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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 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

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.

RCIA 2016-2017 Session Four: Divine Revelation - Sacred Tradition

Continuing last week's exploration of Divine Revelation, Fr. Gabriel discusses the nature and meaning of Sacred Tradition.

Catholic Men's Fellowship - Advent Retreat

The annual Catholic Men’s Advent Retreat, sponsored by the St. Gertrude Men’s Fellowship, will be Friday (12/2/16 Evening) and Saturday (12/3) at Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center, 5440 Moeller Ave., Cincinnati., OH 45212. Space is available on a “1st Come — 1st Served” basis.

Annual Hayride - Junior High Youth Ministry

  • Who: All 7th and 8th graders
  • When: October 1st - 6:30-8:30pm What: Annual Hayride
  • Where: Benton Center (5313 Benton Rd, Batavia, OH 45103)

All in attendance must bring:

  • a permission form (found at Jr. High Events)
  • a snack or drink (cans) to share

2016 St. Gertrude Craft Show

RCIA 2016-2017 Session Three: Divine Revelation - Sacred Scripture

In this session, Fr. Gabriel begins a two-night series on Divine Revelation by discussing the meaning of the Bible as God's self-revelation to his people.

10th Annual Cincinnati Rosary Crusade

On the occasion of the 99th anniversary of the Marian apparitions at Fatima, Portugal, please join fellow Church parishioners from throughout the metro area at Fountain Square on Saturday October 8 from Noon to 1:30pm to pray the Rosary.

The guest speaker this year will be Rev. Sean Kopczynski, M.S.J.B., Our Lady of Lourdes Parish. Also: Rev. Andre-Joseph LaCasse, O.P.; Deacon Amado Lim; The Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus; Ms. Anna Little and the Community Schola, Ms. Cecile Smith, and Musical Accompaniment by Mr. Ric Aiell. This is one of over 15,000 U.S. and international Rosary Crusades to be held in honor of these apparitions.

Take A Stand For Life - September 28 - November 6

From September 28 to November 6, our community will unite with many others from coast to coast - and internationally - for a major simultaneous pro-life mobilization - the 40 days for Life campaign. Faithful believers are praying that these efforts will mark the beginning of the end of abortion.

40 Days for Life is a focused pro-life campaign with a vision to access God's power through prayer, fasting, and peaceful vigil to end abortion.

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

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