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RCIA 2016-2017 Session Twenty-eight: Faith and Reason

As we enter into the post-Easter mystagogy period, we begin our reflection on the gifts of the sacraments and the Christian life by exploring the relationship between faith and reason, and how Jesus gives us himself as the one Truth we approach on the two wings of faith and reason.

Familia For Mothers - Information Session


Are you looking for a way to share ideas with other moms on how to raise faith-filled children and strengthen your marriage? A new Familia group is being formed for Fall 2017! We meet twice per month in the morning from September through May to reflect on the Gospel, Catechism and Pope JPII’s writings as they apply to us as wives and mothers. Please join us for an information session on Thursday, May 4, from 9:30-10:30am in the Parish Center.

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 at a special mass at 11:30 am on Saturday, May 13th. 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 Mass, 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 below.

As a part of the enrollment ceremony, new enrollees receive a blessed medal, rosary and candle. While not required, a free will offering of $10 would help us to offset the cost of these items. If you would like to make a donation online, go to https://stgertrude.weshareonline.org/ws/opportunities/Other/donate. Please type “Rosary Confraternity” in the comment box.

Eat the Anti-Inflammatory Way - Parish Health Ministry

Parish Health Ministry is sponsoring a Nutrition and Health Seminar called Eat the Anti-Inflammatory Way & Manage Aches and Pains (including joint pain, muscle weakness, migraines, arthritis, and more). Monday, May 8 at 7:00 – 8:30pm in the St. Gertrude School cafeteria. The presenter is Peachy Seiden, PhD, MS, RDN. Peachy is a Registered Dietitian, nutrition counselor and parishioner. To register, contact Jeanne Palcic at jpalcic@fuse.net or call 489-2151 and leave your name, phone and number attending. Healthy snacks and handouts provided. There is no charge for the class but donations are welcome at the door.

An Easter Gift to St. Gertrude Parish

The Knights of Columbus has made available to the parish a series of booklets from the order’s Building the Domestic Church initiative. This resource is aimed at helping families to live out the Church’s mission and vision for parenting, fatherhood, and family prayer life. It includes 15 different topics with essays by prominent religious as well as two of St. John Paul II’s famous messages for the family!

Divine Mercy Sunday - 2017

Divine Mercy Sunday is the Second Sunday of Easter. As the Church continues the celebration of Our Risen Lord at Easter, we will be having a special Celebration of God's Divine Mercy on Sunday April 23rd.

Come and celebrate this very special day.

  • 2:30 pm - Confessions (6 priests will be available)
  • 2:30 pm - Veneration of the Image of Divine Mercy
  • 3:00 pm - Recitation of the Divine Mercy Chaplet
  • 3:15 pm - Consecration to Divine Mercy

RCIA 2016-2017 Session Twenty-seven: Church History IV

Fr. André-Joseph concludes our tour of Church History with the modern era, beginning with the French Revolution and concluding with the papacy of Francis.

RCIA 2016-2017 Session Twenty-six: Church History III

In this session, Fr. André-Joseph picks up where Fr. Clement left off in exploring the living history of the presence of Jesus Christ among his people. This talk explores the vexed and troubled 16th and 17th centuries, covering the Protestant Reformation and the Catholic Counter-Reformation.

Come and Celebrate Holy Week at St. Gertrude - 2017

May we all enter into Holy Week with a sense of prayer and reflection.
This is a week to slow down and plan to spend quality time here at St. Gertrude’s.
The Mother of Mercy Perpetual Adoration Chapel will be open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, April 10-12, of Holy Week.
Adoration will stop on Holy Thursday, April 13, at 9:00am, and will begin again on Monday, April 17, at 9:00am.
Please come to confession this week, Monday-Wednesday. Plan to be with us for Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter!

The Little Sisters of the Poor

The Little Sisters of the Poor will be present at all the Masses next weekend seeking your assistance in their ministry. For the past 145 years, the Sisters have been offering the needy elderly of the tristate, a home where they are welcomed as Christ, cared for as a family, and accompanied with dignity until God calls them to himself. The Sisters depend on our support to meet the needs of their poor elderly. For more information visit their website at www.littlesistersofthepoorcincinnati.org.

RCIA 2016-2017 Session Twenty-five: Church History II

Fr. Clement continues our tour through Church History with a highlights tour of 500-1500 A.D. Looking at major themes in the life of the Church through this tempestuous era, he explains in brief how the Church gets from the age of the great Councils to the verge of the Reformation.

Lenten Mission Early Session

This is the early session the later session is at 7pm.

Hearing, Diabetes and Blood Pressure - March 26th

St. Gertrude Parish Health Ministry is offering blood pressure, diabetes and hearing screenings on Sunday, March 26, after the 8:00, 9:30 and 11:00am Masses in the Parish Center. Thanks to Bower Hearing Centers for performing the hearing screening and Collier Nursing Services helping with the diabetes screening. For the most accurate blood glucose screening, fasting for eight hours is recommended. For questions, please contact Victoria Sain at 330-858-1436 or email vrsain@mercy.com.

Campus Clean-up Day

RCIA 2016-2017 Session Twenty-four: Church History I

Fr. André-Joseph begins his beloved Church History cycle with this session, covering the first five hundred years of Christ's Body on Earth.

RCIA 2016-2017 Session Twenty-three: Commandments Nine and Ten

Dave Ledwin returns to conclude our exploration of the commandments and the way the moral life is a path from slavery to vice into freedom for virtue. Following the Catechism's approach to concupiscence, he explains the various ways covetousness sneaks into the human life, and how God desires to set us free from it.

The Light is On For You


We are reminded that the Lenten season is a time for us to examine our lives and consider how we might return to the Lord. Returning to the Lord includes seeking God’s forgiveness and mercy through the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Once again, parishes of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati will participate in the initiative, “The Light Is On for You,” providing a diocesan-wide opportunity to go to confession on a single evening.

St. Gertrude Parish will have several priests available Tuesday evening, March 14 beginning at 7:00pm for confessions until all confessions have been heard. Please remember that this is a special opportunity for practicing Catholics to go out to your family and friends and invite them to experience the joy and freedom of confession if they have not attended in some time. Please make sure you take the time to prepare them with a good examination of conscience and the actual Rite of Confession as well.

Learn more at: www.LightisON4u.org

RCIA 2016-2017 Session Twenty-two: Sacrament of Penance

Fr. Clement discusses what sin is, and the great gift that God gives us to allow the cross of Christ to overcome sin in our lives: the sacrament of penance. Looking at the various ways penance can be understood, he explains what this sacrament means, how to do it, and why it's a gift of joy for the Christian life.

Ash Wednesday - 2017

Ash Wednesday marks the start of Lent. Ashes will be distributed at all masses today:

7AM
8AM
11:30AM
1:50 (School Mass)
7:30PM

Note: There is no Exposition, Benediction or Confessions on Ash Wednesday.

Reminder - This is a day of both fasting and abstinence.

RCIA 2016-2017 Session Twenty-one: Commandments 5,7, and 8

Fr. Clement explores the what unites these three commandments: the virtue of justice. By explaining what justice is, he shows how the pursuit of God's law is a pursuit of the true freedom of the human person.