This page has information found in our weekly bulletin, including Father Rich's and our Growing in Faith columns, featured articles about what is happening in and around our parish, Sunday readings, and more! Click the links to be taken to the article. This page is usually updated on Thursday morning. (Online version)
Masses is celebrated at 7:30 am Monday-Saturday and Mass at 5:00 pm on Saturday and at 8:00 am and 10:30 am on Sunday. Reservations are required for all Masses, links to sign-up are below.
We will continue to stream Masses at 10:30 am on Sundays, live-streaming Mass from St. Gertrude Church using Facebook Live. Please click HERE to be connected to our parish Facebook page. After Mass, we upload the video to our YouTube channel.
Mary Clare Barker, our Music Minister, has created a song sheet for use at home with lyrics for music for the 10:30 am live-streamed Mass HERE.
Voting Guidelines from the Bishops of Illinois
On the sign-in table in church, and in today’s newsletter/bulletin, are copies of the Voting Guidelines from the Bishops here in Illinois. This is a great tool to help us sort out the many issues to be considered in casting our ballots on Election Day, November 3. As I mentioned in this column a few weeks ago, and as this statement makes clear, as Catholics, we are not a one-issue people!
There are many substantive issues we need to consider in determining how to cast our ballot. I think as you read the guidelines, you will see that neither you nor I might agree with everything or the prioritization in which issues are presented. But that is always true! I forget who used this analogy recently, but I think it applies well to voting. “Some people think they need to find a candidate who will agree with them on everything.
But that’s not going to happen. That’s like expecting you to get to go everywhere in a chauffeured car. Voting is more like catching the bus. It’s probably not going to take you exactly where you want to go, so you always pick the one that will take you closest.”
Please be sure to vote! It is not only our civic obligation but as Christians, it is our responsibility to our sisters and brothers and our nation!
All Saints/All Souls/ Commemoration of the Dead
Next Saturday, we will be celebrating Halloween (Eve of All Hallows/All Saints) and then All Saints Day (Sunday, November 1) and All Souls Day (Monday, November 2). We will remember in a special way all those who have died this past year at the Vigil Mass on Saturday, October 31 at 5:00pm. Invitations have gone out to the families of anyone who was buried from St. Gertrude, or to any parishioner who notified us of a death in their family.
The memorial altar/ofrenda table will again be on display in the Mary shrine area. Please bring a small framed photograph of your loved one(s) for display during the month of November. (If you don’t have a framed photo, but some other small item of special significance, please feel free to share that at the shrine. Ribbons are not allowed.) The Book of the Dead will also be available so you can add the names of any loved ones who have died. Because of the pandemic, we ask everyone to please maintain the usual safe distance from others if you are visiting the memorial altar. After Thanksgiving, the framed photos or other memorial items can be taken home. Any memorial items that weren’t picked up will be available in the rectory office beginning November 30.
A Great Development for our Cleaning Crew Volunteers
Two members of our COVID-19 Leadership Team, Patrick Robinson and Michael Kowalsky, have donated two aerosol sanitizing machines (“Foggers”) to be used to clean the church. This will make the clean-up after every service much easier. Unlike going through with spray bottles spritzing every surface, then letting it sit, then drying it off, the aerosol machine sprays the area and then the sanitizing solution evaporates, eliminating the need to wait and then dry! This is a huge saving in time and personnel! If you see them in church, please be sure to pass on your thanks for keeping us all safe and freeing up a lot of time for our COVID clean-up volunteers! Thanks, Patrick and Michael!!
New Handicapped Reserved Seating
This past week, we have identified and put new signage in a pew in the front section of church. If you or anyone you know needs to have Communion brought to you, please use this seating. That way the Communion ministers will know to come to you when they begin distributing Communion. Please let the greeter/usher know you would like to be seated in the reserved seating area when you check-in upon arriving at church.
“The only constant is change.”
I don’t know who first uttered that sentence, but it seems to be very true. And it is with sadness I have to announce that our parish office manager, Sr. Judith Zonsius, O.S.B., is leaving us to take up new duties at the monastery as their treasurer. This sudden shift in duties is the result of the unexpected death of their treasurer.
Sr. Judith has been such a wonderful member of the rectory staff and has done an amazing job organizing so many parts of the office -- especially all the new systems that had to be put in place since the pandemic shut-down and what followed starting back in March. We will all miss her great spirit and competence and the wonderful way she dealt with everyone and everything. We wish her well in her new responsibilities.
