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Presentation Ministries: Marian Talks

Anne Collins gave 2 talks on July 26, 2016, at Xavier University for Presentation Ministries' Bible Institute. The audio files are below. The 3 documents that Anne refers to in her first talk are attached below.

  • Mary in Scripture
  • Total Consecration to Mary

Year of Mercy - 2016 Corporal Works of Mercy: Feed the Hungry

Year of Mercy - 2016
Corporal Works of Mercy: Feed the Hungry

Catholic Charities of Southwest Ohio is seeking family or group volunteers for its Mobile Food Pantry,
a new initiative that reaches out to rural counties with high poverty and hunger rates on certain days each month by establishing “pop up pantries:" The counties they serve are:

  • Highland (Rocky Fork; 1st Thursday)
  • Clinton (Blanchester/Wilmington (alternate location each month); 2nd Thursday)
  • Brown (Ripley; 3rd Wednesday)
  • Clermont (Bethel; 3rd Friday)
  • Adams (West Union; 4th Tuesday)

Interested groups are invited to join their team of volunteers for the whole day, or part of a day, by helping unload and distribute food to their guests. Volunteers arrive at 9:30am for instructions and then help prepare the pantry for the guests who arrive from 11:00am-1:00pm. After that, help is needed in cleaning up.

Corporal Work of Mercy - Visit the Imprisoned

Over 30 men will be giving a retreat for 30 inmates at the maximum security prison in
Lucasville, OH, at the end of April. They are in need of many donations and prayers for a
successful retreat. If you would like to help, please drop off any of the following items at the
St. Gertrude Parish Office on Wednesday, April 20 between 8:00am and 5:00pm (not earlier
in the week please) OR at the IHM Welcome Center, 7770 Beechmont Avenue, on Thursday,

Corporal Works of Mercy Needed Visit the Sick, Homebound and Feed the Hungry

Deupree Meals on Wheels is seeking volunteer drivers on Friday’s for routes in the Kenwood, Oakley and Norwood areas. Using your own car, you pick up meals at the Deupree House between 10:30-10:45am, deliver them, and return to your day. A route takes only 1-2 hours per week. A great way to invest a lunch hour helping home-bound seniors remain independent and safe by providing a nutritious hot or frozen meal. If Friday is not possible, please call just the same as we always can use substitute drivers.

Regina Veritatis Healing Prayer Ministry

Receive the Healing Love of Divine Mercy with Fr. Giles Dimock, O.P. and the Regina Veritatis Prayer Team.

Receive the Mercy and Love of the Heart of Jesus. Intercessory Prayer Teams will invoke the power of the Holy Spirit, that you may receive the fullness of our Father’s love!

Mary and the Year of Mercy

Anne Collins gave a talk March of 2016 at St. Susanna called "Mary and the Year of Mercy." The audio file is down below. Also attached is the Outline on the Talk.

If you want to know more about True Devotion to Mary please click here.

Good News for the Year of Mercy

On Ash Wednesday, the Holy Father ushered the Church into Lent by appointing more than 1,000 priests around the world to be Missionaries of Mercy, special envoys of the Lord’s love for mankind. St. Gertrude’s three parish priests are privileged to be among that number: Fr. André-Joseph LaCasse, O.P., Fr. Matthew Carroll, O.P., and Fr. Gabriel Torretta, O.P.

What is a Missionary of Mercy?
In his decree establishing the Year of Mercy, Misericordiae Vultus (The Face of Mercy), Pope Francis first expressed his desire to commission a cadre of priests to preach the mercy of God throughout the world during this Jubilee Year. “They will be,” he said, “a sign of the Church’s maternal solicitude for the People of God, enabling them to enter the profound richness of this mystery so fundamental to the faith ... They will be, above all, living signs of the Father’s readiness to welcome those in search of his pardon.”

At an audience with the Missionaries of Mercy, he explained that he particularly desires the Missionaries to be devoted confessors according to the heart of Christ, urging them through their special labors “to cover the sinner with the garment of mercy, so that he is no longer ashamed and is able to regain the joy of his filial dignity, and is also able to know where it is found again.”

As a particular sign of the Father’s merciful love for all people, he has granted the Missionaries of Mercy the faculty to absolve from four extremely rare sins normally reserved to the Holy See: desecration of the Eucharist, violence against the Pope, a priest who absolves an accomplice in a sin against the Sixth Commandment, and a priest who violates the seal of confession. In situations of need, any priest can absolve from any sin, including those listed above, but the Holy Father’s bestowal of these particular privileges on the Missionaries of Mercy emphasizes God’s desire to forgive and heal even those who are farthest from the love of Christ.

Corporal Works of Mercy: Clothe the Naked - Year of Mercy 2016

The Saint Anne & Child Mary Guild: a spiritual guild for young ladies in our parish. Once a month we come together to pray, serve, and learn.

“Respect Life” was the focus for our Corporal Works of Mercy. Ann and Marie Cordier were our speakers for the month and taught the girls about the developmental stages of the life of the unborn baby. They said prayers for them and each girl received a little model of a twelve week old unborn baby to take home. Some of the girls even made beds at home for their little unborn babies and placed them on their altars as a reminder to continue to pray for them.

At our meeting we also made ten blankets that we donated to the Pregnancy Center East for the babies in need of them. The girls were very excited to be able to help in a small way to “Clothe the naked” by our donation.

This is a wonderful ministry and a compelling way to “Clothe the naked.”

If you would like to learn more about this ministries work, please contact: Rhonda Geil at 513-207-4728 or

Year of Mercy

Mercy (Noun)

compassion or forgiveness shown toward someone whom it is within one’s power to punish or harm.

The Corporal Works Of Mercy

  • Feed the hungry
  • Give drink to the thirsty
  • Clothe the naked
  • Shelter the homeless
  • Visit the sick
  • Visit the imprisoned
  • Bury the dead

The Spiritual Works Of Mercy

  • Admonish the sinner
  • Instruct the ignorant
  • Counsel the doubtful
  • Comfort the sorrowful
  • Bear wrongs patiently
  • Forgive all injuries
  • Pray for the living and the dead