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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.

Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children - January 23, 2017

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Msgr. James C. Vlaun,
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Lectionary: 317
Reading 1 HEB 9:15, 24-28

Christ is mediator of a new covenant:
since a death has taken place

Spiritual Fertility vs Spiritual Barrenness: Humanae Vitae

Life of Elisabeth Leseur ("My Spirit Rejoices"): the giving of her life for her husband. In contrast to her contemporary: Margaret Sanger (founder of Planned Parenthood). Instead of heroic virtue there is pernicious vice. Pregnancy has become a "sickness" for which we need a pill.

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

Circle of Prayer

Our members support parishioners exclusively through prayer. Anyone may request a prayer and your request will be handed on to each member. Intentions are remembered for as long as requested and are kept confidential.
We are a group of parishioners who pray for those in need. We do not meet, but pray individually. Our forms of prayer are many ― praying the rosary, attending Mass; saying/reciting the Our Father, Hail Mary, or any appropriate prayer from a prayer book; attending adoration; lighting a candle. Any age is welcome, but our group is typically ages 30 and older. Prayer requests will be emailed to you, then all you have to do is pray!

Membership: Open to any parishioner
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Prayer Requests:
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Barbara Rose

Catholic Ministries Appeal 2017

From the Pastor 01/22/17

This weekend marks the beginning of the 2017 Catholic Ministries Appeal. As you know, each year the archbishop sponsors this diocesan wide effort to raise money for six key areas: the New Evangelization, Mt. St. Mary’s of the West Seminary and Vocations, St. Rita’s School for the Deaf, Catholic Charities, Retired Priests, and finally Prison, College Campus, and Hospital Ministries.

I asked Scott and Jackie Borchers to be our parish spokes couple for the 2017 CMA and they graciously accepted. In meeting with Scott and Jackie last month, it was clear to me how much they love St. Gertrude Parish and believe in the CMA. Their witness talk appears in the centerfold of this weekend’s bulletin along with key information about this year’s CMA.

St. Gertrude continues to be a light in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Since I have been your pastor, our parish has exceeded its CMA goal each year. The goal for the 2017 CMA is $5 million, the same amount as last year, and our parish goal has been set for just under $95,000. Your help is needed to reach this important goal! Ninety cents of every dollar contributed goes directly to fund the ministries. Once again, if our parish exceeds its goal, we will receive 50% over our goal back to the parish, which has been designated to go towards our youth evangelization efforts, especially our expanding and very successful Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Atrium Program.

St Gertrude School Open House - January 29, 2017

Discernment of Spirits

St Ignatius of Loyola teaches us how to discern spirits that are in our lives. We look at St Augustine for an example of this.

Men's Lenten Retreat 2017 - sponsored by the Knights of Columbus

Man Up! Lenten Retreat, February 10-12, 2017, Norwood OH; Our Lady of The Holy Spirit Center. All men are welcome. Sponsored by Knights of Columbus. Fr. Tony Stephens of the Fathers of Mercy challenges men to grow in holiness and be true men of God. Retreat conferences include: The Martyrdom of the Daily Grind; Boys to Men; We're Not made of wood; Courageous Hope, The witness of Fr. Emil Kapaun U.S Army captain. Registration and $155 payment deadline is Tuesday, February 7. Call Larry Tracy 513-321-4879 or by web:

Fr. Tony Stephens, CPM Retreat Master
Fr. Tony was born in 1976 and is a native of Angelus, Kansas. He attended Christendom College in Front Royal Virginia. He joined the Fathers of Mercy in 2000. Fr. Tony studied for the priesthood at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio where he received his Master of Divinity. He was ordained in 2005, and was the assistant pastorof St. Luke’s Catholic Church in Nicholasville, KY. In 2007, Fr. Tony was assigned to begin traveling and preaching parish retreats, also known as “parish missions”. His travels have taken him across the United States, Canada, and also to different parts of the Australian Continent. From 2009-2015, he served as the Vocations Director and Student Master for the community. He also helped in the preaching apostolate of the Congregation. In August of 2015, he joined the formation faculty at the Athenaeum of Ohio / Mt. St. Mary’s Seminary of the West in Cincinnati. He currently works at the Director of Field Education, the Director of Pastoral Interns, and assists on the formation faculty.

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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