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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.

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time - July 24, 2016

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Fr. Greg Friedman, OFM, Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America
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Reading 1 GN 18:20-32

In those days, the LORD said: "The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great,

From the Pastor 07/24/16

A Catechism on Cremation
Once or twice a year I put this in the bulletin to educate our parishioners about the topic of cremation. It is very important that we understand what the Church teaches about cremation because we often run into misunderstandings about cremation when ministering to grieving families.

On March 21, 1997, the National Conference of Catholic Bishops in the United States was granted an indult from the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Disciple of the Sacraments and the Supreme Pontiff Pope John Paul II, for the funeral rites in the presence of the cremated remains of the deceased. The faithful are granted the full rites of Christian burial when a family decides to have their loved ones cremated. In the Order of Christian Funerals with Cremation Rites there are important clarifications for the Christian faithful concerning cremation. Here are some directives from the Cremation Appendix:

Being Merciful to Ourselves - Fr. Gabriel Torretta, O.P.

What does it mean to be merciful to myself? Does it mean casting off exterior limitations to explore the true me, à la "Eat, Pray, Love"? Does it mean staring very hard at my weaknesses to be set free from self-deceit? Or does it mean something else entirely? In this video, Fr. Gabriel looks at the meaning of mercy for the self through studying the Gospel passage about the woman caught in adultery.

NFP (Natural Family Planning) Fall Sign Ups

Class dates: Aug 21, Sep 18, Oct 16
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Life's 5th Quarter

8:00am Mass at

Holy Name Catholic Church

2422 Auburn Avenue, Cincinnati,

near Christ Hospital.

Join Life's 5th Quarter on July 30, the 5th Saturday of July, for Mass with Rev. André-Joseph LaCasse, O.P. as celebrant. We invite other priests to come and concelebrate with him.

The Fifth Saturday Masses and Prayer Vigils for Life are sponsored by Life's 5th Quarter.

Requiem Mass for Salvatore Rose - Homily

Recently I saw a mother in mourning; her loving hand caressed the body of her lifeless son; her tears fell on his cheeks as the color faded away from his skin. Others looked on in sorrow, praying with heart-broken sighs, wanting to be helpful but feeling completely useless. It was a painting of the Blessed Virgin Mary cradling the broken body of Jesus after he was taken down from the Cross: a pieta with a universal message but also one specifically for you, Barbara, Michael, Marcella, Anna Maria, Lena, and Lorenzo: Our Lady knows your suffering and Our Lord Jesus Christ is always with you, even in death.

I think of all the tragedies we have experienced here at St Gertrude’s: fathers who lost battles with illness, mothers whose passing left grief in their wake, a beloved teacher, infants, high schoolers, and now Salvatore Rose. Ordinarily in funeral homilies I think it is best not to talk too much about the deceased; that is better suited for words of remembrance at other times. In this case, however, I believe the life and death of Sal has much to teach us about our Catholic faith.

2016 Festival Pictures

Pictures of the St Gertrude Festival 2016.
Photos by Cincinnati Digital Photography 513 484 3645

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 talk_ysktt01.mp3
Archbishop Sheen 2.  Conscience talk_ysktt02.mp3

Mary and the Year of Mercy

Anne Collins gave a talk March of 2016 at St. Susanna called "Mary and the Year of Mercy." The audio file is down below. Also attached is the Outline on the Talk.

If you want to know more about True Devotion to Mary please click here.

Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession)

St. Athanasius (Holy Repentance)

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