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Pro-life and Family

Kermit Gosnell and the Ideology of Abortion on Demand

How unusual is Kermit Gosnell? That is the question that comes unbidden to mind when reading Gosnell: The Untold Story of America’s Most Prolific Serial Killer, a new book about the case of Dr. Gosnell, the abortionist who owned and operated the “Women’s Medical Society” abortion clinic at 3801 Lancaster Avenue in Philadelphia.

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Rosary vigil in front of Sharonville abortion center

"When the time comes as it surely will, when we face that awesome moment, the final judgment, I've often thought, as Fulton Sheen wrote, that it is a terrible moment of loneliness. You have no advocates, you are there alone standing before God and a terror will rip through your soul like nothing you can imagine. But I really think that those in the pro-life movement will not be alone. I think there will be a chorus of voices that have never been heard in this world but are heard beautifully and clearly in the next world and they will plead for everyone who has been in this movement. They will say to God, "Spare him because he loved us," and God will look at you and say not, "Did you succeed?" but "Did you try?" -- Henry Hyde

Spiritual Fertility vs Spiritual Barrenness: Humanae Vitae

Life of Elisabeth Leseur ("My Spirit Rejoices"): the giving of her life for her husband. In contrast to her contemporary: Margaret Sanger (founder of Planned Parenthood). Instead of heroic virtue there is pernicious vice. Pregnancy has become a "sickness" for which we need a pill.

33rd Annual Pro Life Rosary Procession and Rally

The Feminist Case Against Abortion

Not all feminists support abortion. Properly defined, feminism is a philosophy that embraces basic rights for all human beings without exception—without regard to race, religion, sex, size, age, location, disability or parentage. Feminism rejects the use of force to dominate, control or destroy anyone.

The organization Feminists for Life continues a 200-year-old tradition begun by Mary Wollstonecraft in England in 1792. Decrying the sexual exploitation of women in A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, Wollstonecraft also condemned those who would “either destroy the embryo in the womb or cast it off when born,” saying: “Nature in everything deserves respect, and those who violate her laws seldom violate them with impunity.”

The Candidates, the Issues And Church Teaching


As Catholics form their consciences in preparation to vote in the 2016 election, one of our key tasks is to be informed about the issues. Where do the two major presidential candidates and their parties stand on the most important issues facing the country? For Catholics, understanding the positions of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, as well as the Democratic and Republican Parties, is essential in making an informed decision on how to vote. It is also key in helping family, friends and colleagues make an equally enlightened choice on Nov. 8.

The National Catholic Register is pleased to offer this special section on the candidates, the issues and Church teaching. Each section includes brief excerpts on what the Church or Church leaders teach about important topics (e.g., abortion, religious liberty, family life and the death penalty), followed by the actual words or pledges of the candidates and the two parties. We hope that you find this guide helpful in your prayerful discernment.

Abortion
“Human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception. From the first moment of his existence, a human being must be recognized as having the rights of a person — among which is the inviolable right of every innocent being to life. … Since the first century the Church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion. This teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable. Direct abortion, that is to say, abortion willed either as an end or a means, is gravely contrary to the moral law. … Formal cooperation in an abortion constitutes a grave offense. The Church attaches the canonical penalty of excommunication to this crime against human life” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2270-2272).


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Gift of Life Layette

We are pleased to announce that the fall “Pack-n-Play” will be in the church outside the candle room October 1-31. All collections will be donated to Old St. Mary’s Pregnancy Center and the Women’s Center in Sharonville.

Please consider a donation of NEW baby items to assist women with their new babies. Most needed items are, DIAPERS, baby wipes, formula, sleepers, onesies, bottles, blankets, outfits, socks, towels, wash cloths, baby wash, shampoo, etc. and any other NEW baby item you choose to donate. Please no toys or books.

Please consider making this a family or ministry project this fall and be as generous as you can. St. Gertrude parishioners have always been very giving with wonderful new baby items for Moms and their precious babies. Call Jane and Lou at 489-7400 for more information.

Take A Stand For Life - September 28 - November 6

From September 28 to November 6, 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.

Mother Teresa National Prayer Breakfast Speech - 1994

National Prayer Breakfast President Clinton participated in the National Prayer Breakfast at the Washington Hilton Hotel. In his remarks, the president stated, "It is important to reaffirm that in this nation where we have freedom of religion, we need not seek freedom from religion." Quoting from Professor Stephen Carter’s book, “The Culture of Disbelief,” the president stated that "we should all seek to know and to do God’s will, even when we differ."

Prior to the president’s address, Mother Teresa addressed the audience and pleaded with them to “stop the killing” with regard to U.S. abortion policy.

