1420 W. Granville
Chicago, IL 60660
All are Welcome!
The next meeting of the Parish Pastoral Council will be Thursday, January 23 at 7:00 pm in the Ministry Center.
Students in year two of Confirmation (8th grade) are asked to attend a retreat on Saturday, January 25. It will take place from 1:00-4:00 pm in the Social Hall. Parents are not required to attend.
There will be no Religious Education classes this Sunday, January 26 due to NCA’s open house. Kids Word at the 10:30 am Mass will still meet those mornings.
On Saturday, January 25 and Sunday, January 26, there will be a second collection at all Masses for the Church in Latin America. Please be as generous as you can.
There will not be a Gym Mass on Sunday, January 26. Please join us for the 10:30 am Mass in Church.
The Commonweal Discussion Group will meet on Sunday, January 26 from 3:00-5:30 pm in the Ministry Center’s front parlor. Just ring the bell. We will explore what is our duty as Catholics in the U.S. when our government engages in acts of violence in the Middle East. Coffee and snacks will be provided.
Should you have questions, please call Denise at 312.305.5499 or co-chair John Williams.
WOW teens are invited to gather on Sunday, January 26 from 6:30-8:00 pm in the Gym balcony.
St. Gertrude is seeking a married couple who is willing to meet with engaged couples as part of the marriage preparation process. The facilitator couple would be responsible for issuing the online FOCCUS inventory, reviewing the responses, and meeting with the couple to review the results for one to two hours. Please contact Fr. Rich at 773.764.3621 if interested.
If you had a picture or a memento on our remembrance altar in November, please pick it up in the Rectory office.
We are having another Cabaret night featuring St. Gertrude parish musicians on Saturday, February 8 from 7:00-10:00 pm. Tickets can be purchased at the door; adults $10, seniors $5.00. All are welcome!
Here are some points to remind us all of the importance of participating in the census:
We are so grateful for the hard work of so many parishioners who made Advent at St. Gert’s so beautiful and festive. The children and families that participated in our wonderful Family Mass on Christmas Eve were so charming and sweet and truly made our Family Mass very special! We also appreciate the many talented musicians and singers that played and sang at all the Masses this month.
Our environment team made the Church look absolutely beautiful. We also are thankful for Tommy Martin and Andy Mueller, who worked so hard this Advent season.
So many parishioners participated in our Giving Tree program, organized to make Christmas special for families in need! The items requested went to
Care for Real, Heartland Alliance, Courage, Catholic Charities Toy Shower, the Refugee Ministry at St. Gertrude, and other refugee families in our
Thank you for your tremendous response to our call for help. Your gifts of time and talent were very much appreciated.
There are always so many people to thank for the success of an event like the Christmas Bazaar. Thank you to all the volunteers who worked so hard to get things going by decorating, sorting, pricing, and setting up. Thank you for standing outside so we could pick up our greenery. Thank you for working at one of the white elephant tables over the weekend.Thank you to those who baked, cooked, or served us. Thank you to the vendors, old and new, for offering us such wonderful things to choose from. Thank you to the musicians who entertained us during the pancake breakfast. Thank you to Santa for stopping by. Thank you to those who came at the end, to help us clean up when we were all so tired. Thank you to Laurie Savas and Vicky Santoso who joined in coordinating this year. Thank you to Victoria Healy who co-chaired again this year. And thank you for having a browse, hope you found a treasure or two.
Mark your calendars for next year – Saturday, December 5 and Sunday, December 6, 2020.
~ Kevin Chears
This year, the annual ECRA Thanksgiving Service was hosted by the combined St. Ita and St. Thomas Church, 5500 N. Broadway, on the afternoon of Sunday, November 24. The general theme was compassion and gratitude for all we have received.
St. Gertrude was represented by our talented parishioner, Bridget Dunne, singing “We Sing for the Children” accompanied by our Music Minister, Mary Clare Barker, and children from our parish playing violins.
Canned goods and a free-will offering was collected for Care for Real.
The Edgewater Community Religious Association (ECRA) is an interfaith association of religious organizations that work toward fostering friendships and understanding of other faiths, and to nurture a thriving and just neighborhood. For decades, ECRA has linked religiously diverse neighbors to create solutions to local problems, including the Edgewater Community Council and creating Edgewater’s food pantry, Care for Real.
ECRA hosts several events annually that bring together Catholics, Baptists, Lutherans, Methodists, Presbyterians, as well as our friends from the Jewish, Muslim, and Hindi faith.
Each year on St. Gertrude's Feast Day, we honor one parishioner who has shown by a tireless example of service to the community, that he or she carries within the spirit of St. Gertrude.
We are happy to announce that this year’s Spirit of St. Gertrude Award recipient is Joe Donnelly! Joe has been a founder of the Refugee Committee, active in Helping Hands making sandwiches, a general helper at funerals, including acting as our ‘go-to’ altar server, Eucharistic Minister, Minister of Care, Heart to Heart volunteer, and has provided service in a wide variety of ways and occasions to the parish community.
Congratulations, Joe, on a great example for all of us! Thank you for your outstanding service!
During the month of October, our parish partnered with the Archdiocese of Chicago Domestic Violence Outreach and collected diapers and pull-ups, new children’s pajamas and socks, and full-sized toiletries needed by victims of domestic violence and their children living in local shelters.
The staff of A Safe Haven, one of the eight shelters that benefitted from the collection drive, recently wrote to us and the other parishes that participated,
thanking parishioners for their generosity:
“WOW!! On behalf of The Safe Haven Network and our donation recipients, I cannot thank you enough for your unprecedented response to our annual
Supply Drive! You helped us collect more donations than we have ever collected, and those donations will directly support domestic violence shelters and
animal shelters in and around Chicago that serve YOUR friends, family, and neighbors. You are amazing!!”
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.
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.
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St. Gertrude's Commitment to Those Experiencing Domestic Violence, Where to Start, Organizations that Provide Housing, Legal Help, Spanish-Speaking Assistance, Asian, Arabic, & Korean Assistance, LGBTQ Help, Help for Teens & Young Adults, Help Securing the Safety of Pets, What Does Abuse Look Like?, How to Help a Friend or Family Member, Emotional Abuse, Why Do People Stay in Abusive Relationships?, Video: Leslie Morgan Steiner’s Story