News & Events
- Retirement Fund for Religious: The appeal benefits some 32,000 aging Catholic sisters, brothers and priests in religious orders to help underwrite retirement and health-care expenses. Roughly 94 percent of donations aid elderly religious. Read more about the Retirement Fund and Sister Kathleen Mary Kiemen in the Catholic Spirit at http://thecatholicspirit.com/culture/faith-and-culture/retirement-fund-helps-care-members-support-ministries/ (Sister Kate served as the director of justice and outreach at St. Gerard’s from 1995 to 2004.) Donate online or use an envelope from the bulletin board outside the parish office.
- Advocate for Justice and Equity in Tax Reform Proposals: The US Conference of Catholic Bishops has raised concerns about the tax reform proposals currently being considered in Congress. In written letters to both the House of Representatives and the US Senate, the bishops state that the proposals appear to “raise income taxes on the working poor while simultaneously providing a large tax cut to the wealthy”. The bishops mention several concerns with the proposals and urge Congress to support “policy approaches that help individuals and families struggling within our society”. To read the full text visit: http://www.usccb.org/news/2017/17-237.cfm. To add your voice in support of the bishops’ concerns, contact your legislators by visiting:
www.house.gov and www.senate.gov
- Contact your Members of Congress on tax reform: The Minnesota Catholic Conference has joined the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in opposing the current tax bill without the inclusion of certain key moral considerations. MCC asks that Congress only pass the tax bill if it assists the poor and vulnerable, as well as working families. Click here to read the complete statement from the Minnesota Catholic Conference. For further information on this issue, please read the USCCB's letter to Congress. Click here to send Congress a message about key moral changes needed in the tax bill.
- Year End Financial Statement: Read the Fiscal year end 2016-17 statement and this year's budget here.
Events - December
Fare for All
Fare For All provides fresh, quality food at a lower cost than a typical grocery store. It helps families stretch their food budget and access nutritious foods that tend to be more expensive. Fare For All offers value, variety, quality and nutrition in food packages. The exact contents of the packages change throughout the month. During December they are offering holiday packages at $30. Fare For All accepts cash, credit, debit, and EBT cards - no personal checks. To learn more visit www.fareforall.org or call 763-450-3880.
Loaves & Fishes - Friday, Dec 22
St. Gerard’s hosts Loaves and Fishes on the 4th Friday of every month. Our next date is Friday, December 22nd. We serve from 5-7 pm at St. Stephen's in Minneapolis. Sign up to serve on the easel in the Gathering Space. Contact Karen Brenteson at 763-561-7411 with any questions.
Winter Stretch - Wednesday, Dec 27
Calling all 6th-12th graders! Looking for something fun to do over Christmas Break? Join us on Wednesday, December 27th for Mass, a service project, and skating at the Central Park Ice Skating Trail. Contact Emily at email@example.com to sign up.