4000 Crosses of the Innocents - 2016


Save the Date!
Saturday, September 17, 2016

  • 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 26-November 6)
  • When: 8:30AM, Saturday, September 17, 2016
  • Where: St. Gertrude
  • Who: all parishioners are invited to help the Knights of Columbus and Respect Life committee

Life's 5th Quarter


8:00am Mass at

Holy Name Catholic Church

2422 Auburn Avenue, Cincinnati,

near Christ Hospital.

Join Life's 5th Quarter on July 30, the 5th Saturday of July, for Mass with Rev. André-Joseph LaCasse, O.P. as celebrant. We invite other priests to come and concelebrate with him.

The Fifth Saturday Masses and Prayer Vigils for Life are sponsored by Life's 5th Quarter.

When does Human Life Begin? Real Dialogue

By: Fr Chris Saliga, OP, RN for your free use as Parish Bulletin Insert and/or free posting on any number of Web Pages

“Pro-lifers” and “pro-choicers” all too frequently devolve into emotionally charged debates. Think about pundits and politicians on television, radio, and social media blazing through the fog of shouting matches hurling opinions at and past each other. Such fighting is far more damaging than we realize while we are blinded by that tunnel vision called rage. The good news is that, “cooler heads” really can prevail thanks to facts placed squarely on the table. How so?

Ask “Doubting Thomas.” He refuses to believe honest testimony that Jesus has risen from death to life. He stands rigidly inflexible demanding tangible proof. Jesus responds by paying “Doubting Thomas” a merciful visit. Thomas drops all doubt. He joins his friends in knowing that Jesus is in fact alive.

Facts do empower us. How so? They pull us together in exploring truths in their light. Truths? Yes, real truths. Really? OK. Try this with me. First, we know that it is a matter of scientific fact that microscopic “zygotes” are developmentally immature real members of the human species. Given this fact, is it truly reasonable for us to value and love these very young members of our species as real “selves” rather than relating to them as objectified “its?” Here are two well-respected thinkers who say yes, one a scientist and the other a human nature based philosopher.

First, I commend to you Professor Maureen Condic, PhD who serves as an Associate Professor of Neurobiology and Anatomy at the University of Utah, School of Medicine. When I taught bioethics in the past, my students found her contributions to be quite helpful. You can watch and listen to one of her helpful lectures entitled When Does Human Life Begin? A Scientific Evaluation at this free

YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcCXQ084iJY

Pack-n-Play Collection

The Respect Life Ministry is asking for your continued support for the Pregnancy Centers, with a collection of NEW baby items during the month of May.

A pack-n-play will be in the Holy Family Chapel (candle room) for collecting your donations that will be divided between Old St. Mary’s in Over the Rhine, and the Women’s Center in Sharonville. Most needed items are DIAPERS and baby wipes. They can also use sleepers, blankets, onesies, formula, bottles, lotions, shampoo, outfits, bibs, towels and wash cloths, or any other item necessary for a new baby that you care to donate. Please no toys or magazines.

If you have any questions, call Jane or Lou at 489-7400. Continue to pray for an end to abortion. Thank you for your kindness.

40 Days for Life Sign-up

From February 10th to March 20th, 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.

32nd Annual Pro Life Rosary Procession and Rally

Please join us on January 16, 2016 for our 32nd Rosary Procession and Rally at 11 a.m. at City Hall!

Rosary Procession starts at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 16.

9th Annual Cincinnati Rosary Crusade

Public Square Rosary Crusade: Please consider attending the Rosary Crusade which will be held on Saturday, October 10, 2015, from 12:00 Noon to 1:15pm on Fountain Square in downtown Cincinnati. This will be one of over 15,000 Rosary Crusades planned throughout the United States & in 25 foreign countries on the 98th anniversary of Our Lady’s Apparitions at Fatima.

The featured speakers: Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Binzer, Fr. Shannon Collins, M.S.J.B., and Fr. Cyril Whitaker, S.J.

Also: Fr. Gabriel Torretta, O.P.; Deacon Amado Lim; The Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus; Mrs. Fatima Spoor and the Community Schola and Musical Accompaniment by Mr. Ric Aiell.

Further information: Contact Mary & Pat Ashcraft at patashcraft@earthlink.net or 513-793-5872.

Defund Planned Parenthood!


Recently released videos in which officials of Planned Parenthood traffic in human organs, tissues, and body parts from their abortion clinics are chilling and appalling. They display a callous disrespect for human life. Staff from the Family and Respect Life Office of the Archdiocese took part in “Women Betrayed” rally at Planned Parenthood’s Cincinnati clinic on July 28 to protest this outrage.

However, we need to do more than raise our voices. I urge Catholics and all people of good will to write to their representatives in state and national government, asking them to stop the flow of your tax dollars to Planned Parenthood. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has supported defunding for many years. Planned Parenthood received more than $1.3 million in state funds from Ohio and $500 million in federal funds in fiscal 2013-2014.

