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Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion Training

Training for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion will take place on Sunday, January 15 from 7 - 8:30 pm in the Church. Please contact Rob Lockwood at 513-319-0543 if you have additional questions.

From our Pastor:
We are in desperate need of more Extaordinary Ministers of Holy Communion. I would ask all of you to take this to prayer and volunteer to help us out. We will not be able to maintain offering the Precious Blood at Mass if we do not have more ministers come forward for training. Right now we are filling all the Eucharist stations at each Mass, and after that the Precious Blood stations. That is why at many Masses the Precious Blood cannot be offered, simply because we do not have enough ministers to fill all positions. For many who are gluten intolerant they depend on the Precious Blood to go to Holy Communion. There is a training for EMHC this Sunday, January 15 at 7:00pm in the church. We really need your help.

Men's Lenten Retreat 2017 - sponsored by the Knights of Columbus

Man Up! Lenten Retreat, February 10-12, 2017, Norwood OH; Our Lady of The Holy Spirit Center. All men are welcome. Sponsored by Knights of Columbus. Fr. Tony Stephens of the Fathers of Mercy challenges men to grow in holiness and be true men of God. Retreat conferences include: The Martyrdom of the Daily Grind; Boys to Men; We're Not made of wood; Courageous Hope, The witness of Fr. Emil Kapaun U.S Army captain. Registration and $155 payment deadline is Tuesday, February 7. Call Larry Tracy 513-321-4879 or by web: https://2017-lenten-retreat.eventbrite.com

Fr. Tony Stephens, CPM Retreat Master
Fr. Tony was born in 1976 and is a native of Angelus, Kansas. He attended Christendom College in Front Royal Virginia. He joined the Fathers of Mercy in 2000. Fr. Tony studied for the priesthood at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio where he received his Master of Divinity. He was ordained in 2005, and was the assistant pastorof St. Luke’s Catholic Church in Nicholasville, KY. In 2007, Fr. Tony was assigned to begin traveling and preaching parish retreats, also known as “parish missions”. His travels have taken him across the United States, Canada, and also to different parts of the Australian Continent. From 2009-2015, he served as the Vocations Director and Student Master for the community. He also helped in the preaching apostolate of the Congregation. In August of 2015, he joined the formation faculty at the Athenaeum of Ohio / Mt. St. Mary’s Seminary of the West in Cincinnati. He currently works at the Director of Field Education, the Director of Pastoral Interns, and assists on the formation faculty.

LOC Sharing Van - Cancelled

CANCELLED - Ladies of Charity Sharing Van: January 7-8

Please call Jean Wilkinson at 498-5085 with any questions.

New Years Eve Mass

All are welcome to join the Frassati Fellowship for an hour of adoration and confession followed by the
the midnight Mass celebration of The Solemnity of Mary, Holy Mother of God.

11pm - midnight: Adoration and Confessions
Midnight - Mass

Christmas Pageant Coming of the Kings at Krohn Conservatory


On Sunday, January 1st at 1:00 p.m., at Krohn Conservatory (1501 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45202), there will be a live presentation of the Visit of the Three Kings to the Manger at Bethlehem. This pageant was started by Western & Southern, The Biedenharn Family and the Cincinnati Chapter of the Knights of Columbus in 1939. This year is the 77th anniversary of this event. A Combined Elder / Seton High School Choir will perform Christmas Songs starting around 12:30 pm, during and after the play. We invite you and your families to visit this event. There is no charge and Families will be allowed to take pictures with the Holy Family and the Three Kings after the performance.

We want to remind all of you that parking is at a premium so you may have to park a distance away and walk back to the conservatory.

Parish Office Closure

The Parish Office will be closed on Friday, Dec. 30 and Monday, Jan. 2. It will reopen on Tuesday, Jan. 3rd.

Christmas Schedule 2016


Preparations for Christmas


Masses will be relocated in the Parish Center, St. Dominic Lobby, December 19-21


Pre-Christmas Schedule of Confessions

Mother of Mercy Perpetual Adoration Chapel Closures for Christmas Season

The Mother of Mercy Perpetual Adoration chapel will be closing for the Solemnity of Our Saviour's Birth. Adoration will stop on Dec. 23 at 9am and the chapel will remain closed until Monday, Dec. 26th at 9am.
Adoration will begin again at 9am on Monday Dec. 26th.

Adoration will begin again at 9am on Monday Dec. 26th.

The Mother of Mercy Perpetual Adoration chapel will be closing for the Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph and the Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God. Adoration will stop on Dec. 30th at 9am and the chapel will remain closed until Monday, Jan. 2nd at 9am.

Adoration will begin again at 9am on Monday Jan. 2nd.

St. Gertrude Men's Retreat Recordings

2016 Advent Retreat - Catholic Men's Fellowship; Fr. Gabriel Torretta, O.P. and Fr. Colm Mannion, O.P.
https://app.box.com/s/wp7vhuo3j513xq8qzfzpwtg7xugzmmdw

Kroger’s Community Rewards Program

Kroger Re-Enrollment Time
It is that time again, once a year we need to re-enroll in the Kroger Community Rewards program. During the month of April you can re-enroll and this will become effective May 1. There are two ways to re-enroll;
1) Log onto your Kroger account from kroger.com and click on your name, all your profile information will appear, at the bottom is the Community Rewards. 2) Call 1-800-Krogers at the first menu press #3. St. Gertrude receives a percentage of your purchases. Last quarter we received $2,067.39, and that was only 205 households participating. Imagine the donations we could receive if all families enrolled. St. Gertrude’s number is 80033. Call the Parish Office with any questions.


