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From The Desk of Father Marty

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 03/23/15

Last weekend we concluded the Gesu Windfall Raffle. I want to thank everyone who bought one or more raffle tickets, those who attended the St Patrick's Dinner, and those who bid on the silent auction items that evening. The dinner was well attended and was a great evening with parishioners and friends of Gesu, folks of all ages, connecting, relaxing and enjoying one another. It builds a strong parish when we can not only pray together but play together too.

The prizewinners for the drawing were:
3rd Place Patricia Eichman $500
2nd Place Chickie Lenga $1000
1st Place Mike &Ellen McCarty $8550
Of the sellers who sold more than 10 tickets, winner Cormac Delaney took home $500.
Of course, in addition to the fun of a raffle and dinner, the reason for this event is to help the parish. When all is said and done, with the addition of the profit from the auction baskets, the parish will make in excess of $11,000 on the event!
THANK YOU to everyone who helped make this such a success for our parish. God Bless you for all you do.

50+ Club News

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 03/23/15

Join your friends for a Pizza Party and Bingo after 11:00 Mass on Thursday, April 9. Pizza and dessert will be served for $4. Bingo cards are $2 each. Questions? Call Ann Jozwiak 419 474 5147 or Dolores Kaitaniak 419 475 6537.

Deanery Penance Service for Lent

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 03/23/15

There is one more Lenten penance service for St Agnes Deanery this Wednesday, March 25 at 7:00 pm at Regina Coeli (530 Regina Parkway). 

A Way of the Cross for Women

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 03/23/15

In today's busy world, it is a blessing for women to gather together to pray and share their faith. As we begin Holy Week, it is especially important to slow down and give some extra time to God. 

Come pray and experience the Stations of the Cross as a way to link the joys and sorrows of our daily lives as women  to Jesus' journey to Calvary.
Sunday, March 29, at 7:00 pm in the Church.

Final Fish Fry This Friday!

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 03/23/15

Our last Lenten Fish will be this Friday, March 27th 
 4:30 - 7pm
 Loyola Hall
Take Out Available!
Adults $8.00
Seniors 55+ $6.00
Kids 12 and under $4.00

From The Desk of Father Marty

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 03/16/15

Traditionally, Lent has not only been a time of prayer, fasting and almsgiving, but also a time of renewal. This renewal has often been accomplished and celebrated through the reception of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Receiving this sacrament assures us that our sins are forgiven and offers us the grace to live as a faith filled disciple of the Lord. 

This Lent, two pennance services will be held at centrally located parishes:
Sunday, March 15 St. Catherine of Sienna,
4555 North Haven Ave.     3:00PM
Wednesday, March 25 Regina Coeli Church
530 Regina Parkway          7:00PM

Reconciliation is offered at Gesu: 
Mon - Fri prior to 7AM Mass
Saturday 3:00PM

Salesian Spiritualtiy Book Group

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 03/16/15

As a follow up to Gesu's Salesian Mornings series, we are offering a book discussion of Authentic Devotion, A Modern Interprtation of the Introduction to the Devout Life by St Francis de Sales by Bernard Bangley. This will be a 5 week series beginning on March 11 at 7pm in the Rainbow Room of the Rectory. Books are available at the meeting. For more information call Margaret McCready 419 260 6170 or the Parish office 419 531 1421.

Sacramental Date Reminders

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 03/16/15

First Eucaharist:

April 25, First Eucharist rehearsal in Church, 6:30 - 7:30pm
April 29, First Eucharist rehearsal in Church, 6:30 - 7:30pm
May 3, Sacrament of First Eucharist at 11:30am Mass

March 29, Confirmation Banners Due
April 16, Reconciliation and Prayer vigil in Church, 6:30pm
April 17, Sacrament of Confirmation in Gesu Church, 7:00pm

Gesu School News

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 03/16/15

Congratulations to 8th grader Justin Bossenbroek who has qualified to compete in the State of Ohio Geography Bee in Columbus, OH. We are all excited for Justin and wish him luck in Columbus on March 27!

Fish Fry Fridays Are Back!!

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 03/03/15

Gesu Lenten Fish Fry's Are Back!
Friday Evenings in Loyola Hall Through March 27
4:30pm -7:00pm

Adults $8.00
Seniors $6.00
Kids under 12 $4.00
Take Out Available!

Used Book and Uniform Sale

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 03/03/15

We are still collecting items for the Used Book and Uniform Sale which will take place on March 31 and April 1. Donations of hard and soft back books, children's books, games, puzzles, DVD's, Gesu uniforms and similar items may be dropped off at the Church, School or Rectory. NO MAGAZINES PLEASE.

