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Ladies of Charity

Their primary function is to assist the poor. They channel financial support to local organizations to give direct aid to those in need. After all Masses on the first and second Sunday of the month, parishioners contribute clothing, food and other items to the Sharing Van in the parking lot. They also help in area soup kitchens and contribute to the needs of the individuals. The Ladies of Charity sponsor the Thanksgiving food drive and the Christmas Giving Tree. They assist the bereaved by providing and serving food after funerals. Their support comes from the Treasure Mart in July and the Craft Show in the fall, plus donations from private contributions and the parish.

Cincinnati Archdiocesan Ladies of Charity

About Us

"Those who love the poor during life will have nothing to fear at the hour of death."
- St. Vincent de Paul

Founded in 1617 by St. Vincent de Paul, the Ladies of Charity is a worldwide association of practicing Catholic women who seek every opportunity to make Christ present in the lives of the sick, the poor, and the lonely. Ladies of Charity help to serve both the material and spiritual needs of others by volunteering their time to direct outreach programs (such as soup kitchens and visiting the sick) and to fund-raising activities (such as the Craft Show and Treasure Mart) whose proceeds go directly to serving the needs of the poor - stewardship of time, talent and treasure.

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. Ladies of Charity activities include, but are not limited to:

Date Activity Location
January 11, 2014 LOC Planning Meeting - 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. E/W Room Saint Joseph Meeting Room (E/W Room)
February 1‐2, 2014 Hope Emergency – serves poor in Adams, Brown, Highland and surrounding Counties with food and household goods Sharing Van
March 1‐2, 2014 Mother of Christ Food Pantry - serves poor in St. Bernard-Winton Terrace Area (Fr. Shappelle) Sharing Van
March 15, 2014 LOC Investiture Mass - 11:30 a.m. and Luncheon in Parish Center 12:30 - 2 p.m. Parish Center
April 5‐6, 2014 Hope Emergency – serves poor in Adams, Brown, Highland and surrounding Counties with food and household goods Sharing Van
May 3-4, 2014 Mary Magdalen House-Over the Rhine. Serves homeless by providing showers and laundry Sharing Van
May 17, 2014 LOC Planning Meeting - 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. E/W Room Parish Center
June 7-8, 2014 Hope Emergency – serves poor in Adams, Brown, Highland and surrounding Counties with food and household goods Sharing Van
July 14-18, 2014 Treasure Mart (Set up Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday) - Parish Center Parish Center
July 19, 2014 Treasure Mart (week long collection and organization for sale on Saturday)-largest fundraiser for LOC - PC/Cafeteria Parish Center/Cafeteria
Aug 2-3, 2014 Hope Emergency - Back-To-School items in addition to regular needs Sharing Van
Sept 6-7, 2014 Welcome House - homeless shelter for individuals and families in N. Kentucky Sharing Van
Sept 20, 2014 LOC Planning Meeting - 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. E/W Room Saint Joseph Meeting Room (E/W Room)
Oct 4-5, 2014 Mother of Christ Food Pantry - serves poor in St. Bernard-Winton Terrace Area (Fr. Shappelle) Sharing Van
Oct 18, 2014 Craft Fair Parish Center/Cafeteria
Nov 1-2, 2014 Thanksgiving Food Drive Sign-Ups - Parish Center Parish Center
Nov 8-9, 2014 Thanksgiving Food Drive Sign-Ups - Parish Center Parish Center
Nov 15-16, 2014 Thanksgiving Food Drive Drop-Offs - Parish Center Parish Center
Nov 29-30, 2014 Giving Tree Sign-Ups - Parish Center Parish Center
Dec 6-7, 2014 Giving Tree Sign-Ups - Parish Center Parish Center
Dec 13-14, 2014 Giving Tree Drop-Offs - Parish Center Parish Center

The Ladies of Charity is a great opportunity to expand or enhance your volunteerism as well as to become more involved in and connected with the Parish, to feel part of the parish community. Please consider joining the Ladies of Charity to bring God's love to someone who needs it!

To Serve Rather Than to Be Served - In Humility, Simplicity and Charity

 

Ladies of Charity Investiture

Calling all Ladies of Charity

There will be an Investiture Ceremony for all new members on Saturday, March 15, 2014 at the 11:30 a.m. Mass followed by our Annual Luncheon in the School Cafeteria. This year’s guest speakers are Sister Sandy and Lucia from Hope Emergency and Michael Farrell.

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?

Sharing Van - Food Pantry

Ladies of Charity Sharing Van ― March 1-2

The Ladies of Charity will be collecting for the Mother of Christ Food Pantry in St. Bernard. In addition to all food items, the pantry has special needs for toilet paper, paper towels, cleansers like Pine-Sol, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, soap, detergent and feminine products.

Please call Jean Wilkinson at 204-7770 with any questions about Mother of Christ Food Pantry or Ladies of Charity.
Thank you so much for your help!

