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Religious Education News/ Sacrament Updates

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 03/06/14

March 23
First Eucharist Retreat 8:30 - 12:30/Sullivan Center/Parent & Child
April 11
Confirmation Prayer Vigil & Reconciliation 6:30 pm/Church
April 12
Sacrament of Confirmation @ Most Holy Rosary Cathedral 11 am

Thank You From The Funeral Luncheon Committee

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 03/06/14

Thank you to Lisa Husted and Kathy Wetli for making calls to volunteers for the February funeral luncheon, and to Sue Kertz for chairing the luncheon.  Those who also prepared food, and/or set up or cleaned up are Mary Ellen Peters, Teri Thourot, Cindy Beans, Odessa Rowan, Ann Russo, Mary Porter, Annette Pollauf, Grace Westrick, Nancy Douglas, Faye Fenwick, Chickie Lenga, Gwen Mays, Dee Huffman, Margaret McCready, Janet Muto, Barb Stengle, Carol Baibak, Jill Sholl, Pat Sahadi, John Schaffer, Mary Beth Wetli, Peggy Sturgeon, Janet Clark, Denise Coyle, Kay Lavey-Kruzel, Susan Wetli, Shari McCague, and George Kertz.  Thanks so much for helping!!

Won't you please consider being part of this valuable parish ministry.  If you would be willing to help, please call the Rectory.

Next Weekend Is Feed Your Neighbor Collection Weekend

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 03/06/14

Please not that our food pantry is in need of Peanut butter, Jelly, Cereal, Spaghetti Sauce and Canned meat.  These are the items we are extremely low on.

Please bring your items to Mass next 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!

Gesu Book Discussion Group

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 03/06/14

What does it mean to be an "intentional disciple?"
How will a church full of "intentional disciples" change Gesu?

During Lent, why not commit yourself to our book discussions group one night a week?
We'll explore this topic and more as we read Sherry Weddell's Forming Intentional Disciples:  The Path to Knowing and Following Jesus.

Thursdays at 7 pm, starting March 13
In the Rainbow Room (Rectory Basement)
Books will be available at the first meeting or can be purchased at Churchill's or Reger's.
For more information, contact Margaret McCready ( 
Cherie Spino (

Religious Education News/ Sacrament Updates

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 03/06/14

March 23
First Eucharist Retreat 8:30 - 12:30/Sullivan Center/Parent & Child
April 11
Confirmation Prayer Vigil & Reconciliation 6:30 pm/Church
April 12
Sacrament of Confirmation @ Most Holy Rosary Cathedral 11 am

Ash Wednesday Masses

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 03/05/14

7 am

8:15 am

7 pm

Reader Friends Needed!

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 02/11/14

Share the magic of reading!  

Read For Literacy is looking for volunteers to read with children ages 3-8 at Gesu School and other Toledo-area schools.  Call 419-242-7323 or email readfl@toledolibrary.orgto find out how you can help share the magic of reading!
Volunteers are paired with preschoolers, kindergartners, 1st graders, or 2nd-graders to read one-on-one with them to develop literacy skills they need to become successful readers.  Volunteers are trained to help develop these vitally important literacy skills.
It will be your favorite hour of the week!  We will provide the training!
Read For Literacy
325 N. Michigan St.
Toledo, OH  43604

Spirituality of St. Francis de Sales

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 02/11/14

Would you like to find out more about St. Francis de Sales, the Oblates and what we mean by Salesian Spirituality?  Next Saturday morning, February 22nd, a Pre-Lenten presentation on the Spirituality of St. Francis de Sales will be offered here at Gesu for our parishioners and those from other parishes and schools in the area that are under the care of Oblates.  The presentation, titled Salesian Spirituality: 101, will give you an "inside look" at the spirituality of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales - perhaps you'll find out what makes us Oblates "different" - different in a good way!  It is a spirituality that is custom made for laity too!!

The presentation will be given by two young dynamic Oblates, Fr. Alan Zobler, OSFS and Fr. Joe Newman, OSFS.  They'll do a great job presenting the background of Salesian Spirituality, the man who formed it, and how it can be lived out "joyfully" today!  They'll make the presentation "joyful" I'm sure!  It will be a good morning for all.  The presentation will be held from 9:00 am - 11:30 am in the Sullivan Center.  No cost to attend, a free will offering will be taken up.

My hope is that the insights received from this presentation will offer a new spiritual perspective on life and equip you for the Lenten Season that will soon be upon us.

Hope you can join us next Saturday, Feb. 22, for this spiritual time together.


Fr. Marty

Used Book And Uniform Sale

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 02/06/14

Gesu School will once again host a used book and uniform sale.  This sale will take place on March 25 and 26 in the Sullivan Center.  Your help is needed!!  Donations of books, tapes, games, puzzles, DVD's and school uniforms can be dropped off in the school foyer or the back of the church.  We also need  VOLUNTEERS to help man the sale.  If you can help or have questions please call Virginia Coyne at 419-536-447.

Apples For The Students/FoodTown Stores

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 02/06/14

Gesu School PTO is continuing its enrollment with the "Apples for the Students Program" sponsored by Foodtown.

When you shop any FOODTOWN store just save your register receipt, drop them off at the parish office, school office or in the collection baskets at Mass. We will do the rest in working towards educational awards through this program. Thanks to the many of you who are supporting this program.

We will collect register tapes through April 1, 2014.

Next Weekend Is Feed Your Neighbor Collection Weekend

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 02/06/14

Please note that our food pantry is in need of peanut butter, jelly and canned meats.

Please bring your items to Mass next 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!

