Ministries A-F

Ministries A-F


Adoration provides an opportunity for us to strengthen our relationship with Jesus by spending more time with him. Our parish offers adoration of the Blessed Sacrament on Wednesday and Thursday.

Eucharistic Adoration hours:
Wednesday from 12:30-8pm, with a Holy Hour, confessions, and the rosary, from 7-8pm, concluding with Formal Benediction.
Thursdays from 3-8pm, with a Holy Hour of Praise and Worship from 7-8pm, concluding with Formal Benediction.

On Thursdays from Sept. 5th thru Oct. 17th adoration will end early to accommodate the lecture series by Fr. Ezra (Spiritual Warfare) that starts at 7:15pm.

Contact Name(s): 
Ann Stein
Contact Phone Number(s): 

Alumni Committee

The St Gertrude School Alumni Committee exists to foster relationships with graduates through social media, newsletters, and gatherings with the purpose of sustaining connections for personal, spiritual, social, and professional purposes and to help foster a culture of philanthropy in support of their alma mater.

Contact Name(s): 
David Cabrera
Contact Phone Number(s): 

Baptism Team

Baptism Ministry – is looking for married couples interested in assisting with the baptism ritual and/or teaching the Baptism Preparation Class. Couples select available dates on a rotating schedule and assist once every 8-12 weeks. Responsibilities include: greeting families, coordinating the ritual, and assisting the priest during the ceremony. The preparation class is at 1:45pm the 1st Sunday every month and the baptisms are also at 1:45pm on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Sundays of the month. This is a wonderful opportunity for married couples to participate in parish ministry together.

Contact Name(s): 
Marla and Steve Spaeth
Contact Phone Number(s): 

Bereavement Ministry

Bereavement Ministry – invites parish men and women to become intimately involved with the beatitudes of burying the dead and comforting those who mourn. This ministry helps celebrate the end of life in a meaningful way by assisting the clergy and helping family and friends of the deceased who have Funeral or Memorial Masses celebrated at St. Gertrude. Duties include: expressing the sympathy of the parish, offering to meet with the family for up to 90 minutes to help with liturgy planning, assisting in practical needs, praying for the deceased and their loved ones, and attending the funeral if possible. This ministry is in dire need of volunteers, since the parish averages 45 funerals/memorials per year.

Contact Name(s): 
AnnaMaria Spurgin


The St. Gertrude Parish Boosters is an organization that provides an opportunity for the children of the parish to participate in organized Catholic sports programs.

5th & 6th Grade Football SportsLeader Commitment Ceremony

All parents who have paid the Boosters registration fee are members of the Boosters. Please check the bulletin on a regular basis for information about how to become a member of Boosters and have your children participate in diocesan-wide sports programs.

Jayne O’Neill Tourney

Jayne O'Neill was a loving mother of three wonderful girls and loving wife of Tim O'Neill. She had a passion for life, for family, and for St. Gertrude. All three girls are proud graduates of St. Gertrude School. Jayne was taken from us early, but she is not forgotten and is remembered and honored with the Jayne O'Neil Memorial Basketball Tournament.

This tournament hosts up to 60 local girls basketball teams participating over a two week period for grades 3rd to 8th. This is our only fundraiser for boosters. Proceeds from the Jayne O'Neil tournament help fund all of the sports programs in the parish! In the last few years, boosters have purchased new uniforms for all sports with the exception of boy's basketball which will be replaced this year. Boosters also purchases new balls and equipment every year for our parish sports teams. Tournament runs the weekend of August 17th.


The purpose of SportsLeader is to assist sports programs in development of the entire person of the participants, particularly in teaching values that have universal benefit to the players on the field, off the field, and throughout their life and to teach them tools to transform those values into virtues. Recognizing the unique role and influence coaches have with participants, Sports Leader provides a systematic method to assist coaches in developing their teams into the best possible individual persons and players they can be.

SportsLeader Explained Click here
Website for the St Gertrude Bulldogs

Boosters Meeting

The Boosters will meet on Monday March 17th at 7 pm in the school cafeteria.

Booster Open House

The Booster Board is hosting an Open House on Monday, March 10 from 7:00-8:30pm in the Holy Grill.

We are asking that at least one adult from every family try to attend this meeting. We will discuss our mission, importance of the handbook, goals for the near future, and programs that need assistance. The meeting is intended to be an open format with a quick presentation from the board to introduce ourselves and the few points listed above and then an open discussion type forum of getting feedback and question and answer. Some topics may need to be tabled for further investigation or a more thorough discussion but we will do our best to answer all questions. We will stay tight to the 8:30 end time.

St. Gertrude Bulldogs 2014 Baseball Registration

Hurry! Time is running out.
Registration closes 2/20/14

St. Gertrude Bulldogs Baseball

The St. Gertrude Baseball program is open to ALL students in grades 3-8. This includes students in St. Gertrude School, religious education, or home schooled children of St. Gertrude’s Parish

CYO games are typically on Sunday afternoon, or an occasional weeknight. Practices are usually once per week.

Important Dates:

Registration Opens: January 21, 2014

Registration Closes: February 20, 2014

To Register Click Here

Boosters Meeting

The Boosters will meet in the St. Joseph Meeting room on Wed. Dec. 4 at 7pm.

Booster Board Open Positions
The board has several open positions and we are looking for individuals that want to volunteer and get involved in parish athletics. Without volunteers and a Booster Board we would not be able to have athletics here at St. Gertrude. Coordinating the various sports throughout the parish is a team effort.

- Interim Vice-President
- Secretary
- Concession Coordinator
- Track co-coordinator
- Girls’ basketball co-coordinator
- Jayne O’Neill Tournament Coordinator

2013-2014 St. Gertrude Girls’ Volleyball Registration

Practices begin: 12/13
Games begin: 1/14

The St. Gertrude Girls’ Volleyball program is open to ALL registered parish members in grades 3-8th entering the 2013-2014 year.

