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From The Desk of Father Marty

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 01/25/15

This weekend, specifically, January 24th, the Church celebrates the feast of St Francis de Sales, the patron of the Oblates of St Francis de Sales, the founder of the Visitation Sisters (whose monastery is down the street), and the saint whose spirituality guides our parish.

For many years, from 1920 until 2004, Gesu was lead by the Jesuit community and Ignatian Spirituality was the guiding force, the guiding spirituality of the parish. In 2004 our community, the Oblastes of St Francis de Sales, was entrusted with Gesu parish and salesian Spirituality became the new focus of the parish.
Was this a big change? Have you noticed anything different? If your answer is no, don't be surprised. Back in the mid-1950's a spiritual writer by the name of Pere Charmot wrote a book entitled: Ignatius Loyola and Francis de Sales - Two Masters - One Spirituality. The premise of the book is that these two great saints had as their goal complete love of God, total dedication to their vocation, unparalleled love of neighbor. It was only the means to achieve these goals that differed.
This weekend, as the Church celebrates the feast of St Francis de Sales, we recognize his life in a special way. On Sunday afternoon, almost all of the Oblates from the Ohio and Michigan region (about 30 of us) will gather in Deerfield, MI, at another Oblate parish for some prayer and reflection on the life of the and spirit of St Francis de Sales, known in the Church as "the Gentleman Saint". After the prayer and reflection we'll celebrate with a great meal (and a beverage or two)!
Please pray for the Oblates, for vocations to our community, and for all the people we serve - and that's YOU - right here at Gesu!
Have a Good Week and happy feast of St Francis de Sales!

Gesu School News - Catholic Schools Week

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 01/25/15

Catholic Schools Week is this week and several exciting activities are planned to help us celebrate the week. With the support of our PTO and Boxtops program, Gesu will be welcoming Mike Hemmelgarn, comedy juggler and ventriloquist, who will put on a "Character Counts" assembly to students in grades K - 4 and then to students in grades 5 - 8. It promises to be a wonderful program to kick off the week for our students. On Wednesday, the classes will partner with one another for breakfast and an activity.

Thursday, will be a Gesu spirit day. Students can dress down in Gesu spirit clothes, and we will end the day with a student versus faculty volleyball game. On Friday, we will end the week as we always do celebrating Mass here at Gesu.

50+ Club Picnic

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 01/25/15

After the 11:00 am service on Thursday, Feb 5, specialty hot dogs, homemade potato salad and delicious picnic fare will be served for four dollars per person in the Sullivan Center. For two dollars, choose your Lucky Card and have fun playing Bingo with friends. Questions? Call Ann Jozwiak 419-474-5147 or Dolores Kaitaniak 419-475-6537.

Used Book and Uniform Sale

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 01/25/15

This year's Book and Uniform Sale will take place on March 31 and April 1. We are once again looking for hard and soft bound books, children's books, games puzzles, DVD's, Gesu uniforms and similar items.

NO MAGAZINES PLEASE.
If you are interested in helping with the sale or need help dropping off items please contact Virginia Coyne at: 419-536-4476. Items may be left at Gesu School or in the back of the Church.

European Trip! Italia Bella!

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 01/25/15

You are invited to join Fr. James Cryan, OSFS on an elite tour planned just for you. Fr. Cryan will serve as chaplain. The name of the trip is Italia Bella; dates; May 16-24, 2015.

The cost is $4,000. This elite tour includes airfare, 5-star accomodations, taxes, tips, fees, transportation, breakfast and dinners. You will visit: Rome, Assisi, Florence, Tuscany and Venice. 
This all-inclusive trip is being arranged through Pro-Catholic Tours. Please register through their website, www.procatholictours.com or by calling 769-233-6515 or 769-220-2702

We Need Help With The Fish Frys

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 01/22/15

We are looking for some new faces to lead up our Lenten Fish Frys.  We would like to find someone as soon as possible that can work alongside the Naylor's and the William's to learn the process.  This year's dates for the Fish Frys are Feb. 20, Feb. 27, March 6, March 13, March 20 and March 27.  We need for someone on Feb. 20th to begin the process of taking this over.  Please contact Fr. Marty/Dianna at gesusecretary@bex.net or 491-531-1421, Jenny Naylor at naylorhands@yahoo.com or 419-267-1003 or Colleen Williams at colleenwilliams08@gmail.com or 419-349-4624.

