Blog: Gesu Roman Catholic Parish + Toledo, Ohio
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 email@example.com.
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.
Here's a heads-up on the new season of Bible study that will begin early in September. As usual, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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, email@example.com.
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!!
The French Boys' Choir will be coming to Gesu Church, Thursday, July 28 at 7 pm. Free admission! Spread the word and come yourselves. We are guaranteed that you will enjoy it. A little culture on a summer evening is always welcome!
Bishop Thomas will celebrate a dedication Mass for our new Sanctuary furniture on Thursday, June 2, at 7pm with a reception to follow in the Sullivan Center. Mark your calendar now and plan to attend this great event in Gesu's history!
Congratulations to Gesu Middle School Teacher, Mrs Mary Ellen Peters, who won the Diocese of Toledo Golden Apple Award. Mrs Peters will be recognized on Thursday, May 19th at the Hilton Garden Inn in Perrysburg. Her many years of dedication to the education of our Gesu students and devotion to Catholic education are one the things that make Gesu great!
The 50+ Club will meet on May 12, beginning with Mass at 11am. Mark Sobczak from the City of Toledo will be our guest speaker and will explain the purpose of the new structures seen in the neighborhood as they relate to water handling. Lunch can be enjoyed for $4 per person. RSVP to Ann Jozwiak 419 474 5147 or Marietta Kruse-Wells 419 536 7466.
*On Sunday, May 15, at 11:30 Mass, the music will be of a contemporary nature with guitars and flute. Come and see what the singing is all about!
Our annual Used Book and Uniform Sale is May 16, 3-6pm and 17, 8am-4pm. If you have any donations, please take them to the school office or leave them in the back of Church.
Next Weekend is Feed Your Neighbor Weekend. Our food pantry is in need of canned meats, canned fruits, tuna, spaghetti sauce,jelly, cereal and crackers. Thank you, for your support of this important Ministry.
Gesu Pre-K is now enrolling 3, 4, and 5 year olds for Fall 2016. Come and see all that Gesu Pre-K has to offer at our Open House on Thursday, May 19th from 6:30-8:30pm.
Join Gesu PTO for a campus cleanup on Saturday, May 14, from 9am - noon! We will be weeding, planting, etc (weather permitting).
Members of the parish will gather this Wednesday, May 11, from 7 - 9pm to discuss various aspects of the Parish Survey. If you would like to be part of this group, please call Dianna in the rectory.