All Are Welcome
Welcome to St. Gertrude Parish in Chicago
Located in Edgewater, our parish strives to be a community that welcomes all and brings Christ’s love to others.
Located in Edgewater, our parish strives to be a community that welcomes all and brings Christ’s love to others.
Give and gifts will be given to you; a good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing, will be poured into your lap. For the measure with which you measure will in return be measured out to you. ~ Luke 6:38
We are pleased to announce that St. Gertrude Parish has been blessed with a $100,000 gift from the Polk Bros. Foundation. This generous gift is an honorarium to a former St. Gertrude parishioner, Raymond Simon, who recently retired from the board of directors, having served since the inception of the Foundation. Ray directed this gift to St. Gertrude. We are deeply grateful for this unexpected donation and extend our sincere and heartfelt thanks to the Foundation and to Raymond Simon.
There is no shortage of projects to which we can apply these funds. In fact, the needed repairs and maintenance around our campus could easily double that amount. Therefore, to show our great gratitude for this most generous gift, we are launching an initiative to raise another $100,000 from parishioner donations to repair, renew, and refresh our campus.
These funds will enable us to continue the mission of St. Gertrude by maintaining our buildings and supporting Catholic education. The much-needed repairs include:
Additionally, we will establish the St. Gertrude Catholic Education Support Fund for parish families with children attending NCA in need of financial help to enroll, as well as to have funds available for families in crisis due to health, employment, or other unexpected situations.
A brochure with more information and a giving form is enclosed. You may also make your donation online HERE or via the button below. Please prayerfully consider what you can give toward this challenge initiative. We sincerely appreciate your generosity and continued support.
We look forward to celebrating the attainment of our goal at our parish's Feast of St. Gertrude weekend on November 13-14!
~ Rev. Richard J. Prendergast, Pastor
Thank you for considering making a donation! If you prefer to make a contribution using the Repair-Renew-Refresh tri-fold brochure mailed to your home, available in church and linked here, those can be placed in the Sunday collection basket or mailed back to the Rectory office, 1420 W. Granville, Chicago, IL 60660.
Electronic donations can be made by clicking the link to GiveCentral below:
Our Monday-Friday hours are 8:30 am-4:30 pm. Our Saturday hours are 9:00 am-2:30 pm and Sunday hours are 8:30-11:30 am.
This past Sunday, September 26 at the 10:30 am Mass in church, we had the blessing and commissioning of catechists. This year's Religious Ed teachers are:
We are so grateful for their time and efforts. Please keep them and all of our Religious Ed students in your prayers so we can have a successful school year.
We've updated both our calendar and Religious Ed handbook. Additionally, parents are asked to review our COVID-19 guidelines and sign and return the Family Pledge.
~ Eloy Escamilla
As we move forward through the pandemic, Bishop Bartosic and the Vicariate II team share a few things that are important to us.
Next weekend is our annual Sign-Up Sunday weekend. We invite and encourage every parishioner to take some time and consider if they have the time (or can make the time) to be a parish minister or volunteer. The wide range of needs and available ministries will be posted. If a ministry or volunteer activity requires training, we will provide the training; if it requires a background check and the Virtus training for the safety of all children or vulnerable adults, we will help walk you through the process.
Some ministries or volunteer opportunities are recurring -- e.g. being a Lector or Minister of Communion might mean being scheduled to assist at one of the weekend masses once or twice a month; and some activities have more and some have less frequencies in their usual schedules. Please give it some thought! Other ministries -- such as praying for the sick and homebound -- you can do on your own schedule at your preferred location.
In addition to the above groups, there are several other liturgical, social justice, environmental initiatives, social, and neighborhood groups affiliated with our parish! Please visit www.stgertrudechicago.org and look under Ministries/Community Life! for details
Perhaps you have seen the photos of a sculpture Pope Francis commissioned for the piazza outside St. Peter’s in Rome. Entitled Angels Unaware, this sculpture depicts more than 140 immigrants from across history densely packed onto a boat with the Holy Family. The sculpture makes vivid Pope Francis’ reminder to all believers that we are all sisters and brothers and come from a very long faith tradition of welcoming migrants and refugees to our society.
A second casting of this sculpture has been completed and is now on a national tour. It arrived at Loyola University's Lake Shore campus near the southwest corner of the West Quad last Friday and will be displayed until October 4. Please note, all visitors to Loyola’s campus must be vaccinated and wear masks while indoors.
Swedish NorthShore Hospital and our Heart to Heart Ministry Center’s staff are sponsoring a vaccination drive on Saturday, October 2 from 11:00 am-1:00 pm (please note the time and date correction), with both Pfizer and Johnson &Johnson vaccines administered by medical professionals from Swedish Hospital in the Ministry Center courtyard. You must register for the vaccine event at https://events.juvare.com/IL-IDPH/qqvjg-545/.
Please call Jane Callahan-Moore Monday-Friday from 10:00 am-5:00 pm on her cell phone at 773.595.9992 or at the Ministry Center at 773.973-5464 if you have questions.
All creatures, great and small, are welcome to the blessing for animals on Sunday, October 3 after the 10:30 am Masses. The 20-30 minute ceremony is annually held in remembrance of St. Francis of Assisi’s love for all creatures.
Given the uncertainty of the COVID variants, as well as concerns about social distancing and the safety of our staff and volunteers, the Christmas Bazaar will not be held.
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is a process by which adults learn more about the Catholic Church. RCIA will begin with an informational meeting on Sunday, September 19 in the Ministry Center after 10:30 am Masses. People who are interested are still welcome to join us after this Sunday's 10:30 am Masses!
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.
If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about the RCIA process at St. Gertrude, contact me at email@example.com or call the Rectory at 773.764.3621.
