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St Gertrude Newsletter October 9, 2018

The Aquinas Society of Cincinnati Presents Revolution 1968-2018

The Aquinas Society of Cincinnati is an initiative of the Dominican Friars of St. Gertrude’s in Cincinnati. Fulfilling our mission as teachers and preachers of the Truth. We seek to offer to Catholics of Cincinnati the intellectual and spiritual resources they need to stand fast in the faith and grow in holiness. Our events includes lectures, discussions, cultural outings, and performances.

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Annual Craft Fair at St. Gertrude's Parish - October 20, 2018

Ladies of Charity present Saturday, Oct. 20 the Annual Craft Fair at St. Gertrude's Parish

Annual Craft Fair at St. Gertrude's Parish - Saturday, Oct. 20

  • A showcase of talented crafters!
  • Beautiful, handmade items & unique gifts in all price ranges.
  • Food and delicious baked goods available for purchase.
  • Sponsored by the Ladies of Charity – for charity.
  • Grab your holiday shopping list, bring a friend, and come browse the tables.

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Catholic Men’s Advent Retreat - Fall 2018

The annual Catholic Men’s Advent Retreat, sponsored by the St. Gertrude Men’s Fellowship, will be Friday (11/30/18 Evening) and Saturday (12/1) at Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center, 5440 Moeller Ave., Cin., OH 45212. Space is available on a “1st Come -- 1st Served” basis.

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Gift of Life Layette - October 2018

October 1, 2018 - October 31, 2018

The Pack-n-Play is again outside the Holy Family Chapel/Candle room for the entire month of October. Your donations of new baby items are a great way for families to participate in respect Life Month. Most needed items are: diapers (size N to 6), baby wipes/washes/lotions, onesies, sleepers, blankets, socks, hats, outfits, formula and bottles. Toddler coats are needed as winter approaches.

Please only new items; no books/toys.

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40 Days for Life - Fall 2018

From September 26 to November 4th our community will unite with many others from coast to coast – and internationally – for a major simultaneous pro-life mobilization – the 40 Days for Life campaign. Faithful believers are praying that these efforts will mark the beginning of the end of abortion.

40 Days for Life is a focused pro-life campaign with a vision to access God’s power through prayer, fasting, and peaceful vigil to end abortion.

The mission of the campaign is to bring together the body of Christ in a spirit of unity during a focused 40 day campaign of prayer, fasting, and peaceful activism, with the purpose of repentance, to seek God’s favor to turn hearts and minds from a culture of death to a culture of life, thus bringing an end to abortion.

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Preaching Reality: A Profile of the New Prior of St. Gertrude, Fr. John Farren, O.P.

By Fr. Henry Stephan, O.P.

Fr. John Farren is a Dominican friar because he was a good delivery boy. Not in the newspaper sense—though the three Farren brothers did deliver more than one million copies of the Boston Globe during their boyhoods, enough to merit them a photograph and feature story in the Globe itself when Fr. Farren, the youngest of the three brothers, finally retired from the route. Farren’s father charged him one evening with a new task: deliver his younger sister Mary to her new Catholic school. As part of the task, Farren himself would be enrolled as well. With the principal qualification that he was an able-bodied escort, eighth-grader John Farren first met the Dominican Order through this providential decision.

The sisters who taught at the school shocked Farren at first. Who did these nuns think they were? Nuns are supposed to wear black! The stark white habit made a powerful impression, as did the women who wore them. Farren excelled in class and soon became involved in the school newspaper. It was the moderator of the journalism club, Sr. Francis, who asked him one day during his senior year, seemingly out of the blue:

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