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.

How to Win the Culture War - Peter Kreeft

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 brendanpsheridan@hotmail.com as the more brothers we have the less frequently we have to do it individually.

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Good of the Order - Be Alert and Courageous Men of the Knights

Watching a loved one suffer and die is one of the most unsettling, heart-breaking experiences in our lives. Accidents, illnesses, abuse, violence, and neglect of many kinds are major contributors to these tragedies. To witness the loss of health, vitality, deterioration, and pain of the people we care much about is devastating. Our own lives are changed by these events.

It’s times like these that the metal of true men is tested. How we relate and respond says much about us in many ways. For example, we can be reactive or proactive to the realities faced. We can be unfeeling or caring and compassionate. We can be self centered or men for others when doing so isn’t convenient.

National Directive from the K of C Leadership: Failure to Lead

"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing." --Edmund Burke

The Knights of Columbus are, and always have been, strongly supportive of the right to life in their public statements. So it has long been a mystery to me why the K of C allows some politicians to continue their membership even while those politicians promote legalized abortion: in flagrant defiance of the teachings of their Church and the public statements of their fraternity.

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From Article:

The national directive from K of C leadership, warning local councils that they cannot suspend the membership of abortion supporters, is couched in neutral language, suggesting that any such move to oust a member must be approved at the very top levels of the fraternal order. But are the top leaders of the K of C ready to take action? To the best of my knowledge they have never yet ousted a member because of his support for abortion. If the local councils are forbidden to act, and the national leadership is unwilling to act, then the disgrace will continue: prominent men who support the killing of the unborn will be allowed to parade around in the guise of Catholic knighthood.

In his attempt to justify this policy of inaction, Supreme Advocate John Marrella writes: "If the public figure's bishop has not excommunicated him for his public positions on issues relating to matters of faith and morals, it would be highly inappropriate for the Knights of Columbus to do so." [The full text of the Marrella letter to the Massachusetts K of C leadership can be found below.]

Holy Innocents and St Michael

Brothers,

Please pray for the parishes of Holy Innocents and St. Michael in the arch diocese of New York.

New Officers Were Elected For The Fraternal Year 2014-2015

New Officers were elected for the fraternal year 2014-2015. Congratulations to All!

  • Grand Knight - Mark Kosobud
  • Deputy Grand Knight- Tom Hahn
  • Chancellor – Ryan Gerkin
  • Treasurer – Bob Stucker
  • Recorder – Mike Widmeyer
  • Warden – Donnie Schenk
  • Advocate – Brendan Sheridan
  • Outside Guard – Phil Motz

Make A Difference! Building Homes, Changing Lives


Update May 25, 2014:Our first Habitat work day just happened to fall on Memorial Day weekend. Not a problem, we still had over 15 volunteers from St. Gertrude show up to work with St. Paul Lutheran church on the Habitat house. The weather was perfect and everyone pitched in to erect the 2nd floor exterior walls, clean out the garage, move dirt from the front to the back yard, and other assorted tasks. Thanks to all who came out to make this a very successful and fun day. Our next Habitat day is Saturday, June 21. See you there! Click here to see slideshow

As part of a parish wide program, please join the Elder Council Knights of Columbus as we assist the Madisonville Church Coalition of Habitat for Humanity. All St. Gertrude parishioners are invited.

What: Build houses with Habitat for Humanity, Madisonville Church Coalition

Where: Madisonville Build sites (5714 Bramble Ave. and 4112 Azalea Ave.)

When: Every 5th Saturday starting in May.

How: Click here to sign up to volunteer

  • We will be working with other local churches on two projects: one new house and the re-habilitation of an existing house.
  • No experience is necessary! Knowledgeable Habitat builders provide direction and instruction.
  • All tools are provided. Bring a tool belt if you have one.
  • Volunteers age 16+ are welcome to build (16-17 require parental supervision).
  • If working on a house is not your thing, we also need volunteers to supply lunch for the work crew.
  • This is not a giveaway program. In addition to paying a monthly mortgage, the recipient (partner) family helps build the house and invests 500 hours of their own hard work as a down payment
  • Since 1986 Cincinnati Habitat has built over 220 homes
  • K of C contact: Phil Motz email: philmotz@outlook.com ph: 513-677-2871
  • Baby Bottle Fundraiser - 2014 Check Presentation

    Tom Hahn of the Knights of Columbus, Elder Council presents a check on behalf of the St Gertrude Parishioners to Martha Spaeth of Old St Mary's Pregnancy Center.

    "I was overwhelmed when I saw the check you delivered on Thursday. May God bless you and the Knights of Columbus and St. Gertrude for your tremendous support for Old St. Mary's Pregnancy Center. ($7285.85 is amazing) Fr. Al Lauer said if we trusted in God, we would have the money we need for this ministry. Through very generous people like you, our prayers have been answered. I plan to send a Thank you to Fr. Andre-Joseph and the Knights of Columbus... Thank you, Tom!" --Terri Huwel, Director of Old St. Mary's Pregnancy Center

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

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