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Spring Semester 2018

This Semester we are going to continue to dive into the theme "They Recognize His Voice". However, we are shifting our focus by looking at how we can recognize God's voice through the Church, namely the sacraments. 


Parish Festival - June 8, 9, 10

  • Everyone is invited to the parish festival. This is a great way to celebrate summer as a parish family, reconnect with friends, and support the parish!
  • There will be rides, games, and food!
  • The High School Youth Ministry will be running the Truth Booth. Teens, alum of the program, and Core Team will welcome the attendees to the festival. 
  • Please consider signing up for a shift via this link by June 1st. 

Abide Conference - June 13-17


A typical teen conference lasts three days (at most). Abide is five days. Teens are not only taught about who Jesus is, they live a daily personal encounter with Him. This is accomplished through daily mass, frequent opportunities for confession, adoration, worship and authentic Christian community. It does not stop there… Teens are guided and challenged to experience intentional discipleship, both personally and within Christian community through dynamic workshops and presentations.

Abide’s pinnacle experience presents a unique opportunity: to go into the world as a missionary disciple. We do this by going to downtown Cincinnati to meet our neighbors and share the abundance of love and joy that results from a life rooted in discipleship. Abide attendees experience what it means to live a life so infused with Christian joy, that it leaves no other option but to be a gift for others.


Abide provides a conference experience unlike any other, both in terms of its intimate feel...with only 100 conference participants...and also in that it encourages youth/campus ministers to participate in this experience with their teens. In this way, Abide takes seriously Pope Francis' call for accompaniment, and aims to help youth/campus ministers walk with their teens from the moment they walk into the conference together, through the renewal that will come about in their communities at the parish or school. 

Who: Incoming 10th graders - Outgoing 12th graders (students graduating 2018-2021)

Where: Mt. St. Joseph University

Cost: $295

***If you are interested in attending Abide this summer, please email Megan directly. Only a few spots remain!

Midwest AMP Fest - June 23rd


Amp Fest seeks to invite teens to behold the authentic joy of the Christian community, to cultivate an interest in the Gospel through beauty, and to propose Jesus Christ as the answer to their deepest desires.






Who: 8th-12th graders

Where: Transfiguration Center for Spiritual Renewal (3505 Calumet Road Ludlow Falls, Ohio)

Cost: $30

***This is a wonderful summer event to invite a friend to attend! 

Register via this LINK. Registration closes June 1st.

Note: Details about carpooling will be released in early June.

Steubenville Youth Conference - July 13-15

The theme for this year's Steubenville Youth Conference is REVEALED. This comes from 1 John 4:9 - “In this way the love of God was revealed to us: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might have life through him.”.

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We live in a world where there are voices shouting at us from all sides, trying to tell us who we are and who we aren’t, who we should be and who we shouldn’t be. If we pay too much attention to these voices, it won’t be long before we forget our true identity altogether.

But amidst all the noise is our loving Father, who wants to make Himself known to us and speak truth about who we are. God’s love is deeper and His plan for our lives is greater than anything the world has to offer – will we allow Him to reveal it to us?

This summer, over 50,000 Catholic teens across North America will participate in 25 Steubenville Youth Conferences, and we want you to be one of them! Come experience the love of God in a new and more profound way. He has so much in store for you.

Special Note: Archbishop Schnurr will be preaching at the Mass on Saturday at the conference!

Watch this promo video about the Conference and begin to get pumped!  

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Who: Incoming 9th graders - Outgoing 12th graders

Where: Franciscan University of Steubenville

Cost: $230 

Permission form linked HERE

After registering online for Steubenville, please complete the following forms:

1. Archdiocese of Cincinnati (AofC) liability form found HERE (submit to St Gertrude Parish by June 15, 2018).

2.  Online Steubenville Liability form found HERE.

YOU : Theology of the Body Class


This summer, the High School Youth Ministry and Ruah Woods are co-hosting a Theology of the Body Class. The class will be going through the YOU Series from Ascension Press. Check out the trailer on the YOU series here. The class specifically focuses on Christian anthropology, simply what it means to be human. 

Dates: June 18, June 19, July 2, July 3, July 16, July 17, July 30, July 31 

Time: 6:30-8:30pm

Location: St. Gertrude Parish Center Music Room

Cost: $25 (this includes the YOU workbook)

Here is the link to the registration. Space is limited. 


NOTE: For parents that are interested, a “Parent Guide” is available for $9.95. This is a short guide to what is discussed in the YOU program. For more resources for parents or for sample lessons, please check out this link

Discipleship Cells

The High School Youth Ministry Program at St. Gertrude is comprised of  Discipleship Cells. These single sex small groups foster deep friendships and an environment conducive to mentorship and an enthusiasm with the faith. The Discipleship Cells alternate the meeting location between the parish and host homes. Each Discipleship Cell contains about 7-10 teens and are led by 2-3 trained adults. If you are interested in being plugged into a Discipleship Cell or would like more information, please return to our 'Home' Page scroll to the bottom and email us!