When we shut down completely for covid, we knew we would have to change some of the usual ways of operating. When we were able to reopen and resume our liturgical celebrations, we did so with fewer ministers assisting, Communion distributed only with hosts and only in the hand, no altar servers, both readings are now read by one person instead of two, and we pretty much look for volunteers to help in the ushering duties on an almost weekly basis.
But now we hope we are, if not exactly moving beyond covid, at least returning to some new version of normal. We would like to recruit and train a new group of altar servers, return to each of the two scripture readings at Mass proclaimed by a different lector/reader, recruit and train some new ministers of Communion to assist in distributing Communion, recruit and train some new ushers, and also seek out a captain for the ushers at each of the three Sunday Masses.
We are doing recruiting right now until the end of September. Training will take place for new Ministers in the beginning of October. New schedules will include all these minsters beginning the weekend of October 15-16.
Please consider how you might participate in our Sunday Masses as a minister in any of these capacities. Our Pastoral Associate, Eloy Escamilla, can be reached at 773.764.3621 or email@example.com with any questions, or simply to volunteer.
If you have done any kind of liturgical ministry before and would like to try that again, or a different ministry, please come forward. If you have never been a
liturgical minister but would now consider that level of participation, please come forward. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to speak with Eloy, Fr. Mike, or myself. Thank you for your consideration!
~ Fr. Rich
Altar Servers: This program seeks to encourage the youth of our parish to fully engage in our faith through their service to the Church as altar servers. The altar server ministry is very important, and the youth will be making a serious commitment to our parish family. This ministry is open to any boy or girl who has received his/her First Holy Communion.
Altar servers should plan on spending no more than 60 minutes each time they serve.
Training Sessions for New Ministers
Want to get involved in something? We are looking for parishioners who are interested in being part of an Art and Environment Committee. The team's goal is to create an environment inside and outside the church that enhances prayer and worship according to the liturgical times and seasons.
A variety of talents are needed. Having a background in art and interior design, woodworking, lighting, sewing, and floral arrangements would be good, but not necessary!
The team meets as needed to plan and/or prepare. To get involved, contact Fr. Mike at firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. Gertrude Parish is a caring, compassionate community whose mission is to serve others, seek to change social structures in conformity with the Good News we proclaim. We are committed to social action in the neighborhoods of the parish, the city, the Church and the wider world.
Please consider how you can serve our faith community. There are many different
ministries and groups that truly make our parish special, including some that can be done from home.
For more information about these groups, please email email@example.com or call the Rectory at 773.743.6277.
The live streaming of Mass started as a response to the COVID-19 protocols for gathering together. Even after these protocols were relaxed, we have continued to broadcast the 10:30 am Mass every Sunday, as well as other special Masses through out the year.
Our ability to join as community both in person and via the live stream keeps us connected. What started as an answer to a problem has become a ministry and a way of being of service to others.
We are looking for assistance with these live-streams! The process is simple, you do not have to have a technical background, a special camera or phone, just a willingness to help. If you are interested in being part of the live stream ministry please contact Eloy Escamilla at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parish Advisory Boards (working with Fr. Rich and Fr. Mike)
Religious Education and Youth Ministry (working with Eloy Escamilla, Pastoral Associate, Religious Education and Youth Ministry)
(working with Eloy Escamilla, Pastoral Associate)
(working with Mary Clare Barker, Music Director)
Social Justice Ministries
Laudato Si': Care for our Common Home
In addition to the above groups, there are several other liturgical, environmental initiatives, social justice, social, and neighborhood groups affiliated with our parish! Please visit www.stgertrudechicago.org and look under Ministries/Community Life for details.