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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.

Fourth Sunday of Lent - March 26, 2017

Rev. Larry Marcille, Archdiocese of Toronto

Lectionary: 31
Reading 1 1 SM 16:1B, 6-7, 10-13A

The LORD said to Samuel:
"Fill your horn with oil, and be on your way.
I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem,
for I have chosen my king from among his sons."

As Jesse and his sons came to the sacrifice,
Samuel looked at Eliab and thought,
"Surely the LORD's anointed is here before him."

From the Pastor 03/26/17

Next Saturday, April 1 is the Parish CleanUp Day: After consulting with the staff and some ministries, I am pleased to announce a new initiative for our campus: a day to invest in our wonderful infrastructure, both indoors and outdoors. On April 1, (see flyer in bulletin), I invite families, ministries, and individuals to join your parish family for fellowship in service to your church. We will undertake a variety of indoor and outdoor jobs for parishioners of all ages. A light breakfast will be served before we get underway. This is in keeping with the Holy Father’s encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si, which I encourage you to read. Our maintenance team will appreciate the assistance!

As I often do, or am asked to do, I am providing updates and reminders about certain parish policies and guidelines:

Lenten Program with Music

Novices and Choir Program

Join the choir and the novices, Tuesday, April 4 at 7:00pm in the church, for a program of readings, choral pieces, and Dominican chants for Lent. This program is free and open to the public.

The Little Sisters of the Poor

The Little Sisters of the Poor will be present at all the Masses next weekend seeking your assistance in their ministry. For the past 145 years, the Sisters have been offering the needy elderly of the tristate, a home where they are welcomed as Christ, cared for as a family, and accompanied with dignity until God calls them to himself. The Sisters depend on our support to meet the needs of their poor elderly. For more information visit their website at

Lenten Mission Early Session

This is the early session the later session is at 7pm.

The Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Mother

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

Campus Clean-up Day

Vacation Bible School - 2017

  1. Link to Online 2017 VBS Registration:
  2. Tutorial for Online 2017 VBS Registration (PDF Attached)
  3. 2017 VBS Volunteer Form:

Angelic Warfare Confraternity Enrollment

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 Sunday, April 2nd at 1:45 PM in the transept of the church. Advanced registration required.

Charity for Lent

We will have to give an account for every idle word we say. Do we think of our judgment day? St Francis de Sales helps in the teaching on sins of the tongue.

33 Days to Merciful Love

Consecration to Divine Mercy
April 23, 2017
Divine Mercy Sunday

  • Purchase and read the book – start on March 21st through April 22nd (33days)
  • Fr. Gaitley’s DVDs will be shown on 6 consecutive Wednesdays at 12:30 pm in the Parish Center Lobby beginning on March 15th (Introduction), 3/22, 3/29, 4/5, 4/12, 4/19
  • Consecration on Divine Mercy Sunday at 3:15 pm after the Chaplet of Divine Mercy

Way of the Cross

The following prayers were excerpted from the text written by then-Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger in 2005. Unable to attend the service due to his failing health, John Paul II watched via television from his private chapel and sent a message to participants: “I also offer my sufferings so that God’s plan may be completed and his Word spread among the peoples. I, in turn, am close to all who are tried by suffering at this time. I pray for each one of them.”

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)

Luke E. Hart Series (What Catholics believe, How Catholics pray, How Catholics live)

Select Picture to go to page of courses.

Based upon the Catechism of the Catholic Church, this series answers three questions of the deepest importance to any practicing Catholic, or person looking for a better understanding of our faith: What does a Catholic believe?, How does the Catholic worship?, and How does the Catholic live?

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