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Masses Relocated

Masses will be relocated in the Parish Center, St. Dominic Lobby, December 14-15 and 18-20

Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

The feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe will be celebrated at all masses today (7am, 8am, 11:30am).

December 12 is the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. On December 9, 1531, in Mexico, Our Lady appeared to Juan Diego, a poor humble Aztec Indian who had recently converted to the Catholic faith. She asked him to go to the Bishop and tell him to build a church where she said “I will show and offer all of my love, my compassion, my help and my protection to my people.” Juan Diego did as she asked, but the Bishop asked for a sign that this message was really from Our Lady. Mary granted his request.

On December 12, she showed Juan where the most beautiful Castilian roses were and told him to gather them. It was a miracle that the roses were there and in bloom because there was frost on the ground, and the ground was an infertile place where only cactus and thistles grew. After he gathered them, she helped arrange them in his tilma, or poncho, and told him to show them to the Bishop. When he brought them to the Bishop, the Bishop was amazed at the roses, but was even more amazed at what began to happen to Juan Diego’s tilma. Right before their very eyes, the image of Our Lady began to form on the cloth. The picture of Mary was beautiful and the Bishop fell to his knees. He had the church built at her request.

Annual Christmas Pageant- 2017

December 19-20, 2017

Tuesday, December 19th at 7:00pm

Wednesday, December 20th at 9:00am

This traditional pageant, written by Sr. Mary David O.P. in 1961 is presented each Advent by members of the 8th grade class, supported by choirs of 2nd and 5th-7th grade students. This is a very special presentation that many look forward to each year.

The Goodness of the Flesh - Adult Faith Formation

The Resurrection of the Body
Tuesday, December 5 at 7 pm
Fr. Clement Dickie, O.P.

Illustrating Christ's Humanity
Tuesday, December 12 at 7 pm
Fr. Gabriel Torretta, O.P.

Christmas Schedule - 2017


Preparations for Christmas


Masses will be relocated in the Parish Center, St. Dominic Lobby, December 14-15 and 18-20


Pre-Christmas Schedule of Confessions

Gift of Life Layette - Thank You

On behalf of the Pregnancy Center at Old St. Mary's in Over-the-Rhine and the Sharonville Women's Center, a heartfelt thank you to St. Gertrude's Parish for your tremendous generosity! The Pack 'n' Play was filled many times over with much-needed baby items. Among them were 68 pkgs of diapers, 67 pkgs of wipes, 25 blankets, 24 hand-knitted hats/booties, over 100 sleepers/outfits, jackets, coats, bibs, formula, baby food, bottles, pacifiers, and more. Coupons valued at $47 and $32 in cash was donated.

New Altar Servers Blessing

St. Gertrude Church inducted 29 boys in the St. Joseph the Worker Society for altar servers. They completed more than 10 hours training and are ready to be in the schedule to serve Mass.

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Jeanne Stephens' Funeral Expenses

Jeanne had such a wide circle of friends...her beloved Fransiscan University, St. Gertrude Church, Madeira schools, dance/theater, LipSense. She fought cancer so hard and had such a great desire to live a long life as Chris' spouse and as a mom to their children. Unfortunately, those dreams were not to be fulfilled. Her unfailing trust in God throughout her many hardships is a beautiful lesson for all. Chris took such care of her and this took time away from his new employment for which we had all prayed. Death was not in her plan, and our help is now needed to assist in paying for her gravesite and funeral arrangements. Please give what you can.

Please keep in your prayers, Chris Stephens and family, after the loss of his wife, Jeanne Stephens. Jeanne was a devoted wife and mother to their children and an active member of our community.

To help with a funeral and other necessary household expenses, a GoFundMe has been set up in her name at the GoFundMe site below. This site may be broken at times.
If you would like to donate to the family via check or cash, please stop by the Parish office.

Donate here

Mother of Mercy Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Chapel

Please prayerfully consider your availability to spend one hour each week in intimate conversation and quiet meditation with your Lord.

Take a look at the openings in the schedule. We would like to fill each hour with at least 3 adorers. In the chart on the right the red dots indicate time slots that only have one scheduled adorer, and the black dots have NO scheduled adorer. Any time slot you could commit to would be a blessing for our parish community and yourself!

If you would like to become one of our Perpetual Eucharistic adorers (also known as a Eucharistic Guardian), signup by using the form below.

Please contact the Adoration Committee if you have any questions or would like more information.

Division Leaders info & hours:

ADORATION direct Phone & Email:

Are You Ready to Change Lives... Yours and Others?