Please also support a pro-life pregnancy center that helps women in unintended pregnancies, providing many needed services. You can find a list of them at http://www.catholiccincinnati.org/ministries-offices/family-life/respect... If you have had or participated in an abortion and suffer remorse, please know that the Church’s post-abortion healing ministry, Project Rachel, stands ready to offer compassionate assistance. Learn more about Project Rachel at www.projectrachelcincy.com.

Gift of Life Layette - Pack-n-Play

The Respect Life Ministry is asking for your continued support for the Pregnancy Centers, with a collection of NEW baby items during the month of May.

A pack-n-play will be in the Holy Family Chapel (candle room) for collecting your donations that will be divided between Old St. Mary’s in Over the Rhine, and the Women’s Center in Sharonville. Most needed items are DIAPERS and baby wipes. They can also use sleepers, blankets, onesies, formula, bottles, lotions, shampoo, outfits, bibs, towels and wash cloths, or any other item necessary for a new baby that you care to donate. Please no toys or magazines.

If you have any questions, call Jane or Lou at 489-7400. Continue to pray for an end to abortion. Thank you for your kindness.

Birthright Benefit at Holy Grail at the Banks April 30

Join us for our special Thursday Night Supper to benefit Birthright of Greater Cincinnati at the Holy Grail at the Banks, 161 Joe Nuxhall Way in downtown Cincinnati on Thursday, April 30 from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. The restaurant will donate 10% of the dinner sales that evening directly back to Birthright of Greater Cincinnati. Come out, enjoy a fun evening at the Banks and support a great cause. All you have to do is mention Birthright when you sit down for dinner!

Re-dedication for the Rachel Statue at Gate of Heaven


Please set aside the morning of Saturday, June 13, 2015 for an important pro-life event. On that morning, at 11:00 am, you can join Bishop Binzer, the Fourth Degree in all their impressive regalia, and members of your and other councils and pro-life organizations for the re-dedication of the Rachel Statue at Gate of Heaven Cemetery.

Gift of Life Layette - Pack-n-Play

October is Respect Life Month and the Pack-n-Play will be in the Holy Family Chapel (candle room) for the entire month.

This collection will benefit the Pregnancy Center at Old St. Mary’s and the Women’s Center in Sharonville. Please consider a donation of NEW baby items to assist women with their new babies. Most needed items are, DIAPERS, baby wipes, formula, sleepers, onesies, bottles, blankets, outfits, socks, towels, wash cloths, baby wash, shampoo, etc. and any other NEW baby item you choose to donate. Please no toys or books.

Thank you for your continued generosity and remember to pray for an end to abortion. Questions? Call Jane or Lou at 489-7400.

40 Days for Life Sign-up

St. Gertrude Church will participate in 40 Days for Life on October 12 at Planned Parenthood, and October 16 in Sharonville.

Sign-up for this will take place after all the Masses on October 4 and 5.

From September 24 through November 2, 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.

Crosses of the Innocents - 2014


Save the Date!
Saturday, October 18, 2014

  • What: Install 4,000 Crosses of the Innocents on parish grounds
  • Why: promote support for the Culture of Life – born and unborn - during Respect Life month
  • When: 8:45AM, Saturday October 18, 2014
  • Where: St. Gertrude
  • Who: all parishioners are invited to help the Knights of Columbus and Respect Life committee

Bring your family and enjoy being outdoors on a crisp, autumn day in support of a worthy endeavor!

Cross the Bridge for Life - 2014


Sunday, June 1, 2014, 1:30 pm

The event will begin at the World Peace Bell, Newport, KY

The event will begin at the World Peace Bell, on the Newport, KY side of the river. Students, church groups, co-workers, families, friends, walkers of all ages are welcome. Strollers and wheelchairs are also welcome!

Due to generous sponsors, the event is free to participants, including food (provided by JTM), water, and event t-shirts.

Gift of Life Layette

The pack-n-play will be in the Holy Family Chapel for the Month of May for donations of NEW baby items for the pregnancy center at Old St. Mary’s in Over the Rhine and Women’s Center in Sharonville.

Most needed items are DIAPERS (all sizes), baby wipes, formula, sleepers, blankets, onesies, bibs, socks, bottles, outfits, and any other NEW necessary baby item you care to donate. Please, no books or toys.

Sign-ups for 40 Days for Life

St. Gertrude Church will participate in 40 Days for Life on Sunday, April 6 at Planned Parenthood and Wednesday, April 9 at the abortion mill in Sharonville.

Sign up for this will take place after the Masses on Saturday and Sunday, March 29-30.

40 Days for Life - 2014 Spring Campaign Events


Kickoff
Sunday, March 2, 2014
2:00 – 3:00pm
In Front of Planned Parenthood
2314 Auburn Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45219
(Site of the Cincinnati campaign)

The Miracle of Life

A Nation Rises - March for Life