Thanks in advance for all your support. Happy shopping!

Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

The feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe will be celebrated at all masses today (7am, 8am, 11:30am).

December 12 is the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. On December 9, 1531, in Mexico, Our Lady appeared to Juan Diego, a poor humble Aztec Indian who had recently converted to the Catholic faith. She asked him to go to the Bishop and tell him to build a church where she said “I will show and offer all of my love, my compassion, my help and my protection to my people.” Juan Diego did as she asked, but the Bishop asked for a sign that this message was really from Our Lady. Mary granted his request.

On December 12, she showed Juan where the most beautiful Castilian roses were and told him to gather them. It was a miracle that the roses were there and in bloom because there was frost on the ground, and the ground was an infertile place where only cactus and thistles grew. After he gathered them, she helped arrange them in his tilma, or poncho, and told him to show them to the Bishop. When he brought them to the Bishop, the Bishop was amazed at the roses, but was even more amazed at what began to happen to Juan Diego’s tilma. Right before their very eyes, the image of Our Lady began to form on the cloth. The picture of Mary was beautiful and the Bishop fell to his knees. He had the church built at her request.

RCIA 2016-2017 Session Twelve: Baptism and Confirmation

Baptism is the essential foundation of the Christian life, and Confirmation is its definitive turning towards the wider world. In this session, Fr. Edmund explores these two great sacraments.

RCIA 2016-2017 Session Eleven: Moral Decision Making

Dave Ledwin continues our exploration of Catholic moral teaching by explaining the way moral decision making works, and how the grace of God works practically in our lives to help us live toward God.

Tabernacle Has Returned

Our Newly Refinished Tabernacle Has Returned To Us!

As I explained several weeks ago the tabernacle had become very dull over the years and had turned almost an orange/brown patina. We had the tabernacle refinished to match the high altar candles with a two- toned high polish finish. You will also notice that added to the original square tabernacle is a new roof/tent. This was an option that originally was available when the tabernacle was placed in our church, but I would suppose due to the expenses of the building of the church, we did not have the money to purchase the roof to the tabernacle. The entire cost of the refinishing of the tabernacle and the new roof was $8,000, and was completely paid for by the generosity of an anonymous parishioner, who simply asks for your prayers for the parishioner’s family. You will also notice that we have left the tabernacle unveiled. With the reform of the liturgy there are no longer rules that tabernacles need to be veiled, and because it is so beautiful I wanted the parishioners to see it in all its glory. As to if we will veil the tabernacle in the future, I am not sure at this point. The newly refinished tabernacle with the candles on the high altar is indeed a fitting place for our Eucharistic Lord. May we all remember that Jesus in the Eucharistic Species is at the center of our lives; how appropri- ate it is that He is at the center of our sanctuary as well.

Annual Christmas Pageant - 2016


The Annual Christmas Pageant will be performed on
Tues. Dec. 20th at 7 pm
AND
Wed. Dec. 21st at 9:30 am
both are held in the Church.

All parishioners are invited to this annual event.

Veterans Day Collection Thank You

Thank You St. Gertrude Parish for the tremendous support of our Veterans!

The Knights of Columbus collected a large box of personal items and over $500 that will be donated directly to our area VA facilities.

Please join us on December 20th at 7:00pm, in Elder Hall (in the Parish Center basement) as we present your donations to Hank Gieseler, Voluntary Service Specialist, VA Medical Center. Hank will give a short presentation about his office and how our donations are used. Refreshments will also be served.

Student Brothers Christmas CD Available Now


The student brothers of the Dominican Province of St. Joseph have released a new album in time for Christmas purchases, Christ Was Born to Save. It’s excellent! With Christmas classics such as “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing,” “Silent Night,” and “Away in a Manger” the schola of the Dominican House of Studies praises the awesome mystery of the birth of the Son of God.

Your support of this album will aid the formation of the many Dominican student brothers in Washington, DC. This album could be a great way for you to receive the Christmas spirit and to share that spirit with family members and friends through Christmas gifts. Giving them this gift communicates the truth we celebrate at Christmas: Christ Was Born to Save.

CDs can be purchased for $15 immediately in the Parish Office, or from Br. Jonah, Br. Simon, or Br. Brad after Masses on Sunday, January 1, or through the brothers’ daily blog at www.dominicanajournal.org/music/. Thank you for your generosity.

RCIA 2016-2017 Bonus Session: Angels

We got together on November 22, 2016, to hang out, enjoy each other's company, and talk about the angels. This video of our epic two-hour mega session should answer most of your pressing angel questions!

RCIA 2016-2017 Session Ten: Morality and Beatitudes

What makes something right or wrong? Why do we talk about morality as a part of Christian living? In this talk, Fr. André-Joseph explores the basic principles of Catholic morality, and how they set us free to live in the grace of Christ.

RCIA 2016-2017 Session Nine: Grace and the Sacraments

Fr. Edmund explains what grace is, where it comes from, and why it's the source of the Christian life: the very life of God himself. To understand how we live with grace, he then explains what the seven sacraments are and why Christ gave them to us.