Boosters Meeting

Boosters Meeting on Monday Aug. 19th at 7pm in the school cafeteria.

Check for the agenda.

JON Sponsors

The Jayne O’Neill Girls Basketball tournament is one of, if not THE premier, event in the city for pre-season girls basketball. It does not happen without great sponsorship from in and around the community. This year’s event is the weekend of August 17th and they are currently short of sponsors. If you own a business, know someone who does, or could collaborate with others to help sponsor the event, our Booster organization would be grateful. Those fees pay for referees, trophies, and t-shirts, among other things, to help ensure a successful tournament for the young ladies.

2013 Bulldog Football Registration and Kickoff Parent Meeting

Bulldog Football Parents:

The 2013 Bulldog football season is on the horizon! With it brings growth of the Bulldog football family and some changes that the Football Coordinators and the Booster Board believe will strengthen the Bulldog football program for years to come. For at least this season, and hopefully more to come, the St. Gertrude Bulldog football program will be a merged entity with the St. Andrew/St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Titans. All merged teams will be known as the St. Gertrude/St. Andrew/St. Elizabeth Ann Seton "Bulldogs" for purposes of the GCYL and will wear the blue and gold uniforms and golden dome helmets that St. Gertrude has worn for the last several years. We will simply refer to ourselves as “Bulldog Football”. We have merged the logos of the respective programs and intend to carry forward some internal traditions from both programs, including pre-season conditioning, Program Spirit Shirts, SportsLeader, Titan “T” awards, Family Kick-off Night, and more. Further, all home games will be held at Madeira High School Stadium as they have for the last few years, preserving our status as having one of the best game-day facilities in the league. Coaching staffs for at least the Pony, Reserve, and Varsity will be combined with coaches from both programs, similar to last year’s composition. The Bandit coach mix is still to be fully determined, but the Pastors of both St. Andrew and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton have agreed with their respective participation in the Bandit program to facilitate participation by more families. As a result, we may have SASEAS parents assisting with the Bandits. The head Bandit coach will remain Andrew Tallarigo and most of his staff returns. The head Pony coach will remain John Gruber. The head Reserve coach will remain Juan Lewis. The head Varsity coach will be determined in the next 3 to 4 weeks as Greg Tkacz’s work schedule will unfortunately (for us) keep him from continuing to serve in that role. We are hopeful however, that Greg will stay on in an assistant coaching role and we expect that much of last year’s Varsity coaching staff will return as well. If any parent is interested in coaching on the Varsity Staff or desires to be considered for the Head Varsity Coach position, they need to contact Craig Coburn as soon as possible.

Booster Board Members Needed!

We are still in need of volunteers/nominations for open positions. Please consider volunteering your time or if you know someone that would fit the role please nominate them. Send information to Open positions include: secretary, volleyball coordinators, football coordinator, and concession coordinator

2013 Track & Field Registration is Now Open!

Track & Field is a sport that has an event for everyone. There are running & field events that are fun & competitive. Join our team! Coordinators: Gretchen Finniff/Judy Suddendorf

Practices begin early March (weather permitting) Season ends by mid May 7th/8th grade Meets held
Friday or Saturday nights K-6 grade Meets held during the day on Saturdays

Practices will be twice a week at Madeira High School.
Track fee is $30 per child, payable to: St. Gertrude Boosters.

Contact Name(s): 
Marc Gerwel

Caregivers Support Group

Are you caring for an elderly or disabled loved one? You're a caregiver whether you devote as much as 24 hours a day or as little as 5 minutes a week to someone you care for. Join us as we explore care giving together and discuss such topics as: Maintaining the balance of the caregiver, Solving care giving problems, Learning from the experience of others and discovering additional available resources. Sponsored by the Caregiver Assisted Network a program of Catholic Social Services and funded in part by the council on aging.

Care giving is defined as providing unpaid assistance and support to family members or acquaintances that have physical, psychological or developmental needs (Blackwell Reference). It may involve providing care ranging from 5 minutes a week to 24 hours a day or somewhere in between.

The caregiver may be a spouse, a parent or children in the "sandwich Generation" e.g.taking care of their own children and their parents, or a dear friend. As a caregiver you are asked to juggle several roles within a day.

A psychologist noted that people who are giving to others should be in a relationship with other giving people. Some caregivers give until they can give no more, believing that this is what God is asking of them. We pray and ask God to help us, but the answer to our prayers maybe that we should utilize the resources God has put into our lives. God wants to take care of ALL of us.

When we allow others to support us, we will find we can do much more in supporting and encouraging those receiving our care. An effective caregiver requires acknowledging the joys and pains of caring for someone.

Caregivers need care too. Consider attending one of our CAREGIVER Support Group sessions and let us help by listening to others in similar situations, sharing ideas, and learning about community resources available to Support you as a caregiver.

Please contact Nancy Silvers at 936-0940 for any further information regarding this ministry.

Join us as we explore care giving together and discuss such topics as:

Sponsored by the Caregiver Assisted Network a program of Catholic Social Services and funded in part by the council on aging. The Care Givers Support Group meets on the third Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm in the Parish Library.

Care Giver Information

Caregiving Articles from the Caregiver Assistance Network

Attached are several articles with some good insights on caregiving from the Caregiver Assistance Network.

