Blog: Gesu Roman Catholic Parish + Toledo, Ohio
Are you happily married and want to grow your marriage with like-minded Catholic couples?
If you are interested in enriching your marriage, both spiritually and socially, please consider attending a short introduction to a unique ministry for strengthening healthy marriages through teams of Our Lady (TOOL)
The meeting will be held on Sunday November 5th after the 11:30 Mass in the St. Pius X family Life Center at 3011 Carskaddon Ave. Toledo. OH. Several couples currently involved in TOOL will share with you the joy they have found meeting with their team couples once a month to pray, share a meal and discuss topics reflecting on faith, marriage and strengthening their martial and spiritual bonds.
If you are unable to attend this introductory meeting, but would like more information on this wonderful movement, please feel free to contact Sue and Joe Meyers at 419-475-4579
After the 11:00 service on November 2, Military Veterans are invited to be guests of 50+ for a potluck in the Sullivan Center. Be entertained by a barbershop quartet salute toe the USO commemorating 75 years with songs from that era. You do not have to be a member to be a part of this celebration. Diners with names beginning with A to H bring a salad, I to R bring a hot dish and S to Z bring a dessert. Call 419-474-5147 for reservations. It is not to early to make plans for a delicious Christmas luncheon to be served on December 7 in the beautiful Sullivan Center. The cost for this fine Holiday tradition is $15 and can be paid at the November meeting.
If you would like to request CONFIDENTIAL help for yourself or a fellow Gesu Parish or School Family who may be in need this year, please contact Heidi Best at 419-537-9258 or email mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org All requests must be made by November 5, 2017 in order to be considered for this year's tree.
The St. Vincent de Paul Society at Gesu Parish is asking for your generosity in supporting their annual gift - card purchase for Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets. With your monetary donation, a Kroger gift card will be presented and included in the recipient's holiday food basket. This gift card is used for the purchase of a holiday turkey or ham. As always, SVdP appreciates your monetary and food donations throughout the year. The continued success of this annual event is because of YOU.
Return your check or cash donation in the collection basket or drop off at the parish office. Deadline is November 13th. All checks should be made out to the St. Vincent de Paul Society.
Gesu Parish has the capability to offer its parishioners the convenience of giving their contributions by electronic means, called "Direct Giving" at no cost to you or the parish.
Thank you to all who participate in the Direct Giving program.
You can now also go to our website and Donate on line.
For more information, call Dianna in the Parish Office at 419-531-1421 or email email@example.com.
You can also go to the website at gesutoledo.org and find the information on the front page.
Pastoral Council is looking into establishing a chapter of "Teams of Our Lady" here at the parish. Teams of Our Lady is an international lay movement in the Catholic Church designed to enrich marriage spirituality and make good marriages better. Several parishes in Toledo presently have "teams" up and running. There is an informational meeting at St. Pius X parish on Nov. 5 for anyone who might be interested in attending. We are sending a representative from the Pastoral Council and will report back after the meeting. Look for the possibility of one or two of these "teams" - adult groups of 4 or 5 couples - starting up in the near future. Stay tuned for more information.
During November, to replace the outreach that the parish is no longer able to offer to St. Louis Helping Hands Food Pantry, we want to continue to assist Helping Hands with a winter coat drive. ON the tree weekends leading up to Thanksgiving we will be collecting coats (men's, women's and children's) to donate to Helping Hands. They in turn will distribute them to those in need in the greater Toledo community. We'll need some volunteers to give us a hand receiving and transporting the coats. Think about it. More information on this will be forth coming as November draws near.
After each Mass there will be representatives in the back of church (and maybe outside) from the various ministries that take place at Gesu and inviting you to serve one another as fellow parishioners. I encourage you now to begin to think and pray about becoming a lector, distributor of Holy Communion, choir member, St. Vincent de Paul member, funeral luncheon chairperson or committee volunteer, or doing some other ministry that benefits our parish family. Your assistance in these parish activities is greatly needed.
Pre-sale orders for the 2017-18 SAVEAROUND coupon books are currently being taken at the parish and school office. Cost per book is $25. Profits from the sales will help fund the 8th grade class trip to Niagara Falls this spring with Fr. Marty. Stop by the parish office and take a look firsthand or go to savearound.com and browse through the pages yourself. Orders will be taken through October 13th. Thank you in advance for your support.
