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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 Francis Xavier, Priest - December 3, 2016


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Msgr. Christopher Connelly, Diocese of Springfield, MA
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Lectionary: 180
Reading 1 IS 30:19-21, 23-26

Thus says the Lord GOD,
the Holy One of Israel:

Regina Veritatis Intercessory Prayer

On the first Saturday of the month the Regina Veritatis Healing Prayer Ministry will offer intercessory prayer for all those in need. It will follow the 11:30 Mass and the Anointing of the Sick and take place in the Church.

This is a ministry for all those who are in need of private prayer due to trauma, brokenness, personal struggles within themselves or in families, physical healing needs and a desire for holiness in their lives as Catholics. It is also for those who desire to open their hearts more fully to God the Father’s love. Regina Veritatis also uses the Unbound Method of prayer for healing and freedom. This prayer releases those prayed for, from both past and present inner stumbling blocks to personal holiness. Our ministry is for any member of our parish, as well as, friends or acquaintances outside of the parish who are in need of personal prayer ministry.

Regina Veritatis is under the guidance of Rev. André-Joseph LaCasse, O.P., Pastor and Rev. Giles Dimock, O.P., Chaplain.

If you are interested, please call Nealy Mechley, Prayer Coordinator, at 340-4586 to schedule a time for private prayer or attend the monthly prayer service on the first Saturday of the month.

Annual Christmas Pageant - 2016


The Annual Christmas Pageant will be performed on
Tues. Dec. 20th at 7 pm
AND
Wed. Dec. 21st at 9:30 am
both are held in the Church.

All parishioners are invited to this annual event.

Christmas Schedule 2016


Preparations for Christmas


Masses will be relocated in the Parish Center, St. Dominic Lobby, December 19-21


Pre-Christmas Schedule of Confessions

From the Pastor 11/27/16

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.

Student Brothers Christmas CD Available Now


The student brothers of the Dominican Province of St. Joseph have released a new album in time for Christmas purchases, Christ Was Born to Save. It’s excellent! With Christmas classics such as “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing,” “Silent Night,” and “Away in a Manger” the schola of the Dominican House of Studies praises the awesome mystery of the birth of the Son of God.

Your support of this album will aid the formation of the many Dominican student brothers in Washington, DC. This album could be a great way for you to receive the Christmas spirit and to share that spirit with family members and friends through Christmas gifts. Giving them this gift communicates the truth we celebrate at Christmas: Christ Was Born to Save.

CDs can be purchased for $15 immediately in the Parish Office, or from Br. Jonah, Br. Simon, or Br. Brad after Masses on Sunday, January 1, or through the brothers’ daily blog at www.dominicanajournal.org/music/. Thank you for your generosity.

St. Gertrude the Great

O come, O come, Emmanuel

Giving Tree Gift Drop Off

Christmas Giving Tree Program 2016

The Ladies of Charities will be having signups for our annual Christmas Giving Tree the weekend of November 19-20 and again on November 26-27. Many families throughout our area have a very special Christmas because of our parishioners generosity. Please stop by the Christmas Giving Tree and pick a tag off the tree to help us fulfill the wishes of some very special people. Drop off for the gifts will be December 3-4.

Gifts need to be returned UNWRAPPED. Drop-offs will be December 3-4 in the Parish Center. Please be sure to drop off your donations before 2 pm on Sunday Dec. 4th.

NOTE: If you cannot bring the gifts this weekend, please drop them off at the parish offices before Saturday. If you are unable to do that, maybe you could find someone that could take them to the church this weekend for you. Please do not leave any gifts in the parish center or the church before the weekend collection.

Discovering our Deepest Desire

Our parish is pleased to once again offer the Marriage Enrichment Program entitled, "Discovering our Deepest Desire" or DoDD. The premise behind this parish ministry is to promote one of the church's most fundamental Sacraments and enhance marriages in our parish community. DoDD has two key tenets:

  1. helps couples renew their understanding of what their Sacramental Marriage means
  2. helps them rediscover each other to make their relationship and covenant a higher priority in the midst of busy lives

The weekly sessions are comprised of lecture, small group activities and one-on-one time with your spouse.


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