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The Maternity of Our Lady

50 souls, walking and praying with candles, attended our final public Fatima Rosary procession for the year.

Two postulants for the Sisters of Our Lady of Reparation receive their St. Benedict Medals.

St. Michael, Protect Our Church.
Photo captured by Fr. McGuire earlier this summer.

Daily Sermons
October 5 – Fr. Lehtoranta – St. Placid and Things of Heaven
October 6 – Fr. Lehtoranta – St. Faith and Following God
October 7 – Fr. Lehtoranta – Holy Rosary and St. Mark
October 8 – Fr. Lehtoranta – St. Bridget and the Crucifix
October 9 – Fr. Lehtoranta – Priests, The Disciples of Jesus

From Fr. McGuire

Dear Faithful,

What a week it has been for all of us “Gertrudians!” Our bishop was away for a little more than a week doing his apostolic work down in Argentina. I’m sure he has plenty of news to share and stories to tell.

Rosary Sunday was an overall success, I would say. Our Lord gave us beautiful weather for the outdoor Rosary procession. Fr. McKenna preached a very thought provoking sermon on the power of the Rosary and its victories won in history. Always remember, though, that the power of the Rosary is not merely something historical–the Rosary, even in our day, wins untold victories over heretics, demons, unbelievers, scoffers, enemies of the Church, and it has even helped us to be victorious over temptation in our own spiritual lives. Keep a set of beads with you at all times and pray frequently. It’s a great help to salvation!

I thought I would update you on our sick today. After all, you have been praying so hard for them for so long. Richard Smith seems to be doing just find for the most part, but his wife of 65 years has certainly been having her share of crosses. She can’t see at all out of one eye and she has lost much of her vision in the other. The doctors, however, recently found some scare tissue in the “good” eye and think there is hope in correcting her vision. Paul Leurke has the beginning of pneumonia, but thankfully is being taken care of. The doctors caught it in its early stages. Mr. Leurke misses the Mass terribly. It’s a good reminder to us that we should utilize the Mass while we have it. It might not always be accessible. Janet Clementi is only a 5 to 10 minute drive from church and the Fathers go to see her every few weeks. She is still able to receive Holy Communion. She can’t hear though, so we have to write down what we are saying. Conversations take a little longer that way, but we all manage just fine. Paulina is doing well in her little apartment in Kentucky. She lives very close to her daughter, only a few miles from the airport. Viola Ripperger has had a nice week, she says. Her daughter came in to visit for a while. Loraine Gates is, as always, in good spirits, but seems to have lost some weight lately. Do pray for her. Jane Donadio never changes. She always has a pretty smile as she greets me and Our Lord at the door. Her daughter Jane lives only a couple of houses away. I’m sure she takes good care of her mother! Barb Steinmetz is in good health and good spirits. Bee Lutkehaus has been very well as of late. She just loves the book of pictures that tells who’s who at St. Gertrude’s. It seems to be helping her memory somewhat. Angela Segrist made it to Mass one Sunday, but has missed the last few. I’m sure she’ll make it back again soon. She’s a strong lady!

As you can see, there are a lot of sick people that need care. How about visiting them sometime when you get a chance? It would be a great act of charity on your part, and you would truly help to encourage these souls to keep pushing on. If you can’t visit, at least spare a prayer or two for them from time to time.

God bless you all,
Fr. McGuire