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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: http://www.stgertrude.org/ConfraternitySignUp

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 http://rosaryconfraternity.org/. If you would like to be enrolled, please fill out the registration form on our website at http://www.stgertrude.org/ConfraternitySignUp. 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 rosary@stgertrude.org.

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

St. Joseph the Worker Society - Altar Boys

The altar boys at St. Gertrude are members of the St. Joseph Society, which is recruiting new members.

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.

The Saint Anne and the Child Mary Guild Form (Young Ladies) - Fall 2017

Update: This Saturday's St Anne Guild meeting needs to be postponed until the October 14th date. All other pertinent information will remain the same.

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 Saint Anne and the Child Mary Guild is a spiritual guild for young ladies beginning in the 4th grade through high school. The Guild is directly involved in assisting with the beauty and care of our Church environment. The Guild helps young ladies discern how best to serve the church community, including preparing for the holy celebration of the Mass, seasonal devotional spaces, floral design for displays of statues, icons, flowers and plants. The Guild is also an opportunity for us to pray together and receive instruction about feminine and Dominican spirituality, consecrated life, and motherhood with the spiritual assistance and guidance of our own Dominican Sisters of Saint Cecilia. Once a month, September through May, we will come together to pray, serve, and learn. Meeting topics include the Mass and Sacraments, Sacred Scripture, Mary and the Rosary, and the lives of the Saints. We also have planned some great activities, crafts, and snacks, and you won’t want to miss our end-of-the-year Tea Party! The Guild is sponsored by our head sacristan/liturgical coordinator, the Dominican sisters, and mentor mothers. Please go to our website to sign up

Hurricane Harvey Special Emergency Collection

Dear Pastors and Parishioners,

Over the past several days, all of us have been following the historic flooding and resulting devastation and loss of life in southeast Texas. Hurricane Harvey has created an unprecedented and catastrophic weather event of immense proportions. The hurricane may now, quite possibly, also strike Louisiana. Our partners at Catholic Charities USA have conveyed that, along with Category 4 hurricane winds, 14-28 inches of rain fell in the Houston area on Saturday night alone. In some areas, it is anticipated that a total of 50 inches will fall, as the rains are expected to continue for at least another two days. Twelve million persons were under a flash flood warning over the weekend. Rivers will be rising and will be at historic flood stages for some time.

Our hearts and prayers go out to the families that have lost loved ones and to all who have lost homes and businesses along with their sense of peace and normalcy. We express deep gratitude to the first responders and numerous volunteers who are assisting the Gulf Coast region in countless ways. We also stand with our sisters and brothers in the region who have the difficult task of rebuilding in these most trying times, many while suffering their own losses. Our prayers and financial support are urgently needed.

A Special Note from the Pastor

I am happy to report that St. Gertrude has hired Mr. Lawain McNeil as the Director of Adult Evangelization. This makes our Office of Evangelization complete with four separate offices working for one purpose: the on-going evangelization of the parish. Now we have the Office of Primary Evangelization serving all our children from P-K through the 4th Grade, directed by Miss Shari Siebert; the Office of Jr. High Evangelization serving our young people from the 5th-8th Grades, directed by Mr. Bryan Wells; the Office of High School Evangelization, directed by Miss Megan Dickert; and Lawain now in the Office of Adult Evangelization. Lawain will be serving all the on-going adult formation programs in our parish: RCIA, Bible Study, Adult Faith Formation, all adult spiritual and educational groups, and most important the formation of small adult faith sharing and formation groups in the parish. More about the small groups will be coming as Lawain begins his ministry here. Lawain and his family have been members of St. Getrude for several years, and I am sure you will welcome him as he begins his ministry here on September 1. Here is some information Lawain has provided for you to know more about him.

AmazonSmile St Gertrude Donations

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New Brothers' Picture


Say a prayer for the 2017 novitiate class for the Dominican Province of St. Joseph.

Responding to Racism and Events in Charlottesville, Virginia - Most Rev. Dennis M. Schnurr

Responding to Racism and Events in Charlottesville, Virginia
Most Rev. Dennis M. Schnurr
August 16, 2017

The bigotry and violence that descended upon Charlottesville, Virginia emerged from the same sin of racism which can plague any community in America, including those of our own Archdiocese. And so, as we approach the Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, I echo for the faithful of our local Church the response of Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, to these horrendous events and the resulting loss of life:

Science and the Seven Days

A Workshop on Faith and Reason

with Dr. Robert Endorf and Fr. Thomas Davenport, O.P.

September 9th, 8:30 am -1:00 pm
St Gertrude Parish Center
Breakfast Provided

Pancake Breakfast - Elder Council Knights of Columbus

Enjoy Breakfast at St. Gertrude!
Pancakes, Eggs, and
Sausage Breakfast
Gluten/Dairy Free Menu!
"All You Can Eat!"

Date: Sunday, September 17th Location: in the gym Time: 8:45am to 12:30pm Cost: $7 per person/$28 per family (Children 5 & under: FREE/grades K-8: $3)

Note: credit cards accepted!

Sponsored and Prepared by Archbishop Elder Council Knights of Columbus

Cincinnati Right to Life's Evening for Life

Don't miss Cincinnati Right to Life's Evening for Life, Thursday, October 12th, at the Sharonville Convention Center; social 5:30 p.m., dinner and program 6:30 p.m.; featuring delicious buffet meal plus emcee Anna Mitchell, Sacred Heart Radio; speakers Jim Bradford and HK Derryberry; and popular Northern Kentucky Brotherhood Singers. Reservations required; seating limited. (CincinnatiRightToLife.org, 513/728-7870)

New Organ and Veneration of the Relics Evening

The evening schedule is as follows.

5:30pm: Veneration of the Relics (touching cloth to relics) at Our Lady’s Altar accompanied by music from our new organ.
6:00pm: Solemn Vespers with the Dominican Community in which we will bless our new organ.
6:30pm: Solemn Placing of all the relics in our reliquary and blessing of new reliquary, accompanied by music from our new organ.
7:00pm: Pot Luck Supper in the Parish Gym (Sign-up at http://bit.ly/SGpotluck)

Prayer Shawl Ministry


“Knitted by hand and threaded with prayers of love and hope, this shawl is a gift to you. May it bring blessings of comfort, gifts of warmth and the knowledge that you are loved.”

St. Gertrude Prayer Shawl Ministry will be handing out shawls Sunday, August 27, after 8:00, 9:30, and 11:00am
Masses. Each shawl is stitched with prayers for your loved one. We will also be signing up new members. Would
you like to pray for others and have a handmade item as a result of that?

Academic Excellence

Adoration Chapel Re-Opening Tuesday August 1st 9 am

The Adoration Chapel will be closing today July 17 at 9am.

Starting today Monday, July 17th. at 9am the Adoration Chapel will be closed and locked for construction to help sound proof the room.

The Chapel will remain closed and locked for one to two weeks.

There will be an announcement on the website when it reopens. For those adorers that have signed up an email will be sent when the Chapel reopens.

An update from our Pastor 07/26/2017