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Toledo Area Coupon Books For Sale

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 10/18/16

Pre-sale orders for the 2017 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 and browse through the pages yourself.  Orders will be taken through October 10th.  Thank you in advance for your support.

Mary Garden Donations

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 10/18/16

Over the past several years, the Mary Garden by the former Rectory has become somewhat over grown and wild.  At Gesu School, we have started a new club to beautify this space and to transform it back into a prayerful, educational place.  This "Eco Club" has been overwhelmingly popular with the students and we would love to continue working in this space throughout the entire year.  If you would like to help us transform this space, we would appreciate any donations of plants, gardening tools, or garden decorations you'd like to share:  shade plants like hostas, gardening trowels, watering pitchers, bird feeders or bird houses, ect... We are excited to provide this learning opportunity for our students.

Thank you so much for your help!

Newly Baptized

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 10/18/16

We welcome our newest member, Riley Elizabeth Schmaldzried, daughter of Corey and Maria Schmalzried into our Gesu Family.  Riley was baptized on October 9, 2012.  Congratulations!

Salesian Book Club

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 10/18/16

Divine Mercy in the Second Greatest Story Ever Told

In the sixth session of our Salesian Book Club we will be viewing videos instead of reading a book or document.  As we near the end of the Jubilee Year of Mercy in November, you are invited to view a series of DVD's that show how the historical events of the past 500 years connect to reveal the personal reality of God's merciful love culminating in our lifetime.

These DVD's, the work of Farther Michael Gaitley, are a breath-taking film journey that combines history, Scripture, prophecy and the lives of the saints.

These DVD's will be shown on Wednesday evenings at 7 pm beginning on October 12 and Thursday afternoons at 1 pm beginning on October 13, followed by a short discussion and prayer.  They will be shown in the "Rainbow Room" in the basement of the Rectory.  There is no need to register.  Just show up.  If you have any questions please call Margaret McCready at 419-260-6170 or the Gesu Office.

From The Desk Of Fr. Marty Lukas

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 09/19/16

Dear Parishioners,

Due to bulletin article deadlines, I'm writing this a week ago - but right after the evening of Jazz on the Green.  It was a great event!! Nearly 15-0 people from our parish as well as friends and neighbors gathered on the rectory front lawn.  The weather couldn't have been more perfect!  People brought their chairs and blankets, food and refreshments.  It was a great atmosphere with a lot of "heads" moving to the beat of the music.  Ramona Collins is a wonderful performer and kept us all entertained for the one and a half hour concert.  We'll do it again on Sept. 10, 2017 - and Ramona will be back with us!  Looking forward to that already!

Back here at the parish there is a group of parish volunteers that I want to give some attention and thanks to  They are those who provide for funeral luncheons for parishioner families who have lost a loved one.  The funeral luncheon committee and workers prepare food, set up for the meal, and clean up afterwards, all so the family of the deceased is free of this task and can visit with family and friends.  One such luncheon took place this past month.  We received a "Thank you" from the family that I wanted to share with our parish family.  It reads:

Dear Luncheon Team,

 Words cannot convey our gratitude for the wonderful meal and atmosphere your team provided.  It was just the type of day our father would have planned.  The food was great and your team presented it beautifully.

I help with this ministry at my parish and I know the time, effort and energy it takes to make it look so easy.

Thanks again for giving up your day to help us through this day for my family and myself.


And so, I too thank and salute those who give of themselves for others in their time of need.  It's what Gesu and community is all about.

Now, on a final note - back in April you were invited to the rectory to see first hand some of the repairs that were badly needed.  Well, from the generosity of the parish in the campaign last May, we were able to do a lot over the summer.  Right now, I'd say about 95% of the work is finished.  So I'd like to invite you back in to take a look at the "new look" of our home.

Next weekend, Sept. 24 & 25, after all the Masses, we'll have our "coffee and doughnuts" in the rectory.  It will give you the opportunity to browse around and take a look.  I think you'll be happy with what your contributions allowed to help make happen.  I sure am!  So plan on coming over next weekend after Mass and check it out.

Have a good week - Fr. Marty


2016 Diocesan Celebration of Wedding Jubiliees

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 09/15/16

Our Lady Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral

October 23, 2016 at 3 pm

Join Bishop Daniel Thomas and the office of Marriage and Family to commemorate 25, 40, 50, 60 and 60-plus years of marriage for couples in the Diocese of Toledo.  mass includes the renewal of matrimonial vows, and registered couples will receive a commemorative certificate.  To register go to:, contact Marsha Rivas, 419-214-4938, or call your parish office.  Registration deadline is October 13, 2016

Feed Your Neighbor Weekend

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 09/15/16

Please note that our food pantry is extremely low and is in need of crackers, spaghetti sauce, noodles of all kinds, canned tomato products, peanut butter and jelly, canned vegetables, canned meat and canned fruit.