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is a ministry that gives you the opportunity to Give Back in a way that fits into your busy life! Vincentians are parish-based volunteers who are people just like you. We are business professionals, teachers, retirees, soccer moms, factory workers - anyone who wants to help people. Join your parish St. Vincent de Paul Conference and start making a difference in your community.

We need volunteers who can help with any of these:

Trust Not in Princes - Fr. Boniface Endorf, O.P.


Hope and Despair in American Politics
A talk by Fr. Boniface Endorf, O.P.

Fr. Innocent Addresses the People

Fr. Innocent Smith, O.P. addresses the meaning of the phrase "No Salvation Outside the Church" at the conclusion of our four-week series on Catholic doctrine inspired by the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

Talks given on The Reformation after 500 Years: A Catholic Take on the Divisive Doctrines.

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Support our Veterans!

The Knights of Columbus are taking donations of personal care items for Veterans who are patients at area VA facilities. Donations will be collected after each Mass on Saturday and Sunday, November 11th and 12th. A collection station will be placed in the parking lot entrance to the Church. These items go directly to Veterans and are greatly appreciated!

Items needed are the following and should be individual size:

  • Disposable safety razors
  • Shampoo and Conditioner

Parish Advent Wreath Making Celebration - 2017 Sign Up Form


Sunday, November 26th from 2:00pm - 4:00pm in the Saint Gertrude Parish Center Gym

Date and Place have changed to December 3rd in the School Cafeteria

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.

Knights of Columbus Membership Drive - 2017

Archbishop Elder Council of the Knights of Columbus Membership Drive on October 29! The Knights of Columbus is the largest Catholic Men’s Fraternal organization in the world! Do you want to grow your Catholic faith? Strengthen your family? Serve your community and parish? Meet like-minded Catholic men?

Crosses of the Innocents - 2017


Save the Date!
Saturday, October 21, 2017

  • What: Install 4,000 Crosses of the Innocents on parish grounds
  • Why: Promote support for the Culture of Life ― prepare for Respect Life month (October) and
    40 Days For Life Fall campaign (September 27-November 5)
  • When: 9:00AM, Saturday, October 21, 2017
  • Where: St. Gertrude
  • Who: all parishioners are invited to help the Knights of Columbus and Respect Life committee

Respect Life Sunday - October 1, 2017


Respect Life Sunday is October 1, 2017. “We are called to show mercy because mercy has first been shown to us.” — Pope Francis

Please help us extend mercy through participating in the Archdiocesan Respect Life collection that funds the Archdiocesan Respect Life Fund Grants on September 30-October 1, 2017.

100th Anniversary of Fatima! Cincinnati Rosary Crusade

Press Release/Public Announcement
Our Lady of Fatima Rosary Crusade
Fountain Square
October 7, 2017
On the occasion of the 100th Anniversary of Our Lady's Apparitions at Fatima, Portugal, & on the Feast of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, The American TFP will sponsor its 11th annual Cincinnati Rosary Crusade on Fountain Square, in the heart of Cincinnati, on Saturday, October 7th, at 12:00 noon. This event will be one of over 20,000 Rosary Crusades that are being held throughout the United States and in 35 foreign countries this year.
Bishop Joseph R. Binzer; Fr. Shannon Collins, MSJB; & Fr. Cyril Whitaker, S.J., will be the featured speakers this year. Fr. Andrew Umberg will lead the audience in praying the Rosary. Mr. Ric Aielli and Ms. Anna Little will provide the musical accompaniment and singing (Latin Mass Community Schola) for the Crusade event again this year, along with a guest singer from Columbus, Ohio, Mrs. Cecile Smith. The Fourth-Degree Knights of Columbus will formally process onto Fountain Square carrying a replica of the International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima.
There will be a DVD presentation of 180 historic Marian images through the ages displayed on the 30' x 42' video screen at Fountain Square, accompanied by several versions of Ave Maria. The theme for the Crusade this year is “Our Fatima Future.”
Please join with family, friends, & fellow parishioners in offering a public Rosary in honor of Our Lady’s apparitions at Fatima. For further information, please call 513.793.5872 or e-mail at: patashcraft@earthlink.net.

From Atheist to Catholic: The Apologetics of Imagination

The Athenaeum of Cincinnati is hosting a free event that might be of interest to our St. Gertrude Parish Ministry members and parishioners.

On October 4 at 7:30 pm Dr. Holly Ordway, author of Apologetics and the Christian Imagination and professor of English at Houston Baptist University, will share her conversion story from atheism to Catholicism. Her story is one of encouragement and offers great insight for those who are involved in apologetics, evangelization, preaching, and teaching.

The talk will be held at the Bartlett Pastoral Center on the campus of The Athenaeum. The Address of the Athenaeum:

6616 Beechmont Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45230.