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St. Gertrude is a Roman Catholic Parish in the Dominican heritage of prayer, preaching and teaching. Under our Lady’s mantle, gathered as the Body of Christ, we celebrate Him in the Sacraments, Sacred Scripture and in Catholic education. Serving our brothers and sisters in the New Evangelization, we seek to grow in love as we journey with Jesus to God the Father.

Saturday of the Thirty-second Week in Ordinary Time - November 18, 2017

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Rev. Michael Ackerman, Diocese of Pittsburgh
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Lectionary: 496
Reading 1 WIS 18:14-16; 19:6-9

When peaceful stillness compassed everything
and the night in its swift course was half spent,
Your all-powerful word, from heaven's royal throne

St. Gertrude the Great

Memorial of Saint Albert the Great, Bishop, Doctor of the Church, secondary patron of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati

Polar bears, physics and philosophy - Saint Albert the Great addressed all these subjects in his prolific writings. Faithfully serving the Church as a Dominican preacher, he continues to inspire those interested in the arts and sciences, including our own Br. Christopher Wetzel, O.P.

Adoration Chapel Closing for Thanksgiving - 11/22 at 9pm until 11/24 at 9am

A note from our pastor,

The Mother of Mercy Perpetual Adoration Chapel will be closing for Thanksgiving, beginning at 9pm on Wednesday, Nov. 22. The Adoration Chapel will reopen again on Friday, Nov. 24th at 9am. --Rev. André-Joseph LaCasse, O.P.

From the Pastor 11/12/17

Archdiocesan Capital Campaign: One Faith, One Hope, One Love. As I write this Pastor’s column I am now engaged in the Silent Phase of this campaign. I beg your prayers as I meet with our generous donators in the next few weeks. Starting in January of 2018, I will be working with chairpersons of this campaign to recruit generous workers for the campaign. And finally pray that when we begin the public phase of this campaign in March of 2018, all will be generous as we ask you to prayerfully consider a five-year commitment to raise $2.6M for this campaign. More information will be coming about all the good that is being done throughout the archdiocese through this campaign.

Mass Offerings: Part I

What it means to have a Mass “offered” for someone.

An individual may ask a priest to offer a Mass for a particular intention for several reasons: in thanksgiving, for the intentions of another person (such as an anniversary), or for the repose of the soul of someone who has died. This is the particular intention the priest brings to the Mass, but he brings other intentions as well, including those of everyone in attendance.

Catholic Men's Fellowship - Advent Retreat 2017

Update 10/30/2017

The 2017 annual Catholic Men’s Advent Retreat, sponsored by the St. Gertrude Men’s Fellowship, will be Friday (12/1 evening) and Saturday (12/2) at Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center, 5440 Moeller Ave., Cin., OH 45212. Space is available on a “1st Come — 1st Served” basis.

Fr. Martin Martiny, O. P. will serve as our Retreat Master. Our theme is the miracle of the “The REAL Presence” of Christ in the Eucharist.

Are You Ready to Change Lives... Yours and Others?

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is a ministry that gives you the opportunity to Give Back in a way that fits into your busy life! Vincentians are parish-based volunteers who are people just like you. We are business professionals, teachers, retirees, soccer moms, factory workers - anyone who wants to help people. Join your parish St. Vincent de Paul Conference and start making a difference in your community.

We need volunteers who can help with any of these:

Parish Advent Wreath Making Celebration - 2017 Sign Up Form


Sunday, November 26th from 2:00pm - 4:00pm in the Saint Gertrude Parish Center Gym

Date and Place have changed to December 3rd in the School Cafeteria

Cost - $ 25.00 per family

Join us as we celebrate Advent with this fun parish activity!
You’ll find fellowship, holiday fun, refreshments, and activities for the children. We provide all the materials for making a beautiful Advent Wreath of live greens. Don’t forget to bring your pruners! (You may also want to bring a platter, tray, or box lid for transporting your wreath) Father will be with us to bless the wreaths made by your family. Adults and older students are needed to help with crafts and refreshments.

True Devotion to Mary Study Group

Join us in studying what is considered by many to be "the greatest single book of Marian spirituality ever written," (TAN Publishers). True Devotion to Mary has influenced countless souls, including St. John Paul II and St. Teresa of Calcutta.


DVD presentation at St. Gertrude begins Aug. 29th, 2017 and runs through May 22nd, 2018. It will conclude with Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary on May 31st, 2018 following the 11:30am Mass. A complete schedule is available in the Attachments Section below. Please consider reading Anne's "TDM Introduction" document before you begin the study. It can also be found in the Attachments Section below.

Meetings at St. Gertrude will be held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month from 12:30 - 2:30 pm in the parish center lobby.
Click here to register for class at St. Gertrude.

