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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.

Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time - September 25, 2016


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Fr. Greg Friedman, OFM, Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America
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Reading 1 AM 6:1A, 4-7

Thus says the LORD the God of hosts:
Woe to the complacent in Zion!

From the Pastor 09/25/16

St. Therese of the Child Jesus Virgin and Doctor of the Church October 1

As we celebrate this Memorial of St.Therese of the Child Jesus, popularly known as the Little Flower, Holy Mother Church gives us for the Mass a selection from St. Matthew’s Gospel. Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the Kingdom of heaven.

The theme of spiritual littleness is of course one of the main themes of St. Therese’s life. Born in Normandy, France at the end of the 19th century, she would live only 24 years, but 24 years that would have a profound impact on the Catholic world; an impact that continues even to this day.

Therese was the youngest of nine children born to Sts. Louis Martin and Zelie-Marie Guerin, but only four girls survived infancy. All four would eventually enter the Carmelite Monastery in Lisieux.

From her very young years she desired to enter the monastery. She even pleaded personally with Pope Leo XIII during a pilgrimage to Rome. She finally succeeded in being admitted at the age of 15, and was given the name Sister Theresa of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face. She stated during the interrogation at her entrance into Carmel that she had entered Carmel for the salvation of souls, and especially to pray for priests.

In 1896 she had the first attack of tuberculosis, which would lead to her death in 1897. In the meantime the prioress, Mother Agnes of Jesus, a blood sister of Therese, commanded her to write her memoirs, which were eventually published under the title The Story of a Soul. In this work Therese expounds her doc- trine of the “little way” of spiritual childhood; a spiritual doctrine of littleness that spread like wildfire throughout the entire Catholic world, and continues to inspire countless souls today. “You can see that I am a very little soul and that I can offer God only very little things.”

Take A Stand For Life - September 28 - November 6

From September 28 to November 6, our community will unite with many others from coast to coast - and internationally - for a major simultaneous pro-life mobilization - the 40 days for Life campaign. Faithful believers are praying that these efforts will mark the beginning of the end of abortion.

40 Days for Life is a focused pro-life campaign with a vision to access God's power through prayer, fasting, and peaceful vigil to end abortion.

KofC Sponsored Pancake Breakfast

Knights of Columbus Sponsors Pancake Breakfast

Bring your family and your appetite to church on Sunday. The Archbishop Elder Council of the Knights of Columbus is pleased to sponsor a Pancake Breakfast from 9:30am to 12:30pm on Septempber 25th.

All You Can Eat!
Menu includes: Pancakes, Eggs, and Sausage Breakfast
Gluten/Dairy Free Menu!
Cost: $7 per person / $24 per family
Note: Children 5 & under free / Grades K-8 cost $3
Location: Parish Gym

First Corinthians: The Church and the Christian Community - Sign Up


You are invited to join our new Great Adventures Bible Study program, First Corinthians:The Church and the Christian Community featuring Tim Gray—with supplemental information and explanation provided by Fr. Allen Moran, O.P.

In this eleven-session study, we will discover how the conflicts of the early Christians in Corinth are in many ways similar to our struggles today as Christians. With divisions, immorality, persecution, and other trials of the faithful, the message of St. Paul to the Corinthians is a much-needed message for our own times.

First Corinthians explores the key elements that the apostle Paul introduced to a new and growing Church. St. Paul taught the Corinthians about the nature of grace and the Church as the Body of Christ. In addition, he introduced the Corinthian Christians to the most powerful gift of all, the Eucharist, which, along with Christian virtue, leads to a life of joy.

Server Program for Young People at St. Gertrude - Fall 2016

It is important for the Church to create the conditions that will permit many young people to say 'yes' in generous response to God‘s loving call... It is my hope that the local Churches will become places where vocations are carefully discerned and their authenticity tested; places where young men and women are offered wise and strong spiritual direction. In this way, the Christian community itself becomes a manifestation of the Love of God in which every calling is contained.

Confraternity of the Holy Rosary Sign Up

Do you pray the Rosary every day? The St. Gertrude Chapter of the confraternity of the rosary will be enrolling new members at a special mass at 7pm on Friday, Oct 7, 2016, the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. Members of the confraternity make a commitment (which does not bind under pain of sin) to pray at least the original fifteen mysteries of the rosary at least once every week for the rest of their life, and to include in the intentions of each rosary the intentions of every other member of the confraternity throughout the whole Church. In return, members of the confraternity benefit, both in this life and in purgatory, from the prayers of every member of the confraternity throughout the world, from a share of the prayers of the Dominican Order, and, in a particular way, from the prayers of all of the Saints in Heaven. When a member of the confraternity prays the rosary, even when he prays alone, he is no longer praying as one person, but is praying in communion with the whole church. You can be enrolled in the confraternity whether you are a parishioner of St. Gertrude or not. You can be enrolled even if you can not attend the Mass, though the enrollment ceremony is highly encouraged. You can read more about the confraternity at http://rosaryconfraternity.org/. If you would like to be enrolled, please fill out the registration form on below.

As a part of the enrollment ceremony, new enrollees receive a blessed medal, rosary and candle. While not required, a free will offering of $10 would help us to offset the cost of these items. If you would like to make a donation online, go to https://stgertrude.weshareonline.org/ws/opportunities/Other/donate. Please type “Rosary Confraternity” in the comment box.

Presentation Ministries: Marian Talks


Anne Collins gave 2 talks on July 26, 2016, at Xavier University for Presentation Ministries' Bible Institute. The audio files are below. The 3 documents that Anne refers to in her first talk are attached below.

  • Mary in Scripture
  • Total Consecration to Mary

Ye Shall Know the Truth - a series of 50 talks by the late Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

Venerable Fulton John Sheen (born Peter John Sheen, May 8, 1895 – December 9, 1979) was an American bishop (later archbishop) of the Catholic Church known for his preaching and especially his work on television and radio. His cause for canonization as a saint was officially opened in 2002. In June 2012, Pope Benedict XVI officially recognized a decree from the Congregation for the Causes of Saints stating that he lived a life of "heroic virtues" – a major step towards beatification – so he is now referred to as "Venerable".

Ye Shall Know the Truth - a series of 50 talks by the late Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen. (Select Read more to see all 50 talks.)



Do you know your faith? Will your children know their faith? Will they ever really know the heritage that was purchased for them on Calvary?
Archbishop Sheen 1.  The Philosophy of Life talk_ysktt01.mp3
Archbishop Sheen 2.  Conscience talk_ysktt02.mp3

Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession)

St. Bernard of Clairvaux (Holy Repentance)

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