If you are interested in helping or need help dropping off items, please call Virginia Coyne at: 419 536 4476.

50+ Club Picnic

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 03/03/15

Don't forget the 50+ Club meeting for March will be a picnic theme this Thursday, March 5. After 11:00 Mass, Hot Dogs and other picnic fare can be enjoyed for $4.00 in the Sullivan Center. If you have Questions???? Please call Ann Jozwiak 419 474 5147 or Dolores Kaitaniak 419 475 6537.

From the desk of Fr Marty - Annual Catholic Appeal

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 02/15/15

This is the kick off to the Annual Catholic Appeal.  The Diocese asks us to consider the needs of the diocese and make a contribution. The ADA is a major source of financial support that enables them to fund so many good and charitble works. The diocesan offices that reach out to the poor and the needy, that quite literally enable the church to bring Christ to others, are greatly supported by your contributions to the ADA.

Our parish goal this year is $26,000.  That is the same goal that we had last year, which we exceeded. While we do great with our overall contribution, I'd like the parish this year to try to increase our percentage of participation. If everyone could contribute something, regardless of amount, it would be a wonderful statement of confidence and welcome to our new Bishop Thomas, Showing our willingness to assist him in his ministry as the leader of our diocese. Please do what you can.

CRS Rice Bowl

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 02/15/15

During Lent our parish is participating in CRS Rice Bowl, Catholic Relief Services' Lenten program, as a way to encounter Jesus through others, especially through the most vulnerable in our world. Rice Bowls will be available in the back of the church next week. Please take one home and use the easy and fun resources to deepen your family's Lenten experience. Your prayers, fasting and almsgiving this Lenten season will help Catholic relief services continue to provide life-saving assistance in nearly 100 countries. You may bring your donation back to church on Palm Sunday or Holy Week.

Salesian Spirituality Morning

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 02/15/15

Saturday, February 28
9:00 am - 11:30am
Gesu Sullivan Center
Presented by Father Joe Newman and Father Alan Zobler, join us for this opportunity to explore Salesian Spirituality - an "everyday spirituality" for people in the world today. 

Ash Wednesday February 18, 2015

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 02/15/15

Mass and Distribution of Ashes:

7:00 am
8:15 am (School Mass)
7:00 pm

From The Desk of Father Marty

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 02/08/15

This is a busy month upon us. Here is a brief oversight.

Next weekend begins the Annual Catholic Appeal. You will be receiving letters in the mail soon encouraging your participation in this annual collection that helps fund so many ministries of the diocese. I'm sure we will have a "target quota" for the parish. It would sure be nice to reach it. Also, I like to set as a goal for greater participation by members of the parish. Having many people making a contribution, regardless of how much, can make a big difference. Please give this some thought and do what you can. I'm sure you will.
Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, occurs the following week, on February 18th. We will have some prayer resources available to assist you in your Lenten journey as well as opportunities for alsmgiving through the Catholic Relief Services. Prayer, fasting and almsgiving are all part of traditional practices of Lent. They are good opportunities to get our "spiritual houses" in order.
And the last day of February is the third in our series of Salesian Morning presentations by Frs. Joe Newman, OSFS and Alan Zobler, OSFS. They are preparing their presentations now on the Spirituality of St Francis de Sales. February 28th - hope you can make it.

Gesu School Open House

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 02/08/15

Sunday, March 2nd: Noon - 2 pm

Help spread the word about our Gesu School Open House! If you would like a new student packet or more information please contact Mrs Babka in the school office. 419 536 5634.


by Gesu Parish Toledo on 02/08/15

This is the week to bring your donations of used clothing, blankets, shoes, jackets, etc to Gesu School to "Fill The Truck". The Gesu 8th Graders are hosting a fundraiser in alliance with Easter Seals. The fundraiser will help to pay for their trip to Niagra Falls in May. 

Easter Seals will give Gesu 20 cents for every pound of  donated soft goods turned in. So, clean out your basements, closets and drawers and help us to FILL THE TRUCK!

Next Weekend Is Feed Your Neighbor Weekend

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 02/08/15

Please note that our food pantry is in need of spaghetti noodles, canned meats, beef stew, canned fruit and ravioli/spaghetti O's.
You may bring your items to Mass next weekend or to the rectory anytime during the week between 8 am and 4 pm. Your cash donations are also appreciated. We are grateful for any and all of your your help!

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

4:00 pm (Vigil)
 9:00 am & 11:30 am

7:00 am
8:00 am
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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

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.

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