A very blessed 4th Week of Advent. Many times the 4th Week of Advent is very short because Christmas falls during that week. Well this week we make it all the way to Wednesday before the Christmas Vigil Masses begin. Things are very busy around here as we make last minute plans for our Christmas celebrations. May God bless and protect all of you during this Christmas Season, especially if you will be traveling.
Please remember St. Gertrude Church this Christmas and please be as generous as you can to the Christmas Collection. We depend on your generosity during this time of year to balance our budget.
Kroger’s Plus Card for Donations to St. Gertrude Church:
Years ago, many parishioners used to participate in this program, and quite frankly, many quit doing it since it was a big hassle loading a gift card every month and making sure there was enough money in the account to pay for the groceries and still get the “Reward” for the church. I want you to know that the way to do this has really been improved and is pretty simple and painless now. All you have to do is call l-800-KROGERS. The message gives you several options, and the Community Rewards is Option 3. A person answers and asks for the number on your Plus Card. They verify your name and ask what charity you are choosing. Please respond by saying “St. Gertrude Church.” DONE! One parishioner wrote and said, “I did this just a few days ago, and when I shopped today, it was already posted on my receipt from the store. I thanked the cashier for such a nice thing that Kroger is doing. The lady waiting behind me said, ‘I go to St. Gertrude also,’ and she was unaware of this program. She agreed with me and said she was going to give them a call also. This process took just a few minutes and to think that the church gets 5% of what you spend is just terrific.” This Reward Program does have to be renewed each year. Alternative way is to use the Kroger website. Sign in using this website https://www.kroger.com/communityrewards. Once signed into the website you can enroll or update your Community Rewards under your Account Settings.