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Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship

In 2015, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops updated its statement on political responsibility, Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, for the 2016 election. The current document has its roots in 2007. One significant addition is a new introductory note addressing the current election cycle. This asks, “We urge our pastors, lay and religious faithful, and all people of goodwill to use this statement to help form their consciences; to teach those entrusted to their care; to contribute to civil and respectful public dialogue; and to shape political choices in the coming election in light of Catholic teaching.”

The U.S. bishops at their fall general assembly approved an updated version of “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship.” Included in the text is a summary of policy positions of the USCCB. To read the full document online, visit http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/faithful-citizenship/


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Mother Teresa National Prayer Breakfast Speech - 1994

National Prayer Breakfast President Clinton participated in the National Prayer Breakfast at the Washington Hilton Hotel. In his remarks, the president stated, "It is important to reaffirm that in this nation where we have freedom of religion, we need not seek freedom from religion." Quoting from Professor Stephen Carter’s book, “The Culture of Disbelief,” the president stated that "we should all seek to know and to do God’s will, even when we differ."

Prior to the president’s address, Mother Teresa addressed the audience and pleaded with them to “stop the killing” with regard to U.S. abortion policy.

4000 Crosses of the Innocents - 2016


Save the Date!
Saturday, September 17, 2016

  • What: Install 4,000 Crosses of the Innocents on parish grounds
  • Why: Promote support for the Culture of Life ― prepare for Respect Life month (October) and
    40 Days For Life Fall campaign (September 26-November 6)
  • When: 8:30AM, Saturday, September 17, 2016
  • Where: St. Gertrude
  • Who: all parishioners are invited to help the Knights of Columbus and Respect Life committee

Saint Joseph the Worker Society (Young Men) Sign Up Form - Fall 2016

It is important for the Church to create the conditions that will permit many young people to say 'yes' in generous response to God‘s loving call... It is my hope that the local Churches will become places where vocations are carefully discerned and their authenticity tested; places where young men and women are offered wise and strong spiritual direction. In this way, the Christian community itself becomes a manifestation of the Love of God in which every calling is contained.

—Pope Benedict XVI, 49th World Day of Prayer for Vocations

The St. Joseph the Worker Society recruits young men from the 4th grade through high school. They are trained to serve holy Mass and other important liturgical celebrations. The Society for the young men will be an opportunity for them to be mentored in Dominican spirituality, build community, and provide needed service to the church. It is a program of fraternity, discipline, accountability, and discernment; the spirituality of manhood, priesthood, and fatherhood is the focus of the training for our young men. This program is organized by the pastor and parochial vicars and will involve fathers from the parish as well.

Dear Parents and Boys, Grades 4-12,

Welcome to the altar server training program here at St. Gertrude’s!

It is indeed a great privilege to be able to serve Holy Mass. One must be mature, disciplined, striving to be holy, and willing to take directions from Fr. André-Joseph, Fr. Gabriel, and older altar boys.

Do you have the qualities needed to serve as an altar boy at St. Gertrude church? Remember the qualities listed above before you say yes. Attendance at the sessions does not guarantee that you will be allowed to serve Holy Mass. Fr. Andre-Joseph and Fr. Carroll will make their decisions based on your ability to be mature, disciplined, striving to be holy, and able to take directions during the training sessions.

Please note the following dates for the training sessions. All sessions are held in the church. You must attend all three sessions in order to begin serving here at St. Gertrude’s. No exceptions will be made.

1st Session: Tuesday, Oct. 11, 6-8:30pm

  • Introduction into the Ministry of Altar Server
  • The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass
  • Explanation of liturgical objects, vestments, etc.

2nd Session: Thursday, Oct. 13, 6-8:30pm

  • How to serve Mass.

3rd Session: Tuesday, Oct. 18, 6-8:30pm

  • How to serve Mass.

Cub Scout "Join Night"

Sign up for the Cub Scouts!

The Boy Scouts of America Pack/Troop 555 at St. Gertrude Parish would like to invite any interested boy to sign up for Cub/Boy Scouts.

We are having our annual “Join Night” this Wednesday, September 7 at 7:00pm in the St. Dominic Lobby in the Parish Center. All interested boys from Kindergarten to 4th Grade are invited to come with their parents to learn about the Cub Scout Troop and sign up.

Questions to Adam Kennedy, 513-325-0324 or apkennedy1@gmail.com.

Familia Info Session

The peace of knowing your family is on the right track! Familia exists to support you in your efforts to build a strong family life. It is Familia’s mission to strengthen families by helping men and women live their mission to marriage and parenthood in all its fullness with the richness and beauty of the Catholic faith. The family is the bedrock of our society. This is where God has made known his presence in a most unique and unrepeatable way. Familia equips men and women with practical tools that will enable them to become spouses, fathers and mothers their family needs. More information please visit: www.familiausa.net.

Are you looking for a way to share ideas with other moms on how to raise faith-filled children and strengthen your marriage? A new Familia group is being formed for Fall 2016! We meet twice per month in the morning from September through May to reflect on the Gospel, Catechism and Pope JPII’s writings as they apply to us as wives and mothers.

Please join us for an information session on Tuesday, Sept. 6, from 9:30- 10:30am in the Parish Center. Babysitting will be provided. Please contact Anita Pappalardo if you have any questions at 248-8237 or pappacinci@gmail.com.

Testimonial from a new member: “I’m currently doing the first year and it’s absolutely life changing!”

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.