Children and families are a treasured part of St. Gertrude Parish. We offer a number of programs that are focused on developing and nurturing a deep relationship with God, and encourage children to appreciate what it means to be part of a welcoming, loving community that cares for and respects people from all walks of life.
If you’d like to get involved or to learn more, contact Jim Potthast at the Rectory at 773.764.3621 or via email at email@example.com.
Family Masses are celebrated every month at the 10:30 am Mass in Church. These Masses are geared towards families with primary and middle school-age children, with each Mass hosted by one grade. The 2020-2021 schedule will be announced at a later date.
Faith is an individual, family, and communal experience. Family Ministry at St. Gertrude Parish seeks to build community among families, to strengthen parents as leaders of faith for and in their families, and to open opportunities for families to engage together in faith formation, mission and service, and fun. Through faith formation activities and service projects, families have the opportunity to build community and grow in faith together.
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. In class, students and teachers seek to deepen their relationship with God through prayer and reflection. They learn about being a disciple of Jesus and a part of a community of faith and they learn how their lives can contribute to the Reign of God through service and the fostering of peace and justice in the world.
Sacramental preparation is an integral part of the curriculum for second and seventh grade. Students must have completed two full consecutive years of formation before celebrating First Communion or the Sacrament of Confirmation.
Dates and info will be shared in late summer.
The primary goal of WOW is to offer opportunities for teens in 8th-12th grades to explore their questions, passions, interests, and doubts in relation to their faith. The WOW Youth Program finds its foundation in five pillars: community, leadership, service and mission, faith formation, and fun. Teens in this program explore the intersection of life and faith through questioning, reflection, and conversation; they work alongside one another in service to the Church and their community, and they develop bonds of friendship. The WOW youth program also organizes a summer mission trip in which teens spend a week in service, prayer, and reflection.