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St. Gertrude the Great

Our small parish is divided by Bayou Des Allemands.  Part of our parish is in the Archdiocese of New Orleans and part of the parish is the the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux.  While a small parish, we have a rich history of deeply rooted Catholic men, women and children!

 


Thought to Ponder...

"You have a God-sized hole.  You cannot fill it with things, money, other people, experiences, or accomplishments.  Only God can cil that hole."

 

 Taken from Matthew Kelly's Book Resisting Happiness
 
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Called to Share Your Faith!
Thanks to all our CCD teachers who volunteered their time to teach this year, you are a blessing to our parish and your young people!
 
 

 

Upcoming Parish Events!

 

CCD for Grades 6 - 10 7:00 PM to 8:15 PM

Monday, November 27th

Fea

Friday, December 1st

8:00 AM Mass

Saturday, December 2nd

4:30 PM Mass

Sunday, December 3rd

1st Sunday of Advent

9:30 AM Mass

Coffee and Donuts following Mass sponsored by St. Vincent de Paul Society

No Christmas Play Practice!

6:00 PM Mass

All Angel Tree Gifts Due under the Tree!

CCD Grades 6 - 9 from 7:00 - 8:15 PM  (No 10th Grade CCD tonight)

Monday, December 4th

Feast of John of Damascus:  A writer poet, priest, and defender of the faith, St. John was one of the last fathers of the Eastern Church.  He lived among Arab conquerors and was able to gain their esteem and was given high rank.  He wrote three treatises on aspects of Christianity that were very popular.  He wrote poetry and songs for the comfort of others- a man had list his brother, and St. John wrote a hymn for him that eased his grief.  He defended the use of icons and images in the Church fiercely, which earned him the title, "The Doctor of Christian Art."

No Mass

Tuesday, December 5th

Feast of St. Sabas: St. Sabas was born in Palestine in the 5th Century, he was abused as a small child and ran away from home to a monastery, where he was taken in and cared for.  He loved the monk's life, and decided to become one himself.  He lived as a hermit and prayed all the time.  He brought many back to the church by his example.  He said, "We must resist the devils, but yield to men for the sake of peace."

8:00 AM Mass

Wednesday, December 6th

Feast of St. Nicholas:  The saint everyone thinks they know, but doesn't.  The bishop of Myra was one tough cookie, hanging out with sailors and solders, getting imprisoned for his faith at least twice-once during the Roman persecution and again later by the Council of Nicea for slapping the heretic Arius across the face for, well, being heretical.  Then there is the time he grabbed the sword out of the executioner's hand in order to save the lives of three innocent men, whom he marched back to the shocked governor's palace to demand their exoneration.  When said governor begged forgiveness, the hot-headed Nicholas initially refused to forgive him, but later relented, Ho, ho, ho, indeed! "I am Nicholas a sinner, servant of God, and bishop of Myra."

8:00 AM Mass

Thursday, December 7th

Feast of St. Ambrose:  Another no-nonsense Bishop, Ambrose not only composed many new liturgical hymns, but also refused to allow the emperor to attend mass after the emperor massacred thousands of innocent people.  He said, "I will never betray the church of Christ...I will die at the foot of the altar rather then desert it."

8:00 AM Mass

7:00 PM Mass for Immaculate Conception 

Friday, December 8th

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception:  On the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, we celebrate the immaculate (stainless) conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  That means that Mary was free of original sin from the moment Mary's mother Anne, became pregnant with her.  This made her the perfect mother for Jesus, the holy son of God, who came to take away all sin.

9:00 AM Mass for Immaculate Conception

6:00 PM Mas for Immaculate Conception

Saturday, December 9th

4:30 PM Mass

Sunday, December 10th

2nd Sunday of Advent

9:30 AM MAss

Christmas Play Practice in Church 3 PM

6:00 PM Mass

CCD Classes Grades 6 - 10 7:00 - 8:15 PM

Monday, December 11th

Feast of Pope Saint Damasus I:  Chosen the 37th Pope.  During his reign Christianity was declared the religion of Rome.  

No Mass

Tuesday, December 12th

Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe:  Celebrating the appearance of the Blessed Virgin to 55 year old Juan Diego on Saturday, December 9th on Tepeyac Hill near Mexicon City in 1531.  When Juan Diego told the Bishop of the apparition, the Bishop instructed Juan to ask the Holy Mother for a sign, and on December 12th, she again appeared to him and told him to gather up the roses which did not grow at this time or place and bring to the bishop.  He did as she instructed.  He went to the Bishop and as the roses fell from this cloak, the bishop and his attendants fell to the ground on their knees for the cloak contained a life sized figure of the Virgin Mary, just as Juan described her, glowing on the cloak.  The picture is venerated to this day!

