Blog: Gesu Roman Catholic Parish + Toledo, Ohio
This coming weekend is our monthly Feed Your Neighbor collection. Non-perishable food items and monetary donations can be left at the entrances of the church before each Mass or dropped off any time at the rectory between 8 and 4:30. Please be as generous as you are able. The need in our area has been very great and is growing. Monetary donations are used to assist the needy with short-term financial help to pay utilities or housing and we recieve many requests for help each month. Our food pantry helps feed many families within the parish boundaries each week. Your generosity is appreciated!
Next weekend (July 19&20) Father Tim McIntire,OSFS will return to be celebrant for all Masses. We welcome Fr. Tim back to Gesu which was his home when he was a deacon - "learning the ropes" of the priesthood. Father Tim loved his time here at Gesu and our wonderful parish family, and he eagerly asked if he could come back for a weekend. Of course, this allows Fr. Marty some time to travel to New York to visit his mother. So, we welcome Fr. Tim and wish Fr. Marty a safe and happy mini-vacation!
A few "odds and ends"-
Some folks have asked about the patch of carpet in the middle of the marble steps in the front of each altar. Well (here's a little history lesson for you), you know that prior to the Second Vatican Council (Vatican II) the priest said Mass with his back to the congregation. He'd only face the altar and basically stand in one place - walking a little bit to the right and left, but pretty much remain stationary thoughout the entire Mass. My assumption is, to make it less stressful on the priest's feet (poor Father), and to not overly scratch and wear on the marble, a carpet insert was placed there for the priest to stand/walk on. When we restored the marble, we decided to keep the original integrity of the stonework, not fill it in with some other substance, and put carpeting when it was originally intended. So, there is your answer and a little history lesson to boot!
Over 70+ people attended the movie/presentation on Pope Francis a couple of Mondays ago. Those in attendance spanned the age gamut from recent high school grads to some of our senior parishioners. It was a very interesting film on the life and ministry of our Holy Father followed by some thought provoking reflection given by Fr. Cryan. I again thank Rob and Dana Loeb for initiating this gathering it was an enjoyable evening.
Finally, last weekend passed quietly as it marked my 2nd anniversary as your pastor. The first weekend in July 2012 was my initial weekend here at Gesu. It has been a wonderful two years for me and I've enjoyed all of it! I hope you have too!
Due to Independance Day, Eucharistic Adoration for the month of July is being moved to the second Friday of the month. Adoration will take place on Friday, July 11 immediately following 7am Mass and conclude at 9pm. There will not be Adoration on Friday, July 4th.
Dave Roth representing Diocesan Publications (our Bulletin Publisher) will be at the parish soon. He will be renewing present advertisments and seeking new ones. If you are interested, please call the parish office at 419 531 1421. Or, you may contact Dave directly at 614 715 3215 at email@example.com. We feel this is an excellent service and that sponsors get good coverage with their ads. THANKS TO YOU and DIOCESAN PUBLICATIONS, the weekly bulletin is published at no cost to the parish.
You are all invited to Family Movie Night in the Sullivan Center on Monday, June 30 from 7-9pm. We will be showing a 50 minute video about our Pope entitled, "Francis, The Pope from the New World" followed by remarks from Father Cryan. Bring the whole family! Light refreshments will be provided.
The Feed Your Neighbor Pantry is critically low on food items. This is not our usual Feed Your Neighbor collection weekend but we are in need of any non-parishable food items you are willing to donate especially canned meats, peanut butter and jelly, canned friuts, cereal, mac-n-cheese, pasta, canned beans, and canned tomatoes. Every week, the needy in our neighborhood humbly come to the rectory seeking assitance to feed their families. Please give what you are able.
Donations may dropped off near the doors of the Church before Mass or at the rectory Mon - Fri between 8 and 4:30.
Help is needed to pull weeds in the flower beds in front of the rectory, the church and the signs around the parish campus!!! We have new Black Eyed Susans to plant in front of the rectory but need those beds weeded first. You may have noticed that many of the weeds are getting bigger than the flowers and are threatening to take over! If you have a few hours bring your gloves and your favorite trowel and come help beautify Gesu. Get a jump on those service hours for next year. Questions??? Call Diana or Deb 419 531 1421.
Mass Impact Ohio invites you to spend some time each week preparing for Sunday Mass in a new way. The Live IT! 30/3 Challenge gives families the opportunity to spend 30 minutes, 3 times a week to talk, pray about and explore the scripture for the upcoming Sunday Mass. Every week there is a new Live IT Gathering Guide, a new Living IT episode showcasing the susequent Gospel message and a Live IT 180 video from a priest. You can sign up at massimpactohio.us. Do it for yourself and for your family and find new meaning in the Celebration of the Mass. Live IT!
