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From Fr Marty - Parish Council

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 07/02/15

Dear Parishioners,

This past spring I did get the Gesu parish council "up and running", but I recently realized that I hadn't shared with the parish who was on the council. I'll do that now! Our council consists of:
Sara Best Nicole Gelardi
Dennis Isabell, Sr. John Lewandowski
Gwen Mays Lee Mitchell
Odessa Rowan Bob Siebenaller
Julie Toney Susan Wetli

These folks represent a good cross section of the parish community and are eager to serve our parish. They want to build on the great past and help move Gesu into a great future. I appreciate their willingness to "roll up their sleeves" and work for our parish family. They have already helped revise our Gesu Parish Mission Statement which I'll share with you next week.
God Bless,
Fr. Marty

From The Desk of Father Marty

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 07/02/15

Dear Parishioners,

I want to express my thanks for a great celebration of my 35th anniversary of ordination that took place last week. The refreshments were great, the photos were "memorable", and the comments warmly received. After 20 years in high school ministry at St Francis de Sales and 13 years as vocation director for the oblates, these past three years as pastor of Gesu have been a climax as well as a new challenge. I've enjoyed the past three years and look forward to the years to come.
As people were leaving church this past weekend some people mistakenly said, "Congratulations on your retirement, Father, I mean, your anniversary"! I wonder if there was a hidden message there? July 1st marks the start of my 4th year with you. Time does fly when you're having fun! We've accomplished a lot in the past 3 years and are looking forward to what's ahead.
Finally as we look forward to the celebration of the 4th of July, let us thank God for all of our freedoms, especially the freedom to worship together every weekend. And let us pray that those freedoms will always be protected and valued by each of us!
God Bless,
Fr. Marty

Change for July Eucharistic Adoration

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 07/02/15

Due to the July 4th Holiday Weekend, Eucharistic Adoration for July is being moved to Friday, July 10th. Adoration will begin immediately following 7am Mass and continue until 9:00pm. All are welcome!

Confirmation 2016

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 07/02/15

Our Confirmation date is set for Saturday, April 16, 2016, at 4:00 in our Gesu Church! Mark your calendars!!! Preparations for this glorious day start NOW!

Information regarding service hours and more can be found in the parking lot side entrance bulletin board. Please feel free to help yourself.
All meetings and retreats are mandatory to the completion of your preparation for this special day.
I am looking forward to a great year. If you need to contact me, the best email is skowronski@gesutoledo.com.
If you know of others who are intending to make their Confirmation, please have them contact me asap!
Thank you,
Laurie Skowronski

Seeking Future Fish Fry Comittee and Parish Volunteers

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 07/02/15

We are looking for some new volunteers to head up the Lenten Fish Frys for 2016! We would like to put together a comittee. If you would like to be involved please contact Fr Marty or Dianna at the rectory 419 531 1421.

The Fish Frys not only allow people to be involved with the parish, but also allow the parish to host and welcome others to our Gesu community. They are a great community builder (as well as a great fund raiser for the parish).

50+ On Vacation Until September

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 07/02/15

The 50+ Club will not meet over the summer. The next meeting will be in September. Watch the Church Bulletin in August for details about the next meeting.

Catholic War Veterans Need Your Help!

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 05/18/15

The Catholic War Veterans are in need of our help to distribute approximately 8,000 flags at Calvary Cemetary for the upcoming Memorial Day holiday. The distribution will begin on Thursday, May 21st at 10:00AM and continue daily until all graves are appropriately marked. The WWII Veterans who have done this for years are simply no longer able to participate in the task. If you can spare any time to help continue this honored tradition, they will be truly grateful for your help! For more information, please contact Dee Pakulski at vetsandpets2@aol.com  or 419-410-7384. Many thanks for your consideration of our heroes, living and deceased.

From The Desk of Father Marty

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 05/18/15

Dear Parishioners,

Our parish drive for the restoration and refurbishing of the sanctuary, church HVAC system and rectory updating is going very well. I am humbled and impressed by the generosity of you, our parishioners, as well as the support from across the parish that this project is receiving. I am confident that we will make our goal of raising $100,00 by our target date of May 31st. Regardless of the amount that you can contribute, know that any amount is greatly appreciated and will be put to very good and needed use. 
When we celebrated 1st Communion a few weeks ago, there were a number of people from out of town who commented on how beautiful they found our church. We certainly aim to keep it that way. Your participation in our fund drive helps.
Thank you!

