Our community is blessed to have supportive, talented parishioners. Below are some older events celebrated at our parish.
Thanks to all our volunteers who provided the hospitality on Sunday, June 6, 2021 for our welcome event for St. Ignatius parishioners! The gathering in the courtyard after the 10:30 am Mass turned out perfectly! Even the weather cooperated with temperatures in the low 80s and a great breeze! It was a pleasure to meet many St. Ignatius parishioners and assure them they are always welcome here at St. Gertrude.
Thanks to Mike Tobin, Kim McInerney, Allen Stryczak, Gail Smith, and Denise Robinson for being on the Welcoming Committee and making sure we were ready to offer such delightful hospitality!
We are so proud of their hard work and are so blessed by their kind hearts and loving presence in our parish. Please continue to hold them in your prayers as they continue to grow in their faith. (June 2021)
On Saturday, May 8, 32 children from the Religious Ed program and NCA made their First Communion at 10:00 am in church. We are so proud of their hard work and are so blessed by their kind hearts and loving presence in our parish. Congratulations!
We are so grateful for our Religious Ed community, who has been incredibly patient and supportive this unpredictable year. The students are truly wonderful kids and I am so impressed with how kind, smart, and creative they are.
I'm also so thankful to those volunteers who joined me as a Religious Ed teacher:
They worked incredibly hard to provide engaging lessons via Zoom and made sure each child learned important information about our faith.
If you're interested in registering for the fall, forms can be found HERE.
~ Kevin Chears, Pastoral Associate
On Holy Saturday, April 3, 2021 at the Easter Vigil, those in the RCIA celebrated the Easter Sacraments. Congratulations to Jessica Navarro, Corina Cleja, and Daniel Geihsler on becoming members of the Catholic Church and our faith community!
On Monday, March 15, 2021, 31 students from Northside Catholic Academy and our parish's Religious Education program made their First Reconciliation. We were so grateful to the students who worked hard to prepare for this important day and for the loving support they received from their families.
Special thanks to the following Religious Ed and NCA teachers for preparing their students - Kevin Chears, Ginevra Clark, Ewa Jablonska, and Cristine Salazar.
We also thank Mary Clare Barker, our musician, as well as Father Mike Gabriel, Father Mike Bradley, Father Louis, and Father Rich.
We are so grateful for the overwhelming support of our parish's Auction 2021! We have raised more than $28,000 - exceeding our target of $25,000!
There were so many people that helped make the Auction a success. The Auction Committee - David Sullivan, Laura Pigozzi, and Kathy Krokar - did an amazing job planning the auction and guiding us all through it! Dorothea Tobin worked so hard to get donations for our auction, Mary Clare generously shared her incredible musical talent with us, and Greg Pierce served as our auctioneer at our live event. We are equally grateful for Margie Guadagno, Laurie Hasbrook, and Kevin Chears, some of our amazing Rectory staff, who put in so much time to make the Auction happen.
Thank you to everyone that donated items, placed a bid, and joined in our Live Auction. We are so grateful that so many people helped and participated!
Thank you for your generosity!
A very special thanks to all who helped in any way with our Giving Tree! The collection totaled $7,343! All the gift cards collected went to support Care for Real and families that are part of our Refugee Ministry.
St. Gertrude's Refugee Ministry collected a total of $3,961! Our donations were:
Our collection for Care for Real totaled $3,382! Donations were:
Additionally, throughout the year, St. Gertrude serves as a strong supporter of Care for Real through our sharing program. This past fiscal year, we raised $2,886.70 for Care for Real.
Thank you for your generosity!
Our annual Balsam Pine Sale was a success! Last Friday, we sold out of our entire inventory of trees and garland, as well as our 18”, 24", and 36" wreaths.
We are so grateful to Steve Peavler, Mike Tentler, Art Blumberg, and Robert Clarke, who organized this sale, their amazing delivery team, and the supporters of our balsam pine sale! The team made $3,413.50 in revenue for the parish, with 106 individual deliveries made over two weekends! We appreciate their great work!
Thank you for all your extraordinary support of the Refugee Ministry. Because of your generosity, we have been able to once again extend a helping hand.
The Giving Tree resulted in over $4,000 in gift cards to our ministry! We are going to share gift cards with the three families we are currently helping, offer some to Catholic Charities for other refugee families, and keep the rest for our next families.
