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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

St Gertrude School Open House - January 29, 2017

33rd Annual Pro Life Rosary Procession and Rally

Adoration Chapel Closing - January 13 at 9pm

Due to the threat of freezing rain, The Mother of Mercy Perpetual Adoration Chapel will be closing at 9pm tonight, Friday, January 13th and remain closed until 9am on Sunday, January 15th.

Adoration will begin again @ 9am on Sunday, January 15th.

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:

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