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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.

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

Preaching Reality: A Profile of the New Prior of St. Gertrude, Fr. John Farren, O.P.

By Fr. Henry Stephan, O.P.

Fr. John Farren is a Dominican friar because he was a good delivery boy. Not in the newspaper sense—though the three Farren brothers did deliver more than one million copies of the Boston Globe during their boyhoods, enough to merit them a photograph and feature story in the Globe itself when Fr. Farren, the youngest of the three brothers, finally retired from the route. Farren’s father charged him one evening with a new task: deliver his younger sister Mary to her new Catholic school. As part of the task, Farren himself would be enrolled as well. With the principal qualification that he was an able-bodied escort, eighth-grader John Farren first met the Dominican Order through this providential decision.

The sisters who taught at the school shocked Farren at first. Who did these nuns think they were? Nuns are supposed to wear black! The stark white habit made a powerful impression, as did the women who wore them. Farren excelled in class and soon became involved in the school newspaper. It was the moderator of the journalism club, Sr. Francis, who asked him one day during his senior year, seemingly out of the blue:

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.

Revolution 1968-2018 - The Aquinas Society of Cincinnati

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.

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.

Come and Be Comforted - Fall 2018


Mourning the loss of a loved one is never easy, but there is hope. Our St. Gertrude Parish community will again host Seasons of Hope, a unique, adult support group for the bereaved. This program, rooted in Catholic tradition, conveys God’s consolation through scripture, prayer, reflection, faith sharing, and fellowship. Whether your loss is recent or years ago, we invite you to prayerfully consider our invitation to attend. Our first monthly meeting for this “season” will begin on Monday, September 24 at 7:00pm in the St. Joseph Room. Meetings generally end by 8:30pm.

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.

Crosses of the Innocents - 2018


Save the Date!
Saturday, October 6, 2018

  • 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 27-November 4)
  • When: 9:00AM, Saturday, October 6, 2018
  • Where: St. Gertrude
  • Who: all parishioners are invited to help the Knights of Columbus and Respect Life committee

Donations to St. Vincent de Paul Society

Thanks to those who have put money in the poor box, the money has gone directly to pay a neighbors rent and feed a family in need last month. We desperately need canned protein, peanut butter, pasta, canned fruit, and canned vegetable items in the barrel. We have given most of our supply to neighbors in need.

Confraternity of the Holy Rosary Sign Up

Do you pray the Rosary every day? The St. Gertrude Chapter of the confraternity of the rosary will be enrolling new members at the 11:30 am Mass on Saturday, October 6, 2018. Members of the confraternity make a commitment (which does not bind under pain of sin) to pray at least the original fifteen mysteries of the rosary at least once every week for the rest of their life, and to include in the intentions of each rosary the intentions of every other member of the confraternity throughout the whole Church. In return, members of the confraternity benefit, both in this life and in purgatory, from the prayers of every member of the confraternity throughout the world, from a share of the prayers of the Dominican Order, and, in a particular way, from the prayers of all of the Saints in Heaven. When a member of the confraternity prays the rosary, even when he prays alone, he is no longer praying as one person, but is praying in communion with the whole church. You can be enrolled in the confraternity whether you are a parishioner of St. Gertrude or not. You can be enrolled even if you can not attend the ceremony, though the enrollment ceremony is highly encouraged. You can read more about the confraternity at http://rosaryconfraternity.org/. If you would like to be enrolled, please fill out the registration form on our website at http://www.stgertrude.org/ConfraternitySignUp. As a part of the enrollment ceremony, new enrollees receive a blessed medal, rosary and candle. Please also consider helping us to offset the cost of these items by making a free will offering of $20.

Knights of Columbus - Habitat for Humanity Project 2018

Update:

Please join the Knights of Columbus at our Social on Tuesday, August 21 at 7:00pm in the Knights Hall (Parish Center Basement) to hear about all the good work done by Habitat for Humanity. Our speaker will be Maria Santiago, Faith Relations Development Officer.

St. Gertrude Parishioners are invited to join Habitat for Humanity and the Knights of Columbus in building a Habitat house.