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Mass Schedule - see Notice below

Monday - 9:15 am
Tuesday - 9:15 am
Wednesday - No Mass
Thursday Evening - 7:00 pm
Friday - 9:15 am

Saturday Vigil - 5:00 pm
Sunday - 8:30 am, 10:15 am, 12:00 noon

Rite of Reconciliation

Saturday - 3:30 – 4:30 pm

Great News!

Our regular Mass Schedule will return on Tuesday, May 19th.
Please read the letter from our Pastor below.
You may watch Mass on your computer from home Here
~ The Parish Offices are also closed for a while longer ~
You may call the office, leave a message and we will return your call.
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"For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes
in him might not perish but might have eternal life."
~ John 3:16
The Voice


Our Bulletins are back!

Click on the Bulletin (The Voice) link at the left.

The newest bulletins are a bit brief,
but we will get back to normal as soon as possible.

LetterheadMay 14, 2020

My Dear Friends,

Blessings, as we continue to celebrate Easter season. I hope this letter finds you in good health, although our lives have been vastly different from past Easter season I pray you have experienced the true joy of Easter and the promises that the Resurrection of the Lord holds for us. Please know that I continue to pray for you daily and I ask that you pray for me.

It is with gratitude that I am able to inform you that I will be resuming public Mass at St. Gerald Parish, beginning Tuesday, May 19th, at our normally scheduled 9:15am Mass and will be continuing with our regular schedule of Masses. Needless to say there are necessary conditions we need to follow in order to maintain the public resumption of Masses and I will need the support of all the faithful in following these guidelines in order to maintain the conditions to celebrate Mass publicly.

Face-coverings/masks are to be worn by all in or around the church. Physical distancing must be practiced in the church and on the church property, which means that non-family members are to remain at least 6 feet apart. In order to provide for the appropriate social distancing St. Gerald will limit the capacity of attendees in the church proper to 25% as well as utilizing 25% of the space in the Social Hall for those who wish to personally attend Mass. Acceptable seating locations will be identified, and your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

Please note that in addition to cleaning and sanitizing the church facilities before and after each Mass all worship aides have been removed from the church and narthex so as to limit the possibility of contamination. Along with these efforts offertory baskets will not be passed during Mass, rather there will be a basket in a central location for those who are able to make a donation. Also, there will only be one line for the reception of Eucharist during the weekday Masses and one line in each wing of the church during the weekend Masses. Spacing of at least six feet apart will be indicated on the floor and again I ask your corporation in abiding by these guidelines.

Following the Archdiocesan guidelines, "Those older than 65 years old (the recommended CDC age), with a compromised health condition or caring for the sick in any way, should be encouraged to stay home. Anyone who is ill, has a temperature, cough, etc., should definitely stay home as an act of justice to the whole community." Please, if you do not feel well or are uncomfortable with attending public Mass currently please stay home. Archbishop Vigneron has granted a dispensation from the Sunday obligation to attend Mass. This dispensation is granted to all the faithful through Sunday, September 6, 2020.

In addition to watching Mass and other religious programs on television there are several options for spiritual comfort available through the internet. To get information for the daily scripture reading and resources for prayer please go to: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops at www.usccb.org, Archdiocese of Detroit at www.aod.org or Unleash the Gospel at www.unleashthegospel.org. Also, we have resources posted on our St. Gerald website at www.stgeraldparish.org including a link to livestream Masses, as well as the St. Gerald Facebook page.

Although the parish office is still temporarily closed, the messages are checked daily. Also, if you, or someone you know is in need of food or financial assistance please contact our St. Vincent de Paul Society at 248-477-7470 ext. 220 and leave a message. SVDP members are available, they check the messages frequently during the day and return your calls promptly.

Please continue to follow guidelines we have in our state, be safe and stay well.

Again, I would like to thank all of you for your continued support of St. Gerald Parish with your prayers and contributions, “For God did not give us a spirit of fear but rather of power and love and assurance” 2 Timothy 1:7.

May God bless you!

Prayerfully Your Pastor,
Reverend Krzysztof “Kris” Nowak

Note: This Bible Study is on Hold

SPRING SCRIPTURE STUDY – THE GOSPEL OF MATTHEW

Father David Santoro, O.P.,
Chaplin at the Blessed Sacrament Monastery in Farmington Hills
will lead the study using the Ignatius Bible Study Guide


The study will focus on the Gospel of Matthew.
Father David will bring his vast educational experience, along with his involvement in Catholic Radio, to this Scripture Study. Father Santoro has received his Master’s Degree in philosophy from Aquinas Institute of Philosophy, River Forest, IL., his Master’s Degree in theology from the Aquinas Institute of Theology, Debuque, Iowa and his Master’s Degree in English Literature from Loras College, Dubuque, Iowa. His college teaching assignments include Philosophy Instructor at Loras College and Clarke College as well as Theology Instructor and Assistant Professor of Theology at Xavier University, New Orleans, Louisiana. Even after teaching the Gospel of Matthew for over 40 years Father David is still learning from the Matthew.

Please join us and see how the Gospel of Matthew speaks to you.


Location: St. Gerald Church Social Hall
Time: Wednesday evenings 7:00 to 8:30 PM
Dates: March 4 through May 6, 2020

All are Welcome to this Inter-Parish Scripture Study
Bring your Bible and/or Ignatius Study guides
No need to register

If you have any questions, please contact Mary Taylor
at marytaylor.sgp@gmail.com or 248-477-7470

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Do you enjoy playing Pinochle?

Come join the card group on Thursday afternoons in the parish social hall.
Please arrive by 12 noon with play beginning promptly at 12:30 pm.
All are welcome!Twinkle

Foster Closet of Michigan
Items Needed:
New or Very Gently used Clothing (Preemie - Teenage)
New Pajamas
Diapers/Wipes
Baby/Toddler Gear
New Socks and Underwear
Toiletries/Hygiene Products

Who we are?
We are a 501c3 nonprofit taxable organization. We are operated 100% by volunteers; most of them foster families themselves. We have local branches throughout the state of Michigan.

What We Do?
Our organization provides clothing, underclothing, toys, shoes, baby equipment, and gear and in some cases furniture to children placed in the foster care system in State of Michigan. These items are new and like new items that have been donated to us. Children are often placed into foster care with no personal items and in many cases they come into care with only the clothes on their back. Our organization provides these kids with stylish new or like new clothing and personal items helping to begin the process of rebuilding their self-esteem and providing them with belongings they can call their own.

How can the Foster Closet help?
Our organization helps reduce the financial strain a new placement can place on a foster family by freeing up funds that would otherwise be used to fulfill these immediate needs. These needs are not always met immediately or in full by the State and that is where we step in. Meeting these needs allow foster parents to be able to use the funds saved to help the children adapt to their new home life in other ways. The Foster Closet is not a “One Stop” shop; it may be used as many times as the need arises.

Call for more information
800-554-4966 ext.206
www.FosterClosetOfMichigan.org
Oakland County Branch
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If you would like more information
Contact Mary Taylor, 248-476-7677 ext. 201 or marytaylor.sgp@gmail.com

No matter what your present status in the Catholic Church;
No matter what your current family or marital situation;
No matter what your personal history, age, background, race, or color;
No matter what your self-image or esteem;
You are invited, welcomed, accepted, loved, and respected
at St. Gerald Catholic Church.

With these words, we welcome you to our parish
and to our newly revised parish website.
In these days of stress, busyness, and overloaded
schedules, you are invited to come into the presence of
our Lord and take comfort in His care and love.