Blog: Gesu Roman Catholic Parish + Toledo, Ohio
This weekend we "turn the corner" on November (already!) and begin to start looking towards Thanksgiving! How fast the time passes! There was a lot going on this weekend here at the parish. We had the Salesian Spiritualtiy presentation on Saturday morning and the Sacrament of Annointing of the Sick at each Mass. I trust that those who were able to attend and participate in either or both of these opportunities benefitted from them. I'm sure you did.
This past Wednesday I held an initial meeting with some parishioners to talk about the formation of the Pastoral Council. It has taken a long time for me to get this started but now we are in motion. I'll share more information down the road, but just wanted you to know that what I promised to begin, last year is finally seeing the light of day! Please pray for the parish as we begin to put this together for the benefit of the entire parish community.
Have a good week. and start thinking now about what you should be giving thanks for all year long!
Monday, December 1, 2014 at Gesu Parish
- Priest Dinner at 5:00 in the Sullivan Center
- Evening Prayer Celebration at 7pm in the Church - All Are Welcome!
- Public Reception Following Prayer Service
- Wednesday, December 10, at 7:00pm at Gesu
- Sunday, December 14, at 3:00pm at Christ the King
All are invited to 11:00 Mass on December 4 and to join friends afterward for a Christmas luncheon in the Sullivan Center. Baked Chicken, green beans, mashed potatoes, a relish dish and coffee and tea will be served for $10 per person. Listen to the magical sounds of Christmas as Gesu students entertain you with holiday music. Please bring cookies without nuts for the singers. Send your non-refundable payment by Nov 24 to Ann Jozwiak 3029 Sherbrooke, Toledo OH 43606. Questions? Call President Ann Jozwiak 419 474 5147 or Secretary Dolores Kaitaniak 419 475 6537.
Greetings and Blessings to all. Thanksgiving Mass will be celebrated 9am on Thanksgiving Morning. The choir, cantor and instrumentalists will all be there to give praise to God. I hope you can attend Mass that morning too. If you do, please bring a canned good or dry good to Mass and place it in front of the altar on the white cloth. At the end of Mass, Fr. Zobler will bless the food and it will be distributed to needy families from our food pantry. What better way to give thanks to God for all He has done for you, by the blessing forward of food for the needy.
- The School Musicals (FAME jr. and the Wizard of OZ) will take place from Thursday, Nov 20 - Saturday, Nov 22. Be sure to order your tickets before they are sold out!!!
- Parent/Teacher Conferences: Monday, November 24th.
- There is NO SCHOOL for students the entire week of November 24th. The last day of school before Thanksgiving Vacation will be Friday, November 21st and we will return to school on Monday, November 1st.
St Agnes Deanery hosts an unforgetable evening of inspiring worship in the presence of Jesus Christ. You are invited to come experience the power of God truly alive and with us. Join us the 2nd Tuesday of each month at most Blessed Sacrament Parish. The next IGNITE will be held this Tuesday, November 11 at 7pm. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is available prior to and during the service. Please bring a candle. Make the commitment now. For more information go to MassImpactOhio.us.
Mark your calendar for Gesu's annual Breakfast with Santa. The event will be on Sunday, Dec 14. Reservation forms will be in the bulletin soon!
Ethan Bevington is the son of Jennifer and Mark Bevington of Ottawa Hills, a member of Gesu Church and a graduate of St John's Jesuit Academy. Ethan is a member of National Honor Society, the Quiz Bowl team,and a core team member of Campus Ministry. He has achieved the rank of Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America, is the President of Junior State of America and the Teen Institute Club. Ethan has been a member of the cross country and tennis teams at St Francis. He plans to study economics at Harvard, Yale or the University of Pennsylvania.
On Saturday, November 15 Gesu will host the second Salesian Spirituality Morning presentation on the spirituality of St Francis de Sales in the Gesu Sullivan Center from 9am - 11:30am.
The presentation will be given by Fr Alan Zobler, OSFS and Fr Joseph Newman, OSFS. They'll do a great job presenting the spirituality of St Francis de Sales and how it can joyfully be lived today!