Sharing Van - Hope Emergency Center

Ladies of Charity Sharing Van: February 1-2

The Ladies of Charity will be collecting at the white van in the parking lot the weekend of February 1-2. 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.

Thank You to St. Gertrude

The Ladies of Charity wish to thank the members of the Parish for their generosity during the Christmas season. Your response was awesome and so inspiring. Over eleven hundred toys, articles of clothing and personal items were given to the Hope Emergency Center. The Center aids families in Brown and Adams counties and Highland. One hundred and eighteen gifts and gift cards were given to families in Fr. Shappelle’s parish in Winton Place. Fifty-one gifts of clothing and accessories were donated to an area nursing home.

Ladies of Charity Organizational Meeting

Calling all Ladies of Charity -

There will be an organizational meeting on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 10:00am in the St. Joseph Room of the St. Gertrude Parish Center to make plans for our 2014 activities.

There is much to discuss as we plan 2014 and beyond for the Ladies of Charity organization. Please plan to join us. Invite a friend. Many hands make our work lighter. Any woman who is 18 years or older and is a practicing Catholic is welcome to join.

Need more information, please contact Jean Wilkinson at 498-5085.

Sharing Van - St. Mark's Food Pantry

Ladies of Charity Sharing Van: January 4-5

On the weekend of January 4-5, the Ladies of Charity will be collecting for the St. Mark's Food Pantry in Evanston. The center provides food and personal care items to needy families. They do NOT have room for clothing. The St. Mark's Food Pantry has special needs for the following items in addition to cash donations:

- Food: canned meats, vegetables, fruit, pasta, noodles, rice, etc.
- Personal care items: barsoap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo
- Cleaning items - dishwashing liquid and laundry detergent

Food Drive Results

Thank You to the Parish

The Ladies of Charity send THANKS for your generous support of our recent Thanksgiving Food Drive for Hope Emergency Center. Thanks to you Hope Emergency received over 1,960 items for Thanksgiving dinners for their clients. Cash donations were approximately $3,075. Thank you to everyone who helped with their time, talent or treasure to feed the hungry this Thanksgiving.

2013 Giving Tree Sign-Ups

Christmas Giving Tree Program 2013

NOTE: The drop off location has been changed to the Parish Center.

The Ladies of Charity will coordinate the annual Christmas Giving Tree Program. Your donated gifts are presented to families served by Hope Emergency Center in Brown County, Winton Terrace, and Madeira area nursing homes, and children who are hospitalized due to domestic violence at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.

The Giving Tree sign-ups will be the weekends of November 23-24 and November 30-December 1 in the Parish Center. Drop-offs will be December 7-8 in the Parish Center. Thank you for sharing your blessings with the poor.

Ladies of Charity Organizational Meeting

Calling All Ladies of Charity

NOTE: The location has been changed!

There will be an organizational meeting on Saturday, September 21 at 10:00am in the SCHOOL LIBRARY to make final plans for our Fall Craft Fair, Thanksgiving Food Drive, and Giving Tree activities.

Please plan to join us. Invite a friend. Many hands make our work lighter. Any woman who is 18 years or older and is a practicing Catholic is welcome to join.

Need more information, please contact Theresa Dorsey at 497-1764

Sharing Van - Mother of Christ Food Pantry

Ladies of Charity Sharing Van -
The Sharing Van will be collecting for Mother of Christ Food Pantry which serves the poor in St. Bernard-Winton Terrace area (Fr. Shappelle).

The collection for the weekend of October 5-6, the Ladies of Charity will be collecting for the Mother of Christ Food Pantry in St. Bernard. In addition to all food items, the pantry has special needs for toilet paper, paper towels, cleansers like Pine-Sol, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, soap, detergent and feminine products.

St. Gertrude Craft Show - 28th Annual


Saturday, October 19th
9am-3pm
A showcase of 100 talented crafters
Beautiful handmade items & unique gifts in all price ranges
Food and baked goods available for purchase
Sponsored by the Ladies of Charity - for charity
Grab your holiday shopping list, bring a friend and come
browse the tables. You won’t want to miss this show!

6543 Miami Ave., Madeira, OH 45243

Sharing Van - Welcome House

Ladies of Charity Sharing Van

The collection on September 7-8 will be for Welcome House in Northern Kentucky. Welcome House is a homeless shelter which provides housing for 35 women and children. While at the shelter the women and children are given three meals each day, hygiene items, linens and laundry facilities. In addition, residents develop a plan for income and housing with their assigned case manager. Most plans focus on finding clients affordable housing, employment, childcare and financial literacy services.

Treasure Mart Sponsored by the Ladies of Charity


TREASURE MART 2013 – Saturday, July 20!!!

The excitement is building for the 33rd Annual Ladies of Charity Treasure Mart. Have you been saving your donations? It will be here before you know it!

Ladies of Charity Organizational Meeting

CALLING ALL LADIES OF CHARITY.

