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Retirement isn’t easy for

cathedral mainstay

-- even at 92

By DAVID MYERS
Southwest Kansas Register

Gertrude Jones lives in defiance of the laws of physics.
Even as it was announced a few weeks ago that she would be retiring as sacristan at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe, she was fulfilling a marathon of duties. A typical weekend could include preparing for a wedding in the afternoon, serving as a Eucharistic Minister at a 5 p.m. Mass, and then preparing for a 7 p.m. Spanish Mass.
And that’s just on Saturday.

Gertrude does everything from watering plants, to washing robes and vestments, to preparing the bread and wine. After a recent Mass, she could be seen pulling large, wooden chairs up the ramp to the altar, where she set them up for the next celebration.
Gertrude just turned 92, but for those not in the know, the number is not to be believed. Seventy-five, maybe, they would guess. Eighty? She looks good for 80, might be another guess.
Although she accepts that there are difficulties that become larger in scope with age, such as traveling the harsh winter roads, after serving for so long and having put in so many hours, she admitted that she wonders what she’s going to do with the extra time.
Gertrude’s husband, Leonard, died in 1979. The couple had six children. The great- grandmother has served the Guadalupe parish since before the new structure was built in 2001. It’s an odd day indeed when one walks into the giant doors of the cathedral, and Gertrude is nowhere to be found.
She has often arrived early enough to watch the sunrise from a window adjacent to the sacristy. Having lived in Kansas for 50 years, she said in a previous interview that she sometimes still misses the rolling tree-covered hills and meandering rivers of the upstate New York town in which she was reared.
Director of Religious Education Norma Alvarez said that Gertrude “put so many hours and so much energy into this church. We really need at least 10 people to cover what she was doing. Every funeral, she’s here; every wedding.
“She helped us a lot. A lot,” she stressed, “that’s for sure.”
“She kept everything in line,” commented parish secretary Patty Renteria. “She did so much.”
Over the years, Gertrude, a former nurse, has provided “health talks” and blood pressure checks to seniors trying to qualify for “Meals on Wheels.” She volunteered as a librarian at the genealogy library in Dodge City, helping people track down their family history.
At the 5 p.m. Mass Oct. 15, Gertrude was presented with a plaque by Father Ted Skalsky for her many years of service.
“Few people know the amount of work she did, and how much help she was in preparing for funerals, weddings and daily Masses,” said Father Skalsky
“She made sure that there was wine and hosts, linens, and candles. She made sure that we would have palms for Palm Sunday and ashes for Ash Wednesday. All of those things she tended to, and we are so appreciative to her.”

 

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Sept. 16, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: 2018 Golf Classic; student athletes; physically challenged; Leonard Stegman; Lesson in forgiveness; Sending us on a mission

Sept. 2, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Priest crisis; Scandal; Opioid addictions; Seeds of Suicide; Leightons; St. Anne; Vincke; seminarians; Dominican Sisters; Stewardship Conference; Dead Sea Scrolls; PSR programs; Roe V. Wade

 

August 12, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Prayer and Action; Totus Tuus; Janee Bernal; Diana Ramirez; Heidy Ramirez; Bishop Gilmore honored for 20 years ministry; suicide; contraception and abortion; Dead Sea Scrolls; Humanae Vitae; certification in youth ministry; Chuck Weber; Cathedral rectory chapel; Sister Viola Heichelbech; Adam Urban

July 15, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Immigration Protest/Rally; Faith and Light Fiesta; Seeing the Dead Sea Scrolls; Corpus Christi procession; Prayers for priests; Sisters turn 100; Michael Brungardt; Gerald Vincke; Massacre in San Salvador; Action for Alex 

 

June 3, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Parish Pray for Priestly Vocations; Appeal reaches $10 million; Gangs; Seminarians; Pam Willis; Why I like being a priest; Happy Father's Day; Patricia Lujan; Tyler and Rachel Bennett; Adoption Protection Act.

May 20, 2018
KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Track meet; Beloved Sinners; Benjamin Martin retires; Smiles; Future of Fortune Telling; Hoisington mission; DofI; Getting Equipped; Spring Social; First Communion; Confirmation
KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Track meet; Beloved Sinners; Benjamin Martin retires; Smiles; Future of Fortune Telling; Hoisington mission; DofI; Getting Equipped; Spring Social; First Communion; Confirmation

May 6, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Archbishop Romero; Seeing, Touching, Tasting; Exhortation; Father Patrick Conroy; Happy Mother's Day; A child on your doorstep; Vibrant Ministries Grant; From the heart of a young father; Love Gives Life; Roman Holiday; Smartphone; retirement
Fossil Hunting

 

April 15, 2018

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Easter Vigil; Angelica Village; Colorado woman; The art of anger; Cimarron Couple; Staats; Adoption; 

Father Ultan Murphy anniversary; Coughlan; Spiritual Advisor to Hoodlums; Woman of Courage; Oration contest; Darcy Feist  

 

April 1, 2018

 

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Defending Adoption; Led by the Spirit; Knights; ABC Pregnancy Center;
Memorial of Mary; Homeless; Relics; Down syndrome abortion; Chrism Mass

 

March 18, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: SKYAC; Aleksandr Men; Fasting for Priestly Vocations; Uganda; School for deaf; Rannah Evetts; Oberle; Rachel and Doug Trombley; Oscar Romero; Paul VI; DACA

 

 

March 4, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Fasting for priestly vocations; Father Juan; Fasting and prayer;
Quest Weekend 2018; DACA; With God, anything is possible; Homelessness in our communities; Rhubarb, Kansas;
What's the point of fasting; Rite of Election; same-sex couples

 

Feb. 18, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Catholic Schools Week; Rachel Doll; Ellinwood; Great Bend; Garden City; Ness City; Dodge City; Sister Rita Schwarzenberger; Nigeria; Bishop Hermes; Fasting for Priestly Vocations; World Day for Consecrated Life; 50th Anniversary St. Dominic School; What will life be like in 50 years?

 

 

Feb. 4, 2018

 

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: March for Life; Tracy and Ross Smith; Adoption; Vibrant Ministries; Faith and Light;
Pro-Life; Mortal sin to discard elderly; DACA; Abortion; Dreamers; Human Trafficking

 

Jan. 21, 2018

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Louise Korbe; Anne Frank; Miep Gies; Home Heat; Father Solanus

 

Jan. 7, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Good news and kingdom living; dreamers; Sister Teresa Orozco; Infant Adoption; Elderly; a moral conundrum; seminarian; feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

 

 

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