Every Sunday at 10:30 am, we live-stream Mass from St. Gertrude Church using Facebook Live. Please click HERE to be connected to our parish Facebook page. After Mass, we upload the video to our YouTube channel.
Mary Clare Barker, our Music Minister, has created a song sheet with lyrics for music for our live-streamed Mass this Sunday at 10:30 am. A PDF is available HERE. This Sunday, Mary Clare will be accompanied by cantor Jim Manzardo, along with George Siegle on trumpet and Nicholas Bussey on trombone.
We will continue to stream Masses at 10:30 am on Sundays until we can gather together in Church.
Today’s Feast of Pentecost brings a joyful and triumphant conclusion to the season of Easter! The gift of the Holy Spirit, as Jesus promised, is sent among all His believers that we might, in turn, share the Good News with all those we encounter. Please keep in prayer all those who were preparing for the reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation in March. We are still awaiting guidelines from the Archdiocese on how Confirmation will go forward as our reopening begins to become possible.
This is also the final week of the regular school year for all our NCA students. Although this has certainly been anything but a regular school year! Congratulations to all our parish graduates -- from grammar school, high school, college, or more! May God continue to bless you as you move into the next phase of your education, and the next chapter in your life.
If all goes well, and we have enough parishioners step up to be volunteers for our “new normal,” we hope to begin having church open for private prayer in the very near future. We will post the schedule for church being open on our website as soon as that is possible.
As was mentioned last week, this initial phase will require that anyone who would like to come and pray quietly in church will need to make a reservation either online or by phoning the rectory office.
Up to ten people will be allowed in church at any time. Masks must always be worn, and hands sanitized when you enter. (If you don’t have your own mask, the greeter at the door will provide you with one and will spray your hands with hand sanitizer. If there are more than ten people at any one time, only ten will be allowed in church, those in church will be reminded that when others are waiting, each person is allowed 20 minutes in church.
But this, and all the steps for reopening, are dependent on getting enough volunteers to help us follow the health and safety protocols that are part of the process. If you are 21 or over (or a teen with a parent’s permission) and do not have any mitigating health issues, I hope you will consider volunteering. If you are 65 or over, you may also volunteer, as long as you know the risks, and do not have any serious health issues.
If you would like to check out any of the Archdiocesan Guidelines or any part of the information the Archdiocese has shared during this pandemic time, please check out the new website that has been established: https://www.archchicago.org/coronavirus/reopening-training. I encourage everyone to take a look at the site and get more familiar with these Guidelines which will affect us no matter where we go to church.
Our Pastoral Associate, Kevin Chears, will coordinate all volunteers. That will allow everyone to go to the same place, no matter what you might be volunteering for, and Kevin will be sure your information goes to the right places and that you receive information on the training that is required. Please volunteer by sending Kevin an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have a great week!
When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled, they were all in one place together. And suddenly there came from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind, and it filled the entire house in which they were. Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire, which parted and came to rest on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues, as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim.
Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven staying in Jerusalem. At this sound, they gathered in a large crowd, but they were confused because each one heard them speaking in his own language. They were astounded, and in amazement they asked, “Are not all these people who are speaking Galileans? Then how does each of us hear them in his native language? We are Parthians, Medes, and Elamites, inhabitants of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the districts of Libya near Cyrene, as well as travelers from Rome, both Jews and converts to Judaism, Cretans and Arabs, yet we hear them speaking in our own tongues of the mighty acts of God.”
Ps 104:1, 24, 29–30, 31, 34
R. (cf. 30) Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth.
Bless the LORD, O my soul!
O LORD, my God, you are great indeed!
How manifold are your works, O LORD!
the earth is full of your creatures;
R. Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth.
May the glory of the LORD endure forever;
may the LORD be glad in his works!
Pleasing to him be my theme;
I will be glad in the LORD.
R. Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth.
If you take away their breath, they perish
and return to their dust.
When you send forth your spirit, they are created,
and you renew the face of the earth.
R. Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth.
Brothers and sisters: No one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit. There are different kinds of spiritual gifts but the same Spirit; there are different forms of service but the same Lord; there are different workings but the same God who produces all of them in everyone. To each individual the manifestation of the Spirit is given for some benefit.
As a body is one though it has many parts, and all the parts of the body, though many, are one body, so also Christ. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, slaves or free persons, and we were all given to drink of one Spirit.
On the evening of that first day of the week, when the doors were locked, where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be with you.” When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.”
Excerpts from the Lectionary for Mass for Use in the Dioceses of the United States of America, second typical edition © 2001, 1998, 1997, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Inc., Washington, DC. Used with permission. All rights reserved. No portion of this text may be reproduced by any means without permission in writing from the copyright owner. The English translation of the Psalm Responses from Lectionary for Mass © 1969, 1981, 1997, International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation. All rights reserved.
Pentecost, celebrating the Holy Spirit renewing the face of the earth, is my favorite liturgical Holy Day! During this COVID-19 pandemic, we can witness the presence of the Holy Spirit –here and now--actively working throughout the globe! We see it in increased compassion, a drop off in secular consumerism, and a selflessness exhibited by so many in so many ways.
The Holy Spirit, actively present in me too, helps me realize that my faith in our Trinitarian God is the center of who I am. Through the Holy Spirit I strive to appreciate God’s active presence in each person. I trust in our providential God who hears my pleas, sees my needs, and responds in his perfect timing.
The Holy Spirit makes my faith life active and exciting. I am thankful for the gifts with which I’ve been blessed, and I strive to be a good steward of them. For quite a few years I’ve been gifted with a hunger for understanding and absorbing God’s Word. I have found that scripture usually fills the void when negative thoughts strive to creep into my life.