~ Kevin Chears, Pastoral Associate
A reminder: the Gym Mass has returned to its regular 10:30 am time on Sundays!
We are looking for volunteers to help with our Kids Word Ministry, which will resume in a few weeks. During the 10:30 am Mass in church, kids ages 5-9 are invited to attend Kids Word to learn age-appropriate lessons.
To help, contact Eloy Escamilla, Pastoral Associate, Religious Education and Youth Ministry, at 773.764.3621 or
Recently, we welcomed another student-priest to the rectory. Fr. Pius Nwiyi joins us from Nigeria. He is studying counseling at Loyola and expects to be here for about two years. His introduction is below:
Whenever I move into a new community, l desire to become part of the people, sharing their spiritual and social lives. I'm pleased that God has brought me here to stay with every one of you during my studies at Loyola University’s Institute of Pastoral Counseling. I'm happy to let you know who l am and to thank your pastor, and indeed all of you, for accepting me into the noble family of St. Gertrude Catholic Church. I'm very happy to be here and l consider myself blessed. I desire to become a true and dedicated member of the family of God here and I'm open to sharing in the life of the parish according to God's will.
I know you would like to know where l came from. I'm a Nigerian by birth. I'm ordained a Catholic priest for the Catholic Diocese of Abakaliki.
I want you to truly know me and what l treasure the most. Being a priest is my best God-given gift and treasure. I'm ever thankful to God for choosing me to be a steward of His divine mystery and grace. I enjoy sharing the story and blessings of my calling with everyone. Now that I'm here I'm pleased to share the same story with you.
I always tell people that God wanted me to become a priest. This is clear to me reflecting on my childhood life and experiences. I'm sure growing up most of us have had situations when people ask us what we want to be when we grow up. I recall saying that l wanted to be a priest each time such a question came. Thank God for my devout and God-fearing parents who introduced me to the Catholic faith and nurtured my faith. As dedicated Catholics, they understood and nursed my desire to be a priest after hearing me express the wish times without number. As the parents of Samuel in the bible, my parents were open to God's will and plans. For this reason, they sent me to a minor seminary. The fire of becoming a priest remained burning inside me throughout my seminary formation until l was ordained a Catholic priest in 2009.
Besides my vocation story, l think it will interest you to know something about my education. I attended primary and secondary schools at Nigercem Primary School Nkalagu and St. Augustine’s Seminary Ezzamgbo, both in Ebonyi State, respectively. Thereafter, I was admitted to Bigard Memorial Seminary, Enugu Nigeria, where I obtained a bachelor's degree in Philosophy and Theology.
After my seminary formation, l was ordained a Catholic priest in 2009 for the Catholic Diocese of Abakaliki. Praise God.
Following my ordination, l was assigned the parish priest of St Peter's parish Ogbala-Ishieke where l served as a pastor for nearly twelve years.
Finally, I'm happy to be here. We will continue to meet and to know one another as time goes on. Thank you.
~ Fr. Pius Nwiyi
Teens in middle and high school are invited to consider joining our parish youth group! Dates and activities will be shared in the near future.
For more information, contact Eloy Escamilla at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fr. Bradley will NOT run another marathon. Several weeks ago, Fr. Bradley hurt his back and was in some serious distress for a few days. His doctors have helped him get back to feeling good, but prudence leans in the direction of caution. It doesn’t seem wise to pursue the next month of training for the marathon while his back is still healing from whatever happened to it. So, no marathon for him this year!
If you would still like to make a contribution to the parish Heart to Heart Ministry, donations are always welcome. And please say a prayer for Fr. Mike’s continued healing and good health!
If you are looking for St. Ignatius parish sacramental certificates, AFTER Thursday, July 15th, please note:
As of July 30, 2021, both those vaccinated and unvaccinated will need to wear masks at Mass or when visiting the Rectory/any Archdiocese of Chicago property.
Click here to read the letter from the Archodiocese's COVID team.
No advanced registration is necessary to attend Mass. Because we are already in June, the Gym Mass will take its usual summer break and return in September.
Communion will continue with just the host and distributed only to the hand - not on the tongue. Everyone is encouraged to consider using hand sanitizer before coming forward for Communion.
The front doors and all side doors will be open to enter and leave. There are no longer be markings on the floor guiding the direction of where to walk. All the pews are once again available for use.
There won't be a mandatory sanitizing of hands at the doors nor at Communion (although sanitizer will be available at the entrances).
Our weekday hours have changed. The Rectory office is open Monday-Friday from 8:30 am-4:30 pm.
Our weekend office hours remain the same, the Rectory is open on Saturdays from 9:00 am-2:30 pm and on Sundays 8:30-11:30 am.
Meetings and other activities on the campus has resumed. Groups should request space with the front office.
We will continue to offer the 10:30 am Mass via live-stream for the indefinite future.
Holy water is in the fonts.
Parishioners can now bring up the gifts at offertory and ushers have resumed taking up the offertory and any special collections.
The Breaking Bread hymnals arrived, as well as the new library carts that will be stationed in the back and south side entrance to church. You may feel free to pick up a Breaking Bread this weekend, for use during Mass, if you would like to have access to the scripture readings. We hope to be using them for singing very soon. Hymnals should be returned to the library carts after Mass.
Available choir members are now singing at our 10:30 am Sunday Masses. The full choir will return on a regular schedule in the fall.
We moved from a printed bulletin to an e-bulletin. We have online versions of our recent bulletins, as well as downloadable PDFs. Older bulletins can be found HERE. As of July 4, we will also have a printed bulletin, a shortened version of our online bulletin, to distribute in church. Please scroll down to find the PDFs for those bulletins.