WE NEED HELP!

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 01/22/15

Lent is right around the corner and the Gesu Lenten Friday Fish Frys have always been a hit!  Well, the folks who have been taking care of this annual parish event for many years are "looking" to retire.  (Believe me - they deserve and need a rest!) But that means that for the fish frys to continue we need some new people to spearhead these meals and help make them happen.  Could one of these people be YOU???

These Lenten Fish Frys are something that I hope can continue, but they can only continue if some people step forward to make them happen.  Please consider serving your parish in this way - give it some thought and if you can help, or would just like to learn more, call the parish office at 419-531-1421 - we can fill you in on the details - the sooner the better.  What would Let be without our great Fish Frys - YOU can help them to continue.  THANK YOU for considering this request and give us a call!

Fr. Marty

Thank You!

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 01/20/15

Thanks so much to Susan DePompei and Carol Baibak for being available to make phone calls for volunteers had there been any funeral luncheons during the month of December. Thanks to all the volunteers.

Do not fret if you have not been called in quite some time. We do not have a lot of luncheons, so you will probably only be called once or twice a year. Each of you is a valuable asset to this program!

Mass For Life At Rosary Cathedral

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 01/18/15

For those unable to attend the March For Life in Washington, DC, a special Mass for Life will be celebrated at Rosary Cathedral at 7pm on Wednesday, January 21. Msgr. William Kubacki will be the celebrant.

Diocesean Pilgrimage To World Meeting of Families

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 01/18/15

Bishop Thomas is leading a pilgrimage from the Diocese of Toledo to the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia in September. Details of the pilgrimage are still being finalized, but the September 22 - 27 trip includes round-trip bus transportation, hotel lodging and attendance at both conference and papal events.

Registration is expected to open in February and close April 30. Those interested in making the pilgrimage can contact Monica Martinez at mmartinez@toledodiocese.orgor 419-244-6711, ext 715.

From The Desk of Father Marty

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 01/18/15

Well, everything is back to normal now. The church tacken on its "normal look" and we are back "full swing" into Ordinary Time.

Moving into Ordinary Time does not mean that it is in opposition to what we might consider the "extraordinary" times of the year (Christmas, Lent, Easter). The term "Ordinary Time" refers to the "ordered" or "counted" weeks of the year. Using the "ordinal numbers" - one, two, three, etc. we mark the weeks of the year between the "seasons" (Christmas, Easter). But there is nothing "ordinary" about it. God is always active in our lives, all throughout the year, calling us, leading us - to follow and to serve.
Ordinary Time does seem to allow us to "catch our breath" between the big seasonal celebrations - but it is all holy time - God's time - and He is with us at every moment of every day - and that makes every time - EXTRAORDINARY time!

Gesu Windfall Raffle Tickets On Sale Now

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 01/18/15

Currently the Windfall Raffle tickets are on sale after every Mass and daily from the rectory. Each ticket costs $50. This is the only major fundraiser to benefit the entire parish - church, buildings grounds, rectory - and the added funds help to supplement the income from the weekly collections, allowing for improvements we might otherwise not be able to make. Buy a ticket - and take tickets to family members or to places where you work or "hang out". You can also ask people to go in together and split the cost of a ticket. The more tickets sold, the bigger YOUR prize will be!

Giving Tree Thank You!

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 01/18/15

The Giving Tree was a huge success this year! Each name that was placed on the tree received four gifts with half the names coming from Catholic Charities and half from Gesu. Every family was given a gift card to Kroger to help with Holiday meals. There were 280 tags placed on the tree this year. Every wish was met and through the help of Gesu parishioners many families enjoyed a wonderful Christmas!

