Blog: Gesu Roman Catholic Parish + Toledo, Ohio
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also go to the website at gesutoledo.org and find the information on the front page.
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.
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.
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.
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 savearound.com and browse through the pages yourself. Orders will be taken through October 13th. Thank you in advance for your support.
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 email@example.com.
Bible Study will end in May with big breaks from Thanksgiving to after New Year and Holy Week and Easter.
Dennis Isabell II is the new facilitator.
This is an excellent opportunity for former CHRP and RCIA members and everyone else. Mean and women of all ages are invited. Call Ann Zirker at 419-474-8273 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Ann Pajella at 419-537-0099. Session meet in the Rainbow Room in the Rectory on Tuesday's from 7:30 to 8:30 or 9pm.
Pancake Breakfast - Sunday, October 22 from 10 am - 11:30 am. In the Sullivan Center. Join us-- All are welcome!
Please note that our food pantry is in need of personal items like single roll toilet paper, shampoo, tooth paste, bars of soap and deodorant and we are in need of can vegetables.
Please bring in your items to Mass next weekend to donate to the needy in our area.
Your cash donations are also appreciated. We are grateful for any and all of your help!
Please remember in prayer Eleanor Harbaugh, whom departed us to be with the Lord on September 30, 2017. Also, please remember in prayer Eunice McKenna, whom departed us to be with the Lord on October 7, 2017. May they rest in peace. Amen
Interested in being an OUTREACH MINISTER and serving the needs of our parish family? Your prayerful consideration to off your time and talents are appreciated.
Listed are just a few of the many needs of our parishioners. Let us know what service you could occasionally provide by placing an "X" on the line.
_____ Transportation to and from church
_____ Shopping errands: to grocery/pharmacy/post office
_____ Out door grounds work: (i.e. mowing, raking, shoveling, garbage to curb)
_____ Light housework/handyman projects
_____ Transportation: to necessary appointments
_____ Bring Communion to homebound
_____ Volunteer at Helping hands the 1st Friday of the month
September Adoration will be on Sept 8 and NOT September 1. Please mark your calendars.
Just a couple of things to mention this week-
With the beginning of August this past week, we are entering into the home stretch of the summer! Hardly seems possible, doesn't it?
As you can see, the work was completed on various sections of the parking lot and driveways. Our Rectory dining room was painted and updated over the summer and there was the normal painting and cleaning from top to bottom of the school - ready now to receive students for the 2017- 18 school year that begins next week on August 22 - only 10 more days of summer vacation for our Gesu students. WOW!
Looking ahead a little, please mark your calendar for the annual parish, end of the summer picnic. This year it will be on Sunday, August 27 - having a 4:00 PM Mass on Saturday but only one Mass on Sunday morning at 11:00AM - outside. Make a little note of it now and plan to attend. That way you won't be among the folks that come strolling in during the homily - thinking it is the regular 11:30 - (and being really late for Mass that morning)! Keep checking the bulletin for information about the picnic, you'll be asked to bring a side dish as the parish provides the meat.
Also, a couple of weeks ago I wrote about the funeral practices allowed by the Catholic Church. I mentioned that cremation is an acceptable practice and how to properly honor and treat one's remains. What I failed to mention is that it is also acceptable to donate one's body to science. In situations like this, the institution that received the body for study will cremate the remains when finished and will return them to the family for proper disposition. I just wanted you to know this particular detail on the topic.
That's all for this week - gotta get out and enjoy these final days of summer!
Blessings to you all,
RCIA, Rite Of Christian Initiation Of Adults)
Are you a baptized Catholic wishing to receive the Sacraments of Confirmation and/or Eucharist?
Do you know someone who is interested in joining the Catholic Church? Invite them to look into the RCIA.
Are you married to a Catholic and have been attending Mass with your family? This is an opportunity to learn more about the Church. Would you just like to learn more about what it means to be a Catholic Christian?
For more information, please call
Margaret McCready at 419-260-6170
or the parish office at 419-531-1421.
If your son or daughter will be in the 2nd or 8th grade this upcoming school year and is ready to make the sacrament (s) of First Reconciliation and First Eucharist, or Confirmation than you need to send and email to: email@example.com for registration and more information. Don't wait, register now!!
If you have any questions regarding your child's eligibility please email Laurie Skowronski at: firstname.lastname@example.org, be sure to include a phone number in which I can reach you.
Help us welcome Mia Marie Morris, Daughter of Ryan and Heidi Morris. Mia was baptized on July 30, 2017.
Also, help welcome Parker Robert Thomas, Son of Craig and Cathryn Thomas. Parker was baptized on July 30, 2017
To report any suspected or actual sexual abuse of a minor by Diocesan personnel, immediate contact should be made with local civil authorities, and with the Toledo Diocesan Victim Assistance Coordinator, Mr. Frank DiLallo. He can be reached at 419-243-2150 (private line) or 419-244-6711, ext. 4880 in the Toledo calling area, or 1-800-926-8277, ext. 4880 (Outside Toledo but Within 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!