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Rosary Crusade for Traditional Marriage

A Rosary Crusade in support of Traditional Marriage will be held at 12:00 noon on Saturday, March 19 at the Kenwood Town Center. The purpose of the Rosary Crusade, consisting of praying the Rosary and the Litany to St. Joseph, is to bring attention and support to the need to defend the definition of marriage as between one man and one woman. The Crusade will be on the public sidewalk just across from the Kenwood Movie Theater.

For additional information please contact Pat or Mary Ashcraft at 793-5872 or email at

We Desperately Need Adult Male Servers for Funerals

We are down to three men, and one of them is incapacitated for a few months. It is a great corporal work of mercy to help bury the dead. If you are retired, semi-retired, or have time on Monday-Saturday to help, please call the office with your contact information. When funerals come in the secretaries notify the servers, and the first three servers to respond are given the wonderful opportunity to serve the funeral.

Nominations to St. Gertrude Pastoral Council

This year there are three membership position opening on the Pastoral Council. The Pastoral Council meets once a month, usually on the 4th Monday, from 7-9pm, August through May. We ask you to prayerfully read the following information about the Pastoral Council, and consider nominating yourself or someone you feel may be called to this important ministry. Please do not nominate someone without first speaking with them.

PREAMBLE to the Pastoral Council Constitutions and By Laws:

The Parish Pastoral Council, acting as a consultative body, is the vehicle by which the pastor and his pastoral staff consider and test their own ideas and proposals with a group representing the entire parish community. It is the official listening post for the local parish community—the pastor listening to his people and the people listening to their pastor. (The Code of Canon Law 536)

40 Days for Life Sign-up

From February 10th to March 20th, 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.

The mission of the campaign is to bring together the body of Christ in a spirit of unity during a focused 40 day campaign of prayer, fasting, and peaceful activism, with the purpose of repentance, to seek God’s favor to turn hearts and minds from a culture of death to a culture of life, thus bringing an end to abortion.

Archbishop Elder Knights of Columbus Facebook

Check it out! We are now on Facebook!

  1. Navigate to the "Archbishop Elder Knights of Columbus 1195" page on Facebook. or go to
  2. “Like” the Page and continue hovering over the “Like” button
  3. When the drop down menu appears, select Get Notifications (see image below)

Parish Lenten Evening of Reflection - March 8, 2016

The parish welcomes writer and editor David Mills to campus on Tuesday, March 8 from 7:00-9:00pm. His talk is entitled: “Mercy Starts in the Mind: A Practical Look at Judging Not and Loving Your Neighbor as Yourself.” Social time and a book signing in the St. Dominic Lobby will follow his one-hour presentation.

David is a highly accomplished Catholic convert, writer, and editor. He grew up in Massachusetts in an only partly churched family, became a Christian in high school and an Episcopalian in college, and realizes now that what he thought he saw in that body was what he found in its authentic form in the Catholic Church.

While an Episcopalian, he was an active lay leader in his community. From 1988 to 2003 he taught writing at an Evangelical Episcopal seminary, on boards of what he calls “conservative resistance” groups in the Episcopal Church, including the pro-life work NOEL (National Organization of Episcopalians for Life). At the same time, he also edited a major conservative Episcopal magazine.

He has engaged in a variety of professional and literary work, including being managing editor of North Shore Life, a regional magazine for the area north of Boston. He is the former editor of the ecumenical magazine Touchstone and former executive editor of First Things. He is currently senior editor of The Stream, editorial director of Ethika Politika, and a regular contributor to Aleteia and other Catholic publications. His regular apologetics column “Catholic Sense” is published by the Pittsburgh Catholic and other diocesan newspapers. His latest book is Discovering Mary.

The Light is On For You

One way the Archdiocese of Cincinnati will celebrate the Jubilee Year of Mercy is through participation in The Light is On for You on Tuesday, February 23, 2016, from 7:00–9:00pm. Once again, all parishes are asked to open their doors for people to experience the mercy and love of God through prayer and the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

St. Gertrude Parish will have several priests available Tuesday evening, February 23 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.

Roadtrip and Retreat with The Nashville Dominicans - March 19-20

Travel with the Sisters to their Motherhouse in Nashville for a weekend retreat. March 19-20 for High School Ladies. Only 20 available spots, Cost: $50

To register click here

Corporal Works of Mercy: Clothe the Naked - Year of Mercy 2016

The Saint Anne & Child Mary Guild: a spiritual guild for young ladies in our parish. Once a month we come together to pray, serve, and learn.

“Respect Life” was the focus for our Corporal Works of Mercy. Ann and Marie Cordier were our speakers for the month and taught the girls about the developmental stages of the life of the unborn baby. They said prayers for them and each girl received a little model of a twelve week old unborn baby to take home. Some of the girls even made beds at home for their little unborn babies and placed them on their altars as a reminder to continue to pray for them.

