Double Barrel

Preaching to the Indulged and Selfish Culture

Recently, many television viewers complained about a news bulletin covering the beheading of the journalist and devout Catholic, James Foley. Their objection was not to the horror of the news, but that it had interrupted the broadcast of a soap opera. We are learning quickly that people with that defective kind of priority will soon find out the hard way that life is not a soap opera. We are now engaged in a war, whether or not some politicians hesitate to call it that, and it must have priority over all other interests. The war is being fought by enemies of God, deluded by the conceit that they are fighting for God.

How to Lose the Culture War - Peter Kreeft

Suit to Restrict Pulpit Speech Dismissed


The following is taken from the National Catholic Register. Please take time to read the article.

An atheist organization’s attempt to utilize the IRS to restrict clergy’s First Amendment right to preach against politicians and policies that contradict the Gospel appears to have misfired.

by WAYNE LAUGESEN 09/09/2014

WASHINGTON — The Constitution forbids restraint of speech. Nevertheless, clergy claim the Internal Revenue Service has a tool that restrains what gets preached from the pulpit.

It’s called fear.

“The IRS threatens the life of the church,” said Daniel Blomberg, legal counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.

Blomberg represented Milwaukee’s Holy Cross Anglican Church and its pastor, Rev. Patrick Malone, in a high-profile, three-party lawsuit that also included the IRS and the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF v. Koskinen). The FFRF wanted a federal court to force the IRS to penalize churches and clergy that tell members how they should vote.

The suit was dismissed in July at the urging of the plaintiff, the FFRF, after Holy Cross joined the suit with a motion to intervene.

“The IRS wants clergy to know one thing in no uncertain terms: ‘If you say certain things at certain times that make politicians uncomfortable, we can take away your tax-exempt status,’” Blomberg said. “‘We can take away deductions from people who fund the church, and we can come at the church and church leaders personally.’”

It’s tough talk from the IRS, but the agency has never followed through. The threats, Blomberg insists, are hollow and unenforceable — a lesson he believes the IRS may have quietly taught the FFRF after Holy Cross joined the suit.

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Rosary Vigil in front of Sharonville abortion center

10/25/2014 9:00 am

Please join Fr. Andre-Joseph, the Knights of Columbus Elder Council and your fellow St. Gertrude parishioners on the 4th Saturday of every month at 9:00 am to pray the Rosary in front of the Sharonville abortion mill.

The Knights will provide transportation leaving at 8:45 from the parish. For information, contact Tom Hahn at 831-2386.

Good of the Order - Fire Fighters

Brothers, we are surrounded by evil spirits that act like arsonists intent on destroying God, the Church, our nation and world, the souls of family members, plus the innocent and vulnerable in our midst. They are relentlessly targeting our culture, institutions, traditions, and beliefs in pursuit of demonic dominance of humankind and our eternal damnation. The instruments of evil are both human and spiritual. They are everywhere. Unfortunately, many people are content to watch their fires burn instead of stopping them and/or putting them out.

Brothers, what evidence exists that we are worthy fire fighters for Christ and His Church? Are we believers in God’s Word, i.e., Jesus Christ and the Bible? Are we trained, disciplined, and obedient Catholics? Are we ready to further God’s kingdom here and now?

Make A Difference! Building Homes, Changing Lives

Update August 5, 2014: Our July Habitat work day had the Bramble Ave. house nicely taking shape. Volunteers from St. Gertrude, St. Paul Lutheran, and Notre Dame Alumni worked together installing vinyl siding on the front of the house, soffits on the front porch overhang, starting the insulation work inside, weed whacking the back yard jungle, and removing the scaffolding on the side of the house. A late morning thunderstorm rolled through, but the temporary halt to work didn't faze this hardy crew. Thanks to all who came out to make this a very successful and fun day.

Our next Habitat day is Saturday, August 23.

It's not too late to get involved!!!

Dr. Peter Kreeft Christian Anthropology vs. the Sexual Revolution Part 1 and 2

Dr. Peter Kreeft lectures on the authentic meaning of human sexuality.

Family of the Year 2014 - Presented by the Knights of Columbus

Dear Parishioners,

Each year the Knights of Columbus Archbishop Elder Council nominate a “Family of the Year.” The purpose of this is to give beautiful examples of Catholic family life in our parish. Of course each year most of these families feel unworthy of this honor, and most of the time I have to cajole the families to accept this honor. The Pappalardo’s were quite humbled by this, and of course do not want to bring attention onto themselves, but to Jesus Christ who has blessed them with their beautiful family. I am most honored to be able to honor them this weekend as the 9:30am Mass as the Knights of Columbus Family of the Year. May God continue to bless Jim and Anita, and their five sons, each in their own way have generously served our parish and community. May the Lord bless all our families as we all travel the road to our heavenly homeland. Here are a few words of thanks from the Pappalardo family.

Adoration Chapel Sign Up

Brother Knights,
So far we are 2 weekends into perpetual adoration and so far so good, but we need more help!
We are covering Sunday mornings at 2am for 1 hour. (i.e. Saturday night into Sunday morning at 0200 hrs). So far we have the following men who have volunteered. I have listed you in pairs with your respective date assigned for the first 6 weekends. You may trade amongst yourselves or let me know if you can not make it so that I can find a sub. Anyone else who is able or willing to step up and help out as a substitute or even if only on a one time basis, please let me know as the more brothers we have the less frequently we have to do it individually.

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