Mass at 8:00 AM for Alaina Arnold and Albert Fremin

Wednesday, December 13th

Feast  of St. Lucy:  Raised in a pious family, she vowed her life to Christ.  After the death of her father, her mother arranged for her marriage to a pagan, which she refused.  He denounced her as a Christian and the governor sentenced her to forced prostitution, but when guards went to fetch her, they could not move her, even when hitched to oxen.  The governor ordered her killed instead.  After torture that included her eyes being torn out, she was surrounded by bundles of wood which was set on fire, but they all went out.  She prophesied against her persecutors, and wa executed by being stabbed to death by a dagger.

Mass at 8:00 AM for Paul Candies, Sr.

LAS Christmas Social 6PM in the Community Center

Thursday, December 14th

Feast of St. John of the Cross:  Born in poverty, cared for the poor in hospitals in Spain.  He was a Carmelite lay brother in 1563 at the age of 21, though he lived more strictly than the Rule required.  Ordained a Carmelite Priest in 1567 at the age 25.  Persuaded by St. Teresa of Avila to reform the order which was not well received by other priests.  He was imprisoned but escaped.  He was the Spiritual Director and confessor for St. Teresa of Avila and reformed the Carmelite Order.  He was proclaimed a Doctor of the Church by Pope Pius XI on 24 August 1926.

Mass at 8:00 AM for Deceased Priests of St. Gertrude

Pastoral Council Christmas Social 7PM in the Rectory

Friday, December 15th

Feast of Virginia Curione Bracelli:  Widowed at 20 years old with two children, moved in with her in-laws until their death, then turned their home into a refuge for the needy and sick.  She established an Institute for healing the sick, educating children, training adults, and helping the dissolute return to productive lives.  

Mass at 8:00 AM for Deceased Priests of St. Gertrude

Saturday, December 16th (Operation Baby Jesus, bring your baby Jesus to mass for special blessing and gift wrapping! This will bring a deeper meaning to the celebration of Christmas!)

Mass at 4:30 PM for Kenneth & Theresa Somme', Jeanne Somme', Aline Dufrene, Paul Candies, Sr., Justilien, Sr. & Gloria Cortez, Joseph Theriot, Olive & Stanley Dufrene, Merlin, Sr. & Gladys Schaubhut, Donald Schouest, Sr., Cerene Matherne, Anna and Frenchie Gueffier, Allyson Picou, Mr & Mrs. Charles Matherne, Sr., Eugene Cunningham

Second Collection for St. Gertrude Maintenance 

Lector:  Anita Matherne

Eucharistic Ministers:  Sherry Folse, Terry Matherne, Ashley Dauphin

Altar Servers:  Volunteers

Hospitality:  Christopher Pickett, Lynn Pickett

Annual Christmas Play in Church at 7PM!!!!

Social Following the Play in Fr. Mac Community Center with Santa!!!

Sunday, December 17th (Operation Baby Jesus, bring your baby Jesus to mass for a blessing and gift wrapping!  This will bring a deeper meaning to the celebration of Christmas! All Masses)

3rd Sunday of Advent

Mass at 9:30 AM for All Parishioners of St. Gertrude

Second Collection for St. Gertrude Maintenance

Lector:  Opal Dufrene

Eucharistic Ministers:  Gerald Dufrene, Sydney Dupont, Candy Ford

Altar Servers:  Brandon Wood, Volunteer

Hospitality:  Zack Zeringue, Volunteer

NEW ALTAR SERVER TRAINING 11AM!!!!

Mass at 6:00 PM for all deceased family members of our CCD students and teachers

Second Collection for St. Gertrude Maintenance

Lector:  Angelina Sander

Eucharistic Ministers: Jamie Hue, Tina Montz, Volunteer

Altar Servers: Nicole Hue, Volunteer

Hospitality:  Volunteer

Monday, December 18th

No Mass

Tuesday, December 19th

Mass at 8:00 AM

Wednesday, December 20th

Mass at 8:00 AM

Thursday, December 21st

Mass at 8:00 AM

Friday, December 22nd

Mass at 8:00 AM

Saturday, December 23rd

Mass at 4:30 PM

Sunday, December 24th

4th Sunday of Advent

Mass 9:30 AM

CHRISTMAS MASS
4:00 PM

12:00 AM

Monday, December 25th

Merry Christmas!

9:00 AM

Tuesday, December 26th

Mass 8:00 AM

Wednesday, December 27th

Mass 8:00 AM

Thursday, December 28th

Mass 8:00 AM

Friday, December 29th

Mass 8:00 AM

Saturday, December 30th

Mass 4:30 PM

Sunday, December 31st

 Mass 9:00 AM

 

 

 

 

Are you a Member?

Make St. Gertrude Catholic Church your home! Registration Forms are located in the rear of the church which can be placed in the collection or you can call or stop by the rectory and register your family!  Be part of the One, Holy, Apostolic Catholic Church!  Come Home!

Thanks to all who donated for the Thanksgiving Food Drive!  We were able to make 13 baskets that were delivered to families in need before Thanksgiving!

The Annual Christmas Program is fast approaching!  Mark your Calendars for December 16th 7PM for the Play with the Social Following!