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Catechists and Parent Letter Concerning Respect Life Month

From Fr. André-Joseph LaCasse, O.P., Pastor

The month of October has been designated by the Catholic Church as “Respect Life Month.” The subject of abortion is of course a grave concern in our country and throughout the world. The Catholic Church has been consistent in its teachings that abortion is a mortal sin since it is literally the murder of innocent children. The Catholic Church takes the education of this topic very seriously. It is also very important that parents, working with the Church, realize that they have the primary responsibility to educate and expose children to this important topic.

Donation Form for the Vatican II Hymnal

Donations may be made in memory of a deceased loved one or in honor of a living friend or relative. The donation amount is $20 per book. Names will be printed on nameplates and affixed to the front inside cover of the new hymnals. Please complete and return this form with payment by October 15, 2012.

Making the Case for Marriage

A presentation on "Making the Case for Marriage" will be held in the parish gym from 7 - 9 PM on Thurs. Oct. 4th.

Join us for this compelling presentation with the founder and president of the Ruth Institute, which is devoted to promoting among college students the truth of life-long marriage.

Presenter: Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph. D. a noted economist, author, professor and social commentator.

For more information on the Ruth Institute: http://www.ruthinstitute.org/

Rosary Crusade - the 95th anniversary of the last appearance of Mary at Fatima

Rosary Crusade on 10/13 - the 95th anniversary of the last appearance of Mary at Fatima - at which Fr. Andre-Joseph will be leading the rosary and Archbishop Schnurr will be speaking.

We are living at the crossroads of history. Christianity, in general, is suffering the negative consequences of the secularization process as Christian morals are considered no longer relevant in modern society. The devastating effect of this ongoing process is quite noticeable in the increased rates of criminality, divorces, pornography, drug and alcohol addictions, illicit sex, and abortions consented and paid for by our tax dollars. So today, more than ever, we need to keep the Fatima message close to our hearts and show sincere appreciation for America Needs Fatima’s efforts in fostering and promoting Christian values in the family and society in general.

As a Lithuanian bishop, I wish to take this opportunity to once more express sincerest gratitude to TFP for assisting our nation in those critical days prior to the restoration of independence that helped Lithuania achieve full independence and most important religious freedom. The collection of 5,218,520 signatures worldwide in 1990 on behalf of Lithuania was a welcome aid for beleaguered Lithuania.

No worthwhile task can ever be achieved without the dedication of and sacrifice of hardworking volunteers. Thus we thank and pray for all those Rosary volunteers who will give their all to make the America Needs Fatima a huge success and whose efforts will bring many to their senses through the powerful prayer of the Rosary. -The Most Reverend Paul A. Baltakis, O.F.M., Bishop for Lithuanian Apostolate (Ret.) Maspeth, N.Y.

More Testimonies and Support for the Rosary Rally Campaign

Anniversary Mass

Celebrating A Wedding Anniversary?

The St. Gertrude Parish community would like to recognize couples who have celebrated or will celebrate their 25th, 50th, or 60th wedding anniversary during 2012. Please give your names and the year of your marriage to the parish secretary, Jennifer Delaney, at 561-5954 no later than September 24. The celebration will take place at the 11:00am Mass on October 14 and will be followed by a parish coffee in the Parish Center gym.

Natural Family Planning Instruction

Attention married couples -

Do you need to space the births of your children? Instruction in Natural Family Planning begins today, September 16, at 1:00pm in the Parish Center St. Joseph Meeting Room. Courses are offered throughout the year here and around Cincinnati/ Northern KY.

For more information contact the Couple to Couple League (www.ccli.org) or David and Ann Stein 561-5751.

World Day of Prayer for Peace

World's Desperate Need for Healing

Fr. Andrew Apostoli, C.F.R., to speak about the "World's Desperate Need for Healing".

Fr. Andrew is considered to be one of the world's foremost experts on the apparitions at Fatima and his topic will be centered on the messages of Our Lady of Fatima and why those messages are more relevant today than they were then.

Fall Plant & Bake Sale

The Fall Plant Sale is coming September 29 & 30. Mark your calendars!

Plan your new landscaped bed now! Someone donated over 400 potted yellow and red daylilies for our sale (most colors not identified). The are very drought and deer resistant and will bloom several times over the summer.

We will also have decorative pots and houseplants for sale.

Check out our BAKE SALE for great items, most are just $1.00/pack. Great for a snack or an after dinner treat.

Watch for our signs the week before the sale for the exact times it will be held.

Spiritual Book Club

Spiritual Book Club in the lower level of St. Gertrude School.

