Category Archives: Parish Activities

Plan to Attend

Our Parish Mission will be this January, 21-23, 2018. Please mark your calendar to attend this sure-to-be-grace-filled event with FRANK RUNYEON. Acclaimed by critics, scholars, and over 1000 Catholic parishes as a great experience! The Mission will be held each evening in Church at 6:30 pm, and is designed for all ages.

Preparing For The Sacrament of Reconciliation – Monday, Dec. 18th

The celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation is an important part of our Advent observance. There is no better way to prepare for the Coming of our Lord than by this sacrament, “which brings about a true spiritual resurrection, restoration of the dignity and blessings of the life of the children of God” (Catechism 1468). This is to help you to prepare for the celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation here at St. Gerard on Monday, Dec 18 at 7:00 pm in the Cafeteria.

Did you know?

In the early Church the Sacrament of Penance could be received only once in a lifetime. The penances assigned were often very long and severe, sometimes lasting several years. During this time penitents usually had special places in church, wore special clothes, and commonly left the Sunday liturgy after the homily, just like the catechumens. At one time the Church had a two-track system of public Penance and private Penance. Public sins required public penance and private sins required private penance. For centuries penitents were required to do their assigned penance and then return to receive absolution. Practical difficulties with this became apparent when the confessor was a wandering missionary and when the penances sometimes took the penitent on a pilgrimage to foreign lands. What happens in the Sacrament of Penance? “Through the sacrament of penance, we, the faithful, acknowledge the sins we have committed, express our sorrow for them, and, intending to reform our ways, receive God’s forgiveness and become reconciled with God and with the Church” (USCCB Committee on Pasoral Practices). “Jesus’ call to conversion and penance…does not aim first at outward works…but at the conversion of the heart, interior conversion” (CCC 1430).

Conversion is first of all a work of the grace of God who makes our hearts return to him.

Thank You!

Thank you to the Events Committee for the wonderful Christmas Party that was filled with music, food fun and fellowship. The event was enjoyed by all. Thank you to all who helped make the event such a joyous occasion and for all those who attended.

National Retirement Fund for Religious Collection

St. Gerard Will have our collection December 9-10, 2017

Many elderly sisters, brothers, and religious order priests worked for little to no pay, and now their religious communities do not have enough money for their care. Please support the Retirement Fund for Religious collection at Mass. To Learn more please visit retiredreligious.org.

Thank you for your generous support

The Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe

the Patroness of all the American continents, is December 12th. All are invited to the “Las Mananitas” at 6:30 am, followed by the procession of roses, the Tuesday Novena to Our Mother of Perpetual Help, and the celebration of the Mass. Refreshments will be enjoyed thereafter in Church.

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