  1. Who Cares?

    Family members and volunteers provide some 90% of all home care in the U.S. to those who are ill, fragile or disabled. In Hamilton County alone, an estimated 100,000 persons are caring on a regular basis for a relative or friend – many of these 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
    More of the article

  2. Be a better caregiver By Dr. Tedd Mitchell

Family Caregivers Resource Group

Are you responsible of the care of an elderly or disabled loved one? You are a caregiver whether you devote as much as 24 hours a day or as little as five minutes a week to someone you care for. Join us as we explore caregiving together and discuss such topics as maintaining balance as a caregiver; how to cope with feelings of guilt and stress; finding helpful resources to support the caregiver. We are meeting on Thursday, February 16 at 7-8pm in St. Joseph’s Room. If getting out to a support group is difficult …there is a online resource group for family caregivers CARING MATTERS E – CAREline via It provides caregiver information; stress relief; e-mailing caregiver questions.

Caregivers Lecture

Caregiver Assistance Network presents:
“Baby Boomers As Caregivers: How Do We Manage This?”

This program looks at the pressures baby boomers face, including their own health challenges as they prepare for a role in family caregiving.

Tuesday, November 8
St. Gertrude Church St. Dominic Lobby

Presented by Jan L. Welsh, CMC, LPC, CRC
Bring a friend!

Caregivers Support

Caregivers - Sacred Heart Meeting Room in the Parish Center

THE FAMILY CAREGIVERS RESOURCE GROUP: Are you responsible for the care of an elderly or disabled loved one? You are a caregiver whether you devote as much as 24 hours a day or as little as 5 minutes a week to someone you care for. Join us as we explore care giving together and discuss such topics as maintaining balance as a caregiver; how to cope with feelings of guilt and stress; finding helpful resources to support the caregiver.

Contact Name(s): 
Nancy Silvers
Contact Phone Number(s): 

Catholic Men's Fellowship

About Us

The St. Gertrude Catholic Men's Fellowship aims to encourage men to gather within their parish communities to support each other via, prayer, sharing and fellowship. There are now over 200 such parish groups in the greater Cincinnati area (see the Cincinnati Catholic Men's Fellowship web site at

St. Gertrude's Men's Fellowship Group meets every 2nd and 4th Saturday in the school cafeteria from 7:30 - 9:00 a.m. Coffee and doughnuts are served and we promise to start and end promptly.

The St. Gertrude Catholic Men's Fellowship aims to encourage men to gather in support of one another, in a faith based environment, so as to form stronger and happier families to better cope with the stresses men face each day.

We gather each 2nd & 4th Saturday of the month in the St. Gertrude School Cafeteria from 7:30 am to 9:00 am Coffee and doughnuts are served and we end promptly at 9:00 am.

We discuss our lives in the light of our Catholic faith and share experiences that will benefit us as husbands, fathers and members of the community. We socialize, pray and discuss our faith as well as issues we are grappling with in our everyday lives. In this way, we support, affirm and offer insights to one another about the challenges men encounter in both their home and work lives.

Members of the St. Gertrude Catholic Men's Fellowship strive to reinforce Christian values. We reach out to share those values with others in the group and more broadly within our community. The benefits are clear as we:


Our Vision sees small pockets of men, meeting in Parishes, linked as Brothers in Jesus Christ so as to prayerfully – and unconditionally – support one another. To raise awareness and create excitement, we organized massive gatherings of Catholic men under the “ANSWER THE CALL” banner. Those events began right here at St. Gertrude in 1995, when Fr. Clem Burns was Pastor, and he hosted the very first Catholic Men’s Conference. We had to turn men away at that initial gathering as the Parish Center was overflowing!

During our peak years, over 10,000 men gathered for a day, in many of the large venues around Cincinnati, to hear nationally recognized Speakers. We celebrated Holy Mass and the Sacrament of Reconciliation with our local Archbishop, area Bishops and over 100 Priests and Deacons. It was awe inspiring to see thousands of men witnessing to their Catholic faith. Our Cincinnati community took notice, as did many cities around the U. S., and this movement took off.

What started in Cincinnati 25 years ago has spread throughout the United States and beyond to places like Guam for example. Events like our “ANSWER THE CALL” Men’s Conferences have been held in more than 60 cities over the years and there are countless Parish based Men’s Fellowship groups active around the country.

All of this has more to do with many men listening to this “call” on their lives, from the Holy Spirit, and responding to it.

St. Gertrude 2013 Advent Men's Retreat

Ninety three men participated in the annual St. Gertrude Catholic Men's Advent Retreat on December 7th at the Holy Spirit Center in Norwood. Fr. Ezra Sullivan, O.P., our Retreat Master, helped attendees understand how St. Thomas Aquinas, O.P. serves as "EVERY MAN'S SPIRITUAL GUIDE! Fr. Ezra illustrated how St. Thomas Aquinas teaches us to "Turn to God and Live For God, Christ & His Church".

Click here for Retreat Recordings

Profile in Stewardship - Kevin Lynch

Kevin Lynch, one of the Co-founders of the Catholic Men’s Fellowship of Greater Cincinnati in 1986, has been a member of St. Gertrude Parish for many years. He served as President of the Cincinnati Fellowship for many years and was Coordinator of the “ANSWER THE CALL” Men’s Conferences for nine years.

Kevin helped establish the National Fellowship of Catholic Men in 1999 and recently retired as the Chief Executive and Trustee of that organization following 10 years of service. He is now stepping down from his leadership of the Parish-based Catholic Men’s Fellowship group at St. Gertrude after several years at the helm. We decided to sit down with Kevin and learn what led to him to help establish the Catholic men’s movement, in Cincinnati and nationally, and why he devoted 25 years of his life to it.

Catholic Men's Fellowship Schedule of Meetings

Catholic Men’s Fellowship

The Catholic Men’s Fellowship of St. Gertrude will gather each 2nd & 4th Saturdays in the School Cafeteria from 7:30 - 9:00 a.m.

