Recently I saw a mother in mourning; her loving hand caressed the body of her lifeless son; her tears fell on his cheeks as the color faded away from his skin. Others looked on in sorrow, praying with heart-broken sighs, wanting to be helpful but feeling completely useless. It was a painting of the Blessed Virgin Mary cradling the broken body of Jesus after he was taken down from the Cross: a pieta with a universal message but also one specifically for you, Barbara, Michael, Marcella, Anna Maria, Lena, and Lorenzo: Our Lady knows your suffering and Our Lord Jesus Christ is always with you, even in death.
I think of all the tragedies we have experienced here at St Gertrude’s: fathers who lost battles with illness, mothers whose passing left grief in their wake, a beloved teacher, infants, high schoolers, and now Salvatore Rose. Ordinarily in funeral homilies I think it is best not to talk too much about the deceased; that is better suited for words of remembrance at other times. In this case, however, I believe the life and death of Sal has much to teach us about our Catholic faith.
Invite you to participate in the Mass of Thanksgiving
commemorating their Golden Anniversary of
Ordination to the Priesthood
St. Gertrude Church
Sunday, June 26, 2016
at 12:30 in the afternoon.
A Rosary Crusade in support of Traditional Marriage will be held at 12:00 noon on Saturday, June 25 at the Kenwood Town Center. The purpose of the Rosary Crusade, consisting of praying the Rosary and the Litany to St. Joseph, is to bring attention and support to the need to defend the definition of marriage as between one man and one woman. The Crusade will be on the public sidewalk just across from the Kenwood Movie Theater.
Due to the noise level in the Parish Center and parking during the festival, the Mother of Mercy Perpetual Adoration chapel will be closed from Thursday, June 9th beginning at 9pm, until Monday, June 13th at 9am. Eucharistic Guardians do not need to come for their time of adoration during this time frame.
Help is needed to slice tomatoes and onions, and to wash and cut lettuce and green peppers for the Festival this weekend. If you've volunteered in the past you know that when many hands share in the work, the job gets done very quickly.
Volunteers please meet in the Parish Center on Thurs. after the 11:30 Mass. A pizza lunch and refreshments will be provided. Don't forget to bring a cutting board and a sharp knife!
The cloistered Dominican nuns in Marbury, Alabama are holding a Vocation Retreat on the weekend of June 3-5 for young women ages 16-27, to be preached by Fr. Gabriel Torretta, O.P. Retreatants learn about the Dominican nuns’ contemplative life of praise and intercession at the heart of the Order’s Holy Preaching for the salvation of souls, join in chanting the Divine Office in Latin and English, and share in the nuns’ special devotion to Eucharistic Adoration and Perpetual Rosary.
As a community service project, St. Gertrude School is collecting pull tabs year round to donate to Cincinnati’s Ronald McDonald House. The Ronald McDonald House provides a “home away from home” for the families of critically ill children seeking medical treatment at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.
We encourage parishioners to join our efforts to help these families. Pull tabs can be found on beverage, soup and pet food cans. Please drop off your pull tab donations in the Parish Office.
If you have any questions, please contact Heather Brizendine at 271-0231 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
By: Fr Chris Saliga, OP, RN for your free use as Parish Bulletin Insert and/or free posting on any number of Web Pages
“Pro-lifers” and “pro-choicers” all too frequently devolve into emotionally charged debates. Think about pundits and politicians on television, radio, and social media blazing through the fog of shouting matches hurling opinions at and past each other. Such fighting is far more damaging than we realize while we are blinded by that tunnel vision called rage. The good news is that, “cooler heads” really can prevail thanks to facts placed squarely on the table. How so?
Ask “Doubting Thomas.” He refuses to believe honest testimony that Jesus has risen from death to life. He stands rigidly inflexible demanding tangible proof. Jesus responds by paying “Doubting Thomas” a merciful visit. Thomas drops all doubt. He joins his friends in knowing that Jesus is in fact alive.
Facts do empower us. How so? They pull us together in exploring truths in their light. Truths? Yes, real truths. Really? OK. Try this with me. First, we know that it is a matter of scientific fact that microscopic “zygotes” are developmentally immature real members of the human species. Given this fact, is it truly reasonable for us to value and love these very young members of our species as real “selves” rather than relating to them as objectified “its?” Here are two well-respected thinkers who say yes, one a scientist and the other a human nature based philosopher.
First, I commend to you Professor Maureen Condic, PhD who serves as an Associate Professor of Neurobiology and Anatomy at the University of Utah, School of Medicine. When I taught bioethics in the past, my students found her contributions to be quite helpful. You can watch and listen to one of her helpful lectures entitled When Does Human Life Begin? A Scientific Evaluation at this free
You are greatly needed! “The Church and the world have a great need of Eucharistic Adoration.” Pope St. John Paul II, Dominicae Cenae
This is a personal invitation to you from Jesus. “Jesus waits for us in the Sacrament of Love.” Pope St. John Paul II, Dominicae Cenae
Jesus is counting on you because the Eucharist is the center of life. “Every member of the Church must be vigilant in seeing that the sacrament of Love shall be at the center of the life of the people of God so that through all the manifestations of worship due Him shall be given back ‘love for love’ and truly become the life of our souls.” Pope St. John Paul II, Redeemer of Man
Your hour with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament will repair for evils of the world and bring about peace on earth. “Let us be generous with our time in going to meet Jesus and ready to make reparation for the great evils of the world. Let your adoration never cease.” Pope St. John Paul II, Dominicae Cenae
The Vigil Candle Holder on the side wall near the statue of the Sacred Heart has been sent away to be professionally cleaned and polished. It was really in bad shape. In the meantime we have placed a vigil stand near the tabernacle with a vigil candle in it. We hope the company will send it back to us as soon as possible, but it all depends on how much work the company has and how quickly they can do this work.
Please extend a warm welcome to those RCIA Candidates who have come into the loving arms of Holy Mother Church at the Easter Vigil:
Robert Augustine Gruber
Mark John the Baptism Holland
Laurie Gertrude Ives
Emily Rita of Cascia Lemen
Juliana Bernadette Lemen
Christoffer Alphonsus Ligouri Molnar
Robert Sebastian Safrin
Perry Dominic Schneider
Hadley Rao Shea
Joshua Michael Shifflet
Vasavi Mary Vinnakota
Joshua Ryan Westhoven
Faith Mary Wright
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