Blog: Gesu Roman Catholic Parish + Toledo, Ohio
Visit Us in Person!
Gesu School
Sullivan Ctr.

Gesu Roman Catholic Parish + + © 2012
Gesu  is a Roman Catholic parish administered by the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales.  We present the face of Jesus Christ to Toledo through our diversity and our common faith.  We inscribe the Holy Name of Jesus on our hearts so that through worship, education and service the Savior may be seen walking the earth again.
Celebrate Mass with Us
Gesu Roman Catholic Parish
Bookmark and Share

Blog: Gesu Roman Catholic Parish + Toledo, Ohio

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
(Note:there is no Fish Fry on Friday, March 20)
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!

Religious Education News 2015 Sacramental Events

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 02/03/15

First Eucharist:

March 15:  First Eucharist Retreat, Parent and Child 8:30-12:30

April 25, First Eucharist Rehearsal 6:30 - 7:30 in church

April 29, First Eucharist Rehearsal 6:30 - 7:30 in church

May 3, Sacrament of First Eucharist at 11:30 Mass

**a change of date from original calendar



February 8: Sponsor and Candidate retreat 9-3 pm

March 3-8: Confirmations folders due

March 29: Confirmation Banners due

April 16: Reconciliation and Prayer Vigil, 6:30, church

April 17: Sacrament of Confirmation in Gesu church 7:00

Reception to follow in Sullivan Center


Deanery Penance Services

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 02/03/15


*Sunday, March 15, at 3 pm at St. Catherine of Siena

*Wednesday, March 25, at 7 pm at Regina Coeli (during Multi-Parish Mission)

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.

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, 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 or 491-531-1421, Jenny Naylor at or 419-267-1003 or Colleen Williams at or 419-349-4624.


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

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
2049 Parkside Boulevard
Toledo, Ohio 43607
419-531-1421 + Fax 419-531-0270 +
Gesu School:  
Gifts for Many
Visit our elementary school's website and learn why for the past 91 years Gesu parishioners and greater Toledo families have entrusted their children's faith and educational development to Gesu School.
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.

State Of The Parish
​(Click Here To Read)