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Below you will find School Events and Activities (past, present and future), this is an excellent resource for posting upcoming events and also to show prospective students and their families the vibrancy of St Gertrude School.

School Information

Annual Christmas Pageant - 2016


The Annual Christmas Pageant will be performed on
Tues. Dec. 20th at 7 pm
AND
Wed. Dec. 21st at 9:30 am
both are held in the Church.

All parishioners are invited to this annual event.

Virtus Child Safety Class

Our next VIRTUS session is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 9 from 6:30-9:30pm in the school cafeteria. You MUST register in advance online by logging on to www.virtusonline.org.

Child Protection: In keeping with archdiocesan policy, parish volunteers must be VIRTUS-certified to be involved in ANY youth activity. What does this mean? All adults must have a background check (within the last five years) and be current on ALL training (via monthly bulletins). This is non-negotiable for volunteers to remain “current” and approved to work with children.

For more information, please email virtus@stgertrude.org, or contact the Parish Office at 561-5954, ext. 2103 and speak with Mary.

Parish Advent Wreath Making Celebration - 2016 Sign Up Form


Sunday, November 27th , 2016 1:30pm

Saint Gertrude Parish Center

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.

St. Gertrude School Walkathon

The 14th Annual St. Gertrude School Walkathon will be held on Friday, October 28.

This event is the only fundraiser for the school PTO, and provides funding for supplemental school experiences such as COSI, Schoolhouse Symphony, visits from the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, and more! Offering extra school programs is one of the PTO’s key focus areas, and the funds raised by the Walkathon enable the PTO to carry out this mission.

First Penance Parent Meeting - AM

Our First Penance Parent Meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 26 at 8:30am and 7:00pm in the school cafeteria. Please attend the session that best fits your schedule.

It is an expectation that one parent be present for each child preparing to receive the gift of peace through the great Sacrament of Reconciliation this year. You will receive information about material to be covered in class, details regarding the First Penance ceremony, and a resource packet with suggestions for activities to be done at home in preparation for reception of this blessed sacrament.

Annual Hayride - Junior High Youth Ministry

  • Who: All 7th and 8th graders
  • When: October 1st - 6:30-8:30pm What: Annual Hayride
  • Where: Benton Center (5313 Benton Rd, Batavia, OH 45103)

All in attendance must bring:

  • a permission form (found at Jr. High Events)
  • a snack or drink (cans) to share

School Outdoor Movie Night - September 23, 2016

School Outdoor Movie Night on Friday, Sept. 23 at 7:30 pm.

When? Friday, September 23th at 7:30pm . We will begin the evening by saying a decade of the rosary in remembrance of Sal Rose. As promised, we are showing Tarzan...last year's close runner up!
Bring the whole family, lawn chairs or blankets! The 8th grade will be selling popcorn and snacks to fund their graduation expenses.

This is a great way to meet new and old friends! Hope to see you there!.

Confirmation Parent Meeting

There is a mandatory Confirmation meeting on Wednesday, September 21 for the parents of our Confirmation candidates. This meeting is for parents of our 8th graders from our School, Religious Ed, and Home Schooling families who have a child receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation in April.

There are two options for the meeting: 8:30am or 7:00pm in the school cafeteria. At least one parent from the family needs to attend. If you have any questions, please contact Megan Dickert at mdickert@stgertrude.org.

Virtus Child Safety Class

Our next VIRTUS session is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 12 from 6:30-9:30pm in the school cafeteria. You MUST register in advance online by logging on to www.virtusonline.org.

Child Protection: In keeping with archdiocesan policy, parish volunteers must be VIRTUS-certified to be involved in ANY youth activity. What does this mean? All adults must have a background check (within the last five years) and be current on ALL training (via monthly bulletins). This is non-negotiable for volunteers to remain “current” and approved to work with children.

For more information, please email virtus@stgertrude.org, or contact the Parish Office at 561-5954, ext. 2103 and speak with Mary.

Foundations of Catholicism - Parent Sessions

Beauty and the Church: The Art of St. Gertrude's
September 18, 2016 7:00 pm

Fr. Gabriel will offer a brief intro on the nature of beauty in worship, and then will walk us through the art and architecture of St. Gertrude's church to give a practical sense for what it's like, and to help us understand a bit more about how to pray in this space.

Foundations of Catholicism: The Creed - Youth Ministry


This 8-session course offered for High School students aims to foster a deeper understanding of the basics of the Catholic faith. It is targeted at all high school students, regardless of grade in high school, or where they go to school (public, private, Catholic, or homeschool).

