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Parish Picnic Sunday 9/14

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 09/10/14

The Parish Picnic will be held this Sunday, September 14th. We will begin with Mass at 11:00 am - held outddors on the playground side of the school building. after Mass the Gesu Family Picnic will take place. Bring your favorite dish and enjoy this gathering with fellow parishioners, hambugers and hotdogs will be provided. Remember, there will only be ONE MASS on Sunday - at 11:00am - there is no 9:00am or 11:30am Mass this weekend.

CCD Registration

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 09/10/14

Anyone wishing to enroll their child in our CCD program, or who has questions - please contact Laurie Skowronski at

From The Desk of Father Marty

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 09/10/14

With Labor Day and summer behaind us, we move on to the regular activities of the year - and the normal routine of parish life and activities. Soon the parish Bible Study group will begin, exploring some of the historical books of the Bible, RCIA will soon begin - as an opportunity for people interested in exploring our Catholic faith, to possibly join us through baptism or to get a better understanding of the faith they already have. Religious Instruction will begin for our parish children who do not attend our parish school, the Gesu Choir is forming for the year, the 50+ Club will have their first meeting for the year this Thursday, the St Vincent de Paul continues to assist the needy with food distributions and financial assistance, the funeral luncheon assists families of departed parishioners as the need arises and the other normal committees, organizations and groups will meet to do their work. There is a lot going on here at Gesu - things that aren't always evident when one comes to Mass on the weekend.

All of these activities are open to you - and welcome your participation. It is a great way to serve others, meet fellow parishioners and build up the communtiy of Gesu, which is indeed the Body of Christ. If you are inclined in any way to participate in any of these activities, give us a call at the parish office and we can point you in the right direction. Your involvement helps the parish and in the long run, always helps the participant. Give it some thought.

Parish Registration

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 09/05/14

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 to update information or request a new parishioner registration form.

To All Committee Heads

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 09/05/14

It is time to submit your schedule for your organization.  Due to the needs of our parish and school and the number of activities that happen on any given day, we must look ahead and get your dates scheduled NOW.

All groups needing a space for meetings, banquets, dances, sports practice, concerts... (etc.) must submit a list of dates needed.  NO ONE is exempt from submitting a schedule.

For example:  If your group meets on every first Monday of the month, August thru June, it cannot be assumed that this information is on the books... dates must be in writing and submitted to the Parish Office.

Thank you for helping with this important organizational process.

Dianna Walsh

Scheduling Coordinator

Men's and Women's Bible Study

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 09/05/14

"The Rise and Fall of Ancient Israel"

Our 12th year of Bible Study will explore the books of Joshua, Judges, Kings, Amos, Hosea, Chronicles and Jeremiah.  We'll see the ways God worked in the lives of the Jewish people and how He continues to work in our lives and world today.

We use the "Come and See" Catholic Bible study series of 22 sessions, with time off for Advent through New Year, Holy Week/Easter and end in May.  This series demonstrates how our Catholic Faith is based on the intertwining of Sacred Scripture, Tradition and the Magisterium.  We grow in our understanding of our faith while having some light-hearted fun.  To register or for question, call Ann Pajella at 419537-0099 or Ann Zirker at 419-474-8273 ( OK to leave a message).

"When we pray we speak to God.  When we read Scripture, God speaks to us."

First meeting:  Tuesday Sept 16, 2014

Location:  Extended Day Room (back of school)

Time:  7:30 to 9 pm.

Participant comments:  "The sum spiritual and educational value of my Gesu Bible Study experience has far exceeded my expectations.  I thank all of the members of our group for their participation that contributed so much to my greater enjoyment and edification." 



Sign Up For Gesu School Text and Emails From Flocknote

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 09/05/14

If you signed up last year, you do not have to again this year.  It is a great way to receive special notices from Gesu and of course school delays and closing.  Here are the directions:  TEXT the following: GESU1314 to the number: 84576.  Also, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter:  Gesu Facebook:  Gesu Facebook:  Gesu School + Toledo, Ohio/Twitter: @Toledogesu

Jazz On The Green September 7th 5 - 6:30 pm

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 09/05/14

Old State Line will perform, "Acoustic Americana" music!

If it rains, the concert will take place in the church.

The concert is free with a free will offering taken at the intermission.

Bring chairs, blanket, food and drinks! Hope to see you there!

Gesu Family Picnic September 14th

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 09/05/14

There will be only one Mass at 11 am on Sept. 14th.  Mass will be held outdoors on the playground side of the school building.  After Mass, the Parish Picnic will take place.  Bring your favorite dish and enjoy this gathering of fellow parishioners.  If it rains we will still have only the one Mass at 11 am in the church and the picnic will follow in the Sullivan Center!  Hope to see you there!

Feed Your Neighbor July 19&20

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 07/13/14

This coming weekend is our monthly Feed Your Neighbor collection. Non-perishable food items and monetary donations can be left at the entrances of the church before each Mass or dropped off any time at the rectory between 8 and 4:30. Please be as generous as you are able. The need in our area has been very great and is growing.  Monetary donations are used to assist the needy with short-term financial help to pay utilities or housing and we recieve many requests for help each month. Our food pantry helps feed many families within the parish boundaries each week. Your generosity is appreciated! 

Welcome Back Father Tim!