I have posted the job opening on the Archdiocesan website and have begun to interview candidates. Hopefully, this position can be filled quickly. Please say a prayer for Judy as she moves into her new position and that we are able to quickly find someone to assume her duties here.
Between Two Kingdoms
In Matthew’s Gospel this Sunday, Jesus fields a Pharisee’s trick legal question to test Him on the law, “Teacher, which commandment/law is the greatest?”
Jesus gives a profoundly simple answer, “You shall love the Lord…and you shall love your neighbor as yourself. The whole law…depends on these two commandments.”
In the coming days, America’s Constitution of our secular kingdom, provides Americans the choice to select leaders who will choose the laws that will govern us. But the leader of the Kingdom of God, Jesus, says we must base all laws on the foundation of loving God and loving your neighbor as yourself.
As we watch and read the political news, we should put on the mind of Jesus, and, in meditation on his Scriptures, reflect on how the loving Jesus would discern the issues and leaders. How would Jesus think about healthcare legislation, immigration policy, infrastructure, and reproductive rights, especially from the law of love? How would Jesus discern our defense and education policies? How would Jesus analyze our COVID relief and stimulus programs? What would the loving Jesus say about masks, social distancing, guns, and background checks, etc.?
In our contemplation to get into the loving mind of Jesus, we should discern who he would choose for president and vice president. Which senators, congresspersons, officers, and judges at all levels of government in the secular kingdom would the loving Jesus choose?
Jesus, may your Kingdom come into our secular kingdom!
~ Paul Boyd for Growing in Faith
Please join us for a free Feast of St. Gertrude event on Saturday, November 14 at 6:30 pm in the church! Due to COVID-19 protocols, we cannot have choral singing at our traditional All are Welcome concert to celebrate our parish feast day. So this year, Mary Clare Barker will give a recital/lecture featuring the music of two Chicago-based African-American women composers, Florence Price and her protégé, Margaret Bonds. Both 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 prodigious 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.
All are welcome to attend the live event but MUST register online or at the parish office prior to attending. Links to sign-up will be available as the event draws nearer. The event will also be live-streamed on Facebook and also available afterward on our parish YouTube channel.
First Communion will be celebrated this Saturday at the 5:00 pm Mass by the following children:
The Sacrament of Confirmation will be celebrated on Sunday, October 25 at the 10:30 am Mass:
Together, we offer our congratulations and express our joy for the faith of these young people. Please continue to hold them in your prayers as they continue to grow in their faith.
Parents and guardians of the children who have enrolled in our program met this past Tuesday and were forwarded a packet of Zoom links for each session, the calendar for the year, learning topics broken down by grade, and family resources. This Tuesday, October 27, the first of our Religious Ed classes will begin!
Grades 1-4 will meet online on Tuesdays from 5:00-5:45 pm with grades 1 and 2 and grades 3 and 4 grouped together. Grades 5-8 will have classes on Tuesdays from 7:00-7:45 pm with grades 5 and 6 and grades 7 and 8 working in tandem.
Call for Catechist for Third & Fourth Grades Combined Class
We are still looking for a few more volunteers to be Religious Ed teachers, particularly someone willing to share the role and teach every other week. Please note, lesson plans and materials will be provided. Additionally, lessons will be much shorter than in the past, 30-40 minutes weekly. If you are interested, please email Kevin Chears at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Weekly Religious Ed newsletters are sent on Friday afternoons. If you would like to receive them please email email@example.com.
Join United Power for Action and Justice as we continue to build our relationship with Don Harmon, Illinois State Senate President. Topics that will be discussed are:
Please email Renee Reilly at firstname.lastname@example.org for the Zoom link.
Thus says the LORD: “You shall not molest or oppress an alien, for you were once aliens yourselves in the land of Egypt. You shall not wrong any widow or orphan. If ever you wrong them and they cry out to me, I will surely hear their cry. My wrath will flare up, and I will kill you with the sword; then your own wives will be widows, and your children orphans.
“If you lend money to one of your poor neighbors among my people, you shall not act like an extortioner toward him by demanding interest from him. If you take your neighbor’s cloak as a pledge, you shall return it to him before sunset; for this cloak of his is the only covering he has for his body. What else has he to sleep in? If he cries out to me, I will hear him; for I am compassionate.”
