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RCIA 2016-2017 Session Ten: Morality and Beatitudes

What makes something right or wrong? Why do we talk about morality as a part of Christian living? In this talk, Fr. André-Joseph explores the basic principles of Catholic morality, and how they set us free to live in the grace of Christ.

RCIA 2016-2017 Session Nine: Grace and the Sacraments

Fr. Edmund explains what grace is, where it comes from, and why it's the source of the Christian life: the very life of God himself. To understand how we live with grace, he then explains what the seven sacraments are and why Christ gave them to us.

Organ Construction Work

Our work on the choir loft for the installation of the new organ will being on November 30. Please be aware that we will be temporarily removing the last three pews on the St. Joseph side to accommodate the choir and the organ while construction is taking place.

Thank you for your understanding.

Advent Choir Concert

Please join us on Sunday, Dec. 4th at 4pm for the annual Advent Choir Concert. A reception will follow in the St. Dominic Lobby.

Discovering our Deepest Desire

Our parish is pleased to once again offer the Marriage Enrichment Program entitled, "Discovering our Deepest Desire" or DoDD. The premise behind this parish ministry is to promote one of the church's most fundamental Sacraments and enhance marriages in our parish community. DoDD has two key tenets:

  1. helps couples renew their understanding of what their Sacramental Marriage means
  2. helps them rediscover each other to make their relationship and covenant a higher priority in the midst of busy lives

The weekly sessions are comprised of lecture, small group activities and one-on-one time with your spouse.

Go to Sign Up Form

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
6:00am – 12:00am Teresa Babcock/683-5588 or
12:00pm – 6:00pm Jo Anne Nordloh/703-7302 or
6:00pm – 12:00pm Kim Hahn/520-8619 or

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.

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.

“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 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?