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RCIA 2016-2017: Session Two - Prayer

Fr. Edmund Ditton, O.P., reflects on the meaning of prayer as a communication between persons: God and human beings.

School Outdoor Movie Night - September 23, 2016

School Outdoor Movie Night on Friday, Sept. 23 at 7:30 pm.

When? Friday, September 23th at 7:30pm . We will begin the evening by saying a decade of the rosary in remembrance of Sal Rose. As promised, we are showing Tarzan...last year's close runner up!
Bring the whole family, lawn chairs or blankets! The 8th grade will be selling popcorn and snacks to fund their graduation expenses.

This is a great way to meet new and old friends! Hope to see you there!.

Confirmation Parent Meeting

There is a mandatory Confirmation meeting on Wednesday, September 21 for the parents of our Confirmation candidates. This meeting is for parents of our 8th graders from our School, Religious Ed, and Home Schooling families who have a child receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation in April.

There are two options for the meeting: 8:30am or 7:00pm in the school cafeteria. At least one parent from the family needs to attend. If you have any questions, please contact Megan Dickert at mdickert@stgertrude.org.

KofC Sponsored Pancake Breakfast

Knights of Columbus Sponsors Pancake Breakfast

Bring your family and your appetite to church on Sunday. The Archbishop Elder Council of the Knights of Columbus is pleased to sponsor a Pancake Breakfast from 9:30am to 12:30pm on Septempber 25th.

All You Can Eat!
Menu includes: Pancakes, Eggs, and Sausage Breakfast
Gluten/Dairy Free Menu!
Cost: $7 per person / $24 per family
Note: Children 5 & under free / Grades K-8 cost $3
Location: Parish Gym

RCIA 2016-2017: Session One - The Pilgrimage to Christ


In this session, Fr. Gabriel Torretta, O.P., explains that the Christian life is a pilgrimage to discover the face of God. RCIA is a privileged opportunity to embark on that journey. What begins here continues for the rest of our lives, as we find the Love that made us for Himself.

Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship

In 2015, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops updated its statement on political responsibility, Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, for the 2016 election. The current document has its roots in 2007. One significant addition is a new introductory note addressing the current election cycle. This asks, “We urge our pastors, lay and religious faithful, and all people of goodwill to use this statement to help form their consciences; to teach those entrusted to their care; to contribute to civil and respectful public dialogue; and to shape political choices in the coming election in light of Catholic teaching.”

The U.S. bishops at their fall general assembly approved an updated version of “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship.” Included in the text is a summary of policy positions of the USCCB. To read the full document online, visit http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/faithful-citizenship/


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Seasons of Hope

Come and Be Comforted

Mourning the loss of a loved one is never easy, but there is hope. Our St. Gertrude Parish community will again host Seasons of Hope, a unique, adult support group for the bereaved. This program, rooted in Catholic tradition, conveys God’s consolation through scripture, prayer, reflection, faith sharing and fellowship.

We hope you will prayerfully consider our invitation to attend whether your loss is recent or years ago. We meet once a month beginning Monday, September 26 at 7:00pm in the St. Joseph Room. There is no cost, but you must pre-register to insure we have an adequate supply of materials.

For registration and further details/questions, please contact AnnaMaria Spurgin at anna.spurgin@gmail.com or 515-8388 or Cindy Hertzel at chertzel@cinci.rr.com or 368-8941.

Foundations of Catholicism - Parent Sessions

Beauty and the Church: The Art of St. Gertrude's
September 18, 2016 7:00 pm

Fr. Gabriel will offer a brief intro on the nature of beauty in worship, and then will walk us through the art and architecture of St. Gertrude's church to give a practical sense for what it's like, and to help us understand a bit more about how to pray in this space.

Foundations of Catholicism: The Creed - Youth Ministry


This 8-session course offered for High School students aims to foster a deeper understanding of the basics of the Catholic faith. It is targeted at all high school students, regardless of grade in high school, or where they go to school (public, private, Catholic, or homeschool).

4000 Crosses of the Innocents - 2016


Save the Date!
Saturday, September 17, 2016

  • What: Install 4,000 Crosses of the Innocents on parish grounds
  • Why: Promote support for the Culture of Life ― prepare for Respect Life month (October) and
    40 Days For Life Fall campaign (September 26-November 6)
  • When: 8:30AM, Saturday, September 17, 2016
  • Where: St. Gertrude
  • Who: all parishioners are invited to help the Knights of Columbus and Respect Life committee

Talk on Discipleship - Marcellino D'Ambrosio, Ph.D.



Marcellino D’Ambrosio, Ph.D.

Talk on Discipleship: Wednesday September 14, 7:00pm-9:00pm, St Gertrude Church

Original Image of Divine Mercy

The film The Original Image of Divine Mercy: The Untold Story of an Unknown Masterpiece is coming to the parish on Thursday, September 8, from 7:00-9:00pm in the gym.

This new documentary follows the adventurous history of the original painting commissioned by St. Faustina. The Original Image of Divine Mercy features appearances of key witnesses, as well as Bishop Robert Barron of Los Angeles, George Weigel (biographer of Saint Pope John Paul II), Fr. Michael Gaitley MIC, Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, Immaculée, comedian Jim Gaffigan, Grammy award-winning musician Harry Connick Jr., and many others. The film has been endorsed by The Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization. Go online to watch the trailer at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSB7uiE7sTA

Children’s Choir


Any parish child from third through eighth grade is welcome to join the children’s choir! We rehearse from 3:30-4:45pm on Tuesday afternoons. Rehearsals are in the choir room in the Parish Center. The children sing at the 11:00am Sunday Mass four to five times a year and perform a spring concert in May. Permission forms are available in the Parish Office, or you may print out the attachment below.

