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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 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!

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.