St. Gertrude Chicago

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1420 W. Granville,

Chicago, IL 60660


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Bulletin for Sunday, July 7 and Sunday, July 15, 2024

14th & 15th Sundays in Ordinary Time

Mass Times: Sunday: 8:00 & 10:30 am Mass in Church (The Gym mass will return in the fall.); Monday-Friday: 7:30 am (Thursday is a Communion service); Saturday: 7:30 am & 5:00 pm.

Reconciliation: 4:15-4:45 pm on Saturday or by appointment.

Office Hours: The Rectory office is open Monday-Friday from 8:30 am-4:30 pm. The office is closed on weekends. The office will be closed on July 4 and July 5.

Heart to Heart Contacts: Sr. Susan Quaintance, OSB/Director/872-296-2537; Laurie Hasbrook/Lending Closet/773-973-5464

From Fr. Mike Gabriel

Often, I am challenged in what to write in the bulletin. Usually, I try to offer some news about the parish, and to thank people who deserve praise for the things they are doing for our parish or community.

I use this space in the bulletin to be forthright about problematic situations that I feel are appropriate to make public. I’ve tried to continually show my belief that this is your parish.

But there are times when I have to make decisions not always popular with everyone but which are my responsibility as pastor. I do not take these duties lightly.

I am sorry that some of these decisions have alienated some of you recently and have caused some of you to walk away. I pray that this summer can bring some healing and closure for all of us. St. Gertrude, Pray for Us.

As we enter this month of July, I have tried to take advantage of a slower pace, and to recognize everything around me, from nature to the busy streets around town. I read a question posed by a great poet, Mary Oliver, “Tell me, what it is you plan to do with your wild and precious life?” Summer days offer us time to be outside, gather more easily with friends and family, walk, run, swim etc. What are you doing with your wild and precious life?

Congratulations to Kathy Osberger

I Surrender: A Memoir of Chile's Dictatorship, 1975, written by parishioner Kathy Osberger, recently received an Honorable Mention Award from the Catholic Media Associate.

Congratulations, Kathy! I still have a few books left if anyone is interested in reading it; just let me know if you would like a copy.

Blood Drive Next Weekend On July 14th we will be having another Blood Drive from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm. You can sign-up and schedule a time at 877.258.4825 or scan the QR code in the bulletin or on the posters in the back of the church.

Enjoy summer!

Parish Calendar

Thursday, July 4

  • The rectory office is closed.
  • Mass is at 7:30 am.

Friday, July 5

  • The rectory office is closed.
  • Mass is at 7:30 am.

Saturday, July 6

  • Care for Real Food & Supply Drive for Asylum Seekers

Sunday, July 7

  • Care for Real Food & Supply Drive for Asylum Seekers

Monday, July 8

  • 7:00 pm ~ Book club in the Ministry Center

Friday, July 12

  • 8:00 am ~ Friday Morning Men's Prayer and Scripture Discussion Group
  • 7:00 pm - Guadalupanos Rosary Group (Grupo del Rosario de Guadalupanos) in the Ministry Center

Sunday, July 14

  • 8:00 am-1:00 pm ~ Blood Drive
  • 12:00-5:00 pm ~ Edgewater Garden Walk

Friday, July 19

  • 8:00 am ~ Friday Morning Men's Prayer and Scripture Discussion Group
  • 7:00 pm - Guadalupanos Rosary Group (Grupo del Rosario de Guadalupanos) in the Ministry Center

Friday, July 26

  • 6:30 pm ~ Commonweal Dialog (see article for location)
  • 7:00 pm - Guadalupanos Rosary Group (Grupo del Rosario de Guadalupanos) in the Ministry Center

Events & Activities at St. Gertrude

listed in chronological order

Rectory Office Closed on Thursday, July 4 and Friday, July 5

The office will be closed on July 4 and July 5 in honor of Independence Day.

Mass will be held at 7:30 am.

