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Adoration Chapel Closing for Thanksgiving - 11/22 at 9pm until 11/24 at 9am

A note from our pastor,

The Mother of Mercy Perpetual Adoration Chapel will be closing for Thanksgiving, beginning at 9pm on Wednesday, Nov. 22. The Adoration Chapel will reopen again on Friday, Nov. 24th at 9am. --Rev. André-Joseph LaCasse, O.P.

St. Gertrude's Feast Day Celebration

Save the date! November 11, 4:30pm

Catholic Men's Fellowship - Advent Retreat 2017

Update 10/30/2017

The 2017 annual Catholic Men’s Advent Retreat, sponsored by the St. Gertrude Men’s Fellowship, will be Friday (12/1 evening) and Saturday (12/2) at Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center, 5440 Moeller Ave., Cin., OH 45212. Space is available on a “1st Come — 1st Served” basis.

Fr. Martin Martiny, O. P. will serve as our Retreat Master. Our theme is the miracle of the “The REAL Presence” of Christ in the Eucharist.

Parish Health Ministry Talks in November

Mindful Eating for the Fall and Winter Seasons

Parish Health Ministry is sponsoring a Nutrition and Health Seminar to address mindful eating over the fall and winter seasons, Thursday, November 9, at 7-8:30pm in the St. Gertrude School cafeteria. This class will include a presentation on mindful eating during Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations, ideas for using in season produce, as well as preparing for a healthy start into the new year. The presenter will be Peachy Seiden, PhD, MS, RDN, a Registered Dietitian, nutrition counselor and parishioner. There is no charge but donations for St. Gertrude Church are welcome at the door. To register, contact Amanda Riley at or call 377-2616 and leave your name, phone number, and number attending.

From Prescription to Addiction

Are You Ready to Change Lives... Yours and Others?

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is a ministry that gives you the opportunity to Give Back in a way that fits into your busy life! Vincentians are parish-based volunteers who are people just like you. We are business professionals, teachers, retirees, soccer moms, factory workers - anyone who wants to help people. Join your parish St. Vincent de Paul Conference and start making a difference in your community.

We need volunteers who can help with any of these:

Trust Not in Princes - Fr. Boniface Endorf, O.P.

Hope and Despair in American Politics
A talk by Fr. Boniface Endorf, O.P.

Fr. Innocent Addresses the People

Fr. Innocent Smith, O.P. addresses the meaning of the phrase "No Salvation Outside the Church" at the conclusion of our four-week series on Catholic doctrine inspired by the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

Talks given on The Reformation after 500 Years: A Catholic Take on the Divisive Doctrines.

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Support our Veterans!

The Knights of Columbus are taking donations of personal care items for Veterans who are patients at area VA facilities. Donations will be collected after each Mass on Saturday and Sunday, November 11th and 12th. A collection station will be placed in the parking lot entrance to the Church. These items go directly to Veterans and are greatly appreciated!

Items needed are the following and should be individual size:

  • Disposable safety razors
  • Shampoo and Conditioner

Parish Advent Wreath Making Celebration - 2017 Sign Up Form

Sunday, November 26th from 2:00pm - 4:00pm in the Saint Gertrude Parish Center Gym

Date and Place have changed to December 3rd in the School Cafeteria

Cost - $ 25.00 per family

Join us as we celebrate Advent with this fun parish activity!
You’ll find fellowship, holiday fun, refreshments, and activities for the children. We provide all the materials for making a beautiful Advent Wreath of live greens. Don’t forget to bring your pruners! (You may also want to bring a platter, tray, or box lid for transporting your wreath) Father will be with us to bless the wreaths made by your family. Adults and older students are needed to help with crafts and refreshments.

Knights of Columbus Membership Drive - 2017

Archbishop Elder Council of the Knights of Columbus Membership Drive on October 29! The Knights of Columbus is the largest Catholic Men’s Fraternal organization in the world! Do you want to grow your Catholic faith? Strengthen your family? Serve your community and parish? Meet like-minded Catholic men?

Crosses of the Innocents - 2017

Save the Date!
Saturday, October 21, 2017

  • 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 27-November 5)
  • When: 9:00AM, Saturday, October 21, 2017
  • Where: St. Gertrude
  • Who: all parishioners are invited to help the Knights of Columbus and Respect Life committee

Respect Life Sunday - October 1, 2017

Respect Life Sunday is October 1, 2017. “We are called to show mercy because mercy has first been shown to us.” — Pope Francis

Please help us extend mercy through participating in the Archdiocesan Respect Life collection that funds the Archdiocesan Respect Life Fund Grants on September 30-October 1, 2017.

