Holy Week Schedule

Holy Triduum (The Great Three Days )

Holy Thursday, April 2
7:30pm Liturgy of the Lord’s Supper
Commemorative washing of the disciples’ feet and everyone’s hands
Procession of the Eucharist and Benediction
Eucharist enthroned, altar coverings stripped until the Easter Vigil
Church remains open for solemn visitation through the night

Good Friday, April 3
(Fast and Abstinence)
7:00am Prayer Service in Church, completes our overnight visitation
3:00pm Stations of the Cross
7:30pm Service of the Lord’s Passion
Veneration of the Cross
Holy Communion

Easter Vigil, Saturday, April 4
11:00am Blessing of Easter Food
3:00pm Reconciliation
7:30pm Easter Vigil Mass
Striking of the New Fire
Blessing of the Easter Water
Re-telling the stories of Salvation History
Entrance of Catechumens into full communion with the Catholic Church

Easter Sunday, April 5
Masses at Church: 8:00am, 10:00am, 11:30am
St. Gertrude East: 9:30am (Sheridan & Granville)
Gym: 10:30am, includes Liturgical Dance

There is no 7:30am Mass on Thursday, April 2 or Friday, April 3.

St. Gertrude – Palm Sunday – March 29, 2015

The weekly bulletin for the Palm Sunday - March 29, 2015.

Parish Calendar

Monday, March 23
* 7:00pm ~ Song and Story: a Reflection in Church with Fr. Dom, Mark Teresi, and Mary Clare Barker

Tuesday, March 24
* 7:00pm ~ First Communion Parent Meeting in the Social Hall

Thursday, March 26
* 9:30am ~ Retired Men’s Club in the Ministry Center
* 7:00pm ~ Women’s Club in the Rectory

Friday, March 27
* 2:00pm ~ Stations of the Cross

Palm Sunday, March 29
* 8:00am ~ Liturgy
* 9:30am ~ St. Gertrude East
* 11:00am ~ Combined Liturgy, including the reading of the Passion and the outdoor procession with palms
* No CCD classes

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St. Gertrude – Fifth Sunday of Lent – March 22, 2015

The weekly bulletin for the Fifth Sunday of Lent - March 22, 2015.

St. Gertrude – Fourth Sunday of Lent – March 15, 2015

The weekly bulletin for the Fourth Sunday of Lent - March 15, 2015.

St. Gertrude – Third Sunday of Lent – March 8, 2015

The weekly bulletin for the Third Sunday of Lent - March 8, 2015.

St. Gertrude – Second Sunday of Lent – March 1, 2015

The weekly bulletin for the Second Sunday of Lent - March 1, 2015.

St. Gertrude – First Sunday of Lent – February 22, 2015

The weekly bulletin for the First Sunday of Lent - February 22, 2015.

This Lent

This Lent, you are encouraged to raise up the needs of the world in prayer, to sacrifice by giving up food and material wants, and to offer your time, talent and treasure as good stewards of the gifts God has given you.

The Church keeps Lent from Ash Wednesday until the evening of Holy Thursday by the threefold discipline of fasting, alms giving and prayer.

Abstinence from meat is to be observed by all Catholics 14 years and older on all Fridays of Lent. Fasting is to be observed on Good Friday by all Catholics who are 18 years of age but not yet 59. Those who meet the criteria may take only one full meal. Two small meals are permitted is necessary to maintain strength according to one’s needs; however, eating solid foods between meals is not permitted.

Setting aside time for prayer and reflection is to be observed in preparation for the celebration of Easter as we renew our Baptismal vows.

Taking part in Operation Rice Bowl gives a focus to alms giving by supporting Catholic Relief Service in their development projects overseas. These projects help individuals and communities use their own potential and capacity to improve their lives. By contributing to CRS Rice Bowl, participants give more than money contributions help provide the resources and training that empower communities to create sustainable change.

Lenten Schedule:
* Faith Sharing Groups will be meeting throughout Lent at various time and various locations. Contact Kevin at the Rectory if you would like more information.
* Stations of the Cross will be prayed at 2:00 pm on the following Fridays, February 20, March 6, March 13, March 27 and at 3:00 pm on Good Friday, April 3.
* Lenten Reconciliation will be Friday, February 27. Individual confession will be available in the afternoon from 2:00-5:00 pm. Communal Reconciliation in the spirit of Taizé will begin at 7:00 pm.
* Lenten Reflections with the Ladies’ Friendship Club take place Thursday, March 12.
* Song and Story: a Reflection will take place in the Church on Wednesday, Mar ch 18 at 7:00pm. Join Fr. Dom and Mark Teresi in an evening of prayer.

St. Gertrude – Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time – February 15, 2015

The weekly bulletin for the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time - February 15, 2015.