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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.

Wednesday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time - May 23, 2018

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Jem Sullivan, PHD, Author, "The Beauty of Faith"
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Lectionary: 343
Reading 1 JAS 4:13-17

Beloved:
Come now, you who say,
"Today or tomorrow we shall go into such and such a town,
spend a year there doing business, and make a profit"–

Everyday Heroes - Knights of Columbus

These Knights Inspire Us

In our new series "Everyday Heroes" we focus the spotlight on these remarkable Knights whose courage, faith and commitment to charity embody the mission of the Knights of Columbus. Each week through May a new video will be made available. Please join us in this journey of hope and inspiration, and discover how the betterment of our world ultimately begins with the individual human heart.

From the Pastor 05/20/18

A Most Blessed Solemnity of Pentecost this weekend. We pray to the Holy Spirit that we may always discern what is best for our parish community. On Monday we return to Ordinary Time in the Church’s liturgical calendar.

Recently I received some very enlightening letters from parishioners that I thought were food for thought.

Dear Father André-Joseph,
As always, thank you so much for your weekly letters. We read with interest the Gallup poll and the several reasons for the decline of religious practice since 1955.

We would like to humbly propose another fundamental reason for the decline.

There is one significant difference in how we live today from how society lived in the 1950’s (and before). We now live in the continuing fallout of the sexual revolution essentially begun in 1960 with the introduction of the birth control pill. Today, contraception is as ubiquitous and respectable as toothpaste. Even here in Cincinnati with so many Catholics and so many Catholic doctors, is there even one OB/GYN physician who follows Catholic Church teaching on this? Sadly, there is not even one.

Think about it. With contraception the norm, so is fornication, infidelity, abortion, etc. Of course you know all of this. Let me tell you, it is so frustrating to visit my college kids at their dormitory and even in the dining hall at the public university here, I see huge contraception advertisements posted everywhere. It’s terrible.

Since an unchaste person can not sincerely live a life of faith, is it any surprise there has been a sharp decline of religious practice?

God bless,

St. Gertrude RCIA Session Thirty-Two 2017-2018: The Four Last Things

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Catechism of the Catholic Church
Easy Search of the Catechism of the Catholic Church

The Church teaches that life after death consists of four last things: Death, Judgment, Heaven, and Hell.

The Hillbilly Thomists

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Gift of Life Layette - May 2018

April 28 - May 27, 2018

The Gift of Life Pack-n-Play will be in our church outside the Holy Family Chapel/Candle Room during the month of May. Your generous donations of NEW baby items are greatly needed by mothers and their babies at Old St. Mary's Pregnancy Center in Over-the-Rhine and the St. Elizabeth's New Life Women's Center in Sharonville.

5K Run to Remember - Festival 2018

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Course: A 3.1 mile loop beginning at St. Gertrude in Madeira, through Indian Hill neighborhoods, and returning to St. Gertrude.

Sharing Van - See Schedule Below

Date Activity Needs Location
August 4-5, 2018 Hope Emergency - Back-To-School items in addition to regular needs Their greatest needs this month are for BACK-TO-SCHOOL SUPPLIES in addition to food, diapers, formula, and baby food. Donations by cash or check are also appreciated. Items needed on a regular basis: nonperishable food, personal hygiene items, practical household items. Sharing Van

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.
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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

Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession)

St. John of Damascus (Holy Repentance)

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