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Kermit Gosnell and the Ideology of Abortion on Demand

How unusual is Kermit Gosnell? That is the question that comes unbidden to mind when reading Gosnell: The Untold Story of America’s Most Prolific Serial Killer, a new book about the case of Dr. Gosnell, the abortionist who owned and operated the “Women’s Medical Society” abortion clinic at 3801 Lancaster Avenue in Philadelphia.

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RCIA 2016-2017 Session Sixteen: First Three Commandments

In Fr. Clement's debut session joining our RCIA program, he discusses the beauty of the first three commandments and explains the freedom at the heart of the commandments.

RCIA 2016-2017 Session Fifteen: Holy Orders

In this session, Fr. Gabriel looks at the history and meaning of the sacrament of Holy Orders. Where did the ordained priesthood come from? When do we first hear about the orders of bishop, priest, and deacon? What is the priesthood of all believers? What does the priesthood mean for all Christians?

RCIA 2016-2017 Session Fourteen: The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

The Mass is the most fundamental part of the Christian experience, and the most readily identifiable aspect of being Catholic. But what is it? Where does it come from? How do we pray at the Mass? Fr. Gabriel works through these questions and a host of others in this week's session

RCIA 2016-2017 Session Thirteen: The Eucharist

Fr. André-Joseph concludes our discussion of the Sacraments of Initiation with the source and summit of the Christian life: the Eucharist. Plus bonus overview of the Mass!

Catholic Ministries Appeal 2017

St Gertrude School Open House - January 29, 2017

33rd Annual Pro Life Rosary Procession and Rally

Adoration Chapel Closing - January 13 at 9pm

Due to the threat of freezing rain, The Mother of Mercy Perpetual Adoration Chapel will be closing at 9pm tonight, Friday, January 13th and remain closed until 9am on Sunday, January 15th.

Adoration will begin again @ 9am on Sunday, January 15th.

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion Training

Training for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion will take place on Sunday, January 15 from 7 - 8:30 pm in the Church. Please contact Rob Lockwood at 513-319-0543 if you have additional questions.

From our Pastor:
We are in desperate need of more Extaordinary Ministers of Holy Communion. I would ask all of you to take this to prayer and volunteer to help us out. We will not be able to maintain offering the Precious Blood at Mass if we do not have more ministers come forward for training. Right now we are filling all the Eucharist stations at each Mass, and after that the Precious Blood stations. That is why at many Masses the Precious Blood cannot be offered, simply because we do not have enough ministers to fill all positions. For many who are gluten intolerant they depend on the Precious Blood to go to Holy Communion. There is a training for EMHC this Sunday, January 15 at 7:00pm in the church. We really need your help.

Men's Lenten Retreat 2017 - sponsored by the Knights of Columbus

Man Up! Lenten Retreat, February 10-12, 2017, Norwood OH; Our Lady of The Holy Spirit Center. All men are welcome. Sponsored by Knights of Columbus. Fr. Tony Stephens of the Fathers of Mercy challenges men to grow in holiness and be true men of God. Retreat conferences include: The Martyrdom of the Daily Grind; Boys to Men; We're Not made of wood; Courageous Hope, The witness of Fr. Emil Kapaun U.S Army captain. Registration and $155 payment deadline is Tuesday, February 7. Call Larry Tracy 513-321-4879 or by web: https://2017-lenten-retreat.eventbrite.com

Fr. Tony Stephens, CPM Retreat Master
Fr. Tony was born in 1976 and is a native of Angelus, Kansas. He attended Christendom College in Front Royal Virginia. He joined the Fathers of Mercy in 2000. Fr. Tony studied for the priesthood at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio where he received his Master of Divinity. He was ordained in 2005, and was the assistant pastorof St. Luke’s Catholic Church in Nicholasville, KY. In 2007, Fr. Tony was assigned to begin traveling and preaching parish retreats, also known as “parish missions”. His travels have taken him across the United States, Canada, and also to different parts of the Australian Continent. From 2009-2015, he served as the Vocations Director and Student Master for the community. He also helped in the preaching apostolate of the Congregation. In August of 2015, he joined the formation faculty at the Athenaeum of Ohio / Mt. St. Mary’s Seminary of the West in Cincinnati. He currently works at the Director of Field Education, the Director of Pastoral Interns, and assists on the formation faculty.

LOC Sharing Van - Cancelled

CANCELLED - Ladies of Charity Sharing Van: January 7-8

Please call Jean Wilkinson at 498-5085 with any questions.

New Years Eve Mass

All are welcome to join the Frassati Fellowship for an hour of adoration and confession followed by the
the midnight Mass celebration of The Solemnity of Mary, Holy Mother of God.

11pm - midnight: Adoration and Confessions
Midnight - Mass

Christmas Pageant Coming of the Kings at Krohn Conservatory


On Sunday, January 1st at 1:00 p.m., at Krohn Conservatory (1501 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45202), there will be a live presentation of the Visit of the Three Kings to the Manger at Bethlehem. This pageant was started by Western & Southern, The Biedenharn Family and the Cincinnati Chapter of the Knights of Columbus in 1939. This year is the 77th anniversary of this event. A Combined Elder / Seton High School Choir will perform Christmas Songs starting around 12:30 pm, during and after the play. We invite you and your families to visit this event. There is no charge and Families will be allowed to take pictures with the Holy Family and the Three Kings after the performance.

We want to remind all of you that parking is at a premium so you may have to park a distance away and walk back to the conservatory.

Parish Office Closure

The Parish Office will be closed on Friday, Dec. 30 and Monday, Jan. 2. It will reopen on Tuesday, Jan. 3rd.

Christmas Schedule 2016


Preparations for Christmas


Masses will be relocated in the Parish Center, St. Dominic Lobby, December 19-21


Pre-Christmas Schedule of Confessions

Mother of Mercy Perpetual Adoration Chapel Closures for Christmas Season

The Mother of Mercy Perpetual Adoration chapel will be closing for the Solemnity of Our Saviour's Birth. Adoration will stop on Dec. 23 at 9am and the chapel will remain closed until Monday, Dec. 26th at 9am.
Adoration will begin again at 9am on Monday Dec. 26th.

Adoration will begin again at 9am on Monday Dec. 26th.

The Mother of Mercy Perpetual Adoration chapel will be closing for the Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph and the Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God. Adoration will stop on Dec. 30th at 9am and the chapel will remain closed until Monday, Jan. 2nd at 9am.

Adoration will begin again at 9am on Monday Jan. 2nd.

St. Gertrude Men's Retreat Recordings

2016 Advent Retreat - Catholic Men's Fellowship; Fr. Gabriel Torretta, O.P. and Fr. Colm Mannion, O.P.
https://app.box.com/s/wp7vhuo3j513xq8qzfzpwtg7xugzmmdw

Kroger’s Community Rewards Program

Kroger Re-Enrollment Time
It is that time again, once a year we need to re-enroll in the Kroger Community Rewards program. During the month of April you can re-enroll and this will become effective May 1. There are two ways to re-enroll;
1) Log onto your Kroger account from kroger.com and click on your name, all your profile information will appear, at the bottom is the Community Rewards. 2) Call 1-800-Krogers at the first menu press #3. St. Gertrude receives a percentage of your purchases. Last quarter we received $2,067.39, and that was only 205 households participating. Imagine the donations we could receive if all families enrolled. St. Gertrude’s number is 80033. Call the Parish Office with any questions.


Thanks in advance for all your support. Happy shopping!