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School Open House - January 27, 2019

Pro-Life Rosary – January 26

"Please join the Knights of Columbus and St. Gertrude Respect Life Committee in praying an on-campus Rosary for those impacted by abortion on Saturday January 26th at 9AM. We will gather round the Pro-Life monument adjacent to the parking lot at St. Gertrude.

January marks the 45th anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade decision by the US Supreme Court; but it also marks the 1-year anniversary of the closing of the abortion mill in Sharonville. Let's pray that 2019 brings additional 'good news' - and God’s blessings - for the culture of life! For additional information, please contact Tom Hahn of the Knights of Columbus at 513-831-2386."

Adoration Chapel Closed for Inclement Weather

Dear Eucharistic Guardians,

Due to the impending snow storm, which is only predicted to be 4-6 inches, we will officially close down adoration starting tonight, Friday, January 11, 2019 at 9pm, until Monday, January 14 at 9am. This means that the Blessed Sacrament will be reposed in the tabernacle for those who still wish to make their Holy Hour, but Eucharist guardians do not need to come to cover Eucharistic Adoration. People may come to the chapel if they feel it is safe enough to drive. God bless.

Fr. Keller, O.P. - A Year with the Eucharist: Daily Meditations on the Blessed Sacrament

Are you Looking for the Perfect Christmas Gift?

Fr. Paul Keller, O.P. for his new book:

A Year with the Eucharist: Daily Meditations on the Blessed Sacrament

A Year with the Eucharist offers daily meditation drawn from the riches of Catholic tradition, both ancient and modern, and features passages from the Bible, and the best that has been written about the Eucharist by saints, popes, poets, and other authors.

2018 Christmas Directory

Very Rev. K. R. Letoile, O.P.
Very Rev. Darren Pierre, O.P
Fr. William A. Holt, O.P.
Fr. Allen Moran, O.P.
Fr. Matthew Carroll, O.P.
St Vincent Ferrer Priory
869 Lexington Ave
New York, NY 10065

Very Rev. Walter Wagner, O.P.
Fr. Jerome Zeiler, O.P.
St Catherine of Siena Priory
411 East 68th St
New York, NY 10065

Archbishop Chris Cardone, O.P.
Archdiocese of Honiara
Box 237
Honiara, Solomon Islands
(via South Pacific)

Fr. Ezra Sullivan, O.P.
Fr. Benedict Croell, O.P.,

St. Anne & Child Mary Guild

Our St Anne and Child Mary Guild kickoff on Saturday was a beautiful success! We had a full house! A special thanks to Fr. Henry for giving us an absolutely beautiful talk about our church design and about the parts of the Mass. Such a gift! We are all so impressed by our girls’ knowledge of the faith. They expressed that the talk was their favorite part of the morning! Families will receive an email before our meeting to sign up.

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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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 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 Pageant - 2018

Please join us for our Annual Christmas Event.

December 20, 2018 at 7:00pm
December 21, 2018 at 9:00am

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:

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


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 If you would like to be enrolled, please fill out the registration form on our website at 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.