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Senior Farmer's Market Nutrition Program

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 01/10/18

Are you at least 60 years old and sometimes fall short of healthy eating due to rising food costs?  Have you considered applying for the Area Office on Aging Senior Farmer's Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP)?  This program provides coupons to qualifying participants for eligible foods from farmers, farmers' markets, roadside stands, or community supported agriculture programs (CCAs( that have been approved by the State agency to accept SFMNP coupons.  You can contact Jeannie Wagner via email or call 419-297-5327 for more information.  Jeannie is a Registered Dietitian with Mercy Heath - St Vincent Medical Center and the Area Office on Aging.

Remembering Our Faithful Departed

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 01/10/18

Please remember in prayer Stanley Kulish buried from our parish on December 22, 2017.

Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord, and let your perpetual light shine upon him.  May he rest in peace.  Amen

Christmas Shopping? How About A Book?

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 12/01/17

Scholastic book fair in the Sullivan Center

Dec. 12 (8 am - 2:15 pm)

Dec. 13 (8 am - 3 pm)

Dec. 14 (8 am - 3pm & 6 - 7pm)

Before the school Christmas program.

Please come check it out!

Profits will benefit the Gesu School Library.

If you'd like to volunteer at the sale,

Please contact Michelle Bissell 419-578-9139

RCIA NEWS - Rite of Welcoming

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 12/01/17

Last Sunday, at the 9 am Mass our inquirers are gathering to celebrate the Rite of Welcoming.  At this Mass they will be welcomed formally into the church and publically declare their intentions to continue their journey toward full initiation into the Catholic Church.  Donald Balthaser, Amy Dziad and Keri Storer will then be candidates for Full Communion with the Catholic Church and soon will complete their initiation by receiving the sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist.  We also have seven others who will complete their sacraments of Initiation by receiving the sacrament of Confirmation at the East Vigil.

After Mass they will celebrate with family, friends and sponsors.  Please keep them in your prayers and pray for their continuing conversion.

Almighty God, source of all creation, look upon these servants as they deepen their understanding of the Gospel.  Grant that they may come to know and love you and always heed your will with receptive minds and generous hearts.  Teach them through this time of preparation and enfold them within your Church, so that they may share your holy mysteries both on earth and in heaven.  We ask this through Christ our Lord.  Amen

Let The Annual Gesu Raffle Begin

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 12/01/17

Next weekend we will begin selling chances for the 7th annual GESU PARISH RAFFLE.  The raffle not only generates FUNDS for expenses on our parish campus but also creates a lot of excitement and fun for all those involved.  The drawing will take place with a dinner/dance on Saturday, March 10th.  The specifics of the evening will be a little different from those of the past.  Stay tuned, details will be forthcoming.

As last year, the tickets this year will cost $50 each.  These raffle tickets do make good gifts and can be a good stocking stuffers- that's why we are beginning the sale for the tickets now, a little before Christmas - as you begin to think of what to get for the person who has "everything".  It is a gift that has the potential to have a big "pay off" of $5,000 for the lucky person!

Raffle tickets are available after Mass every weekend from now till march 10th.  They are also available from the parish office during the week.  Tickets for the dinner party are $20 apiece and are available at the time a raffle ticket is purchased or may be purchased at a later date.

This is the only fundraiser that directly benefits the parish.  Please consider purchasing a ticket (or a few), and invite your friends and colleagues to get in on the fun as well.  There are plenty of tickets to go around and it is a potential of $5,000 pay off for the winner!  Join in the fun and help Gesu at the same time.

Thanks...GOOD LUCK!

From The Desk Of Fr. Marty Lukas

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 12/01/17

As we close out the liturgical year on the this feast of Christ the King, I have some number for you.  The diocese requires that we publish yearly a financial report of the affiliate organizations of the parish.  We have two such organizations, the Parent Teacher Organization and the Boosters.

Money collected by PTO is used to help the overall mission of Gesu School.  Over the years they have bought tables, I-pad cases, and other furniture, provided classroom money for teachers, sponsored special activities for teachers and students, and more.  The current money will be used to update and expand playground equipment that serves not only our school children but kids of the parish and neighborhood.  Boosters help primarily with the gym expenses such as periodic painting and regular maintenance on the gym floor.

We greatly appreciate all the efforts of these organizations that help Gesu and Gesu School be such a special place.  Anyone want to volunteer to join these great organizations?  We are always looking for others to join their ranks!  THANK YOU GESU PTO AND BOOSTERS!

