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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.

Wednesday of the Eighth Week in Ordinary Time - May 27, 2015


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Rev. Daniel Merz, Secretariat of Divine Worship

Reading 1 SIR 36:1, 4-5A, 10-17

Come to our aid, O God of the universe,
look upon us, show us the light of your mercies,
and put all the nations in dread of you!
Thus they will know, as we know,
that there is no God but you, O Lord.

2015 High School Boys Vocation Event

What: Each year the Dominican Province of St. Joseph organizes only one high school boys vocation event during the summer. Includes: Holy Mass, Midday Prayer, Recreation/Cookout in priory garden, a Talk on Dominican Life, Rosary/Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.

Who: All boys from OH, KY, and surrounding states (including incoming freshman and graduating seniors) are invited. A special invitation is going out to altar servers.

When: Monday July 13, 2015
11:30am-3:30pm (begins in St. Gertrude church with Mass)

Where: St. Gertrude Priory in Madeira, Ohio houses our Dominican Novices, so this vocation event for high school boys presents an extraordinary opportunity to meet and pray with our younger friars and those friars working in our Ohio parishes.

Details: Permission Slip Required via St. Gertrude High School Youth Ministry (Director of Youth Ministry: Mr. Brad Bursa)


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From the Pastor 05/24/15

Pentecost Sunday: With our celebrating of Pentecost this weekend we come to the end of the Easter Season. And what a blessed time it has been! Our RCIA class met the entire Easter Season and their last class was last Monday. Now as fully initiated, I would add, “superbly educated,” Catholics, they come into our parish community. We welcome them into the life of Holy Mother Church. We will now enter into Ordinary Time. That is a relief, because honestly I’m really tired of decorating, and I am sure Rhonda Geil, our head sacristan, will be happy to have some relief from a pastor who likes to decorate.

Pastoral Council Update: The Pastoral Council has concluded its work for this year. We said goodbye and heartfelt thanks to Sam Rayburn, Joe Campa, and Duane Harrison for the years they served on council. We also welcomed two new members to the council: John Dumas and Ryan Schilling. We are still in need of one more member of the council. If you are interested, please contact me so we can discuss this very important ministry in our parish.

New Parish Census: I kindly ask all registered parishioners to take part in the 2015 St. Gertrude Parish Census. It has been several years since we completed one and the information we collect is vital for the parish as well as the archdiocese. I am hoping for 100% participation from all families and members. Please see page 7 in this week’s bulletin for instructions and information. Our preference is for you to do this online via our website: http://stgertrude.org/ParishionerCensus, because that will make our secretaries very happy; but you may use the paper version if you so choose. During the coming weeks, paper versions will also be placed in the pews for your convenience.

Parish Census 2015

In order to serve our parish and archdiocese better, please fill out the form below. It will take less than 5 minutes. This form will also be used for new parishioners.

Click here for Census Form

Why conduct a census?

  •  To reach out to our parishioners.
  •  To get to know parishioners better.
  •  To plan programs and events more efficiently.
  •  To improve stewardship/evangelization efforts.
  •  To control costs:

First Mass of Thanksgiving


Two newly ordained priests will be celebrating a First Mass of Thanksgiving Sunday, May 31. It is a tradition that the newly ordained priests return to their home parishes for their “First Mass.”

Fr. Boniface Endorf, O.P. will be celebrating his First Mass Sunday at the 9:30am Mass.
Fr. Charles Shonk, O.P. will also be celebrating his First Mass Sunday at the 12:30pm Mass.

Make A Difference! Building Homes, Changing Lives (Elder Council - KofC)

All St. Gertrude parishioners are invited to join the Elder Council Knights of Columbus to build a home as a member of the Madisonville Church Coalition of Habitat for Humanity.

The partner family has three children, and are originally from Liberia, West Africa.

The Habitat goal this year is to build this house in 12 weeks, meaning that our time commitment will only be 3 or 4 Saturday's.

Auction News!


The Festival Puppy has arrived! Our Goldendoodle puppy, an F2 which means 2nd generation, will be six-weeks old at the time of the festival. The mother is a red poodle weighing 18 lbs. and the father is an apricot mini Goldendoodle and weighs 15 lbs. Everyone is going to fall in love with him. Be watching the website for pictures. Our Festival Puppy will be in the Auction Tent all weekend for you to visit him.

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion Training

We are looking for new Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion for all Masses.


Training will be conducted in the Church on:
Sunday May 31st from 1:45-3:45 pm

If you are interested, please attend this training session. Please contact Rob Lockwood at 513-319-0543 if you have any questions.

St. Gertrude Parish Festival 2015


Friday, June 12th: 6pm-11:30pm
Saturday, June 13th: 5pm-11:30pm
Sunday, June 14th: 3pm-10pm

Attractions

  • Over 60 fun Booths & Rides
  • All of your favorite Festival Foods
  • Live Entertainment nightly on the Main Stage
  • Super-sized Auction Booth
  • Air conditioned Gaming Hall
  • Win a $1000 at The Helicopter Golf Ball Drop
  • Reverse Raffle (Win a Full Year's Tuition 2015/2016 School year

Come join the fun!

6551 Miami Ave., Madeira, OH 45243 (corner of Miami Ave. & Shawnee Run Rd.)

Volunteer

Click here to volunteer to help

Re-dedication for the Rachel Statue at Gate of Heaven


Please set aside the morning of Saturday, June 13, 2015 for an important pro-life event. On that morning, at 11:00 am, you can join Bishop Binzer, the Fourth Degree in all their impressive regalia, and members of your and other councils and pro-life organizations for the re-dedication of the Rachel Statue at Gate of Heaven Cemetery.

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