Have you moved recently?
Have you changed your phone number?
Have you turned 18?
If this describes you then you're invited to register or update your records at Gesu. Call 419-531-1421 or email Dianna at the parish office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bible Study will end in May with big breaks from Thanksgiving to after New Year and Holy Week and Easter.
Dennis Isabell II is the new facilitator.
This is an excellent opportunity for former CHRP and RCIA members and everyone else. Mean and women of all ages are invited. Call Ann Zirker at 419-474-8273 or email@example.com or Ann Pajella at 419-537-0099. Session meet in the Rainbow Room in the Rectory on Tuesday's from 7:30 to 8:30 or 9pm.
Pancake Breakfast - Sunday, October 22 from 10 am - 11:30 am. In the Sullivan Center. Join us-- All are welcome!
Please note that our food pantry is in need of personal items like single roll toilet paper, shampoo, tooth paste, bars of soap and deodorant and we are in need of can vegetables.
Please bring in your items to Mass next 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!
Please remember in prayer Eleanor Harbaugh, whom departed us to be with the Lord on September 30, 2017. Also, please remember in prayer Eunice McKenna, whom departed us to be with the Lord on October 7, 2017. May they rest in peace. Amen
Interested in being an OUTREACH MINISTER and serving the needs of our parish family? Your prayerful consideration to off your time and talents are appreciated.
Listed are just a few of the many needs of our parishioners. Let us know what service you could occasionally provide by placing an "X" on the line.
_____ Transportation to and from church
_____ Shopping errands: to grocery/pharmacy/post office
_____ Out door grounds work: (i.e. mowing, raking, shoveling, garbage to curb)
_____ Light housework/handyman projects
_____ Transportation: to necessary appointments
_____ Bring Communion to homebound
_____ Volunteer at Helping hands the 1st Friday of the month
September Adoration will be on Sept 8 and NOT September 1. Please mark your calendars.
Just a couple of things to mention this week-
With the beginning of August this past week, we are entering into the home stretch of the summer! Hardly seems possible, doesn't it?
As you can see, the work was completed on various sections of the parking lot and driveways. Our Rectory dining room was painted and updated over the summer and there was the normal painting and cleaning from top to bottom of the school - ready now to receive students for the 2017- 18 school year that begins next week on August 22 - only 10 more days of summer vacation for our Gesu students. WOW!
Looking ahead a little, please mark your calendar for the annual parish, end of the summer picnic. This year it will be on Sunday, August 27 - having a 4:00 PM Mass on Saturday but only one Mass on Sunday morning at 11:00AM - outside. Make a little note of it now and plan to attend. That way you won't be among the folks that come strolling in during the homily - thinking it is the regular 11:30 - (and being really late for Mass that morning)! Keep checking the bulletin for information about the picnic, you'll be asked to bring a side dish as the parish provides the meat.
Also, a couple of weeks ago I wrote about the funeral practices allowed by the Catholic Church. I mentioned that cremation is an acceptable practice and how to properly honor and treat one's remains. What I failed to mention is that it is also acceptable to donate one's body to science. In situations like this, the institution that received the body for study will cremate the remains when finished and will return them to the family for proper disposition. I just wanted you to know this particular detail on the topic.
That's all for this week - gotta get out and enjoy these final days of summer!
Blessings to you all,
RCIA, Rite Of Christian Initiation Of Adults)
Are you a baptized Catholic wishing to receive the Sacraments of Confirmation and/or Eucharist?
Do you know someone who is interested in joining the Catholic Church? Invite them to look into the RCIA.
Are you married to a Catholic and have been attending Mass with your family? This is an opportunity to learn more about the Church. Would you just like to learn more about what it means to be a Catholic Christian?
For more information, please call
Margaret McCready at 419-260-6170
or the parish office at 419-531-1421.
If your son or daughter will be in the 2nd or 8th grade this upcoming school year and is ready to make the sacrament (s) of First Reconciliation and First Eucharist, or Confirmation than you need to send and email to: firstname.lastname@example.org for registration and more information. Don't wait, register now!!
If you have any questions regarding your child's eligibility please email Laurie Skowronski at: email@example.com, be sure to include a phone number in which I can reach you.