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St. Gertrude is a Roman Catholic Parish in the Dominican heritage of prayer, preaching and teaching. Under our Lady’s mantle, gathered as the Body of Christ, we celebrate Him in the Sacraments, Sacred Scripture and in Catholic education. Serving our brothers and sisters in the New Evangelization, we seek to grow in love as we journey with Jesus to God the Father.

Memorial of Saint Ambrose, Bishop and Doctor of the Church - December 7, 2016

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Jem Sullivan, PHD, Catechist & Author
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Lectionary: 183
Reading 1 IS 40:25-31

To whom can you liken me as an equal?
says the Holy One.
Lift up your eyes on high

O come, O come, Emmanuel

From the Pastor 12/04/16

I am saddened to inform the parish that our Director of High School Evangelization, Brad Bursa, will be leaving his position here at St. Gertrude’s. Brad has been offered and has accepted the position of Director of the Office for Youth Evangelization and Discipleship for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Brad begins his new position on December 12. His final Youth Ministry event was this weekend’s High School Fall Retreat. Brad has been working with me and Fr. Gabriel to insure a smooth transition for the next few months until we open up this position for hire in the Spring. Brad has been an instrumental part of our parish team for over seven years now, and as many know he has done such great work in building up the High School Evangelization Program. Now he takes all his gifts and talents to build up Youth Evangelization throughout the archdiocese. We wish him God’s blessings with these new responsibilities. I am sure you will join me in thanking him for all that he has done for our parish. Please keep Brad and his family, and our Youth Ministry Program in your prayers.

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This coming Thursday, December 8 is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. Our Lady under this title is the Patroness of Our Country, and it is a Holy Day of Obligation for all Catholics. Please see the schedule of Masses for the Solemnity. “Hail Mary, full of grace.” For thousands of centuries, millions of times per day the Virgin Mary is greeted by the faithful with the greeting of the Archangel. The sons of the Church learn from the words of the Archangel Gabriel that the fullness of the mystery of God’s grace was realized in Holy Mary. St. Paul the Apostle teaches us that the Father made all fullness dwell in His Incarnate Son which overflows from Christ’s head and spills out on His Mystical Body that is the Church. Before descending in Body, Christ’s fullness was spread in a unique and unrepeatable way on Mary, predestined from eternity to be the Mother of God.

Annual Christmas Pageant - 2016

The Annual Christmas Pageant will be performed on
Tues. Dec. 20th at 7 pm
Wed. Dec. 21st at 9:30 am
both are held in the Church.

All parishioners are invited to this annual event.

Christmas Schedule 2016

Preparations for Christmas

Masses will be relocated in the Parish Center, St. Dominic Lobby, December 19-21

Pre-Christmas Schedule of Confessions

Student Brothers Christmas CD Available Now

The student brothers of the Dominican Province of St. Joseph have released a new album in time for Christmas purchases, Christ Was Born to Save. It’s excellent! With Christmas classics such as “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing,” “Silent Night,” and “Away in a Manger” the schola of the Dominican House of Studies praises the awesome mystery of the birth of the Son of God.

Your support of this album will aid the formation of the many Dominican student brothers in Washington, DC. This album could be a great way for you to receive the Christmas spirit and to share that spirit with family members and friends through Christmas gifts. Giving them this gift communicates the truth we celebrate at Christmas: Christ Was Born to Save.

CDs can be purchased for $15 immediately in the Parish Office, or from Br. Jonah, Br. Simon, or Br. Brad after Masses on Sunday, January 1, or through the brothers’ daily blog at Thank you for your generosity.

Discovering our Deepest Desire

Our parish is pleased to once again offer the Marriage Enrichment Program entitled, "Discovering our Deepest Desire" or DoDD. The premise behind this parish ministry is to promote one of the church's most fundamental Sacraments and enhance marriages in our parish community. DoDD has two key tenets:

  1. helps couples renew their understanding of what their Sacramental Marriage means
  2. helps them rediscover each other to make their relationship and covenant a higher priority in the midst of busy lives

The weekly sessions are comprised of lecture, small group activities and one-on-one time with your spouse.

Go to Sign Up Form

Presentation Ministries: Marian Talks

Anne Collins gave 2 talks on July 26, 2016, at Xavier University for Presentation Ministries' Bible Institute. The audio files are below. The 3 documents that Anne refers to in her first talk are attached below.

  • Mary in Scripture
  • Total Consecration to Mary

Ye Shall Know the Truth - a series of 50 talks by the late Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

Venerable Fulton John Sheen (born Peter John Sheen, May 8, 1895 – December 9, 1979) was an American bishop (later archbishop) of the Catholic Church known for his preaching and especially his work on television and radio. His cause for canonization as a saint was officially opened in 2002. In June 2012, Pope Benedict XVI officially recognized a decree from the Congregation for the Causes of Saints stating that he lived a life of "heroic virtues" – a major step towards beatification – so he is now referred to as "Venerable".

Ye Shall Know the Truth - a series of 50 talks by the late Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen. (Select Read more to see all 50 talks.)

Do you know your faith? Will your children know their faith? Will they ever really know the heritage that was purchased for them on Calvary?
Archbishop Sheen 1.  The Philosophy of Life talk_ysktt01.mp3
Archbishop Sheen 2.  Conscience talk_ysktt02.mp3

Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession)

St. John of Damascus (Holy Repentance)

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