Catholic Men’s Fellowship

Group Contact Email Phone
Catholic Men’s Fellowship Chris Nachtrab cpnachtrab@yahoo.com 513-604-1899

About Us

The St. Gertrude Catholic Men’s Fellowship aims to encourage men to gather within their parish communities to support each other via, prayer, sharing and fellowship. There are now over 200 such parish groups in the greater Cincinnati area (see the Cincinnati Catholic Men’s Fellowship web site at https://www.thecall.org).

St. Gertrude’s Men’s Fellowship Group meets every 2nd and 4th Saturday in the school cafeteria from 7:30 – 9:00 a.m. Coffee and doughnuts are served, and we promise to start and end promptly.

The St. Gertrude Catholic Men’s Fellowship aims to encourage men to gather in support of one another, in a faith-based environment, to form stronger and happier families to better cope with the stresses men face each day.

We discuss our lives in the light of our Catholic faith and share experiences that will benefit us as husbands, fathers, and members of the community. We socialize, pray and discuss our faith as well as issues we are grappling with in our everyday lives. In this way, we support, affirm and offer insights to one another about the challenges men encounter in both their home and work lives.

Members of the St. Gertrude Catholic Men’s Fellowship strive to reinforce Christian values. We reach out to share those values with others in the group and more broadly within our community. The benefits are as clear as we:

  • Cultivate faith-based friendships among fellow parishioners, and
  • Have fun, and
  • Learn from one another!

Background

Our Vision sees small pockets of men, meeting in Parishes, linked as Brothers in Jesus Christ so as to prayerfully – and unconditionally – support one another. To raise awareness and create excitement, we organized massive gatherings of Catholic men under the “ANSWER THE CALL” banner. Those events began right here at St. Gertrude in 1995, when Fr. Clem Burns was Pastor, and he hosted the very first Catholic Men’s Conference. We had to turn men away at that initial gathering as the Parish Center was overflowing! During our peak years, over 10,000 men gathered for a day, in many of the large venues around Cincinnati, to hear nationally recognized Speakers. We celebrated Holy Mass and the Sacrament of Reconciliation with our local Archbishop, area Bishops and over 100 Priests and Deacons. It was awe inspiring to see thousands of men witnessing to their Catholic faith. Our Cincinnati community took notice, as did many cities around the U. S., and this movement took off. What started in Cincinnati 25 years ago has spread throughout the United States and beyond to places like Guam for example. Events like our “ANSWER THE CALL” Men’s Conferences have been held in more than 60 cities over the years and there are countless Parish based Men’s Fellowship groups active around the country. All of this has more to do with many men listening to this “call” in their lives, from the Holy Spirit, and responding to it.

St. Gertrude Men’s Retreat Recordings

2019 Advent Retreat – Fr. Justin Brophy, O.P.

 
2018 Advent Retreat – Fr. Thomas More
 
2017 Advent Retreat – Fr. Martin Martiny, O. P.
 
2016 Advent Retreat – Fr. Gabriel Torretta, O.P. and Fr. Colm Mannion, O.P.
 
2015 Advent Retreat – Fr. Benedict Croell and Fr. James
Not recorded at the request of the retreat masters (the Advent Retreat talks of Fr. Benedict Croell and Fr. James).  
 
2014 Advent St. Gertrude Men’s Retreat – Father Giles Dimock, O.P.
 
2013 Advent Retreat – Fr. Ezra Sullivan, O.P.
 
2012 Advent St. Gertrude Men’s Retreat – Fr. George

Fifty three men registered for the annual St. Gertrude Catholic Men’s Advent Retreat on December 6th & December 7, 2019 at the Holy Spirit Center in Norwood.  Fr. Justin Brophy, O.P. was our Retreat Master. He challenged our men to “ GET FREE … GET FREE in Christ”.   God want us to “be free”, trust in Him and allow Him to work in and through each one of us.  The Sacrament of Reconciliation and Holy Mass were celebrated.  Our time together culminated in an uplifting healing and individual prayer period in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament.