Blog: Gesu Roman Catholic Parish + Toledo, Ohio
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 491-531-1421, Jenny Naylor at email@example.com or 419-267-1003 or Colleen Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org or 419-349-4624.
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!
Thanks so much to Susan DePompei and Carol Baibak for being available to make phone calls for volunteers had there been any funeral luncheons during the month of December. Thanks to all the volunteers.
Do not fret if you have not been called in quite some time. We do not have a lot of luncheons, so you will probably only be called once or twice a year. Each of you is a valuable asset to this program!
For those unable to attend the March For Life in Washington, DC, a special Mass for Life will be celebrated at Rosary Cathedral at 7pm on Wednesday, January 21. Msgr. William Kubacki will be the celebrant.
Bishop Thomas is leading a pilgrimage from the Diocese of Toledo to the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia in September. Details of the pilgrimage are still being finalized, but the September 22 - 27 trip includes round-trip bus transportation, hotel lodging and attendance at both conference and papal events.
Well, everything is back to normal now. The church tacken on its "normal look" and we are back "full swing" into Ordinary Time.
Currently the Windfall Raffle tickets are on sale after every Mass and daily from the rectory. Each ticket costs $50. This is the only major fundraiser to benefit the entire parish - church, buildings grounds, rectory - and the added funds help to supplement the income from the weekly collections, allowing for improvements we might otherwise not be able to make. Buy a ticket - and take tickets to family members or to places where you work or "hang out". You can also ask people to go in together and split the cost of a ticket. The more tickets sold, the bigger YOUR prize will be!
The Giving Tree was a huge success this year! Each name that was placed on the tree received four gifts with half the names coming from Catholic Charities and half from Gesu. Every family was given a gift card to Kroger to help with Holiday meals. There were 280 tags placed on the tree this year. Every wish was met and through the help of Gesu parishioners many families enjoyed a wonderful Christmas!
This years Book and Uniform Sale will take place on March 31 and April 1. We are once again looking for hard and soft back books, children's books, games, puzzles, DVD's, Gesu School Uniforms and similar items. NO MAGAZINES PLEASE.
Please note that our pantry is in need of canned meats, jelly and cereal.
There will be baskets at the doors for your food donations. There are also canisters at the doors for cash donations. Thank you for your help as we assist the needy in our area.
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 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.
Please call Dianna or e-mail email@example.com to update information or request a new parishioner registration form.
Whenever a county/city within the Diocese of Toledo is placed under a Level 3 Snow Emergency, during which all roadways are closed to non-emergency personnel, the Catholic Churches within that geographic region will cancel the scheduled Saturday Vigil, Sunday, or Holy Day Masses. Roman Catholics in that region, therefore, are dispensed from the obligation to attend Mass. If Masses are cancelled, Catholics are encouraged to participate in Holy Mass via television, radio, or internet, making a spiritual Communion. When Mass is cancelled, all other diocesan, parish, or school events in that geographic region are also cancelled.
We are just a few weeks away, the week of February 9th, the 8th graders of Gesu will be hosting a fundraiser in alliance with Easter Seals called "Fill the Truck". This fundraiser will go to help pay for their Niagara Falls trip in May. It is very simple, please begin to save old clothes, shoes, blankets, jackets, etc. that you are going to get rid of and bring them to Gesu that week. At the end of the week, Easter Seals will give Gesu School 20 cents for every pound of donations turned in. Please begin to save these items(tell your family, friends and neighbors)!!
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