The Archdiocese has provided comprehensive guidelines for how parishes can move forward in once again celebrating mass together in church.
We need volunteers to manage each event (mass, baptism, funeral, reconciliation, marriage, private prayer, etc.) that will take place in church. The safety protocols will be in place for an extended time. As such, we are asking you to prayerfully consider joining our volunteer corps for this effort.
HERE is the archdiocese website for everything you could possibly want to know about volunteering.
We need many volunteers to fill teams for greeting/ushering, set-up, and clean-up. For more information on volunteer responsibilities please view the training webinar available at the above link. For safety reasons, volunteers should be between 18-64 years of age and not have conditions that would put them at risk for negative outcomes from COVID-19 infection (immunosuppressive therapy, heart or lung disease, cancer, etc.)
If you would like to participate on a team, please download this form and email it to Kevin Chears at firstname.lastname@example.org and include your preferred e-mail and telephone number.
Joan Dowdle & Patrick Robinson
There are so many ways to get involved at St. Gertrude. Below is a list of litergical groups. Please reach out to the Rectory at 773.764.3621 or email email@example.com for information on how to join these groups.
Boys and girls in fourth grade and up, assist the priest and other ministers on the altar for the celebration of the Sunday and school Masses along with weddings and funerals. By their reverence and diligence, they help to make these Masses more meaningful for everyone. (Currently not taking place due to the pandemic.)
Meetings: Annual training; additional sessions are scheduled as needed.
Contact: Steven Monti
This committee decorates the Church according to specific liturgical themes and seasons. Using flowers, fabrics, statuary, art, etc., the committee designs the church environment to give glory to God through its beauty and reverence, and serves God’s people with a climate of hospitality and prayerfulness.
Contact: Connie Engelmohr
The liturgical dancers are women in the parish who use movement and gesture to pray and to expand our community experience of prayer.
Meetings: Rehearsals are called per event.
Eucharistic Ministers administer Holy Communion at all of the weekend Masses. All adult and high school aged, confirmed parish members are eligible to participate in this ministry.
Training: Sessions are scheduled as needed.
Participants are provided with a monthly guide sheet reflecting some of the prayer petitions taken from St. Gertrude Church’s Prayer Wall and are asked to pray for them.
Training: Contact Jane Callahan-Moore by calling the Rectory office at 773.764.3621.
Ministers of the Word proclaim the Word of God through their reading of sacred scripture at all of the Masses. This spiritually satisfying role helps our community experience more fully the celebration of Mass. Participation is open to all confirmed parishioners high school age and older.
Meetings: Training sessions are scheduled as needed.
Saint Gertrude’s incredible music adds praise through song to each Mass, and helps us strengthen our social bonds through special events throughout the year. Mary Clare Barker is our Music Minister, and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the Rectory. Please contact her if you are interested in sharing your musical talents with our parish community. We would be grateful for help and will work around any time constraints. Our Music Ministry includes:
This ministry serves the parish by setting up the elements to be used in the Mass. Sacristans arrive ten to fifteen minutes prior to the start of Mass to prepare the host, wine, and chalices etc. that will be used.
In the intimate setting of the foyer of Sacred Heart School’s gymnasium, Sunday Mass is celebrated at 9:30 am in the Campbell Building, 6230 N. Sheridan Rd. The choir provides a wonderful mix of familiar hymns and classical church music to enhance the prayerful participation of all. Some people come early to chat and on the fourth Sunday of the month remain for coffee and other delights.
Music, liturgical dance, and drama engage participants in the celebration of our faith. Short parishioner reflections after the homily allow people to share their own experiences of faith and living out the Gospel. Fellowship, coffee, and refreshments follow the Mass. Mass is celebrated Sundays at 10:30 am in the Gym from September through June. All are welcome!
These teams help to seat worshipers at Mass and take up the collection of offerings.
Training: Sessions are scheduled as needed.