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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.

Annual Novice Collection

On Saturday Aug. 11th and Sunday Aug. 12th there will be a collection for the novices at all masses.

Please use the special envelopes that are provided in your monthly packet. I would like to thank you for your generosity to our novices. This collection is a big help as the Province of St. Joseph continues to experience growth in vocations to our way of life.

Farewell Mass and Reception for Fr. Albert

Fr. Albert will be celebrating a farewell Mass at 12:30PM on Aug.5th. A reception will follow in the parish center at 1:30PM. Please join us in thanking Fr Albert for all that he has done for the parish, and in wishing him well in his new assignment of teaching at St. Thomas Aquinas College in Nashville, TN.

Compline with the Dominican Community

The Dominican Community has decided to pray Compline (the last prayers of the day) in the church. Compline will be prayed at 9:15pm Monday through Friday in the church beginning on Monday, July 23.

So many people have meetings in the evening, and we thought it would be a beautiful way for parish organizations and parishioners to join us for this most beautiful time of prayer.

Sunday Rosary

Join Us For The Rosary

Come join us in praying the Rosary every Sunday at 2:45pm just after Baptisms.
The prayer intentions are:
- for increased vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life
- that our health care policies respect the dignity of human life
- for the prayer intentions of those in our parish prayer book
- for the sick of St. Gertrude’s
- for our country

Also, the Healing Rosary is prayed every Monday evening in church at 7pm for all who are ill in our parish.

Propagation of the Faith Missionary Cooperative Program Sisters of Divine Providence July 21-22, 2012 Special Collection

I am happy to announce and endorse the Sisters of Divine Providence, who have been named this year’s Propagation of the Faith Missionary Cooperative Program for our parish. Every year parishes throughout the world participate in the Missionary Cooperative Program. Due to the fact that Canon Law only allows the ordained to preach during Mass, and the fact that we are very limited with the amount of time we have for each Mass, because of our parking, Sr. Mary Emerita McGann, CDP, has graciously provided us with information and pictures of their beautiful missionary activity. I am providing this information this weekend so you can read all about the good these beautiful sisters are doing and be prepared to give to the Missionary Cooperative Program next week. I ask you to please be generous and support the good work these devoted sisters are doing.

God bless you and the good Sisters of Divine Providence,
Fr. André-Joseph, O.P. Pastor


I am happy to introduce myself as a member of the American Province of the Congregation of Divine Providence of St. Jean de Bassal, France. Our Mission Development Office is located at St. Anne Convent, in Melbourne, KY. I am a native of Providence, Rhode Island. I entered in 1959 and celebrated my Golden Jubilee in the year 2010. I have taught most of my religious life and was our first American Sister of Divine Providence to be sent on mission to the Island of Madagascar. When I first arrived on the island in 1975, there were about 20 native Malagasy Sisters from our French Provinces. Today Madagascar Province of the Congregation of Divine Providence with 115 professed sisters, 15 novices, 12 postulants, and 62 aspirants. The Sisters staff many schools, dispensaries in remote villages, live and work in the leper colonies, and are very active in pastoral works. Already Malagasy Sisters of Divine Providence are being sent as missionaries to other parts of Africa.

A project very close to the hearts of the Bishops of Madagascar is called VOZAMA, “Save our Children.” In 2005 the Bishops of Antananarivo and Foamarantsoa, two major cities on the island, entrusted the direction and work of this ministry to the Congregation of Divine Providence, Madagascar.

As Director of Missionary Development, I have been involved in this project since its beginning. Today there are over 225 one room schools located in the most remote parts of the Island; in the big and small cities, there are convents missions surrounded by small brick school buildings, dispensaries, gardens planted and utilized by the families of street children, etc. This is but a candid photo but the real picture is one that shows “Life Unfolding” for these children. My Sisters find these children on the street corners, homeless, dirty, frightened, uneducated, and ignored by the busy world around them. The Sisters do not pass by the children without acknowledging their presence. They welcome them to their home, to a new life in which they will be loved, cared for, and educated. They give them a voice, a sense of dignity, food for the body and spirits, and introduce them to a God who loves and care for them.

What happens at the Mission of Providence is fulfilling the Father’s dream for the human family. The greatest tragedy for any child that receives the gift of life is the poverty of being invisible, unknown and unloved. As Sisters of Divine Providence we have a mission to give living witness to the loving Providence of God. Jesus said, Bring the little children to me, and as a Sister of Divine Providence, I say to Jesus, Please Jesus, lead the little children to us, we will love and care for them.

In the name of the children and our Madagascar Sisters of Divine Providence, I thank you for your generosity to our mission. Be assured of my prayers for you and for this appeal.

Vacation Bible School 2012 Album

Over 185 children, ages 4 – 11 participated in the annual St. Gertrude Parish Vacation Bible School the week of June 18th through the 22nd. This annual event, under the coordination of Shari Siebert, Director of Religious Education, is a summer favorite event with our young children, teen helpers, and adults. This year’s theme, “Sky-Everything is Possible with God” explored the teachings that no matter who you are, how you feel, what you do, what happens or where you are…TRUST GOD! The children experienced this theme through songs, crafts, bible stories, lessons, and special snacks. Thanks to the creative talents and help of Mr. Chuck Rekow and Bob Siebert, the children literally took flight into the clouds in a fun and faith-filled week!

A very heartfelt thanks to all the volunteers that participated in this wonderful summer activity. Over 40 teen helpers and 30 adults volunteered their time and talents to provide both a fun and faith-filled week for our little ones.

Trim the bushes with the Pastor

Saturday Aug. 11th 9:30am -11:30am

Trim the the bushes on the parish grounds.

This was originally scheduled for July 14th, but was cancelled due to rain.

New Additions To The Sidewalk - Grounds Care Notes

You may notice some new additions to the sidewalk between the church and the parish center. Thanks to all of you who supported our plant sales over the past several years we were able to completely fund the new gathering area and also install new pavers to enlarge the sidewalk between the church and the parish center. With all of the major expenses the parish has for the maintenance of our buildings, we are happy to contribute our part for landscaping improvements. We hope you enjoy your new space and wider sidewalk.

Want To Grow In Holiness, But Don’t Have Time?

Join us for 33 Days to Morning Glory, a 6-week program & learn the “quickest, surest, easiest way” to sainthood!

With the book 33 Days to Morning Glory and the accompanying group-retreat materials, consisting of six 30-minute DVD lessons by Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC, and a Retreat Companion for each participant, this program leads us to formally entrust ourselves to Mary, the way Christ did at the Annunciation and as He willed for us at the foot of the cross. We will meet for six weeks to learn about consecration to Jesus through Mary from four of the Marian greats: St. Louis de Montfort, St. Maximilian Kolbe, Blessed Mother Teresa, and Blessed John Paul II.

This is a great opportunity to prepare us for the Year of Faith and for life!