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Shrine to Poor Souls in Purgatory

During the month of November we have placed the All Souls envelopes with the names of your loved ones near the tabernacle in Church. As their names are close to Jesus here on earth, we pray that they will soon be with our Divine Savior in the Kingdom of Heaven.

There are also special candles put out near the pulpit for you to light. Near the pulpit is also listed all the people from our parish who have passed away since All Souls Day 2014. In a special way let us pray for their souls, and the consolations of their families.

Prepare for the Jubilee Year of Mercy

With a “do-it-yourself” retreat to consecrate yourself to Jesus through Mary

This weekend at all the Masses, there are free copies of the book, “33 Days to Morning Glory,” near the Holy Family Chapel. Please take one (per household) and begin the 33-day “retreat” at home (takes less than 10 minutes per day) starting on Thursday, November 5. We will consecrate ourselves to Jesus through Mary as a parish at all the Masses on December 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, which is the first day of the Jubilee Year of Mercy.

Pope Francis announced an extraordinary jubilee, a Holy Year of Mercy, to highlight the Catholic Church’s “mission to be a witness of mercy." It is to be a time for Catholics to contemplate how merciful God has been to us and to understand better how we are called to be merciful to others in turn.

Pope Francis chose the Jubilee Year of Mercy to begin on December 8, the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. This is the day when we remember and celebrate Mary’s great experience of God’s mercy: her preservation, from the first moment of her conception, from all stain of original sin.

Advent by Candlelight

An occasion for the ladies of St. Gertrude to prepare for the season of Advent, anticipating Christ through prayer, song, and reflection.

Sunday, November 29, 2015 7:00-9:00pm in the Holy Grill (School Cafeteria)
Join us for a lovely night of music, fellowship, and reflection for Adult Women of Faith.

Coffee and dessert will be served.
The cost for the evening is $10.
Please make check payable to St. Gertrude, and mail to:
St. Gertrude Parish, c/o Advent by Candlelight, 6543 Miami Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45243.
Questions? Please call Nancy Brockhoff at (513) 378-5851

Adore - November 1st, 2015

Join us for a powerful night that will bring together the
beautiful community that has been growing through youth
ministry at the parish. The night will consist of a keynote
talk, Taizé prayer, worship and praise, and Eucharistic
adoration. You don’t want to miss this powerful event that
your entire family can plug into!

With Special Guest Speaker - Fr. Gabriel Torretta, O.P.

Everyday Christianity

Everyday Christianity: A Dominican How-To Guide

Click here for the Video Collection

In celebration of the 800th Anniversary of the Dominican Order the parish will be presenting the following talks in the school cafeteria on Tuesday evenings at 7pm from Nov. 3 thru Dec. 1.

Called to Love - Talk for Parents by Emily Macke of Ruah Woods - Video

Emily Macke of Ruah Woods spoke to St. Gertrude's parish on October 14, 2015, addressing the complex issue of sexual identity by looking at the Trinity, philosophical insights, and practical applications.

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion Training Sign Up - Fall 2015

We are looking for new Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion for all Masses.

Training will be conducted in the Church on:
Sunday November 8th from 3:00-5:00 PM

If you are interested, please attend this training session. Please contact Rob Lockwood at 513-319-0543 if you have any questions.

Or use this form

Familia - Year 1

A new Familia group is starting October 13th.

Are you looking for a way to share ideas with other moms on how to raise faith-filled children and strengthen your marriage? 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 on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month from 9:15- 11:00am in the Parish Center. Babysitting will be provided. Please contact Lisa Farwick at if you have any questions.

Prayer Heals Our Soul & Body

Prayer Heals Our Soul and Body from the dangerous things of this world.

Dr. Andrew Sodergren - Purity in a Digital Age

Published on Sep 14, 2015
A talk from Dr. Andrew Sodergren of Ruah Woods at St. Gertrude's parish on September 13, 2015, dealing with the extent, danger, and treatment of challenges to purity in a digital age, with practical advice for parents of tech-savvy teens.

