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Being Merciful to Ourselves - Fr. Gabriel Torretta, O.P.

What does it mean to be merciful to myself? Does it mean casting off exterior limitations to explore the true me, à la "Eat, Pray, Love"? Does it mean staring very hard at my weaknesses to be set free from self-deceit? Or does it mean something else entirely? In this video, Fr. Gabriel looks at the meaning of mercy for the self through studying the Gospel passage about the woman caught in adultery.

NFP (Natural Family Planning) Fall Sign Ups

Class dates: Aug 21, Sep 18, Oct 16
Click here to go and register for this class.

To explore all CCL Natural Family Planning course offerings in our area including online courses, please click the following link:

Life's 5th Quarter

8:00am Mass at

Holy Name Catholic Church

2422 Auburn Avenue, Cincinnati,

near Christ Hospital.

Join Life's 5th Quarter on July 30, the 5th Saturday of July, for Mass with Rev. André-Joseph LaCasse, O.P. as celebrant. We invite other priests to come and concelebrate with him.

The Fifth Saturday Masses and Prayer Vigils for Life are sponsored by Life's 5th Quarter.

Mass held in the Parish Center

Tuesday, July 19 ― Friday, July 22

Due to cleaning of the floor in church, the 7:00, 8:00 and 11:30am Masses will be held in the Parish Center.

7:00 Wed. Holy Hour will be in the St. Dominic Lobby and Confessions will be in the St. Joseph Room.

Treasure Mart Drop-Off and Setup

Treasure Mart Drop Off - PC Gym door

July 11-14 (Mon-Tues-Wed-Thurs) from 9am to 8pm
July 15 (Fri) 9am to NOON

Wondering what to do with all those gently used "treasures?"
Donate them to the Ladies of Charity Treasure Mart!
ALL proceeds go directly to programs that help the poor.

Here's a list of items that we can NOT accept:
- BBQ grills, propane tanks
- Computers & computer equipment
- Exercise equipment (esp. Treadmills)
- Non-working appliances
- Combustibles of any kind

Requiem Mass for Salvatore Rose - Homily

Recently I saw a mother in mourning; her loving hand caressed the body of her lifeless son; her tears fell on his cheeks as the color faded away from his skin. Others looked on in sorrow, praying with heart-broken sighs, wanting to be helpful but feeling completely useless. It was a painting of the Blessed Virgin Mary cradling the broken body of Jesus after he was taken down from the Cross: a pieta with a universal message but also one specifically for you, Barbara, Michael, Marcella, Anna Maria, Lena, and Lorenzo: Our Lady knows your suffering and Our Lord Jesus Christ is always with you, even in death.

I think of all the tragedies we have experienced here at St Gertrude’s: fathers who lost battles with illness, mothers whose passing left grief in their wake, a beloved teacher, infants, high schoolers, and now Salvatore Rose. Ordinarily in funeral homilies I think it is best not to talk too much about the deceased; that is better suited for words of remembrance at other times. In this case, however, I believe the life and death of Sal has much to teach us about our Catholic faith.

Youth Choir Camp - 2016

St Gertrude Parish offers students in Grades 3 - 8
Wednesday through Saturday, July 20-23, 2016
9:30 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.

Camp will wrap up with the children singing at the 4:30pm Mass on
Saturday, July 23rd

Directed by Mrs. Catherine Fishlock
$25 materials fee per child
Pay your materials fee to hold your spot.
Questions? Call Mrs. Fishlock at 513.561.5954

Click here for Permission slip

Golden Anniversary Mass of Ordination to the Priesthood

Fr. Giles Dimock, O.P.
Fr. Basil Cole, O.P.

Invite you to participate in the
Mass of Thanksgiving
commemorating their
Golden Anniversary of
Ordination to the Priesthood

celebrated in
St. Gertrude Church
Sunday, June 26, 2016
at 12:30 in the afternoon.

Reception following in the Parish Center.

Rosary Crusade for Traditional Marriage

A Rosary Crusade in support of Traditional Marriage will be held at 12:00 noon on Saturday, June 25 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

2016 Festival Pictures

Pictures of the St Gertrude Festival 2016.
Photos by Cincinnati Digital Photography 513 484 3645

Perpetual Adoration Chapel Closed During Festival

Due to the noise level in the Parish Center and parking during the festival, the Mother of Mercy Perpetual Adoration chapel will be closed from Thursday, June 9th beginning at 9pm, until Monday, June 13th at 9am. Eucharistic Guardians do not need to come for their time of adoration during this time frame.

Festival Veggie Cutting

Volunteers are Needed!

