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Thank you to all who assisted with Confirmation!

Last Sunday, during a beautiful mass and celebration, 106 of our parish youth received the sacrament of Confirmation. Bishop Binzer was our presider. The candidates and their sponsors have journeyed together and participated in several activities to prepare them for this important Sacrament in their life. It was an incredible weekend! Thanks to the many, many people who helped these youth get ready for this important step in their spiritual journey — parents & sponsors, Sr. Gianna, O.P., our dedicated Religious Ed teachers, and Brad Bursa along with Father André-Joseph and all the parish priests who serve our community every day.

Christmas with the Novices

Christmas With The Novices
Thursday December 27th at 7 pm
Parish Center

Daily Mass on Sacred Heart Radio

On any given weekday morning at 11:30, the voices of nearly two dozen Dominican novices and priests can fill St. Gertrude Church in Madeira, as they chant the opening antiphon at the beginning of their daily Conventual Mass.

Trips and Links

Snapshot Tour to Guatemala
Make your vacation make a difference! See breath-taking scenery, meet amazing people, and have the experience of a lifetime – all while providing critical educational resources to children in need. Join Cooperative for Education on these service trips which are July 24-29 and February 19-24. Space is limited so please contact St. Gertrude parishioner Jennifer Sands at or 513-731-2595 ext. 101, or visit our website at

Consider a Family Vacation Retreat
This summer, step out of your busy lives and celebrate your family’s sacredness. Join us for a Family Vacation Retreat at Governor’s Island surrounded by Indian Lake in Huntsville, OH. Learn about your family’s strengths, deepen your love and appreciation for each other. Sponsored by the Marianists, this program provides opportunities for relaxation, family time and prayer. Enjoy swimming, biking, boating, tubing, fishing, and hiking with the kids. Grow in family unity and spirituality and meet some other great families. The dates for summer 2012 are June 19-23, June 26-30, and July 10-14. For questions and registration information contact, Anne Petratis at: or 937-258-3825.
2012 Pilgrimage to Lourdes – June 25-July 6
Join Fr. Joseph Allen, O.P., on a Pilgrimage to Lourdes, France or join Fr. Michael Dosch, O.P. on a pilgrimage that will first visit Fatima and then join the Pilgrimage in Lourdes. The 58th U.S. National Lourdes Pilgrimage is accompanied by clergy, medical staff and volunteers to assist the needs of the pilgrims. For further information contact: Liz Grinder toll free at 1-877-276-7279, email: or visit:
The Catholic Beat
Have you seen The Catholic Beat yet? It‟s a new website for local Catholic news and features. You‟ll find it at or ― just click on the big red box that says, “The Catholic Beat” for stories about area Catholic people, places, and events. It‟s updated daily, so there‟s always something new about area Catholic life. P.S. Sacred Heart Radio broadcasts this Mass at 12noon.