Northwest Ohio Scholarship Fund

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 05/18/15

Did you know that your child may qualify for a Northwest Ohio Scholarship Fund scholarship for the 2015-2016 school year? Need-based scholarships worth up to $1,500 per child are available for students who reside in Allen, Crawford, Defiance, Erie, Fulton, Hancock, Henry, Huron, Lucas, Ottawa, Paulding, Putnam, Richland, Sandusky, Seneca, Van Wert, Williams, Wood or Wyandot County for private school grades K-8.

To apply online visit www.NOSF.org or contact the Northwest Ohio Scholarship Fund office at 419-720-7048. The deadline to apply is Friday, May 29, 2015.

Safe Sitter Classes

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 05/18/15

Mercy Children's Hospital will once again be conducting Safe Sitter babysitting classes for boys and girls ages 11-13 years old. Safe Sitter classes are medically oriented, affording hands on practice on lifesaving techniques. Certified health care professionals teach the class segmants that deal with medical information. these instructors also focus on choosing jobs that are safe and being a reliable employee. The cost is $50 per person.

Registration forms can be obtained by calling the Child Life Program at Mercy Children's Hospital at 419-251-4662.

Century Farm Awards

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 05/18/15

Catholic Charities is now accepting applications for Century Farm Awards. Century Farm Awards honors Catholic families who have maintained a farm or homestead within their family for at least 100 years with an emphasis on well-preserved working farms. Applicants will be asked to submit a registration form, copies of old deeds and pictures to support claims. The information must show family residence or ownership of a farm for at least 100 years. For more information or the registration form, please contact Michelle Slivka at 419-244-6711 or mslivka@toledodiocese.org.

From The Desk of Father Marty

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 05/03/15

Dear Parishioners,

We will be focusing on several major improvements over the summer months and some other projects that will carry us into 2016.
These projects and others necessitate my asking for your contributions to a special fundraising program this month. Of course, all of the projects come with a price tag. My goal is to raise $100,000 from you, our Gesu parishioners, by the end of May - that is just 28 days from today! But I know it can be done! Already some of our families have stepped forward and made some generous contributions that are taking us to 40% of our goal, but we need the support and involvement of every Gesu parishioner in this project! And as I often say, the amount you give is less important than THAT you give - so that you know you are participating in the upgrading and restoring of your parish. your contribution assures YOU that all you see being done was made possible with your help.
Contribution envelopes will be sent out this week to all parishioners. Please payerfully consider making a contribution to help maintian our beautiful church and campus. Your contributions will help beautify our church and worship space for many years to come. You'll know that you helped the parish reach its goal. You'll know that you helped "make it happen".
Let's get it done by May 31! Thanks,
Fr. Marty

11th Annual Homeschooling Mass

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 05/03/15

Are you a homeschooling family? The 11th Annual Diocesan Homeschooling Mass will be held on Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at 7:00pm at Our Lady Queen of the Most Holy Cathedral in Toledo. The Most Reverend Daniel E Thomas, D.D., S.T.L, Bishop of Toledo will be presiding.

Please bring a finger-food dish to share at the reception immediately following. If you have a student who will be graduating 8th grade, or a graduating high school senior and would like your graduate to participate in the ceremony after Mass, please email Lisa-Ann Brickner at oyc81@yahoo.com by May 25th.

"Islam and Terrorism" Presentation at St Pius X

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 05/03/15

On Saturday, May 9, 2015, St Pius X Parish (3011 Carskaddon) will host Dr Amjad Hussain for a presentation about Islam. The program will begin with a light breakfast at 8:30am in the Family Life Center. The hour-long talk entitled "Islam and Terrorism" will start and 9:00am. Parishioners and friends of all the Deanery parishes are welcome for this important presentation.

Gesu Pre-Kindergarten Program

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 05/03/15

We are now accepting applications for enrollment in Gesu's Pre-K program:

  • Academically based Pre-K, founded in Play
  • Lays a strong foundation, rooted in Christ, that prepares children for Kindergarten and beyond.
  • Offering multiple opportunities for 3, 4 and 5 year olds. Attend 5 full days, 5 part days, or 3 full days.
  • Parishioner Scholarship of $1,400 off the cost of your child's 5 full day tuition.
To arrange a tour or if you have any questions, call Barb Pedigo at 419 536-7674.