Additional DVD presentations are being offered at the following locations:
Please Note: Schedules can be found in the Attachment section below.

  • Immaculate Heart of Mary in Anderson, Wednesdays 9:00 am, begins Aug. 30th
    Contact person:  Holly Farmer - 513-349-1767, holly.farmer@fuse.net
  • Immaculate Heart of Mary in Anderson, Tuesdays 7:00 pm, begins Aug. 29th
    Contact person: Joann Armstrong - 513-474-1139, jmarmstrong2@outlook.com
  • St. Frances De Sales (Angie Cole's house), 1272 Weathervane Way, Lebanon,
    Monday Mornings 9:15-11:30 am, begins Aug. 28th
    Contact person: Angie Cole, angiejcole@gmail.com
  • St. Frances De Sales (Scott and Jill Corbett's house), 732 Cedar Ridge Drive, Lebanon 45036
    Tuesdays 7:00 pm, begins Aug. 29th, Contact person: Jill Corbett - 513-678-4150, Scott.corbett@fioptics.com
  • St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Tuesdays 7:00 pm, begins Aug. 29th
    Contact person: Eileen Devereux - 513-575-3417, epdevereux@hotmail.com
  • St. Margaret of York (Leslie Bort's house), 8176 Leeshore Dr, Maineville,
    Tuesdays 9:30 am, begins Aug. 29th
    Contact person: Leslie Bort - 513-398-7999, leslie4mary@gmail.com
  • St. Margaret of York (at a home in Maineville),
    Mondays 7:00 pm, begins Aug. 28th
    Contact person: Leslie Bort - 513-398-7999, leslie4mary@gmail.com

Ye Shall Know the Truth - a series of 50 talks by the late Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

Venerable Fulton John Sheen (born Peter John Sheen, May 8, 1895 – December 9, 1979) was an American bishop (later archbishop) of the Catholic Church known for his preaching and especially his work on television and radio. His cause for canonization as a saint was officially opened in 2002. In June 2012, Pope Benedict XVI officially recognized a decree from the Congregation for the Causes of Saints stating that he lived a life of "heroic virtues" – a major step towards beatification – so he is now referred to as "Venerable".

Ye Shall Know the Truth - a series of 50 talks by the late Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen. (Select Read more to see all 50 talks.)



Do you know your faith? Will your children know their faith? Will they ever really know the heritage that was purchased for them on Calvary?
Archbishop Sheen 1.  The Philosophy of Life
Archbishop Sheen 2.  Conscience

Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession)

St. Birgitta of Sweden (Holy Repentance)

Luke E. Hart Series (What Catholics believe, How Catholics pray, How Catholics live)

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Based upon the Catechism of the Catholic Church, this series answers three questions of the deepest importance to any practicing Catholic, or person looking for a better understanding of our faith: What does a Catholic believe?, How does the Catholic worship?, and How does the Catholic live?

Bible Study - St Irenaeus Ministries

St Gertrude website has permission from the St. Irenaeus Ministries to post this link to their website and directions to fetch their podcasts through iTunes. These podcasts are free of charge so please donate to this faith formation ministry.

St. Irenaeus is a center of orthodox Catholic mission and renewal, serving a community of faith in the Rochester NY area and beyond. It is a place of fellowship and prayer; a place of inquiry and outreach.

Our goal is sound instruction and spiritual formation in Biblical study, evangelization and discipleship. Our goal is simply to proclaim Christ in the fullness of the historic faith.

Click here to Preview List of Podacasts iTunes

Click here to make a donation to the St. Irenaeus Center

About St. Irenaeus Ministries
It is our conviction that Christ came, not only to teach a true faith, but to minister his life and salvation powerfully to all. To this end, he left us an enduring Church with eternal and unchanging provisions of grace to bless and actually transform the lives of mankind. Moved by the love of our Lord and a reverence for this One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church and “her faith, her peace and her enduring missionary spirit,” we have come together to raise up a more positive and powerful witness to his truth and grace.

St. Irenaeus is not an independent ecclesiastic structure, but a living, Christ-centered faith community, flowing strength and blessing back to the various parishes and individuals with whom we have to do.

Our mandate is simple: “to contend for the faith once for all delivered to the saints.” For us this means proclaiming and teaching Christ in the fullness of the historic faith and offering what encouragement and sound guidance we can for the formation of mature disciples. In short, we are concerned with the salvation of souls and fostering their growth in holiness. So, we have a three-fold imperative to promote:

  • A better knowledge of the Truth;
  • A deeper Spiritual Life and
  • A more authentic and powerful witness to our Lord, Jesus Christ.

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