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St. Gertrude is a Roman Catholic Parish in the Dominican heritage of prayer, preaching and teaching. Under our Lady’s mantle, gathered as the Body of Christ, we celebrate Him in the Sacraments, Sacred Scripture and in Catholic education. Serving our brothers and sisters in the New Evangelization, we seek to grow in love as we journey with Jesus to God the Father.

Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time - October 21, 2018

Celebrant & Homilist: Msgr. Raymond East

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Lectionary: 146
Reading 1 IS 53:10-11

The LORD was pleased
to crush him in infirmity.

If he gives his life as an offering for sin,
he shall see his descendants in a long life,
and the will of the LORD shall be accomplished through him.

Luke E. Hart Series (What Catholics believe, How Catholics pray, How Catholics live)

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Based upon the Catechism of the Catholic Church, this series answers three questions of the deepest importance to any practicing Catholic, or person looking for a better understanding of our faith: What does a Catholic believe?, How does the Catholic worship?, and How does the Catholic live?

From the Pastor 10/21/18

You may have noticed that some of our parishioners are now using the Communion Rail to receive Holy Communion. Although standing in line at the entrance of the rail and receiving one at a time has become the norm in our country, that is not necessarily true in other parts of the world. In many churches even in the United States the practice of receiving Holy Communion at the rail has returned. An example of this is our Dominican parish of St. Patrick Parish in Columbus, which had a brief time of standing in line, and then quickly returned to the practice of utilizing the Communion Rail. Please understand that there is nothing in the General Instruction of the Roman Missal that prohibits the faithful from kneeling to receive Holy Communion at the rail. Many parishioners have asked that we return to the venerable tradition of using our Communion Rail here at St. Gertrude’s. Both the Dominican friars and the Pastoral Council have discussed this as well. Will we take up this venerable practice in our parish? It just depends on how many would like to begin this practice; and the only way to evaluate this is to see how many take up the practice on their own. If the desire is strong then the friars would revisit this issue.

Recently I came across this article that explains the significance of the Altar Rails at Holy Mass. No matter if you wish to receive Holy Communion by kneeling at the rail or remain standing in line at the entrance of the rail, the significance of the Altar Rail is very important for the theology of the Holy Mass. I am printing it here for your reflection.

Prayer Shawl Fall 2018

Prayer Shawl will meet October 17 at 9:00 in the St. Joseph Room in the Parish Center. Our community project this year is working on baby items to donate. If need a prayer shawl or would like to join, or learn to knit or crochet, contact, Rebecca Diwan, email rebeccadiwan@gmail.com or call 575-6658. All prayer shawls are free.

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.

The Aquinas Society of Cincinnati Presents Revolution 1968-2018

The Aquinas Society of Cincinnati is an initiative of the Dominican Friars of St. Gertrude’s in Cincinnati. Fulfilling our mission as teachers and preachers of the Truth. We seek to offer to Catholics of Cincinnati the intellectual and spiritual resources they need to stand fast in the faith and grow in holiness. Our events includes lectures, discussions, cultural outings, and performances.

Gift of Life Layette - October 2018

October 1, 2018 - October 31, 2018

The Pack-n-Play is again outside the Holy Family Chapel/Candle room for the entire month of October. Your donations of new baby items are a great way for families to participate in respect Life Month. Most needed items are: diapers (size N to 6), baby wipes/washes/lotions, onesies, sleepers, blankets, socks, hats, outfits, formula and bottles. Toddler coats are needed as winter approaches.

40 Days for Life - Fall 2018

From September 26 to November 4th our community will unite with many others from coast to coast – and internationally – for a major simultaneous pro-life mobilization – the 40 Days for Life campaign. Faithful believers are praying that these efforts will mark the beginning of the end of abortion.

40 Days for Life is a focused pro-life campaign with a vision to access God’s power through prayer, fasting, and peaceful vigil to end abortion.

The mission of the campaign is to bring together the body of Christ in a spirit of unity during a focused 40 day campaign of prayer, fasting, and peaceful activism, with the purpose of repentance, to seek God’s favor to turn hearts and minds from a culture of death to a culture of life, thus bringing an end to abortion.

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.

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True Devotion to Mary Study Group

Join us in studying what is considered by many to be "the greatest single book of Marian spirituality ever written," (TAN Publishers). True Devotion to Mary has influenced countless souls, including St. John Paul II and St. Teresa of Calcutta.


