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St. Gertrude Newsletter December 4, 2018

The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary


Inmaculada Concepcion, 1650, Bartolome Estaban Murillo

Celebrate the Solemnity of The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary on this Holy Day of Obligation.

Dec. 7, 2018 - Immaculate Conception Vigil Mass
7:30pm

Dec. 8, 2018
8:00 am
11:30 am
4:30 pm (This fulfills one of the obligations, either Immaculate Conception or Sunday Obligation but not both)

From the Pastor:
This Friday is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Our Lady, under this title, is the Patroness of our country. It is also a Holy Day of Obligation.

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Fr. Rutler's Weekly Column - December 2, 2018


A bishop condescendingly asked John Henry Newman, “Who are the laity?” To which the great saint, and, one hopes, future Doctor of the Church, replied that the Church would look foolish without them.

The same might be said of those who are consecrated in the Religious life. The difference is that most of the Church consists in laypeople, while monks, nuns, and other consecrated Sisters and Brothers are a small fraction of the People of God, but are needed to remind all the baptized that our true home is in heaven. The distinctive habits that they wear are reminders of their role.

Since the Second Vatican Council, many ill-advised Religious have abandoned conventual life and even those Religious habits. It was an abuse of the Council’s modest prescriptions for updating the consecrated life, and in fact, it often fostered dissent from the Faith itself. Since 1965 the number of women Religious in the United States has dropped from 181,421 to fewer than 47,000 today. Eighty percent are older than 70, so the death rattle is ominous in at least 300 of the 420 Religious institutes. Yet, many refuse to admit their mistakes, rather like the definition of insanity: “Doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.”

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School Annual Fund Update!

Our 2018-19 effort is off to a strong start! Thank you to those who have given so generously already! As you know, there are tax advantages for making an end-of-year gift. I hope more families will consider making a donation to support our top priorities for this academic year:

  • SGS is partnering with OptimALL for Professional Coaching Services for teachers and Educational Programs for parents.

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The Mother of Mercy Perpetual Adoration Chapel Closure

The Mother of Mercy Perpetual Adoration Chapel will be closing for Christmas, beginning at 9 am on Saturday, Dec. 22nd. The Adoration Chapel will reopen again on Wednesday Dec. 26th at 9 am.

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Christmas Schedule - 2018


A Novena of Masses will be celebrated for your intentions beginning on December 25th

Preparations for Christmas

Masses will be relocated in the Parish Center, St. Dominic Lobby, December 17-21

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Christmas Pageant - 2018

Please join us for our Annual Christmas Event.

December 20, 2018 at 7:00pm
and
December 21, 2018 at 9:00am

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2018 Christmas Directory

Very Rev. K. R. Letoile, O.P.
Very Rev. Darren Pierre, O.P
Fr. William A. Holt, O.P.
Fr. Allen Moran, O.P.
Fr. Matthew Carroll, O.P.
St Vincent Ferrer Priory
869 Lexington Ave
New York, NY 10065

Very Rev. Walter Wagner, O.P.
Fr. Jerome Zeiler, O.P.
St Catherine of Siena Priory
411 East 68th St
New York, NY 10065

Archbishop Chris Cardone, O.P.
Archdiocese of Honiara
Box 237
Honiara, Solomon Islands
(via South Pacific)

Fr. Ezra Sullivan, O.P.
Fr. Benedict Croell, O.P.,
Pontifical Univ.

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