On Sunday, November 29, there was a short meeting with parishioners and the RMC team to discuss the Renew My Church executive summary and answer questions about the next steps.
The recommendations of the Renew My Church Team of St. Jerome, St. Ignatius, and St. Gertrude are linked HERE in their executive summary report.
The scenarios the report referenced can be found HERE.
After a meeting with our local bishop and his staff, this recommendation from the grouping will be sent downtown for consideration by the Archdiocesan Committee which reviews these recommendations and then passes it on with their own thoughts to Cardinal Cupich for a final decision.
What do I need to talk to God about? Where do I need forgiveness? Our Reconciliation Service will be held on Sunday, December 16 at 1:00 pm in Church.
Please join us as we spend about 45 minutes in reflective prayer, an examination of conscience, and the forgiveness of our sins. It's a great way to get ready for the celebration of Christmas! Register to attend in person HERE. This service will not be live-streamed.
Thursday, December 24
Christmas Eve - Family Mass
5:00 pm - Click HERE for reservations
Friday, December 25
8:00 am - Click HERE for reservations
10:30 am - Click HERE for reservations
We will live-stream the 5:00 pm on Christmas Eve and the 10:30 am Mass on Christmas Day on our parish Facebook page. After these services are over, they will be posted on our parish's YouTube channel.
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.
7:30 am - Church Click HERE for reservations.
8:00 am - Church Click HERE for reservations.
10:30 am - Church Click HERE for reservations.
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 will continue to 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.
Mary Clare Barker, our Music Minister, has created a song sheet for use at home with lyrics for music for our live-streamed 10:30 am Mass this Sunday at 10:30 am HERE.
This is the final week of our greenery sale!, Items will be delivered.
We have sold out of garland, 24", and 36" wreaths. There are a limited amount of trees and 18" wreaths left.
This Advent, St. Gertrude Parish’s Giving Tree will once again support people in need in our community this Christmas season. Due to the pandemic, our entire collection of gifts will consist of gift cards.
We will be collecting gift cards for Care for Real and the families sponsored by our Refugee Ministry. The gift cards may be brought to church or dropped off/mailed to the Rectory, 1420 W. Granville, Chicago, IL 60660. (Even if the Rectory office is closed, you can always put mail through the mail slot in the side (west) red door next to the Rectory side yard.
Please be sure all gift cards are delivered by December 16. You can note if you prefer your donations to go to Care for Real or the families sponsored by Refugee Ministry. Collections start Thursday, Thanksgiving Day.
Care for Real
Care for Real is requesting that all gifts for their families be in increments of $20 gift cards from Target. Below is a list of gift ideas that an individual or family might be able to purchase with the gift cards you donate.
One or Two $20 Gift Cards from Target Could Purchase:
Three $20 Gift Cards from Target Could Purchase:
Four $20 Gift Cards from Target Could Purchase:
Five $20 Gift Cards from Target Could Purchase:
You might also wish to contribute one, two, three, four, or five $20 gift cards from Target for any unspecified items which are most needed at this time.
St. Gertrude Parish Refugee Ministry
We are also collecting gift cards for the refugee families sponsored by St. Gertrude Parish. For these families, we are requesting gift cards from Target and Jewel for gift items, household needs, and groceries.
Our Parish Goal for Donations for our Refugee Families is to Collect:
Your contributions are most appreciated! Participation in our St. Gertrude Parish Giving Tree is a blessing for all, gift givers and receivers, in this holy season of Advent, and makes the lives of all those who are touched truly filled with Christmas joy!
A flyer is available HERE.
Due to a system glitch, the registration lists from several Masses were inadvertently deleted. If you signed up to attend any Masses in December and January, please double-check our SignUpGenius lists to confirm your name is still on the list.
We apologize for the inconvenience!
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!
The Rectory office is open from 9:00 am-2:30 pm Monday-Saturday, and 8:30-11:30 am on Sunday. Please call before coming. The Rectory will be closed November 26 & 27.
Our COVID team received our Parish Service Award!
This is our parish Feast Day Mass! We have the Anointing of the Sick, the Spirit of St. Gertrude Award, and First Communion.
We kicked off the Feast of St. Gertrude event on Saturday, November 14 with Mary Clare Barker giving a recital/lecture featuring 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 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
E-Bulletin for Sunday, November 29 (pdf)Download
Giving Tree flyer FINAL (pdf)Download
Rogers Park - Edgewater Feedback Summary - November 20, 2020 (pdf)Download
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Resources for the Feast of St Gertrude Concert Featuring the music of Florence Price Margaret Bonds and Lil Hardin Armstrong (pdf)Download