I encourage all of us to personally experience the active presence of the Holy Spirit in a deeper way…now, during the pandemic. The time is difficult for all of us but extremely rich. May you seek and find the Holy Spirit in your life through an ever-deepening personal relationship rooted in prayer and scripture.
Come Holy Spirit, keep renewing the face of the earth!
~ Allen Stryczek for Growing in Faith
KC Conway posted this reflection in the e-grapevine on anxiety and generously allowed us to post it here.
It is important to remember that although the future seems so uncertain and frightening just now, that we have never had any certainty about the future. The future has always been uncertain until it replaces the present and becomes the past. No one has ever been able to predict it with any accuracy. Anxiety will drive our thoughts to the most catastrophic places in an effort to gain control and provide certainty. But anxiety has no better information about what the future holds than anything or anyone else.
Need to find ways to ease stress and anxiety? Here are some ideas during these unsettling times.
We'd love to hear from you if you have more prayers, articles, and music to suggest! Email email@example.com to share your thoughts.
U.S. Catholic Magazine reporter Susan Salaz wrote Life under lockdown: 8 ways to handle staying at home, an article about Coronavirus canceling so much, but it has not stopped love, trust, faith, or hope.
Mary Clare has also suggested listening to music from the hymnal we use in Church. Visit www.ocp.org and there is a whole list of hymns on the left side bar of the home page.
Kerry Weber, a writer with America: The Jesuit Review, recently wrote this beautiful Coronavirus prayer.
Father James Martin, SJ, working from home, offers us spiritual advice on how to live in the time of coronavirus. He hopes that this may help all of us, especially those who are frightened or panicking.
The Mercy Home Mass is broadcast at 9:30 am on Sunday on WGN-TV and can be viewed at any time online.
The archdiocese broadcasts weekend Masses from Holy Name Cathedral in English, Spanish and Polish. These Masses will be available on their YouTube channel beginning at 4:00 pm on Saturday, March 21 and will continue until in-person attendance at liturgies is reinstated. The recordings of all Masses will remain on their YouTube channel.
Daily Mass will be celebrated and broadcast from St. James Chapel on weekdays. These Masses are available on their YouTube channel.
St. Joseph in Libertyville will offer live-streamed Masses at on Saturdays at 5:00 pm and Sundays at 9:30 am.
Loyola Academy will stream weekday Masses aat 8:00 am on the school's website.
St. Sabina's will livestream Fr. Mike Pfleger's sermon at 10:00 am.
Here is the list of readings for this for parishioners that prefer to look them up:
Mass intentions for scheduled mass will be transferred to the private masses the parish priests (Fr. Mike Bradley, Fr. Mike Gabriel, and Fr. Rich Prendergast) will say during this time.
If those who requested/scheduled these Masses would prefer to have them moved to a different date, please leave a message at the Rectory at 773.764.3621 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Sr. Judith will re-schedule them.
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Mental Health Assistance
Call4Calm, a new hotline from the State of Illinois to connect residents to Mental Health and other resources, was launched. Text "TALK" or "HABLAR" to 552020 and a mental health professional will call you back. There are other keywords that can be texted to this number for access to other resources, including "UNEMPLOYMENT", "FOOD", or "SHELTER". This is a time of uncertainty, stress, and anxiety. Please do not keep your feelings bottled up, there is plenty of help available for neighbors who need it.
Care for Real
Looking for something to do? Care for Real is always in need of volunteers! Please reach out to Karen at email@example.com. She is overseeing scheduling and shifts available.
Heart to Heart
Our Heart to Heart Director, Jane Callahan-Moore, is also helping coordinate outreach to the elderly and shut-ins, including shopping and bringing food to those unable to get to the store. You can contact Jane by emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Unemployment Help/Career Guidance
Are you or a loved one unemployed, underemployed, or unfulfilled? Career Transition Center, founded by Catholic parishes, helps people get jobs. They are currently offering virtual training and support, including a virtual career coaching program.
48th Ward Help
Our Alderman, Harry Osterman, is coordinating local needs and service opportunities. His website has information on getting help during this crisis and giving help. Below are quick links to urgent community issues:
Holy Virgin of Guadalupe, Queen of the Angels, and Mother of the Americas. We fly to you today as your beloved children. We ask you to intercede for us with your Son, as you did at the wedding in Cana. Pray for us, loving Mother, and gain for our nation and world, and for all our families and loved ones, the protection of your holy angels, that we may be spared the worst of this illness.
For those already afflicted, we ask you to obtain the grace of healing and deliverance. Hear the cries of those who are vulnerable and fearful, wipe away their tears and help them to trust. In this time of trial and testing, teach all of us in the Church to love one another and to be patient and kind. Help us to bring the peace of Jesus to our land and to our hearts. We come to you with confidence, knowing that you truly are our compassionate mother, health of the sick and cause of our joy. Shelter us under the mantle of your protection, keep us in the embrace of your arms, help us always to know the love of your Son, Jesus.
O Mary, you shine always on our way as sign of our safety and hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick,
who at the foot of the Cross bound yourself to the suffering of Jesus,
keeping strong in your faith.
O Salvation of the Roman people,
you know what we need and we are sure that you will provide it for us
just as at Cana of Galilee the joy and feasting could return
after that moment of trial.
Mother of Divine Love, help us,
to conform ourselves to the will of the Father
and to what Jesus tells us, He who took upon Himself our sufferings
and is marked by our sorrows and so lead us, toward the Cross,
to the joy of the Resurrection.
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