100th Anniversary of Fatima! Cincinnati Rosary Crusade

Press Release/Public Announcement
Our Lady of Fatima Rosary Crusade
Fountain Square
October 7, 2017
On the occasion of the 100th Anniversary of Our Lady's Apparitions at Fatima, Portugal, & on the Feast of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, The American TFP will sponsor its 11th annual Cincinnati Rosary Crusade on Fountain Square, in the heart of Cincinnati, on Saturday, October 7th, at 12:00 noon. This event will be one of over 20,000 Rosary Crusades that are being held throughout the United States and in 35 foreign countries this year.
Bishop Joseph R. Binzer; Fr. Shannon Collins, MSJB; & Fr. Cyril Whitaker, S.J., will be the featured speakers this year. Fr. Andrew Umberg will lead the audience in praying the Rosary. Mr. Ric Aielli and Ms. Anna Little will provide the musical accompaniment and singing (Latin Mass Community Schola) for the Crusade event again this year, along with a guest singer from Columbus, Ohio, Mrs. Cecile Smith. The Fourth-Degree Knights of Columbus will formally process onto Fountain Square carrying a replica of the International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima.
There will be a DVD presentation of 180 historic Marian images through the ages displayed on the 30' x 42' video screen at Fountain Square, accompanied by several versions of Ave Maria. The theme for the Crusade this year is “Our Fatima Future.”
Please join with family, friends, & fellow parishioners in offering a public Rosary in honor of Our Lady’s apparitions at Fatima. For further information, please call 513.793.5872 or e-mail at:

From Atheist to Catholic: The Apologetics of Imagination

The Athenaeum of Cincinnati is hosting a free event that might be of interest to our St. Gertrude Parish Ministry members and parishioners.

On October 4 at 7:30 pm Dr. Holly Ordway, author of Apologetics and the Christian Imagination and professor of English at Houston Baptist University, will share her conversion story from atheism to Catholicism. Her story is one of encouragement and offers great insight for those who are involved in apologetics, evangelization, preaching, and teaching.

The talk will be held at the Bartlett Pastoral Center on the campus of The Athenaeum. The Address of the Athenaeum:

6616 Beechmont Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45230.

CCSO 2017 Volunteer Retreat

Hello Ministry Leaders,

This is a great opportunity for you to recognize your volunteers.

Nominate some in your ministry, or all, to attend this, or simply make it available to them of they wish to attend. Can be a great evangelization tool while simultaneously providing those who support you and the parish with some needed insight and direction about volunteering and making the most of the opportunity.

Jeffrey M. Plate
Director, Stewardship and Development and Pastoral Services

Gift of Life Layette

September 21 - October 31

The Gift of Life Pack-n-Play will be in our church outside the Holy Family Chapel during the month of October. Your generous donations of NEW baby items benefit mothers and their babies at Old St. Mary's Pregnancy Center in Over-the-Rhine and the Women's Center in Sharonville. Most needed are diapers size newborn to 6 months, baby wipes and wash, bottles and formula, onesies, sleepers, socks, hats, outfits and blankets. No toys/books please. Call Mary or Terry at

Our Lady of the Rosary

Saturday October 7th, St Gertrude Parish.
100 years after Fatima
An evening with Our Lady of the Rosary.
Includes enrollement in the Rosary Confraternity. Online enrollment can be found here:

Confraternity of the Holy Rosary Sign Up

Do you pray the Rosary every day? The St. Gertrude Chapter of the confraternity of the rosary will be enrolling new members during the special event “An Evening with Our Lady of the Rosary which begins at 7pm on Saturday, Oct 7, 2017, the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. Members of the confraternity make a commitment (which does not bind under pain of sin) to pray at least the original fifteen mysteries of the rosary at least once every week for the rest of their life, and to include in the intentions of each rosary the intentions of every other member of the confraternity throughout the whole Church. In return, members of the confraternity benefit, both in this life and in purgatory, from the prayers of every member of the confraternity throughout the world, from a share of the prayers of the Dominican Order, and, in a particular way, from the prayers of all of the Saints in Heaven. When a member of the confraternity prays the rosary, even when he prays alone, he is no longer praying as one person, but is praying in communion with the whole church. You can be enrolled in the confraternity whether you are a parishioner of St. Gertrude or not. You can be enrolled even if you can not attend the ceremony, though the enrollment ceremony is highly encouraged. You can read more about the confraternity at If you would like to be enrolled, please fill out the registration form on our website at As a part of the enrollment ceremony, new enrollees receive a blessed medal, rosary and candle. Please also consider helping us to offset the cost of these items by making a free will offering of $10. For more information Email

Dare to Believe - Adult Faith Formation Events 2017-2018

"and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free." --John 8:32