Fr. Gabriel Torretta, O.P. - Man's Vocation to Beauty

Published on Sep 15, 2015
This talk by Fr. Gabriel to the Women's Group at St. Gertrude parish on September 12, 2015, explores the various meanings of beauty, and develops the connection between beauty and holiness.

A Pilgrimage to Spain and France, in the Footsteps of St. Dominic

Join the Dominican Province of Saint Joseph on pilgrimage to Spain & France in the Footsteps of Saint Dominic for the 800th Jubilee of the Order June 2 – 9, 2016

Gift of Life Layette - Pack-n-Play

The collection of NEW baby items is taking place during the entire month of October for donations to the Pregnancy Center at Old St. Mary’s and Women’s Center in Sharonville. Beginning October 1, a pack-n-play will be in the Holy Family Chapel/ Candle Room for you to place your donations.

Needed items include DIAPERS AND WIPES, formula, onesies, sleepers, blankets, lotions and shampoo, bath towels and wash cloths, outfits, blanket sleepers, socks, crib sheets, bottles, and any other NEW necessary items you would like to donate. Please NO toys or magazines.

Your donations will help many women who have the courage to give their babies the gift of life, sometimes under very difficult situations. Thank you for your kindness. Please continue to pray for an end to abortion. Questions? Call Jane or Lou Thole at 489-7400.

30th Annual St. Gertrude Craft Show

A showcase of over 100 talented crafters!

Beautiful, handmade items & unique gifts in all price ranges.

Food and delicious baked goods available for purchase.

Sponsored by the Ladies of Charity – for charity.

Grab your holiday shopping list, bring a friend, and come
browse the tables. You won’t want to miss this show!

St. Gertrude Church
6543 Miami Ave. Madeira, OH 45243

Weekend Cancellations/Postponements (Sept 18)

  • The Junior High Youth Ministry / IGNITE event scheduled for this Friday (9/18/2015) has been cancelled.
  • The "Come and See" Children's Choir singing event will not be held this weekend.

Server Program for Young People at St. Gertrude’s - Fall 2015

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

St. Gertrude Church has two programs to help mentor and spiritually form our young people who wish to serve the Church, and possibly encourage our young people to discern more clearly a possible vocation to the priesthood and consecrated life.

Purity in the Digital Age - St Gertrude High School Youth Ministry

A presentation for parents by Dr. Andrew Sodergren on the prevalence and problems of pornography in our culture from theological and psychological perspectives. Dr. Sodergren will also provide practical strategies to parents for prevention and intervention.

9th Annual Cincinnati Rosary Crusade

Public Square Rosary Crusade: Please consider attending the Rosary Crusade which will be held on Saturday, October 10, 2015, from 12:00 Noon to 1:15pm on Fountain Square in downtown Cincinnati. This will be one of over 15,000 Rosary Crusades planned throughout the United States & in 25 foreign countries on the 98th anniversary of Our Lady’s Apparitions at Fatima.

The featured speakers: Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Binzer, Fr. Shannon Collins, M.S.J.B., and Fr. Cyril Whitaker, S.J.

Also: Fr. Gabriel Torretta, O.P.; Deacon Amado Lim; The Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus; Mrs. Fatima Spoor and the Community Schola and Musical Accompaniment by Mr. Ric Aiell.

Further information: Contact Mary & Pat Ashcraft at or 513-793-5872.

National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children

Please mark your calendar for Saturday, September 12 at 9:30am and come to the Gate of Heaven Cemetery to participate in this NATIONAL event. Similar prayer services will be held across the country on that very same day. Special Guest: His Excellency Bishop Joseph Binzer; Location: “Rachel Mourns Her Children” statue, Memorial to Aborted Children.

Please RSVP to Nancy Kenny at We have permission to have a reception with food afterwards, so an idea of how many will attend is very helpful.

Women's Group

Come join us on Saturday, January 14

Join us for Praise, Prayer, and Discussion
For all adult women; growing in intimacy with God and growing in love through our individuality and our femininity. All women are welcome to join us in praying and growing together in the spiritual life. Come join us any time!

When: 2nd Saturdays from 9:30 - 11am
Where: School Chapel

Contact Info: Anne Marie Schmidt (