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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.

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time - August 19, 2018

Rev. Ernesto DeCiccio, Archdiocese of Toronto

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Lectionary: 119
Reading 1 PRV 9:1-6

Wisdom has built her house,
she has set up her seven columns;
she has dressed her meat, mixed her wine,
yes, she has spread her table.
She has sent out her maidens; she calls
from the heights out over the city:

Parish Picnic - 2018


Calling All Parishioners!
Save the Date: Saturday, August 18 (following 4:30pm Mass) and farewell to FR. Gabriel Torretta, O.P.

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

RCIA is the process through which adults are fully initiated in the Catholic Faith community. The process provides for different levels of entry. Please visit our RCIA page for additional information.

St. Gertrude invites non-Catholics interested in learning more about the Catholic Church? Contact us!

R.C.I.A. (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is the process by which non-Catholic adults learn about the Catholic Church and gradually become full members. Every year adults are welcomed into the Catholic Community through RCIA. It is a learning and loving process in which conversion of the heart brings you to Jesus Christ who is our Lord and Saviour.

"The R.C.I.A. is a contemporary approach to our ancient faith."

Participants in past R.C.I.A. classes have come from many different backgrounds, yet all have a common interest in learning about the Catholic Faith. Classes are held each year from September through April.

The RCIA is a journey of faith:

  • through the initial stages of asking and seeking,
  • through beginning involvement with Christian/Catholic people,
  • through hearing the Gospel proclaimed and by faithful reflection and prayer on this Word of God,
  • through study and discussion about the Catholic experience,
  • through doubts and hesitations,
  • through discernment of God's call for them as individuals,
  • through the steps of commitment,
  • through the sacraments of initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist)

Get more details and register online for RCIA here!

Contact Name(s): 
Lawain McNeil
Contact Phone Number(s): 
513-561-5954 ext. 1123

From the Pastor 08/19/18

A very sincere thank you for your generosity to the Annual Missionary Cooperative Plan. Fr. Michael Ocran gave a wonderful homily about the great gift of the Eucharist in our lives, the history of the evangelization of Ghana, West Africa, and the story of his own vocation and missionary work. The collection for Ghana, West Africa was $9,646.00. This represents one of the most generous Mission Co-Op Collections for our parish. Thank you so much for your generosity to the spread of the Gospel throughout the world.

I am happy to report that our sisters have returned to the convent. Our new principal, Sr. Maria Christi, the other sisters, teachers, and staff are now in the school anticipating the beginning of a new school year this Tuesday on August 21, which is the Memorial of Pope St. Pius X, a wonderful memorial because it is this saintly Pope who encouraged children to make their First Holy Communion beginning at the age of reason.

Novices 2018-2019

Soup Kitchen Sign Ups for September 9, 2018

The Soup Kitchen Ministry will be serving lunch at the Over the Rhine Soup Kitchen five times in 2018: March 18, April 22, May 20, July 22 and September 9. We are currently signing up for the September 9th date. Please click on the links below to sign up.

The sign up forms will be opened Sunday night (8/05/18).

September 9, 2018 Date

Click here to sign up to be a Server

Knights of Columbus - Habitat for Humanity Project 2018

Update:

Please join the Knights of Columbus at our Social on Tuesday, August 21 at 7:00pm in the Knights Hall (Parish Center Basement) to hear about all the good work done by Habitat for Humanity. Our speaker will be Maria Santiago, Faith Relations Development Officer.

St. Gertrude Parishioners are invited to join Habitat for Humanity and the Knights of Columbus in building a Habitat house.

Sharing Van - See Schedule Below

Date Activity Needs Location
September 8-9, 2018 St. Mark's Food Pantry - Evanston. Provides Food and personal care items to needy families. - Food: canned meats, vegetables, fruit, pasta, noodles, rice, etc.
- Personal care items: barsoap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo
- Cleaning items - dishwashing liquid and laundry detergent
The people that the Center serves are struggling to make ends meet. Donations by cash or check are also appreciated.
Sharing Van

Mother of Mercy Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Chapel

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. We would like to fill each hour with at least 3 adorers. In the chart on the right the red dots indicate time slots that only have one scheduled adorer, and the black dots have NO scheduled adorer. 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), signup by using the form below.

Please contact the Adoration Committee if you have any questions or would like more information.

Division Leaders info & hours:

ADORATION direct Phone & Email:

True Devotion to Mary Study Group

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 St. Teresa of Calcutta.


DVD presentation at St. Gertrude begins Aug. 28th, 2018 and runs through May 28th, 2019. It will conclude with Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary on May 31st, 2019 following the 11:30am Mass. A complete schedule is available in the Attachments Section below. Please consider reading Anne's "TDM Introduction" document before you begin the study. It can also be found in the Attachments Section below.

Meetings at St. Gertrude will be held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month from 12:30 - 2:30 pm in the parish center lobby.
To register send an email to: StGertrudeTDM@gmail.com with your name and contact info.

Additional DVD presentations are being offered at the following locations:
Please Note: Schedules can be found in the Attachment section below.

  • Immaculate Heart of Mary in Anderson, Tuesdays 7:00 pm, begins Sept. 11th
    Contact person: Joann Armstrong - 513-474-1139, jmarmstrong2@outlook.com
  • Immaculate Heart of Mary in Anderson, Wednesdays 9:00 am, begins Aug. 29th
    Contact person:  Holly Farmer - 513-349-1767, holly.farmer@fuse.net
  • St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Tuesdays 7:00 pm, begins Aug. 28th
    Contact person: Eileen Devereux - 513-575-3417, epdevereux@hotmail.com
  • St. Margaret of York (at a home in Maineville),
    Mondays 7:00 pm, begins Aug. 27th
    Contact person: Leslie Bort - 513-398-7999, leslie4mary@gmail.com
  • St. Margaret of York (Leslie Bort's house), 8176 Leeshore Dr, Maineville,
    Tuesdays 9:15 am, begins Aug. 28th
    Contact person: Leslie Bort - 513-398-7999, leslie4mary@gmail.com

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

Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession)

St. John of Damascus (Holy Repentance)

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