Activities start with coffee and doughnuts and all men are invited to attend. This is a terrific opportunity to be with other men of similar interests as we seek to become better husbands, fathers and parish members. For more information, please call Paul Rieger at 513-885-5903.

Contact Name(s): 
Paul Rieger
Contact Phone Number(s): 

Childcare during Masses

Sunday Mass Child Care service is offered during the 9:30 and 11:00am masses. Please feel free to bring your little ones (ages 2-5) and know they will be having fun while you are able to enjoy the service! It is a great way for your children to begin making new friends at St. Gertrude. All we ask is for you to assist one Sunday a month. If you have any questions, please contact us. We look forward to meeting you!”

Contact Name(s): 
Tracy and Nick Hodge
Contact Phone Number(s): 

Circle of Prayer

Our members support parishioners exclusively through prayer. Anyone may request a prayer and your request will be handed on to each member. Intentions are remembered for as long as requested and are kept confidential.

Contact Name(s): 
Valerie Badinghaus
Contact Phone Number(s): 

Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts

At St. Gertrude scouting is a family oriented program that encourages children to learn and practice leadership skills. Scouting programs begin in grade one and are organized within the context of the Dan Beard Council. Scout's Website


Scout Committee Meeting

There will be a Scout Committee Meeting in the school cafeteria on Monday March 31st at 6:30pm.

Scout Committee Meeting

There will be a Scout Committee Meeting on Thursday March 6th at 6:30 pm in the school cafeteria.

Cub Scouts Pinewood Derby Check In

The check-in for the Cub Scout's Pinewood Derby will be on Wed. Feb. 26th at 6:30 pm in the School Cafeteria.

Lenten Friday Night Fish Fry

Once again, Cub Pack and Boy Scout Troop 555 and the Knights of Columbus will co-sponsor the weekly St. Gertrude Fish Fry every Friday during Lent. So mark your calendars!

The fish fries will take place on Fridays, March 7 - April 11 from 5-7pm.

St. Gertrude School Cafeteria
Everyone is welcome!
Dine in or Carryout
Delicious dinner includes:

  • Your Choice: Fish, Fish Sandwich, or Cheese Pizza
  • Your Choice: Fries or Mac-n-Cheese
  • Your Choice: Coleslaw or Applesauce.
  • Beverage and Dessert

Adults $8 / Children $6

Fresh-Cut Christmas Trees — Boy Scout Troop 18

For the 48th consecutive year, Boy Scout Troop 18 will be selling fresh-cut Christmas Trees daily beginning Saturday November 30 at 1:00pm until Christmas, or until they are sold out, whichever comes first. The Scouts will be selling all varieties: Scotch Pine, Frazier Fir, Balsam, White Pine, even a few Douglas Firs. And you’ll be able to get pine roping too.

Exciting Eagle Project

Update from Jarod: I would like to thank the parishioners of St. Gertrude for donating towards my Eagle Project! Through your generosity, I was able to raise enough money to cover the entire project with enough funds left over to maintain the space. The project will be complete in the next few weeks with the placement of the statue and benches.

Fr. Andrè- Joseph will dedicate the new rosary path to Our Lady of Guadalupe on her feast day, December 12 at 4:00pm. All are welcome! God bless and thank you!

In Christ, Jarod Mariska

My name is Jarod Mariska and I am working on my Eagle Project here at St. Gertrude. Fr. André-Joseph has agreed to allow me to design and put in a rosary path that will be built near the trees on the north of the parking lot near the Miami Ave. entrance. The path will feature rock stepping stones representing each bead of the rosary, a hedge that will bloom in the spring and I would greatly appreciate it if you would consider donating money for this project. Even a gift of five or ten dollars helps me tremendously. Make sure the check is made out to St. Gertrude Church and note the Rosary Path in the memo line. I will have a table set up after all Masses on the weekend of November 9-10. Thank you once again for all of your support and assistance. I’m looking forward to getting started on the 9th! God bless you and thank you.

Dedication of the New Rosary Path

Fr. Andrè- Joseph will dedicate the new rosary path to Our Lady of Guadalupe on her feast day, December 12 at 4:00pm.

All are welcome!

Come And Join Cub Scouts! Parent Night

School Cafeteria
Wednesday, August 28 at 7:00pm
Open To Grades 1st-5th

Enjoy camping, fishing, Pinewood Derby,
BB guns, archery, and more fun & games!
Pack meets twice a month –
September through May.

For more information, contact:
Adam Kennedy
St. Gertrude, Pack 555

Scout Leaders Meeting

Scout Leaders Meeting on Thurs. Aug. 8th at 7pm in the Jr. High conference room.

Scout Leaders Meeting

Scout Leaders Meeting on Thurs. June 13th at 7pm in the school Jr. High Conference Room.

Contact Name(s): 
Jim Pappalardo (Cub Scouts) / Bill Theis (Boy Scouts)
Contact Phone Number(s): 
382-2084 / 791-7191

Dominican Laity

Dominican Laity, Our Lady of Peace Chapter meets every 2nd Monday in the library of the Parish Center. Dominican Laity Bishop Fenwick Chapter meets monthly on the second Tuesday at 7:00 PM in the Parish Center. All are welcome (men and woman, single or married) to attend either chapter and consider becoming a Lay Dominican.

Contact Name(s): 
Patty Connelly (Our Lady of Peace chapter) / David Brecount (Bishop Fenwick Chapter)
Contact Phone Number(s): 
793-2246 / 271-6524

Bishop Fenwick Chapter

Dominican Third Order

Bishop Fenwick Chapter

We are men and women, singles and couples living a Christian life with a Dominican spirituality in the secular world. We find our inspiration following the same spiritual path taken by many saints, blesseds, and other holy men and women throughout the almost 800 year history of the Dominican Order.

