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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

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

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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 or 515-8388 or Cindy Hertzel at 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:

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

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:

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

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