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Say a prayer for the 2017 novitiate class for the Dominican Province of St. Joseph.

Responding to Racism and Events in Charlottesville, Virginia - Most Rev. Dennis M. Schnurr

Responding to Racism and Events in Charlottesville, Virginia
Most Rev. Dennis M. Schnurr
August 16, 2017

The bigotry and violence that descended upon Charlottesville, Virginia emerged from the same sin of racism which can plague any community in America, including those of our own Archdiocese. And so, as we approach the Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, I echo for the faithful of our local Church the response of Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, to these horrendous events and the resulting loss of life:

Science and the Seven Days

A Workshop on Faith and Reason

with Dr. Robert Endorf and Fr. Thomas Davenport, O.P.

September 9th, 8:30 am -1:00 pm
St Gertrude Parish Center
Breakfast Provided

Pancake Breakfast - Elder Council Knights of Columbus

Enjoy Breakfast at St. Gertrude!
Pancakes, Eggs, and
Sausage Breakfast
Gluten/Dairy Free Menu!
"All You Can Eat!"

Date: Sunday, September 17th Location: in the gym Time: 8:45am to 12:30pm Cost: $7 per person/$28 per family (Children 5 & under: FREE/grades K-8: $3)

Note: credit cards accepted!

Sponsored and Prepared by Archbishop Elder Council Knights of Columbus

Cincinnati Right to Life's Evening for Life

Don't miss Cincinnati Right to Life's Evening for Life, Thursday, October 12th, at the Sharonville Convention Center; social 5:30 p.m., dinner and program 6:30 p.m.; featuring delicious buffet meal plus emcee Anna Mitchell, Sacred Heart Radio; speakers Jim Bradford and HK Derryberry; and popular Northern Kentucky Brotherhood Singers. Reservations required; seating limited. (, 513/728-7870)

New Organ and Veneration of the Relics Evening

The evening schedule is as follows.

5:30pm: Veneration of the Relics (touching cloth to relics) at Our Lady’s Altar accompanied by music from our new organ.
6:00pm: Solemn Vespers with the Dominican Community in which we will bless our new organ.
6:30pm: Solemn Placing of all the relics in our reliquary and blessing of new reliquary, accompanied by music from our new organ.
7:00pm: Pot Luck Supper in the Parish Gym (Sign-up at

Prayer Shawl Ministry

“Knitted by hand and threaded with prayers of love and hope, this shawl is a gift to you. May it bring blessings of comfort, gifts of warmth and the knowledge that you are loved.”

St. Gertrude Prayer Shawl Ministry will be handing out shawls Sunday, August 27, after 8:00, 9:30, and 11:00am
Masses. Each shawl is stitched with prayers for your loved one. We will also be signing up new members. Would
you like to pray for others and have a handmade item as a result of that?

Academic Excellence

Adoration Chapel Re-Opening Tuesday August 1st 9 am

The Adoration Chapel will be closing today July 17 at 9am.

Starting today Monday, July 17th. at 9am the Adoration Chapel will be closed and locked for construction to help sound proof the room.

The Chapel will remain closed and locked for one to two weeks.

There will be an announcement on the website when it reopens. For those adorers that have signed up an email will be sent when the Chapel reopens.

An update from our Pastor 07/26/2017

Announcing 2017 Novitiate Class

In July 2017, the following men will begin formation with the Province of St. Joseph

Click here for more information

Fr. Thomas Davenport. O.P.

I am also happy to report that newly-ordained Fr. Thomas Davenport, O.P. will be with us during the month of July and August. This will allow the other friars on staff to have some summer vacation with family and friends. --Rev. André-Joseph LaCasse, O.P.

Video discussing Albert the Great

Treasure Mart Drop-Off and Set-up

Treasure Mart Drop Off - PC Gym door

July 11-13 (Tues-Wed-Thurs) from 9am to 8pm
July 14 (Fri) 9am to noon (SHARP!)

Wondering what to do with all those gently used "treasures?"
Donate them to the Ladies of Charity Treasure Mart!
ALL proceeds go directly to programs that help the poor.

Here's a list of items that we can NOT accept:
- BBQ grills, propane tanks
- Computers & computer equipment
- Exercise equipment (esp. Treadmills)
- Non-working appliances
- Combustibles of any kind

Knights of Columbus - Habitat for Humanity Project

What: Build a Habitat for Humanity house with the Madisonville Church Coalition
Where: 6516 E. Ledge St., Madisonville
When: One Saturday a month. Saturday 6/10/17 at 9:00AM is the Kick-Off ceremony.
How: Contact Phil Motz at 513-677-2871 or

Please mark your calendars for the following St Gertrude Habitat for Humanity volunteer Saturday work days:

Message from Archbishop Schnurr - June 17, 2017

My Dear Friends in Christ,

One of the most precious freedoms we have as Americans is the religious liberty guaranteed by the First Amendment to our Constitution. Concerned about increasing threats to that freedom, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in 2012 launched a Fortnight for Freedom observance from June 21, the vigil of the Feasts of St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More, to July 4, Independence Day. That observance continues in 2017 because religious liberty is still under siege – in this country and around the world.

This year’s theme, “Freedom for Mission,” highlights the important fact that our God-given and constitutionally protected religious liberty is not restricted to our own minds or to houses of worship, as some government entities in our country have redefined it. As Pope Francis said on the eve of the Fortnight in 2014, “Religious freedom is not simply freedom of thought or private worship. It is the freedom to live according to ethical principles, both privately and publicly, consequent to the truth one has found.” That is exemplified in the 14 subthemes of this year’s observance, one for each day of the Fortnight:

The Need Is Dire

The archdiocese of Erbil, Iraq — home to one of the largest communities of displaced Christians in the Middle East — faces a shortfall of $600,000 a month in food aid. Without immediate support, the Christian population is facing a death sentence.

However, by donating a small gift each month, you can help save their lives.

How does this work?

Formed Parish-Wide Study Utilizing Symbolon

It’s easy and free to Register!

  • Call the Parish Office for the Parish Access Code (513) 561-5954 or find it in the Parish Bulletin (July 2nd)
  • Click here to go to the Formed Website or copy and paste this URL in your browser's address bar
  • Click on Register (lower right of page)
  • Enter Parish Access Code:
  • Enter your email and create a password (you need this to login later)

Volunteers Needed

We are in need of volunteers to bring Holy Communion to the homebound. Visiting the sick is a corporal work of mercy and often the only contact with the parish a homebound person has. Anyone interested in carrying out this ministry should contact Judy Hartman at 984‐8003 or

Youth Choir Camp - 2017

St Gertrude Parish offers Choir Camp for two age groups this year!

Young Children's Choir Camp for children ages 5,6 and 7.
Thursday through Saturday, July 6 - 8, 2017
9:00 A.M. to 10:00 A.M.


Children's Choir Camp for children in grades 3 - 8.
Thursday through Saturday, July 6 - 8, 2017
10:30 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.

Directed by Mrs. Catherine Fishlock
$25 materials fee per child
Please make check payable to St. Gertrude Church (no cash please)