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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.

Friday of the Fifth Week of Lent - March 27, 2015

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Jem Sullivan, PhD, Dominican House of Studies

Reading 1 JER 20:10-13

I hear the whisperings of many:
“Terror on every side!
Denounce! let us denounce him!”
All those who were my friends
are on the watch for any misstep of mine.
“Perhaps he will be trapped; then we can prevail,

Holy Week Parish Mission

This year’s Lenten parish mission is entitled "Spiritual Healing". It will be presented by Fr. Emmerich Vogt, O.P.. The mission will take place in the Church Monday March 30 thru Wednesday April 1. The talk will starting at 7pm and be followed by confessions.

Fr. Emmerich’s Eucharistic Principles of the Spiritual Life, entitled “Spiritual Healing,” helps people deal with issues they may encounter, or have encountered, in their family and personal life, but from a spiritual perspective. Realizing that inner peace is a gift from the Risen Lord, Fr. Emmerich addresses how we can better find the peace we all seek by inviting Christ to dwell in our hearts. Fr. Emmerich developed this approach to help those who, like him, want to deepen their prayer lives and sanctity, but often get sidetracked by our busy and over-scheduled lives. We often make the mistake of looking to the world as the source for our serenity instead of seeking out Christ. Fr. Emmerich draws on the wisdom of Mother Teresa and the Carmelite Saints and others to teach us how to remove obstacles in our daily lives that block us from growing closer to God.

Living Lent

Lent is a time for sacrifice, discipline, reflection, and prayer, as we prepare for the joy of Easter. During Lent during this Year of Faith, use silence ... confession ... the saints ... faith witness .. and the Eucharist to deepen and strengthen your Catholic faith.

Sanctification through Consecration: The Secrets of Mary, St. Joseph, and Holy Mother Church

“As there are inventions that speed up our work, so there are secrets of grace that shorten the time of our sanctification.” Hear about what St. Louis de Montfort calls the “surest, easiest, shortest, and most perfect means” to become a saint!

From the Pastor 03/22/15

I wish to thank many parishioners who are busy on the phones this past week soliciting donations and pledges to the Debt Elimination Challenge. I know that we can reach our goal of $3.2 million with the help and generosity of all our parishioners. I beg your prayers as we progress towards this goal. Please continue to keep the Challenge in your prayers, and that many more parishioners will respond to the Challenge with a one-time gift or three year pledge. Thank you for your generosity.

New Parochial Vicar for the Parish: I am very happy to report that our provincial, Fr. Ken Letoile, O.P., has assigned us a second parochial vicar to St. Gertrude’s. Deacon Br. Gabriel Torretta, O.P., will be ordained a priest in May of this year, and will arrive here in early July to begin his duties as associate pastor. I know many of you have been praying for quite some time for the parish to be fully staffed with three priests. I also know how difficult it has been for us to keep going with one less priests. I am grateful to Fr. Allen Moran, O.P., our prior, and the other friars in the priory, for their generosity in the past year and a half in helping us keep up the pace of a very busy parish. Both Fr. Carroll and I are very grateful to the provincial for his kindness towards St. Gertrude’s. Please keep Deacon Br. Gabriel in your prayers in the next few months as he prepares for ordination to the sacred priesthood.

Rosary vigil in front of Sharonville abortion center

This Saturday Fr. Andre-Joseph from St. Gertrude's Parish will be leading rosary at 9:00 a.m. Join others in praying for the closing of the abortion mill and the end to abortion. Saturday rosary will continue weekly until the abortion mill is permanently gone from Sharonville!

"When the time comes as it surely will, when we face that awesome moment, the final judgment, I've often thought, as Fulton Sheen wrote, that it is a terrible moment of loneliness. You have no advocates, you are there alone standing before God and a terror will rip through your soul like nothing you can imagine. But I really think that those in the pro-life movement will not be alone. I think there will be a chorus of voices that have never been heard in this world but are heard beautifully and clearly in the next world and they will plead for everyone who has been in this movement. They will say to God, "Spare him because he loved us," and God will look at you and say not, "Did you succeed?" but "Did you try?" -- Henry Hyde

Forming Intentional Disciples by Sherry Weddel - Summary

Please click here for a complete summary of all 12 chapters of Forming Intentional Disciples: The Path to Knowing and Following Jesus, by Sherry A. Weddell. Now that we have finished this book, we pray to the Holy Spirit to lead us into true discipleship. A healthy parish is one that is always visioning forward as we open our hearts to what God wishes us to do in all of us as a parish community. Please pray for your priests, parish and school staff, Pastoral Council, and so many parish organizations who are praying as to how to implement “Intentional Discipleship” into the very core of our parish vision. Thanks you so much. Fr. André-Joseph, O.P.

Nominations to St. Gertrude Pastoral Council - Online Submission Form

This year there are three membership position opening on the Pastoral Council. The Pastoral Council meets once a month, usually on the 4th Monday, from 7-9pm, August through May. We ask you to prayerfully read the following information about the Pastoral Council, and consider nominating yourself or someone you feel may be called to this important ministry. Please do not nominate someone without first speaking with them.

Preamble to the Pastoral Council Constitutions and By Laws:
The Parish Pastoral Council, acting as a consultative body, is the vehicle by which the pastor and his pastoral staff consider and test their own ideas and proposals with a group representing the entire parish community. It is the official listening post for the local parish community—the pastor listening to his people and the people listening to their pastor. (The Code of Canon Law 536)

St. Gertrude Parish Debt Elimination Challenge

St. Gertrude Parish Debt Elimination Challenge

“In the end, everything has been entrusted to our protection, and all of us are responsible
for it. Be protectors of God’s gifts!” ― Pope Francis

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