Thurs. June 9th (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!

Dominican Nuns Vocation Retreat

The cloistered Dominican nuns in Marbury, Alabama are holding a Vocation Retreat on the weekend of June 3-5 for young women ages 16-27, to be preached by Fr. Gabriel Torretta, O.P. Retreatants learn about the Dominican nuns’ contemplative life of praise and intercession at the heart of the Order’s Holy Preaching for the salvation of souls, join in chanting the Divine Office in Latin and English, and share in the nuns’ special devotion to Eucharistic Adoration and Perpetual Rosary.

Learn more at

Dominican Ordination – 2016

Eleven Dominican brothers will be ordained to the Priesthood Saturday May 21st, at 9:30am, at the National Basilica in Washington.

The Ordination Mass will be televised on EWTN, which may be a first for the network!

With this year marking the 800th anniversary of the founding of the Dominican Order, it will be an especially meaningful Mass.

Please consider setting your DVRs to record this special event and share this information with those you know who would be interested.

School Community Service Project

As a community service project, St. Gertrude School is collecting pull tabs year round to donate to Cincinnati’s Ronald McDonald House. The Ronald McDonald House provides a “home away from home” for the families of critically ill children seeking medical treatment at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

We encourage parishioners to join our efforts to help these families. Pull tabs can be found on beverage, soup and pet food cans. Please drop off your pull tab donations in the Parish Office.
If you have any questions, please contact Heather Brizendine at 271-0231 or email

May 25th Holy Hour and Confession Cancelled

There will not be Holy Hour and Confessions on May 25th due to the school's graduation that evening.

When does Human Life Begin? Real Dialogue

By: Fr Chris Saliga, OP, RN for your free use as Parish Bulletin Insert and/or free posting on any number of Web Pages

“Pro-lifers” and “pro-choicers” all too frequently devolve into emotionally charged debates. Think about pundits and politicians on television, radio, and social media blazing through the fog of shouting matches hurling opinions at and past each other. Such fighting is far more damaging than we realize while we are blinded by that tunnel vision called rage. The good news is that, “cooler heads” really can prevail thanks to facts placed squarely on the table. How so?

Ask “Doubting Thomas.” He refuses to believe honest testimony that Jesus has risen from death to life. He stands rigidly inflexible demanding tangible proof. Jesus responds by paying “Doubting Thomas” a merciful visit. Thomas drops all doubt. He joins his friends in knowing that Jesus is in fact alive.

Facts do empower us. How so? They pull us together in exploring truths in their light. Truths? Yes, real truths. Really? OK. Try this with me. First, we know that it is a matter of scientific fact that microscopic “zygotes” are developmentally immature real members of the human species. Given this fact, is it truly reasonable for us to value and love these very young members of our species as real “selves” rather than relating to them as objectified “its?” Here are two well-respected thinkers who say yes, one a scientist and the other a human nature based philosopher.

First, I commend to you Professor Maureen Condic, PhD who serves as an Associate Professor of Neurobiology and Anatomy at the University of Utah, School of Medicine. When I taught bioethics in the past, my students found her contributions to be quite helpful. You can watch and listen to one of her helpful lectures entitled When Does Human Life Begin? A Scientific Evaluation at this free

YouTube link:

Make A Difference!!! Building Homes, Changing Lives

All St. Gertrude parishioners are invited to join the Elder Council Knights of Columbus to build a home as a member of the Madisonville Church Coalition of Habitat for Humanity.

No experience is necessary! Knowledgeable Habitat builders provide direction and instruction.

All tools are provided.

Volunteers age 16+ are welcome to build (age 16-17 requires parental supervision).

Twelve Reasons From the Teachings of the Church: Spending One Hour With Jesus In The Blessed Sacrament

  1. You are greatly needed! “The Church and the world have a great need of Eucharistic Adoration.” Pope St. John Paul II, Dominicae Cenae
  2. This is a personal invitation to you from Jesus. “Jesus waits for us in the Sacrament of Love.” Pope St. John Paul II, Dominicae Cenae
  3. Jesus is counting on you because the Eucharist is the center of life. “Every member of the Church must be vigilant in seeing that the sacrament of Love shall be at the center of the life of the people of God so that through all the manifestations of worship due Him shall be given back ‘love for love’ and truly become the life of our souls.” Pope St. John Paul II, Redeemer of Man
  4. Your hour with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament will repair for evils of the world and bring about peace on earth. “Let us be generous with our time in going to meet Jesus and ready to make reparation for the great evils of the world. Let your adoration never cease.” Pope St. John Paul II, Dominicae Cenae