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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.

First Sunday of Advent - November 29, 2015

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Fr. Don Miller, OFM, Franciscan Media
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Reading 1 JER 33:14-16

The days are coming, says the LORD,
when I will fulfill the promise
I made to the house of Israel and Judah.

Everyday Christianity

Everyday Christianity: A Dominican How-To Guide

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In celebration of the 800th Anniversary of the Dominican Order the parish will be presenting the following talks in the school cafeteria on Tuesday evenings at 7pm from Nov. 3 thru Dec. 1.

Thank You St. Gertrude Parish for the tremendous support of our Veterans!

The Knights of Columbus collected a large box of personal items and over $600 that will be donated directly to our area VA facilities.

Please join us on December 15th at 7:30pm, in Elder Hall (in the Parish Center basement) as we present your donations to Hank Gieseler, Voluntary Service Specialist, VA Medical Center. Hank will give a short presentation about his office and how our donations are used. Refreshments will also be served.

O come, O come, Emmanuel

From the Pastor 11/29/15

A blessed beginning of the Season of Advent.

We have begun a new liturgical year. It is with prayer and hope that God will continue to bless our parish as we embark on another year with Jesus Christ.

The word Advent is from the Latin adventus for “coming” and is associated with the four weeks of preparations for Christmas. Advent always contains four Sundays, beginning on the Sunday nearest the feast of St. Andrew the Apostle, (November 30) and continuing until December 24. It blends together a penitential spirit, very similar to Lent, a liturgical theme of preparation for the Second and Final Coming of the Lord, called the Parousia, and a joyful theme of getting ready for the Bethlehem event. Since the 900s, Advent has been considered the beginning of the Church year. This does not mean that Advent is the most important time of the year. Easter has always had this honor. The traditional color of Advent is purple or violet which symbolizes the penitential spirit. Religious traditions associated with Advent express all these themes.

Developing Our Deepest Desire - Marriage Seminar Sign-Up

A new marriage enrichment program will be offered starting Jan. 7, 2016.

Please register by December 18, 2015

Advent by Candlelight

An occasion for the ladies of St. Gertrude to prepare for the season of Advent, anticipating Christ through prayer, song, and reflection.

Sunday, November 29, 2015 7:00-9:00pm in the Holy Grill (School Cafeteria)
Join us for a lovely night of music, fellowship, and reflection for Adult Women of Faith.

Coffee and dessert will be served.
The cost for the evening is $10.
Please make check payable to St. Gertrude, and mail to:
St. Gertrude Parish, c/o Advent by Candlelight, 6543 Miami Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45243.
Questions? Please call Nancy Brockhoff at (513) 378-5851

Catholic Men’s Advent Retreat - 2015

The annual Catholic Men’s Advent Retreat, sponsored by the St. Gertrude Men’s Fellowship, will be Friday (12/4 Evening) and Saturday (12/5) at Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center. Space is available on a “1st Come ─ 1st Served” basis. The topic for the retreat is The Healing Presence of God.

Fr. Benedict Croell, O.P. and Fr. James Brent, O.P. will team up as our Retreat Masters. They will challenge attendees to experience the healing presence of God as HE fulfills HIS promise to dwell within us if we love Him and are true to His word!

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?

Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession)

St. Birgitta of Sweden (Holy Repentance)

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