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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!”

Adult Spiritual Institute - Classes

Looking for a good venue to help in deepening or growing your faith? The Adult Spirituality Institute offers short term non-credit courses at the Athenaeum of Ohio. Our mission is to foster ongoing spiritual development through scripture and theology presented by outstanding Athenaeum and regional scholars. People of all ages are welcome. Classes run 4 weeks on Mondays, 10am to noon. Our 2016-2017 schedule has just been posted. For more information and to register, please go to our

The Adult Spirituality Institute is taking reservations for their upcoming sessions held at The Athenaeum of Ohio. The first session starts on September 12th. Sessions are on Monday mornings from 10am – noon for 4 weeks. For more info and to register, go to:

Our Mission

The Adult Spirituality Institute offers short term non-credit courses and seminars in conjunction with, and held at, the Athenaeum of Ohio. The mission of the Institute is to foster ongoing spiritual development by providing courses and events centering around scripture and theology presented by outstanding Athenaeum and regional scholars. Enrichment and enjoyment are the goals! ​We invite people of all ages and religions who wish to further their spiritual development in the light of our faith tradition.

Communion of All Saints Paintings - Time Lapse Videos

Time-lapse videos documenting local artist John McCoy painting process of the "Communion of All Saints" artwork for All Saints Parish in Alpena, MI.

First Corinthians: The Church and the Christian Community - Sign Up

You are invited to join our new Great Adventures Bible Study program, First Corinthians:The Church and the Christian Community featuring Tim Gray—with supplemental information and explanation provided by Fr. Allen Moran, O.P.

In this eleven-session study, we will discover how the conflicts of the early Christians in Corinth are in many ways similar to our struggles today as Christians. With divisions, immorality, persecution, and other trials of the faithful, the message of St. Paul to the Corinthians is a much-needed message for our own times.

First Corinthians explores the key elements that the apostle Paul introduced to a new and growing Church. St. Paul taught the Corinthians about the nature of grace and the Church as the Body of Christ. In addition, he introduced the Corinthian Christians to the most powerful gift of all, the Eucharist, which, along with Christian virtue, leads to a life of joy.

800 Years of Grace

by Katie Scott

The Order Of Preachers Celebrates Its 800th Jubilee, A Milestone Marked By Vibrant Communities And Flourishing Vocations

In early 1995, a graduate student of environmental engineering and chemistry at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore stepped into the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C.

Inside, rosaries dangled from the friars’ ankle-length white tunics, chants filled the chapel, and texts of theology and philosophy lined the library shelves.

But amid the sounds and symbols of an order characterized by traditional Catholicism and rigorous study, he also encountered frequent laughter and discussions ranging from bluegrass to baseball.

The friars “were eminently human,” while “it was clear they had a strong sense of purpose,” said the now-Dominican priest, Father John Paul Walker.

That purpose – to preach the truth of Jesus Christ with intellectual reasoning and compassion – has stretched across nearly a millennium and existed under 90 popes. Founded in 1216, the order marks its 800th jubilee this year.

It is a time to celebrate not only its founding but also the increasing number of vocations around the world, including in the United States and, in particular, the St. Joseph Province, which covers the Eastern U.S. The number of active friars in the province is expected to increase by 50 percent in the next 10 years, according to figures presented at a June provincial assembly.

Part of the order’s appeal is that it combines “a very traditional sense of the faith with a strong evangelical outreach,” said Father Walker, pastor of St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, Conn., and a member of Father Michael J. McGivney Council 10705.

Archdiocese of Cincinnati Priesthood Ordination 2016

This informative slideshow video celebrates the ordination to the Priesthood of 7 men from the Archdiocese of Cincinnati on Saturday, May 21, 2016. Fr. Eric Roush, Fr. Tim Fahey, Fr. Jason Williams, Fr. Sean Wilson, Fr. Chris Geiger, Fr. Matt Feist, and Fr. Alex McCullough

Mission Co-Operative Special Collection

This weekend is the annual Mission Co-Operative Special Collection. We are happy to welcome Sr. Jacinta Kimaro who is the Mission Appeal Coordinator in the United States for the Evangelizing Sisters of Mary. It is a missionary African Congregation in Tanzania-Zanzibar, Kenya, Uganda, Sudan and Cuba in South America. The Evangelizing Sisters of Mary work in arid/desert, in war areas and in most remote places. The Evangelizing Sisters of Mary work directly with single parents, slum dwellers, desperate drop-out youth, street children, refugees, parents and children affected with HIV/Aids.