Brothers and sisters: You know what sort of people we were among you for your sake. And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, receiving the word in great affliction, with joy from the Holy Spirit, so that you became a model for all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia. For from you the word of the Lord has sounded forth not only in Macedonia and in Achaia, but in every place your faith in God has gone forth, so that we have no need to say anything. For they themselves openly declare about us what sort of reception we had among you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God and to await his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, Jesus, who delivers us from the coming wrath.
When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, and one of them, a scholar of the law, tested him by asking, “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” He said to him, “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.”
Due to COVID-19, we do not know when we will be able to put hymnals back in the pews for communal use. Parishioners are welcome to order their own personal copies of Breaking Bread 2021 for use at home or brought to/from church. The hymnals contain the scripture readings for Sundays and the music we use in church. The start date for using it is the First Sunday in Advent (November 29).
Missals are being sold at a discounted rate of $7.00/hymnal. This includes tax and shipping. Your order, along with payment, must be received by Monday, October 26.
When the missals arrive, you will be contacted and can pick it up at the Rectory or at church when you come to Mass.
Purchases may be done two ways:
1. Online Purchase
Visit GiveCentral to order and pay online here. (Links to order online also are available on our website and Facebook page.) Please note, Rectory staff will receive a notice from GiveCentral when an order/payment is made.
2. Order Form/Purchase by Check or Cash
Order forms are available online and printed copies are available in church on the greeter's table and at the Rectory. Completed order forms, along with cash or check payments, can be dropped off in church by the greeter’s table when you come to Mass or at the Rectory. Checks should be made out to St. Gertrude with Breaking Bread hymnal in the memo line.
Please note, while you may bring your personal missal to St. Gertrude, you MUST bring it back home. Any missals left in the church will be discarded.
Contact Mary Clare Barker with any questions at 773.764.3621, ext 22 or email@example.com.
We hope that having your own personal hymnal will enhance your worship experience and continue to actively participate in the liturgy during this pandemic!
A flyer/order form form is also available HERE.
For many, home is a place of love, warmth, and comfort. It’s somewhere that you know you will be surrounded by care and support, and a nice little break from the busyness of the real world. But for millions of others, home is anything but a sanctuary. The U.S. Department of Justice estimates that 1.3 million women and 835,000 men are victims of physical violence by a partner every year. And during the pandemic, domestic abuse incidents have skyrocketed.
Our website has a Domestic Violence information page and a click-away button in the event someone is monitoring computer use. It lists specific information on abusive relationships, including:
Mailings of ballots to voters, by law, will begin September 24. If you need to apply to Vote By Mail or check the status of your application or ballot mailing, click here.
The 24-hour Drop Box will be at 69 W. Washington St., through 7:00 pm on Election Day, November 3.
Open October 1-13 - Loop Super Site Info
October 14 through November 3 - 50 Ward Sites for Early Voting and Loop Super Site
Early Voting Sites in all 50 Wards - plus the Loop Super Site
Monday-Friday - 8:30 am-7:00 pm
Saturday-Sunday - 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Election Day, November 3 - 6:00 am-7:00 pm
Loop Super Site at Clark & Lake - 191 N. Clark St.
Ward locations close to St. Gertrude Church:
For more information about voting by mail, please click HERE.
On November 3, 2020, all Americans eligible to vote will have the opportunity to shape our form of government for the next two years and beyond. In the midst of the commotion surrounding elections, especially presidential races, it is worth taking time to reflect on how fortunate we are to live in a country where we are able to choose our leaders.
Before casting our ballot, we have the obligation to reflect on the issues affecting our state and our nation. To help guide us on the particular issues of concern to the Catholic Church, we offer the following as a reminder.
Millions of dollars are spent trying to influence how you will cast your ballot, so it is up to each of us to both form and inform our conscience by recalling the heart of the Gospel and the teachings of Jesus Christ.
