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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.

Take A Stand For Life - September 28 - November 6

From September 28 to November 6, our community will unite with many others from coast to coast - and internationally - for a major simultaneous pro-life mobilization - the 40 days for Life campaign. Faithful believers are praying that these efforts will mark the beginning of the end of abortion.

40 Days for Life is a focused pro-life campaign with a vision to access God's power through prayer, fasting, and peaceful vigil to end abortion.

Calling All Singers!

Like to sing? Have a decent voice? Want to learn more about singing and about sacred music? Think about joining the St. Gertrude adult choir!

Who: Anyone high school age and older.
When: Rehearsals Wednesday evenings from 7:00-9:00pm (beginning September 7).
The choir will sing at the 9:30am Sunday Mass, major holidays and feast days.
Where: Choir room in Parish Center.

More info? Email Catherine Fishlock at musicdirector@stgertrude.org.

Why should you join the choir?

KofC Sponsored Pancake Breakfast

Knights of Columbus Sponsors Pancake Breakfast

Bring your family and your appetite to church on Sunday. The Archbishop Elder Council of the Knights of Columbus is pleased to sponsor a Pancake Breakfast from 9:30am to 12:30pm on Septempber 25th.

All You Can Eat!
Menu includes: Pancakes, Eggs, and Sausage Breakfast
Gluten/Dairy Free Menu!
Cost: $7 per person / $24 per family
Note: Children 5 & under free / Grades K-8 cost $3
Location: Parish Gym

Mother Teresa and the Gift of Mercy - Fr. Gabriel Torretta, O.P.

What was it about Mother Teresa that made her a saint? What does her work with the poor have to do with the mercy of God? Fr. Gabriel looks at St. Teresa of Calcutta's life of love and suffering to understand how God's saving mercy enters the human experience.