Parish Picnic Signup - 2016

Saturday, August 13 Following 4:30Pm Mass

Special Welcome to New Parishioners!
Bounce House for the kids!
Live Music “Sauerkraut German Band”

Parish Provides:
Meat, Drinks and Place Settings

Parishioners Bring:
Sides and Desserts (bring to Parish Center before Mass and label all items with your name if you’d like it returned!)

Can You Help? Contact: Jeremy Corsmo (

Please RSVP to the Parish Office at 561-5954 ASAP or Click here for form.

St Meinrad Retreat Schedule 2016


Perhaps you're interested in learning how Scripture, prayer, Benedictine wisdom or how art can inspire your spirituality. Saint Meinrad offers a variety of monk-led retreats during the year - on these and other topics.

Three-day retreats are offered on weekends (Friday evening through Sunday noon) or during the week (Tuesday evening through Thursday noon).

Click here to find out about all these retreats.

Welcome to Saint Meinrad! We'd love to have you visit us at our southern Indiana location.

You're invited to join us any day for prayer or Mass in the Archabbey Church. If you have time, take a tour of our beautiful grounds and historic buildings.

You might even want to sign up for one of the many retreats we host in our Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center.

Being Merciful to Ourselves - Fr. Gabriel Torretta, O.P.

What does it mean to be merciful to myself? Does it mean casting off exterior limitations to explore the true me, à la "Eat, Pray, Love"? Does it mean staring very hard at my weaknesses to be set free from self-deceit? Or does it mean something else entirely? In this video, Fr. Gabriel looks at the meaning of mercy for the self through studying the Gospel passage about the woman caught in adultery.

NFP (Natural Family Planning) Fall Sign Ups

Class dates: Aug 21, Sep 18, Oct 16
Click here to go and register for this class.

To explore all CCL Natural Family Planning course offerings in our area including online courses, please click the following link:

Life's 5th Quarter

8:00am Mass at

Holy Name Catholic Church

2422 Auburn Avenue, Cincinnati,

near Christ Hospital.

Join Life's 5th Quarter on July 30, the 5th Saturday of July, for Mass with Rev. André-Joseph LaCasse, O.P. as celebrant. We invite other priests to come and concelebrate with him.

The Fifth Saturday Masses and Prayer Vigils for Life are sponsored by Life's 5th Quarter.

Mass held in the Parish Center

Tuesday, July 19 ― Friday, July 22

Due to cleaning of the floor in church, the 7:00, 8:00 and 11:30am Masses will be held in the Parish Center.

7:00 Wed. Holy Hour will be in the St. Dominic Lobby and Confessions will be in the St. Joseph Room.

Treasure Mart Drop-Off and Setup

Treasure Mart Drop Off - PC Gym door

July 11-14 (Mon-Tues-Wed-Thurs) from 9am to 8pm
July 15 (Fri) 9am to NOON

Wondering what to do with all those gently used "treasures?"
Donate them to the Ladies of Charity Treasure Mart!
ALL proceeds go directly to programs that help the poor.

Here's a list of items that we can NOT accept:
- BBQ grills, propane tanks
- Computers & computer equipment
- Exercise equipment (esp. Treadmills)
- Non-working appliances
- Combustibles of any kind

Requiem Mass for Salvatore Rose - Homily

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.

Youth Choir Camp - 2016

St Gertrude Parish offers students in Grades 3 - 8
Wednesday through Saturday, July 20-23, 2016
9:30 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.

Camp will wrap up with the children singing at the 4:30pm Mass on
Saturday, July 23rd

Directed by Mrs. Catherine Fishlock
$25 materials fee per child
Pay your materials fee to hold your spot.
Questions? Call Mrs. Fishlock at 513.561.5954

Click here for Permission slip