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St. Gertrude School



Below you will find School Events and Activities (past, present and future), this is an excellent resource for posting upcoming events and also to show prospective students and their families the vibrancy of St Gertrude School.

School Information

Foundations of Catholicism: The Creed - Youth Ministry


This 8-session course offered for High School students aims to foster a deeper understanding of the basics of the Catholic faith. It is targeted at all high school students, regardless of grade in high school, or where they go to school (public, private, Catholic, or homeschool).

The Saint Anne and the Child Mary Guild Form (Young Ladies) - Fall 2016

It is important for the Church to create the conditions that will permit many young people to say 'yes' in generous response to God‘s loving call... It is my hope that the local Churches will become places where vocations are carefully discerned and their authenticity tested; places where young men and women are offered wise and strong spiritual direction. In this way, the Christian community itself becomes a manifestation of the Love of God in which every calling is contained.
—Pope Benedict XVI, 49th World Day of Prayer for Vocations

The Saint Anne and the Child Mary Guild is a spiritual guild for young ladies beginning in the 4th grade through high school. The Guild is directly involved in assisting with the beauty and care of our Church environment. The Guild helps young ladies discern how best to serve the church community, including preparing for the holy celebration of the Mass, seasonal devotional spaces, floral design for displays of statues, icons, flowers and plants. The Guild is also an opportunity for us to pray together and receive instruction about feminine and Dominican spirituality, consecrated life, and motherhood with the spiritual assistance and guidance of our own Dominican Sisters of Saint Cecilia. Once a month, September through May, we will come together to pray, serve, and learn. Meeting topics include the Mass and Sacraments, Sacred Scripture, Mary and the Rosary, and the lives of the Saints. We also have planned some great activities, crafts, and snacks, and you won’t want to miss our end-of-the-year Tea Party! The Guild is sponsored by our head sacristan/liturgical coordinator, the Dominican sisters, and mentor mothers. Please go to our website to sign up

We would love for you to join us on Saturday, October 8. Bring any friends who might be interested! We’ll gather from 9-11:15am in the Parish Center.

Save these Dates for 2016-2017:

October 8 February 11
November 5 March 4
December 10 April 22
January 14 May 13

If you have any questions please contact our Head Sacristan/Liturgical Coordinator Rhonda Geil: rhondageil@gmail.com

Permission Slip

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Saint Joseph the Worker Society (Young Men) Sign Up Form - Fall 2016

It is important for the Church to create the conditions that will permit many young people to say 'yes' in generous response to God‘s loving call... It is my hope that the local Churches will become places where vocations are carefully discerned and their authenticity tested; places where young men and women are offered wise and strong spiritual direction. In this way, the Christian community itself becomes a manifestation of the Love of God in which every calling is contained.

—Pope Benedict XVI, 49th World Day of Prayer for Vocations

The St. Joseph the Worker Society recruits young men from the 4th grade through high school. They are trained to serve holy Mass and other important liturgical celebrations. The Society for the young men will be an opportunity for them to be mentored in Dominican spirituality, build community, and provide needed service to the church. It is a program of fraternity, discipline, accountability, and discernment; the spirituality of manhood, priesthood, and fatherhood is the focus of the training for our young men. This program is organized by the pastor and parochial vicars and will involve fathers from the parish as well.

Dear Parents and Boys, Grades 4-12,

Welcome to the altar server training program here at St. Gertrude’s!

It is indeed a great privilege to be able to serve Holy Mass. One must be mature, disciplined, striving to be holy, and willing to take directions from Fr. André-Joseph, Fr. Gabriel, and older altar boys.

Do you have the qualities needed to serve as an altar boy at St. Gertrude church? Remember the qualities listed above before you say yes. Attendance at the sessions does not guarantee that you will be allowed to serve Holy Mass. Fr. Andre-Joseph and Fr. Carroll will make their decisions based on your ability to be mature, disciplined, striving to be holy, and able to take directions during the training sessions.

Please note the following dates for the training sessions. All sessions are held in the church. You must attend all three sessions in order to begin serving here at St. Gertrude’s. No exceptions will be made.

1st Session: Tuesday, Oct. 11, 6-8:30pm

  • Introduction into the Ministry of Altar Server
  • The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass
  • Explanation of liturgical objects, vestments, etc.

2nd Session: Thursday, Oct. 13, 6-8:30pm

  • How to serve Mass.

3rd Session: Tuesday, Oct. 18, 6-8:30pm

  • How to serve Mass.

Children’s Choir


Any parish child from third through eighth grade is welcome to join the children’s choir! We rehearse from 3:30-4:45pm on Tuesday afternoons. Rehearsals are in the choir room in the Parish Center. The children sing at the 11:00am Sunday Mass four to five times a year and perform a spring concert in May. Permission forms are available in the Parish Office, or you may print out the attachment below.