Thank you to the Giving Tree comittee, Teresa and Bridget Siebenaller and Peggy Sturgeon and Chairperson Heidi Best. Thank you to Kim Ertle for her consulting work. Thank you to Dianna, Deb and the maintenance workers for all the help in moving the gifts and preparing the rooms to work in.
If there are any questions or suggestions for next year's Tree please contact Heidi Best at scoutenbest@gmail.com. 

Used Book and Uniform Sale

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 01/18/15

This years Book and Uniform Sale will take place on March 31 and April 1. We are once again looking for hard and soft back books, children's books, games, puzzles, DVD's, Gesu School Uniforms and similar items. NO MAGAZINES PLEASE.

If you are interested in helping with the sale or need help dropping off items please contact Virginia Coyne at: 419-536-4476. Items can be left at Gesu School or in the back of the Church.
Thank you for your help!

This Weekend Is Feed Your Neighbor Weekend

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 01/15/15

Please note that our pantry is in need of canned meats, jelly and cereal.

There will be baskets at the doors for your food donations.  There are also canisters at the doors for cash donations.  Thank you for your help as we assist the needy in our area.

Parish Registration

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 01/14/15

Have you moved recently?

Have you changed your phone number?

Have you turned 18?

If this describes you then you are 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. 

Please call Dianna or e-mail gesusecretary@bex.net to update information or request a new parishioner registration form. 

Level 3 Snow Emergency Policy Per The Most Reverend Daniel E. Thomas, Bishop of Toledo

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 01/14/15

Whenever a county/city within the Diocese of Toledo is placed under a Level 3 Snow Emergency, during which all roadways are closed to non-emergency personnel, the Catholic Churches within that geographic region will cancel the scheduled Saturday Vigil, Sunday, or Holy Day Masses.  Roman Catholics in that region, therefore, are dispensed from the obligation to attend Mass.  If Masses are cancelled, Catholics are encouraged to participate in Holy Mass via television, radio, or internet, making a spiritual Communion.  When Mass is cancelled, all other diocesan, parish, or school events in that geographic region are also cancelled.

Gesu School News Update From Manuel Gonzales

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 01/14/15

We are just a few weeks away, the week of February 9th, the 8th graders of Gesu will be hosting a fundraiser in alliance with Easter Seals called "Fill the Truck".  This fundraiser will go to help pay for their Niagara Falls trip in May.  It is very simple, please begin to save old clothes, shoes, blankets, jackets, etc. that you are going to get rid of and bring them to Gesu that week.  At the end of the week, Easter Seals will give Gesu School 20 cents for every pound of donations turned in.  Please begin to save these items(tell your family, friends and neighbors)!!

We Are Gesu

Deanery Pannance Services for Advent

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 12/05/14

*Wednesday, December 10, at 7:00pm at Gesu
*Sunday, December 14, at 3:00pm at Christ the King

Breakfast with Santa, December 14th

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 12/05/14

Breakfast with Santa
Sunday, December 14th
9:30 am - 11:30 am
Gesu Sullivan Center

Cost in advance with reservation: $5 per person, $20 max per family.
Cost at the door: $7 per person, $25 max per family.
Includes breakfast, visit with Santa, stories from Mrs Claus and crafts.
Reservation forms are in the Parish Bulletin or School Office.
Please make reservations by Friday, December 10th. 

Good Friday - April 3
No 7 am Mass
2 pm Solemnity of the Lords Passion
Holy Saturday - April 4
No 8 am or 4 pm Mass
Noon Blessing of the Easter Food
8:30 pm Easter Vigil
Easter Sunday - April 5
9 am and 11:30 am
Live + Jesus
The Lord's Day

Saturday 
4:00 pm (Vigil)
Sunday
 9:00 am & 11:30 am

Weekdays
Monday-Friday
7:00 am
Saturday
8:00 am
2049 Parkside Boulevard
Toledo, Ohio 43607
419-531-1421 + Fax 419-531-0270 + www.gesutoledo.org
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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
.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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