The Book Club invites you to read St. Teresa of Avila's "The Way of Perfection" with us on Monday nights at 7:30pm. In this work, St. Teresa gives practical counsels and advice on prayer, destined originally for the few nuns who embraced the reformed Carmelite life she established. We will be using the study guide edition with discussion questions.

Call Margo Minutolo at 310-1486, or email mmminutolo@fuse.net for more information.

Virtus Child Awareness Session

GREAT NEWS! A Virtus Child Awareness Session will be held in the St. Gertrude School Cafeteria on Thursday, September 13 from 6-9:30pm; please register to attend this session by logging on to www.virtusonline.org or by calling 561-8369. You must arrive by 6pm and stay for entire session to receive credit for attending.

For your convenience, a mobile fingerprinting unit will be at our school: Thursday, August 30 from 8am-8pm, Friday August 31, Tuesday September 4, Wednesday September 5, & Thursday September 6 from 8am-4pm.

Family Bible Study

Great News!!! Again this year, a Family Bible Study will be offered on Sunday mornings at 11:00am.. What a wonderful opportunity for parents and children to study the Sunday readings before or after attending mass together.

Fun Bunch Luncheon - Irish Heritage


Program: “Irish Heritage” presented by Maureen Kennedy, Director of the Irish Heritage Center of Cincinnati
Date: Wed. September 19th
Place: Parish Center
Time: 12 NOON (after the 11:30 a.m. Mass)
Cost: $10.00
RSVP: By September 15th, checks are to be made out to St. Gertrude Church.
Mail to: Nancy Silvers, 7009 Mayfield Ave. Madeira, OH 45243

Questions: call Nancy Silvers 936-0940 or Pat Schoo 891-1345

Fun Bunch - Musical Theater Trip

Fun Bunch - Madeira Seniors Musical Theater Bus Trip


"Away in the Basement"
Beef & Boards Dinner Theater - Indianapolis
Wed. Oct. 24th

Mark your calendar to join us for this musical comedy and buffet luncheon on our Fall Bus Trip.
Purchase your ticket now for a fun day. Space is limited.

Cost: $79
Reservations: by Sept. 9th
Contact: Ann Lukey at 271-7917

For more info and pictures, visit the Beef & Boards website:
www.beefandboards.com/churchbasementladies/index.html

Catechetical Sunday

On Sunday Sept 9th our parish will be celebrating Catechetical Sunday. Join us as we pray for those serving as catechists/teachers in our School, Religious Ed Program, RCIA, and Youth Ministry. At the 11:00am Mass Father will call forward those involved in parish ministries dedicated to passing on the gift of our faith and our Homeschooling parents to bestow a special blessing. May God bless us as we work hard to prepare for another school year filled with learning, faith, friendship, and fun!

Dressing for Mass

Theology of the Body

St. Gertrude Parish Theology of the Body Program

Save the Date (s) – 5 Thursdays in a Row
Oct. 18-Nov. 15 (6-8pm)

Join us for this exciting parish-wide initiative that is open to entire families. We will gather Thursday nights in the fall for dinner (provided for you) and then split into age-appropriate sessions where we will break down Pope John Paul II‘s teaching on the Theology of the Body.

Pro-Life Meeting with the Pastor

There will be a Pro-Life Meeting with the pastor on September 4 at 7:00pm in the St. Joseph Meeting Room of the Parish Center.

This is my opportunity to meet with all our wonderful parishioners who are involved in any sort of Pro-Life activities so we can share ideas and plan a schedule for this year. I encour age all interested in our Pro-Life activities to please come to this very important meeting.

God bless you all for making our parish truly a witness to the Sanctity of Life.

- Rev. André-Joseph LaCasse, O.P., Pastor

Virgin Mary crosses finish line with Olympic Gold Medalist

Ethiopian athlete Meseret Defar provided one of the most emotional moments of the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games when she crossed the finish line in the 5000 meter race to win the gold.

She then pulled a picture of the Virgin Mary out from under her jersey, showed it to the cameras and held it up to her face in deep prayer.

An Orthodox Christian, Defar entrusted her race to God with the sign of the cross and reached the finish line in 15:04:24, beating her fellow Ethiopian rival Tirunesh Dibaba, who was the favorite to win.

A teary-eyed Defar proudly showed the picture of the Virgin Mary with the Baby Jesus that she carried with her for the entire race.

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Soup Kitchen Sign-ups

Soup Kitchen sign-ups will be in the Parish Center after all morning Masses on Sunday, August 19 for September 16 and November 21.

For more information, contact Donna Salmon at donnajsalmon@yahoo.com or 604-4941.