2022 YAG Schedule & Dress Level Advisory

Unless otherwise specified, all events take place at St. Gertrude the Great Church, 4900 Rialto Rd., West Chester, OH 45069. Helfta Hall is the large social hall behind the cloister garden. There are restrooms by the social hall and off the main vestibule of the church. Every day starts with Mass at St. Gertrude’s.

Dress Level Advisory

Friday: Friday night is your first impression, so dress accordingly. A minimum of nice slacks and a polo or button-front shirt with dress shoes is recommended for guys, although you may want to break out at least your suit jacket. Tie optional but a plus. A nice dress is recommended for girls – something date-worthy.

Both men and women should keep in mind though that the evening ends with a bonfire and s’mores outdoors. Bug spray will be provided.

We do not have a scheduled time for the daily Rosary since many people say it during Mass, but you are welcome to organize it in the conference room in the dorm at some point before curfew for anyone who would like to attend.

Saturday: Many people wear nicer clothes for Mass in the morning and then change into more casual attire once we go back to Higher Ground after breakfast. Cincinnati is HOT and HUMID in the summer. Sun hats and sunglasses are highly recommended. Sunscreen and cold drinks will be provided; you have the option to be outdoors or indoors in the air conditioning as you please.

The Higher Ground campus has a professional quality AstroTurf football/soccer field, so provided it is not in use by another group, you may want to bring appropriate attire for a game. We usually have many soccer enthusiasts among our attendees.

Provided it doesn’t rain this year, the plan is to take the group photo on the porch steps/levels in front of our dorm.

Since the group photo follows immediately after dinner, and the square dance follows the group photo, many people shower before dinner and change into nicer clothes. Cowboy boots and hats welcome at the square dance! Ladies, full, swishy skirts are a plus, but avoid skirts and dresses that are longer than ankle-length because they will get in your way. Comfortable, securely-attached shoes HIGHLY recommended. Flip-flop-type sandals will fall off your feet.

Sunday: Height of dress code. Suit and tie plus dress shoes for men, nice dress or skirt/top combo plus dress shoes for women. Plan to take all of your belongings with you when you leave Higher Ground in the morning – we will not be coming back.

Some people change for bowling – ladies, don’t forget socks! – but many stay in at least some part of their dressier attire.

After the YAG ends at 3 pm, many people trickle back to St. Gertrude’s to help clean up and to eat any leftover ice cream. There may be other leftovers that you can take on the road with you.

Last year a side trip to St. Stephen’s Cemetery in Hamilton was organized after the YAG had officially ended to say the Rosary at Fr. Cekada’s grave; this year both he and Bp. Dolan are buried there. But the YAGermeister will be too tired to oversee or attend, so if people want to do that again they are on their own. The address is:

1314 Greenwood Ave., Hamilton, OH 45011

The graves are located side by side. Find the Our Lady of Lourdes grotto and the large F. X. Black mausoleum and draw a rough triangle westward to find them. Fr. Cekada’s has a statue of St. Anthony on top of the headstone.

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