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Presentation on the Shroud of Turin

Wednesday, March 28th
1:15 - 2:30 pm
Parish Center Lobby Given by Fred Thomas

The talk will explore the historical journey of the Shroud and how it came to be in Turin.
Scientific evidence will be discussed authenticating the Shroud as the burial cloth of a
man scourged, having a crown of thorns, crucified by nailing to a cross, and having his
side pierced with a lance, exactly as Christ was depicted in the Gospels. The carbon 14

Please Welcome Soon-to-be Fr. Henry Stephan

Please Welcome Soon-to-be Fr. Stephan At St. Gertrude’s, the sadness of parting is always accompanied by the joy of arrival. This summer we welcome Henry Stephan, O.P., who will be ordained on May 19, 2018, as our new parochial vicar. Soon-to-be Fr. Henry is a native of Orange County, California, and studied at Princeton University before entering the Dominicans in 2011. He will be preaching at all the Masses this Palm Sunday weekend, so be sure to stop by and greet him after Mass.

A Note from Fr. Gabriel Torretta, O.P.

“Behold,” Christ says in the Book of Revelation, “I make all things new.” When I arrived at St. Gertrude’s in July 2015 as a freshly ordained priest, I found myself face-to-face with the beautiful and challenging newness of Christ in everything I did: new names, new faces, new stories to learn, new ministries to enter into, new friendships, new ways of being transformed by love. Over these last three years, each of you has contributed to the way Christ has chosen to make me new, and he has given me the astonishing grace of participating in various ways in the glorious newness of love he has for each of you.

Baby Bottle Fundraiser for Old St. Mary's Pregnancy Center

Again this year, the Knights of Columbus is organizing a Baby Bottle Fundraiser to benefit the Pregnancy Care Center at Old St. Mary's Catholic Church located in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood of Cincinnati. Over the last 7 years, the generous parishioners of St. Gertrude have donated over $45,000 to help Old St. Mary's provide education and care for women during and after pregnancy. Teri Huwel - the Director of the center - shares how these funds are used to support their mission:

"Our mission at Old St. Mary’s Pregnancy Center is to save the lives of unborn children and help their moms with material supplies. Also, our counseling and daily Bible Study (well attended) helps with Evangelization.

40 Days for Life - Lent 2018

From February 14th to March 25th 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.

Sharonville Abortion Center is Closed - Sharonville Respect Life Ministry Newsletter

Dear Parishioners,

I want to let you know that there has been no activity at the abortion mill last week or the days checked this week. Someone called the abortion center to schedule an abortion and she was told there are no services in Sharonville. God is good! I believe that our prayers and witness have been instrumental in the closing of this abortion mill. The rosary has been prayed there weekly for the last seven years. Our Lord listened.

Lenten Reminders: Fast and Abstinence - 2018

Ash Wednesday, February 14 and Good Friday, March 30 are days of abstinence from meat and also days of fast, that is, limited to a single full meal. The other Fridays of the season of Lent are days of abstinence from meat. The law of abstinence binds all Catholics 14 years and older. The law of fasting binds all Catholics from their 18th birthday until their 59th birthday (canons 97 and 1252). With regard to Good Friday, the teaching of the Second Vatican Council should be recalled.

Lent is for Lovers

St. Gertrude's Church in Cincinnati has a Lenten gift for everybody: Lent is for Lovers. Check it out.

Lourdes, France 64th U.S. National Rosary Pilgrimage July 2–11, 2018

MAIL TO: Lourdes Pilgrimage Office of Catholic Travel, 5505 Granby Road, Rockville, MD 20855
1-877-276-7279 or (301) 740-9332 Email: Website:

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion Training Session

The members of this group distribute the Eucharist at Mass to fellow parishioners and may, on occasion, distribute to the sick and shut-ins.

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:

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