The Presentation of the Confirmation Candidates will be on Sunday, October 24 at the 10:30 am Mass in church. Those students to be Confirmed on March 5, 2022 must be present along with their families.
We've updated both our calendar and Religious Ed handbook. Additionally, parents are asked to review our COVID-19 guidelines and sign and return the Family Pledge.
~ Eloy Escamilla
We are looking for volunteers to help with our Kids Word Ministry, which will resume in a few weeks. During the 10:30 am Mass in church, kids ages 5-9 are invited to attend Kids Word after the opening prayer to learn age-appropriate lessons.
To help, contact Eloy Escamilla, Pastoral Associate, Religious Education and Youth Ministry, at email@example.com or call 773.764.3621.
Eloy Escamilla joined the parish staff on Monday, August 2 as the Pastoral Associate for Religious Education and Youth Ministry here at St. Gertrude.
Eloy comes to us after six years in a similar position at Our Lady of Guadalupe parish on the southeast side of Chicago. He has received both a Master of Arts in Theology and a Master of Divinity from Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.
Eloy's email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below is a letter from Eloy:
Hello! My name is Eloy Escamilla, and I am the new Pastoral Associate for Religious Education and Youth Ministry here at St. Gertrude Church. I am from Pachuca, Hgo., Northeast of Mexico City. I obtained a Master of Arts in Theology, majoring in Scriptures (New Testament) and a Master of Divinity from Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. I am so excited and thankful to God to be a new member of the staff!
It is always exciting to come to a new place and learn new things, get to know new people, and share our talents so together we can all build up the Kingdom of God that Jesus would always talk about.
Teaching Religion is one of my passions, so I am looking forward to meeting with our students who attend Religious Education classes. I am also looking forward to meeting and working with catechists/teachers and parents who share their faith with our students. And of course, I am looking forward to meeting you all!
I am always going to try to do my best with a big smile!
~ Eloy Escamilla
Are you interested in signing your child/children up for our 2021-2022 Religious Education classes? Applications are available online HERE. Completed forms should be emailed to Eloy Escamilla at email@example.com.
This year, classes will be held In-person instruction on Sunday mornings from 9:15-10:15 am. The full Religious Ed program's schedule is linked HERE.
Of course, everything is subject to change due to COVID.
If your child is making their First Reconciliation, First Communion, or Confirmation during the 2021-2022 school year, please fill out a Sacramental Registration Form and email it to Eloy Escamilla at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that students must receive two years of preparation in order to make these sacraments.
*When you turn in your registration form, please include a baptismal certificate if your child
was baptized at a parish other than St. Gertrude.
This school year, fees are $200 for one child and $225 for two or more children.
An additional sacramental fee of $60 is required for children making their First Communion, First Reconciliation, or Confirmation.
Religious Education class fees and sacramental fees can be paid online at https://www.givecentral.org/location/8/event/30788.
For children in grades 1-8 who attend public or non-Catholic private schools, the Religious Education program provides a faith community for children and their families as they awaken, nourish, and deepen their awareness of God's presence in all things.
The goal of the Religious Education program at Saint Gertrude is to teach children to listen for and respond to God's invitation to love.
In class, students and teachers work to:
Teens in middle and high school are invited to consider joining the parish youth group! The first youth group meeting will be on Thursday, October 21 at 6:00 pm. The meeting will be in the front parlor on the second floor of the Ministry Center, 6214 N. Glenwood Ave. All students in 7th grade and up are invited!
On Saturday, November 13 from 9:30 am-12:30 pm, Confirmation students and teens in the youth group will head to Chicago’s Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. The students will enjoy a wide range of diverse and engaging exhibitions devoted to the visual arts and contemporary culture. They include Art and Race Matters, The Great Chicago Fire in Focus, as well as the Learning Lab, an interactive studio that offers sights, sounds, and experiences for visitors of all ages and a wide range of abilities. The group will travel via the CTA.
For more information, contact Eloy Escamilla, Pastoral Associate for Religious Education and Youth Ministry, at email@example.com.