There will be an organizational meeting on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 10 a.m. in the St. Joseph Room of the St. Gertrude Parish Center to make final plans for our Summer Treasure Mart and Fall Craft Fair activities. Please plan to join us. Invite a friend. Many hands make our work lighter. Any woman who is 18 years or older and is a practicing Catholic is welcome to join.

Need more information, please contact Theresa Dorsey, 497-1764.

Ladies of Charity Sharing Van

Ladies of Charity Sharing Van – May 4-5

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:

BROWN PAPER GROCERY BAGS to hold client’s clothes.

Clothing: 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.

LOC Sharing Van - Hope Emergency Center

Ladies of Charity Sharing Van - Hope Emergency Center
The Ladies of Charity will be collecting at the white van in the parking lot before and after all masses, except 6:00PM Sunday.

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.

Their greatest needs this month are for: Back-to-School supplies and clothing, canned goods and groceries, household items, dishes, pots, pans, utensils and baby items.

Items needed on a regular basis:
nonperishable food, personal hygiene items, and practical household items.

Ladies of Charity Investiture Ceremony

Calling All Ladies of Charity

There will be an Investiture Ceremony for all new members on Saturday, March 16 at the 11:30am 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 in this Year of Faith?

Ladies of Charity Sharing Van

Ladies of Charity Sharing Van – March 2-3

For the weekend of March 2-3, the Ladies of Charity will be collecting for the Mother of Christ Food Pantry in St. Bernard. In addition to all food items, the pantry has special needs for toilet paper, paper towels, cleansers like Pine-Sol, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, soap, detergent and feminine products.

Ladies of Charity Organizational Meeting

Calling All Ladies of Charity

St. Mark's Food Pantry Collection

Ladies of Charity Sharing Van – January 5-6

On the weekend of January 5-6, the Ladies of Charity will be collecting for the St. Mark‟s Food Pantry in Evanston. The center provides food and personal care items to needy families. They do NOT have room for clothing.

The St. Mark's Food Pantry has special needs for the following items in addition to cash donations:
- Food: canned meats, vegetables, fruit, pasta, noodles, rice, etc.
- Personal care items: bar soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo
- Cleaning items: dishwashing and laundry detergent

Treasure Mart Drop Off and Set-Up

Treasure Mart Drop Off - PC Gym door

Wondering what to do with all those gently used "treasures?"
Donate them to the Ladies of Charity Treasure Mart!

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
- Gasoline-filled items
- Blinds/mini blinds
- Console TVs or stereos
- Draperies
- Cribs, playpens, car seats, car booster seats
- Tires, paint

Application for St. Gertrude 26th Annual Craft Show

The St. Gertrude Craft Show is a fundraiser run by the Ladies of Charity. ALL money raised from the sale of spaces goes to help the poor throughout the year. This Craft Show is the 2nd largest fundraising event for the Ladies of Charity. We so appreciate your support of the event and hope you will consider joining us for our 27th Annual Craft Show at St. Gertrude Church in Madeira, Ohio. The Craft Show will be held on Saturday, October 20th from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. this year.

Ladies of Charity Meeting

Calling All Ladies of Charity:

There will be a meeting on Saturday June 2, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. in the East-West Room of the Parish Center to plan our Summer and Fall activities.

Please make every effort to attend this important meeting. We are entering the busiest part of our year and the work is made easier by many hands.

Questions, call Theresa Dorsey, 497-1764.

Craft Fair

The Annual Craft Fair at St. Gertrude's is an event that can't be missed. Come and bring a friend. Over 100 exhibitors at the show! Get an early start to your Christmas Shopping.

You’ll be glad to know that as you get an early start on your holiday shopping with a great selection of unique gifts, 100% of proceeds from organizing this event help those in need. Last year’s Craft Show was a huge success. This year’s show promises to be even better!

Save the date: Saturday Oct. 20th

Treasure Mart Drop Off and Set-Up


Treasure Mart Drop Off - PC Gym door

Wondering what to do with all those gently used "treasures?"
Donate them to the Ladies of Charity Treasure Mart!

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
- Gasoline-filled items
- Blinds/mini blinds
- Console TVs or stereos
- Draperies
- Cribs, playpens, car seats, car booster seats
- Tires, paint

Ladies of Charity Investiture

The investiture for new Ladies of Charity will occur at/after the 11:30 mass.
A reception will follow in the school cafeteria.
Please encourage your friends to join the Ladies of Charity.

Contact Marilyn Scherpenberg at 831-4467 for more information.

LOC Sharing Van - Hope Emergency Center

Ladies of Charity Sharing Van - Hope Emergency Center
The Ladies of Charity will be collecting at the white van in the parking lot before and after all masses, except 6:00PM Sunday.

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.

Their greatest needs this month are for:
nonperishable foods, baby items, household items and dishes, pots, pans, utensils.

Contact Name(s): 
Jean Wilkinson
Contact Phone Number(s): 
204-7770