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From the Pastor 08/19/18

A very sincere thank you for your generosity to the Annual Missionary Cooperative Plan. Fr. Michael Ocran gave a wonderful homily about the great gift of the Eucharist in our lives, the history of the evangelization of Ghana, West Africa, and the story of his own vocation and missionary work. The collection for Ghana, West Africa was $9,646.00. This represents one of the most generous Mission Co-Op Collections for our parish. Thank you so much for your generosity to the spread of the Gospel throughout the world.

I am happy to report that our sisters have returned to the convent. Our new principal, Sr. Maria Christi, the other sisters, teachers, and staff are now in the school anticipating the beginning of a new school year this Tuesday on August 21, which is the Memorial of Pope St. Pius X, a wonderful memorial because it is this saintly Pope who encouraged children to make their First Holy Communion beginning at the age of reason.

From the Pastor 08/12/18

This Wednesday is the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and it is a Holy Day of Obligation for all Catholics. Please join us for the 11:30am Conventual Mass on August 15 when our nine novices will be making their simple profession of vows. Our newly professed will then leave us for a few days with their families and then begin their studies at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, DC. Yes, it is that time of year to say goodbye to our nine newly professed friars, and welcome a new class of 16 novices to St. Gertrude’s.

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From the Pastor 08/05/18

Fr. Allen Moran, O.P., our Prior, will be leaving us very soon. Fr. Allen has been appointed the Treasurer of the Province of St. Joseph. Fr. Allen will celebrate his last Mass here next Sunday, August 12 at the 12:30pm Mass along with the Dominican Community. This will be followed by a light reception in the Parish Center. Please come and thank Fr. Allen for his five years of serving as prior of our Dominican Community, and wish him well as he takes on this very important ministry in the Dominican Province of St. Joseph. Also, please pray for our Dominican Community here at St. Gertrude Priory as we discern and enter into the process of electing a new prior.

This coming Wednesday, August 8 is the Solemnity of Our Holy Father St. Dominic. Please join us for the 11:30am Conventual Mass where you will see 16 newly habited novices for the first time.

For the next few weeks I am going to give some presentations on our Holy Father St. Dominic. I hope these Pastor’s Columns will help you to understand the great Saint who is the founder of the Order of Friars Preachers, and also enjoy some art as well.

From the Pastor 07/29/18

Dominican Preaching: Part IV

I would like to describe to you three critical components of Dominican Preaching. First, and most important, the journey of preaching begins in one’s own soul. Second, I would to speak to you about how Dominican Preaching flows from our Common Life together. And third, that Dominican Preaching is about imparting knowledge that leads to true wisdom.

Along with the salvation of our own souls, and the life we live together, the third component is critically important. St. Dominic wanted the friars to be steeped in prayer and to be well educated in the faith.

Thus a third characteristic of Dominican Preaching is knowledge, and from that flows wisdom. You cannot preach what you do not know. You cannot love what you do not know. That is why our young novices and friars must spend years in prayer and study, so that it becomes a habit for life. The years that we require our men to develop their prayer life and study habits are the valuable tools we use to prepare you for the Holy Preaching.

From the Pastor 07/22/18

Summer is always a busy time for us. Lots of capital improvements have or are taking place. You will notice the Ordination Jubilee Marker has now been put on the new serpentine wall landscaping marking the Pastors of the parish who have celebrated their 25th and 50th Jubilee of their ordination. A lot of other landscaping has been accomplished and we are almost ready to advertise many trees that will be made available for memorials and dedications. We will have more information on tree dedications in a few weeks. A second learning atrium for the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is almost complete, along with other construction and redistribution/ consolidation of school space. We have also been able to put new flooring in the main sacristy, and the rest of the stairwells and landings in the church. Several painting jobs are taking place all throughout the campus. The church floors have been refinished as we do each summer. We have removed the old front and side walkway at the convent and have put in new walkways for the sisters. Finally we are in the midst of installing our new heating system for the church. Most of this work is being accomplished due to your generosity to the Archdiocesan Capital Campaign, in which a portion is being returned to our parish.

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