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Catholic Men's Fellowship - Advent Retreat 2017

The annual Catholic Men’s Advent Retreat, sponsored by the St. Gertrude Men’s Fellowship, will be Friday (12/1/17 evening) and Saturday (12/2) at Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center, 5440 Moeller Avenue. Space is available on a “1st Come ― 1st Served” basis. Fr. Benedict Croell, O.P. and Fr. Martin Martiny, O.P. will team up as our Retreat Masters. They will challenge attendees to experience “The REAL Presence” of Christ in the Holy Eucharist.

Crosses of the Innocents - 2017


Save the Date!
Saturday, October 21, 2017

  • 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 5)
  • When: 9:00AM, Saturday, October 21, 2017
  • Where: St. Gertrude
  • Who: all parishioners are invited to help the Knights of Columbus and Respect Life committee

Respect Life Sunday - October 1, 2017


Respect Life Sunday is October 1, 2017. “We are called to show mercy because mercy has first been shown to us.” — Pope Francis

Please help us extend mercy through participating in the Archdiocesan Respect Life collection that funds the Archdiocesan Respect Life Fund Grants on September 30-October 1, 2017.

100th Anniversary of Fatima! Cincinnati Rosary Crusade

Press Release/Public Announcement
Our Lady of Fatima Rosary Crusade
Fountain Square
October 7, 2017
On the occasion of the 100th Anniversary of Our Lady's Apparitions at Fatima, Portugal, & on the Feast of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, The American TFP will sponsor its 11th annual Cincinnati Rosary Crusade on Fountain Square, in the heart of Cincinnati, on Saturday, October 7th, at 12:00 noon. This event will be one of over 20,000 Rosary Crusades that are being held throughout the United States and in 35 foreign countries this year.
Bishop Joseph R. Binzer; Fr. Shannon Collins, MSJB; & Fr. Cyril Whitaker, S.J., will be the featured speakers this year. Fr. Andrew Umberg will lead the audience in praying the Rosary. Mr. Ric Aielli and Ms. Anna Little will provide the musical accompaniment and singing (Latin Mass Community Schola) for the Crusade event again this year, along with a guest singer from Columbus, Ohio, Mrs. Cecile Smith. The Fourth-Degree Knights of Columbus will formally process onto Fountain Square carrying a replica of the International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima.
There will be a DVD presentation of 180 historic Marian images through the ages displayed on the 30' x 42' video screen at Fountain Square, accompanied by several versions of Ave Maria. The theme for the Crusade this year is “Our Fatima Future.”
Please join with family, friends, & fellow parishioners in offering a public Rosary in honor of Our Lady’s apparitions at Fatima. For further information, please call 513.793.5872 or e-mail at: patashcraft@earthlink.net.

From Atheist to Catholic: The Apologetics of Imagination

The Athenaeum of Cincinnati is hosting a free event that might be of interest to our St. Gertrude Parish Ministry members and parishioners.

On October 4 at 7:30 pm Dr. Holly Ordway, author of Apologetics and the Christian Imagination and professor of English at Houston Baptist University, will share her conversion story from atheism to Catholicism. Her story is one of encouragement and offers great insight for those who are involved in apologetics, evangelization, preaching, and teaching.

The talk will be held at the Bartlett Pastoral Center on the campus of The Athenaeum. The Address of the Athenaeum:

6616 Beechmont Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45230.

St. Gertrude's Feast Day Celebration

Save the date! November 11, 4:30pm

CCSO 2017 Volunteer Retreat

Hello Ministry Leaders,

This is a great opportunity for you to recognize your volunteers.

Nominate some in your ministry, or all, to attend this, or simply make it available to them of they wish to attend. Can be a great evangelization tool while simultaneously providing those who support you and the parish with some needed insight and direction about volunteering and making the most of the opportunity.

Jeffrey M. Plate
Director, Stewardship and Development and Pastoral Services

Gift of Life Layette

September 21 - October 31

The Gift of Life Pack-n-Play will be in our church outside the Holy Family Chapel during the month of October. Your generous donations of NEW baby items benefit mothers and their babies at Old St. Mary's Pregnancy Center in Over-the-Rhine and the Women's Center in Sharonville. Most needed are diapers size newborn to 6 months, baby wipes and wash, bottles and formula, onesies, sleepers, socks, hats, outfits and blankets. No toys/books please. Call Mary or Terry at

Our Lady of the Rosary

Saturday October 7th, St Gertrude Parish.
100 years after Fatima
An evening with Our Lady of the Rosary.
Includes enrollement in the Rosary Confraternity. Online enrollment can be found here: http://www.stgertrude.org/ConfraternitySignUp

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 during the special event “An Evening with Our Lady of the Rosary which begins at 7pm on Saturday, Oct 7, 2017, the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. 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 $10. For more information Email rosary@stgertrude.org.