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 07/13/14

Next weekend (July 19&20) Father Tim McIntire,OSFS will return to be celebrant for all Masses. We welcome Fr. Tim back to Gesu which was his home when he was a deacon - "learning the ropes" of the priesthood. Father Tim loved his time here at Gesu and our wonderful parish family, and he eagerly asked if he could come back for a weekend. Of course, this allows Fr. Marty some time to travel to New York to visit his mother. So, we welcome Fr. Tim and wish Fr. Marty a safe and happy mini-vacation!

From the desk of Father Marty

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 07/13/14

A few "odds and ends"-

Some folks have asked about the patch of carpet in the middle of the marble steps in the front of each altar. Well (here's a little history lesson for you), you know that prior to the Second Vatican Council (Vatican II) the priest said Mass with his back to the congregation.  He'd only face the altar and basically stand in one place - walking a little bit to the right and left, but pretty much remain stationary thoughout the entire Mass. My assumption is, to make it less stressful on the priest's feet (poor Father), and to not overly scratch and wear on the marble, a carpet insert was placed there for the priest to stand/walk on. When we restored the marble, we decided to keep the original integrity of the stonework, not fill it in with some other substance, and put carpeting when it was originally intended. So, there is your answer and a little history lesson to boot!

Over 70+ people attended the movie/presentation on Pope Francis a couple of Mondays ago. Those in attendance spanned the age gamut from recent high school grads to some of our senior parishioners. It was a very interesting film on the life and ministry of our Holy Father followed by some thought provoking reflection given by Fr. Cryan. I again thank Rob and Dana Loeb for initiating this gathering it was an enjoyable evening.

Finally, last weekend passed quietly as it marked my 2nd anniversary as your pastor. The first weekend in July 2012 was my initial weekend here at Gesu. It has been a wonderful two years for me and I've enjoyed all of it! I hope you have too!

**July Eucharistic Adoration Date Change!**

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 06/16/14

Due to Independance Day, Eucharistic Adoration for the month of July is being moved to the second Friday of the month. Adoration will take place on Friday, July 11 immediately following 7am Mass and conclude at 9pm. There will not be Adoration on Friday, July 4th.

Opportunity For Bulletin Advertising

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 06/16/14

Dave Roth representing Diocesan Publications (our Bulletin Publisher) will be at the parish soon. He will be renewing present advertisments and seeking new ones. If you are interested, please call the parish office at 419 531 1421. Or, you may contact Dave directly at 614 715 3215 at We feel this is an excellent service and that sponsors get good coverage with their ads. THANKS TO YOU and DIOCESAN PUBLICATIONS, the weekly bulletin is published at no cost to the parish.

Movie Night at Gesu, Monday June 30th!

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 06/16/14

You are all invited to Family Movie Night in the Sullivan Center on Monday, June 30 from 7-9pm. We will be showing a 50 minute video about our Pope entitled, "Francis, The Pope from the New World" followed by remarks from Father Cryan. Bring the whole family! Light refreshments will be provided.

Feed Your Neighbor Pantry Empty!

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 06/05/14

The Feed Your Neighbor Pantry is critically low on food items. This is not our usual Feed Your Neighbor collection weekend but we are in need of any non-parishable food items you are willing to donate especially canned meats, peanut butter and jelly, canned friuts, cereal, mac-n-cheese, pasta, canned beans, and canned tomatoes. Every week, the needy in our neighborhood humbly come to the rectory seeking assitance to feed their families. Please give what you are able.

Donations may dropped off near the doors of the Church before Mass or at the rectory Mon - Fri between 8 and 4:30.

50+ June Meeting

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 06/05/14

The Gesu 50+ Club held it's last meeting of the year June 5th, at the Olive Garden. Over 20 members and Father Marty were in attendance. Good company and good food were enjoyed by all! 

Help Needed Pulling Weeds - Service Hour Oppotunity!

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 06/03/14

Help is needed to pull weeds in the flower beds in front of the rectory, the church and the signs around the parish campus!!! We have new Black Eyed Susans to plant in front of the rectory but need those beds weeded first. You may have noticed that many of the weeds are getting bigger than the flowers and are threatening to take over! If you have a few hours bring your gloves and your favorite trowel and come help beautify Gesu. Get a jump on those service hours for next year. Questions??? Call Diana or Deb 419 531 1421.

Prepare For Mass In A New Way

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 05/21/14

Mass Impact Ohio invites you to spend some time each week preparing for Sunday Mass in a new way. The Live IT! 30/3 Challenge gives families the opportunity to spend 30 minutes, 3 times a week to talk, pray about and explore the scripture for the upcoming Sunday Mass. Every week there is a new Live IT Gathering Guide, a new Living IT episode showcasing the susequent Gospel message and a Live IT 180 video from a priest. You can sign up at Do it for yourself and for your family and find new meaning in the Celebration of the Mass. Live IT!

Toledo YES Project Seeking Sites

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 05/17/14

     Toledo YES Project is a non-profit organization that runs a summer service project aimed at helping those who are physically or financially unable to complete work around their home.  Our participants are able to paint, both interior and exterior of houses; garden, clean, organize, and complete minor household repairs.  If you or someone you know could use help, please contact the parish office or email


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Gesu School: 
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Community Info
Gesu School
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

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 -
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
Parents with questions or with a desire to help out can contact Barb at

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
to update information or request a new parishioner registration form.