Have you been thinking of a way to give back or make connections at St. Gertrude? We have sign-up sheets in Church and linked below to join our various parish ministries. These include parish advisory groups, assisting at Masses, teaching roles, groups that that address human concerns, and more.
Download a form to see ways you can participate in parish life. Forms can be emailed to Jim Potthast at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The month of October focuses on the amazing work done by Heart to Heart, a ministry grown at St. Gertrude that serves
some of our most vulnerable residents in
Edgewater—our senior citizens.
Two annual fundraisers help support this ministry. Father Mike runs the Chicago Marathon to raise funds and parishioners put on a performance. Click here for more information!
On Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 28, at the 10:00 am Mass, we will recognize outstanding parishioners in six different areas:
Please download and fill out the form here or below and drop it in the collection basket, mail or bring it to the Rectory (1420 W. Granville). The deadline for nominations is Monday, October 28.
At the 5:00 pm Mass on Saturday, October 12, all marathon participants will be blessed.
Our next PreCana will be Saturday, October 19 from 10:00 am until after the 5:00 pm Mass. Call the Rectory to register.
The annual Heart to Heart fundraiser, usually a play, will now be a cabaret held on Saturday, October 19 from 7:30-10:30 pm in the Gym, 1402 W. Granville. Tickets are $10 and $7 for seniors. Volunteers are needed for many tasks. Click here to sign up to help!
Volunteers from Heart to Heart and other ministries that require VIRTUS training are invited to attended a training session on Saturday, October 19. It will start promptly at 10:00 am in the NCA cafeteria and end at 1:00 pm. Call Jane Callahan-Moore at 773.973.5464 to sign up and for more information.
The Powers of Attorney/Living Wills Workshop that was postponed in September has been rescheduled for Friday, October 25 from 12:00-
2:30 pm in the Social Hall.
Attendees must have pre-registered with the Heart to Heart office in September in order to attend this event. They will receive a reminder call from the Heart to Heart director prior to the event.
Ladies, it's time for some fall fun!
Come join us on Friday, October 25 beginning at 7:00 pm. We'll meet up at Laurie Jacob's (Halloween) house, 1821 W. Farwell Ave., costumes are optional.
Bring a friend, all newcomers are welcome! (Will even have a backyard campfire & roast marshmallows if the weather allows). Please bring a dish/or drink to share.
Call Laurie if you need a ride at 773.262.6816.
Dear St. Gertrude Parishioners,
Compassion/mercy. Faith. Gratitude. These themes have been the focus of the Gospel passages we have listened to these three weeks. We have been invited to consider Stewardship here at St. Gertrude Parish: putting our faith into action through the use of our time, our talents, and our treasure. If I were to sum up the difference in attitude stewardship brings to our hearts and souls, I would say we are being good stewards when instead of asking, “What can you do for me today?”, we ask, “What can I do to make God’s love more present in my family, my community, and my world?”
That change in attitude changes everything! It takes the focus off of me and places it where it belongs—on all my sisters and brothers, especially the least among us. And it moves us out of a feeling of helplessness and powerlessness to being engaged disciples, doing the best we can with the gifts we have while leaving the rest up to God.
A few weeks ago, members of the Refugee Ministry spoke at all the Masses reporting on their wonderful work. Then the second collection was taken up to fund welcoming another refugee family to our community. That collection raised over $6,000—more than $1,000 over the amount needed to sponsor a family! But here was the next amazing thing—about five days later, I received a very warm note in the mail from some out-of-state folks who come here for Mass now and again because of relatives in the parish. The note explained how glad they were to be in Church when the Refugee Ministry representatives were speaking. They felt certain the
collection would be adequate to sponsor another family. And they were enclosing a check for $5,000—enough to sponsor another family—because no such ministry existed in their own home parish! Gratitude begot gratitude.
God indeed does work in mysterious and wonderful ways! As we spend some time reflecting on the stewardship of our “treasure” this month, let us each ask ourselves the simple questions: how well am I putting my faith into action? Is my compassion and mercy demonstrable in the way I treat others—especially those who are the least, the lost, the broken and suffering? Do I realize that faith pervades my entire life—my faith in my partner/spouse, my faith in my family members, my faith in my friends, my faith in my community? And finally, how well do I make gratitude for all I have an essential part of my every day life? Do I regularly thank God for my gifts? Do I regularly acknowledge the people who are part of my life and express my gratitude to each of them? Do I share my blessings with my community and parish, with those in need, with those who are today suffering?
Last year at this time, every parishioner was asked to consider what they were contributing weekly in the Sunday Offertory collection. Many thanks to all those who responded and increased their weekly offering! I encourage you again this year to consider how you use your treasure to put your faith into action. As you can tell from the financial report, although we are doing a little better, the Sunday offertory is still not meeting regular expenses. We will still end the year in a deficit. Recently, in an attempt to bring us closer to budget and out of deficit, some expenses have been cut. Because there is really no “fat” to cut, we did not replace the
administrative assistant at Heart to Heart, and some of the pastoral staff are having their hours reduced by 20%. These moves will help us get closer to a balanced budget, but they will not be enough. Please spend some time in prayer and thoughtful reflection on your own weekly gift to the parish. And thank you for all you do for St. Gertrude Parish!
Sincerely yours in Christ Jesus,
Rev. Richard J. Prendergast
Please click on the image above or the link below for a PDF of the Annual Report for fiscal year 2019.
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.
Are you concerned that someone you care about is experiencing abuse? Maybe you’ve noticed some warning signs, including:
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 email@example.com.
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.
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 accepted.
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.