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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.

Memorial of Saint Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop and Martyr - October 17, 2018

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Jem Sullivan, PHD, Author, "The Beauty of Faith"
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Lectionary: 469
Reading 1 GAL 5:18-25

Brothers and sisters:
If you are guided by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
Now the works of the flesh are obvious:

Annual Craft Fair at St. Gertrude's Parish - October 20, 2018

Ladies of Charity present Saturday, Oct. 20 the Annual Craft Fair at St. Gertrude's Parish

Update

Calling all parishioner bakers: If you love to bake, we are in need of baked goods to sell at the Craft and Gift Show. All proceeds go to help local charities.

The Ladies of Charity are looking for Nativity sets, angels,and stars to sell at the Craft and Gift Show for our Nativities for Bread program. If you have any of these items and you wish to donate them to the Ladies of Charity, please call Mary Lou Doran at 543-3696.

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?

Prayer Shawl Fall 2018

Prayer Shawl will meet October 17 at 9:00 in the St. Joseph Room in the Parish Center. Our community project this year is working on baby items to donate. If need a prayer shawl or would like to join, or learn to knit or crochet, contact, Rebecca Diwan, email rebeccadiwan@gmail.com or call 575-6658. All prayer shawls are free.

From the Pastor 10/14/18

At the last Pastoral Council meeting we had a rather long discussion about the level of noise at Mass. This issue was also discussed by the Dominican Community at our community meeting, and by the priests staff meeting which we have once a week. The topic of screaming children and talking in church is always a sensitive topic. No priest wants to be the one to point out a lack of sensitivity exhibited by others who do not take their children to the vestibule, or even worse, adults who should know better than to carry on conversations before and after Mass in the church when others are praying.

You will notice that a new introduction has been composed for the beginning of each Mass. As we worship, please help us make our church a true house of prayer by keeping this a quiet place of meditation: turn off your devices, keep conversations to a minimum, and comfort little ones who need a break in the vestibule. There is very little room in most of our lives for quiet. So let us all try to at least make our church truly a place for prayer and meditation.

Also, I want to point out that the vestibule acts as a “Cry Room.” It is not a place to listen to Mass if you are not comforting a child. If you are not attending to children please come into the church proper to celebrate Mass with the rest of the congregation.

Help Needed to Take Down Crosses

We will be removing the Crosses of the Innocents on Friday, October 19, beginning at 8:00am. It is a pretty quick process. Thanks to any parishioner who can give an hour of their time next Friday morning; we appreciate your support. For more information, contact Tom Hahn at 831-2386.

Annual Hayride - Junior High Youth Ministry

  • Who: All 7th and 8th graders
  • When: October 19th - 6:00-8:00pm What: Annual Hayride
  • Where: Benton Center (5313 Benton Rd, Batavia, OH 45103)

All in attendance must bring:

  • Visit Jr. High Events)
  • bring a snack and drink to share
  • $5 Registration due onlin Oct. 18th

Catholic Men’s Advent Retreat - Fall 2018

The annual Catholic Men’s Advent Retreat, sponsored by the St. Gertrude Men’s Fellowship, will be Friday (11/30/18 Evening) and Saturday (12/1) at Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center, 5440 Moeller Ave., Cin., OH 45212. Space is available on a “1st Come -- 1st Served” basis.

The Aquinas Society of Cincinnati Presents Revolution 1968-2018

The Aquinas Society of Cincinnati is an initiative of the Dominican Friars of St. Gertrude’s in Cincinnati. Fulfilling our mission as teachers and preachers of the Truth. We seek to offer to Catholics of Cincinnati the intellectual and spiritual resources they need to stand fast in the faith and grow in holiness. Our events includes lectures, discussions, cultural outings, and performances.

Gift of Life Layette - October 2018

October 1, 2018 - October 31, 2018

The Pack-n-Play is again outside the Holy Family Chapel/Candle room for the entire month of October. Your donations of new baby items are a great way for families to participate in respect Life Month. Most needed items are: diapers (size N to 6), baby wipes/washes/lotions, onesies, sleepers, blankets, socks, hats, outfits, formula and bottles. Toddler coats are needed as winter approaches.

40 Days for Life - Fall 2018

From September 26 to November 4th 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.

The mission of the campaign is to bring together the body of Christ in a spirit of unity during a focused 40 day campaign of prayer, fasting, and peaceful activism, with the purpose of repentance, to seek God’s favor to turn hearts and minds from a culture of death to a culture of life, thus bringing an end to abortion.

Mother of Mercy Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Chapel

Please prayerfully consider your availability to spend one hour each week in intimate conversation and quiet meditation with your Lord.

Take a look at the openings in the schedule. We would like to fill each hour with at least 3 adorers. In the chart on the right the red dots indicate time slots that only have one scheduled adorer, and the black dots have NO scheduled adorer. Any time slot you could commit to would be a blessing for our parish community and yourself!

If you would like to become one of our Perpetual Eucharistic adorers (also known as a Eucharistic Guardian), signup by using the form below.

Please contact the Adoration Committee if you have any questions or would like more information.

Division Leaders info & hours:

ADORATION direct Phone & Email:

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. 28th, 2018 and runs through May 28th, 2019. It will conclude with Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary on May 31st, 2019 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.
To register send an email to: StGertrudeTDM@gmail.com with your name and contact info.

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, Tuesdays 7:00 pm, begins Sept. 11th
    Contact person: Joann Armstrong - 513-474-1139, jmarmstrong2@outlook.com
  • Immaculate Heart of Mary in Anderson, Wednesdays 9:00 am, begins Aug. 29th
    Contact person:  Holly Farmer - 513-349-1767, holly.farmer@fuse.net
  • St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Tuesdays 7:00 pm, begins Aug. 28th
    Contact person: Eileen Devereux - 513-575-3417, epdevereux@hotmail.com
  • St. Margaret of York (at a home in Maineville),
    Mondays 7:00 pm, begins Aug. 27th
    Contact person: Leslie Bort - 513-398-7999, leslie4mary@gmail.com
  • St. Margaret of York (Leslie Bort's house), 8176 Leeshore Dr, Maineville,
    Tuesdays 9:15 am, 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
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