Blog: Gesu Roman Catholic Parish + Toledo, Ohio
I was recently asked about the practice of cremation of a body at death. "Is it allowed?" "It certainly wasn't when I was young." "What does the church say about it?" I thought a few remarks would be in order.
The "Order of Christian Funerals" states, "Since in baptism the body was marked with the seal of the Trinity and became a temple of the Holy Spirit, Christians respect and honor the bodies of the dead and the places where they rest." "Dignity and respect and never despair" should always surround the funeral rites. And, "for the final disposition of the body, it is the ancient Christian custom to bury or entomb the bodies of the dead; cremation is permitted, unless it is evident that cremation was chosen for anti-Christian motives". OCF
So, some commentary... Since 1963, Catholics have been allowed to choose cremation over burial as a means of laying a loved one to rest. Cremation is a popular choice since recently.
However, some Catholics have not been dealing properly with their loved ones remains. Common practices include scattering ashes, parting ashes out to friends and relatives, and keeping the ashes in a common area, such as a living room.
Therefore some new guidelines were issued by the Church. Burial is still preferred, but cremation is an option. When a loved one has been cremated, their ashes must be kept intact, the same as one would treat a body. The ashes may not be separated or scattered. Instead, they should remain in a proper vessel that is interred in a proper place, such as a cemetery or church. Only the bishop can authorize and exception to this storage requirement in extraordinary circumstances.
The problem is that people have come to see scattering of their ashes as allowing a "fusion" of them with nature, or that death is a form of liberation from the body. These ideas are not Catholic. Ashes cannot be scattered because it gives the appearance of "pantheism, naturalism, or nihilism."
Finally, the guidelines stress that Catholics who choose cremations for reasons contrary to the faith, (e.g., to have their ashes scattered) must be denied a Catholic funeral.
There you have it. Too much for a summer weekend? Hope not...
11:00 Outdoor Mass with food and frolicking to follow! Put it on your calendar now!!
Details in upcoming bulletins!
Please remember in prayer Suzanne Tyner, who departed us to be with the Lord on June 19, 2017. Eternal rest grant unto her O Lord, and let your perpetual light shine upon her. May she rest in peace. Amen
Welcome our newest members of Gesu Church
Lucille Marie Killam, Daughter of Matthew & Brooke Killam. Lucille was baptized on May 28, 2017.
Congratulations and Welcome to or Gesu Family!
Join me as we welcome the following into our Gesu family!
Adam, Michelle, Linus and Simon Schroeder!
Michelle said, "Fr. Marty and the parishioners were so friendly and welcoming. We felt like part of the parish community right away because of all the people that took the time to greet us and introduce themselves.
Also Welcome Matt, Brooke and Lucy Killam!
Brooke said, " Matt, Lucy and I are thrilled to become parishioners of Gesu! Many of our friends and family hold Gesu in high regards; on recommendation from those we love, we decided that Gesu would be the parish that we raise our daughter in and grow together as a family of faith and love."
Also Welcome Tyler, Megan and Murphy McKean
Morgan said, "We chose Gesu for the traditional Catholic Mass that we grew up with, as well as the close proximity to home. During the Masses that we have attended, people were very kind and welcoming. With a new baby we are looking to place roots in a church similar to those that we were raised in. We are very excited!"
Welcome to Gesu!!
Can you believe that the Gesu funeral luncheon program began in 1998? At that time we had many men volunteers - some provide food, but many men were committed to helping with the clean up. Those numbers are dwindling, and we need more men who could help for a couple hours in the afternoon- you would probably be asked once or twice a year, as we have fewer than 6 luncheons per year in recent years.
Please prayerfully consider helping with this very valuable parish program. If you can help, please call Dianna at the parish office (419) 53-1421 or Sue Savage at (419) 535-6633.
On Thursday, May 4, join your friends for a delicious hot lunch in the Sullivan Center after 11:00 service in Gesu church. For four dollars a tempting specialty, sweet treats along with tea and coffee will be served. Call Sandy at 419-865-1129 for reservations.
Help the 8th Grade raise money. We did this fundraiser a few years ago and had a tremendous response! We thank you for supporting Gesu and Easter Seals!
What items does Easter Seals Accept? Clothing, comforters, blankets, towels, sheets, shoes, coats, jackets, belts, purses, and thing made of cloth and or leather.
How to donate? Bring the items above in a bag to the school anytime between now and May 8th. The bins will
be in the Gesu parking lot between May 1st - 8th.
If you have any questions please contact the school office at (419) 536-5634. Thank you, Gesu School
Please call the rectory at (419) 531-1421 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 this visit.
Join us for a free pancake breakfast Sunday, April 23 from 10 am - 11:30 am in the school gym. All are welcome. No charge!