DVD presentation at St. Gertrude begins Aug. 28th, 2018 and runs through May 28th, 2019. It will conclude with Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary on May 31st, 2019 following the 11:30am Mass. A complete schedule is available in the Attachments Section below. Please consider reading Anne's "TDM Introduction" document before you begin the study. It can also be found in the Attachments Section below.

Meetings at St. Gertrude will be held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month from 12:30 - 2:30 pm in the parish center lobby.
To register send an email to: StGertrudeTDM@gmail.com with your name and contact info.

Additional DVD presentations are being offered at the following locations:
Please Note: Schedules can be found in the Attachment section below.

  • Immaculate Heart of Mary in Anderson, Tuesdays 7:00 pm, begins Sept. 11th
    Contact person: Joann Armstrong - 513-474-1139, jmarmstrong2@outlook.com
  • Immaculate Heart of Mary in Anderson, Wednesdays 9:00 am, begins Aug. 29th
    Contact person:  Holly Farmer - 513-349-1767, holly.farmer@fuse.net
  • St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Tuesdays 7:00 pm, begins Aug. 28th
    Contact person: Eileen Devereux - 513-575-3417, epdevereux@hotmail.com
  • St. Margaret of York (at a home in Maineville),
    Mondays 7:00 pm, begins Aug. 27th
    Contact person: Leslie Bort - 513-398-7999, leslie4mary@gmail.com
  • St. Margaret of York (Leslie Bort's house), 8176 Leeshore Dr, Maineville,
    Tuesdays 9:15 am, begins Aug. 28th
    Contact person: Leslie Bort - 513-398-7999, leslie4mary@gmail.com

Ye Shall Know the Truth - a series of 50 talks by the late Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

Venerable Fulton John Sheen (born Peter John Sheen, May 8, 1895 – December 9, 1979) was an American bishop (later archbishop) of the Catholic Church known for his preaching and especially his work on television and radio. His cause for canonization as a saint was officially opened in 2002. In June 2012, Pope Benedict XVI officially recognized a decree from the Congregation for the Causes of Saints stating that he lived a life of "heroic virtues" – a major step towards beatification – so he is now referred to as "Venerable".

Ye Shall Know the Truth - a series of 50 talks by the late Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen. (Select Read more to see all 50 talks.)



Do you know your faith? Will your children know their faith? Will they ever really know the heritage that was purchased for them on Calvary?
Archbishop Sheen 1.  The Philosophy of Life
Archbishop Sheen 2.  Conscience

Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession)

St. Bernard of Clairvaux (Holy Repentance)

Bible Study - St Irenaeus Ministries

St Gertrude website has permission from the St. Irenaeus Ministries to post this link to their website and directions to fetch their podcasts through iTunes. These podcasts are free of charge so please donate to this faith formation ministry.

St. Irenaeus is a center of orthodox Catholic mission and renewal, serving a community of faith in the Rochester NY area and beyond. It is a place of fellowship and prayer; a place of inquiry and outreach.

Our goal is sound instruction and spiritual formation in Biblical study, evangelization and discipleship. Our goal is simply to proclaim Christ in the fullness of the historic faith.

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About St. Irenaeus Ministries
It is our conviction that Christ came, not only to teach a true faith, but to minister his life and salvation powerfully to all. To this end, he left us an enduring Church with eternal and unchanging provisions of grace to bless and actually transform the lives of mankind. Moved by the love of our Lord and a reverence for this One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church and “her faith, her peace and her enduring missionary spirit,” we have come together to raise up a more positive and powerful witness to his truth and grace.

St. Irenaeus is not an independent ecclesiastic structure, but a living, Christ-centered faith community, flowing strength and blessing back to the various parishes and individuals with whom we have to do.

Our mandate is simple: “to contend for the faith once for all delivered to the saints.” For us this means proclaiming and teaching Christ in the fullness of the historic faith and offering what encouragement and sound guidance we can for the formation of mature disciples. In short, we are concerned with the salvation of souls and fostering their growth in holiness. So, we have a three-fold imperative to promote:

  • A better knowledge of the Truth;
  • A deeper Spiritual Life and
  • A more authentic and powerful witness to our Lord, Jesus Christ.
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