Eucharistic Ministers and Lectors

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 02/06/14

I will be working on the new schedule soon.  Please submit any requests for March, April and May no later than February 14th.  Please be aware that the Easter Season falls during this schedule,  if you have a special request, please let me know.  Barbara Pedigo, 419-539-7737,  God Bless

Assisted Listening Available Here!

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 02/06/14

A reminder that personal assistive listening devices are now available here at the parish. Ear pieces can be found on the tables at the back of church. There are several styles to choose from. Please check them out and see which device suits you best. Then let us know and we'll order it for you. For personal hygiene reasons, we recommend that people purchase their own earpiece (the cost is about $15 a piece).

Also encourage those you might know who have difficulty hearing to come to Gesu for Mass as now we can accommodate their hearing for their better participation in Sunday Mass.

Swingmania Valentine's Dance!

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 02/06/14

Swingmania is back!! Get on your dance shoes and dance the night away. On Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7 pm in the Sullivan Center, Swingmania will be providing the big band sounds that make our toes tap and feet dance. This is the third time Swingmania is appearing and this year is going to be special because it's Valentine's Day. Bring your sweetheart and dance, dance, dance! Beer and snacks will be provided. Cost per ticket is $12. There is a limit of 300 tickets. You can call: 419-450-0418 to reserve your tickets or purchase them at the door the night of the dance.

Christmas Flower Fund

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 11/22/13

Remember a deceased friend or family member this year with a Christmas Flower.  As in previous years, the Flower Fund is used not only for flowers, but also for banners, candles, and other decorations to beautify the Church for this holy season.

Donor Name:____________________________________________________

Address: _______________________________________________________

Phone: _________________________________________________________

In Memory of: ___________________________________________________


Please return to the Rectory Office or drop in the collection basked. 

 Thank You!

Geus's Tenth Annual Giving Tree

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 11/22/13

As you consider all of the places to share the light of Christ this season, please consider the Gesu Parish Giving Tree.

Beginning next weekend thru Wednesday, December 11th, we will once again have the opportunity to help people from our parish, school and community share in the spirit of Christ.  A tree adorned  with tags of hope is located in the back of the church.  Each family member has 4 tags of needs and wants hanging in faith.  If every Gesu member chooses just one tag, every need will be met and every wish will be fulfilled.

It's easy.... Take a tag.... return the wrapped gift with the original tree tag by Wednesday, December 11th so they can be distributed to the families on time.  The gift can be returned to the church and placed under the tree; to the Rectory Office M-F between 8--4, or to the school office.

If you have any questions, please contact Kim Ertle: 419-531-1464 Nights; 419-724-9851 Days; or or Heidi Best: 419-537-9258 evenings or


by Gesu Parish Toledo on 11/20/13

This year Gesu School is doing a fundraiser called Build-A-Stocking.  We are doing this to help and support the homeless people of Toledo.  Some of the supplies we need donated are:  toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, conditioner, candy canes and of course, socks!

We were wondering if you could be so kind as to donate and help the homeless.  Last year, we made 93 pairs of socks filled with toiletries.  We tied them with a candy cane and attached a card.  Then they were given out downtown.  So please be a generous donor and help the homeless have a little Christmas cheer.

This is all due on December 8th.  Please bring to Mass, drop off at the school office or bring to the Rectory.  Thank you!

Parish Registration

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 11/19/13

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 or 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.


Breakfast With Santa

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 11/19/13

Sunday, December 15th

9:30 am - 11:30 am

Gesu Sullivan Center

Order form found at

Cost in advance with reservation:  $5 per person, $20 maximum per family

Cost at the door:  $7 per person, $25 maximum per family

Includes breakfast, visit with Santa, Stories with Mrs. Claus and crafts.

Please make your reservation by Friday, December 13th.

Donations For The Victims Of Typhoon Haiyan In The Philippines

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 11/19/13

Our diocesan Catholic Charities is accepting donations for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.  Those wishing to donate to relief efforts distributed by Catholic Relief Services may donate by mailing or delivering donations to Catholic Charities, 1933 Spielbusch Ave., Toledo, OH  43604.  Please make checks payable to Catholic Charities, Diocese of Toledo and  marked Typhoon Haiyan.  According to Rodney Schuster, Director of Catholic Charities, Diocese of Toledo, 100% of the donations will go directly to Catholic Relief Services to help victims of the typhoon.  You may also text the word RELIEF to 25383 to make a $10 donation that will be charged to you phone bill.

Easter Triduum

Holy Thursday 
7 pm (NO 7 am Mass)

Good Friday
Noon Stations of the Cross
2 pm Passion of the Lord

Holy Saturday
Noon Blessing of the Food
8:30 pm Easter Vigil

Easter Sunday
9 am & 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 Lenten Fish Frys!
Every Friday thru Lent
March 7 - April 11

4:30 - 7 pm in Loyola Hall
Take out available!
Adults - $9
Children - (10 & under) $4
Senior - $5
Alaskan Pollock, mac-n-cheese, fries, coleslaw, peaches, bread and butter, juice, water or coffee.  Optional entree/cheese pizza.  The 6th graders will be selling desserts with proceeds supporting Camp Store trip.
As always volunteers are needed!  We couldn't do it without you!  We need help with set up, serving food, take out and clean up.  Please contact Colleen Williams at 419-349-4624 or e-mail or Jenny Naylor at 419-367-1003 or e-mail

St. Agnes Deanery
Lent 2014
Penance Services

St. Clement
3/9 @ 12:30 pm

St. John the Baptist
3/30 @ 3 pm

Christ the King
4/6 @ 3 pm
4/9 @ 7:30 pm

Corpus Christi
3/31 @ 7:30 pm

St. Pius X
4/4 @ 7 pm

4/6 @ 4pm