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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.

Monday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time - August 31, 2015

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Fr. Dennis Gill, Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Reading 1 1 THES 4:13-18

We do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters,
about those who have fallen asleep,
so that you may not grieve like the rest, who have no hope.
For if we believe that Jesus died and rose,

RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults)

Have you thought about becoming Catholic?
Do you often wonder why Catholics do things the way they do?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then maybe you are being led to RCIA!
RCIA is a process where adults are introduced to the Catholic faith and way of life.
Were you baptized Catholic? If so, do you need the Sacraments of the Holy Eucharist or Confirmation?

RCIA normally takes 9 months, although it can vary according to personal situations. It includes:

From the Pastor 08/30/15

Twelve Reasons from the Teachings of the Church: Spending One Hour With Jesus In The Blessed Sacrament

  1. You are greatly needed! “The Church and the world have a great need of Eucharistic Adoration.” Pope St. John Paul II, Dominicae Cenae
  2. This is a personal invitation to you from Jesus. “Jesus waits for us in the Sacrament of Love.” Pope St. John Paul II, Dominicae Cenae

The Prophets: Messengers of God’s Mercy Sign Up

Join us for our next Great Adventures Bible Study program, The Prophets:Messengers of God’s Mercy featuring Thomas Smith—with supplemental information and explanation provided by Fr. Allen Moran, OP.

A study on the prophets has been one of the most requested programs from The Great Adventure. Like A Quick Journey and The Bible Timeline, The Prophets: Messengers of God’s Mercy places the Old Testament prophets in context of salvation history, making their personalities and contexts easy to follow, understand, and relate to our lives.

If we consider that God is the Divine Bridegroom and the Church is his Bride, then the prophets can be seen as “spiritual marriage counselors.” They afflict the comfortable and comfort the afflicted, calling us to return to our covenant relationship with God. They urge us to repentance,warn us of the dangers of sin, and announce the blessings of faithfulness. Their prophetic words speak to us even today, as they draw us closer to our heavenly Bridegroom.

In the Presence of the Lord

Eucharistic adoration offers not only a place for quiet rejuvenation but also a path to transformation Mary DeTurris Poust OSV Newsweekly

Father Brian Barr presides at Eucharistic adoration during a prayer service for vocations at Immaculate Conception Seminary in Huntington, N.Y., in 2012. CNS photo

Purity in the Digital Age - St Gertrude High School Youth Ministry

A presentation for parents by Dr. Andrew Sodergren on the prevalence and problems of pornography in our culture from theological and psychological perspectives. Dr. Sodergren will also provide practical strategies to parents for prevention and intervention.

Calling All Teens and Adults! - Adult Choir

The St. Gertrude adult choir will begin rehearsals on Wednesday, the 9th of September. We meet in the parish center choir room from 7-9 on Wednesdays. We sing the 9:30 Mass on Sunday but are off on the first Sunday of the month. The choir also sings Christmas Eve, Holy Week and Easter and other prominent feasts. Men especially are needed and high school youth are strongly encouraged to join and bring singing moms and dads along with them!!

Discover Our Parish's Children's Choir

All 3rd through 8th grade boys and girls are welcome! Come and learn to sing with us! - Catherine Fishlock, Director

A "Come & See” Singing Workshop will be offered September 18th and 19th (Friday from 3:30 to 6 pm and Saturday from 9 am to 3 pm). Students bring their own lunch on Saturday; snacks will be provided. This is an opportunity for interested students to come and see what we do - there is no commitment to join the choir if you come to the workshop, but you are certainly encouraged to join if you enjoy it! There will be lots of singing, rhythm games, movement, and intro to note reading. There is no charge to belong to the choir or to participate in the Come & See workshop, but RSVPs and permission slips are required by Monday Sept. 14th. Contact Nancy Kenny at 513.282.6544 or email her at for more details.

Weekly practices throughout the school year are on Tuesdays beginning Sept 8th
from 3:30 - 4:45 p.m.
in the Parish Center Choir Room

True Devotion to Mary Study Group Sign Up Form - 2015

Join us in studying what is considered by many to be "the greatest single book of Marian spirituality ever written," (TAN Publishers). True Devotion to Mary has influenced countless souls, including St. John Paul II and Blessed Mother Teresa.

DVD presentation at St. Gertrude begins Aug 25th, 2015 and runs through May 24th, 2016. It will conclude with Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary on May 31st, 2016 following the 11:30am Mass. Babysitting is available.

Meetings will be held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month from 12:30 - 2:30 pm in the St. Gertrude Parish Center Lobby.

St John Paul II called this book a “decisive turning point” in his life after reading it at age 19.
His papal motto, “Totus Tuus,” was taken from St. Louis de Montfort’s writings on the Blessed Mother.

Pope Pius IX declared that St. Louis de Montfort’s devotion to Mary was the best and most acceptable form of devotion to Our Lady.

Fr. Basil Cole, O.P. stated, "To discover the riches of following Christ as a child of Mary via St. Louis Marie de Montfort, Anne Collins' outline will be a great resource wading through these deep theological waters."

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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