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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.

Memorial of Saint Agnes, Virgin and Martyr - January 21, 2017

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Fr. Juan Molina, OSST, Church in Latin America
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Lectionary: 316
Reading 1 HEB 9:2-3, 11-14

A tabernacle was constructed, the outer one,

Circle of Prayer

Our members support parishioners exclusively through prayer. Anyone may request a prayer and your request will be handed on to each member. Intentions are remembered for as long as requested and are kept confidential.
We are a group of parishioners who pray for those in need. We do not meet, but pray individually. Our forms of prayer are many ― praying the rosary, attending Mass; saying/reciting the Our Father, Hail Mary, or any appropriate prayer from a prayer book; attending adoration; lighting a candle. Any age is welcome, but our group is typically ages 30 and older. Prayer requests will be emailed to you, then all you have to do is pray!

Membership: Open to any parishioner
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Prayer Requests:
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Barbara Rose

From the Pastor 01/22/17

This weekend marks the beginning of the 2017 Catholic Ministries Appeal. As you know, each year the archbishop sponsors this diocesan wide effort to raise money for six key areas: the New Evangelization, Mt. St. Mary’s of the West Seminary and Vocations, St. Rita’s School for the Deaf, Catholic Charities, Retired Priests, and finally Prison, College Campus, and Hospital Ministries.

I asked Scott and Jackie Borchers to be our parish spokes couple for the 2017 CMA and they graciously accepted. In meeting with Scott and Jackie last month, it was clear to me how much they love St. Gertrude Parish and believe in the CMA. Their witness talk appears in the centerfold of this weekend’s bulletin along with key information about this year’s CMA.

St. Gertrude continues to be a light in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Since I have been your pastor, our parish has exceeded its CMA goal each year. The goal for the 2017 CMA is $5 million, the same amount as last year, and our parish goal has been set for just under $95,000. Your help is needed to reach this important goal! Ninety cents of every dollar contributed goes directly to fund the ministries. Once again, if our parish exceeds its goal, we will receive 50% over our goal back to the parish, which has been designated to go towards our youth evangelization efforts, especially our expanding and very successful Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Atrium Program.

St Gertrude School Open House - January 29, 2017

Discernment of Spirits

St Ignatius of Loyola teaches us how to discern spirits that are in our lives. We look at St Augustine for an example of this.

Rest in Peace Father Michael Scanlan

Franciscan University of Steubenville is mourning the loss of Father Michael Scanlan. Father Scanlan died Saturday morning following an extended illness at age 85. He became president in the midst of turbulent times for Catholic higher education. And in the 26 years as president he helped grow Franciscan University of Steubenville's reputation worldwide in academics and its passionate Catholic faith environment.

I write this article with a broken heart. I received the news that my first spiritual father, Father Michael Scanlan, T.O.R. has died. The loss has hit me in the gut. It is like being kicked in the solar plexus in a kickboxing match, but this time I have had the spiritual wind knocked out of me. I am grieving, deeply.

I grieve, not because I am concerned for Father Michael. I know that he is in the fullness of joy in the presence of the Lord whom he loved with every fiber of his being. In fact, upon receiving the sad news of his passing to the Father, I immediately pictured him as a younger man, doing that silly Irish jig dance he loved to do when he was happy, wearing that infectious smile which lit up his eyes, his face and the whole room, and shouting “Hallelujah!”
---By Deacon Keith Fournier

Men's Lenten Retreat 2017 - sponsored by the Knights of Columbus

Man Up! Lenten Retreat, February 10-12, 2017, Norwood OH; Our Lady of The Holy Spirit Center. All men are welcome. Sponsored by Knights of Columbus. Fr. Tony Stephens of the Fathers of Mercy challenges men to grow in holiness and be true men of God. Retreat conferences include: The Martyrdom of the Daily Grind; Boys to Men; We're Not made of wood; Courageous Hope, The witness of Fr. Emil Kapaun U.S Army captain. Registration and $155 payment deadline is Tuesday, February 7. Call Larry Tracy 513-321-4879 or by web:

Fr. Tony Stephens, CPM Retreat Master
Fr. Tony was born in 1976 and is a native of Angelus, Kansas. He attended Christendom College in Front Royal Virginia. He joined the Fathers of Mercy in 2000. Fr. Tony studied for the priesthood at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio where he received his Master of Divinity. He was ordained in 2005, and was the assistant pastorof St. Luke’s Catholic Church in Nicholasville, KY. In 2007, Fr. Tony was assigned to begin traveling and preaching parish retreats, also known as “parish missions”. His travels have taken him across the United States, Canada, and also to different parts of the Australian Continent. From 2009-2015, he served as the Vocations Director and Student Master for the community. He also helped in the preaching apostolate of the Congregation. In August of 2015, he joined the formation faculty at the Athenaeum of Ohio / Mt. St. Mary’s Seminary of the West in Cincinnati. He currently works at the Director of Field Education, the Director of Pastoral Interns, and assists on the formation faculty.

American and Catholic: Orestes Brownsen

Charles Coulombe gives a lecture on the great convert apologist of the 19th century, Orestes Brownsen.

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
Archbishop Sheen 2.  Conscience
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