The Saint Anne and the Child Mary Guild Form (Young Ladies) - Fall 2016

It is important for the Church to create the conditions that will permit many young people to say 'yes' in generous response to God‘s loving call... It is my hope that the local Churches will become places where vocations are carefully discerned and their authenticity tested; places where young men and women are offered wise and strong spiritual direction. In this way, the Christian community itself becomes a manifestation of the Love of God in which every calling is contained.
—Pope Benedict XVI, 49th World Day of Prayer for Vocations

The Saint Anne and the Child Mary Guild is a spiritual guild for young ladies beginning in the 4th grade through high school. The Guild is directly involved in assisting with the beauty and care of our Church environment. The Guild helps young ladies discern how best to serve the church community, including preparing for the holy celebration of the Mass, seasonal devotional spaces, floral design for displays of statues, icons, flowers and plants. The Guild is also an opportunity for us to pray together and receive instruction about feminine and Dominican spirituality, consecrated life, and motherhood with the spiritual assistance and guidance of our own Dominican Sisters of Saint Cecilia. Once a month, September through May, we will come together to pray, serve, and learn. Meeting topics include the Mass and Sacraments, Sacred Scripture, Mary and the Rosary, and the lives of the Saints. We also have planned some great activities, crafts, and snacks, and you won’t want to miss our end-of-the-year Tea Party! The Guild is sponsored by our head sacristan/liturgical coordinator, the Dominican sisters, and mentor mothers. Please go to our website to sign up

We would love for you to join us on Saturday, October 8. Bring any friends who might be interested! We’ll gather from 9-11:15am in the Parish Center.

Save these Dates for 2016-2017:

October 8 February 11
November 5 March 4
December 10 April 22
January 14 May 13

If you have any questions please contact our Head Sacristan/Liturgical Coordinator Rhonda Geil: rhondageil@gmail.com

Permission Slip

Click here for Permission Slip

Saint Joseph the Worker Society (Young Men) Sign Up Form - Fall 2016

It is important for the Church to create the conditions that will permit many young people to say 'yes' in generous response to God‘s loving call... It is my hope that the local Churches will become places where vocations are carefully discerned and their authenticity tested; places where young men and women are offered wise and strong spiritual direction. In this way, the Christian community itself becomes a manifestation of the Love of God in which every calling is contained.

—Pope Benedict XVI, 49th World Day of Prayer for Vocations

The St. Joseph the Worker Society recruits young men from the 4th grade through high school. They are trained to serve holy Mass and other important liturgical celebrations. The Society for the young men will be an opportunity for them to be mentored in Dominican spirituality, build community, and provide needed service to the church. It is a program of fraternity, discipline, accountability, and discernment; the spirituality of manhood, priesthood, and fatherhood is the focus of the training for our young men. This program is organized by the pastor and parochial vicars and will involve fathers from the parish as well.

Dear Parents and Boys, Grades 4-12,

Welcome to the altar server training program here at St. Gertrude’s!

It is indeed a great privilege to be able to serve Holy Mass. One must be mature, disciplined, striving to be holy, and willing to take directions from Fr. André-Joseph, Fr. Gabriel, and older altar boys.

Do you have the qualities needed to serve as an altar boy at St. Gertrude church? Remember the qualities listed above before you say yes. Attendance at the sessions does not guarantee that you will be allowed to serve Holy Mass. Fr. Andre-Joseph and Fr. Carroll will make their decisions based on your ability to be mature, disciplined, striving to be holy, and able to take directions during the training sessions.

Please note the following dates for the training sessions. All sessions are held in the church. You must attend all three sessions in order to begin serving here at St. Gertrude’s. No exceptions will be made.

1st Session: Tuesday, Oct. 11, 6-8:30pm

  • Introduction into the Ministry of Altar Server
  • The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass
  • Explanation of liturgical objects, vestments, etc.

2nd Session: Thursday, Oct. 13, 6-8:30pm

  • How to serve Mass.

3rd Session: Tuesday, Oct. 18, 6-8:30pm

  • How to serve Mass.

Children’s Choir


Any parish child from third through eighth grade is welcome to join the children’s choir! We rehearse from 3:30-4:45pm on Tuesday afternoons. Rehearsals are in the choir room in the Parish Center. The children sing at the 11:00am Sunday Mass four to five times a year and perform a spring concert in May. Permission forms are available in the Parish Office, or you may print out the attachment below.

Contact Catherine Fishlock with any questions at musicdirector@stgertrude.org.