Fr. Mike Gabriel, the Pastor of Holy Family (on Roosevelt Rd.) until Sunday, June 30, will be part-time here at St. Gertrude starting Monday, July 1. Fr. Mike is a great priest and I think you will very much enjoy his presence here. I last worked with him when I was Pastor at St. Josaphat and he was the associate Pastor for a number of years, including being the administrator while I was away on a sabbatical. Fr. Mike will be with us for at least a year. He will also be assisting Holy Family as it transitions to a new parish with some of the other parishes in that area. Please extend a warm welcome to him.
~ Father Rich
We are moving to a bi-weekly bulletin schedule for the summer beginning Sunday, June 16. Bulletins will be printed for June 16 & June 23; June 30 & July 7; July 14 & July 21; July 28 & August 4; August 11 & August 18; and August 25 & September 1.
If you have content for the bulletin pertaining to the parish or neighborhood, please email email@example.com with the date, time, location, and details about the event. Deadlines for the bulletins are:
Weekly bulletins will resume on Sunday, September 8.
On behalf of our entire NCA community, we congratulate the 8th grade class of 2019 who graduated on Tuesday, June 4. We wish all of our graduates continued success and happiness as they begin high school next year!
Photo courtesy of Anita Healy Photography.
A new Parish Development Council is being formed. This group would review all requests from parish and outside groups who would like to raise funds from the parishioners and determine which of these many requests reflect the parish vision and mission and deserve our attention, and which are not really appropriate for us at this time. The Development Council would also review the present and anticipated financial needs of the parish and how those can best be addressed (e.g. offertory programs, capital campaigns, parish fund-raisers, etc.)
If you are interested in this kind of ministry for St. Gertrude, or if you want to recommend someone you think would be a good candidate for the Development Council, please fill out the form below and email it to Father Rich at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also turn it in to the Rectory or drop it in the collection basket.
The Parish Pastoral Council (PCC) met on Thursday, May 23. The PPC continues advancing initiatives, including working on parish Mission and Vision statements in light of Renew My Church.
We are also continuing our one-on-one initiatives in an effort to build relationships with each other on the parish council, and beginning this fall, with the various leaders of the many ministries within St. Gertrude Parish. We’re currently building a calendar which will allow for PPC meetings some months, and meetings among the four parish commissions in the off months to create strong communication between the council and the commissions.
Additionally, the PPC is in the process of editing and preparing to adopt bylaws to build a strong future for the PPC as we look towards membership and |succession planning for PPC members. Parishioners are always encouraged to prayerfully consider their potential membership on the PPC.
Fr. Rich indicated Renew My Church for our parish grouping is advancing. The St. Gertrude PPC is looking forward to attending a meeting in August with PPC members from our fellow parishes in our grouping. We are eager to share information about that meeting with you.
The final PPC meeting for this fiscal year will be Thursday, June 27 at 7:00 pm in the Ministry Center.
~ Colleen Fulkerson
As mentioned last fall, this year we will be experimenting with a summer combined Mass schedule. Summer is generally a time of vacation for many of our parish families, and many of our helper priests are Jesuits from Loyola and following an academic schedule.
From June 23 to September 1, our Mass schedule be will be:
The 10:30 am Combined Mass will be in lieu of the 10:00 am and 11:30 am Masses. The 10:30 am Gym Mass will be on its annual summer hiatus which runs from the Sunday after Father’s Day to the Sunday after Labor Day.
Our regular Sunday Mass schedule will resume on Sunday, September 8.
If you are an engaged couple planning on getting married at St. Gertrude, or a parishioner planning on getting married anywhere else, attendance at a PreCana is part of the marriage preparation process for all Catholics in the Archdiocese of Chicago.
Our parish-based PreCana will be held on Saturday, July 27, beginning at 10:00 am through the 5:00 pm Mass. Call the Rectory at 773.764.3621 to register.
Join us for a jam-packed week of service, friendship, fun, and so much more! Teens currently in 8th grade to high school seniors are eligible to participate!
Contact Jim Potthast for more information at email@example.com.