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Annual Christmas Pageant

The Annual Christmas Pageant will be performed on
Thurs. Dec. 17th at 7 pm
Fri. Dec. 18th at 9:30 am
both are held in the Church.

All parishioners are invited to this annual event.

Youth Ministry Christmas Skating Party

Our annual Ice Skating Christmas Party is open to all 7-12th graders.

For more info:

Date: December 20, 2015
Time: 6-9 pm
Place: Northland Ice Center (10400 Reading Rd.)
Cost: $10 per person in advance (or $12 at the door)

Christmas Caroling

Christmas Caroling: Dominican Style

All parishioners are warmly invited to join the Dominican Novices and Dominican Laity for Christmas Caroling in our neighborhood, on Friday, December 11. Please gather in the school cafeteria at 7:00pm.

Catholic Men’s Advent Retreat - 2015

The annual Catholic Men’s Advent Retreat, sponsored by the St. Gertrude Men’s Fellowship, will be Friday (12/4 Evening) and Saturday (12/5) at Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center. Space is available on a “1st Come ─ 1st Served” basis. The topic for the retreat is The Healing Presence of God.

Fr. Benedict Croell, O.P. and Fr. James Brent, O.P. will team up as our Retreat Masters. They will challenge attendees 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!

Thank You St. Gertrude Parish for the tremendous support of our Veterans!

The Knights of Columbus collected a large box of personal items and over $600 that will be donated directly to our area VA facilities.

Please join us on December 15th at 7:30pm, in Elder Hall (in the Parish Center basement) as we present your donations to Hank Gieseler, Voluntary Service Specialist, VA Medical Center. Hank will give a short presentation about his office and how our donations are used. Refreshments will also be served.

2015 Giving Tree Drop-Off

Christmas Giving Tree Program 2015

The Giving Tree will be in the Parish Center November 21-22 and November 28-29 before and after all Masses. Fr. Shappelle has requested and is in need of gifts for 25 families in the St. Barnard Parish this year. We have requests for gifts for 25-35 families in our own Parish and in the surrounding area. The Hope Emergency Center has asked for gifts to help families in Brown, Adams, Clinton and Highland counties. Please help others by taking an ornament from our tree this year. Any other items, monetary donations, or toys will be graciously accepted.

Gifts need to be returned UNWRAPPED. Drop-offs will be December 5-6 in the Parish Center. Please be sure to drop off your donations before 2 pm on Sunday Dec. 6th.

NOTE: If you cannot bring the gifts this weekend, please drop them off at the parish offices before Saturday. If you are unable to do that, maybe you could find someone that could take them to the church this weekend for you. Please do not leave any gifts in the parish center or the church before the weekend collection.

Fresh-Cut Christmas Trees — Boy Scout Troop 18

For the 50th consecutive year, Boy Scout Troop 18 will be selling fresh-cut Christmas Trees daily beginning Saturday November 29th until Christmas, or until they are sold out, whichever comes first.

Buy a tree while they last: Saturdays and Sundays: 9am-9pm; and weekdays: 3pm-9 p.m.

Check out our website for more info:

The Christmas Tree lot is conveniently located at St. Savior Church on Plainfield Road north of Galbraith and across from Deer Park High School.

Perpetual Adoration Chapel Thanksgiving Closure

Everyday Christianity Videos

In celebration of the 800th Anniversary of the Dominican Order the parish presented the following talks in the school cafeteria.

How to Be a Good Citizen with Servant of God Giorgio La Pira
Fr. Francis Belanger, O.P. presenting

How to See Beauty with Bl. Fra Angelico
Fr. Giles Dimock, O.P. presenting

How to Handle Family Dysfunction with Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati
Fr. Gabriel Torretta, O.P. presenting

How to Defend the Faith with St. Catherine of Siena
Fr. Matthew Carroll, O.P. presenting

How to Pray with St. Dominic
Fr. Andre-Joseph LaCasse, O.P. presenting

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion Volunteers Needed

We are in need of 1-2 people to serve as Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion at the Heartland of Madeira Nursing Home on Kenwood Road. It would require 1-2 hours per week. On the first Wednesday of the month and on the third Thursday of the month you assist with the celebration of Mass for the Catholic residents of the nursing home. On the off weeks there is no Mass; instead you visit the Catholic patients, pray with them, and take them Holy Communion. If you are interested in this ministry, please contact Judy Hartmann at 984-8003.

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.