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January 27, 2008 – Sexagesima – St John Chrysostom, BpCD

Catechism classes are at 10:35 AM. Christmas Hymns with Hands & Voice: Two Offerings from Our Sunday School Kindergarten Class will be held in Helfta Hall at 11:10 AM
Vespers and Benediction are at 1:10 PM.

Tuesday: Feast of St. Francis De Sales
Tuesday is the Feast of the Patronal Saint of the Diocese of Cincinnati, St. Francis de Sales, whose meekness and gentle strength are the embodiment of devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Please join us for two special Masses in honor of our Patron; One at 11:25 AM and an evening Mass at 5:00 PM.

First Friday
Friday is the First Friday of the month. The intention for the All Night Adoration is: In Reparation to the Sacred Heart, for our young people.
The schedule is as follows:
11:00 AM – Confessions
11:25 AM – High Mass & Benediction
5:15 PM – Rosary & Confessions
5:35 PM – Infant of Prague Novena
Our novena in honor of the Divine Infant continues. Come with confidence to honor our loving little King.
5:45 PM – Low Mass, followed by the
Sorrowful Mother Novena
Our Novena to the Sorrowful Mother with the Blessing of the Sick. Call or write in to the office the first names of those for whom you would like us to pray, as well as the names of your sick. The novena is followed by
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, First Friday Devotions, Sacred Heart Novena & Confessions. Adoration Continues All Night.
7:15 PM – Parish Potluck Supper
8:00 PM – Rosary Confraternity Holy Hour

First Saturday
Reparation Intention: For immodest fashions and sins of the flesh.
6:30 AM Low Mass
7:10 AM Rosary & First Sat. Devotions
7:40 AM Benediction & Confessions
8:30 AM Confessions
9:00 AM: High Mass

Saturday – February 2nd – Candlemas
Join us for the Blessing of Candles, Procession & “Mass of Candles” at 9:00 AM, followed by our annual Winter Soup Lunch & Mardi Gras Desserts – bring some soup or dessert. Plan to spend this lovely feast of Our Lord and Our Lady with your “church family.” Parents, bring your children to take part in the procession. After Mass we will share a family lunch of bread, wine, soup and desserts. As you did last year, bring your favorite soup in a crock pot, and the church will supply a variety of tasty breads and wines. You may wish instead to bring some delicious dessert — it’s almost Lent! In any case, do come! In the spirit of the feast, present yourself and your children, as Our Lady presented her only Son. Make the offering of your delicious soup or dessert as St. Joseph offered two doves. Your extra effort for God and your “church family” will not be forgotten by Him.

Next Sunday
Next Sunday is the First Sunday of the Month. Our Special Second Collection is for Our Seminary. It is Holy Face Sunday and the Opening of our Triduum in Honor of the Holy Face, and also the feast of St. Blaise. The Blessing of Throats follows all Masses. Shrovetide Confessions – Shrovetide, will be heard during the morning services.

Set your missal: February 3rd, Quinquagesima, with the commemoration of St. Blaise, BpM, and Our Lady and all the Saints. Preface of the Trinity.

Upcoming Events
Wednesday – February 6th: Ash Wed-nesday – already!

Lenten Planning
Ash Wednesday Masses are at 6:30 AM, 11:30 AM and 5:45 PM. Ashes will be given out before and after all morning Masses; following Children’s Stations, after the 5:45 PM Mass. Each Friday we offer our traditional “evening of recollection” with 5:45 PM Mass, the Parish Potluck Plus Supper, a short Stations service, short Sermon, Benediction and a brief Sorrowful Mother Novena service, with Blessing of the Sick and Holy Communion. At 3:00 PM on all the Wednesdays in Lent, the traditional Children’s Stations round out our offerings.

Lenten Potluck Plus Supper
Each year on the Friday nights in Lent we offer a Parish Potluck Plus Supper following the Mass and before the Stations of the Cross.

Wednesday – February 20th: Children’s Day of Recollection

The Paschal Sacraments
First Testing & First Confessions: Saturday, April 12th. (Baptismal Cer-tificate must be presented before testing, and form filled out.)
• Obligatory Day of Recollection for all First Communion Children: Thursday, May 8th.
• Confirmation: Saturday, May 10th.
• First Holy Communion: Sunday, May 25th.

Parents, please remember to submit to the Office by March 11th, the Baptismal certificates of children not baptized at St. Gertrude the Great. If your child is not enrolled in the school or Sunday School, please let us know if you are planning on bringing him to be tested in April. Unless we have the Baptismal certificate, we will be unable to do the necessary testing. Sometimes it is difficult to tell if a child is ready for the Sacraments. Please consult the priest. The Church earnestly desires all children to receive Our Lord as soon as possible.

The Year In Review for St. Gertrude the Great

Holy Communions: 24,000 (approx.)
Marriages: 2
Baptisms: 15
Confirmations: 19
Funerals: 1

Raffle Results
With all of the joys and successes of Christmas we have not reported to you on the terrific results of our Christmas Craft Sale, Raffle and Bake Sale. All total, over a period of two weeks, (thanks to the weather) we raised a total $1828.64. Some lovely and truly creative hand-made items drew great interest. Creative, too, was the individual-item raffle procedure we employed this year. Talk about using your imagination! Thank you to everyone for a wonderful, fun and very profitable Advent fundraiser. The list of raffle winners is posted on the Book Store door. If you have not yet collected your prize please see Connie Wozny. Thanks again to everyone for a typically Gertrudian take on the old-style craft sale and raffle. Let’s do it again next year—Bishop Dolan