Our annual fundraiser features handmade, fair-trade arts and crafts, plus a fabulous used book sale, Christmas trees, wreaths, and garland, White Elephant tables, complimentary gift wrapping, and great food. The Bazaar is held in our Gym, located at 1401 W. Granville Avenue. Get Directions
Family Fun: There’s plenty to do for families, including pictures with Santa, kids' crafts, and a children’s White Elephant section. On Saturday, we will also have wreath-making for families and games for kids.
Pancake Breakfast on Sunday: Be sure to stop by our pancake & sausage breakfast on Sunday from 8:30 am-1:00 pm! Musical talent from the parish will be on hand to make the morning even more festive.
Pre-Order Your Christmas Tree! Need a tree, wreath, or garland to celebrate Christmas? There are a few trees, wreaths, and garland available to order in advance of the Bazaar. Items can be delivered for $10 or picked up for no charge at our Bazaar. Click HERE to place your orders online or drop off this order form at the Rectory.
Volunteers are Still Needed! We still need a lot of help to make this event a success! There are lots of ways to contribute - from helping to set up, making baked goods, volunteering for a shift in different areas, or donating items for the White Elephant! To sign up to volunteer, click HERE! Volunteer shifts count towards NCA and Confirmation service hours.
Thank you for sharing your loved ones with us as part of the St. Gertrude communion of saints. Please pick up your photos up from the
Remembrance Altar in the Rectory office.
Our Giving Trees are up in Church! Please help us make Christmas special for families in need. The process is easy! Choose an ornament from the basket near the trees in the back of church. Remove the gift idea. Place the ornament on the tree. Purchase the gift. Bring it back unwrapped and place it under the tree in Church.
Gifts are due by Sunday, December 15.
The Immaculate Conception is a Catholic teaching maintaining that from the moment she was conceived, the Blessed Virgin Mary was kept free of original sin and was filled with the sanctifying grace normally conferred during baptism. This year, it is not a Holy Day of Obligation. Mass will be held at 7:30 am.
What do I need to talk to God about? Where do I need forgiveness? Our Reconciliation Service will be held on Sunday, December 15 at 1:00 pm in Church.
The sisters, brothers and religious order priests ministered for little pay, resulting in today’s shortage of retirement savings. Your gift helps provide prescription medications, nursing care, and more. A second collection will be taken up on December 7-8. Please be generous.
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. We still need shepherds, kings, sheep and horses, and lots of angels. I also need parents to come to the rehearsals and assist with organizing the kids. Parents need to attend the rehearsal so that when the rehearsal is over, the kids have a ride home.
Two rehearsals will happen in church after the 10:30 am Mass on Sunday, December 15 for 30 minutes each and then one final dress rehearsal on Sunday, December 22 at 12:30 pm in the church.
If you and your child are interested in participating in the Christmas pageant this year, please contact Mary Clare Barker at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This year, the annual ECRA Thanksgiving Service was hosted by the combined St. Ita and St. Thomas Church, 5500 N. Broadway, on the afternoon of Sunday, November 24. The general theme was compassion and gratitude for all we have received.
St. Gertrude was represented by our talented parishioner, Bridget Dunne, singing “We Sing for the Children” accompanied by our Music Minister, Mary Clare Barker, and children from our parish playing violins.
Canned goods and a free-will offering was collected for Care for Real.
The Edgewater Community Religious Association (ECRA) is an interfaith association of religious organizations that work toward fostering friendships and understanding of other faiths, and to nurture a thriving and just neighborhood. For decades, ECRA has linked religiously diverse neighbors to create solutions to local problems, including the Edgewater Community Council and creating Edgewater’s food pantry, Care for Real.
ECRA hosts several events annually that bring together Catholics, Baptists, Lutherans, Methodists, Presbyterians, as well as our friends from the Jewish, Muslim, and Hindi faith.
On Friday, November 15, Saturday, November 16, and Sunday, November 17, we celebrated the Feast of St. Gertrude with an International Dinner, our annual All are Welcome concert, and the Anointing of the Sick at all Masses.
Thank you to all who celebrated with us by sharing their talents at the dinner and the concert, those who turned out to support our events, and the many others who attended our Masses.
Each year on St. Gertrude's Feast Day, we honor one parishioner who has shown by a tireless example of service to the community, that he or she carries within the spirit of St. Gertrude.
We are happy to announce that this year’s Spirit of St. Gertrude Award recipient is Joe Donnelly! Joe has been a founder of the Refugee Committee, active in Helping Hands making sandwiches, a general helper at funerals, including acting as our ‘go-to’ altar server, Eucharistic Minister, Minister of Care, Heart to Heart volunteer, and has provided service in a wide variety of ways and occasions to the parish community.
Congratulations, Joe, on a great example for all of us! Thank you for your outstanding service!
During the month of October, our parish partnered with the Archdiocese of Chicago Domestic Violence Outreach and collected diapers and pull-ups, new children’s pajamas and socks, and full-sized toiletries needed by victims of domestic violence and their children living in local shelters.
The staff of A Safe Haven, one of the eight shelters that benefitted from the collection drive, recently wrote to us and the other parishes that participated,
thanking parishioners for their generosity:
“WOW!! On behalf of The Safe Haven Network and our donation recipients, I cannot thank you enough for your unprecedented response to our annual
Supply Drive! You helped us collect more donations than we have ever collected, and those donations will directly support domestic violence shelters and
animal shelters in and around Chicago that serve YOUR friends, family, and neighbors. You are amazing!!”
Last Saturday, October 19, Mike Tobin and Mary Clare Barker organized a cabaret to benefit St. Gertrude’s Heart to Heart ministry. The evening showcased the
amazing talents of many parishioners and raised $2,336.00 in donations.
We are so thankful to Mary Clare and Mike, the performers, the volunteers, and the generosity of attendees that came out to enjoy the music. Thanks for supporting the work of Heart to Heart!
On Sunday, September 22, United Power for Action and Justice met with Mayor Lori Lightfoot to discuss our shared goals of mental health and addiction services, gun safety, and housing development on the city's South and West Sides.
Thank you to the 24 parishioners from St. Gertrude that joined the nearly 100 religious and civic groups gathered at DRW College Prep in Homan Square! The hope is that Mayor Lightfoot acts on the concerns expressed and works to work with residents address them.
The very first gathering for our grouping—St. Gertrude, St. Ignatius, St. Jerome, St. Gregory, and possibly St. Ita—for the Renew My Church initiative was held on Sunday, August 25. Above is a copy of the PowerPoint from the afternoon.
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