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Advent by Candlelight - 2016


St. Gertrude Parish invites you to Advent by Candlelight. A lovely night of music, fellowship and reflection for Adult Women of Faith.

Sunday, November 27, 2016 7:00-9:00pm in the Holy Grill (School Cafeteria)
See bulletin for registration form.

Coffee and dessert will be served.
The cost for the evening is $10.
Please make check payable to St. Gertrude, and mail to:
St. Gertrude Parish, c/o Advent by Candlelight, 6543 Miami Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45243.

RCIA 2016-2017 Session Eight: The Church and the Blessed Virgin Mary

What does the Church actually teach about the Virgin Mary? Do Catholics worship her? Where does Catholic teaching about the Mother of God come from? Fr. André-Joseph explores the beautiful history and content of Church doctrine on the role of the Blessed Virgin in salvation and in our lives.

Giving Tree Sign Ups -2016

Christmas Giving Tree Program 2016

The Ladies of Charities will be having signups for our annual Christmas Giving Tree the weekend of November 19-20 and again on November 26-27. Many families throughout our area have a very special Christmas because of our parishioners generosity. Please stop by the Christmas Giving Tree and pick a tag off the tree to help us fulfill the wishes of some very special people. Drop off for the gifts will be December 3-4.

Thank you for your continued generosity. Merry Christmas from the Ladies of Charity!

Adoration Alert

Did you know ... St. Gertrude Parish is made up of 2,500 families. That’s over 6,000 men, women and children. The “Mother of Mercy” Perpetual Adoration Chapel is open 365 days a year, 24 hours in each of those days, and are lovingly maintained/filled by 326 Adorers. We Need Your Help!

Please contact one of our division leaders to volunteer:
12:00am - 6:00am Anita Pappalardo/248-8237 or pappacinci@gmail.com
6:00am – 12:00am Teresa Babcock/683-5588 or cvbabcock@juno.com
12:00pm – 6:00pm Jo Anne Nordloh/703-7302 or janordloh6616@gmail.com
6:00pm – 12:00pm Kim Hahn/520-8619 or kshahn@cinci.rr.com

RCIA 2016-2017 Session Seven: Jesus Christ - God and Man

This session of RCIA covers the central mystery of our faith: who Jesus Christ is. Fr. Gabriel looks at the life of Christ, beginning with the Old Testament revelation that leads toward Christ, walking through the major events of his life, and extending toward the eternal mysteries of our salvation.

Parish Advent Wreath Making Celebration - 2016 Sign Up Form


Sunday, November 27th , 2016 1:30pm

Saint Gertrude Parish Center

Cost - $ 25.00 per family

Join us as we celebrate Advent with this fun parish activity!
You’ll find fellowship, holiday fun, refreshments, and activities for the children. We provide all the materials for making a beautiful Advent Wreath of live greens. Don’t forget to bring your pruners! (You may also want to bring a platter, tray, or box lid for transporting your wreath) Father will be with us to bless the wreaths made by your family. Adults and older students are needed to help with crafts and refreshments.

The Feminist Case Against Abortion

Not all feminists support abortion. Properly defined, feminism is a philosophy that embraces basic rights for all human beings without exception—without regard to race, religion, sex, size, age, location, disability or parentage. Feminism rejects the use of force to dominate, control or destroy anyone.

The organization Feminists for Life continues a 200-year-old tradition begun by Mary Wollstonecraft in England in 1792. Decrying the sexual exploitation of women in A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, Wollstonecraft also condemned those who would “either destroy the embryo in the womb or cast it off when born,” saying: “Nature in everything deserves respect, and those who violate her laws seldom violate them with impunity.”

The Candidates, the Issues And Church Teaching


As Catholics form their consciences in preparation to vote in the 2016 election, one of our key tasks is to be informed about the issues. Where do the two major presidential candidates and their parties stand on the most important issues facing the country? For Catholics, understanding the positions of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, as well as the Democratic and Republican Parties, is essential in making an informed decision on how to vote. It is also key in helping family, friends and colleagues make an equally enlightened choice on Nov. 8.

