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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.

Tuesday of the Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time - September 19, 2017

Father Pat Fitzpatrick C.S.Sp. - Celebrant, Archdiocese of Toronto
Loretto Abbey, Toronto
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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

St. Gertrude RCIA 2017-2018 Session One: On Pilgrimage to Christ

Christianity consists of a single question: Who is this man? Who is Jesus Christ? The life of faith and the life of the Church is a pilgrimage, a fellowship of pilgrims seeking to answer that one question and to be changed by what they find. As the pilgrimage of RCIA begins, we start with this most basic question and look forward to what is to come.

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.

From the Pastor 09/17/17

I am in Maine, so I had to write up my Pastor’s column before I left. Recently I came across some tips on Reverence in Church. I have also expanded on these original tips and made them more relevant to our church. I thought they would be a good reminder for all of us.

Called to Worship

The outside bells ring five minutes before Mass begins calling us to worship. A good practice is to be in church before the bells ring, thus giving yourselves a few minutes to ask Jesus to bless the hour you are here to worship him, to participate well in the Holy Eucharist, and share faith with one another. Ask the Holy Spirit to be with you during the Mass so you can truly be present during the Holy Sacrifice. The reverence we show in arriving on time and being properly prepared allows everyone to worship without distraction. If for any reason you arrive late you are most welcome to the Holy Mass. Please wait for a pause in the worship before finding a seat, or follow the directives of the ushers who will find you a place to sit.

The Reformation after 500 Years: A Catholic Take on the Divisive Doctrines



The Reformation after 500 Years: A Catholic Take on the Divisive Doctrines Tuesdays 7 - 8:30pm, St. Dominic Lobby



October 3: Reforming Mary —Fr. Gabriel Torretta, O.P.
October 10: Who Reads the Bible? —Fr. Jordan Schmidt, O.P.
October 17: God’s Fallen Priests —Msgr. Frank Lane
October 24: No Salvation Outside the Church? —Fr. Innocent Smith, O.P.

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

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

Come and Be Comforted


Mourning the loss of a loved one is never easy, but there is hope. Our St. Gertrude Parish community will again host Seasons of Hope, a unique, adult support group for the bereaved. This program, rooted in Catholic tradition, conveys God’s consolation through scripture, prayer, reflection, faith sharing and fellowship. We hope you will prayerfully consider our invitation to attend whether your loss is recent or years ago. We meet once a month beginning Monday, September 25 at 7:00pm in the St. Joseph Room.

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

2017 St. Gertrude Craft Show

Saturday, Oct. 21 is the date for our 32nd Annual Craft Fair at St. Gertrude's Parish

32nd Annual Craft Fair at St. Gertrude's Parish - Saturday, Oct. 14

  • A showcase of over 100 talented crafters!
  • Beautiful, handmade items & unique gifts in all price ranges.
  • Food and delicious baked goods available for purchase.
  • Sponsored by the Ladies of Charity – for charity.

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.

Mother of Mercy Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Chapel

Please prayerfully consider your availability to spend one hour each week in intimate conversation and quiet meditation with your Lord.

Take a look at the openings in the schedule. We would like to fill each hour with at least 3 adorers. In the chart on the right the red dots indicate time slots that only have one scheduled adorer, and the black dots have NO scheduled adorer. Any time slot you could commit to would be a blessing for our parish community and yourself!

If you would like to become one of our Perpetual Eucharistic adorers (also known as a Eucharistic Guardian), signup by using the form below.

Please contact the Adoration Committee if you have any questions or would like more information.

Division Leaders info & hours:

ADORATION direct Phone & Email:

True Devotion to Mary Study Group

Join us in studying what is considered by many to be "the greatest single book of Marian spirituality ever written," (TAN Publishers). True Devotion to Mary has influenced countless souls, including St. John Paul II and St. Teresa of Calcutta.


DVD presentation at St. Gertrude begins Aug. 29th, 2017 and runs through May 22nd, 2018. It will conclude with Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary on May 31st, 2018 following the 11:30am Mass. A complete schedule is available in the Attachments Section below. Please consider reading Anne's "TDM Introduction" document before you begin the study. It can also be found in the Attachments Section below.

Meetings at St. Gertrude will be held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month from 12:30 - 2:30 pm in the parish center lobby.
Click here to register for class at St. Gertrude.

Additional DVD presentations are being offered at the following locations:
Please Note: Schedules can be found in the Attachment section below.

  • Immaculate Heart of Mary in Anderson, Wednesdays 9:00 am, begins Aug. 30th
    Contact person:  Holly Farmer - 513-349-1767, holly.farmer@fuse.net
  • Immaculate Heart of Mary in Anderson, Tuesdays 7:00 pm, begins Aug. 29th
    Contact person: Joann Armstrong - 513-474-1139, jmarmstrong2@outlook.com
  • St. Frances De Sales (Angie Cole's house), 1272 Weathervane Way, Lebanon,
    Monday Mornings 9:15-11:30 am, begins Aug. 28th
    Contact person: Angie Cole, angiejcole@gmail.com
  • St. Frances De Sales (Scott and Jill Corbett's house), 732 Cedar Ridge Drive, Lebanon 45036
    Tuesdays 7:00 pm, begins Aug. 29th, Contact person: Jill Corbett - 513-678-4150, Scott.corbett@fioptics.com
  • St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Tuesdays 7:00 pm, begins Aug. 29th
    Contact person: Eileen Devereux - 513-575-3417, epdevereux@hotmail.com
  • St. Margaret of York (Leslie Bort's house), 8176 Leeshore Dr, Maineville,
    Tuesdays 9:30 am, begins Aug. 29th
    Contact person: Leslie Bort - 513-398-7999, leslie4mary@gmail.com
  • St. Margaret of York (at a home in Maineville),
    Mondays 7:00 pm, begins Aug. 28th
    Contact person: Leslie Bort - 513-398-7999, leslie4mary@gmail.com

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
Archbishop Sheen 2.  Conscience
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