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Giving Tree Sign Ups -2016

Christmas Giving Tree Program 2016

The Ladies of Charities will be having signups for our annual Christmas Giving Tree the weekend of November 19-20 and again on November 26-27. Many families throughout our area have a very special Christmas because of our parishioners generosity. Please stop by the Christmas Giving Tree and pick a tag off the tree to help us fulfill the wishes of some very special people. Drop off for the gifts will be December 3-4.

Thank you for your continued generosity. Merry Christmas from the Ladies of Charity!

The Feminist Case Against Abortion

Not all feminists support abortion. Properly defined, feminism is a philosophy that embraces basic rights for all human beings without exception—without regard to race, religion, sex, size, age, location, disability or parentage. Feminism rejects the use of force to dominate, control or destroy anyone.

The organization Feminists for Life continues a 200-year-old tradition begun by Mary Wollstonecraft in England in 1792. Decrying the sexual exploitation of women in A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, Wollstonecraft also condemned those who would “either destroy the embryo in the womb or cast it off when born,” saying: “Nature in everything deserves respect, and those who violate her laws seldom violate them with impunity.”

The Candidates, the Issues And Church Teaching


As Catholics form their consciences in preparation to vote in the 2016 election, one of our key tasks is to be informed about the issues. Where do the two major presidential candidates and their parties stand on the most important issues facing the country? For Catholics, understanding the positions of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, as well as the Democratic and Republican Parties, is essential in making an informed decision on how to vote. It is also key in helping family, friends and colleagues make an equally enlightened choice on Nov. 8.

The National Catholic Register is pleased to offer this special section on the candidates, the issues and Church teaching. Each section includes brief excerpts on what the Church or Church leaders teach about important topics (e.g., abortion, religious liberty, family life and the death penalty), followed by the actual words or pledges of the candidates and the two parties. We hope that you find this guide helpful in your prayerful discernment.

Abortion
“Human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception. From the first moment of his existence, a human being must be recognized as having the rights of a person — among which is the inviolable right of every innocent being to life. … Since the first century the Church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion. This teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable. Direct abortion, that is to say, abortion willed either as an end or a means, is gravely contrary to the moral law. … Formal cooperation in an abortion constitutes a grave offense. The Church attaches the canonical penalty of excommunication to this crime against human life” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2270-2272).


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Knights of Columbus Membership Drive

Archbishop Elder Council of the Knights of Columbus Membership Drive • October 29-30

Donations for Veterans Collection

The Knights of Columbus are taking donations of personal care items for Veterans who are patients at area VA facilities. Donations will be collected after each Mass on Saturday and Sunday, November 5 and 6.

Catholic Men's Fellowship - Advent Retreat

The annual Catholic Men’s Advent Retreat, sponsored by the St. Gertrude Men’s Fellowship, will be Friday (12/2/16 Evening) and Saturday (12/3) at Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center, 5440 Moeller Ave., Cincinnati., OH 45212. Space is available on a “1st Come — 1st Served” basis.

Removal of the Crosses of the Innocents

Help Needed

We will be removing the Crosses of the Innocents on Friday morning, September 30 beginning at 8:00am. It is a pretty quick process. To any parishioner who can give an hour of their time next Friday morning, we appreciate your support.

For more information, contact Tom Hahn at 831-2386.

Gift of Life Layette

We are pleased to announce that the fall “Pack-n-Play” will be in the church outside the candle room October 1-31. All collections will be donated to Old St. Mary’s Pregnancy Center and the Women’s Center in Sharonville.

Please consider a donation of NEW baby items to assist women with their new babies. Most needed items are, DIAPERS, baby wipes, formula, sleepers, onesies, bottles, blankets, outfits, socks, towels, wash cloths, baby wash, shampoo, etc. and any other NEW baby item you choose to donate. Please no toys or books.

Please consider making this a family or ministry project this fall and be as generous as you can. St. Gertrude parishioners have always been very giving with wonderful new baby items for Moms and their precious babies. Call Jane and Lou at 489-7400 for more information.