On Friday, November 15, Saturday, November 16, and Sunday, November 17, we celebrated the Feast of St. Gertrude with an International Dinner, our annual All are Welcome concert, and the Anointing of the Sick at all Masses.
Thank you to all who celebrated with us by sharing their talents at the dinner and the concert, those who turned out to support our events, and the many others who attended our Masses.
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!
The Catholic Campaign for Human Development Collection (CCHD) will take place November 23-24.
This year, the annual ECRA Thanksgiving Service will be hosted by the combined St. Ita and St. Thomas Church, 5500 N. Broadway, in their Jubilee Hall on Sunday, November 24 at 3:00 pm. The general theme is compassion and gratitude for all we have received.
An ensemble of violins accompanying Bridget Dunne singing “We Sing for the Children” will represent the parish at the event.
Everyone is encouraged to bring canned goods to the service which go to the food pantry at Care for Real.
Thank you for sharing your loved ones with us as part of the St. Gertrude communion of saints. Please pick up your photos up from the
Remembrance Altar after Mass on Saturday, November 23 and Sunday, November 24.
Contributions for the White Elephant areas will be accepted on Sundays from 12:00-3:00 pm in the Gym, 1401 W. Granville Ave., through Sunday, December 1. Please note, no clothing, linens, or stuffed animals will be accepted.
This year, Thanksgiving is Thursday, November 28. Mass that morning will be held at 10:00 am, with the Parish Service Awards given out during the service. The Rectory will be
closed on Thanksgiving and on Friday, November 29. Mass will be held at 7:30 am on Friday, November 23. There will be Religious Ed classes and Kids Word held that weekend.
The Sacrament of First Reconciliation is Monday, December 2 at 6:30 pm. Please arrive by 6:15 pm.
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!!”
Last Saturday, October 19, Mike Tobin and Mary Clare Barker organized a cabaret to benefit St. Gertrude’s Heart to Heart ministry. The evening showcased the
amazing talents of many parishioners and raised $2,336.00 in donations.
We are so thankful to Mary Clare and Mike, the performers, the volunteers, and the generosity of attendees that came out to enjoy the music. Thanks for supporting the work of Heart to Heart!
Congratulations to Father Mike Bradley, who completed the 26.2 miles of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on Sunday, October 13 in 5 hours, 51 minutes, 35 seconds. As of Wednesday, October 23, more than 200 people have supported Father’s Mike’s marathon effort and raised $15, 553.97 for Heart to Heart!
Thank you for your generous support and your contributions to Heart to Heart!
If you would like to contribute to Father Mike's run for Heart to Heart, there is still time! Click the button below to make an online donation, use one of the envelopes in Church, or drop a check or cash off at the Rectory. We thank you for your generosity!
Please be Generous with Your Time, Talent, & Treasure
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 Gym, 1401 W. Granville Avenue, beginning Sunday, October 27 through Sunday, December 1. No clothing, linens, or stuffed animals will be accepted.
St. Gertrude’s Annual Balsam Pine Sale: Trees, wreaths, and garland are available for sale, with proceeds benefiting St. Gertrude. Items can be delivered or picked up at our St. Gertrude Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, December 7 and Sunday, December 8. Order online HERE!
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.