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RCIA 2016-2017 Session Twenty-three: Commandments Nine and Ten

Dave Ledwin returns to conclude our exploration of the commandments and the way the moral life is a path from slavery to vice into freedom for virtue. Following the Catechism's approach to concupiscence, he explains the various ways covetousness sneaks into the human life, and how God desires to set us free from it.

The Light is On For You

We are reminded that the Lenten season is a time for us to examine our lives and consider how we might return to the Lord. Returning to the Lord includes seeking God’s forgiveness and mercy through the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Once again, parishes of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati will participate in the initiative, “The Light Is On for You,” providing a diocesan-wide opportunity to go to confession on a single evening.

St. Gertrude Parish will have several priests available Tuesday evening, March 14 beginning at 7:00pm for confessions until all confessions have been heard. Please remember that this is a special opportunity for practicing Catholics to go out to your family and friends and invite them to experience the joy and freedom of confession if they have not attended in some time. Please make sure you take the time to prepare them with a good examination of conscience and the actual Rite of Confession as well.

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RCIA 2016-2017 Session Twenty-two: Sacrament of Penance

Fr. Clement discusses what sin is, and the great gift that God gives us to allow the cross of Christ to overcome sin in our lives: the sacrament of penance. Looking at the various ways penance can be understood, he explains what this sacrament means, how to do it, and why it's a gift of joy for the Christian life.

Ash Wednesday - 2017

Ash Wednesday marks the start of Lent. Ashes will be distributed at all masses today:

1:50 (School Mass)

Note: There is no Exposition, Benediction or Confessions on Ash Wednesday.

Reminder - This is a day of both fasting and abstinence.

RCIA 2016-2017 Session Twenty-one: Commandments 5,7, and 8

Fr. Clement explores the what unites these three commandments: the virtue of justice. By explaining what justice is, he shows how the pursuit of God's law is a pursuit of the true freedom of the human person.

Sharing Van - Mother of Christ Food Pantry

Ladies of Charity Sharing Van - March 4-5

The Sharing Van (the white van in the parking lot) will be collecting for Mother of Christ Food Pantry which serves the poor in St. Bernard-Winton Terrace area. Mother of Christ Food Pantry provides food and personal care items to needy families. The people that the Center serves are struggling to make ends meet. Your donations are so very appreciated!

In addition to all nonperishable food items, the pantry has special needs for toilet paper, paper towels, and cleansers like Pine-Sol, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, soap, detergent and feminine products. Donations of cash or check are also welcome.

Please call Jean Wilkinson at 498-5085 with any questions about Mother of Christ Food Pantry or Ladies of Charity. Thank you so much for your help!

Sacraments in the Cinema

These evenings will consist in viewing the films together at the parish center and engaging in a discussion, under the guidance of Father Keller, of the sacramental theology features.

The Gift of Eucharistic Adoration

St. Gertrude Parish is blessed to have Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration available at the Mother of Mercy Adoration Chapel. The Chapel is located in St. Gertrude’s Parish Center. Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration is a Eucharistic devotion in which the members of a community unite in taking hours of adoration before the Most Blessed Sacrament, continuously during the day and night, seven days a week. We invite all to join us in adoration of our Blessed Lord present in the Eucharist.

From The Pastor
February 12, 2017
by Fr. George W. Rutler
Pastor of St. Michael Church, New York City

Europe and its contiguous lands were in a chaotic condition in 1240: the Mongols were destroying Kiev, the Novgorod army virtually wiped out the Swedes along the Neva River, and the Holy Roman Emperor, Frederick II, was pillaging the Papal States using Islamic Saracens as his mercenaries. Pope Gregory IX’s attempt to rally a Crusade against the invaders failed, and his good friend Saint Clare was virtually bedridden as the Saracens besieged her convent at San Damiano. Her beloved Francis of Assisi had died fourteen years before. In this emergency, she left her invalid couch, went to the window and exposed the Blessed Sacrament in a silver and ivory ciborium, and the alien troops fled.

In northern Mexico until just a few years ago, drug- and gang-related violence had made Ciudad Juarez one of the most dangerous cities in the world. Following the example of Saint Clare, missionaries turned to the Eucharistic Lord for help. A perpetual adoration chapel was opened in 2013 when the murder rate was forty people a day, with soldiers and policemen joining the gangs. Increasing numbers of devotees urged the soldiers to join them in Holy Hours. Few now dismiss as only coincidence the fact that within five years the annual murder rate dropped from 3,766 to 256.

St. Gertrude Fish Fry - 2017

RCIA 2016-2017 Session Nineteen: The Sixth Commandment II

Andrew and Eleanor Sodergren join the class for a presentation of the nature of marriage, with a particular focus on responsible parenthood and Natural Family Planning.

Knights of Columbus Sponsors Pancake Breakfast

Enjoy Breakfast at St. Gertrude!
Pancakes, Eggs, and
Sausage Breakfast
Gluten/Dairy Free Menu!
"All You Can Eat!"

Date: Sunday, March 5 Location: in the gym Time: 8:45am to 12:30pm Cost: $7 per person/$24 per family (Children 5 & under: FREE/grades K-8: $3)

Note: credit cards accepted!

Sponsored and Prepared by Archbishop Elder Council Knights of Columbus

Offered to God - Understanding the Role of Sisters in the Church with Sr. Mary Michael, O.P.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017
7:00 pm
St. Gertrude Gym
6543 Miami Ave.
Reception to follow

RCIA 2016-2017 Session Eighteen: The Sixth Commandment

Today's session tackles the beautiful and difficult subject of human sexuality: its meaning, its origin, and its morality. Fr. Gabriel presents what the Bible teaches us about the reason for the existence of the sexes, what sex is for, and what that means for our lives.

Kermit Gosnell and the Ideology of Abortion on Demand

How unusual is Kermit Gosnell? That is the question that comes unbidden to mind when reading Gosnell: The Untold Story of America’s Most Prolific Serial Killer, a new book about the case of Dr. Gosnell, the abortionist who owned and operated the “Women’s Medical Society” abortion clinic at 3801 Lancaster Avenue in Philadelphia.

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RCIA 2016-2017 Session Sixteen: First Three Commandments

In Fr. Clement's debut session joining our RCIA program, he discusses the beauty of the first three commandments and explains the freedom at the heart of the commandments.

RCIA 2016-2017 Session Fifteen: Holy Orders

In this session, Fr. Gabriel looks at the history and meaning of the sacrament of Holy Orders. Where did the ordained priesthood come from? When do we first hear about the orders of bishop, priest, and deacon? What is the priesthood of all believers? What does the priesthood mean for all Christians?

RCIA 2016-2017 Session Fourteen: The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

The Mass is the most fundamental part of the Christian experience, and the most readily identifiable aspect of being Catholic. But what is it? Where does it come from? How do we pray at the Mass? Fr. Gabriel works through these questions and a host of others in this week's session

RCIA 2016-2017 Session Thirteen: The Eucharist

Fr. André-Joseph concludes our discussion of the Sacraments of Initiation with the source and summit of the Christian life: the Eucharist. Plus bonus overview of the Mass!

Catholic Ministries Appeal 2017