The National Catholic Register is pleased to offer this special section on the candidates, the issues and Church teaching. Each section includes brief excerpts on what the Church or Church leaders teach about important topics (e.g., abortion, religious liberty, family life and the death penalty), followed by the actual words or pledges of the candidates and the two parties. We hope that you find this guide helpful in your prayerful discernment.

Abortion
“Human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception. From the first moment of his existence, a human being must be recognized as having the rights of a person — among which is the inviolable right of every innocent being to life. … Since the first century the Church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion. This teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable. Direct abortion, that is to say, abortion willed either as an end or a means, is gravely contrary to the moral law. … Formal cooperation in an abortion constitutes a grave offense. The Church attaches the canonical penalty of excommunication to this crime against human life” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2270-2272).


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Mental Health First Aid Training

Invitation To All Parishioners, Staff And Clergy…

Mental Health First Aid is open to all individuals who want to learn more about assisting those experiencing mental health issues. The course presents an overview of mental illness and substance use disorders in the U.S. This international evidence-based program introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of their impact and overviews common treatments. Participants will learn a 5-step action plan encompassing the skills, resources and knowledge to help an adult in crisis connect with appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help care. Attending the full 8 hour training will lead to a 3 year certification in Mental Health First Aid. Continuing education credits for nurses available.

Knights of Columbus Membership Drive

Archbishop Elder Council of the Knights of Columbus Membership Drive • October 29-30

Lector Training

The Lector Ministry invites all parishioners who are interested in beginning to read at Mass to attend our new lector training session at 7:00pm on Tuesday, October 25. No previous lector experience necessary!

Contact Casey Huber at rcaseyhuber@yahoo.com for more information and to RSVP for the training session.

RCIA 2016-2017 Session Six: God - Three and One

In this session, Fr. André-Joseph discusses the mystery of the Holy Trinity: how God has revealed himself as One God in Three Persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Plus a bit about the angels!

The Catholic Beat’s Last Issue

After nearly five years of daily publication, The Catholic Beat will publish its last stories on Friday, Sept. 30.

October 13, 2016 - Miracle of the Sun (99th Anniversary)

Sermon on the Miracle of the Sun. What happened? Why is it significant? What does it symbolize? Who wrote about it & took the pictures? What evidence is there about it? Is it historical? What does the message mean?

RCIA 2016-2017 Session Five: Creation, Angels, and Human Beings

In this session, Fr. Gabriel talks about how God created the world, and how we can understand the uniqueness of the Christian revelation by comparison with religious myths ancient and modern. Bonus: original sin! Not much on angels, though.

Catholic Youth Summer Camp Fundraiser

Please consider joining us on Saturday, October 22nd, from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm in the St. Gertrude Parish Center for a morning of inspiring talks, vendors and a light brunch. Our very own Sr. Veronica Marie, O.P., will give a talk as well as the amazing and energetic co-founder of CYSC and Director of Evangelization for Damascus, Dan DeMatte. Some of the students will be giving a witness talk of their experience at camp.

Please spread the word! For tickets, email Kim at shareandlivetheadventure@gmail.com.

Finding Saints Peter and Paul

An Archaeological Tour with Church Historian Fr. Edmund Ditton, OP
Tuesday Nights
Oct. 11 - Nov. 15
7:00 pm

St. Gertrude Cafeteria

Parish Health Ministry

On October 23 after the 8:00, 9:30, and 11:00am Masses in the Parish Center PHM volunteers will be providing blood pressure and diabetes screenings. For the most accurate blood glucose results fasting for eight hours before the screening is recommended.

For questions, please contact Brian Varisco at 869-9397. At this event, members of the prayer shawl ministry will also be available to distribute shawls and for anyone interested in becoming involved in the ministry.