Food & Supply Drive for Care for Real's Asylum Seekers - July 6 & July 7

Our monthly Food & Supply Drive for asylum seekers is this weekend, July 6 & 7. Please place nonperishable items in the bins at the back of church. They will be donated to Care for Real who is working hard to help these newly-arrived neighbors.

Special needs this month include:

  • Sanitary napkins (NO tampons)
  • Diapers size 3T, 4T, 5T.

Our collection drive for Care for Real is always the fourth calendar weekend every month, and our asylum seekers’ collection is the first

weekend of the month.

Visit to shop Care for Real's Amazon or Target wish lists to shop-to-donate today.

Book Club - Monday, July 8

On Monday, July 8, the book club will discuss The Secrets We Kept by Lara Prescott. The gathering is at 7:00 pm in the Ministry Center, located at 6214 North Glenwood Avenue.  

We would love new voices and opinions!

Contact Lea Cloninger at 773.973.2465 or Sue Benjamin at 773.551.8401 with questions.

Friday Morning Men’s Prayer and Scripture Discussion Group

The Friday Morning Men’s Prayer and Scripture Discussion group will have an in-person gathering for all the remaining Fridays in July and August.  

It will be at the St. Gertrude Ministry Center, 6214 N. Glenwood. We meet for social conversation at 7:45 am and begin in prayer at 8:00 am. 

We read and share our insights into the Scripture readings for the coming Sunday. We want to better live the Gospel in our daily lives and we share what the readings mean to us, from our personal perspectives rather than a scholarly point of view. We finish with an “Our Father” at about 9:00 am. Some opt to linger longer as their schedule permits. We also will be connected via Zoom for these summer gatherings.  

Here is the Zoom information for our weekly gathering.

Meeting ID: 823 2448 7220

Passcode: pray

There are currently about 6-8 guys participating in a typical Friday morning gathering.  We hope several who are reading this will also find this to be appealing and give the group a try.  If you are interested and plan to come, it would be helpful – but not required – if you let Allen Stryczek know you are coming by sending him an email to  

Parish Blood Drive Planned for Sunday, July 14

The next blood drive at St. Gertrude Church is Sunday, July 14 from 8:00 am–1:00 pm. The Vitalant Bloodmobile will be located on Glenwood Avenue in front of the entrance to St. Gert's. 

Blood donors are greatly needed in our area to help local patients. Every blood donation can save up to 3 lives in our community!

Please prepare for your donation by eating well and hydrating before your appointment. Additionally, bring ID.

To schedule your donation, scan the QR code in the image, call Vitalant at 877.258.4825 or register online at and use code ORD00591. Walk-ins are welcome!

For more information, contact Pat Knowles at

The Edgewater Garden Walk is Sunday, July 14

The 2024 Edgewater Glen Garden Walk will be held on Sunday July 14, 2024 from noon to 5:00 pm. It features the gardens in the 1200 & 1300 blocks of Norwood, Glenlake, Hood, and the south side of Granville.

The registration table and maps will be located at 1354 W. Norwood. There is a donation of $5 for adults and no charge for children. 

This is your chance to view the outdoor spaces of the talented Edgewater Glen gardeners in a compact, easily walkable route!

For more details, visit

Next Commonweal Dialogue Gathering is Friday, July 26

Our first gathering and conversation of the renewed Commonweal Dialogue occurred on June 14th. It was a wonderful and spirited discussion among about 20 parishioners of St. Gertrude and St. Nick’s Parishes.

The next Commonweal Dialogue will take place on Friday, July 26 at 6:30 pm. John Williams has again graciously agreed to hold the meeting on his back porch at 1305 W. Glenlake Ave. We will enjoy wine and pizza with our conversation.

The topic is “Faith and Politics in the 2024 Presidential Election.” Questions we might consider include (but are not confined to) the following: What part does our Catholic (or other) faith play in our 2024 vote for President of the United States? Does our faith influence our political views or do our politics influence our religious beliefs? How do Catholics with opposing political views talk to one another with civility and understanding?

