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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!

30 hours of Eucharistic Adoration for a Fortnight of Prayer for Religious Freedom

The St Gertrude 20's Group is sponsoring 30 hours of Eucharistic Adoration in response to the request by US Conference of Catholic Bishops for a Fortnight of Prayer for Religious Freedom. The blessed sacrament will be exposed continuously from 12pm Wednesday, June 27 through 8pm Thursday, June 28. Please join with us in praying for our country by spending an hour with Our Lord and asking your friends and family to do the same. Please help us spread the word by joining our Facebook event:

Knights of Columbus from Elder Council presented Old St. Mary's Pregnancy Center

"Rev. André-Joseph LaCasse and the Knights of Columbus from Elder Council presented Old St. Mary's Pregnancy Center with a check for $3,700 for their work in defending life. The money was raised from the generous contributions of St. Gertrude parishioners participating in the Baby Bottle fundraiser."

Left to right: Roger Kunkel, Terri Huwel, Tom Hahn, Danita Cobb and daughter Beaynta, Rev. André-Joseph LaCasse, O.P.

Do You Know Your Religious Liberty is Being Threatened?

Join with us in prayer. St. Gertrude Parish Community will be praying the St. Thomas More Prayer at all the Masses during this Fortnight of Prayer, June 21-July 4th. Click here for more articles on Religious Freedom

O God Our Creator,
from your provident hand we have received our right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. You have called us as your people and given us the right and the duty to worship you, the only true God, and your Son, Jesus Christ. Through the power and working of your Holy Spirit, you call us to live out our faith in the midst of the world, bringing the light and the saving truth of the Gospel to every corner of society.

We ask you to bless us in our vigilance for the gift of religious liberty. Give us the strength of mind and heart to readily defend our freedoms when they are threatened; give us courage in making our voices heard on behalf of the rights of your Church and the freedom of conscience of all people of faith.

Grant, we pray, O heavenly Father, a clear and united voice to all your sons and daughters gathered in your Church in this decisive hour in the history of our nation, so that, with every trial withstood and every danger overcome—for the sake of our children, our grandchildren, and all who come after us—this great land will always be “one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

A Message from the Secretary

Serving the friars, parishioners, and staff of St. Gertrude's for the last 11 years has been a joy and has brought me more blessings than I can count. After working for 40 years, I now have the opportunity, and the need, to spend more time helping my parents (who are in their 90s), and so I am retiring from my position on August 17. I will be working one day a week, as time permits, in a different capacity: updating our membership database. You may get a call from me or see me at a parish Coffee, asking for any changes to your membership information.

2012-13 St. Gertrude Booster Board

2012-13 St. Gertrude Booster Board Elected Officials

  • President: Dan Hartung
  • Vice President: Marc Gerwel
  • Vice President: Rose Walsh
  • Treasurer: Steve Denison
  • Secretary: Christina Tkacz

St. Louis de Montfort’s “True Devotion to Mary” Study Group

Begins Aug 28th and runs through May 22nd
Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary on May 31st

Join us in studying what is considered by many to be "the greatest single book of Marian spirituality ever written," (TAN Publishers). True Devotion to Mary has influenced countless souls, including Blessed Mother Teresa and Blessed Pope John Paul II.

Meetings will be twice a month and offered at two different locations:

  • Tuesdays, 12:30 – 2:30 pm, St. Gertrude Parish Center Lobby
  • Wednesdays, 9:30 – 11:30 am, Good Shepherd Catholic Church

** Babysitting available for both groups **
*** Book may be purchased at the Catholic Shop in Madeira ***

Blessed Pope John Paul II called this book a “decisive turning point” in his life after reading it at age 19.
His papal motto, “Totus Tuus,” was taken from St. Louis de Montfort’s writings on the Blessed Mother.
Pope Pius IX declared that St. Louis de Montfort’s devotion to Mary was the best and most acceptable form of devotion to Our Lady.

Rally for Religious Freedom

HHS Mandate on Religious Freedom

With regard to the HHS mandate that violates our religious freedom, Archbishop Schnurr said, "In generations past, the Church has always been able to count on the faithful to stand up and protect her sacred rights and duties. I hope and trust she can count on this generation of Catholics to do the same."

