St Gertrude the Great, Patroness of Our Parish – Feast Day 
16 November


St Gertrude was born in Saxony, as a child Gertrude was taken to the Benedictine Abbey of Helfta, which was a centre of culture and learning, Gertrude studied and wrote all her life. At age 25 she reported special revelations from the Lord and wrote extensively about them. A great mystic of the thirteenth century, Gertrude died on 17 November 1301.

Prayer to St Gertrude the Great for the release of souls from their sufferings in purgatory

Eternal Father, I offer You, the most precious blood of they Divine Son, Jesus, in union
with the Masses said throughout the world today, for all the Holy Souls in Purgatory,
for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the universal Church, for those in my own home and
in my family.