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The Church of St Gerard Mission Statement...
“We are called through Baptism to be a community centered on the celebration of the Eucharist. We respond to that call through our active participation in and responsibility for the life of the parish and broader community. We strive to see God in one another and create an environment characterized by mutual support, concern and respect.”
The History of St. Gerard’s
The history of St. Gerard’s is full of rich tradition, and stories of dedication and commitment on the part of many people who have given so freely of their time to our parish. What follows is a brief account of how our parish started.
It all began in 1970, when a Redemptorist priest had a vision for a new parish, a parish that was truly Christ-centered, and made up of smaller Christ-centered communities, believers who nurture and support each other. The first pastor of our parish, Fr. Robert Oelerich, came from St. Alphonsus. He challenged the first parishioners to reach out to one another with love and acceptance, extending an invitation for involvement and participation, creating a sense of belonging. In reading about the history of St. Gerard, and the dream Fr. “O” had for this faith community, one is hard pressed to not feel the enthusiasm and dedication he had for a new kind of parish.
On January 23, 1970, the Church of St. Gerard was decreed by official document at the Archdiocesan Chancery Office. More importantly, on February 14, 1970, the first Mass was celebrated at Riverview United Methodist Church, Brooklyn Park, where space was rented for two years, until we could build our own church. Fr. Robert Oelerich served as the pastor, and Fr. Earnest Larsen was associate pastor. In these early years of our Parish, there was a strong sense of community and togetherness. The people of St. Gerard shared a common vision of a faith-filled, Christ-centered parish, in which all were valued and treasured as a man or woman of God.
On February 6, 1972 the Methodist Congregation shared in our last prayer service in their facility. Together we formed a caravan and together we moved our belongings to our new church building in the final stages of construction. The Church of St. Gerard had a new permanent home in Brooklyn Park.
From 1970-1990, the Redemptorists served the parish of St. Gerard, tirelessly giving their time and devotion
|Founded||January 23, 1970|