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Message from Archbishop Schnurr - June 17, 2017

My Dear Friends in Christ,

One of the most precious freedoms we have as Americans is the religious liberty guaranteed by the First Amendment to our Constitution. Concerned about increasing threats to that freedom, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in 2012 launched a Fortnight for Freedom observance from June 21, the vigil of the Feasts of St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More, to July 4, Independence Day. That observance continues in 2017 because religious liberty is still under siege – in this country and around the world.

This year’s theme, “Freedom for Mission,” highlights the important fact that our God-given and constitutionally protected religious liberty is not restricted to our own minds or to houses of worship, as some government entities in our country have redefined it. As Pope Francis said on the eve of the Fortnight in 2014, “Religious freedom is not simply freedom of thought or private worship. It is the freedom to live according to ethical principles, both privately and publicly, consequent to the truth one has found.” That is exemplified in the 14 subthemes of this year’s observance, one for each day of the Fortnight:

The Need Is Dire

The archdiocese of Erbil, Iraq — home to one of the largest communities of displaced Christians in the Middle East — faces a shortfall of $600,000 a month in food aid. Without immediate support, the Christian population is facing a death sentence.

However, by donating a small gift each month, you can help save their lives.

How does this work?

Formed Parish-Wide Study Utilizing Symbolon

It’s easy and free to Register!

  • Call the Parish Office for the Parish Access Code (513) 561-5954 or find it in the Parish Bulletin (July 2nd)
  • Click here to go to the Formed Website or copy and paste this URL in your browser's address bar formed.org
  • Click on Register (lower right of page)
  • Enter Parish Access Code:
  • Enter your email and create a password (you need this to login later)

Volunteers Needed

We are in need of volunteers to bring Holy Communion to the homebound. Visiting the sick is a corporal work of mercy and often the only contact with the parish a homebound person has. Anyone interested in carrying out this ministry should contact Judy Hartman at 984‐8003 or jhartma2002@yahoo.com.

Youth Choir Camp - 2017



St Gertrude Parish offers Choir Camp for two age groups this year!

Young Children's Choir Camp for children ages 5,6 and 7.
Thursday through Saturday, July 6 - 8, 2017
9:00 A.M. to 10:00 A.M.

and

Children's Choir Camp for children in grades 3 - 8.
Thursday through Saturday, July 6 - 8, 2017
10:30 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.

Directed by Mrs. Catherine Fishlock
$25 materials fee per child
Please make check payable to St. Gertrude Church (no cash please)

Urgent Need for Overnight Adorers


We currently have 3 overnight hours that are empty and have NO Adorers. If you are able to commit to just 1 or 2 hours a month it would help us.

Open Hours:
Wednesdays 12-1 am
Saturdays 12-1 am (3rd, 4th and 5th Saturdays only)
Sundays 3-4 am

Please contact Anita Pappalardo at 248-8237 or pappacinci@gmail.com if you can help.

RCIA 2016-2017 Session Twenty-eight: Faith and Reason

As we enter into the post-Easter mystagogy period, we begin our reflection on the gifts of the sacraments and the Christian life by exploring the relationship between faith and reason, and how Jesus gives us himself as the one Truth we approach on the two wings of faith and reason.

Familia For Mothers - Information Session


Are you looking for a way to share ideas with other moms on how to raise faith-filled children and strengthen your marriage? A new Familia group is being formed for Fall 2017! We meet twice per month in the morning from September through May to reflect on the Gospel, Catechism and Pope JPII’s writings as they apply to us as wives and mothers. Please join us for an information session on Thursday, May 4, from 9:30-10:30am in the Parish Center.