Dare to Believe - Adult Faith Formation Events 2017-2018

"and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free." --John 8:32

St. Joseph the Worker Society - Altar Boys

The altar boys at St. Gertrude are members of the St. Joseph Society, which is recruiting new members.

The St. Joseph the Worker Society recruits young men from the 4th grade through high school. They are trained to serve holy Mass and other important liturgical celebrations. The Society for the young men will be an opportunity for them to be mentored in Dominican spirituality, build community, and provide needed service to the church. It is a program of fraternity, discipline, accountability, and discernment; the spirituality of manhood, priesthood, and fatherhood is the focus of the training for our young men. This program is organized by the pastor and parochial vicars and will involve fathers from the parish as well.

The Saint Anne and the Child Mary Guild Form (Young Ladies) - Fall 2017

Update: This Saturday's St Anne Guild meeting needs to be postponed until the October 14th date. All other pertinent information will remain the same.

It is important for the Church to create the conditions that will permit many young people to say 'yes' in generous response to God‘s loving call... It is my hope that the local Churches will become places where vocations are carefully discerned and their authenticity tested; places where young men and women are offered wise and strong spiritual direction. In this way, the Christian community itself becomes a manifestation of the Love of God in which every calling is contained. —Pope Benedict XVI, 49th World Day of Prayer for Vocations

The Saint Anne and the Child Mary Guild is a spiritual guild for young ladies beginning in the 4th grade through high school. The Guild is directly involved in assisting with the beauty and care of our Church environment. The Guild helps young ladies discern how best to serve the church community, including preparing for the holy celebration of the Mass, seasonal devotional spaces, floral design for displays of statues, icons, flowers and plants. The Guild is also an opportunity for us to pray together and receive instruction about feminine and Dominican spirituality, consecrated life, and motherhood with the spiritual assistance and guidance of our own Dominican Sisters of Saint Cecilia. Once a month, September through May, we will come together to pray, serve, and learn. Meeting topics include the Mass and Sacraments, Sacred Scripture, Mary and the Rosary, and the lives of the Saints. We also have planned some great activities, crafts, and snacks, and you won’t want to miss our end-of-the-year Tea Party! The Guild is sponsored by our head sacristan/liturgical coordinator, the Dominican sisters, and mentor mothers. Please go to our website to sign up

Hurricane Harvey Special Emergency Collection

Dear Pastors and Parishioners,

Over the past several days, all of us have been following the historic flooding and resulting devastation and loss of life in southeast Texas. Hurricane Harvey has created an unprecedented and catastrophic weather event of immense proportions. The hurricane may now, quite possibly, also strike Louisiana. Our partners at Catholic Charities USA have conveyed that, along with Category 4 hurricane winds, 14-28 inches of rain fell in the Houston area on Saturday night alone. In some areas, it is anticipated that a total of 50 inches will fall, as the rains are expected to continue for at least another two days. Twelve million persons were under a flash flood warning over the weekend. Rivers will be rising and will be at historic flood stages for some time.

Our hearts and prayers go out to the families that have lost loved ones and to all who have lost homes and businesses along with their sense of peace and normalcy. We express deep gratitude to the first responders and numerous volunteers who are assisting the Gulf Coast region in countless ways. We also stand with our sisters and brothers in the region who have the difficult task of rebuilding in these most trying times, many while suffering their own losses. Our prayers and financial support are urgently needed.

A Special Note from the Pastor

I am happy to report that St. Gertrude has hired Mr. Lawain McNeil as the Director of Adult Evangelization. This makes our Office of Evangelization complete with four separate offices working for one purpose: the on-going evangelization of the parish. Now we have the Office of Primary Evangelization serving all our children from P-K through the 4th Grade, directed by Miss Shari Siebert; the Office of Jr. High Evangelization serving our young people from the 5th-8th Grades, directed by Mr. Bryan Wells; the Office of High School Evangelization, directed by Miss Megan Dickert; and Lawain now in the Office of Adult Evangelization. Lawain will be serving all the on-going adult formation programs in our parish: RCIA, Bible Study, Adult Faith Formation, all adult spiritual and educational groups, and most important the formation of small adult faith sharing and formation groups in the parish. More about the small groups will be coming as Lawain begins his ministry here. Lawain and his family have been members of St. Getrude for several years, and I am sure you will welcome him as he begins his ministry here on September 1. Here is some information Lawain has provided for you to know more about him.

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New Brothers' Picture


Say a prayer for the 2017 novitiate class for the Dominican Province of St. Joseph.

Responding to Racism and Events in Charlottesville, Virginia - Most Rev. Dennis M. Schnurr

Responding to Racism and Events in Charlottesville, Virginia
Most Rev. Dennis M. Schnurr
August 16, 2017

The bigotry and violence that descended upon Charlottesville, Virginia emerged from the same sin of racism which can plague any community in America, including those of our own Archdiocese. And so, as we approach the Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, I echo for the faithful of our local Church the response of Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, to these horrendous events and the resulting loss of life: