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From The Desk of Father Marty

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 07/29/15

Dear Parishioners,

Every year the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops asks that we take one weekend of the year and celebrate World Mission Sunday. Gesu will celebrate Mission Sunday next weekend, Aug 1 and 2nd. This year, with our offering we are invited to reach out and help build up the Church in Mongolia. Yes, Mongloia, the world's youngest Catholic Church, as well as local churches throughout the missions, in the most remote and poorest areas of the world. Through the work of these churches, and their witness to Christ, the poor receive practical help and experience  God's love and mercy, his hope and peace.
We'll pray for the missions in a special way this coming weekend and for the Society for the Propogation of the Faith, the church organization that watches over and dispenses the funds that these needy churches receive through your generosity. Please come prepared next weekend to give generously to the Mission collection and pray for the good work of those who minister to others in the name of Jesus.
You can find out more information about the missions and Mission Sunday by visiting www.IAmAMissionary.org
God bless you and have a good week.
Fr. Marty 

Gesu Family Picnic 2015!

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 07/29/15

The annual Gesu Family Picnic will be Sunday, August 30, 2015 at 11:00am!

We will begin with outdoor Mass (weather permitting) and the picnic will immediately folow.
Hamburgers and Hotdogs will be provided.
Please bring a dish to share.
Volunteers are needed to set up, serve and clean up. Contact Laurie at skowronski@gesutoledo.com  if you are able to help.
***Please note that there will only be this 11:00 Mass on Aug 30. There will be no 9am or 11:30 Masses that day.

Gesu Boosters Golf Outing!

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 07/29/15

Don't forget the Annual Gesu Boosters Golf Outing is Saturday, August 29, 2015. Shotgun start is at 1:00pm.

Foursome - $240 (includes Golf/Cart/Dinner/Prizes for $60 per Golfer)!
Golf Captains and Hole Sponsors are needed.
Hole Sponsor - $150       Foursome and Hole Sponsor - $350
Contact John Williams at williaj2150@gmail.com   or 419.508.3871 for more details or to register.

From The Desk of Father Marty

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 07/23/15

Dear Parishioners,

I hope your summer is going well. It is often a time to relax and renew oneself but it can also be a time of transition. I'm thinking of "moving on", not for myself but for several families that are leaving Toledo, and Gesu. We pray God's blessing on them as they begin new chapters in their lives.
Also leaving us are our senior Masters of Ceremonies, our high school students who assist at the altar at Mass on Sundays. Several of them have graduated from high school and are heading on to college this fall.
I'm speaking specifically of ALEX DAVID, CHRIS KING, and DAN REILLY. These three guys have been very faithful MC's throughout the years and I'll be sad to see them "retire" as they go off to college. They are "good guys" and very willing to witness to their faith in service to their parish community. I thank them for their service, dedication and the care with which they performed their ministry. I've encouraged them to get involved in their parish community while at college. I'll be very interested in finding out how they've done in this regard when I see them on "home visits".
Continue to enjoy the summer, God bless you,
Fr. Marty

New MC's and Altar Servers Needed!

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 07/23/15

There is a need for any high school aged guys or girls to serve as Masters of Ceremonies and grade school aged (grades 5 - 8) boys and girls to serve as Altar Servers at Mass. All you need is a desire to serve and a willingness to commit to several Sundays throughout the year. Just call the parish office and we can set up a time for training. This is an important ministry to Gesu and most of those who serve find that they enjoy it very much!

For more information, call Dianna or Father Marty - 419.531.1421  

Gesu Underground BTS Sleepover

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 07/23/15

The Gesu Underground will host a back to school sleepover on Saturday, August 1st beginning at 5pm!

This event is open to any high school aged parishioner. Food and drinks are provided. All participants should bring a sweatshirt, lawn chair change of clothes, footballs/basketballs/soccerballs/etc. A few extra tents would be appreciated.
Please call Barb Gerken at 419.327.0608 with any questions or to RSVP.
 

From The Desk of Father Marty

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 07/13/15

Dear Parishioners,

Two weekends ago the "unusual" Open House of the rectory took place after all the weekend Masses. I thought it was a great success and a lot of fun! I'm grateful to Nancy Henkel who was a great hostess and organizer for the gatherings. As the people walked through the house, every floor and yes, every room, there were comments  like, Oh! Oh dear!, and Oh no!  It was helpful for me to see the rectory, both the offices and our living spaces, through the eyes of others, helpful, but not encouraging! Folks had many thoughts about what could be, and should be done in the rectory - and if we can get even a few of those accomplished, that will be great!
I did receive some generous offers of assistance in designing the kitchen, but if there are others from the parish who have experience in the mattters of home design (specifically kitchen updating) don't hesitate to offer your input. I hate picking out colors, carpeting, cabinets, flooring, appliances - basically everything to do with renovation - so I'm open - REALLY OPEN - to suggestions!
We're making progress and the company that is updating the heat and air conditioning controls in the church won't begin for a couple of weeks - so don't leave your sweaters at home just yet!
Have a great week,
Fr. Marty






Feed Your Neighbor Weekend

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 07/13/15

July 18 and 19 is Feed Your Neighbor Weekend. Baskets will be at the doors of the Church for your non-perishable food donations and cash donations are always needed. Thank you, for your support of this important ministry.

From The Desk of Father Marty

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 07/11/15

Dear Parishioners, 

Last week I mentioned that one of the first goals of the Gesu Pastoral Council was to review and update our Parish Mission Statement.  The Mission Statement is meant to be the "driving force" behind all we are and all we attempt to do as a parish commutniy.  After considerable prayer, reflection and discussion, the Council decided to modify our Mission Statement and develop one that truly "speaks" to us today. The results of our effort is as follows:

Gesu is a Roman Catholic Community guided by the spirit of St Francis de Sales who calls us to Live Jesus!
Inspired by our faith commitment, we share our diverse talents and gifts in service to one another.
As a Eucharistic family, nourished by the sacraments and the Word of God, we welcome all to our spiritual home.

This Mission Statement brings together what we felt are three essential elements of who we are at Gesu.
1) We are Catholic and Salesian. Proud of our Catholic faith and traditions and enlivened by the spirituality of St. Francis de Sales, who calls us to make Jesus "live again" through our personal lives.
2) We are committed to diversity and service. As a parish communtiy we are open to all and eager to serve one another, both those who are members of our community and those we call friends.
3) We place high vaue on the celebration of the liturgy, our intentional coming together and wish to welcome all who are one with us in prayer and fellowship.
We pray that our new parish Mission Statement will indeed guide us as we work with one another to build the Kingdom of God together.
Fr. Marty

Anuual Gesu Boosters Golf Outing

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 07/11/15

Attention Golfers
Participate In The Gesu Boosters Golf Outing
And Receive A Bonus Trail Pass
August 29, 2015 @ Ottawa Park Golf Course - Shotgun Start @ 1pm
Golf Captains and Hole Sponsors Needed
Foursome - $240 ($60/golfer includes Golf/Cart/Dinner/Prizes)
Hole Sponsorship - $150     Foursome & Hole Sponsor - $350
***Each golfer will receive a bonus trail pass - 4 Free Rounds per Player***
Contact John Williams at williaj2150@gmail.com   or 419 508 3871 for more details.

Gesu All 80's Class Reunion

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 07/11/15

The Gesu Class of 1985 invites all Classes from '80 - '89 to a reunion on Aug 15, 2015.

4pm Mass (with songs from Glory and Praise)
5pm School Tour
5:30 - 8:30 Bring your own picnic to the Ottawa Park Shelter
(no alcohol a per park rules)
Families and Parents are welcome!

From Fr Marty - Parish Council

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 07/02/15

Dear Parishioners,

This past spring I did get the Gesu parish council "up and running", but I recently realized that I hadn't shared with the parish who was on the council. I'll do that now! Our council consists of:
Sara Best Nicole Gelardi
Dennis Isabell, Sr. John Lewandowski
Gwen Mays Lee Mitchell
Odessa Rowan Bob Siebenaller
Julie Toney Susan Wetli

These folks represent a good cross section of the parish community and are eager to serve our parish. They want to build on the great past and help move Gesu into a great future. I appreciate their willingness to "roll up their sleeves" and work for our parish family. They have already helped revise our Gesu Parish Mission Statement which I'll share with you next week.
God Bless,
Fr. Marty