Suggested reading: TBA

Commonweal Dialogue provides opportunities for civil and cordial conversation about topics of contemporary concern at the intersection of faith and politics. We hope you will join us!


Verna Foster

Denise DeBelle

John Williams

Guadalupanos Rosary Group (Grupo del Rosario de Guadalupanos) on Friday Evenings

All are welcome to attend the weekly Rosary group held on Friday evenings at 7:00 pm.

The bilingual gathering is held in the dining room of the Ministry Center, located at 6214 N. Glenwood Avenue.

Parish News

Growing in Faith: Jesus Rejected in His Home Town Synagogue of Nazareth

The simple phrase “I know”, or in today’s Gospel, “We know”, is an expression of power, self-assurance and pride. Sometimes a healthy pride as the student who raises her hand in response to the teacher’s question because she knows the answer and sometimes an arrogant pride as when I say it curtly in response to my spouse thoughtfully reminding me of something she considers important.


For Jesus’ hometown neighbors, their “knowing” is a dismissive, defensive, probably jealous, and proud, rejection that prevented them from humbly admitting and receiving a deeper and potentially transformative knowledge, or truth. Perhaps this is why, of all the capital sins, John of the Cross dedicates more words in his Dark Night of the Soul to the sin of pride. It can be insidious and keep me from hearing what is important for me to hear.


Jesus is compelled by what he knows is true, by whom he knows himself to be, by whom he is called to be, and by the truth, or knowledge, he is called to speak. His homies were scandalized by, or literally “stumbled on”, his “I know who I am” fulfillment of Isaiah’s words, and, I think, they also were disturbed by his reminder that the Messiah was for the poor, the captive, the blind, and the oppressed because, as Peter Maurin said, the Gospel afflicts the comfortable and comforts the afflicted.


Oh, that I may pay attention to those truths that disturb my comfort no matter the source.

~Jim Manzardo

Summer Bulletin Schedule

Beginning this week, we will have bulletins every two weeks.

If you like to have anything submitted, please information to 10 days before the print date. The schedule is:

  • July 7 & 14
  • July 21 & 28
  • August 4 & 11
  • August 18 & 25

Rollator Walkers Needed for the Lending Closet

The Lending Closet is in dire need of rollator walkers (walkers with a seat) and tub transfer benches. 

Please e-mail or call the Lending Closet manager Laurie Hasbrook at or 773.973.5464 ext. 115 if you have one to donate.

Ministers of the Word, Eucharistic Ministers, & Altar Servers for Upcoming Masses

Ministers of the Word

  • Saturday, July 6 at 5:00 pm - Jennifer Kiedaisch, Kathleen Dawson
  • Sunday, July 7 at 8:00 am - Hallie Burhoe, Jay Cook
  • Sunday, July 7 at 10:30 am - Stephen Modde, Rafael Melendez
  • Saturday, July 13 at 5:00 pm - Joseph McMahon, Susan McKean
  • Sunday, July 14 at 8:00 am - Kathryn Stimac
  • Sunday, July 14 at 10:30 am - Rose Karasti, Zoe Damalerio

Eucharistic Ministers

  • Saturday, July 6 at 5:00 pm - Roman Reyes
  • Sunday, July 7 at 8:00 am - Barb Daly
  • Sunday, July 8 at 10:30 am - Troy McMillan, Annie Hasselbeck, Steven Hasselbeck
  • Saturday, July 13 at 5:00 pm - Kathy Wall
  • Sunday, July 14 at 8:00 am - Hallie Burhoe
  • Sunday, July 14 at 10:30 am - Maria Ugarte, Carlos Barragan, Troy McMillan

