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Knights of Columbus - Habitat for Humanity Project 2018


Please join the Knights of Columbus at our Social on Tuesday, August 21 at 7:00pm in the Knights Hall (Parish Center Basement) to hear about all the good work done by Habitat for Humanity. Our speaker will be Maria Santiago, Faith Relations Development Officer.

St. Gertrude Parishioners are invited to join Habitat for Humanity and the Knights of Columbus in building a Habitat house.

Sr. Mary Christi Greve, O.P. the New Principal

July 9, 2018

Dear St. Gertrude Parish and School,

I am very happy to announce that Mother Ann Grace Neenan, O.P., the newly-elected Mother General of the Dominican Congregation of St. Cecilia has named Sr. Mary Christi Greve, O.P. the new principal for our school. We also learned that Sisters Veronica Marie, Mary Caroline, and Immaculata Marie will be returning to SGS.

Summer Nights- Youth Ministry

Cornhole Tournament

“Your Relationship with Your Aging Self ― Be Who You Are Meant to Be” - Women's Group

Women’s Group, Come join us on Saturday, June 9!

“Your Relationship with Your Aging Self ― Be Who You Are Meant to Be”

For all adult women; growing in intimacy with God and growing in love through our individuality and our femininity.
What: Praise, Prayer, and Discussion or Speaker When: 9:30-11:00am, 2nd Saturday of each month
Where: In the School Chapel

Please contact Anne Marie Schmidt at: for information and future e-mail updates.

Thank You St. Gertrude Parishioners!

Terri Huwel - Director of Old St. Mary's Pregnancy Center - thanks the generous parishioners of St. Gertrude for their contribution of $8,810 from the Baby Bottle Fundraiser held in April! A check was presented to Terri on May 23rd by the Knights of Columbus on behalf of the parish.

Everyday Heroes - Knights of Columbus

These Knights Inspire Us

In our new series "Everyday Heroes" we focus the spotlight on these remarkable Knights whose courage, faith and commitment to charity embody the mission of the Knights of Columbus. Each week through May a new video will be made available. Please join us in this journey of hope and inspiration, and discover how the betterment of our world ultimately begins with the individual human heart.

Episode 10: A Royal Knight

Festival Veggie Cutting

Volunteers are Needed!

Thurs. June 7th (after 11:30 am Mass)

Help is needed to slice tomatoes and onions, and to wash and cut lettuce and green peppers for the Festival this weekend. If you've volunteered in the past you know that when many hands share in the work, the job gets done very quickly.

Volunteers please meet in the Parish Center on Thurs. after the 11:30 Mass. A pizza lunch and refreshments will be provided. Don't forget to bring a cutting board and a sharp knife!

The Hillbilly Thomists

What is a Hillbilly Thomist?

Dedication and Blessing of the New Pro-Life Memorial - KofC Elder Council

"St. Gertrude parishioners are invited to attend the dedication and blessing of the new Pro-Life Memorial recently donated by Archbishop Elder Council Knights of Columbus. Father Andre-Joseph will bless this memorial on Pentecost Sunday May 20th following the 12:30 pm mass.

Sharing Van - See Schedule Below

Date Activity Needs Location
October 6-7, 2018 Mother of Christ Food Pantry - serves poor in St. Bernard-Winton Terrace Area (Fr. Shappelle) 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. Sharing Van

A Medical Perspective on Natural Family Planning

St. Gertrude Parish Health Ministry presented by

Dr. Paul Day & Dr. Amber Day

  • The Scientific Reasoning behind Natural Family Planning
  • The Effectiveness of NFP
  • NFP and its Legitimate Use in Marriage and Medicine

April 17, 2018
7:00pm – 9:00pm
St. Gertrude Parish Center Lobby

Presentation on the Shroud of Turin

Wednesday, March 28th
1:15 - 2:30 pm
Parish Center Lobby Given by Fred Thomas

Please Welcome Soon-to-be Fr. Henry Stephan

Please Welcome Soon-to-be Fr. Stephan At St. Gertrude’s, the sadness of parting is always accompanied by the joy of arrival. This summer we welcome Henry Stephan, O.P., who will be ordained on May 19, 2018, as our new parochial vicar. Soon-to-be Fr. Henry is a native of Orange County, California, and studied at Princeton University before entering the Dominicans in 2011. He will be preaching at all the Masses this Palm Sunday weekend, so be sure to stop by and greet him after Mass.

A Note from Fr. Gabriel Torretta, O.P.

“Behold,” Christ says in the Book of Revelation, “I make all things new.” When I arrived at St. Gertrude’s in July 2015 as a freshly ordained priest, I found myself face-to-face with the beautiful and challenging newness of Christ in everything I did: new names, new faces, new stories to learn, new ministries to enter into, new friendships, new ways of being transformed by love. Over these last three years, each of you has contributed to the way Christ has chosen to make me new, and he has given me the astonishing grace of participating in various ways in the glorious newness of love he has for each of you.

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

Again this year, the Knights of Columbus is 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 7 years, the generous parishioners of St. Gertrude have donated over $45,000 to help Old St. Mary's provide education and care for women during and after pregnancy. Teri Huwel - the Director of the center - shares how these funds are used to support their mission:

"Our mission at Old St. Mary’s Pregnancy Center is to save the lives of unborn children and help their moms with material supplies. Also, our counseling and daily Bible Study (well attended) helps with Evangelization.

40 Days for Life - Lent 2018

From February 14th to March 25th our community will unite with many others from coast to coast – and internationally – for a major simultaneous pro-life mobilization – the 40 Days for Life campaign. Faithful believers are praying that these efforts will mark the beginning of the end of abortion.

40 Days for Life is a focused pro-life campaign with a vision to access God’s power through prayer, fasting, and peaceful vigil to end abortion.

Sharonville Abortion Center is Closed - Sharonville Respect Life Ministry Newsletter

Dear Parishioners,

I want to let you know that there has been no activity at the abortion mill last week or the days checked this week. Someone called the abortion center to schedule an abortion and she was told there are no services in Sharonville. God is good! I believe that our prayers and witness have been instrumental in the closing of this abortion mill. The rosary has been prayed there weekly for the last seven years. Our Lord listened.

Lenten Reminders: Fast and Abstinence - 2018

Ash Wednesday, February 14 and Good Friday, March 30 are days of abstinence from meat and also days of fast, that is, limited to a single full meal. The other Fridays of the season of Lent are days of abstinence from meat. The law of abstinence binds all Catholics 14 years and older. The law of fasting binds all Catholics from their 18th birthday until their 59th birthday (canons 97 and 1252). With regard to Good Friday, the teaching of the Second Vatican Council should be recalled.