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Stewardship (Giving)

Volunteers Needed

Bring your skills, talents and interests to Mercy Health-Anderson Hospital. You will have your choice of roles, around your per- sonal schedule, to serve others and enrich your own life. You will receive orientation and training to help you get started and become comfortable in the hospital environment. The gift of your time can be used in over 50 different areas, including: Gift Shop, Patient Partnering, Emergency Department, Radiology Department, Reception Desks, and Dietary Services.

If you’re interested, contact Volunteer Services at Mercy Health-Anderson Hospital, 7500 State Road, Cincinnati, OH 45255, 624-4676.

Sharing Van - Mary Magdalen House

On May 7-8, the Ladies of Charity will be collecting for the Mary Magdalen House in Over the Rhine. The center provides bathrooms and shower facilities for the homeless to clean up, use the telephone and launder one set of clothing. They do not provide meals.

The Mary Magdalen House has special needs for the following items in addition to cash donations:

- NEED BROWN PAPER GROCERY BAGS to hold client’s clothes.

- Clothing (can be used unless noted): Men’s underwear sizes 30-36 (new), thermal long johns, men’s and women’s white socks, washable pants sizes 26-38, belts for men and women, shirts (particularly flannel) sizes L, XL, shoes (particularly gym shoes).

- Cleaning supplies: Drano, Lysol (liquid), laundry detergent, bleach, windshield fluid, Top Job, plastic bags, brown grocery bags, dryer sheets, paper towels, toilet tissue, Mr. Clean.

- Personal Care Items: towels, face cloths, after shave/perfume, Vaseline, baby powder, toothbrushes/paste, combs, Kleenex, personal size shampoo and soap, lotion, Q-tips, spray deodorant.

Please call Jean Wilkinson at (513) 498-5085 with any questions about the Mary Magdalen House or Ladies of Charity. Thank you so much for your help!

Children's Choir Concert

Music selections representing Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and Ukraine
Tuesday, May 10th at 7pm in the St. Gertrude Gym inside Parish Center
Reception following with international desserts, decor, and items on display!
Come and hear beautiful children sing beautiful music!

Prayer Shawl

The first Prayer Shawl meeting will be on Thurs., April 28 at 9 am in the St. Joseph Room.

The St. Gertrude Parish Health Ministry is very proud and excited to announce the formation of a Prayer Shawl Ministry where knitters, crocheters, and quilters come together in prayer to make shawls for the parish and the St. Gertrude community.

Pack-n-Play Collection

The Respect Life Ministry is asking for your continued support for the Pregnancy Centers, with a collection of NEW baby items during the month of May.

A pack-n-play will be in the Holy Family Chapel (candle room) for collecting your donations that will be divided between Old St. Mary’s in Over the Rhine, and the Women’s Center in Sharonville. Most needed items are DIAPERS and baby wipes. They can also use sleepers, blankets, onesies, formula, bottles, lotions, shampoo, outfits, bibs, towels and wash cloths, or any other item necessary for a new baby that you care to donate. Please no toys or magazines.

If you have any questions, call Jane or Lou at 489-7400. Continue to pray for an end to abortion. Thank you for your kindness.

Spring Plant Sale

May 14th and 15th

Help support the various Landscaping Projects on the parish grounds implemented by the gardening volunteers. If you cannot donate any of the items below, come and do your shopping! We will have plenty of great items for sale.

Plant Sale:

While cleaning up your property for the new growing season, keep us in mind when thinning out crowded or no longer needed perennials, such as Iris, Hosta, special grasses, small shrubs, small trees, etc. Label the group or items with any particulars, such as name, color of bloom, height, and anything else that might help them sell. Pot them if you can (we will have empty pots for you to use in the extra lot) and drop off the plants the week of the sale. Please, only donate items that have a good survival rate! Decorative pots, lawn ornaments, and other gardening items can also be donated.

KofC Sponsored Pancake Breakfast

Knights of Columbus Sponsors Pancake Breakfast

Bring your family and your appetite to church on Sunday, May 1st!! The Archbishop Elder Council of the Knights of Columbus is pleased to sponsor a Pancake Breakfast from 9:30am to 12:30pm on May 1st.

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

All proceeds go to Elder Council Knights of Columbus charity fund to further our work in supporting the church and community. (Note: Credit cards are accepted!)

Regina Veritatis Healing Prayer Ministry

Receive the Healing Love of Divine Mercy with Fr. Giles Dimock, O.P. and the Regina Veritatis Prayer Team.

Receive the Mercy and Love of the Heart of Jesus. Intercessory Prayer Teams will invoke the power of the Holy Spirit, that you may receive the fullness of our Father’s love!

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd - Work Session

Help Needed!
Friday, April 15 from 6:00-8:00pm
Saturday, April 16 from 9:00am-12:00pm

We will be having work sessions to prepare supplies for our Catechesis of the Good Shepherd atrium. We are in need of adult helpers to assist in preparing materials. We will meet in the Art Room of St. Gertrude School located on the lower level. No artistic talent or experience is required! We’ll be painting, shellacing, cutting, assembling items, etc. Refreshments will be provided. Sr. Marie Noelle, OP will be helping us and guiding us as we work on materials!

If you are able to join us on Friday or Saturday for any portion of the sessions, please contact the Religious Ed Office at 561-8369 to RSVP. Thanks for your support!

St. Gertrude Parish Health Ministry

Many of our parishioners may still not be aware that St. Gertrude has recently established its own Parish Health Ministry, whose mission is to “reflect the compassionate healing love of Jesus Christ by assisting the congregation and community to achieve optimal health and wellness of body, mind and spirit through health education, prevention programs, screenings, referrals, advocacy and other whole person health related services.”

The St. Gertrude Parish Health Ministry (SGPHM) is comprised of health professionals from within our parish, clinicians and non-clinicians alike, who are contributing their time and talent to help fulfill the PHM Mission. Among those volunteering are physicians, nurses, psychologists, social workers and others committed to the physical, mental and spiritual well-being of our fellow parishioners.

The Health Ministry held its inaugural event last autumn when it conducted a Blood Pressure Screening (BPS) in the Parish Center following morning Masses on Sunday, October 25. By all accounts, the event was well received and another BPS is scheduled as part of the 2016 PHM Spring Event from 9:00am to 12:30pm on Sunday, April 17. In addition to the Blood Pressure Screening, the PHM Spring Event will also include a Blood Glucose Monitoring (BGM) initiative.
An online sign-up is required:
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0B49ABAA2CA31-april
If unable to sign up online, please call the parish office at 561-5954 and the secretarial staff can assist you.