until Sunday, June 30, will be part-time here at St. Gertrude starting Monday, July 1. Fr. Mike is a great priest and I think you will very much enjoy his presence here. I last worked with him when I was Pastor at St. Josaphat and he was the associate Pastor for a number of years, including being the administrator while I was away on a sabbatical. Fr. Mike will be with us for at least a year. He will also be assisting Holy Family as it transitions to a new parish with some of the other parishes in that area. Please extend a warm welcome to him.
~ Father Rich
If you are an engaged couple planning on getting married at St. Gertrude, or a parishioner planning on getting married anywhere else, attendance at a PreCana is part of the marriage preparation process for all Catholics in the Archdiocese of Chicago.
Our parish-based PreCana will be held on Saturday, July 27, beginning at 10:00 am through the 5:00 pm Mass. Call the Rectory at 773.764.3621 to register.
On Saturday, August 3 and Sunday, August 4, we will celebrate Mission Sunday at St. Gertrude. Fr. Maximilian Francis Buluma, originally from the Archdiocese of Mwanza, Tanzania in East Africa, will speak at all the Masses. He will discuss the needs of this East African diocese and the many challenges the community it serves faces.
A second collection will be taken up at all the Masses that weekend for the Archdiocese of Mwanza. Funds collected will go to the building of a new kindergarten, the construction of a secondary school for girls, the training of more seminarians, water projects for rural communities, and the biggest issue facing the diocese—the care and nourishment of the overwhelming numbers of orphans they are looking after.
Please be as generous as you can to help our brothers and sisters in Mwanza.
Volunteers that are active in Heart to Heart or Helping Hands ministries must
receive VIRTUS training in order to continue with these ministries. For those volunteers that still need to attend training, we will offer two sessions. (Attendees need to attend only one of the sessions.)
The trainings will be on Thursday, July 18 and Saturday, August 24 in the Social Hall. Sessions will start promptly at 10:00 am and end at 1:00 pm. No latecomers will be admitted. Please call the Heart to Heart staff at 773.973.5464 to reserve a space.
As mentioned last fall, this year we will be experimenting with a summer Mass schedule. Summer is generally a time of vacation for many of our parish families, and many of our helper priests are Jesuits from Loyola and following an academic schedule.
From June 23 to September 1, our Mass schedule be will be:
The 10:30 am Mass will be in lieu of the 10:00 am and 11:30 am Masses. The 10:30 am Gym Mass is on its annual summer hiatus until the Sunday after Labor Day.
Our regular Sunday Mass schedule will resume on Sunday, September 8.
If you are an adult seeking answers to questions about becoming Catholic, or are Catholic and would like to receive the sacraments of Confirmation and
Eucharist, you are invited to take part in the journey of faith which is RCIA.
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is a process that provides a special time either to begin your Catholic faith journey or to complete the sacraments of initiation.
The RCIA process is for:
Our first gathering will be in the fall. Contact Kevin Chears at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
We are moving to a bi-weekly bulletin schedule for the summer beginning Sunday, June 16. Bulletins will be printed for June 16 & June 23; June 30 & July 7; July 14 & July 21; July 28 & August 4; August 11 & August 18; and August 25 & September 1.
If you have content for the bulletin pertaining to the parish or neighborhood, please email email@example.com with the date, time, location, and details about the event. Deadlines for the bulletins are:
Weekly bulletins will resume on Sunday, September 8.
A new Parish Development Council is being formed. This group would review all requests from parish and outside groups who would like to raise funds from the parishioners and determine which of these many requests reflect the parish vision and mission and deserve our attention, and which are not really appropriate for us at this time. The Development Council would also review the present and anticipated financial needs of the parish and how those can best be addressed (e.g. offertory programs, capital campaigns, parish fund-raisers, etc.)
If you are interested in this kind of ministry for St. Gertrude, or if you want to recommend someone you think would be a good candidate for the Development Council, please fill out the form below and email it to Father Rich at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also turn it in to the Rectory or drop it in the collection basket.
Join us for a jam-packed week of service, friendship, fun, and so much more! Teens currently in 8th grade to high school seniors are eligible to participate!
Contact Jim Potthast for more information at email@example.com.