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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 (

To Honor Our Heroes

Please join us on September 10th at 1:00 PM
Meet and Greet Our 2 Speakers & Enjoy Refreshments!

  • Best –Selling Author Dan Perkins...
    The Founder of “Songs and Stories for Soldiers” to help those who suffer from sleep deprivation due to PTSD. As a Veteran, Perkins understands the dangers that arise from inadequate sleep. Learn how “Songs and Stories for Soldiers” can help!
  • Leiah Kitare, Veterans Pension Assistance...
    Who identifies & coordinates benefits for Veterans, Spouses and Widows. You may be eligible for up to $2,085 – Do You Qualify?

Five Steps to Becoming an Intentional Disciple

Sherry Weddell’s book “Forming Intentional Disciples” (OSV, $16.95) is, I think, one of the most important Catholic books of this decade.

In it, she addresses the core issue facing the Church in our time: How to foster a culture in which all Catholics consciously see themselves as disciples of Jesus Christ living according to his will and as apostles sent into the world to proclaim him to others.

Weddell also outlines five stages of spiritual growth that typify the experience of conversion.

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

With so many questions regarding gender, sexual identity and the meaning of love encircling our culture today, young people are looking for answers to the meaning of their identity. Learn how to address these topics with teens and what's at stake if we don't. A presentation by Emily Macke for parents with children of any age.

The Prophets: Messengers of God’s Mercy Sign Up

Join us for our next Great Adventures Bible Study program, The Prophets:Messengers of God’s Mercy featuring Thomas Smith—with supplemental information and explanation provided by Fr. Allen Moran, OP.

A study on the prophets has been one of the most requested programs from The Great Adventure. Like A Quick Journey and The Bible Timeline, The Prophets: Messengers of God’s Mercy places the Old Testament prophets in context of salvation history, making their personalities and contexts easy to follow, understand, and relate to our lives.

If we consider that God is the Divine Bridegroom and the Church is his Bride, then the prophets can be seen as “spiritual marriage counselors.” They afflict the comfortable and comfort the afflicted, calling us to return to our covenant relationship with God. They urge us to repentance,warn us of the dangers of sin, and announce the blessings of faithfulness. Their prophetic words speak to us even today, as they draw us closer to our heavenly Bridegroom.

Little Flower Library to be Open Every Sunday

We are pleased to announce that beginning in September, the parish’s Little Flower Library will be open every Sunday following all morning Masses. Our library is stocked with a great variety of inspirational and educational material for all ages along with a selection of Catholic themed DVDs and CDs. Watch the Sunday bulletin for reviews of new and selected materials. Come visit the library. Our staff of volunteers are eager to assist you.

Attention Homeschool Families

We hope your new school year is getting off to a great start! Please call the St. Gertrude Religious Ed Office at 561-8369 or email to help us update our records for the 2015-2016 academic year.