In the vibrant life of the Catholic Church, there are many ways toward holiness. Throughout the two millennia since Christ, the Holy Spirit has raised up a multiplicity of different spiritualities to aid laity, religious, and priests in sanctity. Some of the faithful in our own age are called to mature the manner in which they live their faith by joining any of the wonderful new lay movements that have been founded in the 20th and 21st centuries. But the laity who are called to a vocation in the Dominican Order inherit a centuries-old tradition that has remained remarkably intact since 1285, when the Third Order of St. Dominic was formalized.

The Bishop Fenwick Chapter of the Third order of Saint Dominic was formed in 2004. Our focus is on members who have families and family obligations (e.g., young children, school age children). We meet at the St. Gertrude Parish Center on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. All meetings are open to anyone interested in attending and learning more about Dominican life.

For more information please contact:

David Brecount, Formation Director, Bishop Fenwick Pro-Chapter

Contact Name(s): 
David Brecount (Bishop Fenwick Chapter)

Our Lady of Peace Chapter


Lay Fraternities of St. Dominic
Our Lady of Peace Chapter
Meets in the School Faculty Room

Greetings from Our Lady of Peace Chapter of the Lay Fraternities of St. Dominic (Lay Dominicans)

Lay Dominicans are members of the Order of Preachers who strive for the sanctification of ourselves and those around us. We do this through lives of prayer and study, sharing the fruits of our contemplation by participating in our chapters and apostolates. The Lay Fraternities of St. Dominic seek to evangelize the secular world, reaching people the friars, nuns, and sisters cannot.

People interested in joining the Lay Fraternities are welcome to contact us at and/or attend a meeting.

Where: St. Gertrude’s School Library
When: The second Monday of the month (please contact us ahead of time to make sure we have not moved it for special event).
Time: 7:00 to 8:45 PM

Monthly Meeting Agenda: Social Time, Evening Prayer, Business Items, Chapter Study, and Rosary.

Outside Activities: Individuals must complete a year-and-a-half period of formation, including monthly sessions with our novice instructor. All members are expected to pray the Liturgy of the Hours every morning and evening, as well as engage in individual study and an apostolate. Every year the Lay Dominicans in the Ohio and Kentucky Region host a retreat led by a Dominican friar. The chapter also has an apostolate where members volunteer at Venice on Vine, an outreach program in Cincinnati to help individuals complete their GED and learn basic job skills.

Other Websites of Interest:
A website on the Third Order of St. Dominic
Spirituality - by Fr. Benedict Ashley, O.P.

Fr. Benedict
Ashley, O.P.'s Dominican Page

Links & More

Third Order - Immaculate Conception Chapter

Contact Name(s): 
Danny Otero(Our Lady of Peace chapter)

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

The members of this group distribute the Eucharist at Mass to fellow parishioners and may, on occasion, distribute to the sick and shut-ins. Training for new ministers is offered, on average, every quarter with one of the associate priests and the coordinator. Those interested in becoming a minister are asked to check the Sunday bulletin and listen to announcements after Mass for scheduled dates.

Contact Name(s): 
Rob Lockwood
Contact Phone Number(s): 


Contact: Anita Pappalardo 248-8237 This mothers group meets every other week during the regular school year. They reflect upon the gospel and use the national study guides. Familia is a national apostolate of Catholic laity committed to the well being of the family. There is also a husband and fathers program, which we hope to start in the future. OVERVIEW Familia is a Catholic program committed to strengthening all families. It is Familia's mission to strengthen families by helping men and women live their vocation to marriage and parenthood in all its fullness. The family is the bedrock of our society. This is where God has made known his presence in a most unique and unrepeatable way. Familia equips men and women with practical tools that will enable them to become spouses, fathers and mothers their family needs. More About Familia

Familia For Mothers

Are you looking for a way to share ideas with other moms on how to raise faith-filled children and strengthen your marriage? A new Familia group is being formed right now! We meet twice per month in the morning from September through May to reflect on the Gospel, Catechism and Pope JPII’s writings as they apply to us as wives and mothers.

Please join us for an information session on Thursday, September 5, from 9:30–11:00am in the Parish Center. Babysitting will be provided.

Please contact Anita Pappalardo at 248-8237 or if you have any questions.

Familia For Mothers

Familia For Mothers focuses on strengthening marriages and providing a forum on how to raise faith-filled children. Our meetings consist of a Gospel reflection, catechesis and discussing the Pope’s writings as they apply to us as wives and mothers. Please join us on Thursday mornings, twice a month, from September through May.

Babysitting is provided.

Familia - Living the Splendor of Love

Familia focuses on strengthening marriages and providing a forum on how to raise faith-filled children. Our meetings consist of a Gospel reflection, catechesis and discussing the Pope’s writings as they apply to us as wives and mothers. We meet once every other week in the morning from September through May. Please contact Anita Pappalardo at 248-8237 or if you are interested or have any questions.

Familia For Mothers

Familia focuses on strengthening marriages and providing a forum on how to raise faith-filled children. Our meetings consist of a Gospel reflection, catechesis and discussing the Pope’s writings as they apply to us as wives and mothers. Please join us on Thursday, May 3 at 9:30am in the Parish Center to learn more about Familia. Babysitting will be provided. Please contact Anita Pappalardo at 248-8237 or if you have any questions.

Familia 3rd Yr Group

Familia - Parish Center

Familia For Mothers focuses on strengthening marriages and providing a forum on how to raise faith-filled children. Our meetings consist of a Gospel reflection, catechesis and discussing the Pope’s writings as they apply to us as wives and mothers. Please join us on Thursday mornings, twice a month, from September through May. Babysitting is provided. Please contact Anita Pappalardo at 248-8237 or if you would like to join or have any questions.

