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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?

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.

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.