Youth & Family Ministry

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What is Youth and Family Ministry at St. Gertrude?

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.


For all of these below, to get involved or to learn more, contact Jim Potthast at the Rectory at 773.764.3621 or via email at jpotthast@stgertrudechicago.org.

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Religious Education (CCD)

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.  


The Religious Education program begins in September and concludes on May 5. Classes for the 2018-2019 school year will be held on Sunday mornings from 8:30-9:45 am. This year's schedule is available for download at the bottom of the page.

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Kids Word

Also known as Children's Liturgy of the Word, Kids Word takes place during the 10:00 am Mass on most Sunday mornings from September through May 19. Kids Word is a ministry for children in kindergarten through 4th grade that introduces stories and themes from the Bible in age-appropriate language. Accompanying activities, reflections, and discussions allow children to grow together in their understanding of Scripture and in their growing relationship with God. This year's schedule is available for download at the bottom of the page.

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Family Ministry

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. 

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Family Masses

Family Masses are celebrated every month at the 10:00 am Mass in Church. These Masses are geared towards families with primary and middle school-age children, with each Mass hosted by one grade.


2019 Family Masses are planned for:

Sunday, February 24 - 5th grade

Sunday, March 17 - 8th grade & WOW teens

Sunday, April 7 – 2nd grade

Sunday, April 28 – 7th grade

Sunday, May 12 - All grades participating - May Crowning 

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Walk on Water (WOW) Youth Program

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.

2018-2019 Religious Ed and Kids Word Schedule

2018-2019 Religious Education Family Masses and Kids Word Calendar (pdf)

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