For more info see:

Contact Name(s): 
Anita Pappalardo
Contact Phone Number(s): 

Festival Committee

Festival Committee
This is a great occasion for parishioners to get to know each other and build community spirit by pulling together for a common goal and at the same time support our biggest fund-raiser. Located on the parish grounds, it takes place in June. It includes games for all ages. To become a festival worker, sign up on a volunteer card offered at all the Masses a few weeks before the festival. A committee member will contact you.

Festival News

Auction News!

Auction News!
We have some wonderful auction items coming in:

  • A trip to Nashville
  • A private suite for 12 to watch Disney on Ice
  • A private tour of the Reds Hall of Fame

You'll be able to preview all of them online from May 16th -23rd.

We still need your support! If you are able to contribute gift cards, tickets to sports or cultural events or basket items, please email us ( or drop them off at the church office.

Thank you!

2014 Festival Volunteer Form

Please enter multiple shifts per entry. Multiple areas require multiple entries.

St. Gertrude 5K Run to Remember - 2014

Saturday, June 7, 2014 in Madeira, OH at St. Gertrude

$20/adult; $15/child (18 & under); $60 per family for all entries by June 2, 2014, which includes t-shirt
$20 for race day registration,t-shirt not included.
An additional $5 for t-shirt (while supplies last).

Starts at 7:30 A.M. day of race in the Parish Center.

3.1 mile loop from St. Gertrude in Madeira, through Indian Hill neighborhoods and returning to St. Gertrude.
Split times will be given at each mile.


Festival News


The bulletin is looking for pictures of our festival. Please send photographs to: by June 12

Dealer Training: Wednesday, June 4 at 6:00pm in the gym. Come learn the card games and become a dealer. Training lasts about an hour. No experience or reservation needed just come and learn!

Volunteers are needed the week of June 2-4 from 6-9:00pm helping Joe, our electrician. NO ELECTRIC EXPERIENCE NEEDED. If you can screw in a light bulb we need you! The more hands the better.

Volunteers will be available outside ALL MASSES the next two weekends collecting your Major Award Tickets and soliciting for volunteers. Please consider helping for a two-hour shift. Remember it takes 700 volunteers to run this show! Thank you!

Please visit our website to sign up to volunteer and to find out all the highlites of the festival and the many ways to be a festival sponsor.

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the Major Award Club. Please consider being a part of this very important part of the festival. Your donation is greatly appreciated. Visit our website for the form or call Cathy at 494-1391.

We are still seeking families to chair a booth for one night. Please get a few friends together and make this a night out. Please call Cathy at 494-1391. If you are going to be out of town we have plenty of pre-jobs that need to be done.
The reserved parking spot next to the gray storage units are part of the auction booth from the festival. These are reserved spots and are clearly marked who is to park there. Please refrain from parking in those spots. We appreciate your cooperation.

Contact Name(s): 
Cathy Egan
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Finance Committee

Provides assistance in administering the finances and physical facilities of the parish. It serves in an advisory capacity to the pastor and business manager. Members are appointed.

Contact Name(s): 
Dave Abele
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Fun Bunch - Seniors group

Saint Gertrude Church has had something special taking place amongst all of us for many years! The "Fun Bunch," a group of seniors, gathers regularly for fellowship and education. Whether they meet for lunch, host a guest speaker, or are off on an outing, these dynamic parishioners are having a great time!

Fun Bunch - Day of Reflection

Fun Bunch - Senior Group "Day of Reflection",
with the Very Rev. Allen Moran, O.P.
The theme is "The Joy of Lent". Lent is not a sad time for the Fun Bunch, nor for those who join us.

Note: The location has changed!

Wednesday, April 9, 2013
Join us in the St. Dominic Lobby for preaching at 10:30am.
Rosary and 11:30 am Mass will follow in the church.
At Noon a hot catered luncheon in the St. Dominic Lobby.
Preaching will continue at 1:15 pm in the Lobby.

Fun Bunch February Luncheon

Program: The Great Bible War
Presenter Diana McBride, historian of events and individuals in Cincinnati in the 19th century and a tour guide of Spring Grove.
Date: Wednesday, February 19
Place: The Parish Center
Time: 12 noon after the 11:30am Mass
Cost Of Luncheon: $10.00
RSVP: By Sunday, February 16

Checks are to be made out to St. Gertrude. Mail to: Nancy Silvers, 7009 Mayfield Avenue 45243.
Questions: Nancy 936-0940 or Pat Schoo 891-1345

Fun Bunch January Luncheon

Fun Bunch Senior Group Lunch - January 15, 2014

Come join us in the New Year 2014 for the Fun Bunch luncheon and program. Treat yourself to a social event to hear fascinating history and current news with Joe Bride, journalist. Get your questions answered!

Fun Bunch - "History of Voice of America"

Senior Group / Fun Bunch

Topic: "History of The Voice of America"
When: Wednesday, Nov. 20th at Noon
Where: St. Dominic Lobby
What: Hot catered luncheon
Cost: $10. (Make check payable to St. Gertrude Church.)
Mail to: Pat Schoo, 7204 Winding Way, Cincinnati, OH 45236 (or take to the Parish Office with check marked "Fun Bunch")

Fun Bunch - Dinner Theater Bus Trip

The Fun Bunch (Senior Group) is taking a bus trip on December 19th to La Comedia Dinner Theatre for a production of a "Christmas Spectacular".

Join us for the luncheon and show to experience a Christmas musical/dance celebration!

Ticket price of $55.00 reserves the best seats with the St. Gertrude Seniors.

Contact Nancy Silvers at 936-0940 or Pat Schoo at 891-1345.

