About Us: The Church of St. Gerard (est. 1970)
The St. Gerard’s family began with a strong sense of community and togetherness. The people of St. Gerard’s 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. These values are still just as strong today!
On February 14, 1970 St. Gerard’s parish celebrated our first mass at Riverview United Methodist Church in Brooklyn Park, where space was rented for two years, until we could build our own church.
The first parish wide picnic was held on September 13, 1970, at River Park in Brooklyn Park. Everyone brought their own lunches. There was a raffle drawing, ice cream, sack races, wheelbarrow drag races, a silly spoon game and tot hunts!
On June 13, 1971 the groundbreaking ceremony for the building of the new church was celebrated with the Methodist community.
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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. Both choirs sang, and gifts were exchanged between the two faith communities. (This first building is what we refer to now as St. Francis Hall.)
By 1972, the Church of St. Gerard had a permanent home and our annual summer picnic became known as the “St. Gerard Corn Festival.” The Corn Festival featured games, activities and, of course, delicious food including our mainstay… buttered corn on the cob! (To learn more about this year’s festival, visit our Corn Fest webpage!)
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Today, St. Gerard’s is home to fifteen hundred households – over 5,000 parishioners, 12 staff members, and hundreds of volunteers who work together in community to be the hands and feet of Christ. The Eucharist and Sunday liturgy are at the heart of the life of the parish. St. Gerard’s welcomes all to join us and celebrate the Eucharist at one of our three weekend liturgies or at daily Mass in the San Damiano Chapel.
St. Gerard’s is home to over 50 ministries and activities, something for almost every type of talent, from prayer groups to carpenters, liturgical ministers to gardeners, catechists to musicians, and so much more. We encourage our members to share their gifts in ministries and activities that fit with their time and talents. (To learn more, visit our Get Involved webpage!)
We are a vibrant, diverse, faith-filled, Christ-centered community, as evidenced by our excellent worship and faith formation opportunities, our Christian hospitality to all who come through our doors, and our desire to build strong relationships with those in need through our many social justice and outreach ministries. Welcome to St. Gerard’s! We are so happy you’re here! You are warmly invited to join the worship community of St. Gerard! To learn more about becoming a member, visit our I Am New webpage!