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Young Adult Get-Together

This summer, we are hosting a young adult get-together. We hope to draw Traditional Catholics from across the country. Visit our event website for more information.
YAG Cincinnati Website

Watch a very short video with scenes from our May crowning.

We had a large turnout for our first Fatima Rosary Procession of the year.

Daily Sermons
May 23 – Fr. Lehtoranta – Sin and Bessie the Python
May 24 – Fr. McKenna – Mary, Help of Christians
May 25 – Bp. Dolan – Silence and the Sacrifice
May 30 – Fr. Lehtoranta – St. Ferdinand, An Exemplary Catholic and Ruler
May 31 – Fr. Lehtoranta – Bring Flowers to Queen Mary

✠ The Bishop’s Corner ✠
I write this on a beautiful June morning. We’re thanking the Sacred Heart for sending His own Spirit, God the Holy Ghost, down upon us all, particularly the Pentecost confirmands. Church was all abuzz these last few days for the Fiftieth Day, Pentecost. A nice group of children came for their Recollection on First Thursday. I thank Mother Isidore and Veronica Briggs for their kind assistance. Some adults were enrolled to receive Confirmation as well. The annual and most solemn eight day celebration of the Coming of the Holy Ghost serves to confirm, to strengthen all of us in the practice of our Catholic Faith. May we never do anything to compromise in the least our Faith or our children’s Faith. If you hold it cheap, it will slip away from you. Ask the Holy Ghost to get a grip.

In years when we have a late Easter, we often have First Communions at Pentecost, since June is already full summer vacation time anymore. I usually try to space out the Sacraments, but today’s First Communion reminds us of the role of the Holy Ghost, the Sanctifier, in the Consecration of the Mass, in our worthy Holy Communions, indeed in the whole of our Catholic life and religion.

Thanks to our teachers this year, at church, school, and home. Thanks to everyone who helped at church these days to prepare for Pentecost. Please everyone pray for our First Communicants, their perseverance in the Faith. Show your gratitude, and inculcate devotion by bringing them back to church this Pentecost Week for a “second Communion,” just because, out of love.

Kirby and Jean Bischel are beautifying the cloister garden. Some have helped. Mark and Joan Lotarski worked on the Stations last Friday. Things are looking good! I still need some help reclaiming/weeding some flowerbeds, mulching, and doing some trimming. It’s your church. How about it? Let us know.

I had quite the birthday weekend, which included many greetings and prayers, three cakes, a little surprise party, some fine dinners, a nice visit from friends, a good book and a good bottle, and more. Thank you very much. On Friday evening Fr. McKenna and I went to hear the wonderfully Catholic Dream of Gerontius, by Cardinal Newman, at the May Festival. It is a moving description of the Four Last Things, and the death of a Catholic. Too bad nobody believes it anymore. The Jesuits don’t even believe in the devil. But that’s probably nothing new.

The Dream of Gerontius is Paulina’s favorite poem, and rightly so. Read a bit of it. How enriched are our Faith, our lives; by music and art and poetry, as well as by the good systematic teaching of doctrine. These things help our church and school to offer a true Catholic culture. Be with us, support us.

Fr. McKenna headed up north after yesterday’s Pontifical. He reports some possibility of the purchase of a church in Grand Forks, North Dakota, which would be a great step. Join us in prayer for this intention. Fr. Nkamuke is to due to arrive in the States on Thursday. He will be coming here next week for a nice long stay, and also visiting our missions. Fr. Lehtoranta is working on his Green Card, which will allow him to visit his family without problems as he continues his invaluable apostolate at church and school. Please remember these intentions, and more in your prayers.

Well, it’s lining up as a busy June at St. Gertrude. Mark your calendar. The Young Adult Get-Together is shaping up nicely. But don’t forget the other big dates for July: Girls’ Camp (July 12-14) and Boys’ Camp (July 25-27).

Don’t forget that extra Mass this Pentecost Week. May He bless us with God’s Love,

Bishop Dolan