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Golden Anniversary Mass of Ordination to the Priesthood

Fr. Giles Dimock, O.P.
Fr. Basil Cole, O.P.

Invite you to participate in the
Mass of Thanksgiving
commemorating their
Golden Anniversary of
Ordination to the Priesthood

celebrated in
St. Gertrude Church
Sunday, June 26, 2016
at 12:30 in the afternoon.

Reception following in the Parish Center.

Rosary Crusade for Traditional Marriage

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.

For additional information please contact Pat or Mary Ashcraft at 793-5872 or email at

2016 Festival Pictures

Pictures of the St Gertrude Festival 2016.
Photos by Cincinnati Digital Photography 513 484 3645

Perpetual Adoration Chapel Closed During Festival

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.

Festival Veggie Cutting

Volunteers are Needed!

Thurs. June 9th (after 11:30 am Mass)

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!

Dominican Nuns Vocation Retreat

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.

Learn more at

Dominican Ordination – 2016

Eleven Dominican brothers will be ordained to the Priesthood Saturday May 21st, at 9:30am, at the National Basilica in Washington.

The Ordination Mass will be televised on EWTN, which may be a first for the network!

With this year marking the 800th anniversary of the founding of the Dominican Order, it will be an especially meaningful Mass.

Please consider setting your DVRs to record this special event and share this information with those you know who would be interested.

School Community Service Project

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

May 25th Holy Hour and Confession Cancelled

There will not be Holy Hour and Confessions on May 25th due to the school's graduation that evening.

When does Human Life Begin? Real Dialogue

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

YouTube link:

Make A Difference!!! Building Homes, Changing Lives

All St. Gertrude parishioners are invited to join the Elder Council Knights of Columbus to build a home as a member of the Madisonville Church Coalition of Habitat for Humanity.

No experience is necessary! Knowledgeable Habitat builders provide direction and instruction.

All tools are provided.

Volunteers age 16+ are welcome to build (age 16-17 requires parental supervision).

Twelve Reasons From the Teachings of the Church: Spending One Hour With Jesus In The Blessed Sacrament

  1. You are greatly needed! “The Church and the world have a great need of Eucharistic Adoration.” Pope St. John Paul II, Dominicae Cenae
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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

Vigil Candle Holder

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.

RCIA Pictures After the Easter Vigil - 2016

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

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:

Adore - St Gertrude Parish Youth Ministry - April 3, 2016

April 3, 2016 7:00-9:00pm All 7-12th graders and their families are encouraged to attend - along with anyone else who would like to join in worship and adoration. Confessions will be available.

Mother Angelica, foundress of EWTN, dies on Easter

The Catholic Church in the United States has lost the Poor Clare nun who changed the face of Catholicism in the United States and around the world. Mother Mary Angelica of the Annunciation, foundress of the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN), passed away on March 27 after a lengthy struggle with the aftereffects of a stroke. She was 92 years old.

“Mother has always and will always personify EWTN, the network that God asked her to found,” said EWTN Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Michael Warsaw. “Her accomplishments and legacies in evangelization throughout the world are nothing short of miraculous and can only be attributed to divine Providence and her unwavering faithfulness to Our Lord.”

Click here for the EWTN Article

Click here for Mother Angelica's Reflections

"Where most men work for degrees after their names. We work for one before our names: "St." It's a much more difficult degree to attain. It takes a Lifetime, and you don't get your diploma until you're dead." --Mother Angelica

St. Gertrude Girls Basketball Registration - 2016

The St. Gertrude Girls Basketball program is open to ALL students in grades 3 – 8 (enrolled in the 2016–2017 academic year) including SGS, Religious Education & Home School

The 3rd, 4th, & 5th grades will be treated as instructional / developmental basketball for all athletes

6th, 7th, & 8th grades will involve open gym evaluations for team assignments if number of participants requires one

Easter Basket Blessing - 2016

Have your family Easter basket blessed by Fr. Carroll on Holy Saturday, March 26 at 12:00pm in the St. Joseph Room. This tradition is a beautiful way to focus on family togetherness, particularly as Pope Francis places family at the center of the life of the Church. This blessing takes only a few moments, offers a renewed feeling of communion with the Church family as you unpack your family basket on Easter morning, and adds a new richness to your Easter meals.

A traditional Polish Easter Basket contains butter in the shape of a lamb or cross to represent the good will of Christ. A loaf of bread symbolizes the Bread of Life. Horseradish reminds us of the Passion. Decorated eggs represent the Resurrection. A sausage product symbolizes God’s generosity. Ham represents joy and abundance. Bacon represents God’s overabundance of mercy. Salt reminds us of prosperity and that people are the flavor of the earth. Cheese represents Christian moderation. A candle reminds us that Jesus is the Light of the World. Spring greens and ribbons decorate the basket as a sign of new life in the Resurrection. Many families add vegetables, candies, wine, and other goodies integral to their own celebration.