Fun Bunch - Author Lecture

Fun Bunch Luncheon

Date: Wednesday, October 16
Place: Parish Center
Time: 12 Noon (after the 11:30am Mass)
Program: Face to Face Conversations with My Father
Author: Joseph Schickel
Cost of Luncheon: $10.00
RSVP: By October 12
Checks are to be made out to St. Gertrude. Mail to Nancy Silvers, 7009 Mayfield Ave. 45243. Questions: Nancy 936-0940 or Pat Schoo 891-1345

Senior Group-Fun Bunch Fall Meeting Presents - The Cincinnati Reds (Luncheon)

Greg Rhodes is a lifelong Reds fan who grew up rooting for the Reds of the 1950’s and 1960’s, listening to the play-by-play and stories of former Reds announcer Waite Hoyt. Mr. Rhodes was named the executive director of the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum when it opened in 2004 and served in that capacity until retiring from the position in July 2007. Mr. Rhodes continues to serve as team historian and remains active in speaking engagements regarding the history of Reds baseball.

Fun Bunch - "The Chocolate Lady"

Program: “THE CHOCOLATE LADY” - Jane Cervantes

Date: Wednesday, June 12

Place: Parish Center after the 11:30am Mass

Cost: $10.00

We will be celebrating everyone’s birthday on “Rose Day!”

Reservations: Mail checks made out to St. Gertrude’s to: Nancy Silvers, 7009 Mayfield 45243 or drop off at parish office marked for Fun Bunch.

Deadline is 6/9.

For information: Pat at 891-1345 or Nancy at 936-0940.

Fun Bunch - Wellness: Live It – Keep It

Seniors Group ― Fun Bunch

May 15 ― Wellness: Live It – Keep It

"Be well, live well, stay well ― but how?" Exercising and eating right have long been a mark of healthy living, but Wellness is so much more. Discover an intentional way of living that will create the very best you and learn tips for staying on track. Feeling optimistic, finding energy, sharing wisdom, having a sense of purpose and connecting with others all contribute to making us feel "well.‟

Program is presented by Life Enriching Communities.
Where: St. Dominic Room in Parish Center at 12:00 noon.

Fun Bunch - Day of Reflection

Fun Bunch - Senior Group "Day of Reflection" with Fr. Ezra Sullivan, O.P.
The theme is the Holy Spirit in the Church and in our lives.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013
We will begin in the church at 10:00am.
Confessions, Rosary and 11:30 am Mass will follow.
Preaching will continue at 1:30 pm in the Parish Center.

Lunch, after Mass, will be catered at a cost of $10.

Please CALL your reservation to 891-1345 by SUNDAY evening, March 17.
Make check out to St. Gertrude Church and send it to:
Pat Shoo, 7204 Winding Way, Cincinnati, OH 45236
Your check can also be taken to the parish office in an envelope marked "Fun Bunch".

Fun Bunch - La Comedia Dinner Theatre

Fun Bunch Senior Group Bus Trip - La Comedia Dinner Theatre
"9 to 5 The Musical"

When: Thursday, April 18
Where: La Comedia Dinner Theatre Matinee
Time: Bus will leave St. Gertrude Church Parking lot at 10 am.
Bus returns at approximately 3:30 pm.
Cost: $56 for bus trip, ticket for show, buffet, and driver's tip
RSVP: By March 14th to:
Pat Schoo, 7204 Winding Way, Cincinnati, OH 45236
Note: Make Checks payable to St. Gertrude Parish

Fun Bunch - Nature Center Talk

Speaker from: Cincinnati Nature Center
Program: "Creatures in Southwest Ohio"

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 20
Time: 12 noon after 11:30 mass

Cost: $10 (includes lunch)
RSVP: Saturday, Feb. 16

Send checks made out to St. Gertrude to: Nancy Silvers, 7009 Mayfield Ave, 45243
Questions? Call: Nancy at 936-0940 or Pat Schoo at 891-1345

Fun Bunch Lunch - Harmonica Club

Senior Group / Fun Bunch Luncheon on Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Queen City Harmonica Club Performance
(Bob Dreyer, President)

Come join us for a musical afternoon! Rediscover the joy of learning with Bob Dreyer, a teacher of Harmonica with Olli at Blue Ash. He is an irrepressible harmonica lover. Listen and be entertained with this group of musicians.

Time: 12:00 noon
Location: Parish Center
Cost: $10.00 for a hot, catered luncheon and program
Reservations: Send check made out to St. Gertrude Church or bring to Parish Office
Deadline: Sunday, January 13

Fun Bunch - Cincinnati's Golden Age of Brewing

Jim Bruckman, whose family owned one of the breweries, Bruck's Brewery founded in 1856, gave the presentation. He talked about the 100+ breweries that existed during that period. It was a very interesting program. Bruckman was from the Heritage Program.

Senior Group / Fun Bunch - Nov. Luncheon

“Cincinnati’s Golden Age of Brewing”
Speaker: Jim Bruckman - docent of Cincinnati Heritage Programs

Fun Bunch Lunch - Ventriloquist

Fun Bunch October Luncheon Entertainment - Tom Farrell, Ventriloquist

Tom and his gang of ventriloquist figures or puppets (don't call them dummies) are ready to perform and delight you.

