This Sunday, September 22 at our 10:30 am Family Mass, we will celebrate the generous women and men who volunteer their time to provide faith formation in our parish. We are grateful for their hard work, creativity, and generosity!
Brother Anthony Muleme
Martin McDermott & Brigid Cronin
Kevin & Elizabeth Sobczyk
The St. Gertrude Refugee and Immigration Ministry thanks you for your loving support as we celebrate our fourth anniversary!
Our events to date have been truly wonderful. Our presentation on the immigrant experience on Thursday, September 12, with speakers Mary Meg McCarthy, Executive Director of Heartland Alliance's National Immigrant Justice Center, and Sr. Maureen Jerkowski, who works with immigrant children at Maryville, was incredibly insightful. About 30 people came out to hear about their work and their thoughts on refugees.
Last weekend’s second collection went to the Refugee Ministry, with a total of $6,437.88 raised! The funds collected will allow us to continue our mission of sponsoring families and individuals in transition. And we were delighted so many enjoyed the Refugee Ministry’s hospitality after the 10:30 am Mass in Church.
We’ll continue to celebrate the Refugee Ministry’s anniversary this weekend by hosting another postcard writing event today, Sunday, September 22 after the 10:30 am Masses in the Ministry Center. Please join us we write to our political officials and urge them to be more open and accepting of refugees into our nation. We will provide all the materials needed as well as examples of how to word things, and snacks.
Thank you again for all of your support this month and over the years! We truly could not do it without you!
~ Denise Goodman on behalf of the Refugee Ministry
8:00 am - Church
9:30 am - St. Gertrude East (held at Sacred Heart School/ 6250 N. Sheridan Road)
10:30 am - Church (in lieu of the 10:00 am and 11:30 am Masses)
10:30 am - Gym Mass (1401 W. Granville)
On Sunday, September 29, there will be a Combined 10:30 am Mass in Church. There will not be a 10:30 am Gym Mass.
7:30 am - Church
(Please note, Thursday is a Communion Service.)
7:30 am - Church
5:00 pm – Church (Sunday Vigil)
Tuesday & Thursday - 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
On Sunday, October 13, over 45,000 runners will take part in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. A number of parishioners and I will be among them. If you have a prayer intention that you would like me to remember as I run the 26.2 miles, please send your intention to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This year, I am once again running to support the wonderful ministry of Heart to Heart, our parish’s organization that reaches out to the elderly and shut-ins of the Edgewater community. Heart to Heart provides a helping hand to those who need a ride to the doctor, home visits, and wellness checks. There is also a medical lending service that provides walkers, canes, and other assistance.
Because of your support for my run, last year over $15,700 was raised. Once again, I ask that you please contribute to Heart to Heart. Envelopes for this cause are available in the back of church, or you could donate online.
For those runners who are taking part in the Chicago Marathon (or any marathon), you will have the prayers and encouragement of the St. Gertrude community. Please let me know that you are running, and I’ll add your name to our prayer intentions. It’s always good to realize that people are praying that God will guide our steps.
Thank you very much for your support for this run!
"Let us run with endurance the race God has set
before us." ~ Hebrews 12:1
~ Father Mike Bradley
This is Father Mike’s 20th Chicago Marathon and 46th marathon overall!
United Power for Action and Justice invites all St. Gertrude parishioners to participate in a meeting with Mayor Lori Lightfoot to discuss our shared goals of community redevelopment, mental health, immigrant rights, and reducing gun violence. We need a big turnout to influence Chicago policy on these
Please join us on Sunday, September 22 from 5:00-6:30 pm, at DRW College Prep, 931 S. Homan in Chicago. Contact Renee Reilly at 773.334.4962 or
email@example.com to RSVP. Assistance with transportation can be arranged.
Ladies, relax and unwind from the week on Friday, September 27 at 7:00 pm. We are gathering at Mary Ann O'Connor's house (1400 W. Hood) to relax and enjoy each other’s company.
As usual, bring a little something to share. Call Laurie Jacob for questions or if you need a ride at 773.262.6816.
We will have a special collection next weekend, September 28-29, for hurricane relief from Hurricane Dorian. Funds will go to Catholic Relief Services.
Have you been thinking of a way to give back or make connections at St. Gertrude? On Saturday, September 28 and Sunday, September 29 and again on Saturday, October 5 and Sunday, October 6, St. Gertrude will have sign up sheets to join the various parish ministries. These include parish advisory groups, assisting at Masses, teaching roles, groups that that address human concerns, and more.
All creatures, great and small, are welcome to the blessing for animals on Sunday, October 6 at 12:00 pm. Father Mike will officiate the 20-30 minute blessing on the front steps of the church, which is held in remembrance of St. Francis of Assisi’s love for all creatures.
Our next PreCana will be Saturday, October 19 from 10:00 am until after the 5:00 pm Mass. Call the Rectory to register.
On Sundays during the month of October, St. Gertrude will partner with the Archdiocese of Chicago Domestic Violence Outreach and collect items needed by victims of domestic violence and their children living in local shelters.
We will collect:
The collection drive donations will benefit:
Bins for donations will be located in the back of Church.
All domestic violence survivors and those concerned about the issue are invited to a Domestic Violence Survivors Mass on Saturday, October 5 at 5:15 pm at Holy Name Cathedral, 730 N. Wabash Ave. Join us to pray for an end to domestic violence.
Have you been thinking of a way to give back or make connections at St. Gertrude? Consider becoming a catechist! Catechists teach Religious
Education classes, which at St. Gertrude are offered to children in grades 1-8.
Classes are taught on Sunday mornings from 9:00-10:15 am. Other
catechists teach brief lessons of faith based on the Sunday readings in our Kids Word program. This takes place during the 10:30 am Masses in Church and is for children in grades K-4.
The goal of catechists is to share their faith and the lessons of God and Jesus by creating age-appropriate lessons, teach the traditions of the church, and build community with the families of their students.
Catechists are usually not professional teachers, just willing parents and parishioners who enjoy kids and want to help them grow in a personal relationship with God, participate in the sacraments, and develop a mature conscience and integrate faith in all areas of their lives.
Candidates must either be Virtus-certified or willing to take training that educates participants on the signs of child sexual abuse, the methods and means by which offenders commit abuse, how to prevent it, and submit to a background check.
Classes begin on Sunday, September 8. We are still in need of parents to serve as catechists and Kids Word leaders. Please consider offering your time and talents to help our young people learn about and grow in their faith. If you have any questions, please reach out to Family Minister Jim Potthast at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Religious Education program for the 2019-2020 school year has begun. 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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is a process by which adults learn more about the Catholic Church. This free program's first meeting was on Sunday, September 8 but all are welcome to join the next meeting! Contact Kevin Chears, Pastoral Associate, at email@example.com or call the Rectory at 773.764.3621 for the meeting time this weekend.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Rectory at 773.764.3621.
This annual event features handmade, fair-trade arts and crafts, plus a fabulous used book sale, Christmas greenery for sale, a White Elephant table, complimentary gift wrapping, a Split the Pot Raffle, and pictures with Santa.
A pancake & sausage breakfast with musical talent from St. Gertrude’s will be held on Sunday from 8:30 am-1:00 pm.
Christmas Bazaar Donations: Contributions for the White Elephant areas will be accepted on Sundays from 12:00-3:00 pm in the Social Hall, 1401 W. Granville Avenue, beginning Sunday, October 27 through Sunday, December 1.
No clothing, linens, or stuffed animals will be
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.