2016 Advent Retreat - Catholic Men's Fellowship; Fr. Gabriel Torretta, O.P. and Fr. Colm Mannion, O.P.
The music ministry at St. Gertrude Parish primarily consists of the adult choir, cantor program, and a small group of instrumentalists. Many cantors begin as occasional soloists or choir members and are then added to the regular weekend and holy day rotation. The choir rehearses on Wednesday evenings from 7:30 to 9:00pm in the Parish Center.
Open to any adult parishioner
Designed to help adult Catholics more deeply understand and appreciate their faith so that they might in turn share it with others. The ministry may take the form of lectures, video presentations, and discussions.
Membership: Open to any parishioner
Baptism Ministry – For married couples who would like to help parents baptize their child(ren) in the faith and assist the celebrant at the ceremony. Baptisms occur on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Sundays of the month at 1:45pm. Married couples assist at baptism ceremonies and teach the baptism preparation class, which is offered on the 1st Sunday of every month at 1:45pm in the school library. Couples are scheduled to help once every ten weeks.
Membership: Open to any married couple parishioners
The Cincinnati Chapter of Benedictine Oblates of Saint Meinrad Archabbey are Christian men and women with a spiritual bond to the monks of Saint Meinrad Archabbey in Indiana. Their affiliation and partnership spread the outreach of Benedictine spirituality into the secular world and provide a strong foundation for individual spiritual growth. The Cincinnati Oblate Chapter meets in the Parish Center on the fourth Sunday of each month ─ September through April ─ except the month of December. Please see our website for additional information: www.cincinnatioblates.org.
Membership: Open to all Christians in the Greater Cincinnati area
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 http://www.thecall.org).
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.
The Cincinnati Frassati Fellowship continues the work of the St. Gertrude’s 20s Group, begun in 2005 by Fr. Nicholas Lombardo, O.P. Our mission is to continue to foster growth in Christian holiness for young adults in the Cincinnati area, adapting the mission and nature of the 20s Group for the contemporary moment.
See our website, http://www.cincinnatifrassati.com, for more information and for the latest events.
Membership: Open to parishioners and non-parishioners
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.
We are a group of parishioners who pray for those in need. We do not meet, but pray individually. Our forms of prayer are many ― praying the rosary, attending Mass; saying/reciting the Our Father, Hail Mary, or any appropriate prayer from a prayer book; attending adoration; lighting a candle. Any age is welcome, but our group is typically ages 30 and older. Prayer requests will be emailed to you, then all you have to do is pray!
Membership: Open to any Catholic above the age of reason. It is preferred, but not required, that members have received the Sacrament of Confirmation. Members commit to pray at least the original fifteen mysteries of the rosary each week for the rest of there lives and to include in their intentions with each rosary the intentions of every other member of the Confraternity worldwide. This commitment does not bind under pain of sin.
The ensemble serves as the music ministry for the 6pm Sunday Mass. We practice Sunday at 4:30pm, prior to Mass. Membership is by audition. Those interested in joining who have musical experience, including the ability to read music, should contact the director for more information.
Cub Scouting is part of the Scouting program of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), available to boys from 1st through 5th grade, and their families. Its membership is the largest of the three BSA Scouting Divisions (Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, and Venturing). Cub Scouting is part of the worldwide Scouting movement and aims to promote character development, citizenship training, and personal fitness. Pack 555 is comprised of Dens of similar-aged boys by grade and at least two adult leaders. We also camp in the fall with Troop 555 Boy Scouts of St. Gertrude and again in the summer at Cub World as part of the Fun with Son program.Membership: Open to any parishioner Scout's Website
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.
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
LAY FRATERNITIES OF ST DOMINIC – 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 email@example.com 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.
Ashley, O.P.'s Dominican Page
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Third Order - Immaculate Conception Chapter
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.
Membership: Open to any parishioner
The Festival raises funds for the parish. It requires six co-chairs and approximately 700 volunteers during the festival weekend, which occurs in early June each year.