This is yet another example of how, with the generosity of our fellow parishioners, we have been able to sustain our ministry and help so many people over the last four years. It's truly a wonder! Our families are listed below, and now seems like a good time to reflect on the goodness in the world and to pray for their continued success.
Your support has helped these families:
Official sponsorship with Catholic Charities:
May the good work we have begun together continue into the new year!
~ Denise Goodman on behalf of the Refugee Ministry
On Thanksgiving Day, we we gathered together to give thanks to God for our many blessings. We also honored the recipients of this year's Parish Service Award - all the volunteers from our newly established COVID-19 team!
This extraordinary corps of volunteers makes it possible for us to have masses, funerals, weddings, and baptisms every week! Without them greeting every member or guest who comes into church, checking names, or having people not already on the reservation list sign in, taking temperatures and spritzing sanitizers on hands, directing traffic during Communion time, and cleaning up after every mass and service, we couldn’t have services in church. Not only have they provided this excellent ministry, but many of them have also served almost every week since we re-opened for services in June. Truly much for us to give thanks for this year.
Thank you to everyone for supporting me throughout the 26.2 miles of my personal marathon for Heart to Heart on Sunday, October 11! Your prayers, along with the wonderful support of parishioners cheering me on, helped me get to the finish line in 5 hours and 8 minutes.
I am so thankful that so many volunteers and parishioners came out to cheer me on and to help staff the different stations around our Edgewater neighborhood. I am grateful also to the staff of St. Gertrude Parish for their assistance and encouragement.
As of November 1, more than 300 people have donated $23,661.15 to Heart to Heart for my run! Thank you for your generous support and your contributions to Heart to Heart.
Gratefully, Father Mike Bradley
Thank you to all parishioners who joined in the virtual ECRA Interfaith Thanksgiving Service this past Sunday! Special thanks go to the Resounding Wayves, a men's group made up of several parishioners, and Mary Clare Barker, our music minister, for their hard work.
All of the food collected at St. Gertrude over the course of the past two weekends and Thanksgiving Day will be donated to Care for Real.
Thank you for your generosity to our neighbors in need!
On Saturday, October 3, 2020, volunteers from ECRA (Edgewater Community Religious Association) hosted a collection drive for household and personal hygiene items at the Ismaili Jamatkhana. So many people came out to help and even more to share what they had to give to those in need. More than two tons of food and personal-use products were collected!
We are so pleased that the Edgewater and Rogers Park communities came together to support Care for Real in its effort to provide much-needed assistance to our neighbors.
Thank you to all who volunteered and brought items!
The St. Gertrude Refugee and Immigration Ministry is so very grateful for the generosity of this community of faith on September 26-27. So far, $1,472 has been donated.
All funds will go towards commitments to current families and sponsoring new refugee families. Thank you so much!
The NCA school community and fellow St. Gertrude parishioners are heartbroken over the death of our beloved Joan Harrington. She was a talented and loving preschool teacher who cared so deeply about the students in her care. Joan created lasting relationships with her students, parents, teachers, parishioners, and so many others who had the pleasure of her friendship.
Last Friday, prior to her death, NCA leaders organized a parade of 200 cars on Friday for Ms. Harrington, to share messages of love and appreciation to her and her family. She was able to watch it from her steps with her family.
We’re so grateful we were able to honor Mrs. Harrington right before she went to be with The Lord. Please continue to keep Mrs. Harrington’s family in your prayers.
Please click the link below to view the video of the parade:
Click the link below to view ABC 7 News story:
Special thanks to Boy Scout Pack 3822 for providing hospitality after Mass on Sunday, February 9, 2020! They did a great job!
Mary Clare Barker, our incredibly talented Music Minister, put on an amazing recital and lecture to celebrate the Feast of St. Gertrude on Saturday, November 14. It featured the music of three Chicago African-American Women composers, Florence Price and her protégé, Margaret Bonds, and Lil Hardin Armstrong, wife of famed trumpeter Louis Armstrong. All of these artists were very strong women much like our patroness, St. Gertrude, who used their gifts to make significant cultural contributions in a white, male-dominated field.
