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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.

Friday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time - October 21, 2016

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Deacon Denis F. Perez, Archdiocese of San Antonio
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Reading 1 EPH 4:1-6

Brothers and sisters:
I, a prisoner for the Lord,

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

The Feminist Case Against Abortion

Not all feminists support abortion. Properly defined, feminism is a philosophy that embraces basic rights for all human beings without exception—without regard to race, religion, sex, size, age, location, disability or parentage. Feminism rejects the use of force to dominate, control or destroy anyone.

The organization Feminists for Life continues a 200-year-old tradition begun by Mary Wollstonecraft in England in 1792. Decrying the sexual exploitation of women in A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, Wollstonecraft also condemned those who would “either destroy the embryo in the womb or cast it off when born,” saying: “Nature in everything deserves respect, and those who violate her laws seldom violate them with impunity.”

The Candidates, the Issues And Church Teaching

As Catholics form their consciences in preparation to vote in the 2016 election, one of our key tasks is to be informed about the issues. Where do the two major presidential candidates and their parties stand on the most important issues facing the country? For Catholics, understanding the positions of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, as well as the Democratic and Republican Parties, is essential in making an informed decision on how to vote. It is also key in helping family, friends and colleagues make an equally enlightened choice on Nov. 8.

The National Catholic Register is pleased to offer this special section on the candidates, the issues and Church teaching. Each section includes brief excerpts on what the Church or Church leaders teach about important topics (e.g., abortion, religious liberty, family life and the death penalty), followed by the actual words or pledges of the candidates and the two parties. We hope that you find this guide helpful in your prayerful discernment.

“Human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception. From the first moment of his existence, a human being must be recognized as having the rights of a person — among which is the inviolable right of every innocent being to life. … Since the first century the Church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion. This teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable. Direct abortion, that is to say, abortion willed either as an end or a means, is gravely contrary to the moral law. … Formal cooperation in an abortion constitutes a grave offense. The Church attaches the canonical penalty of excommunication to this crime against human life” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2270-2272).

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Knights of Columbus Membership Drive

Archbishop Elder Council of the Knights of Columbus Membership Drive • October 29-30

Catholic Youth Summer Camp Fundraiser

Please consider joining us on Saturday, October 22nd, from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm in the St. Gertrude Parish Center for a morning of inspiring talks, vendors and a light brunch. Our very own Sr. Veronica Marie, O.P., will give a talk as well as the amazing and energetic co-founder of CYSC and Director of Evangelization for Damascus, Dan DeMatte. Some of the students will be giving a witness talk of their experience at camp.

Please spread the word! For tickets, email Kim at

Parish Health Ministry

On October 23 after the 8:00, 9:30, and 11:00am Masses in the Parish Center PHM volunteers will be providing blood pressure and diabetes screenings. For the most accurate blood glucose results fasting for eight hours before the screening is recommended.

For questions, please contact Brian Varisco at 869-9397. At this event, members of the prayer shawl ministry will also be available to distribute shawls and for anyone interested in becoming involved in the ministry.

Catholic Men's Fellowship - Advent Retreat

The annual Catholic Men’s Advent Retreat, sponsored by the St. Gertrude Men’s Fellowship, will be Friday (12/2/16 Evening) and Saturday (12/3) at Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center, 5440 Moeller Ave., Cincinnati., OH 45212. Space is available on a “1st Come — 1st Served” basis.

Take A Stand For Life - September 28 - November 6

From September 28 to November 6, our community will unite with many others from coast to coast - and internationally - for a major simultaneous pro-life mobilization - the 40 days for Life campaign. Faithful believers are praying that these efforts will mark the beginning of the end of abortion.

40 Days for Life is a focused pro-life campaign with a vision to access God's power through prayer, fasting, and peaceful vigil to end abortion.

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
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