From The Desk of Father Marty

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 07/02/15

Dear Parishioners,

I want to express my thanks for a great celebration of my 35th anniversary of ordination that took place last week. The refreshments were great, the photos were "memorable", and the comments warmly received. After 20 years in high school ministry at St Francis de Sales and 13 years as vocation director for the oblates, these past three years as pastor of Gesu have been a climax as well as a new challenge. I've enjoyed the past three years and look forward to the years to come.
As people were leaving church this past weekend some people mistakenly said, "Congratulations on your retirement, Father, I mean, your anniversary"! I wonder if there was a hidden message there? July 1st marks the start of my 4th year with you. Time does fly when you're having fun! We've accomplished a lot in the past 3 years and are looking forward to what's ahead.
Finally as we look forward to the celebration of the 4th of July, let us thank God for all of our freedoms, especially the freedom to worship together every weekend. And let us pray that those freedoms will always be protected and valued by each of us!
God Bless,
Fr. Marty

Change for July Eucharistic Adoration

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 07/02/15

Due to the July 4th Holiday Weekend, Eucharistic Adoration for July is being moved to Friday, July 10th. Adoration will begin immediately following 7am Mass and continue until 9:00pm. All are welcome!

Confirmation 2016

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 07/02/15

Our Confirmation date is set for Saturday, April 16, 2016, at 4:00 in our Gesu Church! Mark your calendars!!! Preparations for this glorious day start NOW!

Information regarding service hours and more can be found in the parking lot side entrance bulletin board. Please feel free to help yourself.
All meetings and retreats are mandatory to the completion of your preparation for this special day.
I am looking forward to a great year. If you need to contact me, the best email is skowronski@gesutoledo.com.
If you know of others who are intending to make their Confirmation, please have them contact me asap!
Thank you,
Laurie Skowronski

Seeking Future Fish Fry Comittee and Parish Volunteers

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 07/02/15

We are looking for some new volunteers to head up the Lenten Fish Frys for 2016! We would like to put together a comittee. If you would like to be involved please contact Fr Marty or Dianna at the rectory 419 531 1421.

The Fish Frys not only allow people to be involved with the parish, but also allow the parish to host and welcome others to our Gesu community. They are a great community builder (as well as a great fund raiser for the parish).

50+ On Vacation Until September

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 07/02/15

The 50+ Club will not meet over the summer. The next meeting will be in September. Watch the Church Bulletin in August for details about the next meeting.

Catholic War Veterans Need Your Help!

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 05/18/15

The Catholic War Veterans are in need of our help to distribute approximately 8,000 flags at Calvary Cemetary for the upcoming Memorial Day holiday. The distribution will begin on Thursday, May 21st at 10:00AM and continue daily until all graves are appropriately marked. The WWII Veterans who have done this for years are simply no longer able to participate in the task. If you can spare any time to help continue this honored tradition, they will be truly grateful for your help! For more information, please contact Dee Pakulski at vetsandpets2@aol.com  or 419-410-7384. Many thanks for your consideration of our heroes, living and deceased.

From The Desk of Father Marty

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 05/18/15

Dear Parishioners,

Our parish drive for the restoration and refurbishing of the sanctuary, church HVAC system and rectory updating is going very well. I am humbled and impressed by the generosity of you, our parishioners, as well as the support from across the parish that this project is receiving. I am confident that we will make our goal of raising $100,00 by our target date of May 31st. Regardless of the amount that you can contribute, know that any amount is greatly appreciated and will be put to very good and needed use. 
When we celebrated 1st Communion a few weeks ago, there were a number of people from out of town who commented on how beautiful they found our church. We certainly aim to keep it that way. Your participation in our fund drive helps.
Thank you!

Northwest Ohio Scholarship Fund

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 05/18/15

Did you know that your child may qualify for a Northwest Ohio Scholarship Fund scholarship for the 2015-2016 school year? Need-based scholarships worth up to $1,500 per child are available for students who reside in Allen, Crawford, Defiance, Erie, Fulton, Hancock, Henry, Huron, Lucas, Ottawa, Paulding, Putnam, Richland, Sandusky, Seneca, Van Wert, Williams, Wood or Wyandot County for private school grades K-8.

To apply online visit www.NOSF.org or contact the Northwest Ohio Scholarship Fund office at 419-720-7048. The deadline to apply is Friday, May 29, 2015.

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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
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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@firstinsurancegrp.
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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