Category Archives: Parish Activities

St. Gerard CYO

St. Gerard has begun their CYO program with the help of Lisa Lopez and Isaac Zamora, who are in charge of starting this program. This program will involve our youth in our community as well as youth in our parish and surrounding parishes.

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. We will be registering toward the end of July for Soccer and Volleyball. Dates to be announced. Please feel free to email us or call 210.725.1787 for information.

To help with our expenses we are having a fundraiser:

Plate to include (2) Sausage Links with Tortillas, Rice, Beans, Pickles and Onions
$6.00 Donation
June 24th, 2017: 11am – 2pm @ St. Gerard Church
8am and 10:30am MASSES

An Adult Study Program “A Biblical Walk Through THE MASS” by Edward Sri

For Many Catholics, the Mass might be almost too familiar. We show up to church and perform prayers and rituals. We stand, sit, and kneel. We make the signs of the cross, etc. But what do all these prayers and rituals mean? One key for unlocking the mystery of the Mass is Scripture. Practically all of the prayers and rituals of the Mass are saturated with the Bible. And the climax of salvation history itself is made present sacramentally in the Mass. Therefore, the more we know about the biblical roots of the Mass, the more we will come to appreciated the splendor of the liturgy.

A five week study.
Facilitating DVD & Study Booklet: Janice Dunagan
When: Thursday, 9:30- am. June 8-July 6, 2017
Where: Seelos Room Cost $8.00
Call Shirley Jones to register: 533-0161

Join Other Adults for Coffee and Faith

Plan to be enriched through this group, meeting on Sunday mornings from 9-10:15 in the front parlor of the parish office building. The group will explore the Sunday Scripture Readings and aspects of our Catholic faith. Bring yourself. Your children are welcomed to come and stay in a nearby room. Bring your questions! Bring a friend! Questions? or Want to Register? Call Tom Magott, facilitator, 210-648-3447.

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