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800 Years of Grace

8/1/2016
by Katie Scott

The Order Of Preachers Celebrates Its 800th Jubilee, A Milestone Marked By Vibrant Communities And Flourishing Vocations

In early 1995, a graduate student of environmental engineering and chemistry at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore stepped into the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C.

Inside, rosaries dangled from the friars’ ankle-length white tunics, chants filled the chapel, and texts of theology and philosophy lined the library shelves.

But amid the sounds and symbols of an order characterized by traditional Catholicism and rigorous study, he also encountered frequent laughter and discussions ranging from bluegrass to baseball.

The friars “were eminently human,” while “it was clear they had a strong sense of purpose,” said the now-Dominican priest, Father John Paul Walker.

That purpose – to preach the truth of Jesus Christ with intellectual reasoning and compassion – has stretched across nearly a millennium and existed under 90 popes. Founded in 1216, the order marks its 800th jubilee this year.

It is a time to celebrate not only its founding but also the increasing number of vocations around the world, including in the United States and, in particular, the St. Joseph Province, which covers the Eastern U.S. The number of active friars in the province is expected to increase by 50 percent in the next 10 years, according to figures presented at a June provincial assembly.

Part of the order’s appeal is that it combines “a very traditional sense of the faith with a strong evangelical outreach,” said Father Walker, pastor of St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, Conn., and a member of Father Michael J. McGivney Council 10705.

Crafters Needed

The Ladies of Charity are in need of crafters for the St. Gertrude Craft Show which will be held on Saturday, October 15. The event runs from 9:00am to 3:00pm. Handcraft items only.

Interested? Please call Marsha Belk at 831-9128.

Hope Emergency Program

Hope Emergency Program is in need of clothing ― boys/girls, men/women, all ages, all sizes!

Donations may be dropped off on Tuesdays or Thursdays at Hope Emergency Center, 5333 Kernan Road, Lynchburg, OH. To contact us: hopeemergency@hotmail.com.

St. Gertrude T-Shirts Needed

We need your St. Gertrude t-shirts to make a memory quilt from Ladies of Charity for the 2017 Festival. T-shirts and sweatshirts may be from any St. Gertrude activity ― school, sports, festival, 5K, VBS, etc.

Contact: Marj Hoffman at 703-5452 or Jean Wilkerson at 204-7770.

Being Merciful to Ourselves - Fr. Gabriel Torretta, O.P.

What does it mean to be merciful to myself? Does it mean casting off exterior limitations to explore the true me, à la "Eat, Pray, Love"? Does it mean staring very hard at my weaknesses to be set free from self-deceit? Or does it mean something else entirely? In this video, Fr. Gabriel looks at the meaning of mercy for the self through studying the Gospel passage about the woman caught in adultery.

Life's 5th Quarter


8:00am Mass at

Holy Name Catholic Church

2422 Auburn Avenue, Cincinnati,

near Christ Hospital.

Join Life's 5th Quarter on July 30, the 5th Saturday of July, for Mass with Rev. André-Joseph LaCasse, O.P. as celebrant. We invite other priests to come and concelebrate with him.

The Fifth Saturday Masses and Prayer Vigils for Life are sponsored by Life's 5th Quarter.

Treasure Mart Drop-Off and Setup

Treasure Mart Drop Off - PC Gym door

Times:
July 11-14 (Mon-Tues-Wed-Thurs) from 9am to 8pm
July 15 (Fri) 9am to NOON

Wondering what to do with all those gently used "treasures?"
Donate them to the Ladies of Charity Treasure Mart!
ALL proceeds go directly to programs that help the poor.

Here's a list of items that we can NOT accept:
- BBQ grills, propane tanks
- Computers & computer equipment
- Exercise equipment (esp. Treadmills)
- Non-working appliances
- Combustibles of any kind

Youth Choir Camp - 2016

St Gertrude Parish offers students in Grades 3 - 8
Wednesday through Saturday, July 20-23, 2016
9:30 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.

Camp will wrap up with the children singing at the 4:30pm Mass on
Saturday, July 23rd

Directed by Mrs. Catherine Fishlock
$25 materials fee per child
Pay your materials fee to hold your spot.
Questions? Call Mrs. Fishlock at 513.561.5954

Click here for Permission slip

2016 Festival Pictures

Pictures of the St Gertrude Festival 2016.
Photos by Cincinnati Digital Photography 513 484 3645

Video Tour of the St Gertrude Parish

Church and Priory Chapel