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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, May 12, 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 If you would like to be enrolled, please fill out the registration form on our website at 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.

Familia for Mothers

Divine Mercy Sunday - 2018

“My daughter, tell the whole world about My Inconceivable mercy. I desire that the Feast of Mercy be a refuge and shelter for all souls, and especially for poor sinners. On that day the very depths of My tender mercy are open.

Sharing Van - See Schedule Below

Date Activity Needs Location
May 5-6, 2018 Mary Magdalen House-Over the Rhine. Serves homeless by providing showers and laundry The Mary Magdalen House has special needs for the following items in addition to cash donations:
- NEED BROWN PAPER GROCERY BAGS to hold client’s clothes.
- Clothing (can be used unless noted): Men’s underwear sizes 30-36 (new), thermal long johns, men’s and women’s white socks, washable pants sizes 26-38, belts for men and women, shirts (particularly flannel) sizes L, XL, shoes (particularly gym shoes).
- Cleaning supplies: Drano, Lysol (liquid), laundry detergent, bleach, windshield fluid, Top Job, plastic bags, brown grocery bags, dryer sheets, paper towels, toilet tissue, Mr. Clean.
- Personal Care Items: towels, face cloths, after shave/perfume, Vaseline, baby powder, toothbrushes/paste, combs, Kleenex, personal size shampoo and soap, lotion, Q-tips, spray deodorant.
Sharing Van

A Medical Perspective on Natural Family Planning

St. Gertrude Parish Health Ministry presented by

Dr. Paul Day & Dr. Amber Day

  • The Scientific Reasoning behind Natural Family Planning
  • The Effectiveness of NFP
  • NFP and its Legitimate Use in Marriage and Medicine

April 17, 2018
7:00pm – 9:00pm
St. Gertrude Parish Center Lobby

Presentation on the Shroud of Turin

Wednesday, March 28th
1:15 - 2:30 pm
Parish Center Lobby Given by Fred Thomas

Please Welcome Soon-to-be Fr. Henry Stephan

Please Welcome Soon-to-be Fr. Stephan At St. Gertrude’s, the sadness of parting is always accompanied by the joy of arrival. This summer we welcome Henry Stephan, O.P., who will be ordained on May 19, 2018, as our new parochial vicar. Soon-to-be Fr. Henry is a native of Orange County, California, and studied at Princeton University before entering the Dominicans in 2011. He will be preaching at all the Masses this Palm Sunday weekend, so be sure to stop by and greet him after Mass.

A Note from Fr. Gabriel Torretta, O.P.

“Behold,” Christ says in the Book of Revelation, “I make all things new.” When I arrived at St. Gertrude’s in July 2015 as a freshly ordained priest, I found myself face-to-face with the beautiful and challenging newness of Christ in everything I did: new names, new faces, new stories to learn, new ministries to enter into, new friendships, new ways of being transformed by love. Over these last three years, each of you has contributed to the way Christ has chosen to make me new, and he has given me the astonishing grace of participating in various ways in the glorious newness of love he has for each of you.

Baby Bottle Fundraiser for Old St. Mary's Pregnancy Center

Again this year, the Knights of Columbus is organizing a Baby Bottle Fundraiser to benefit the Pregnancy Care Center at Old St. Mary's Catholic Church located in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood of Cincinnati. Over the last 7 years, the generous parishioners of St. Gertrude have donated over $45,000 to help Old St. Mary's provide education and care for women during and after pregnancy. Teri Huwel - the Director of the center - shares how these funds are used to support their mission:

"Our mission at Old St. Mary’s Pregnancy Center is to save the lives of unborn children and help their moms with material supplies. Also, our counseling and daily Bible Study (well attended) helps with Evangelization.

40 Days for Life - Lent 2018

From February 14th to March 25th 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.

Sharonville Abortion Center is Closed - Sharonville Respect Life Ministry Newsletter

Dear Parishioners,

I want to let you know that there has been no activity at the abortion mill last week or the days checked this week. Someone called the abortion center to schedule an abortion and she was told there are no services in Sharonville. God is good! I believe that our prayers and witness have been instrumental in the closing of this abortion mill. The rosary has been prayed there weekly for the last seven years. Our Lord listened.

Lenten Reminders: Fast and Abstinence - 2018

Ash Wednesday, February 14 and Good Friday, March 30 are days of abstinence from meat and also days of fast, that is, limited to a single full meal. The other Fridays of the season of Lent are days of abstinence from meat. The law of abstinence binds all Catholics 14 years and older. The law of fasting binds all Catholics from their 18th birthday until their 59th birthday (canons 97 and 1252). With regard to Good Friday, the teaching of the Second Vatican Council should be recalled.

Lent is for Lovers

St. Gertrude's Church in Cincinnati has a Lenten gift for everybody: Lent is for Lovers. Check it out.

Lourdes, France 64th U.S. National Rosary Pilgrimage July 2–11, 2018

MAIL TO: Lourdes Pilgrimage Office of Catholic Travel, 5505 Granby Road, Rockville, MD 20855
1-877-276-7279 or (301) 740-9332 Email: Website:

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion Training Session

The members of this group distribute the Eucharist at Mass to fellow parishioners and may, on occasion, distribute to the sick and shut-ins.

Masses Relocated

Masses will be relocated in the Parish Center, St. Dominic Lobby, December 14-15 and 18-20

Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

The feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe will be celebrated at all masses today (7am, 8am, 11:30am).

December 12 is the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. On December 9, 1531, in Mexico, Our Lady appeared to Juan Diego, a poor humble Aztec Indian who had recently converted to the Catholic faith. She asked him to go to the Bishop and tell him to build a church where she said “I will show and offer all of my love, my compassion, my help and my protection to my people.” Juan Diego did as she asked, but the Bishop asked for a sign that this message was really from Our Lady. Mary granted his request.

On December 12, she showed Juan where the most beautiful Castilian roses were and told him to gather them. It was a miracle that the roses were there and in bloom because there was frost on the ground, and the ground was an infertile place where only cactus and thistles grew. After he gathered them, she helped arrange them in his tilma, or poncho, and told him to show them to the Bishop. When he brought them to the Bishop, the Bishop was amazed at the roses, but was even more amazed at what began to happen to Juan Diego’s tilma. Right before their very eyes, the image of Our Lady began to form on the cloth. The picture of Mary was beautiful and the Bishop fell to his knees. He had the church built at her request.

Annual Christmas Pageant- 2017

December 19-20, 2017

Tuesday, December 19th at 7:00pm

Wednesday, December 20th at 9:00am

This traditional pageant, written by Sr. Mary David O.P. in 1961 is presented each Advent by members of the 8th grade class, supported by choirs of 2nd and 5th-7th grade students. This is a very special presentation that many look forward to each year.

The Goodness of the Flesh - Adult Faith Formation

The Resurrection of the Body
Tuesday, December 5 at 7 pm
Fr. Clement Dickie, O.P.

Illustrating Christ's Humanity
Tuesday, December 12 at 7 pm
Fr. Gabriel Torretta, O.P.