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Vigil Candle Holder

The Vigil Candle Holder on the side wall near the statue of the Sacred Heart has been sent away to be professionally cleaned and polished. It was really in bad shape. In the meantime we have placed a vigil stand near the tabernacle with a vigil candle in it. We hope the company will send it back to us as soon as possible, but it all depends on how much work the company has and how quickly they can do this work.

RCIA Pictures After the Easter Vigil - 2016

Please extend a warm welcome to those RCIA Candidates who have come into the loving arms of Holy Mother Church at the Easter Vigil:

Robert Augustine Gruber
Mark John the Baptism Holland
Laurie Gertrude Ives
Emily Rita of Cascia Lemen
Juliana Bernadette Lemen
Christoffer Alphonsus Ligouri Molnar
Robert Sebastian Safrin
Perry Dominic Schneider
Hadley Rao Shea
Joshua Michael Shifflet
Vasavi Mary Vinnakota
Joshua Ryan Westhoven
Faith Mary Wright

Familia Info Session

The peace of knowing your family is on the right track! Familia exists to support you in your efforts to build a strong family life. It is Familia’s mission to strengthen families by helping men and women live their mission to marriage and parenthood in all its fullness with the richness and beauty of the Catholic faith. The family is the bedrock of our society. This is where God has made known his presence in a most unique and unrepeatable way. Familia equips men and women with practical tools that will enable them to become spouses, fathers and mothers their family needs. More information please visit:

Adore - St Gertrude Parish Youth Ministry - April 3, 2016

April 3, 2016 7:00-9:00pm All 7-12th graders and their families are encouraged to attend - along with anyone else who would like to join in worship and adoration. Confessions will be available.

Mother Angelica, foundress of EWTN, dies on Easter

The Catholic Church in the United States has lost the Poor Clare nun who changed the face of Catholicism in the United States and around the world. Mother Mary Angelica of the Annunciation, foundress of the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN), passed away on March 27 after a lengthy struggle with the aftereffects of a stroke. She was 92 years old.

“Mother has always and will always personify EWTN, the network that God asked her to found,” said EWTN Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Michael Warsaw. “Her accomplishments and legacies in evangelization throughout the world are nothing short of miraculous and can only be attributed to divine Providence and her unwavering faithfulness to Our Lord.”

Click here for the EWTN Article

Click here for Mother Angelica's Reflections

"Where most men work for degrees after their names. We work for one before our names: "St." It's a much more difficult degree to attain. It takes a Lifetime, and you don't get your diploma until you're dead." --Mother Angelica

St. Gertrude Girls Basketball Registration - 2016

The St. Gertrude Girls Basketball program is open to ALL students in grades 3 – 8 (enrolled in the 2016–2017 academic year) including SGS, Religious Education & Home School

The 3rd, 4th, & 5th grades will be treated as instructional / developmental basketball for all athletes

6th, 7th, & 8th grades will involve open gym evaluations for team assignments if number of participants requires one

Easter Basket Blessing - 2016

Have your family Easter basket blessed by Fr. Carroll on Holy Saturday, March 26 at 12:00pm in the St. Joseph Room. This tradition is a beautiful way to focus on family togetherness, particularly as Pope Francis places family at the center of the life of the Church. This blessing takes only a few moments, offers a renewed feeling of communion with the Church family as you unpack your family basket on Easter morning, and adds a new richness to your Easter meals.

A traditional Polish Easter Basket contains butter in the shape of a lamb or cross to represent the good will of Christ. A loaf of bread symbolizes the Bread of Life. Horseradish reminds us of the Passion. Decorated eggs represent the Resurrection. A sausage product symbolizes God’s generosity. Ham represents joy and abundance. Bacon represents God’s overabundance of mercy. Salt reminds us of prosperity and that people are the flavor of the earth. Cheese represents Christian moderation. A candle reminds us that Jesus is the Light of the World. Spring greens and ribbons decorate the basket as a sign of new life in the Resurrection. Many families add vegetables, candies, wine, and other goodies integral to their own celebration.

Rosary Crusade for Traditional Marriage

A Rosary Crusade in support of Traditional Marriage will be held at 12:00 noon on Saturday, March 19 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

We Desperately Need Adult Male Servers for Funerals

We are down to three men, and one of them is incapacitated for a few months. It is a great corporal work of mercy to help bury the dead. If you are retired, semi-retired, or have time on Monday-Saturday to help, please call the office with your contact information. When funerals come in the secretaries notify the servers, and the first three servers to respond are given the wonderful opportunity to serve the funeral.

