Our parish strives to be a community, growing in faith, that welcomes all and brings Christ’s love to others.
Please join us on Sunday, December 18 as we thank Fr. Rich for his many years of service as a priest and especially for at St. Gertrude.
The 10:30 am combined Mass in church will celebrate his retirement. After each Mass, he will visit with parishioners and friends in the back of the church. Please be sure to stop by and have a cookie (from the bakery at Misericordia)!
Husband of Ruth Sanchez-Schlachter, father of Robert Schlachter and Andrea Schlachter Macksood. Obituary notice.
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Mother of Barb Stanley
Fr. Rich is retiring on January 1, 2023, after 44 years of ministry here in the Archdiocese of Chicago. he will be moving to a home I have in St. Joseph, Michigan on that date, and then do some road-tripping for about four months.
On January 1, 2023, Fr. Mike will become the Administrator of St. Gertrude Parish. In our newly updated system, the Archdiocese only makes pastors on July 1st each year. So, Fr. Mike will be Administrator from January 1-June 30, and then become pastor on July 1, 2023. It is both of our hopes that this will go a long way towards achieving continuity.
Fr. Rich will celebrate a “Retirement Mass” on Sunday, December 18 at 10:30 am with some kind of reception afterwards, then be here for Christmas, and then move to Michigan.
(Updated 10/25/22): The Rectory office is open Monday-Friday from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm and Saturday from 9:00 am-2:30 pm.
Per the State of Illinois and City of Chicago regulations, wearing of masks in any public setting is now optional. Priests and Ministers of Communion will continue to wear masks while they are distributing Communion.
Please consider wearing your mask -- especially if you have not received your vaccination shots.
Communion will continue to be distributed only in the hands.
Wednesday, December 7
Thursday, December 8
Advent Reconciliation Service
Sunday, December 11th
4th Sunday of Advent/Fr. Rich's Retirement Mass (Sunday)
Saturday, December 17th
Sunday, December 18th
Saturday, December 24th
Sunday, December 25th
Feast of the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God
New Year’s Eve, Saturday December 31st
New Year's Day, Sunday, January 1st
Feast of the Epiphany of the Lord
Saturday, January 7th
Sunday, January 8th
Next Thursday, December 8th, is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a Holy Day of Obligation. Masses for the Holy Day are on Wednesday, December 7th at 6:30 pm, and on Thursday, December 8th at 7:30 am and 8:30 am.
The Edgewater Singers will host their annual holiday concert on Saturday, December 10 at 7:30 pm. The performance, “Out of Darkness, Light”, is being held at St. Gertrude’s Church.
As always, the concert is free and appropriate for all ages.
We strongly encourage that the audience wear masks during the performance.
Our annual Advent Reconciliation Service will be on Sunday, December 11 at 1:00 pm in church. This is a reflective service, offering songs, scripture readings and a guided examination of conscience. It usually lasts about 45 minutes.
During the holiday season, it is a great opportunity to spend some quiet time in church, to reunite with the Lord, have our sins forgiven and be ready for the celebration of Our Lord’s birth.
The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting service for the loss of a child will be hosted by Queen of All Saints parish (6280 N. Sauganash Avenue, Chicago) on Sunday, December 11th.
At 7:00 pm local time, family and friends around the globe unite in lighting candles for one hour to honor the memories of any child of any age who has died.
Our simple gathering begins at 6:45 pm and includes a short service, readings and music. All are welcome to participate in part or all of the service, which will also be livestreamed on the parish website at www.qasparish.org.
Students interested in the contests should write an essay explaining what is the most important contribution that Christians can make to society. Entries should be 500-600 words. Spelling and grammar count!
The top three winners will receive gift cards and have their essays published online and in the bulletin.
Entries must be submitted online or postmarked by Monday, December 12, 2022. Email essays (preferred method) to email@example.com or mail them to Eloy
Escamilla, 1420 W. Granville, Chicago, IL 60660.
The Giving Trees are in the back of Church! As we have been doing since the pandemic, we will again be asking for gift cards, rather than gifts. This allows flexibility for individuals to get what they need. The benefactors of the Giving Tree collections will be Care for Real and the St. Gertrude Refugee and Immigrant Ministry.