Eat the Anti-Inflammatory Way - Parish Health Ministry

Parish Health Ministry is sponsoring a Nutrition and Health Seminar called Eat the Anti-Inflammatory Way & Manage Aches and Pains (including joint pain, muscle weakness, migraines, arthritis, and more). Monday, May 8 at 7:00 – 8:30pm in the St. Gertrude School cafeteria. The presenter is Peachy Seiden, PhD, MS, RDN. Peachy is a Registered Dietitian, nutrition counselor and parishioner. To register, contact Jeanne Palcic at jpalcic@fuse.net or call 489-2151 and leave your name, phone and number attending. Healthy snacks and handouts provided. There is no charge for the class but donations are welcome at the door.

An Easter Gift to St. Gertrude Parish

The Knights of Columbus has made available to the parish a series of booklets from the order’s Building the Domestic Church initiative. This resource is aimed at helping families to live out the Church’s mission and vision for parenting, fatherhood, and family prayer life. It includes 15 different topics with essays by prominent religious as well as two of St. John Paul II’s famous messages for the family!

Divine Mercy Sunday - 2017

Divine Mercy Sunday is the Second Sunday of Easter. As the Church continues the celebration of Our Risen Lord at Easter, we will be having a special Celebration of God's Divine Mercy on Sunday April 23rd.

Come and celebrate this very special day.

  • 2:30 pm - Confessions (6 priests will be available)
  • 2:30 pm - Veneration of the Image of Divine Mercy
  • 3:00 pm - Recitation of the Divine Mercy Chaplet
  • 3:15 pm - Consecration to Divine Mercy

RCIA 2016-2017 Session Twenty-seven: Church History IV

Fr. André-Joseph concludes our tour of Church History with the modern era, beginning with the French Revolution and concluding with the papacy of Francis.

RCIA 2016-2017 Session Twenty-six: Church History III

In this session, Fr. André-Joseph picks up where Fr. Clement left off in exploring the living history of the presence of Jesus Christ among his people. This talk explores the vexed and troubled 16th and 17th centuries, covering the Protestant Reformation and the Catholic Counter-Reformation.

Come and Celebrate Holy Week at St. Gertrude - 2017

May we all enter into Holy Week with a sense of prayer and reflection.
This is a week to slow down and plan to spend quality time here at St. Gertrude’s.
The Mother of Mercy Perpetual Adoration Chapel will be open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, April 10-12, of Holy Week.
Adoration will stop on Holy Thursday, April 13, at 9:00am, and will begin again on Monday, April 17, at 9:00am.
Please come to confession this week, Monday-Wednesday. Plan to be with us for Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter!

The Little Sisters of the Poor

The Little Sisters of the Poor will be present at all the Masses next weekend seeking your assistance in their ministry. For the past 145 years, the Sisters have been offering the needy elderly of the tristate, a home where they are welcomed as Christ, cared for as a family, and accompanied with dignity until God calls them to himself. The Sisters depend on our support to meet the needs of their poor elderly. For more information visit their website at www.littlesistersofthepoorcincinnati.org.

RCIA 2016-2017 Session Twenty-five: Church History II

Fr. Clement continues our tour through Church History with a highlights tour of 500-1500 A.D. Looking at major themes in the life of the Church through this tempestuous era, he explains in brief how the Church gets from the age of the great Councils to the verge of the Reformation.

Lenten Mission Early Session

This is the early session the later session is at 7pm.

Hearing, Diabetes and Blood Pressure - March 26th

St. Gertrude Parish Health Ministry is offering blood pressure, diabetes and hearing screenings on Sunday, March 26, after the 8:00, 9:30 and 11:00am Masses in the Parish Center. Thanks to Bower Hearing Centers for performing the hearing screening and Collier Nursing Services helping with the diabetes screening. For the most accurate blood glucose screening, fasting for eight hours is recommended. For questions, please contact Victoria Sain at 330-858-1436 or email vrsain@mercy.com.

Campus Clean-up Day

RCIA 2016-2017 Session Twenty-four: Church History I

Fr. André-Joseph begins his beloved Church History cycle with this session, covering the first five hundred years of Christ's Body on Earth.