Blog: Gesu Roman Catholic Parish + Toledo, Ohio
Due to bulletin article deadlines, I'm writing this a week ago - but right after the evening of Jazz on the Green. It was a great event!! Nearly 15-0 people from our parish as well as friends and neighbors gathered on the rectory front lawn. The weather couldn't have been more perfect! People brought their chairs and blankets, food and refreshments. It was a great atmosphere with a lot of "heads" moving to the beat of the music. Ramona Collins is a wonderful performer and kept us all entertained for the one and a half hour concert. We'll do it again on Sept. 10, 2017 - and Ramona will be back with us! Looking forward to that already!
Back here at the parish there is a group of parish volunteers that I want to give some attention and thanks to They are those who provide for funeral luncheons for parishioner families who have lost a loved one. The funeral luncheon committee and workers prepare food, set up for the meal, and clean up afterwards, all so the family of the deceased is free of this task and can visit with family and friends. One such luncheon took place this past month. We received a "Thank you" from the family that I wanted to share with our parish family. It reads:
Dear Luncheon Team,
Words cannot convey our gratitude for the wonderful meal and atmosphere your team provided. It was just the type of day our father would have planned. The food was great and your team presented it beautifully.
I help with this ministry at my parish and I know the time, effort and energy it takes to make it look so easy.
Thanks again for giving up your day to help us through this day for my family and myself.
And so, I too thank and salute those who give of themselves for others in their time of need. It's what Gesu and community is all about.
Now, on a final note - back in April you were invited to the rectory to see first hand some of the repairs that were badly needed. Well, from the generosity of the parish in the campaign last May, we were able to do a lot over the summer. Right now, I'd say about 95% of the work is finished. So I'd like to invite you back in to take a look at the "new look" of our home.
Next weekend, Sept. 24 & 25, after all the Masses, we'll have our "coffee and doughnuts" in the rectory. It will give you the opportunity to browse around and take a look. I think you'll be happy with what your contributions allowed to help make happen. I sure am! So plan on coming over next weekend after Mass and check it out.
Have a good week - Fr. Marty
Our Lady Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral
October 23, 2016 at 3 pm
Join Bishop Daniel Thomas and the office of Marriage and Family to commemorate 25, 40, 50, 60 and 60-plus years of marriage for couples in the Diocese of Toledo. mass includes the renewal of matrimonial vows, and registered couples will receive a commemorative certificate. To register go to: www.1023mass.eventbrite.com, contact Marsha Rivas, 419-214-4938, or call your parish office. Registration deadline is October 13, 2016
Please note that our food pantry is extremely low and is in need of crackers, spaghetti sauce, noodles of all kinds, canned tomato products, peanut butter and jelly, canned vegetables, canned meat and canned fruit.
Please bring your items to Mass this weekend to donate to the needy in our area. Your cash donations are also appreciated. We are grateful for any and all of your help.
Confirmation meeting: September 29, for student and parent, 7:00 in the Sullivan Center.
First Reconciliation/Eucharist Meeting: November 6, 10:30 during CCD class time in the School.
First CCD class Starts September 25 at 10:10 in the school
Come join us with our annual Jazz on the Green concert. Featuring our local famous Jazz Stylist, Ramona Collins.
The concert is on Sunday, September 11, 2016 and is free and is from 5 - 6:30 pm on the front lawn of Gesu Church.
Bring a blanket, chair, food, drink friends and neighbors, for a relaxing cool Jazz event.
In case of rain, the concert will be held in the church.
Join me as we welcome the following Family into our Gesu Family!
Hao, Kacie, Kien & Lanh Pham!
Kacie said that they went to a couple of Catholic Churches in the area and Gesu was BY FAR the most welcoming parish. Gesu has the most friendliest and approachable members as well.
WE ARE GESU!
After 11:00 service on September 8, 50+ will end their summer hiatus and begin another season of community. For $4 enjoy sandwiches and more in the Sullivan Center. Call Anne at 419-474-5147 or Marietta at 419-536-7466 for reservations.
CYO fall sports are just around the corner! If your child is interested in running cross country (grades K-8) or playing volleyball (girls grades 4-8) or soccer (grades 1 - 8), please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Girls interested in high school volleyball can contact Mrs. Nofziger at mailto:email@example.com .
A Personal Invitation To You!
If you have been coming to Mass for a while but are not Catholic, or if you know someone who may be interested in becoming Catholic, Fr. Marty and I invite you to come and look deeper into the Catholic faith and a closer relationship with Jesus. Come meet some faithful Catholics who love the Lord and would consider it a privilege to get to know you. This is a journey of prayer, reflection and learning.
Gesu will soon begin a new RCIA year to share the truths of the Catholic faith. These sessions are great opportunities to ask any questions you may have abut the Church. The first couple of months are considered Inquiry, you come to investigate and explore with no commitment, no pressure. Our team, Lee Mitchell, Dave Coyle and Dennis Isabell, II and I would love to get to know you. We have good conversations and discussions and teachings with some video presentations. We follow the Liturgical year while studying the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
RCIA is held on Monday evenings from 7 - 9 pm in the "Rainbow Room" of the Rectory. Our first session is a "Meet and Greet on Monday, September 12 at 7 pm. Please give us a call if you have questions or would like further information. Call or text me Margaret McCready at 419-260-6170 or call the parish office at 419-531-1421.
Who is the RCIA for?
Those from another faith tradition or those who have not had any faith tradition and who are seeking a church home.
Those who are baptized Catholic but have not been instructed in the faith and have not received the sacraments of Eucharist or Confirmation.