Altar Servers

  • Saturday, July 6 at 5:00 pm - Esteban Campuzano, cross bearer; Carter Cartwright and Henry Villareal, acolytes
  • Sunday, July 7 at 10:30 am - Mary Kate Cashman, cross bearer; Diarmuid McKeon, acolyte
  • Saturday, July 13 at 5:00 pm - Carter Dant, cross bearer; Xavier Lassus and Wyatt Dant, acolytes
  • Sunday, July 14 at 10:30 am - Owen Craft, cross bearer; Ethan Craft and Viviana Love, acolytes

Financial Report for June 30

Sunday Collection Envelopes: $2,190.00

Loose Checks: $440.00

Loose Cash/Coins: $486.25

Online Donations: $2,703.83

Total Collected: $5,820.08

Budgeted: $10,000.00

Difference: -$4,179.92

Year-to-date Collected FY 2024: $558,749.65

Year-to-date Budgeted FY 2024: $386,400.00

Difference: $172,349.65

Peter Pence’s Collection: $1,299.50

We would like to inform all parishioners at St. Gertrude that we will be using some money from the To Teach Who Christ Is fund to repair plumbing in the Ministry Center.

The cost of the project will be $2,360.00.

Ways to Help Our Parish: Text to Give, GiveCentral, and PayPal

We have set up a "Text to Give" option through GiveCentral. Parishioners are welcome to text the word Donate to 1.773.741.9505 to make a donation via phone. 

To access our PayPal link, please visit our parish website and donate from there. GiveCentral offers parishioners the option of one-time gifts or weekly contributions. 

For more information on text to give or to sign up for online giving, please email Eduardo Soto at

Donate via PayPal

Upcoming Mass Intentions

  • Monday, July 8: 7:30 am - People of God
  • Tuesday, July 9: 7:30 am - Joe Shields+
  • Wednesday, July 10: 7:30 am - Glenn Martin+
  • Thursday, July 11: 7:30 am - Communion Service
  • Friday, July 12: 7:30 am - Sheila McGuire+
  • Saturday, July 13: 7:30 am - People of God; 5:00 pm - JoAnne Marie
  • Sunday, July 14: 8:00 am - Kim Cantrell+; 10:30 am - Jean Sweeney+
  • Monday, July 15: 7:30 am - People of God
  • Tuesday, July 16: 7:30 am - People of God
  • Wednesday, July 17: 7:30 am - People of God
  • Thursday, July 18: 7:30 am - Communion Service
  • Friday, July 19: 7:30 am - People of God
  • Saturday, July 20: 7:30 am - People of God; 5:00 pm - People of God
  • Sunday, July 21: 8:00 am - People of God; 10:30 am - Johanna Trummer

Please Keep the Following People in Your Prayers

  • Carlos Barragan
  • Patrick Barton
  • Zara Bradley 
  • Lilly Buie
  • Hallie Burhoe
  • The Buttitta family
  • Maggie Callahan
  • Maggie Callaway
  • Aida Calvopina 
  • Terrence Carmichael
  • Claire Conley
  • David Denegas
  • Denise DeBelle
  • Ann Collins Dole
  • Renee Elhoumaide
  • Mr. and Mrs. Emin Euman
  • Luke Fitzgerald
  • Tim Giles
  • Estelle Guardino
  • Gina Heidkamp
  • Maria Hertl
  • Tricia Hernandez
  • John Kahoun
  • Marilyn Klein
  • Carleen Lorys
  • River Malik
  • Matilde Manzardo 
  • Janet McCulley
  • Nancy Michael 
  • Daniel Moore
  • Hilda Mora
  • Andy Mueller
  • Donald Nyderek 
  • Dealina Peon
  • Claude Poulsen
  • Charley Scantlebury 
  • Willy Spalla 
  • Floret Spalle
  • Elinora E. Tolentino
  • Manuel & Norma Viray
  • Leon Ward
  • Ron Whitfield
  • Yyes Yoza
  • Joel Pozzi Zio

If you would like to add a name to the prayer list, please contact the Rectory at 773.764.3621 or email Names will remain on the list for three weeks. After that time, please renew the name using same contact information.


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