Contact Catherine Fishlock with any questions at musicdirector@stgertrude.org.

Familia Info Session

The peace of knowing your family is on the right track! Familia exists to support you in your efforts to build a strong family life. It is Familia’s mission to strengthen families by helping men and women live their mission to marriage and parenthood in all its fullness with the richness and beauty of the Catholic faith. The family is the bedrock of our society. This is where God has made known his presence in a most unique and unrepeatable way. Familia equips men and women with practical tools that will enable them to become spouses, fathers and mothers their family needs. More information please visit: www.familiausa.net.

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 2016! 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 Tuesday, Sept. 6, from 9:30- 10:30am in the Parish Center. Babysitting will be provided. Please contact Anita Pappalardo if you have any questions at 248-8237 or pappacinci@gmail.com.

Testimonial from a new member: “I’m currently doing the first year and it’s absolutely life changing!”

Adult Spiritual Institute - Classes


Looking for a good venue to help in deepening or growing your faith? The Adult Spirituality Institute offers short term non-credit courses at the Athenaeum of Ohio. Our mission is to foster ongoing spiritual development through scripture and theology presented by outstanding Athenaeum and regional scholars. People of all ages are welcome. Classes run 4 weeks on Mondays, 10am to noon. Our 2016-2017 schedule has just been posted. For more information and to register, please go to our website:www.spirituality-institute.com.

The Adult Spirituality Institute is taking reservations for their upcoming sessions held at The Athenaeum of Ohio. The first session starts on September 12th. Sessions are on Monday mornings from 10am – noon for 4 weeks. For more info and to register, go to: www.spirituality-institute.com.

Our Mission

The Adult Spirituality Institute offers short term non-credit courses and seminars in conjunction with, and held at, the Athenaeum of Ohio. The mission of the Institute is to foster ongoing spiritual development by providing courses and events centering around scripture and theology presented by outstanding Athenaeum and regional scholars. Enrichment and enjoyment are the goals! ​We invite people of all ages and religions who wish to further their spiritual development in the light of our faith tradition.

Communion of All Saints Paintings - Time Lapse Videos

Time-lapse videos documenting local artist John McCoy painting process of the "Communion of All Saints" artwork for All Saints Parish in Alpena, MI.

First Corinthians: The Church and the Christian Community - Sign Up


You are invited to join our new Great Adventures Bible Study program, First Corinthians:The Church and the Christian Community featuring Tim Gray—with supplemental information and explanation provided by Fr. Allen Moran, O.P.

In this eleven-session study, we will discover how the conflicts of the early Christians in Corinth are in many ways similar to our struggles today as Christians. With divisions, immorality, persecution, and other trials of the faithful, the message of St. Paul to the Corinthians is a much-needed message for our own times.

First Corinthians explores the key elements that the apostle Paul introduced to a new and growing Church. St. Paul taught the Corinthians about the nature of grace and the Church as the Body of Christ. In addition, he introduced the Corinthian Christians to the most powerful gift of all, the Eucharist, which, along with Christian virtue, leads to a life of joy.

800 Years of Grace

8/1/2016
by Katie Scott

The Order Of Preachers Celebrates Its 800th Jubilee, A Milestone Marked By Vibrant Communities And Flourishing Vocations

In early 1995, a graduate student of environmental engineering and chemistry at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore stepped into the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C.

Inside, rosaries dangled from the friars’ ankle-length white tunics, chants filled the chapel, and texts of theology and philosophy lined the library shelves.

But amid the sounds and symbols of an order characterized by traditional Catholicism and rigorous study, he also encountered frequent laughter and discussions ranging from bluegrass to baseball.

The friars “were eminently human,” while “it was clear they had a strong sense of purpose,” said the now-Dominican priest, Father John Paul Walker.

That purpose – to preach the truth of Jesus Christ with intellectual reasoning and compassion – has stretched across nearly a millennium and existed under 90 popes. Founded in 1216, the order marks its 800th jubilee this year.

It is a time to celebrate not only its founding but also the increasing number of vocations around the world, including in the United States and, in particular, the St. Joseph Province, which covers the Eastern U.S. The number of active friars in the province is expected to increase by 50 percent in the next 10 years, according to figures presented at a June provincial assembly.

Part of the order’s appeal is that it combines “a very traditional sense of the faith with a strong evangelical outreach,” said Father Walker, pastor of St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, Conn., and a member of Father Michael J. McGivney Council 10705.

Archdiocese of Cincinnati Priesthood Ordination 2016

This informative slideshow video celebrates the ordination to the Priesthood of 7 men from the Archdiocese of Cincinnati on Saturday, May 21, 2016. Fr. Eric Roush, Fr. Tim Fahey, Fr. Jason Williams, Fr. Sean Wilson, Fr. Chris Geiger, Fr. Matt Feist, and Fr. Alex McCullough

Mission Co-Operative Special Collection

This weekend is the annual Mission Co-Operative Special Collection. We are happy to welcome Sr. Jacinta Kimaro who is the Mission Appeal Coordinator in the United States for the Evangelizing Sisters of Mary. It is a missionary African Congregation in Tanzania-Zanzibar, Kenya, Uganda, Sudan and Cuba in South America. The Evangelizing Sisters of Mary work in arid/desert, in war areas and in most remote places. The Evangelizing Sisters of Mary work directly with single parents, slum dwellers, desperate drop-out youth, street children, refugees, parents and children affected with HIV/Aids.