Florence Price was the first African-American woman to have a work performed by a major American symphony. Her Symphony in E Minor was performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) in 1933 at the Chicago World's Fair. Margaret Bonds was the first African-American woman to play as a soloist with the CSO.
Both Price and Bonds enjoyed successful careers as composers, teachers, and performers and drew heavily from the rich African-American musical traditions in their compositions. Both women were prolific composers of over 200 works each and composed in nearly every genre. Particular attention will be devoted to providing insight into the social climate and attitudes toward women in music and the obstacles that each composer had to overcome.
Lil Hardin Armstrong was a sought after pianist in Chicago’s vibrant jazz scene of the 1920s. At a time when women, especially black women, were relegated to being singers or dancers in a chorus line, Lil had a serious career as a jazz composer, pianist, bandleader, singer, and arranger.
Mary Clare Barker compiled a list of resources to learn more about these women. The list contains songs they wrote, books and articles written about them, and YouTube links to performances.
We celebrated our parish feast day the weekend of November 14-15 at all the Masses.
The Spirit of St. Gertrude Award was presented to the Renew My Church Parish team: Denise Goodman, Lisa Erceg, Rob Sierzega, Mark Huffman, Kim McInerney, and Tim Harrington.
These parishioners have given many hours for meetings and a lot of homework to participate in the discussion with the other members of our grouping parishes in order to make a recommendation to the Cardinal for our future configuration in the Rogers Park/Edgewater community.
They have provided extraordinary leadership not only for St. Gertrude Parish, but for the entire grouping of representatives from St. Jerome, St. Ignatius, and St. Gertrude parishes.
This year, the annual ECRA Thanksgiving Service was hosted by the combined St. Ita and St. Thomas Church, 5500 N. Broadway, on the afternoon of Sunday, November 24. The general theme was compassion and gratitude for all we have received.
St. Gertrude was represented by our talented parishioner, Bridget Dunne, singing “We Sing for the Children” accompanied by our Music Minister, Mary Clare Barker, and children from our parish playing violins.
Canned goods and a free-will offering was collected for Care for Real.
The Edgewater Community Religious Association (ECRA) is an interfaith association of religious organizations that work toward fostering friendships and understanding of other faiths, and to nurture a thriving and just neighborhood. For decades, ECRA has linked religiously diverse neighbors to create solutions to local problems, including the Edgewater Community Council and creating Edgewater’s food pantry, Care for Real.
ECRA hosts several events annually that bring together Catholics, Baptists, Lutherans, Methodists, Presbyterians, as well as our friends from the Jewish, Muslim, and Hindi faith.
During the month of October 2019, our parish partnered with the Archdiocese of Chicago Domestic Violence Outreach and collected diapers and pull-ups, new children’s pajamas and socks, and full-sized toiletries needed by victims of domestic violence and their children living in local shelters.
The staff of A Safe Haven, one of the eight shelters that benefitted from the collection drive, recently wrote to us and the other parishes that participated,
thanking parishioners for their generosity:
“WOW!! On behalf of The Safe Haven Network and our donation recipients, I cannot thank you enough for your unprecedented response to our annual
Supply Drive! You helped us collect more donations than we have ever collected, and those donations will directly support domestic violence shelters and
animal shelters in and around Chicago that serve YOUR friends, family, and neighbors. You are amazing!!”
Each year on St. Gertrude's Feast Day, we honor one parishioner who has shown by a tireless example of service to the community, that he or she carries within the spirit of St. Gertrude.
We are happy to announce that this year’s Spirit of St. Gertrude Award recipient is Joe Donnelly! Joe has been a founder of the Refugee Committee, active in Helping Hands making sandwiches, a general helper at funerals, including acting as our ‘go-to’ altar server, Eucharistic Minister, Minister of Care, Heart to Heart volunteer, and has provided service in a wide variety of ways and occasions to the parish community.
Congratulations, Joe, on a great example for all of us! Thank you for your outstanding service!
On Sunday, September 22, 2019, United Power for Action and Justice met with Mayor Lori Lightfoot to discuss our shared goals of mental health and addiction services, gun safety, and housing development on the city's South and West Sides.
Thank you to the 24 parishioners from St. Gertrude that joined the nearly 100 religious and civic groups gathered at DRW College Prep in Homan Square! The hope is that Mayor Lightfoot acts on the concerns expressed and works to work with residents address them.