Nominations to St. Gertrude Pastoral Council

This year there are three membership position opening on the Pastoral Council. The Pastoral Council meets once a month, usually on the 4th Monday, from 7-9pm, August through May. We ask you to prayerfully read the following information about the Pastoral Council, and consider nominating yourself or someone you feel may be called to this important ministry. Please do not nominate someone without first speaking with them.

PREAMBLE to the Pastoral Council Constitutions and By Laws:

The Parish Pastoral Council, acting as a consultative body, is the vehicle by which the pastor and his pastoral staff consider and test their own ideas and proposals with a group representing the entire parish community. It is the official listening post for the local parish community—the pastor listening to his people and the people listening to their pastor. (The Code of Canon Law 536)

40 Days for Life Sign-up

From February 10th to March 20th, our community will unite with many others from coast to coast – and internationally – for a major simultaneous pro-life mobilization – the 40 Days for Life campaign. Faithful believers are praying that these efforts will mark the beginning of the end of abortion.

40 Days for Life is a focused pro-life campaign with a vision to access God’s power through prayer, fasting, and peaceful vigil to end abortion.

The mission of the campaign is to bring together the body of Christ in a spirit of unity during a focused 40 day campaign of prayer, fasting, and peaceful activism, with the purpose of repentance, to seek God’s favor to turn hearts and minds from a culture of death to a culture of life, thus bringing an end to abortion.

Archbishop Elder Knights of Columbus Facebook

Check it out! We are now on Facebook!

  1. Navigate to the "Archbishop Elder Knights of Columbus 1195" page on Facebook. or go to
  2. “Like” the Page and continue hovering over the “Like” button
  3. When the drop down menu appears, select Get Notifications (see image below)

Parish Lenten Evening of Reflection - March 8, 2016

The parish welcomes writer and editor David Mills to campus on Tuesday, March 8 from 7:00-9:00pm. His talk is entitled: “Mercy Starts in the Mind: A Practical Look at Judging Not and Loving Your Neighbor as Yourself.” Social time and a book signing in the St. Dominic Lobby will follow his one-hour presentation.

David is a highly accomplished Catholic convert, writer, and editor. He grew up in Massachusetts in an only partly churched family, became a Christian in high school and an Episcopalian in college, and realizes now that what he thought he saw in that body was what he found in its authentic form in the Catholic Church.

While an Episcopalian, he was an active lay leader in his community. From 1988 to 2003 he taught writing at an Evangelical Episcopal seminary, on boards of what he calls “conservative resistance” groups in the Episcopal Church, including the pro-life work NOEL (National Organization of Episcopalians for Life). At the same time, he also edited a major conservative Episcopal magazine.

He has engaged in a variety of professional and literary work, including being managing editor of North Shore Life, a regional magazine for the area north of Boston. He is the former editor of the ecumenical magazine Touchstone and former executive editor of First Things. He is currently senior editor of The Stream, editorial director of Ethika Politika, and a regular contributor to Aleteia and other Catholic publications. His regular apologetics column “Catholic Sense” is published by the Pittsburgh Catholic and other diocesan newspapers. His latest book is Discovering Mary.

The Light is On For You

One way the Archdiocese of Cincinnati will celebrate the Jubilee Year of Mercy is through participation in The Light is On for You on Tuesday, February 23, 2016, from 7:00–9:00pm. Once again, all parishes are asked to open their doors for people to experience the mercy and love of God through prayer and the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

St. Gertrude Parish will have several priests available Tuesday evening, February 23 beginning at 7:00pm for confessions until all confessions have been heard. Please remember that this is a special opportunity for practicing Catholics to go out to your family and friends and invite them to experience the joy and freedom of confession if they have not attended in some time. Please make sure you take the time to prepare them with a good examination of conscience and the actual Rite of Confession as well.

Roadtrip and Retreat with The Nashville Dominicans - March 19-20

Travel with the Sisters to their Motherhouse in Nashville for a weekend retreat. March 19-20 for High School Ladies. Only 20 available spots, Cost: $50

To register click here

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.