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Catechetical Sunday 2017

This year, the Church will celebrate Catechetical Sunday on September 17, 2017. The 2017 theme is “Living as Missionary Disciples.” Those who the Community has designated to serve as catechists will be called forth to be commissioned for their ministry.

Catechetical Sunday is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the role that each person plays, by virtue of their Baptism, in handing on the faith and being a witness to the Gospel. Catechetical Sunday is an opportunity for all to rededicate themselves to this mission as a community of faith.

Assumption of Mary

This Tuesday, August 15th, we celebrate the Feast of the Assumption of Mary, body and soul, into heaven. Our Eucharistic Celebrations will be at 6:30 am, 9 am, and 7 pm in church.

“As evidenced by the writings of many early Church fathers, Christians have believed for more than a millennium that the Blessed Virgin was assumed into heaven. In 1950, Pope Pius XII issued Munificentissimus Deus, which officially defined the dogma of the Assumption. This means that the Church officially recognizes this belief as a true and necessary part of our Catholic beliefs about Mary. Like all beliefs about Mary, they illuminate our most treasured beliefs about her Son. The Assumption illustrates to us the truth about Christ’s promise of eternal life and resurrection of the faithful.”


Welcome to the Redemptorist theology students who have arrived this week. Welcome to your new location – St. Gerard Catholic Church. We also welcome Father Peter Hill and Father Mick Fleming – the two priests in charge of the students. We are happy that all of you have become part of our St. Gerard Family.

An Introduction to Spiritual Direction

Dr. Deborah Hanus will be offering a small group setting for those wishing to prepare for the ministry of spiritual direction. The group will be a twice monthly gathering of 6-7 men and women who wish to prepare over a two year period. If interested please contact Deborah Hanus through the church.

School Supplies

Once again, we will be collecting school supplies and gift cards for shoes, for needy families. If you would like to help, there will be envelopes for donations, next weekend in the back of church, or, next weekend, you may bring supplies to Church. Blessings to you for your care & generosity!


Registraion Aug 12-13, Aug 19-20, After all the Masses, in front of Church.

The Catholic Faith Formation program will begin on the Sunday after Labor Day, September 10th. Please be considerate and register before the first day. No one is ever turned away, but pre-registration certainly makes it easier for the people involved in making certain that the youth, ages 5 through the 12th grade, have the opportunity to learn about the truths of the faith and how to express our faith in words and actions. The Registration fee is

One Child:  $25
Family: $45
The program is free for the families of the catechists. For more information on the CFF program, contact Shirley Jones, 210-533-0161

The formal sessions for the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults begins on Monday, September 11th, in the parish cafeteria at 6:30 pm. These sessions are for adults who are interested in learning about the Catholic faith; in preparing for the sacraments of initiation of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist; and in coming back to the Catholic Church after being away. For more information about the RCIA contact Nick Flores, 210-844-9472.

St. Gerard CYO

All children ages 3-12 years of age that live in St. Gerard, OLPH, St. Benedict, St. Patrick parishes OR are St. Gerard Registered Parishioners are welcomed to sign up Volleyball and Soccer.

We will see what the interest is like during registration and then decide if “Cheer” is a sport St. Gerard will offer. If you would like additional registration/program information, please feel free to email us or call 210.725.1787 for information. Donations are accepted in the parish office for this great program.


We welcome all kids 3-12 years of age that live in St. Gerard, OLPH, St. Benedict, St. Patrick parishes OR are St. Gerard Registered Parishioners.

  • August 6th – 9:30 am – 12:00 Noon
  • August 13th – 9:30 am – 12:00 Noon
  • August 20th – 9:30 am – 12:00 Noon
  • August 27th – 9:30 am – 12:00 Noon

@ St. Gerard Church – 1523 Iowa Street
Registration Fee: $60.00
(Player Uniform Shirt Included in Registration)

Please bring Child’s Birth Certificate & Proof of Residency

Lisa Lopez – St. Gerard CYO President
Isaac Zamora-St. Gerard CYO Vice President
Gabriel Martinez – St. Gerard CYO Athletic Director

Pastor’s Notes – November 13, 2016

Father Shea

Father Shea

Fr. James E. Shea, C.Ss.R.

Dear Parishioners and Friends:

A young man owned a bakery in a small town. Every week he would purchase butter from a nearby farmer. One day the baker suspected that he was being short changed. He questioned whether each brick of butter was a full pound.

For several days he weighed each brick. Sure enough! Each brick were short an ounce and a half. So, the baker sued the farmer.

At the trial the judge said to the farmer, “I presume that you have a scale to weigh the butter.” “No, your honor I do not.” “Well, then, how do you manage to weigh the butter yourself?”

“Well, your honor, I have a balance scale. One one side I place the butter. On the other side I place a one pound loaf of bread that I buy from the baker.” (Blessed are the clean of heart for they shall see God.)

Mr. Elmer Kelen, a Budapest millionaire, commissioned a young Hungarian artist, Arpad Sebesy, to paint his portrait. Mr. Kelen spent only a few minutes posing for the artist. Sebesy had to paint from memory. Sebesy actually thought that the painting was quite good.

Arpad Sebesy contacted Mr. Kelen to view his portrait. When Kelen looked at it, he shouted, “That’s a rotten portrait, and I refuse to pay for it.” Kelen charged out of the studio, cursing Arpad Sebesy for such a disgraceful portrait.

Sebesy followed Kelen down the street shouting, “Wait a minute, sir. Wait a minute.” Kelen stopped in his tracks. Sebesy begged him, “Sir, will you give me a letter saying that you refused the portrait because it didn’t resemble you?” Kelen gladly complied.

A few months later the Society of Hungarian Artists opened an exhibition at the Gallery of Fine Arts in Budapest. Arpad Sebesy displayed some of his art work at the gallery.

It didn’t take long before Kelen received a phone call from a friend. The friend told him that there was a painting hanging in the gallery that very much resembled him. Kelen rushed to the gallery and head for the wing where Sebesy’s paintings were on display. Sure, enough, there hung the painting that he had commissioned and rejected.

He glanced at the title of the painting and became furious. He stormed into the office of the gallery manager. He demanded that the portrait be removed at once. The manager explained quietly that all the paintings were under contract. Each painting must remain in the gallery for the six-week duration of the exhibit.

Kelen became unglued. He angrily shouted at the manager that the painting will make him the laughing stock of Budapest. He said, “It’s libelous. I’ll sue.”

“Just a moment,” said the manager as he opened the letter which Kelen had written at Sebesy’s request. “Since you yourself admitted that the painting does not resemble you, you have no jurisdiction over its fate.”

Kelen admitted he wrote the letter in which he claimed that the painting had no resemblance to him. Now he was anxious to buy the painting. However, he discovered that the current price was ten times that of the original figure. He regretfully paid the inflated price hoping to salvage his reputation.

Not only did Sebesy sell the rejected portrait to the man who had commissioned it, but he achieved his revenge simply by exhibiting it with the title: ‘Portrait of a Thief.’

(Blessed are the clean of heart for they shall see God.)

Fr. Jim Shea, C.Ss.R