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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:
If unable to sign up online, please call the parish office at 561-5954 and the secretarial staff can assist you.

Sharing Van - Hope Emergency Center

Ladies of Charity Sharing Van: April 2-3

The Ladies of Charity will be collecting at the white van in the parking lot the weekend of April 2-3. We will be collecting before and after all Masses, except 6:00pm. The collection benefits HOPE EMERGENCY CENTER, an agency in Lynchburg, Ohio that provides assistance to the poor in Adams, Brown, Highland and surrounding counties. The people that the Center serves are struggling to make ends meet. Your donations are so very much appreciated.

St. Vincent de Paul’s Hope to Homes 5K

Every day in Cincinnati, many of our neighbors are living on the brink of homelessness. Help us bring them hope. On Saturday, April 9, join us for a 5K walk/run at Sawyer Point in support of St. Vincent de Paul’s emergency assistance programs. These programs, including rent and utility assistance, help keep people safe, warm and happy in their homes. Any additional fundraising you do will go directly to your parish St. Vincent de Paul Conference.

Cost: $20 in advance ($30 on Race Day). To register, visit

Adore - St Gertrude Parish Youth Ministry - April 3, 2016

April 3, 2016 7:00-9:00pm All 7-12th graders and their families are encouraged to attend - along with anyone else who would like to join in worship and adoration. Confessions will be available.

St. Gertrude Girls Basketball Registration - 2016

The St. Gertrude Girls Basketball program is open to ALL students in grades 3 – 8 (enrolled in the 2016–2017 academic year) including SGS, Religious Education & Home School

The 3rd, 4th, & 5th grades will be treated as instructional / developmental basketball for all athletes

6th, 7th, & 8th grades will involve open gym evaluations for team assignments if number of participants requires one

Youth Ministry Discipleship Group - Volunteers Needed

Are you interested in volunteering your time by serving the teens of our parish?

We are in need of facilitators for our high school Discipleship groups, which typically consist of 6-10 teens and two adults. These small groups meet approximately three times a month. We are looking for adults who have encountered Jesus Christ, are in love with the Church, and willing to journey patiently with teens as a mentor through their high school years.

If you are interested in learning more about our program, please contact Brad Bursa at 527-3975 or

KofC Baby Bottle Fundraiser

Knights of Columbus Baby Bottle Fundraiser for Old St. Mary's Pregnancy Center

Bottles will be handed out the weekend of: April 2-3.
Bottles will be collected on the following 2 weekends: April 9-10 and April 16-17.

Again this year, the Again this year, the Knights of Columbus are organizing a Baby Bottle Fundraiser to benefit the Pregnancy Care Center at Old St. Mary’s Catholic Church located in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood of Cincinnati. Over the last five years, St. Gertrude parishioners have generously donated over $30,000 to help Old St. Mary’s provide education and care for women during and after pregnancy.

Thanks for Supporting ProKids!

Last month, I was pleased that Fr. André-Joseph allowed me to share my passion for ProKids with the parish. The response from my presentations at those Masses has been great ― a total of 150 people stopped by the table to talk with me, we contacted the 17 people who provided their information ― four of those have already attended a Snapshot at ProKids and the remaining 13 are signed up for later this month. See? We can change the world! Everything is possible when people care.

Snapshot’s are free, one-hour sessions to learn about ProKids and the role of a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Volunteer. CASAs are people like you and me who make time to get to know abused and neglected children who need an advocate. Working through ProKids, we will break the vicious cycle of child abuse and neglect and strengthen our whole community. Reserve a spot at an upcoming Snapshot session at You will not be asked for a donation. Thank you! ― Chip Turner

Ladies of Charity Investiture

Calling all Ladies of Charity

There will be an Investiture Ceremony for all new members on Saturday, March 12, 2016 at the 11:30 a.m. Mass followed by our Annual Luncheon in the Parish Center.

Please make every effort to attend this important event. Invite a friend. Any practicing Catholic woman who is 18 or older from any parish in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati is welcome to join! There are currently women in the organization who range from young professionals to retired senior citizens. Whatever your age, whatever you do, you will find life’s greatest fulfillment comes through serving those who need you. There is no strict time commitment! It’s as little or as much time as you have available and there are plenty of opportunities throughout the year to help. Is Christ calling you to serve his people through this ministry?

Questions, please call Jean Wilkinson, 204-7770.

Please RSVP for lunch to Marilyn Scherpenberg at by March 4th.

Sharing Van - Mother of Christ Food Pantry

Ladies of Charity Sharing Van - March 5-6
The Sharing Van (the white van in the parking lot) will be collecting for Mother of Christ Food Pantry which serves the poor in St. Bernard-Winton Terrace area. Mother of Christ Food Pantry provides food and personal care items to needy families. The people that the Center serves are struggling to make ends meet. Your donations are so very appreciated!

In addition to all nonperishable food items, the pantry has special needs for toilet paper, paper towels, cleansers like Pine-Sol, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, personal hygiene items, practical household items. Donations of cash or check are also welcome.

Please call Jean Wilkinson at 498-5085 with any questions about Mother of Christ Food Pantry or Ladies of Charity. Thank you so much for your help!