On Saturday, May 11, children from St. Gertrude made their First Communion. It was a wonderful day filled with happiness and excitement despite the rain and cold.
We thank the parents and families for their unconditional love and support; Father Rich for presiding over the Mass; Emily Davis, Tracy Shields, Ewa Jablonska, and Hillary Foster for their kind instruction and formation; Mary Clare Barker and Kristina Vragovic for the beautiful music; Gail Smith and Sarah Buntin for leading the celebration; Kristen Catuara and the other third grade families that coordinated the cupcake celebration after the Mass; and the parishioners of St. Gertrude for their encouragement and prayers.
Please join us for a farewell celebration for Sister Terri McKenzie, SHCJ, next Sunday, May 26 at the conclusion of the 10:00 am Mass in the back of Church. Sister Terri is moving back to her motherhouse community in the Philadelphia area.
The Religious Education program for the 2018-2019 school year has ended and the last Kids Word is at Sunday’s 10:00 am Mass. Both programs will resume in the fall. Thank you to the men and women listed below who served as catechists and leaders for these two programs.
We are very grateful for their time and their hard work with the children!
Religious Education Program
Kids Word Program
As mentioned last fall, this year we will be experimenting with a summer combined 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 August 11, our Mass schedule be will be:
The 10:30 am Combined Mass will be in lieu of the 10:00 am and 11:30 am Masses. The 10:30 am Gym Mass will be on its annual summer hiatus which runs from the Sunday after Father’s Day to the Sunday after Labor Day.
We are so appreciative of everyone who came to our 10:30 am Mass last week and honored the women in our lives and the Blessed Virgin Mary. The flowers were beautiful!