Therefore, you are invited to join in a peaceful, prayerful rally to defend religious freedom on Friday, June 8 at noon on Fountain Square in downtown Cincinnati.

Application for St. Gertrude 26th Annual Craft Show

The St. Gertrude Craft Show is a fundraiser run by the Ladies of Charity. ALL money raised from the sale of spaces goes to help the poor throughout the year. This Craft Show is the 2nd largest fundraising event for the Ladies of Charity. We so appreciate your support of the event and hope you will consider joining us for our 27th Annual Craft Show at St. Gertrude Church in Madeira, Ohio. The Craft Show will be held on Saturday, October 20th from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. this year.

Memorial Day: A Day of Solemnity and Celebration

Over the years, books and articles have been written about the "greatest generation" and it’s many heroes. As those who made it "great" age and pass on, today’s generation (including those represented by today’s St. Gertrude parishioners!) will assume the mantle of leadership for the next generation — our children and grandchildren — to never forget their sacrifice nor the freedoms we enjoy thanks to them.

A Special School Project

When Tim Delaney, a 1st grade student at Cincinnati Country Day School, went to school recently, he and his classmates were given a unique assignment. In class, the students learned about significant places in Cincinnati. Each student then chose one specific place in Cincinnati to do research and report on. They then constructed physical models of the places they chose. He chose St. Gertrude Church.

Not only did Tim, a St. Gertrude Religious Education Student, write a wonderful tribute to his church, but his replica of the church is something everyone can admire. Complete with landscape, bell tower, and parking lot (with Matchbox Cars instead of real ones!), Tim‘s attention to detail put him on a fast track for a future in architecture or landscape design!

His report included notes on the church‘s history, its location, why the church is important to Cincinnati, two facts about the church — when it started (1923) and the height of the bronze figure of Jesus (14 feet) — as well as a special dedication to his Mom for "taking me to see St. Gertrude."

Rally for the Heartbeat Bill

The Final Push Rally on Saturday May 19th at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus.
8AM - 12PM Prayer and Worship
12PM - 2PM The Final Push Rally

The most important pro-life rally since 1973. Ohio is on the verge of passing historic legislation that would prevent nearly every abortion in our state and effectively challenge Roe v. Wade.

53 co-sponsors in the House passed the Heartbeat Bill, H.B. 125, last June, to guarantee that "if the heartbeat is detected, the baby is protected." Fetal heartbeats are detectable as early as six weeks.

Changes to the Website

There have been changes to website in order to help parishioners find what interests them.

  • Many of the ministries have a page that compiles all the news and events for that particular ministry e.g. the Funbunch found here You can find more ministries up under the Ministries tab (cascading menus).
  • We have reorganized the School tab and added a News tab. The items listed under these tabs are latest first (LIFO) queuing.

Gift of Life Layette

A Pack n Play is in the Holy Family chapel for collection of NEW baby items for the benefit of the Pregnancy Center East and Old St. Mary’s. Most needed items are all sizes of baby diapers, baby wipes, blankets, sleepers, onesies, bottles, formula, baby wash, lotion, shampoo, baby towels and cloths, and any other NEW item you wish to donate. Please no toys or magazines. Your donations are most appreciated, and fill an urgent need for the women coming into the centers for help.

Fr. Albert Leaving for a New Academic Assignment

Dear Parishioners,

I regret to say that I will be leaving the parish this summer for a new academic assignment. In mid-August of this year, I will be moving to Nashville, Tennessee in order to teach English Literature at Aquinas College, a liberal arts, nursing, and teaching college administered by the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia Congregation, the same religious congregation that staffs our parish school. The past one and a half years of service here at St. Gertrude’s have provided me with some wonderful pastoral opportunities and memories. I will certainly carry the parish and its concerns with me in prayer as I return to academic life, and I hope that I will have an opportunity to visit occasionally. I want to thank all those of you who made me welcome and who have supported me during my time here, and I offer my apologies to any I have offended, and ask for your forgiveness.