At our meeting we also made ten blankets that we donated to the Pregnancy Center East for the babies in need of them. The girls were very excited to be able to help in a small way to “Clothe the naked” by our donation.

This is a wonderful ministry and a compelling way to “Clothe the naked.”

If you would like to learn more about this ministries work, please contact: Rhonda Geil at 513-207-4728 or

Fish Fry - Sponsored by Boy Scout Troop 555

Parish Health Ministry Update

Can We Help?

The St. Gertrude Parish Health Ministry will begin offering a “card ministry” as part of their activities. This service is intended for current parishioners and immediate family members who are ill or are going through a difficult or trying time. We want them to know that they are prayed for and thought of during this period of time they are recovering or transitioning.

If you would like to submit a name of someone with whom we would send these greeting cards, contact Mrs. Donna Schlake at for specifics. What a wonderful way to live the “Year of Mercy!” Let’s reach out to those who need God’s healing and loving mercy.

2016 Spring Retreat-Communio - Youth Ministry

Click here for online registration

It is fascinating that we live in an age marked by social media, yet people feel more disconnected from others than perhaps ever before. It is almost incredible to think that launching a retreat called communio (communion, fellowship, literally "with-union") is literally countercultural. In an age marked by rampant consumerism, technological isolation, individualism, and loneliness, the countercultural option is authentic relationships, personal relationships, and ones that happen in lived reality - in the flesh.

Year of Mercy

Mercy (Noun)

compassion or forgiveness shown toward someone whom it is within one’s power to punish or harm.

The Corporal Works Of Mercy

  • Feed the hungry
  • Give drink to the thirsty
  • Clothe the naked
  • Shelter the homeless
  • Visit the sick
  • Visit the imprisoned
  • Bury the dead

The Spiritual Works Of Mercy

  • Admonish the sinner
  • Instruct the ignorant
  • Counsel the doubtful
  • Comfort the sorrowful
  • Bear wrongs patiently
  • Forgive all injuries
  • Pray for the living and the dead

2016 Men’s Retreat - February 19-21, 2016 - Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus

Father Elias is a native of Nebraska. He graduated from the University of Nebraska at Kearney in 1985 with a B.S. in Mathematics and a minor in Computer Science. While in college he entered the Carmelite Third Order and made his final profession in 1986. He later discerned a call to the priesthood and attended Holy Apostles Seminary where he met the Franciscans of the Immaculate. Father Elias was ordained to the priest-hood by Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz in May of 2000 and has served in the friars' mission in Australia as well as in various houses in the US. Since 2007, Father resides at the Mother of the Redeemer Retreat Center in Bloomington, Indiana, where he is Father Guardian and director of the retreat program for the retreat center. Father Elias has given retreats and parish missions on Our Lady across the United States, Canada, and Australia.

Sponsored by: The Knights of Columbus, Elder Council

Fr. Elias Mary Mills, Retreat Master

Knights of Columbus Free Throw Contest

Knights of Columbus Free Throw Contest will be held in the gym on Sunday, Jan. 10th at 2pm.

Adore - St Gertrude Parish Youth Ministry

The Innocenti Adoration of the Magi, (1488-89) by Domenico Ghirlandaio

January 3, 2016

All 7th-12th graders and their families are encouraged to attend - along with anyone else who would like to join in worship. For more information contact the St. Gertrude Youth Ministry.

Parents and families gather in the Church.
High Schoolers meet at 7pm in the school cafeteria.
Jr. High (7th/8th graders) meet at 7pm in the parish center.

New Years Eve Vigil Mass & Party - Cincinnati Frassati Fellowship

Ring in the New Year in your best attire and join us on December 31st, at 9pm for a potluck dinner, games, dancing and so much more! We’ll start in St. Gertrude’s parish center and then at 11:30 move to the Church for Adoration and then midnight Mass.

Please email Megan at with any questions!

St. Gertrude’s Men’s 2015 Advent Retreat

Sixty-nine men registered for the annual St. Gertrude Catholic Men’s Advent Retreat on December 4 and 5 at the Holy Spirit Center in Norwood. Frs. Ben Croell, O.P. and James Brent, O.P. were our Retreat Masters. They challenged the men to experience the healing presence of God as HE fulfills HIS promise to dwell within us if we love Him and are true to His word!

Adoration Chapel Closure

Dec. 21st UPDATE: Extended days of NO Adoration due to the fact that we will be placing a new heating and air-conditioning unit into the adoration chapel.

Adoration will stop on Wednesday, Dec. 23rd at 9pm. Adoration will begin again on Wednesday, Dec. 30th at 9am.

The chapel will remain open for private prayer with the Blessed Sacrament reserved in the tabernacle. The chapel will be unlocked during the day, and locked from the normal hours of 9pm-6am. During the locked hours you will need the access code to get into the chapel.