Please bring your items to Mass this 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.

Important Dates for Sacrament Preparation and CCD

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 09/15/16

Confirmation meeting: September 29, for student and parent, 7:00 in the Sullivan Center.

First Reconciliation/Eucharist Meeting:  November 6, 10:30 during CCD class time in the School.

First CCD class Starts September 25 at 10:10 in the school

Remembering Our Faithful Departed

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 09/15/16

Please remember in prayer Jane Ockuly, buried from our parish on September 8, 2016.  Eternal rest grant unto her O Lord, and let you perpetual light shine upon her.  May she rest in peace.  Amen

Jazz On The Green Featuring Ramona Collins

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 09/01/16

Come join us with our annual Jazz on the Green concert.  Featuring our local famous Jazz Stylist, Ramona Collins.

The concert is on Sunday, September 11, 2016 and is free and is from 5 - 6:30 pm on the front lawn of Gesu Church.

Bring a blanket, chair, food, drink friends and neighbors, for a relaxing cool Jazz event.

In case of rain, the concert will be held in the church.

Welcome New Parishioners!

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 09/01/16

Join me as we welcome the following Family into our Gesu Family!

Hao, Kacie, Kien & Lanh Pham!

Kacie said that they went to a couple of Catholic Churches in the area and Gesu was BY FAR the most welcoming parish.  Gesu has the most friendliest and approachable members as well.



by Gesu Parish Toledo on 09/01/16

After 11:00 service on September 8, 50+ will end their summer hiatus and begin another season of community.  For $4 enjoy sandwiches and more in the Sullivan Center.  Call Anne at 419-474-5147 or Marietta at 419-536-7466 for reservations.

CYO Fall Sports

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 09/01/16

CYO fall sports are just around the corner!  If your child is interested in running cross country (grades K-8) or playing volleyball (girls grades 4-8) or soccer (grades 1 - 8), please email us at .

Girls interested in high school volleyball can contact Mrs. Nofziger at .

RCIA (Rite of Christian Initation of Adults)

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 09/01/16

A Personal Invitation To You!

If you have been coming to Mass for a while but are not Catholic, or if you know someone who may be interested in becoming Catholic, Fr. Marty and I invite you to come and look deeper into the Catholic faith and a closer relationship with Jesus.  Come meet some faithful Catholics who love the Lord and would consider it a privilege to get to know you.  This is a journey of prayer, reflection and learning.

Gesu will soon begin a new RCIA year to share the truths of the Catholic faith.  These sessions are great opportunities to ask any questions you may have abut the Church.  The first couple of months are considered Inquiry, you come to investigate and explore with no commitment, no pressure.  Our team, Lee Mitchell, Dave Coyle and Dennis Isabell, II and I would love to get to know you.  We have good conversations and discussions and teachings with some video presentations.  We follow the Liturgical year while studying the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

RCIA is held on Monday evenings from 7 - 9 pm in the "Rainbow Room" of the Rectory.  Our first session is a "Meet and Greet on Monday, September 12 at 7 pm.  Please give us a call if you have questions or would like further information.  Call or text me Margaret McCready at 419-260-6170 or call the parish office at 419-531-1421.

Who is the RCIA for?

Those from another faith tradition or those who have not had any faith tradition and who are seeking a church home.

Those who are baptized Catholic but have not been instructed in the faith and have not received the sacraments of Eucharist or Confirmation.

Those who are not Catholic and are married to a Catholic and have attended Mass but haven't known what step to take to look into the Catholic Church.

Those looking for a refresher course in the Faith.

Is there someone waiting for your invitation to join our inquirer sessions? Or perhaps no one has invited you.  Here is your invitation! 

Thank you and God Bless,

Margaret McCready

Welcome New Parishioners!

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 08/18/16

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."

Remembering Our Faithful Departed

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 08/18/16

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

Gesu CCD Registration Information

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 08/12/16

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

We will have an open enrollment Sunday, September 11th after all the masses in the Narthex of the church.

Thank You!

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 08/12/16

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.

Bible Study Returns

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 08/12/16

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.

Remembering Our Faithful Departed

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 08/12/16

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


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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

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 
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.  
Call Dianna at
 419-531-1421 or E-mail 
to update information or request a new parishioner registration form​

To make a contribution using your MC or Visa,
Please call the office at 419-531-1421 between 
8 am​ and 4:30 pm 
Monday - Friday.

2016 State Of The Parish Report

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Gesu offers the opportunity to 
have your donation come from your account automatically through "Direct Giving".  Just fill out the form and return to the office 
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