Contact Catherine Fishlock with any questions at musicdirector@stgertrude.org.

Junior High Youth Ministry Kick Off

Junior High Youth Ministry Kick Off in the gym on Friday, Aug. 26 at 7pm.

New Parent Meeting

New Parent Meeting in the school cafeteria on Wednesday, Aug. 17 at 7pm.

Used Uniform Sale

St. Gertrude School will have their back-to-school used uniform sale after all morning Masses on Sunday, August 14th from 8:30am - 12:30pm in the Parish Center.

Uniform donations are still being accepted. If you have a donation, please drop it off in the school office Monday thru Friday. Thank you!

Questions? - Contact Diane Carrington at dcarrington@cinci.rr.com

Thanks for supporting the 8th grade Class of 2017!

VIRTUS Awareness Session

Our next VIRTUS session is scheduled for Wednesday, August 10 from 6:30-9:30pm in the school cafeteria. You MUST register in advance online by logging on to www.virtusonline.org.

Child Protection: In keeping with archdiocesan policy, parish volunteers must be VIRTUS-certified to be involved in ANY youth activity. What does this mean? All adults must have a background check (within the last five years) and be current on ALL training (via monthly bulletins). This is non-negotiable for volunteers to remain “current” and approved to work with children.

Youth Choir Camp - 2016

St Gertrude Parish offers students in Grades 3 - 8
Wednesday through Saturday, July 20-23, 2016
9:30 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.

Camp will wrap up with the children singing at the 4:30pm Mass on
Saturday, July 23rd

Directed by Mrs. Catherine Fishlock
$25 materials fee per child
Pay your materials fee to hold your spot.
Questions? Call Mrs. Fishlock at 513.561.5954

Click here for Permission slip

School Community Service Project

As a community service project, St. Gertrude School is collecting pull tabs year round to donate to Cincinnati’s Ronald McDonald House. The Ronald McDonald House provides a “home away from home” for the families of critically ill children seeking medical treatment at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

We encourage parishioners to join our efforts to help these families. Pull tabs can be found on beverage, soup and pet food cans. Please drop off your pull tab donations in the Parish Office.
If you have any questions, please contact Heather Brizendine at 271-0231 or email boilerbriz@yahoo.com.

Introduction to Confirmation Preparation Meeting

Attention All 7th Grade Parents and Students

Please mark your calendars for our “Introduction to Confirmation Preparation Meeting” that will be held on Monday, May 16 from 7:00-8:30pm in the gym. This meeting is for current 7th grade students (and their parents) who will be working toward receiving the sacrament of Confirmation in the upcoming academic year. The meeting will be led by Father, and staff leaders of our Confirmation Prep team.

Important information regarding expectations, special dates, general preparation, choosing sponsors, and our parish celebration of the sacrament will be discussed. It is an expectation that any student preparing for Confirmation in the coming 2016-2017 academic year AND a parent be present for this important gathering.

Thank you for making this meeting a priority at this busy time of year. If you have any questions please contact the Religious Ed office at 561-8369 or DRE@stgertrude.org.

School Book Fair

A Book Fair will be held in the school library the week of May 2nd (Mon-Fri). Book Pick-Up will be on May 7th thru 11th (Sat-Wed) in the school library.

School May Crowning and Reception

St. Gertrude School will have their May Crowning Tuesday, May 3 at 7:00pm in the Church. A reception will follow in the school cafeteria. All are welcome.

VIRTUS Awareness Session

If you would like to participate in your child's field trips this May, please read this policy. In keeping with Archdiocesan policy, parish volunteers must be VIRTUS - certified to be involved in ANY youth activity. What does this mean? All adults must have a background check (within the last five years) and be current on ALL training (via monthly bulletins). This is non-negotiable for volunteers to remain “current” and approved to work with children.

Our next VIRTUS session is scheduled for Wednesday, May 4 from 6:30-9:30pm in the school cafeteria. You MUST register in advance online by logging on to www.virtusonline.org.

The VIRTUS session after this one will be Wednesday, August 10 from 6:30-9:30pm in the school cafeteria.

For more information, please email virtus@stgertrude.org, or contact the Parish Office at 561-5954, ext. 2101 and ask for Mary.

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd - Work Session

Help Needed!
Friday, April 15 from 6:00-8:00pm
Saturday, April 16 from 9:00am-12:00pm

We will be having work sessions to prepare supplies for our Catechesis of the Good Shepherd atrium. We are in need of adult helpers to assist in preparing materials. We will meet in the Art Room of St. Gertrude School located on the lower level. No artistic talent or experience is required! We’ll be painting, shellacing, cutting, assembling items, etc. Refreshments will be provided. Sr. Marie Noelle, OP will be helping us and guiding us as we work on materials!

If you are able to join us on Friday or Saturday for any portion of the sessions, please contact the Religious Ed Office at 561-8369 to RSVP. Thanks for your support!