Those who are not Catholic and are married to a Catholic and have attended Mass but haven't known what step to take to look into the Catholic Church.
Those looking for a refresher course in the Faith.
Is there someone waiting for your invitation to join our inquirer sessions? Or perhaps no one has invited you. Here is your invitation!
Thank you and God Bless,
Join us as we welcome the following people into our Gesu Family!
Becky Kaczmarek, Ralph Bednarz, Debra Valasek, Drew and Beth Hoffer and Jessica Sutton.
Becky said, "I attended Mass at Gesu and I was welcomed by and usher who recognized me as a visitor. Fr. Marty welcomed all visitors before Mass, then followed up with a personal welcome and introduction after Mass. I was so impressed by that welcome as well as the magnificent beauty of the church itself. Everyone I've met has been so friendly. I look forward to meeting more parishioners."
Ralph said, "The parish seemed welcoming and a bit more traditional than the church I was attending."
Drew stated, "My wife Beth and I are life long members of Gesu. We had to leave but we were ready to come home." Beth is a graduate of Gesu School.
Jessica said, "I love close to Gesu so it just made sense to join here."
Debra said, " I Loved Fr. Marty's homily's and felt very welcomed when I came to church."
Please remember in prayer Kevin Sugg, the husband of our parishioner Barb Sugg, buried from our parish this past week. Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord, and let your perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. Amen
CCD is a catholic education supplement for those students who attend a public school. Our CCD program meets on Sunday mornings from 10:10 - 11:20 in the school. Our teachers are volunteers, usually one of the parents of a student in that class. There are always opportunities to help in the classrooms and office. Throughout the year the CCD student body participate in many service projects, group prayers, parish activities, field trips and classroom academics. We are proud of our program and always looking for a new and exciting ways to help our children learn about and experience the love of Christ. Our program is only successful because of the great help and attitude of our parents.
The fee for the year is $70 per student if paid by September 11th and after September 11th the fee will be $90 per child. If your child will be participating in a sacrament year (2nd grade is First Reconciliation and First Eucharist, 8th grade is Confirmation) there is an additional fee of $50 and additional sacramental responsibilities that are detailed at a fall informational meeting each year. Our sacrament programs require a two-year commitment. A child making First Reconciliation and First Eucharist must participate in the first grade curriculum and second grade curriculum in order to be adequately prepared for the reception of the sacrament. The same holds true for Confirmation. A student must participate in a 7th and 8th grade curriculum in order to be Confirmed in the 8th grade. (*Students attending a Catholic academy is exempt for the 7th grade year, but they must attend the Gesu CCD program for their 8th grade year in order to qualify for Confirmation at Gesu.)
Calendars and registration information are available in the parking lot side entrance bulletin board. They will soon be available on the Gesu Parish Website.
Anyone wishing to enroll their child in our program, or have questions they would like to discuss - please contact Laurie Skowronski at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will have an open enrollment Sunday, September 11th after all the masses in the Narthex of the church.
Thank you so much to Amy Flores and Kathleen Hack for being available to make calls to volunteers for funeral luncheons during the month of July.
We will meet on Tuesday evenings for 7:30 to 9 pm in a convenient meeting room on the Gesu campus. This season we will be studying the Gospel of Luke. Workbook/study guides will be available ($20) and some homework is required to appreciate the readings and the video each week. Lively, friendly discussions have been enjoyed by all who have attended in the past. Time outs are provided between Thanksgiving and Christmas and again at Easter time.
For further info or to accept this invitation,, call Bill Hohl at 419-304-3639, Ann Zirker at 419-474-8273 or Dianna at the rectory.
Please remember in prayer Lynn Corrigan, the aunt of our parishioner Dick Malone, buried from our parish last week. Also remember in prayer Kevin Sugg, the husband of our parishioner Barb Sugg, buried from our parish. Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord, and let your perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen
Have you moved recently?
Have you changed your phone number?
Have you turned 18?
Call 419-531-1421 or email Dianna at the parish office at email@example.com to update your family information.
We had another very successful and rewarding afternoon last Sunday as representatives from the parish cooked, served and visited with guests at Helping Hands of St. Louis Food Pantry. It was a great meal - pork chops, mashed potatoes and fresh sautéed onions and zucchini! Some parishioners also brought in homemade desserts and fruit to round out the meal. Although some guests didn't want any veggies, everyone we served was very appreciated and thanked us many times over.
It was challenging for Heather Curtis, who is now coordinating this effort, to get parishioners to help as so many were on vacation and involved in summer activities this month. Thanks so much to everyone who was available to help and to Heather for being relentless with her phone calls and emails to make sure it all came together.
Gesu Parish will be hosting a Closed Discussion, Men's Only, SIA meeting every Friday at 6 pm in the Rainbow Room. The support group is a part of a National Program called Survivors of Incest Anonymous, i.e. SIA, and is modeled ate AA's twelve step program. Apart from Gesu Parish, there are support groups forming every night of the week that are Men & Woman Only, Open & Closed, 12 x 12, and Open Lead. For more information, contact Kevin Moebius via his email address, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our annual Parish Family Mass and Picnic will be held on Sunday, August 21st. We moved the date up this year from early September hoping that there might be fewer conflicts with school activities already underway. Remember that we will have only one Mass on that Sunday - at 11:00 am followed immediately by the pot-luck picnic. There will not be a 9 am or 11:30 am Mass that day. Plan to be with your fellow parishioners at 11am and stay for lunch.
As in the past, Mass will be outside - weather permitting - only rain or excessive heat will bring us indoors. See you soon!!