Easter at St. Gertrude

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Holy Saturday - April 20

11:00 am ~ Blessing of Easter baskets

7:30 pm ~ Easter Vigil Mass

There is no 7:30 am Mass on Saturday, April 20.

Easter Sunday

Easter - Sunday, April 21

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8:00 am ~ Mass in Church

9:30 am ~ Mass at St. Gertrude East

10:00 am ~ Mass in Church

10:30 am Mass in the Gym

11:30 am ~ Mass in Church

Fast & Abstinence Regulations

Fasting During Lent

Abstinence from meat is to be observed by all Catholics 14 years old and older on all the Fridays of Lent.


Fasting is to be observed on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday by all Catholics who are 18 years of age but not yet 59. Those who are bound by this may take only one full meal. Two smaller meals are permitted if necessary to maintain strength according to one’s needs, but eating solid foods between meals is not permitted. 

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Lenten Activities & Events

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Lent & Holy Week at St. Gertrude

Here is a list of activities and events at our parish during Lent in addition to our Lenten faith-sharing groups. Additionally, there is information below about fasting during Lent and suggestions on how to make Lent more meaningful. 

Stations of the Cross

Stations of the Cross: Stations of the Cross will be prayed every Friday during Lent at 3:00 pm in Church. On Good Friday, April 19, there will be a Living Stations of the Cross, with teens from our WOW youth group.

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Catholic Relief Services’ Rice Bowls

Catholic Relief Services’ rice bowls are available in the back of Church. 

Almoners Program

We will once again incorporate the Almoner’s Program as part of our Lenten opportunities. Named after the office in charge of almsgiving at the Vatican, this program is meant to help connect us with those on the periphery while we also pursue our works of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving during Lent. 


Here’s how it will work: each Sunday during Lent we will have a second collection exclusively for this program. The money from that collection will be used to purchase McDonald gift cards with $5.00  pre-loaded on the card.  Each Sunday during Lent a volunteer will be in the back of Church after Masses with the gift cards. Everyone is invited to take as many pre-loaded gift cards as they think they will likely use during the week to give to people in need that they encounter on their usual routine (maybe on the bus or el, or when you are stopped at certain 

intersections, etc.)


As part of this Lenten outreach, everyone is encouraged to use the moment of handing over the card as an opportunity to have a brief, humane, and human conversation with the other person, affirming them and wishing them well.  This interaction is often more important than the card itself.

Our Invitation to a Second Chance Lenten Opportunities

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Pray

  • Attend mass every Sunday.
  • Attend one daily mass every week.
  • Spend time with the daily scripture readings. 
  • Join a faith-sharing group.
  • Spend five minutes daily in silence with the Lord. 
  • Use the Sacred Space app available at the iTunes App Store or Google Play.
  • Use The Little Black Book for daily reflection. 
  • Pray the Stations of the Cross at 3:00 pm on Fridays. 

Fasting

  • Turn off electronic devices for 30 minutes daily.
  • Behavioral fasting from criticism, negativity, judgmentalism, resignation, self-righteousness, cynicism, know-it-all-ness, provincialism, self-absorption, divisiveness, intolerance, violence in thought, word or deed, excess pride, blindness to my own involvement in sin, criticism, anger, bitterness, despair, and hatred.

Almsgiving

  • Take part in the weekly Almoner’s Program for outreach to those in need.
  • Save and donate one-hour’s wages every week to the charity of your choice.
  • Contribute to the Lenten Food Drive on March 16 & March 17.
  • Take part in Catholic Relief Service’s Rice Bowl.