Toledo YES Project is a non-profit organization that runs a summer service project aimed at helping those who are physically or financially unable to complete work around their home. Our participants are able to paint, both interior and exterior of houses; garden, clean, organize, and complete minor household repairs. If you or someone you know could use help, please contact the parish office or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Next weekend, Memorial weekend, marks the official start to the summer. I imagine that many will be away next weekend, perhaps opening up cottages that were shuttered last fall for the winter, or maybe just making it a long weekend enjoying the outdoors. Summer is a time for a change of pace, a change of scenery and maybe even a change of attitude as you "kick back" for a few days or a few weeks. We all need and certainly should take advantage of the opportunities for these summer days ahead of us.
But please, don't forget us, Gesu, while you are away. The parish is still open 24/7 (well, maybe not "24") and we count on your continued support even during the summer months - unfortunately the bill collector doesn't take the summer off! If you haven't already done so, I encourage you to enroll in our Direct Giving program. This assures the parish of your much-needed support on a regular basis throughout the summer, and all year long. The information needed to participate in this program is below. Please give it a look and after you think about it...DO IT!
Please note that our pantry is in need of canned meats, canned friuts, jelly, cereal, mac n cheese, pasta, spaghetti sauce. Our pantry is extremely low. Anything would be greatly appreciated.
There are baskets at the doors for your food donations. There are also canisters at the doors for your cash donations. You may also bring donations to the Rectory during the week. Thank you for your help as we help the needy in our area.
Gesu Altar was adorned with lovely Eastertide flowers for 11:00 Mass on May 8 celebrated by Fr. Lukas. A Happy Birthday gala for President Ann followed in the beautiful Sullivan Center where a delicious cake was presented with a serenade to mark her special day. Table tops were dotted with pretty Mothers Day floral centerpieces which lucky winners took home. Pizza was served while shouts of BINGO could be heard amid laughter and lively conversation. A surprised and delighted President Ann gave thanks for her greatest gifts; priests, officers, staff, volunteers, the people who create a vibrant community of good friends, her family and this scribe who has been privileged to write about the journey of Gesu 50+.
Meet your friends at noon, Thursday June 5, at the Olive Garden, 5120 Monroe St., Toledo, and order from the menu. Call President Ann Jozwiak 419-474-5147 or Secretary Dolores Kaitaniak 419-475-6537 with your reservation by May 28.
If you have an idea to present or a topic you would like explored by 50+ please share your thoughts with President Ann Jozwiak.
The 1st Annual Diocese of Toledo Women's Conference will be held May 17th from 8am-5pm and the Stroh Center at BGSU. A dynamic faith experience for women , ages 14 and up, featuring: A Children's Retreat, Young Women's Break-Out Session, Break-Out Session on Family, speakers, videos, live music, Eucharistic Adoration, Live Music with the Ignite Band, Mass, Reconcillation, vendors, Continental Breakfast, Lunch and More! A faith-filled way for friends, daughters, sisters, mothers, wives, grandmothers and granddaughters to deepen their relationship with Christ and each other. "Like" us at www.facebook.com/toledowomensconference. Call 419 244-6711 ext 715 to register over the phone.
Corpus Christi University Parish will again be offering $5,000 Christian Leadership Program Scholarships to twelve incoming Catholic freshmen at the University of Toledo. These sudents will also receive opportunies for spiritual formation, community service and leadership training. The 2014-2015 scholarship application is now available online under the student/faculty programs link at www.ccup.org. Any questions about the Christian Leadership Program can be directed to the program director: Father Phil Smith - email@example.com or 419 531-4992.
If you know of a veteran who is interred at CALVARY Cemetery and typically does not recieve a flag to honor their service OR if you are interested in helping distribute flags, please contact Dee Paulski at firstname.lastname@example.org or 419 843-7003. Thank you for your cooperation!
The Employment Ministry of Saint John XXII Parish is planning a very condensed and information-packed half day session for job seekers. Its purpose is two fold: to get your job search off to an effective start (if you're just beginning) and to give your efforts a recharge and improved effectiveness. The session will be held on Saturday, May 31, from 8:00 - 11:00 at Master Chemical Copporation. There is no cost, all are welcome. To register and receive materials, or for more information, contact Joe Catalano email@example.com as soon as possible. Pre-registration is essential to assure availability of handouts. Space is limited.
When was the last time you walked away from a faith event saying, "That was really amazing?" When you felt something really move you? IGNITE is an unforgettable evening of inspiring worship in the presence of Jesus Christ. Come experience the power of God truly alive and with us. Most Blessed Sacrament Parish will host these events the 2nd Tuesday of every month. The first IGNITE will be May 13 at 7 pm. Please bring a candle. Make the commitment to coming now. For more information go to massimpactohio.us.