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As we enter a period of fasting and abstinence, let’s remember to continue seeking God’s goodness in the rich traditions of our faith.
This page is filled with ways to make Lent this year more meaningful! From special events and programs at the parish to suggestions of things to do daily to online resources, we hope you use them to draw closer to God.
Activities from Palm Sunday to Easter morning.
Activities at St. Gertrude include monthly food drives, our Almoners Lenten Ministry, a book study on racism, two Stations of the Cross on Fridays, and a special evening in church titles, The Mystic Path in Song" featuring Gerry Dignan.
Check out our list of suggestion to make Lent more meaningful.
Our Growing in Faith Committee collected a list of online resources to use this Lent.
Each weekend during Lent, we will have a weekly second collection for the Almoner’s Program. The funds raised will be used to purchase $10.00 McDonald gift cards which parishioners can pick up at the weekend Masses and share with those in need.
The Lenten book study this year will continue the work begun last year on racism, which Pope Francis has likened to “a virus that lurks in waiting…only to emerge and show that our supposed social progress is not as real or definitive as people think.”
We will be reading The Crucible of Racism, the second book by Patrick Saint-Jean, author of the book we shared together last year, The Spiritual Work of Racial Justice. In this book, Saint-Jean shows how Ignatian Spirituality and faithful hope can, in fact, change us, the Church, our nation, and the world.
Study groups will meet in the Ministry Center on Thursday mornings at 9:00 am and Thursday evenings at 7:00 pm, ending March 30. Each meeting is one hour. Sign-up sheets are on the tables in the back of the church. For further information, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Friday afternoon at 3:00 pm, we offer the traditional way of the Cross. At 6:30 pm, we will also have stations of the Cross joining Jesus’ journey recognizing the present struggles and crosses that challenge modern world.
On Good Friday, April 7, we will have parish youth group performing the Living Stations of the Cross at 3:00 pm and Veneration of the Cross at 7:00 pm.
As we celebrate our blessings given in love, perhaps consider sharing your gifts and donating to the St. Gertrude monthly food donation benefiting Care for Real. The first donation opportunity will be Saturday, February 25 and Sunday, February 26 in the back of the Church.
You can also make a donation online to Care for Real, help with their Amazon Wish list or Chewy Wish List (for pet food), or drop-off your donation at their facility. Information about all of these options can be found here: https://careforreal.org/wishlist/.
Thank you coming out to "The Mystic Path in Song" on Wednesday, March 15th,
The evening featurede Gerry Dignan as he reflected on the spiritual journey of the great saints and the up and downs they faced in their own life.
The following suggestions were compiled by our Growing in faith Committee and other Archdiocese Catholic ministries.