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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.

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