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1420 W. Granville

Chicago, IL 60660

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Teen Mission Trip

Thank you for supporting the youth group's service trip to Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota! With your generosity we were able to repair homes damaged from a severe hailstorm, connect with the native community, and learn about the Lakota Sioux culture. This experience has allowed us to grow in our faith and deepen our connection with the Holy Spirit.

~ Jim Potthast, Family & Youth Minister 

The thirteen teens on the mission trip were asked, “What was your favorite part of the trip?” Here are some of their responses:  

“You make friends, learn about things you can't learn any where else—the trip will change you.” ~ David

“The trip is a good balance of work and fun, and the experience is something that people need to see, but no one actually sees.” ~ Liam

“My favorite thing about the trip was everything. It’s hard to pick just one thing but having the Kids Day was amazing.” ~ Mikayla

“My favorite thing was doing the work. It was the main reason I signed up. It felt good finishing everything. The trip is a life-changing experience that you can't refuse. It's such a great opportunity to become a better person.” ~ Angelo

“My favorite thing on this trip was getting to know each other and creating a bond. I would say that bond carries the trip and makes it as special.” ~ Margaret

“My favorite thing about the trip was simply socializing with everyone. This includes making dinner, cleaning up, working, car rides, sharing meals, the Kids Day, and more.” ~ Jesse

“My favorite thing about the trip was the Kids Day. I got to connect with a bunch of kids on the reservation. It was pleasing to bring smiles to their young faces. I also want to say how amazing it is to bond with the group while working with the people on the reservation and do fun things like the ropes course, Mt. Rushmore, and Crazy Horse Memorial. Overall, the trip gave me a new perspective that I really came to appreciate.” ~ Mark

“My favorite part about the trip was going into the community and doing the siding work. I felt extremely satisfied afterwards and seeing a physical result of what you did for others is a feeling like no other. However, the trip is not just doing good for others, but also improving your own worldview and expanding your perspective towards everyday life and privilege.” 

~ Nathan

“My favorite thing about the trip was the cultural day. I was fascinated with the Pow Wow and understood the holiness of Wounded Knee.” ~ Conor

“In general, I loved all the new things on the trip. I'd say that I can't choose a single best thing because I was blown away by how stunning the trip was. I became emotionally attached to the place where we worked and stayed for nine days. The sights are amazing and experiencing it for the first time was stunning.” ~ Joey

“For the past two years, this trip has been one of the best moments of my summer—and you get to have fun, make new friends, and also help people at the same time.” ~ Lauren


Powers of Attorney and Living Wills Workshop

Heart to Heart to Sponsor a Legal Program and Workshop

A free outreach presentation facilitated by attorneys from the Center for Disability and Elder Law will be held on Wednesday, September 11 from 10:00-11:00 am to explain what Powers of Attorney and Living Wills are and discuss why they are so important to have in place as our lives progress.

Two weeks later, on Friday, September 20 from 12:00-2:30 pm, attorneys will assist attendees with preparing the actual documents and having them notarized, so that they become effective immediately. Please bring your state I.D. and the name and address of the person whom you will designate to act on your behalf (your Agent). Both the workshops are free of charge and will be hosted in the Ministry Center. 

RSVP to Heart to Heart

For further information and to reserve your seat, please call the Heart to Heart staff at 773.973.5464. 

Register for Religious Ed/CCD

Register for Religious Ed classes for the 2019-2020 school year - New Start & End Times

The Religious Education program for the 2019-2020 school year will begin on Sunday, September 8 and concludes on Sunday, May 3. Classes will be held from 9:00-10:15 am. Please note the new start/end times.  A registration form and a calendar for the year is available at the back of Church and here. Forms should be dropped off at the Rectory or emailed to jpotthast@stgertrudechicago.org.

Classes are taught by volunteer catechists and overseen by Jim Potthast, the Family Minister.   If you’d like to get involved or to learn more, contact Jim at the Rectory at 773.764.3621 or via email at jpotthast@stgertrudechicago.org

There will be a parent orientation on Sunday, August 25 at 9:00 am in the NCA cafeteria. 


Thank You, Brenda Arreola!

Heart to Heart's Office Manager to Retire

Seventeen and a half years ago, responding to an ad in the bulletin, Brenda Arreola became the part-time office staff director for the Heart to Heart Ministries. And that was after she had already retired for her full-time job! After these many years of extraordinary and generous service to all those who have been served by Heart to Heart, Brenda is now retiring to devote more time to her family—especially a new grandson. 

It is hard to put into words the endless contacts Brenda has had with so many parishioners and others in need of the ministry Heart to Heart continues to provide. She has been a lifeline to countless seniors trying to figure out how to keep caring for  themselves, most often as they faced medical crises and struggled to remain independent in their own homes. Brenda has often been the voice anyone in need of help first heard when they called.  Always upbeat and optimistic, she has truly made the presence of Christ felt!  

Thank you, Brenda, for these wonderful years of service to the community and St. Gertrude parish. We look forward to seeing you in Church and wish you many years of joy with your family of multiple generations as you enjoy your retirement!

~ Father Rich


Spotlight on Upcoming Events

Renew My Church

Anyone interested in how we will be proceeding in Renew My Church is invited to St. Gregory Parish’s Social Hall, 1609 W. Gregory Ave. on Sunday, August 25. The presentation will be from 1:00-3:00 pm, followed by ice cream.

Labor Day

The Rectory will be closed on Monday, September 2. Mass will be held at

 9:00 am. 

Thank You for Supporting Mission Sunday

On Saturday, August 3 and Sunday, August 4, Fr. Maximilian Francis Buluma from the Archdiocese of Mwanza spoke at the Masses in Church, outlining the needs and challenges of his diocese in Tanzania. The second collection raised $2,514.00 for the Archdiocese of Mwanza. 

We are deeply grateful for your generosity and support!


Calling all Heart to Heart & Helping Hands Volunteers!

VIRTUS Training Required to Continue Volunteering

Volunteers that are active in Heart to Heart or Helping Hands ministries must

receive VIRTUS training in order to continue with these ministries.  

The training will be on 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. 


Interested in Becoming a Catholic?

RCIA Will Begin in the Fall

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is a process by which adults learn more about the Catholic Church. This free program begins in the fall and meets until Pentecost.

Many people who begin RCIA are non-Catholics seeking to become Catholic or at least to explore whether Catholicism might be a good home. Those who complete the process and decide to become Catholic are initiated into the Church at the Easter Vigil Mass on Holy Saturday. Others who take RCIA are already Catholic but want a deeper 

understanding of their faith foundation.

The RCIA process does not ask those who have been baptized in another faith to give up their denominational experiences. Rather, the RCIA process seeks to  add new colors and designs to their existing faith life tapestry. In addition to attending Mass, the RCIA process includes weekly gatherings of breaking open the Word of God, sharing our stories, and learning about our faith traditions.

For information about the RCIA process at St. Gertrude or to register for the program, contact Kevin Chears, Pastoral Associate, at kchears@stgertrudechicago.org or call the Rectory at 773.764.3621.

A brochure is available here and a registration form is available here