What do we mean when we refer to “conscience”? According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, “Moral conscience, present at the heart of the person, enjoins him at the appropriate moment to do good and to avoid evil. It also judges particular choices, approving those that are good and denouncing those that are evil. It bears witness to the authority of truth in reference to the supreme Good to which the human person is drawn, and it welcomes the commandments. When he listens to his conscience, the prudent man can hear God speaking.” (1777)
We also offer the following passages from documents issued by Pope Francis and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
"(A) harmful ideological error is found in those who find suspect the social engagement of others, seeing it as superficial, worldly, secular, materialist, communist or populist. Or they relativize it, as if there are other more important matters, or the only thing that counts is one particular ethical issue or cause that they themselves defend. Our defense of the innocent unborn, for example, needs to be clear, firm, and passionate, for at stake is the dignity of a human life, which is always sacred and demands love for each person, regardless of his or her stage of development. Equally sacred, however, are the lives of the poor, those already born, the destitute, the abandoned and the underprivileged, the vulnerable infirm and elderly exposed to covert euthanasia, the victims of human trafficking, new forms of slavery, and every form of rejection. We cannot uphold an ideal of holiness that would ignore injustice in a world where some revel, spend with abandon and live only for the latest consumer goods, even as others look on from afar, living their entire lives in abject poverty."
“We often hear it said that, with respect to relativism and the flaws of our present world, the situation of migrants, for example, is a lesser issue. Some Catholics consider it a secondary issue compared to the “grave” bioethical questions. That a politician looking for votes might say such a thing is understandable, but not a Christian, for whom the only proper attitude is to stand in the shoes of those brothers and sisters of ours who risk their lives to offer a future to their children."
Rejoice and Be Glad (Gaudete et exsultate)i
“The threat of abortion remains our preeminent priority because it directly attacks life itself, because it takes place within the sanctuary of the family, and because of the number of lives destroyed. At the same time, we cannot dismiss or ignore other serious threats to human life and dignity such as racism, the environmental crisis, poverty, and the death penalty.”
This note will not tell you who to vote for, but it will help you to reflect on the issues and the person that can best promote the common good for each office. We ask that you keep in mind the following questions that stem from the seven themes of Catholic Social Teaching:
The Wright College Career Planning and Placement Center (CPPC) invites jobseekers to attend the upcoming hiring event, The Wright College Fall 2020 Virtual Career Fair, Thursday, October 29, 2020, 10:00 am-2:00 pm. The event is FREE and OPEN to all serious job seekers.
This is an awesome opportunity to meet some of Chicago’s biggest and best companies who want to hire great individuals. To RSVP, please email the following information to firstname.lastname@example.org:
The deadline to RSVP is Friday, October 23, 2020. If you have any questions, call 773.481.8527 or email email@example.com.
Loom, a Catholic Charities ministry, is a community of refugee women living in Chicago who weave together their creativity and cultural traditions to make and sell beautiful handmade products. These women have fled their country of origin because of a credible fear of persecution on account of their race, religion, political opinion, national origin, or social group.
Loom provides an opportunity, at a weekly workshop, to collaborate, develop new skills, earn extra income, and be part of a community of creative, enterprising women. Through the encouragement of the group and skills learned, many women secure part or full-time employment in and outside of the fashion industry.
Loom artisans collaborate with local designers to produce a beautiful selection of handmade products such as jewelry, bags, and home décor. Artisans use a variety of techniques including indigo dye, crocheting, knitting, sewing, embroidery, and weaving inspired by their cultural traditions.
Goods can be purchased online HERE and at the following shops:
We encourage you to shop local this holiday season and purchase gifts from this fantastic local ministry!
Mary Clare Barker, our Music Minister, has created a song sheet for use at home with lyrics for music for our live-streamed 10:30 am Mass this Sunday at 10:30 am HERE.
This weekend, our cantors will be:
Please note, we ask that those attending Mass in person do not sing due to concerns that singing may spread germs further than six feet.
Our Eucharistic ministers are:
Our readers this weekend are:
Our set-up/greeter team this weekend is:
Our clean-up team this weekend is:
We still need other volunteers to fill teams for greeting/set-up and clean-up. 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.)
We have set up a "Text to Give" option through GiveCentral. Parishioners are welcome to text the word Donate to1.773.741.9505 to make a donation via phone.
The Archdiocese has an online giving option via the Archdiocesan website. You simply click on the link and it takes you to the website. Once there, you determine if you want to contribute via a credit card or a checking account. You fill out the form, including selecting the parish to which the contribution is going, and the money will be electronically debited. The site offers options for amounts and the frequency of the contribution.
Visit smile.amazon.com and select St Gertrude Parish as your charity of choice. From then on, connect to Amazon through smile.amazon.com and St. Gertrude will automatically benefit as your charity of choice.
For more information on text to give or to sign up for online giving, please email Art Blumberg, Director of Parish Management and Facilities, at firstname.lastname@example.org. He will be happy to help in any way he can.
Here is the list of readings for this for parishioners that prefer to look them up: