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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.

Memorial of Saint Andrew Dung-Lac, Priest, and Companions, Martyrs - November 24, 2017

Father Michael Coutts S.J. - Celebrant, Archdiocese of Toronto
Loretto Abbey, Toronto
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Lectionary: 501
Reading 1 1 MC 4:36-37, 52-59

Judas and his brothers said,
"Now that our enemies have been crushed,
let us go up to purify the sanctuary and rededicate it."

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

Gift of Life Layette - Thank You

On behalf of the Pregnancy Center at Old St. Mary's in Over-the-Rhine and the Sharonville Women's Center, a heartfelt thank you to St. Gertrude's Parish for your tremendous generosity! The Pack 'n' Play was filled many times over with much-needed baby items. Among them were 68 pkgs of diapers, 67 pkgs of wipes, 25 blankets, 24 hand-knitted hats/booties, over 100 sleepers/outfits, jackets, coats, bibs, formula, baby food, bottles, pacifiers, and more. Coupons valued at $47 and $32 in cash was donated.

Catholic Men's Fellowship - Advent Retreat 2017

Update 10/30/2017

The 2017 annual Catholic Men’s Advent Retreat, sponsored by the St. Gertrude Men’s Fellowship, will be Friday (12/1 evening) and Saturday (12/2) at Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center, 5440 Moeller Ave., Cin., OH 45212. Space is available on a “1st Come — 1st Served” basis.

Fr. Martin Martiny, O. P. will serve as our Retreat Master. Our theme is the miracle of the “The REAL Presence” of Christ in the Eucharist.

New Altar Servers Blessing

St. Gertrude Church inducted 29 boys in the St. Joseph the Worker Society for altar servers. They completed more than 10 hours training and are ready to be in the schedule to serve Mass.

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Jeanne Stephens' Funeral Expenses

Jeanne had such a wide circle of friends...her beloved Fransiscan University, St. Gertrude Church, Madeira schools, dance/theater, LipSense. She fought cancer so hard and had such a great desire to live a long life as Chris' spouse and as a mom to their children. Unfortunately, those dreams were not to be fulfilled. Her unfailing trust in God throughout her many hardships is a beautiful lesson for all. Chris took such care of her and this took time away from his new employment for which we had all prayed. Death was not in her plan, and our help is now needed to assist in paying for her gravesite and funeral arrangements. Please give what you can.

Please keep in your prayers, Chris Stephens and family, after the loss of his wife, Jeanne Stephens. Jeanne was a devoted wife and mother to their children and an active member of our community.

To help with a funeral and other necessary household expenses, a GoFundMe has been set up in her name at the GoFundMe site below. This site may be broken at times.
If you would like to donate to the family via check or cash, please stop by the Parish office.

Donate here

From the Pastor 11/19/17

New landscaping around the Parish Center

Lots of parishioners have been asking about the new landscaping that is being constructed around the Parish Center. I have mentioned this before in my past Pastor’s columns, but once again to let everyone know what is going on, and a little more information.

First of all I want our parishioners to know that the expense for these projects has been donated to the parish by generous benefactors.

The first project was the landscaping around the gym entrance. We installed a new retaining wall, seating, and a walkway. This was needed for added safety for our kids coming and going from gym class.

The second landscaping project is a seat retaining wall where the Children’s Garden used to be. This ‘serpentine” seat wall will be accompanied by a Jubilee Memorial marking the pastors from St. Gertrude’s who have celebrated their 25 and 50 Jubilees of Ordination.

The third landscaping project will be a new Pro-Life Knights of Columbus Plaza Entrance. The Knights of Columbus are known for their great work for the sanctity of life. This plaza will have a Pro-Life Monument reminding us to keep praying and working for the sacredness of life, new seating areas, and a new entrance for the Knights of Columbus.

I am grateful for the generosity of the Knights of Columbus and two other families who have generously given for all these projects. It should be very nice by the time it is finished. In the spring of 2018 the trees, shrubs, and plantings will be done in all three areas. There will be opportunities for you to donate in memoriam at that time.

Marriage Enrichment Program Sign Up


A new marriage enrichment program will be offered starting Jan. 4, 2018.

Sign Up form will open December 3, 2017

Angelic Warfare Confraternity Enrollment

Submissions for this form are open.


The Angelic Warfare Confraternity is a supernatural fellowship of men and women bound to one another in love and dedicated to pursuing and promoting chastity together under the powerful patronage St. Thomas Aquinas and the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Confraternity is an official apostolate of the Dominican Order.

Enrollment will take place on Wednesday December 6th at 8:10 PM in the transept of the church. Advanced registration required.

Giving Tree Sign Ups - 2017

Christmas Giving Tree Program 2017

The Ladies of Charities will be having signups for our annual Christmas Giving Tree the weekend of November 18-19 and again on November 25-26. Many families throughout our area have a very special Christmas because of our parishioners generosity. Please stop by the Christmas Giving Tree and pick a tag off the tree to help us fulfill the wishes of some very special people. Drop off for the gifts will be December 2-3.

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:

Are You Ready to Change Lives... Yours and Others?

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is a ministry that gives you the opportunity to Give Back in a way that fits into your busy life! Vincentians are parish-based volunteers who are people just like you. We are business professionals, teachers, retirees, soccer moms, factory workers - anyone who wants to help people. Join your parish St. Vincent de Paul Conference and start making a difference in your community.

We need volunteers who can help with any of these:

Parish Advent Wreath Making Celebration - 2017 Sign Up Form


Sunday, November 26th from 2:00pm - 4:00pm in the Saint Gertrude Parish Center Gym

Date and Place have changed to December 3rd in the School Cafeteria

Cost - $ 25.00 per family

Join us as we celebrate Advent with this fun parish activity!
You’ll find fellowship, holiday fun, refreshments, and activities for the children. We provide all the materials for making a beautiful Advent Wreath of live greens. Don’t forget to bring your pruners! (You may also want to bring a platter, tray, or box lid for transporting your wreath) Father will be with us to bless the wreaths made by your family. Adults and older students are needed to help with crafts and refreshments.

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.
Click here to register for class at St. Gertrude.

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
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