There is no cost to attend, a free will offering will be taken up.
We hope you can join us the morning of November 15, 9:00am - 11:30am.
November 7 is the first friday of the month and Gesu will once again be offering Eucharistic Adoration in the Church immediately following 7am Mass until 9pm. Stop in any time for some quiet, personal, spiritual time before our Lord in the Blessed Saccrament.
After 11:00 Mass on Nov 6, join your friends for a potluck. A-H bring salad, I-R a hot dish and S-Z bring dessert. Bring $2 to pick your lucky card and have fun playing BINGO. Veterans - please be the guest of 50+ for this potluck. We honor and thank you for your service. Questions?? Call Anne Jozwiak 419 474-5147 or Dolores Kaitaniak 419 475-6537.
The weekend of November 15/16, at all the Masses we will celebrate the Sacrament of the Annointing of the Sick. The sacrament is for all who are experiencing any physical ailments and wish to receive the prayer of the Church. Be it one experiencing serious illness, regularly as that illness persists, anticipating serious surgery, recovering from surgery, or experiencing the difficulties of aging, (don't these conditions identify just about all of us?) Whatever the case may be, you are "eligible" and encouraged to receive this healing sacrament. The sacrament isn't magic! (Although miracles do happen!) The sacrament is meant to assure the individual that in their time of difficulty, is not alone - the Church, and therefore, Jesus Christ himself, walks with you in this part of your life's journey.
November begins with the feasts of All Saints and All Souls. These two days are meant to remind us that the bonds of faith do not end in death but that those who have preceded us in death are still bound to us in the Communion of Saints. We believe that those who have received the promise of Baptism, and those known only to God, are a part of this great communion and we too will be when the Lord comes to take us home. Around the church are the names of parishioners who died this past year. They are still a part of us. Pray to them and for them, as I'm sure those who see the face of God, pray for us.
- Priest Dinner at 5 pm in the Sullivan Center
- Evening Prayer Celebration at 7 pm in the Church - All Are Welcome
- Public Reception following
On Saturday, November 15 Gesu will host the second Salesian Mornings presentation on the spirituality of St. Francis de Sales in the Gesu Sullivan Center from 9 am - 11:30 am.
The presentation will be given by Fr. Alan Zobler, OSFS and Fr. Joseph Newman, OSFS. They'll do a great job presenting the spirituality of St. Francis de Sales and how it can be lived out joyfully today!
There is no cost to attend, a free will offering will be taken up.
Hope you can enjoy the morning of November 15, 9am - 11:30 am.
Nov 9 8:30-12:30 in the Sullivan Center. If you have not registered your child for the sacrament by filling out a pink registration please contact Laurie Skowronski ASAP. firstname.lastname@example.org
Come pray the Living Rosary with the Confirmation candidates and their families on Nov 2 at 7:30 in the Church. All are welcome!
This Sunday was Priesthood Sunday. As a special way to show our priests how much we care about them, a special blessing was given at each Mass. Also, cards were made available for parishioners and friends to offer prayer intentions to the Oblates of our Parish. These cards will be left in the back of the Church all week and also next weekend for anyone who wishes to fill one out. They will then be offered as a Spiritual Bouquet to our priests.
To our beloved priests:
As a community of faith we join together in praying for you in a special way. A Spiritual Bouquet is being sent your way to let you know that we care. You are in our thoughts, in our hearts and especially in our prayers. We also want to express our gratitude for your faithful service and generosity in offering your lives for us.
To the Oblates of St Francis de Sales, we wish to thank you for giving us such dedicated priests. We are very grateful for the humble service of our pastor, Fr Marty Lukas, our former pastor, Fr Jim Cryan and Fr Alan Zobler and Fr Bob Schramm.
We love you, we admire you, we respect you and we are truely grateful for everything you have done for us and Gesu Parish. We will continue to pray that you and our parish will be abundantly blessed.
The people of Gesu