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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.

"Black Madonna" Icon Welcoming Ceremony

The “Black Madonna” to visit St. Gertrude Parish

The icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa ("the Black Madonna") is reputed to have been "written" on Mary’s table top from her house in Nazareth by Luke the Evangelist. She has been credited with numerous miracles and healings — both of a spiritual and physical nature. A beautiful copy of this icon has been blessed and consecrated at the monastery of Jasna Gora in Poland, where the original is kept, and entrusted to the defense of life and family. Now, after nearly 2 years and traveling 40,000 miles from Vladivostok in Russia through 24 countries in Europe, she will be visiting St. Gertrude Parish on her global pilgrimage.

Please join us as we welcome Fr. Peter West of Human Life International and the icon of the "Black Madonna" to St. Gertrude to ask for her protection of life and family as well as personal petitions. Human Life International - a Catholic apostolate focused on building a Culture of Life around the world - is sponsoring an international campaign called From Ocean to Ocean in Defense of Life. The centerpiece of the campaign is an icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa - the "Black Madonna". Venerated in both the East and the West, the Black Madonna is credited with numerous miracles on behalf of those who have prayed for her intercession.

A welcoming ceremony and Marian devotions will be held at 7:00pm on Friday, May 9 in the church.

On Saturday morning, May 10, she will travel to the Women’s Med Center abortion facility in Sharonville. Beginning at 8:00am, we will pray the Rosary and ask for "Our Lady’s" intercession to help defend and preserve life from conception to natural death. Make plans to join us at one or both events!

Mother of Mercy Perpetual Eucharistic Exposition Chapel Sign Up - Update: Hours Still Need to be Filled!

St. Gertrude Parish is blessed to announce the opening of the Mother of Mercy Perpetual Eucharistic Exposition Chapel located in St. Gertrude’s Parish Center. Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration is a Eucharistic devotion in which the members of a community unite in taking hours of adoration before the Most Blessed Sacrament, continuously during the day and night, seven days a week.

Please prayerfully consider your availability to spend one hour each week in intimate conversation and quiet meditation with your Lord.

Take a look at the openings in the schedule. There are 17 hours that do not have ANYONE committed to stay with the Blessed Sacrament. Any time slot you could commit to would be a blessing for our parish community and yourself!

If you would like to become one of our Perpetual Eucharistic adorers (also known as a Eucharistic Guardian), please contact us by using the sign-up sheet form below or this PDF File version.

Paper sign-up sheets can be deposited in the regular collection basket during Mass; in a basket that is located at the Blessed Virgin Mary Altar; or brought to the parish office.

Rosary vigil in front of Sharonville abortion center

Please join Fr. Andre-Joseph, the Knights of Columbus Elder Council and your fellow St. Gertrude parishioners to pray the Rosary in front of the Sharonville abortion clinic. We have had a loyal and faithful Pro-Life group each 4th Saturday – but there is always room for more. Our Bishop has asked us to pray and sacrifice; this is a great way to do both for the important cause of protecting the unborn.

From the Pastor 04/20/14

Christ Has Risen, Alleluia!!
Truly He is Risen, Alleluia!! Alleluia!! On behalf of the entire Dominican community of friars and novices who are so blessed to serve you here at St. Gertrude, we wish you and your families a most Blessed Easter.

I wish to extend my heartfelt thanks to many who have worked so hard to make the celebration of Easter most blessed: our Dominican priests who have ministered to you this Holy Week, Dr. Ralph Martin for his great message during our Parish Mission, our sacristans, liturgical coordinators, ushers, lectors, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, servers, and decorators. A big thank you to Victor Kovacs, Jr. and the choir and cantors for a beautiful Triduum filled with sacred music. Thank you to our RCIA Team for a job well done in preparing our candidates who have embraced the Catholic Faith. Please extend a warm welcome to those candidates who have come into the loving arms of Holy Mother Church. Thanks to all our parishioners who were so generous in the Easter Flowers Donation. Your generosity has provided the means for us to have the sanctuary filled with Easter glory. May our celebration of the Easter season be filled with joy and gladness for the redemption won for us by our Divine Savior Jesus Christ. Thank you also for your generous Easter financial support of St. Gertrude’s. Your extra financial support is greatly appreciated at this time of year.

Auction News!

Auction News!
We have some wonderful auction items coming in:

  • A trip to Nashville
  • A private suite for 12 to watch Disney on Ice
  • A private tour of the Reds Hall of Fame

You'll be able to preview all of them online from May 16th -23rd.

We still need your support! If you are able to contribute gift cards, tickets to sports or cultural events or basket items, please email us ( or drop them off at the church office.

Thank you!

Make A Difference! Building Homes, Changing Lives (Knights of Columbus)

As part of a parish wide program, please join the Elder Council Knights of Columbus as we assist the Madisonville Church Coalition of Habitat for Humanity. All St. Gertrude parishioners are invited.

What: Build houses with Habitat for Humanity, Madisonville Church Coalition

Where: Madisonville Build sites (5714 Bramble Ave. and 4112 Azalea Ave.)

When: Every 5th Saturday starting in May.

How: Click here to sign up to volunteer

  • We will be working with other local churches on two projects: one new house and the re-habilitation of an existing house.
  • No experience is necessary! Knowledgeable Habitat builders provide direction and instruction.
  • All tools are provided. Bring a tool belt if you have one.
  • Volunteers age 16+ are welcome to build (16-17 require parental supervision).
  • If working on a house is not your thing, we also need volunteers to supply lunch for the work crew.
  • This is not a giveaway program. In addition to paying a monthly mortgage, the recipient (partner) family helps build the house and invests 500 hours of their own hard work as a down payment
  • Since 1986 Cincinnati Habitat has built over 220 homes
  • K of C contact: Phil Motz email: ph: 513-677-2871
  • Luke E. Hart Series (What Catholics believe, How Catholics pray, How Catholics live)

    Select Picture to go to page of courses.

    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?

    Vacation Bible School 2014

    Join us for a faith-filled week of friendship and fun!

    • Our program will be held from 9:00am – 12:00pm Monday – Friday
    • Vacation Bible School is offered for St. Gertrude Parish children ages 4 – 10. Must be age 4 by June 1st
    • Each child will receive a VBS T-Shirt to wear throughout the week
    • If you would like to request financial assistance, have questions, or if you would like to make a donation to this program, please do not hesitate to call the Religious Education Office at 561-8369

    Religious Education Registration 2014-2015



    The Saint Gertrude Parish Religious Education Program serves children of active parish families from age 3 through Grade 8. Active parish families are those who have registered as members of St. Gertrude, attend mass regularly, and support the parish through their gifts of time, talent, and treasure. Classes begin in mid-September and end in early May. We are currently forming classes and taking registrations for the 2014-2015 school year. Pre-school classes for ages 3, 4, and 5 are offered on Sunday mornings. Grades 1 through 8 have the option of registering for Sunday morning or Tuesday afternoon classes. Just a reminder, Religious Education Classes do not fulfill our Sunday obligation. It is an expectation that all students in Grades 1 – 8 attend Sunday Mass every week. Classes are offered as follows:

    Sundays 9:15am – 10:30am - Grades 1 – 8

    Sundays 11:00am – 12:00pm - Pre-school 3, 4, and 5 year olds

    Tuesdays 4:30pm – 5:45pm - Grades 1 – 8

    Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession)

    St. Bernard of Clairvaux (Holy Repentance)

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