Date: Wed. Oct. 17th at noon
Cost: $10 (Make checks payable to St. Gertrude Parish)
Mail to: Pat Schoo 7204 Winding Way, Cincinnati, OH 45236
Reservation deadline: Sunday Oct. 14th
Contact info: Nancy 936-0940; Pat 891-1345

Fun Bunch Event - The Mighty Wurlitzer

December Fun Bunch Event - Happy Holidays with The Mighty Wurlitzer

Date: Thurs. December 13th, 10:30am Matinee

Cost: $55 / person

Includes: bus trip, show ticket, and lunch at Buca di Beppo

Reservation deadline: Nov. 21 (tickets will sell out quickly so reserve early)

Contact: Pat Shoo 891-1345

Fun Bunch Luncheon - Irish Heritage

Program: “Irish Heritage” presented by Maureen Kennedy, Director of the Irish Heritage Center of Cincinnati
Date: Wed. September 19th
Place: Parish Center
Time: 12 NOON (after the 11:30 a.m. Mass)
Cost: $10.00
RSVP: By September 15th, checks are to be made out to St. Gertrude Church.
Mail to: Nancy Silvers, 7009 Mayfield Ave. Madeira, OH 45243

Questions: call Nancy Silvers 936-0940 or Pat Schoo 891-1345

Fun Bunch - Musical Theater Trip

Fun Bunch - Madeira Seniors Musical Theater Bus Trip

"Away in the Basement"
Beef & Boards Dinner Theater - Indianapolis
Wed. Oct. 24th

Mark your calendar to join us for this musical comedy and buffet luncheon on our Fall Bus Trip.
Purchase your ticket now for a fun day. Space is limited.

Cost: $79
Reservations: by Sept. 9th
Contact: Ann Lukey at 271-7917

For more info and pictures, visit the Beef & Boards website:

Fun Bunch Group Birthday Celebration

Fun Bunch ministry celebrated birthdays and had a talk on Medicare Fraud and Identity theft by Dave Lichtenfeld (former FBI Agent)

Fun Bunch Luncheon

Program: Talk on Medicare Fraud and Identity theft by Dave Lichtenfeld (former FBI Agent)

Date: Wednesday, June 13, 2012 (notice change in week)
Place: The Parish Center
Time: 12 Noon (after the 11:30am Mass)
Cost of Luncheon: $10.00
RSVP: June 9.
Checks made out to St. Gertrude.
Mail to: Nancy Silvers, 7009 Mayfield Ave., Cincinnati 45243.
Questions: Nancy 936-0940 or Pat Schoo 891-1345.

Fun Bunch - Container Planting Luncheon Picture Album

A plant specialist from H.J. Benkins talked with members of the Fun Bunch on the advantages of container garden planting Wednesday, May 16th in the Parish Center.

Fun Bunch Lunch - Container Gardening

Fun Bunch Day: Wednesday, May 16
Program: Container Gardening - Benken Florist

Time: 12 Noon (After 11:30Am Mass)
Place: Parish Center
Cost: $10.00 Lunch
RSVP: Friday, May 11th

Fun Bunch - River Still Rising! Picture Album

RIVER STILL RISING! Commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the 1937 Flood

First stop was at the recently opened Moerlein Lager House at the Banks at Smale Riverfront Park.

Profiles in Stewardship — Ann Lukey

Ann Lukey, nee Gutting, has been a St. Gertrude parishioner and one of our most vocal cheerleaders for 64 years. When her husband, Frank, passed away he asked her to keep traveling and get active at St. Gertrude again and she kept her promise faithfully as is shown by her efforts in leading several works of love: she leads the daily rosary prayer before 11:30am Mass, she is part of the Circle of Prayer Ministry, she has made 800 rosaries delivered to military services, Youth 2000, the past Catholic Women‘s Conference, etc. She is also part of the Fun Bunch Group and bakes delicious cookies for the novices and priests for their birthdays, she says it is her "privilege to bake for them, it‘s my way of greeting them and making them feel at home, show appreciation." Ann used to be a Eucharistic Minister and Greeter but since she can‘t stand too long she has had to stop these two activities.

Profile In Stewardship - The Fun Bunch

Saint Gertrude Church has had something special taking place amongst all of us for many years! The "Fun Bunch," a group of seniors, gathers regularly for fellowship and education. Whether they meet for lunch, host a guest speaker, or are off on an outing, these dynamic parishioners are having a great time!

According to one of the group’s co-chairpersons, Pat Schoo, "the Fun Bunch started in 1988 with several senior citizens meeting with the pastor, Father Vincent Wiseman, O.P., in the parish center for lunch and a program. We were so fortunate to have wonderful friends who volunteered to be the first leaders of our group. Regrettably, some of them have passed away. People like Peg DeCenso and her sister Betty McLaughlin were two of the first leaders we had and Irene Wahl prepared the lunch we enjoyed for years by cooking and baking it in her home. Terry Sullivan did the finances for a while and his wife, Bea Sullivan, was an original member as well. Then, Joyce Meiners, who has been a parishioner for over 56 years, and who started the preparations for the Day of Reflection held each March during Lent, relieved Peg as our leader for a number of years and had catered luncheons. Other initial members included Lois

Fun Bunch - River Still Rising!

FUN BUNCH –– RIVER STILL RISING! Commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the 1937 Flood

First stop will be at the recently opened Moerlein Lager House at the Banks at Smale Riverfront Park. Join us for good food on the Cincinnati riverfront with unobstructed views of the Ohio River, the Suspension Bridge and the Northern Kentucky riverfront. It will be fun!

Fun Bunch Day of Reflection: “Thy Kingdom Come”

Come join the Fun Bunch for a delicious lunch and a talk by our beloved Fr. Quinn, O.P. This will be a Day of Reflection, and the theme is "Thy Kingdom Come". All parishioners and guests are welcome and encouraged to participate.

Time: 10:30AM in the Church, Mass will follow and preaching will continue at 1:15PM in the Parish Center.

Fun Bunch hits their Stride

Saint Gertrude Church has something special taking place within one of its more than 50 ministries.

Contact Name(s): 
Pat Schoo
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