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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.

Third Sunday of Advent - December 17, 2017

Rev. Ed Curtis, Archdiocese of Toronto

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Lectionary: 8
Reading 1 IS 61:1-2A, 10-11

The spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me,
because the LORD has anointed me;
he has sent me to bring glad tidings to the poor,
to heal the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives

From the Pastor 12/17/17

A Blessed Gaudete Sunday to all.
Certain Sundays throughout the liturgical year have taken their names from the first word in Latin of the Introit, the entrance antiphon at Mass. Gaudete Sunday is one of these. The Introit for Gaudete Sunday is taken from Philippians 4:4-5: “Gaudete in Domino semper” “Rejoice in the Lord always.”

During Advent the priest normally wears violet remembering the penitential tone of the season. But on Gaudete Sunday, having passed the midpoint of Advent, the Church lightens the mood a little, and the priest may wear rose vestments. The change in color provides us with encouragement to continue our spiritual preparation — especially prayer and fasting — for Christmas. For this same reason, the third candle of the Advent wreath, lit on Gaudete Sunday, is traditionally rose-colored.

St. Gertrude RCIA 2017-2018 Session Fourteen: Law and Freedom

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By the glorious Cross, Jesus Christ has won salvation for all men. He redeemed them from the sin that held them in bondage. "For freedom Christ has set us free" and this truth "has set us free. Where the spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom."

Masses Relocated

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

Adoration Chapel Closure Christmas 2017

The Mother of Mercy Perpetual Adoration Chapel will be closing for Christmas, beginning at 9 am on Saturday, Dec. 23rd. The Adoration Chapel will reopen again on Tuesday, Dec. 26th at 9 am.

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.

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

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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Marriage Enrichment Program Sign Up


A new marriage enrichment program will be offered starting Jan. 4, 2018.

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:

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. 29th, 2017 and runs through May 22nd, 2018. It will conclude with Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary on May 31st, 2018 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.
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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, Wednesdays 9:00 am, begins Aug. 30th
    Contact person:  Holly Farmer - 513-349-1767, holly.farmer@fuse.net
  • Immaculate Heart of Mary in Anderson, Tuesdays 7:00 pm, begins Aug. 29th
    Contact person: Joann Armstrong - 513-474-1139, jmarmstrong2@outlook.com
  • St. Frances De Sales (Angie Cole's house), 1272 Weathervane Way, Lebanon,
    Monday Mornings 9:15-11:30 am, begins Aug. 28th
    Contact person: Angie Cole, angiejcole@gmail.com
  • St. Frances De Sales (Scott and Jill Corbett's house), 732 Cedar Ridge Drive, Lebanon 45036
    Tuesdays 7:00 pm, begins Aug. 29th, Contact person: Jill Corbett - 513-678-4150, Scott.corbett@fioptics.com
  • St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Tuesdays 7:00 pm, begins Aug. 29th
    Contact person: Eileen Devereux - 513-575-3417, epdevereux@hotmail.com
  • St. Margaret of York (Leslie Bort's house), 8176 Leeshore Dr, Maineville,
    Tuesdays 9:30 am, begins Aug. 29th
    Contact person: Leslie Bort - 513-398-7999, leslie4mary@gmail.com
  • St. Margaret of York (at a home in Maineville),
    Mondays 7:00 pm, 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. Birgitta of Sweden (Holy Repentance)

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