Care for Real is asking for gift cards in $20.00 increments to Target, Jewel, and Walmart. They are also asking for Ventra passes. The Refugee Ministry is requesting $20 gift cards to Target. We are also asking for $10 McDonald’s gift cards to provide immediate meals for those who request them.
When you bring your gift cards to church, there are two boxes on a table in front of the Blessed Mother’s Shrine in the front of church. One of the boxes indicates it is for Care for Real, and one for The Parish Refugee Committee. Please place your gift cards into whichever outreach you are supporting. The McDonald’s gift cards can be placed in either box. The last chance to donate gift cards will be Sunday, December 18th at noon.
We hope that in this most joyous of seasons you will be able to support the Giving Tree program. Each gift card will allow others to be able to have a blessed and happy Christmas celebration.
If you have any questions please reach out to the Giving Tree Program coordinator Joe McMahon at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 708.525.5051. something interesting about your business here.
Please join members of the Peace & Justice Ministry for on Wednesday, December 21, the first night of winter, the longest night of darkness, to remember those who have died while homeless.
They die alone - in tents, shelters, and on the streets. On this evening, we will mourn their passing.
The Vigil will be held at 7:00 pm in St. Gertrude's church.
As is our tradition during the Gospel at the Christmas Eve 5:00 pm Family Mass, the kids from St. Gertrude parish will act out the Christmas story.
Two practices for the Christmas Family Pageant have been scheduled - Wednesday, December 14 and Thursday, December 22 at 6:30 pm in Church.
We do have angels, kings, shepherds, and some little animals costumes. However, participants are welcome to bring their own costumes.
Children ages 5 and older, and adults are still welcome to be a part of this event and help organize it. (If you have a young baby and are interested in performing as Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, let us know!)
Please contact me at email@example.com if you and/or your children are interested in being a part of this special Mass.
~ Eloy Escamilla
Are you an engaged couple planning on getting married at St. Gertrude? Couples that have established a connection with Fr. Rich (or another priest) are invited to attend St. Gertrude’s PreCana course on January 21, 2023.
This full day, in-person gathering is dedicated to considering your life together as a married couple. Led by a facilitator couple from St. Gertrude, the session begins at 9:00 am and features presentations, prayers, and discussions with your partner and 5-10 other couples. Lunch and snacks are provided.
Couples can register for the jnaury session by calling the Rectory office at 773.764.3621or by filling out an online form at https://stgertrudechicago.org/marriage.
The cost of PreCana is covered by the church fee couples planning a wedding at St. Gertrude are charged.
Additional PreCana classes at St. Gertrude will be offered on April 15, 2023 and September 9, 2023.
Our rescheduled Cabaret Night has a new date - Saturday, January 28. It will be held from 7:00-9:00 pm in the gym.
People wishing to perform or help with set up or breakdown should contact Mary Clare Barker at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Heart to Heart Lending Closet is looking for donations of wheelchairs, transport chairs, and rollators to loan to those in need.
If you know of anyone who no longer using this equipment, please contact either Laurie Hasbrook or Pat Sullivan at the Heart to Heart office at 773.973.5464 or email email@example.com.
We have all felt the uptick in food prices in recent months and while this is not pleasant, for the vast majority of us we are still able to put food on the table and pay our rent. Sadly, there are many families in Edgewater who cannot make this statement.
Greg Gross, the director of Care for Real, outlined the dire situation that many families are facing on a weekly basis. On a recent day, Care for Real served 295 families in one day. On the same date last year, they served 156 families. They now serve over 1,300 families per week.
And while the need continues to escalate, unfortunately there has been a decrease in the amount of food they receive from their suppliers. Care for Real used to receive 7,500 pounds of food a week from Chicago Food Depository. Now they receive 5,200 pounds; that is two TONS less than what they used to receive.
The need in our community is great and the need is very real. I would like to propose as a parish that we have a monthly food drive for Care for Real. We would need a few adults to organize this (get bins out, collect the food after Masses, notify the parish with an article in the bulletin which weekend we are collecting, and coordinate with Care for Real any special needs for a particular month, etc.)
It would not involve a lot of time and effort and hopefully if this is a regular operation, we can arrange things with Care for Real for them to pick up the food. A few adults along with perhaps some teen help could really make a big difference in our community.