We are looking for men and women to help with the counting of the Sunday offering. If you are good at math and know how to use an adding machine, we need you. The counting will take place right after the 11:30 am Sunday Mass. It takes about an hour. Training will be provided. We are hoping to get a commitment from at least 12 individuals. This would mean you will only have to count once a month. This is a great way to be of service to your fellow parishioners. Please call (419) 531-1421 or e-mail Larry at email@example.com if you could help with this essential duty.
Saturday, March 11, 2017
Come Join us for an Irish Celebration
Featuring Irish Music by Extra Stout
Doors open at 6 O'clock
Get Your Chance To Win a $5,00 Grand Prize
$500 2nd Prize and $500 3rd Prize and $500 4th Prize
Raffle Ticket Price is $50
Get your tickets now
Come and enjoy a Jiggs Dinner - $20
Must be purchased in advance
There will also be a silent auction to win various specialty baskets.
Will be held in the Sullivan Center
Call 419-531-1421 for more information
Out of pastoral solicitude, Bishop Daniel Thomas has formally dispensed the faithful of the Diocese of Toledo from the obligation to abstain from meat on the Memorial of Saint Patrick, Bishop, which will be observed this year on Friday, March 17. Those who choose to partake of meat on that day are encouraged to undertake another penance that day in the form of a corporal or spiritual work of mercy. In this way, a faithful Catholic still keeps the penitential spirit of a Friday in Lent and unites oneself more closely with the suffering Christ and His Church.
ALL BAPTISMAL CERTIFICATES ARE DUE NOW
March 10 - Confirmation Prayer Vigil and Reconciliation 7pm in the church
March 11 - Sacrament of Confirmation at Most Holy Rosary Cathedral at 11 am
First Reconciliation and Eucharist:
ALL BAPTISMAL CERTIFICATES ARE NOW DUE
March 19 First Eucharist Retreat, parent and child 8:30 - 12:30
May 3 - First Eucharist Rehearsal - 6:30 - 7:30
May 7 - First Eucharist sacrament during weekend masses.
The next 50+ Club gathering will be a POTLUCK in the Sullivan Center following the 11am Mass on Thursday, March 2nd. Diners with last names please bring to share: Salads = A - H, Hot Dish = I - R, Desserts = S - Z. Join your friends to hear County Commissioner, Tina Wozniak, speak about our community. Also, wear some green and be seen for St. Patrick's Day.
On Sunday, February 12 we had two candidates, Sylvia Bastian and Joyce Graves participate in the Rite of Welcoming at the 11:30 Mass. This is the first time that they have publically announced that they would like to have a full sharing in the life of the Catholic Church. They received the cross of Christ and it is Christ who now strengthens them with the sign of His love.
This Sunday they and their sponsors will be attending a retreat at St. Michael's Church in Findlay, Ohio, along with many other candidates throughout our Toledo Diocese to prepare them for the next step in their initiation process. As a community we need to surround them with prayer so that, we as the Church, will accompany them on their journey to the Easter sacraments
This Lent our Gesu Community will again participate in Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl Project, a faith-in-action program that will help you experience Lenten spirituality by living in solidarity with people in need around the world.
Beginning on Ash Wednesday we will pass out the Rice Bowls which contain a Lenten Calendar to guide your Lenten prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Also, again this year we will provide you with the "Little Black Books" which contain 5 minutes opportunities for daily prayer and reflection during this Lenten season.
I hope that you take advantage of these opportunities and that this season of Lent is one that helps you to grow in your own spiritual life and in your Christian commitment to others in need.
As Pope Francis challenges us: "Lent is a fitting time for self-denial; we would do well to ask ourselves what we can give up in order to help and enrich others."
Use your cardboard CRS Rice Bowl and Little Black Book to get the most out of Lent this year. Read the Stories of Hope and daily reflections to inspire your Lenten journey. Prepare simple, meatless meals on Fridays throughout Lent to eat in solidarity with our brothers and sisters around the world.
We will be collecting your CRS Rice Bowl at the end of Lent, so stay tuned to learn more. The CRS Rice Bowl Project has a free Lenten App Too! Download it for your iPhone or Android and get daily reflections right on your phone.
Also during Lent the Adult Faith Sharing Groups will be meeting for prayer and discussion around the theme of Christian service to our neighbor. I pray tat this will be an enriching time for all those involved and that it helps you to better see the face of Jesus in those around you.
CRS Rice Bowls! The Little Black Books! Adult Faith Sharing Groups! Lots to help make this Season of Lent a good one. Make it so!
Join us Friday evenings in Loyola Hall from 4:30 - 7 pm, Beginning March 3 thru April 7! Take out available!
Seniors 55+ $5
Kids 12 & under $4
I would like to take the time to point out this year ends on a Saturday. This means that the money placed in the collection basket Saturday, December 31st, will be considered a donation for the 2016 tax year. Collections on Sunday, January 1st, will be considered a donation for the 2017 tax year. It makes no difference what the date on the check indicates. Please plan accordingly.
If you would like other ways to beat the Saturday night deadline, consider mailing in your envelope with a postmark before January 1 or use the on-line giving button found on our web page.
Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.