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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.

Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time - August 2, 2015

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Fr. Don Miller, OFM, Franciscan Media

Reading 1 EX 16:2-4, 12-15

The whole Israelite community grumbled against Moses and Aaron.
The Israelites said to them,
“Would that we had died at the LORD’s hand in the land of Egypt,
as we sat by our fleshpots and ate our fill of bread!

From the Pastor 08/02/15

I am happy to finally report on this year's 2015 Catholic Ministries Appeal. Even in the midst of our own Debt Elimination Challenge, the parish came through again for the CMA. The parish goal for CMA was $97,811.00. We received a total pledge of $111,561.83, representing 114.06% over our goal. The total participation of the parish in the CMA was almost 15% of the parish. Just imagine if more people would participate. We get back 50% over our goal. This money is set aside to serve the poor and the needy in our parish and surrounding community. Thank you for your generosity to the Annual Catholic Ministries Appeal.

A Note of Farewell from Deacon Br. Louis-Bertrand, O.P.

As I prepare to leave for Washington, DC this Sunday to resume my preparations for the priesthood, I want to share a word of thanks for your kindness this summer. I appreciate each and every kind word and act of hospitality welcome extended to me by the people of St. Gertrude’s this summer. I’ve seen that St. Gertrude’s is a very special place, and I give thanks to God for what he is doing here. I ask for your prayers as I hope to be ordained to the holy priesthood next May. God bless you all! In Jesus, Mary, and Dominic, Rev. Br. Louis Bertrand Lemoine, O.P.

As many of our ministries pause for a well deserved rest for the summer, there are a few who have been quite busy. They are R.C.I.A or the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults and the new Parish Health Ministry.

I want to publicly acknowledge our RCIA team leaders, Sheila Saalfeld, Dave Ledwin, and Jake Krempel who assisted the Dominican friars through another wonderfully successful RCIA class. Jake will be taking some time off this year as he and his wife Angela are expecting the arrival of their second child.

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 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

Annual Novice Collection

On Saturday Aug. 1st and Sunday Aug. 2nd there will be a collection for the novices at all masses.

From our Pastor:
The novices will be speaking after the homily for the Annual Novice Collection. It is so nice to listen to them share with all of us their call to the Dominican way of life. We ask that you please be as generous as you can since the Dominican Province of St. Joseph depends on this annual Novice Collection to fund the novitiate here at St. Gertrude’s. Thank you for your kindness to our novices.

Parish Picnic Signup

St. Gertrude Parish Picnic on Sunday, August 16th 1:30 pm. There will be food, games, entertainment and FUN! The Pastoral Council will provide Hot dogs, brats, hamburgers, beer and pop.

Pastoral Council along with the Stewardship Committee are very excited to plan this fun and family event. If you are interested in helping out with this event, please contact the parish office at 561-5954 or email

Please RSVP to the Parish Office at 561-5954 ASAP or Click here for form.

Supreme Court Decision On Marriage “A Tragic Error” Says President Of Catholic Bishops’ Conference

June 26, 2015
WASHINGTON—The U.S. Supreme Court decision, June 26, interpreting the U.S. Constitution to require all states to license and recognize same-sex “marriage” “is a tragic error that harms the common good and most vulnerable among us,” said Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

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God’s Generosity: Men Accepted For The 2015 Novitiate

The Dominican Province of St. Joseph is grateful to God for these men who have been accepted for the 2015 Novitiate class. They will begin their novitiate on the feast of St. Dominic on August 8, 2015 in St. Gertrude Priory in Cincinnati. Please pray for them!

Parish Census 2015

In order to serve our parish and archdiocese better, please fill out the form below. It will take less than 5 minutes. This form will also be used for new parishioners.

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Why conduct a census?

  •  To reach out to our parishioners.
  •  To get to know parishioners better.
  •  To plan programs and events more efficiently.
  •  To improve stewardship/evangelization efforts.
  •  To control costs:

Luke E. Hart Series (What Catholics believe, How Catholics pray, How Catholics live)

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Based upon the Catechism of the Catholic Church, this series answers three questions of the deepest importance to any practicing Catholic, or person looking for a better understanding of our faith: What does a Catholic believe?, How does the Catholic worship?, and How does the Catholic live?

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