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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.

Thursday of the Second Week of Easter - April 27, 2017

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Fr. Don Miller, OFM, Franciscan Media
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Lectionary: 270
Reading 1 ACTS 5:27-33

When the court officers had brought the Apostles in
and made them stand before the Sanhedrin,

Confraternity of the Holy Rosary Sign Up

Do you pray the Rosary every day? The St. Gertrude Chapter of the confraternity of the rosary will be enrolling new members at a special mass at 11:30 am on Saturday, May 13th. Members of the confraternity make a commitment (which does not bind under pain of sin) to pray at least the original fifteen mysteries of the rosary at least once every week for the rest of their life, and to include in the intentions of each rosary the intentions of every other member of the confraternity throughout the whole Church. In return, members of the confraternity benefit, both in this life and in purgatory, from the prayers of every member of the confraternity throughout the world, from a share of the prayers of the Dominican Order, and, in a particular way, from the prayers of all of the Saints in Heaven. When a member of the confraternity prays the rosary, even when he prays alone, he is no longer praying as one person, but is praying in communion with the whole church. You can be enrolled in the confraternity whether you are a parishioner of St. Gertrude or not. You can be enrolled even if you can not attend the Mass, though the enrollment ceremony is highly encouraged. You can read more about the confraternity at If you would like to be enrolled, please fill out the registration form on below.

As a part of the enrollment ceremony, new enrollees receive a blessed medal, rosary and candle. While not required, a free will offering of $10 would help us to offset the cost of these items. If you would like to make a donation online, go to Please type “Rosary Confraternity” in the comment box.

Gift of Life Layette

The spring “Pack-n-Play” will be in the church outside the candle room from May 1-31. All items collected will be donated to Old St. Mary’s Pregnancy Center in Over-the-Rhine and the Women’s Center in Sharonville. A list of needed items will appear in next week’s bulletin. Please consider making this a family or ministry project during Our Blessed Mother’s month. St. Gertrude parishioners have always been very generous with much-needed NEW baby items for Moms and their precious babies.

Mother’s Day Novena

Remember your Mothers, Grandmothers, Aunts and friends, both living and deceased, in a special way on Mother’s Day by enrolling them in our Mother’s Day Novena of Masses which will begin on May 14. Novena cards are available at the entrances of the church and in the Parish Office. Return your novena offering envelope in the collection or the Parish Office.

Familia For Mothers - Information Session

Are you looking for a way to share ideas with other moms on how to raise faith-filled children and strengthen your marriage? A new Familia group is being formed for Fall 2017! We meet twice per month in the morning from September through May to reflect on the Gospel, Catechism and Pope JPII’s writings as they apply to us as wives and mothers. Please join us for an information session on Thursday, May 4, from 9:30-10:30am in the Parish Center.

Honoring Our Blessed Mother’s Fatima Appearance - Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center

An event honoring the 100th anniversary of our Blessed Mother’s appearance at Fatima, Portugal will be conducted on Saturday, May 13 at Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center located at 5440 Moeller Avenue from 8:30am - 4:00pm. There is no admission charge for this event although a free will donation will be gratefully accepted to defray expenses. Please register online at to ensure adequate seating and the purchase of optional lunches are available.

Eat the Anti-Inflammatory Way - Parish Health Ministry

Parish Health Ministry is sponsoring a Nutrition and Health Seminar called Eat the Anti-Inflammatory Way & Manage Aches and Pains (including joint pain, muscle weakness, migraines, arthritis, and more). Monday, May 8 at 7:00 – 8:30pm in the St. Gertrude School cafeteria. The presenter is Peachy Seiden, PhD, MS, RDN. Peachy is a Registered Dietitian, nutrition counselor and parishioner. To register, contact Jeanne Palcic at or call 489-2151 and leave your name, phone and number attending. Healthy snacks and handouts provided. There is no charge for the class but donations are welcome at the door.

An Easter Gift to St. Gertrude Parish

The Knights of Columbus has made available to the parish a series of booklets from the order’s Building the Domestic Church initiative. This resource is aimed at helping families to live out the Church’s mission and vision for parenting, fatherhood, and family prayer life. It includes 15 different topics with essays by prominent religious as well as two of St. John Paul II’s famous messages for the family!

5K Run to Remember - Festival 2017

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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.

From the Pastor 04/23/17

A Blessed Divine Mercy Sunday to all! Don’t forget that we will have Divine Mercy Devotions and Confessions beginning at 2:30pm this Sunday. We have six friars for confessions, and as you know there will be a lot of people going to confession. As always to accommodate everyone and to be kind to our generous priests, please as always, “Be Brief, Be Bold, Be Gone.”

We had such a wonderful celebration of Easter Sunday. The Masses were very full, the music was beautiful, and all our priests worked very hard to serve all of you. May we continue to enjoy this most blessed season of Easter all the way to the celebration of Pentecost.

Congratulations are also in order to all our Confirmation Candidates who recently received the Sacrament of Confirmation from Archbishop Dennis Schnurr on the Saturday of Palm Sunday weekend. Their names are printed in this weekend’s bulletin.

For the next four weeks I would like to speak to you about the Four Cardinal Virtues. The theology presented is of course from the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and the teachings of St. Thomas Aquinas. This week is the first installment with an Introduction to the Cardinal Virtues and then specifically the Virtue of Prudence.

Suffering, Death and Resurrection

Talk by Archbishop Sheen from Ye Shall Know the Truth Series

The Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Mother

Lenten Series talk given by Anne Collins at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish March 17, 2017.

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. Athanasius (Holy Repentance)

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