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St. Gertrude is a Roman Catholic Parish in the Dominican heritage of prayer, preaching and teaching. Under our Lady’s mantle, gathered as the Body of Christ, we celebrate Him in the Sacraments, Sacred Scripture and in Catholic education. Serving our brothers and sisters in the New Evangelization, we seek to grow in love as we journey with Jesus to God the Father.

Thursday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time - July 30, 2015

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Fr. Peter Calabrese, CRSP, Diocese of Buffalo

Reading 1 EX 40:16-21, 34-38

Moses did exactly as the LORD had commanded him.
On the first day of the first month of the second year
the Dwelling was erected.
It was Moses who erected the Dwelling.

Defund Planned Parenthood!

Recently released videos in which officials of Planned Parenthood traffic in human organs, tissues, and body parts from their abortion clinics are chilling and appalling. They display a callous disrespect for human life. Staff from the Family and Respect Life Office of the Archdiocese took part in “Women Betrayed” rally at Planned Parenthood’s Cincinnati clinic on July 28 to protest this outrage.

However, we need to do more than raise our voices. I urge Catholics and all people of good will to write to their representatives in state and national government, asking them to stop the flow of your tax dollars to Planned Parenthood. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has supported defunding for many years. Planned Parenthood received more than $1.3 million in state funds from Ohio and $500 million in federal funds in fiscal 2013-2014.

Please also support a pro-life pregnancy center that helps women in unintended pregnancies, providing many needed services. You can find a list of them at If you have had or participated in an abortion and suffer remorse, please know that the Church’s post-abortion healing ministry, Project Rachel, stands ready to offer compassionate assistance. Learn more about Project Rachel at

Annual Novice Collection

On Saturday Aug. 1st and Sunday Aug. 2nd there will be a collection for the novices at all masses.

From our Pastor:
The novices will be speaking after the homily for the Annual Novice Collection. It is so nice to listen to them share with all of us their call to the Dominican way of life. We ask that you please be as generous as you can since the Dominican Province of St. Joseph depends on this annual Novice Collection to fund the novitiate here at St. Gertrude’s. Thank you for your kindness to our novices.

From the Pastor 07/26/15

Cathy Egan reports on this year's Festival. Dear Father, It looks like the net profit for this summer’s festival is $135,464,78. I am pleased with the results. Volunteerism was great. For the first time I had a lot of our older parishioners willing to help even in a small way. The Auction Tent ran by Jenny Steiner and Kisti Uvari was a tremendous success making $44,707.15! Thanks to Jenny and Kisti for a great job! Thanks also to Tim and Kristin Stoll, Becky Ramey, and Sheila Singler, our Blue Shirts, who worked so hard as co-chairs to the festival. Please remind all our parishioners to put June 10-12, 2016 Festival on their calendars! Thanks to all for such a great festival!

Next Sunday at the 9:30am Mass the Knights of Columbus will be present as we award the Bissonnette family the Knights of Columbus Family of the Year Award. Elder Council of the Knights of Columbus here at St. Gertrude’s voted this award to the Bissonnette family because of their beautiful example of Catholic Family Life. Please see the picture and write-up of the Bissonnette family in the bulletin this weekend, and plan to join us for this special Mass next weekend, August 2 at 9:30am. A special reception sponsored by the Knights will take place after the Mass. We congratulate the Bissonnette family for agreeing to receive this award from the Knights of Columbus, Elder Council.

Last Sunday at the 9:30am Mass we bid farewell to five graduated seniors as they finish their many years of serving the priests at holy Mass. From left to right are pictured, Edward Pappalardo, Kevin Collins, Jared Diesslin, Evan Smithers, and James Morris. It is truly a blessing to have had these young men serving our parish for so many years. We wish them well as they leave this ministry.

Parish Picnic Signup

St. Gertrude Parish Picnic on Sunday, August 16th 1:30 pm. There will be food, games, entertainment and FUN! The Pastoral Council will provide Hot dogs, brats, hamburgers, beer and pop.

Pastoral Council along with the Stewardship Committee are very excited to plan this fun and family event. If you are interested in helping out with this event, please contact the parish office at 561-5954 or email

Please RSVP to the Parish Office at 561-5954 ASAP or Click here for form.

Supreme Court Decision On Marriage “A Tragic Error” Says President Of Catholic Bishops’ Conference

June 26, 2015
WASHINGTON—The U.S. Supreme Court decision, June 26, interpreting the U.S. Constitution to require all states to license and recognize same-sex “marriage” “is a tragic error that harms the common good and most vulnerable among us,” said Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

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God’s Generosity: Men Accepted For The 2015 Novitiate

The Dominican Province of St. Joseph is grateful to God for these men who have been accepted for the 2015 Novitiate class. They will begin their novitiate on the feast of St. Dominic on August 8, 2015 in St. Gertrude Priory in Cincinnati. Please pray for them!

Parish Census 2015

In order to serve our parish and archdiocese better, please fill out the form below. It will take less than 5 minutes. This form will also be used for new parishioners.

Click here for Census Form

Why conduct a census?

  •  To reach out to our parishioners.
  •  To get to know parishioners better.
  •  To plan programs and events more efficiently.
  •  To improve stewardship/evangelization efforts.
  •  To control costs:

Luke E. Hart Series (What Catholics believe, How Catholics pray, How Catholics live)

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Based upon the Catechism of the Catholic Church, this series answers three questions of the deepest importance to any practicing Catholic, or person looking for a better understanding of our faith: What does a Catholic believe?, How does the Catholic worship?, and How does the Catholic live?

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