Gesu Parish - Parent Teacher Organization (PTO)

Cash balance as of June 30, 2016     $24,060


Hot lunch collections                          $18,720

Trackathon Contributions                      12,186

Other (boxtops, Artsonia)                           616



Hot lunch                                                $16,076

School-related activities                            14,194

Trackathon                                                   2,329


Net Loss                                                  ($1,077)

Cash balance as of June 30, 2017             $22,983

Gesu Parish - Boosters

Cash balance as of June 30, 2016           $3,517


Fish Frys                                                   $9,262

Coke Rebates                                                 172



Fish Frys                                                     $6,183

Advertisement                                                  199


Net Income                                                    $3,052

Cash Balance as of June 30, 2017               $6,569



by Gesu Parish Toledo on 11/20/17

After the 11:00 service on December 7, The 50+ will host their annual Christmas party for the Gesu Community in the beautiful Sullivan Center.  For fifteen dollars a delicious chicken luncheon catered by Malczewski will be served.  Listen to the Gesu School singers entertain you with lively Holiday songs.  Send your check made payable to fifty plus to Ann Jozwiak, 2039 Sherbrooke Rd., Toledo, OH  by November 27.  Questions - call Ann at 419-474-5147.  Please bring cookies without nuts for the singers.

Christmas Shopping? How about a book?

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 11/20/17

Scholastic book fair in the Sullivan Center

Dec. 12th - 8 am - 2:15 pm

Dec. 13th - 8 am - 3 pm

Dec. 14th - 8 am - 3 pm & 6-7 pm (Before the School Christmas program)

Please come and check it out!

Profits will benefit the Gesu School Library.

If you'd like to volunteer at the sale, please contact Michelle Bissell at 419-578-9139

Updated:New Dates! A Powerful Study on the Blessed Mother

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 11/20/17

Filmed on location in the Holy Land, Mary: A biblical Walk with the Blessed Mother will place you in the midst of the powerful drama of Mary's earthly life, taking you through her joys and her sorrows.  You will learn how she works in our lives today, drawing us ever closer to her divine Son.  Seeing Mary in this way will change you forever.  She will become a part of your daily life and help you to become more like Christ.

Join us for Mary: A Biblical Walk with the Blessed Mother in the "Rainbow Room" in the basement of the rectory.  The first class starts November 29th at 7 pm.  We will also offer the program at 1:30 on Thursdays beginning November 30th.

For more information call Margaret McCready at 419-260-6170 or the Parish office at 419-53101421.

Tool For A Better Marriage

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 10/23/17

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


by Gesu Parish Toledo on 10/23/17

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.

It Is Almost Time for Gesu's Fourteent annual Giving Tree!

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 10/23/17

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  All requests must be made by November 5, 2017 in order to be considered for this year's tree.

Holiday Gift Card

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 10/23/17

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.

Early Bulletin Deadlines for November & December

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 10/23/17

November 20th at Noon - Bulletin for 12/3 is due

December 15th at Noon - Bulletin for 12/24 is due

December 20th at Noon - Bulletin for 12/31 is due

December 28th at Noon - Bulletin for 1/7 is due




by Gesu Parish Toledo on 10/18/17

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

You can also go to the website at and find the information on the front page.

Teams of Our Lady

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 10/18/17

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.

Fr. Marty

Winter Coat Drive

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 10/18/17

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.

Fr. Marty

October 28/29 Ministry Weekend

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 10/18/17

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.

Fr. Marty

Toledo Area Coupon Books For Sale

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 10/10/17

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 and browse through the pages yourself.  Orders will be taken through October 13th.  Thank you in advance for your support.

Parish Registration

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 10/10/17

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

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You Are Invited To Gesu's First-Friday Eucharistic Adoration

Join us each First Friday for a period of quiet, personal, spiritaual time before our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament.  We open Adoration following the 7am mass and close at 9pm.  If you can sign up for an hour or half-hour, we'd appreciate it since we never want our Lord to be alone.  If you can't manage a time slot, stop by anytime.
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Parish Registration 
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 Dianna at
 419-531-1421 or E-mail 
to update information or request a new parishioner registration form​

To make a contribution using your MC or Visa,
Please call the office at 419-531-1421 between 
8 am​ - 4:30 pm 
Monday - Friday.

2017 State Of The Parish Report

Please call the Rectory and inform us if a family member has been admitted to the hospital and would like a visit from Fr. Marty.  He'd be more than happy to make the visit.

"Direct Giving"
Gesu offers the opportunity to 
have your donation come from your account automatically through "Direct Giving".  Just fill out the form and return to the office 
You can now 
Make a Donation To the Church
The 6 pm Mass will have a "youth focus", with teens being invited to take major roles in the Mass.  The Oblates from the Toledo area will be the celebrants of the liturgy.
So, Perhaps this 6 pm time will work better for you and those you know.  Help spread the word!

NO 6 PM MASS ON 1/21/18. THEY WILL RESUME ON 1/28/18.