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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.

From the Pastor 04/08/18

A Blessed Divine Sunday to All!
Divine Mercy Sunday is a Roman Catholic solemnity celebrated on the Sunday after Easter, the Octave of Easter. It is originally based on the Catholic devotion to the Divine Mercy that Saint Faustina Kowalska reported as part of her encounter with Jesus, and is associated with special promises from Jesus and indulgences issued by the Church.

This feast of Divine Mercy, as recorded in the diary of Saint Faustina, receives from Jesus himself the biggest promises of Grace related to the Devotion of Divine Mercy. In specific Jesus states that the soul that goes to Sacramental Confession (the confession may take place some days before), and receive Holy Eucharistic Communion on that day, shall obtain the total forgiveness of all sins and punishment. Additionally, the Roman Catholic Church grants a plenary indulgence (observing the usual rules) with the recitation of some simple prayers.

From the Pastor 04/01/18

Christ Has Risen, Alleluia!
Truly He is Risen, Alleluia! Alleluia!

On behalf of the entire Dominican community of friars and novices, and our Dominican sisters, who are so blessed to serve you here at St. Gertrude, we wish you and your families a most Blessed Easter. Beginning today, and for the next eight days, the Church celebrates the Easter Octave, culminating with Divine Mercy Sunday. These eight days are the highest liturgical days in the entire Church’s calendar as we celebrate Christ Risen and the new life we each have received through His Passion, Death and Resurrection.

From the Pastor 03/25/18

Holy Week Has Arrived

Holy Week is the chief week of the liturgical year. In earlier centuries it was known as Passion Week because it commemorates the events of the passion of Christ. For the entire Church it is certainly known as the “Week of our Salvation.”

The original Holy Week was the annual celebration of the Paschal Feast which was celebrated as a three-day (Triduum), beginning with Good Friday and culminating on Easter Sunday. Holy Thursday was added in the 4th Century. And the entire week was organized around the 5th or 6th Century. Many of the Holy Week observances originated in Jerusalem and spread from there throughout the Church. In 1955 Pope Pius XII restored Holy Week to the prominence it had in the ancient and medieval times. The Pope stressed active participation by the laity in the services, and also eliminated from the rites whatever was no longer relevant. The II Vatican Council made slight changes to the new ritual of Pius XII.

From the Pastor 03/18/18

Guidelines for Requesting Mass Intentions at St. Gertrude Church
The practice of offering Masses for others ― living or deceased ― is a long standing tradition in the Catholic Church. We find not only the origins of this practice dating to the early Church but we also clearly recognize its importance as it is usually considered that special graces are obtained for whom the Mass is said. When we face the death of someone, even a person who is not Catholic, to have a Mass offered for the repose of their soul and to offer our prayers are more beneficial and comforting than any other sympathy card or bouquet of flowers. To have a Mass offered on the occasion of a birthday, anniversary or special need is appropriate, beneficial and appreciated.

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