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From the Pastor 06/25/17

On Thursday of this week, June 29, we celebrate the Solemnity of two great apostles: Saints Peter and Paul, the great Missionary Apostles to the Jews and to the Gentiles.

St. Peter who was martyred in the city of Rome for the faith around the year 64. Saint Mark ends the first half of his Gospel with a triumphant climax. He has recorded doubt, misunderstanding, and the opposition of many to Jesus. Now Peter makes his great confession of faith: “You are the Messiah” (Mark 8:29b). It was one of the many glorious moments in Peter’s life, beginning with the day he was called from his nets along the Sea of Galilee to become a fisher of men for Jesus.

The New Testament clearly shows Peter as the leader of the apostles, chosen by Jesus to have a special relationship with him. With James and John he was privileged to witness the Transfiguration, the raising of a dead child to life, and the agony in Gethsemane. His mother-in-law was cured by Jesus. He was sent with John to prepare for the last Passover before Jesus’ death. His name is first on every list of apostles.

From the Pastor 06/18/17

A Blessed Solemnity of Corpus Christi. This is the Third Anniversary of the opening of our Mother of Mercy Perpetual Adoration Chapel. I hope you have found a special hour for you to spend with our Eucharistic Lord. All of our lives are so Blessed by giving Jesus this personal time with Him. We took a big leap of faith in starting up Perpetual Adoration in our parish. The Archbishop allowed this in our parish because he is aware that our devout parish can indeed guarantee that someone will be in front of Jesus 24/7. I certainly hope that more of our parishioners will step forward and help us maintain 24/7 Perpetual Adoration in our parish. Thanks to our Eucharistic Guardians who gave their witness last weekend. As our Eucharistic Guardians come and go, according to their schedules, we are always looking for more adorers. The more Eucharistic Guardians we have, the easier it is for everyone. Please find information about Eucharistic Adoration at the information table located just outside the Holy Family Candle Room.

From the Pastor 06/11/17

I am very happy to announce that after an extensive search I have hired Mr. Bryan Wells as the new Director of Jr. High Evangelization. Brian will be joining us in early July. Bryan will be ministering to the children in the Jr. High Evangelization Program Religious Education, Grades 5-8, the Confirmation Program, and the Jr. High Youth Group. He will be working in tandem with Shari Siebert, the Director of Primary Evangelization, Grades PK-4; and Megan Dickert, the Director of High School Evangelization. Together Shari, Bryan, and Megan will make up the trio for our newly formed Office of Youth Evangelization. Here are a few words from him as he prepares to join our staff here at St. Gertrude’s. I’m sure you will warmly welcome him when he joins our faith community.

From the Pastor 06/04/17

A most blessed thank you to so many who wished me well on the 25th Anniversary of my ordination to the priesthood.

Thanks especially to the children of the school who all made such lovely cards for me. It is hard to believe that 25 years ago, on May 22, 1992, I was ordained at St. Dominic Church in Washington, DC. Since then my entire ministry has been in Ohio. I started with an assignment as Parochial Vicar at St. Dominic Church in Youngstown, OH. I was only 28 years old. On top of all my priestly ministry, I was put in charge of the Religious Education Program, taught Jr. High religion every day in the parochial school, started both a Jr. High and High School Youth Ministry Program, and was the chaplain to several parish organizations. I had seven wonderful years at St. Dominic’s and was young enough to do all this work. From Youngstown I was sent to the Pontifical University of St. Thomas (Angelicum) in Rome to pursue a Master’s Degree in Spirituality.

In 2000 I was assigned to St. Patrick Church in Columbus as Parochial Vicar and Youth Minister. Four years later, in 2004, I was named the Pastor of St. Patrick’s and spent six years as pastor there. In 2010 I was named Pastor of St. Gertrude’s here in Cincinnati. As you know I am in my seventh year here as your pastor.

What has been the greatest blessing has been the love and support I have received from so many parishioners I have been able to serve in the three parishes I have been assigned to; and of course to my dedicated staff who work in ministry with me. It is a great blessing to be a priest, and I can think of no better vocation that God had planned for my life. I thank God and our Blessed Mother for watching over me all these 25 years. Please continue to pray for me as I keep all of you in my prayers each day.

I am also happy to report that newly-ordained Fr. Thomas Davenport, O.P. will be with us during the month of July and August. This will allow the other friars on staff to have some summer vacation with family and friends.

From the Pastor 05/28/17

Update on our new organ. Yes, it has been a long road. It has taken us so much time to line up all the contractors for the installation of the new organ. All of these contracts needed to be approved by the archdiocese before work could begin. The first contract that was approved was the removal of the asbestos flooring, which took place several weeks ago. We are presently working on all the electrical work that needs to be accomplished. Following this, our general building contractor will begin the work of building the new flooring and the large case that will support the musical rank of pipes that will go against the choir loft wall. After that is accomplished the flooring company will come in to lay the new flooring in the choir loft and two stairwells going down into the church. When that is accomplished the organ company will finally come in and install the new organ and rank of musical pipes. Our goal is to have this all accomplished by August 15, the Feast of Our Lady’s Assumption, and the Profession of our Novices. Please pray that all will be accomplished according to our time schedule.

Fatima’s Other Miracle After the Sun Danced

An eyewitness tells of a second miracle she and others witnessed at Fatima right after the Miracle of the Sun.

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