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From the Pastor 04/15/18

Our parish rejoices with the diaconal ordination of a son of the parish. Please join me in thanking God for the ordination of Ambrose Dobrozsi. Here is a little information on Ambrose.

“Hello! My name is Ambrose Dobrozsi, and I will be ordained a transitional deacon for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati on Saturday, April 28. St. Gertrude is my home parish, and I am very excited to share the grace and joy of the sacrament of Holy Orders with all of you after my ordination. I will be assisting Fr. André-Joseph as a deacon the following Sunday, April 29 at the 12:30pm Mass. This will be followed by a light reception in the gym sponsored by the Pastoral Council. I hope many of you will be able to be at this Mass.

I first came to St. Gertrude for First Friday devotions while home schooling for elementary school. After many beautiful encounters with the love of Christ at the parish, my family became parishioners in 2003. I was a member of the Youth Ministry program through high school, and helped out as a cantor before leaving for college. At Northeast Catholic College, I studied liberal arts and philosophy, and then completed a master’s in theology at the University of Dayton before entering seminary. In the fall of 2014, I began my journey at Mt. St. Mary’s Seminary of the West, here in Cincinnati, and am now coming towards the end of my time being formed there. After my ordination to the diaconate in April, I have one year of study left before being ordained a priest in May 2019, as long as God continues to sustain me with his graces.

St. Gertrude has been a great blessing for me and for my family. The presence of the Dominicans, with their inspiring preaching, reverence in the liturgy, and the enthusiasm of their young novices has constantly been a source of encouragement and encounter with the love of God. The deep and abiding love for Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament has also helped push me forward toward realizing my vocation. I am also very thankful for all of the prayers that the parish offers for vocations, as I am absolutely certain that I would not have been able to persevere without so many people praying for me. I thank God regularly for the gift He has given me in this place, and I am constantly praying for all of you as well.”

Once again I wish to encourage all our men in the parish to consider joining the Knights of Columbus Archbishop Elder Council here at St. Gertrude. As their chaplain I am so proud of our council and how they are active in so many ways and doing so much good. In the picture above you can see that Fr. Gabriel, parishioners, and novices received their 3rd Degree. I am very grateful that Fr. Michael Mary Dosch encourages our novices to consider being Knights. Also, above is just another program our Knights are involved with in our council. Please consider this great fraternal order.

Congrats to the following nine Knights from Archbishop Elder Council on reaching full Knighthood in our order! Fr.
Gabriel, and novices, Br. Luke, Br. Christopher, Br. Charles, Br. Cyril, Br. Vincent, along with parishioners Bill Burleigh, Mark Holland, and Dick Jilek.

This past fall, four Brother Knights from Archbishop Elder Council ― Nicholas Jobe, Joe Gubasta, Stan Lloyd, and Bob Stucker ― answered a call from Jim Pappalardo for assistance in teaching the Ad Altare Dei curriculum that covers the sacraments of the church to members of Scout Troop 555. There were three scouts/students: Dominic Lloyd, Luke Dearborn, and Jacob Schuetter. The awards ceremony was at the Cathedral with Bishop Binzer presiding.

Also, you will notice that the Knights of Columbus Entrance Plaza has been completed. This summer we will put in the landscaping. On Sunday, May 20, the Knights will have a Corporate Communion Mass at 12:30pm. After the Mass I will be blessing the new Pro-Life Monument that the Knights have erected at the plaza. After the blessing of the monument the Knights will open up their Council Hall for an Open House. This is a great opportunity for you to come and see all the good that Archbishop Elder Council is doing for our parish and the greater Cincinnati area.

A Blessed 3rd Week of Easter,

Rev. André-Joseph LaCasse, O.P., Pastor