Please consider getting involved in this ministry and if you are so inclined, please contact Mary Clare Barker at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your prayerful consideration.
Thank you for sharing images and memories of your special someone with us during the month of November. If you have not yet picked up your photo or memento, please collect them from the Rectory office.
The Rectory office is open Monday-Friday from 8:30 am-4:30 pm, and Saturdays from 9:00 am-2:30 pm.
At the Thanksgiving Day Mass, the Parish Service Awards were presented to parishioners who have been outstanding in their generosity of service to the community. Here are the recipients of this year’s St. Gertrude Parish Service Awards:
Congratulations to all the recipients and all those who continue to be so generous with their time and talent and energy here at St. Gertrude parish!
In November, we celebrated the Feast of St. Gertrude with an International Dinner and the Anointing of the Sick at all Masses.
Thank you to all who celebrated with us by sharing food at the dinner and the many others who attended our Masses. We are grateful you are a part of our faith community!
Special thanks to Rita Elue, who organized the
St. Francis House is a home of hospitality in the tradition of the Catholic Worker movement, located in the Uptown neighborhood at 4652 N. Kenmore Ave.
All are invited to attend a house Mass and dinner on Tuesday, November 29 for Dorothy Day's Feast Day.
Additionally, the community hosts open house dinners on Mondays at 6:00 pm.
For more information, please contact Renee Darline Roden at email@example.com.
Thank you to our parish teens and those who donated to our food drive last weekend for Care for Real! Confirmation candidates and members of our parish youth group sorted and packed up so much food, including peanut butter, nuts, tuna, canned chicken and fruits, as well as soups.
Care for Real staff were so thankful to receive our donations.
Thank you for your generosity!
At the 10:30 am Mass on our parish Feast Day last weekend, the Spirit of St. Gertrude Award was presented to Dick & Nancy Merrill for their continual service to the parish. This is also the parish Dick has grown up in, and in which they raised their family.
Congratulations to a well-deserving couple on this award!
This Thanksgiving, we want to share our deep appreciation to the volunteers that serve Heart to Heart.
From driving our seniors to Mass, the store, or to medical appointments to calling to check in or offering prayers for their well-being, their generosity of spirit is so kind and loving. Our volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.
We are also so grateful to everyone who has donated medical equipment to the Lending Closet. It is amazing how many individuals and families we can lend a helping hand to with the loan of medical equipment like wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, canes, toilet risers, shower chairs, etc.
~ Pat Sullivan & Laurie Hasbrook
Recently some parents reported that someone had complained to them because their young child was walking around in the back of church. They were told, “Fr. Rich wouldn’t like it.”
In fact, I DO like it!
I have oftentimes told parents who are worried about their kids making noise in church that, unless their child has a penetrating scream, mostly their noises blend into the ambient sound of church. I also always encourage parents to try to sit closer to the front because youngsters like to watch what is going on.
As for walking about in the back of church, I’m fine with that as well. These are, after all, children.
Generally speaking, it is counter-productive to make our future parishioners feel they are not welcome in church!
I do realize I have a bias -- I have nine siblings. Although my memory is fuzzy, I kind of doubt we were perfect angels every Sunday at Mass!
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On Sunday, October 2, Cardinal Cupich presented the Christifideles award for St. Gertrude Parish to Hallie Burhoe and Carol Ann Munro at a special service at Holy Name Cathedral.
The Archdiocese of Chicago has established the Christifideles award, which is given to a layperson (or couple) in each parish who demonstrates faithfulness and dedication in ministry.
Carol Ann and Hallie have consistently responded to whatever needs arise in the parish, from signing on for the special activities for managing health and safety during the covid pandemic, to taking a leading role in the Peace & Justice Committee, to liturgical ministries. In so many ways they have lived out their faith for the good of all the members of the parish.
Thank you to both Carol Ann and Hallie and may God continue to bless all of their efforts!
Read This Weekend's Print and E-Bulletin
We send out an e-bulletin of parish news on Thursday afternoons. We also distribute a printed bulletin in church on Saturday afternoons and Sundays. This printed bulletin is a slightly shortened version of our e-bulletin and easier to read. Both versions are available below.
Information for the bulletin must be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by the Friday that is ten days before the bulletin will be published.
Second Sunday of Advent - 10:30 am Mass in Church