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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

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).