Gesu School News

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 05/03/15

Teacher Appreciation Week is this week!!!!! It is a wonderful opportunity to remind our teachers how thankful we are for everything they do for our students here at Gesu! PTO is looking for donations for Teacher Appreciation Week: post-it notes, pens, pencils, candy etc. If you have any items, you can give them to Mrs Babka in the school office. We have the best teachers...now it is time to show them how thankful we are!!!

From The Desk of Father Marty

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 04/30/15

Dear Parishioners,

I must commend you again for your generosity. The Rice Bowl project that we participated in during Lent took in over $1520! This program, sponsored by Catholic Relief Services, benefits the poor in many countries across the globe.
We undertook the Rice Bowl Project as an opportunity to make real and concrete the Lenten practice of almsgiving. If you, perhaps as a family, or as an individual, had a Rice Bowl and used it, I hope that it was an opportunity to remember the needy in the world and the great blessings that we have in our lives. Rice Bowls (almsgiving) along with prayer and fasting are the pillars of a good Lent. I hope that your generosity in this area helped you to grow spiritually during that holy season.
Fr. Marty

Congratulations Confirmandi!!

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 04/30/15

The sacrament of Confirmation was celebrated on Friday evening, April 17, here at the parish. Bishop Thomas was present, celebrated Mass and conferred the sacrament on 22 of our 8th graders. It was a beautiful evening! After Mass, we were able to have a group photo taken on the front steps of the Church, followed by a very nice reception in the Sullivan Center. Please pray for the newly Confirmed members of our Parish.

Those who were confirmed were:
Grace Aubry (Clare) Max Bevington (Andrew)
Sydney Clay (Vitus) Kelly Doyle (Therese)
Emily Elekonich (Cecilia) Claire Gray (Joan)
Grace Gstalder (Catherine) Christie Hoeflinger (Frances)
Oskar Klear (Nicholas) Caroline Koury (Catherine)
Julia Loeb (Therese) Sydney Lynch (Julie)
Jack Morgan (Francis) Lydia Napier (Catherine)
Teagan Polizzi (Elizabeth) Daniel Polofka (Ambrose)
Henry Seifried (Francis) Christopher Skowronski (Christopher)
Brigid Syring (Kateri) Sam Szyperski (Sebastian)
Paddy Williams (Sebastian)

Gesu School News

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 04/30/15

SAVE THE DATE!!!! Gesu Night at the Mudhens Game is Saturday, May 9th! Including postgame fireworks! Please call the school office for additional details 419 536-5634. We hope to see the entire Gesu Community at the game!!!

WE ARE GESU.

50+ Meets May 7

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 04/30/15

The 50+ Club will meet on Thursday, May 7. Mass will be at 11:00am followed by a SURPRISE Potluck in the Sullivan Center. All are invited to attend and bring a favorite dish. Kathleen Moore of the Toledo Police Department will talk about Scams and how to avoid them. Please make reservations with Ann at 419 474-5147.

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Saturday
8:00 am
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Saturday 
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Sunday
 9:00 am & 11:30 am
2049 Parkside Boulevard
Toledo, Ohio 43607
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Bulletin Deadline

Please note that all bulletin 
announcements are
 due in to the Rectory office on Monday's 
by 12 Noon of each week.  Please e-mail 
all requests to Dianna
 at dwalsh@gesutoledo
.org

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.
For more information or to sign up - Call Corinne - 
419-842-1604 
Gesu Underground 

Every Sunday 
7:30pm - 10pm

Each Sunday the Gesu Underground meets at 7:30pm in the Aviat Room (former scout room). 
Teens beginning high school in the fall are welcome (8th graders) through twelfth grade.
Questions or want regular updates on activities? Check out the Gesu Underground Facebook group or email Barb Gerken for more information at bgerken@crnstone.com
Parents with questions or with a desire to help out can contact Barb at 
419-327-0608.

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. 
Students who have graduated from high school and whose families are members of the parish are invited to register as adult parishioners. 

Parishioners who have moved or changed any information are invited to update that information. 
Call Dianna at
 419-531-1421 or E-mail gesusecretary@bex.net 
to update information or request a new parishioner registration form.
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