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Fall Plenary Assembly Letter from Archbishop Schnurr

Attached is a letter to the faithful of the Archdiocese regarding the USCCB’s Plenary Assembly last week in Baltimore.

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Thanksgiving Day Mass 2018

There is one Mass on Thanksgiving Day at 9:30am.

Please note the correction:

The Mother of Mercy Perpetual Adoration Chapel will be closing for Thanksgiving, beginning at 9am on Wednesday, Nov. 21. The Adoration Chapel will reopen again on Friday, Nov. 23th at 9am.

God, source and giver of all things, we give you thanks on this Thanksgiving Day for the beauty of the whole of creation.
We give you thanks for the blessings of family and friends: both those gathered around the table today and those present only in our hearts.
We give you thanks for this food, prepared by loving hands, and for those graces you provide to nourish our bodies, minds and souls that we might better serve you.
Help us to be faithful stewards of all that has been give to us. May we reflect that which we have received to all we meet, especially the less fortunate in our midst.

Amen.

Enjoy Breakfast at St. Gertrude - December 2, 2018

Parish Advent Wreath Making Celebration - 2018

Cost - $ 25.00 per family

https://www.tickettailor.com/events/stgertrude/207085/

Join us as we celebrate Advent with this fun parish activity!

Religious Education Program Needs Your Help

St. Gertrude’s Religious Education program is looking for help! If you have a gift for teaching, love sharing the faith, and love volunteering with youth, contact Bryan at bwells@stgertrude.org. We are looking for volunteers to help with subbing as well as catechists for the second half of the year during our Religious Education program, Sunday mornings from 9:15-10:30am.

Christmas Giving Tree - 2018

Christmas Giving Tree Program 2018

The Ladies of Charity Annual Christmas Giving Tree signups will be held November 17-18 and 24-25. Drop offs will be December 1-2. Many families throughout the Cincinnati and Kentucky areas have a very special Christmas because of St. Gertrude. Please stop by the Christmas Giving Tree and pick a tag off the tree and help us fulfill the wishes of some very special people.

Thank you for your continued generosity.

Message from the Dominican Friars - Province of Saint Joseph

Dear Friends in Christ, October 27, 2018

As Provincial of the Dominican Province of St. Joseph, I write to you to acknowledge the horror of the recent revelations of child sexual abuse in the Church and the betrayal of trust that they represent. Unfortunately, our Province has not been exempt from this scourge. In the past, friars from our Province have harmed innocent children. On behalf of the Province, I ask your forgiveness for the sins of those individual friars and for any time the Province failed to act effectively to protect innocent children.

I assure you that no friar of our Province with a credible allegation of child sexual abuse lodged against him is in public ministry anywhere. The most contemporary allegations against friars of the Province concern events in 1999 and 2001. The friars in those two cases were subject to criminal prosecution and permanently removed from public ministry. All other known allegations concern events before 1990. The Province has undertaken significant efforts to ensure the safety of children and is committed to offering help and counselling to assist the healing of those who have been hurt. These efforts are summarized in an attachment to this letter.

Thanksgiving Food Drive

Preaching Reality: A Profile of the New Prior of St. Gertrude, Fr. John Farren, O.P.

By Fr. Henry Stephan, O.P.

Fr. John Farren is a Dominican friar because he was a good delivery boy. Not in the newspaper sense—though the three Farren brothers did deliver more than one million copies of the Boston Globe during their boyhoods, enough to merit them a photograph and feature story in the Globe itself when Fr. Farren, the youngest of the three brothers, finally retired from the route. Farren’s father charged him one evening with a new task: deliver his younger sister Mary to her new Catholic school. As part of the task, Farren himself would be enrolled as well. With the principal qualification that he was an able-bodied escort, eighth-grader John Farren first met the Dominican Order through this providential decision.

The sisters who taught at the school shocked Farren at first. Who did these nuns think they were? Nuns are supposed to wear black! The stark white habit made a powerful impression, as did the women who wore them. Farren excelled in class and soon became involved in the school newspaper. It was the moderator of the journalism club, Sr. Francis, who asked him one day during his senior year, seemingly out of the blue:

Catholic Men’s Advent Retreat - Fall 2018

The annual Catholic Men’s Advent Retreat, sponsored by the St. Gertrude Men’s Fellowship, will be Friday (11/30/18 Evening) and Saturday (12/1) at Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center, 5440 Moeller Ave., Cin., OH 45212. Space is available on a “1st Come -- 1st Served” basis.

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Revolution 1968-2018 - The Aquinas Society of Cincinnati

Annual Craft Fair at St. Gertrude's Parish - October 20, 2018

Ladies of Charity present Saturday, Oct. 20 the Annual Craft Fair at St. Gertrude's Parish

Update

Calling all parishioner bakers: If you love to bake, we are in need of baked goods to sell at the Craft and Gift Show. All proceeds go to help local charities.

The Ladies of Charity are looking for Nativity sets, angels,and stars to sell at the Craft and Gift Show for our Nativities for Bread program. If you have any of these items and you wish to donate them to the Ladies of Charity, please call Mary Lou Doran at 543-3696.

Come and Be Comforted - Fall 2018


Mourning the loss of a loved one is never easy, but there is hope. Our St. Gertrude Parish community will again host Seasons of Hope, a unique, adult support group for the bereaved. This program, rooted in Catholic tradition, conveys God’s consolation through scripture, prayer, reflection, faith sharing, and fellowship. Whether your loss is recent or years ago, we invite you to prayerfully consider our invitation to attend. Our first monthly meeting for this “season” will begin on Monday, September 24 at 7:00pm in the St. Joseph Room. Meetings generally end by 8:30pm.

Crosses of the Innocents - 2018


Save the Date!
Saturday, October 6, 2018

  • 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 4)
  • When: 9:00AM, Saturday, October 6, 2018
  • Where: St. Gertrude
  • Who: all parishioners are invited to help the Knights of Columbus and Respect Life committee

Donations to St. Vincent de Paul Society

Thanks to those who have put money in the poor box, the money has gone directly to pay a neighbors rent and feed a family in need last month. We desperately need canned protein, peanut butter, pasta, canned fruit, and canned vegetable items in the barrel. We have given most of our supply to neighbors in need.

Confraternity of the Holy Rosary Sign Up

Do you pray the Rosary every day? The St. Gertrude Chapter of the confraternity of the rosary will be enrolling new members at the 11:30 am Mass on Saturday, October 6, 2018. Members of the confraternity make a commitment (which does not bind under pain of sin) to pray at least the original fifteen mysteries of the rosary at least once every week for the rest of their life, and to include in the intentions of each rosary the intentions of every other member of the confraternity throughout the whole Church. In return, members of the confraternity benefit, both in this life and in purgatory, from the prayers of every member of the confraternity throughout the world, from a share of the prayers of the Dominican Order, and, in a particular way, from the prayers of all of the Saints in Heaven. When a member of the confraternity prays the rosary, even when he prays alone, he is no longer praying as one person, but is praying in communion with the whole church. You can be enrolled in the confraternity whether you are a parishioner of St. Gertrude or not. You can be enrolled even if you can not attend the ceremony, though the enrollment ceremony is highly encouraged. You can read more about the confraternity at http://rosaryconfraternity.org/. If you would like to be enrolled, please fill out the registration form on our website at http://www.stgertrude.org/ConfraternitySignUp. As a part of the enrollment ceremony, new enrollees receive a blessed medal, rosary and candle. Please also consider helping us to offset the cost of these items by making a free will offering of $20.