Blog: Gesu Roman Catholic Parish + Toledo, Ohio
Bible Study will end in May with big breaks from Thanksgiving to after New Year and Holy Week and Easter.
Dennis Isabell II is the new facilitator.
This is an excellent opportunity for former CHRP and RCIA members and everyone else. Mean and women of all ages are invited. Call Ann Zirker at 419-474-8273 or email@example.com or Ann Pajella at 419-537-0099. Session meet in the Rainbow Room in the Rectory on Tuesday's from 7:30 to 8:30 or 9pm.
Pancake Breakfast - Sunday, October 22 from 10 am - 11:30 am. In the Sullivan Center. Join us-- All are welcome!
Please note that our food pantry is in need of personal items like single roll toilet paper, shampoo, tooth paste, bars of soap and deodorant and we are in need of can vegetables.
Please bring in 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!
Please remember in prayer Eleanor Harbaugh, whom departed us to be with the Lord on September 30, 2017. Also, please remember in prayer Eunice McKenna, whom departed us to be with the Lord on October 7, 2017. May they rest in peace. Amen
Interested in being an OUTREACH MINISTER and serving the needs of our parish family? Your prayerful consideration to off your time and talents are appreciated.
Listed are just a few of the many needs of our parishioners. Let us know what service you could occasionally provide by placing an "X" on the line.
_____ Transportation to and from church
_____ Shopping errands: to grocery/pharmacy/post office
_____ Out door grounds work: (i.e. mowing, raking, shoveling, garbage to curb)
_____ Light housework/handyman projects
_____ Transportation: to necessary appointments
_____ Bring Communion to homebound
_____ Volunteer at Helping hands the 1st Friday of the month
September Adoration will be on Sept 8 and NOT September 1. Please mark your calendars.
Just a couple of things to mention this week-
With the beginning of August this past week, we are entering into the home stretch of the summer! Hardly seems possible, doesn't it?
As you can see, the work was completed on various sections of the parking lot and driveways. Our Rectory dining room was painted and updated over the summer and there was the normal painting and cleaning from top to bottom of the school - ready now to receive students for the 2017- 18 school year that begins next week on August 22 - only 10 more days of summer vacation for our Gesu students. WOW!
Looking ahead a little, please mark your calendar for the annual parish, end of the summer picnic. This year it will be on Sunday, August 27 - having a 4:00 PM Mass on Saturday but only one Mass on Sunday morning at 11:00AM - outside. Make a little note of it now and plan to attend. That way you won't be among the folks that come strolling in during the homily - thinking it is the regular 11:30 - (and being really late for Mass that morning)! Keep checking the bulletin for information about the picnic, you'll be asked to bring a side dish as the parish provides the meat.
Also, a couple of weeks ago I wrote about the funeral practices allowed by the Catholic Church. I mentioned that cremation is an acceptable practice and how to properly honor and treat one's remains. What I failed to mention is that it is also acceptable to donate one's body to science. In situations like this, the institution that received the body for study will cremate the remains when finished and will return them to the family for proper disposition. I just wanted you to know this particular detail on the topic.
That's all for this week - gotta get out and enjoy these final days of summer!
Blessings to you all,
RCIA, Rite Of Christian Initiation Of Adults)
Are you a baptized Catholic wishing to receive the Sacraments of Confirmation and/or Eucharist?
Do you know someone who is interested in joining the Catholic Church? Invite them to look into the RCIA.
Are you married to a Catholic and have been attending Mass with your family? This is an opportunity to learn more about the Church. Would you just like to learn more about what it means to be a Catholic Christian?
For more information, please call
Margaret McCready at 419-260-6170
or the parish office at 419-531-1421.
If your son or daughter will be in the 2nd or 8th grade this upcoming school year and is ready to make the sacrament (s) of First Reconciliation and First Eucharist, or Confirmation than you need to send and email to: firstname.lastname@example.org for registration and more information. Don't wait, register now!!
If you have any questions regarding your child's eligibility please email Laurie Skowronski at: email@example.com, be sure to include a phone number in which I can reach you.
Help us welcome Mia Marie Morris, Daughter of Ryan and Heidi Morris. Mia was baptized on July 30, 2017.
Also, help welcome Parker Robert Thomas, Son of Craig and Cathryn Thomas. Parker was baptized on July 30, 2017
To report any suspected or actual sexual abuse of a minor by Diocesan personnel, immediate contact should be made with local civil authorities, and with the Toledo Diocesan Victim Assistance Coordinator, Mr. Frank DiLallo. He can be reached at 419-243-2150 (private line) or 419-244-6711, ext. 4880 in the Toledo calling area, or 1-800-926-8277, ext. 4880 (Outside Toledo but Within Ohio).
I was recently asked about the practice of cremation of a body at death. "Is it allowed?" "It certainly wasn't when I was young." "What does the church say about it?" I thought a few remarks would be in order.
The "Order of Christian Funerals" states, "Since in baptism the body was marked with the seal of the Trinity and became a temple of the Holy Spirit, Christians respect and honor the bodies of the dead and the places where they rest." "Dignity and respect and never despair" should always surround the funeral rites. And, "for the final disposition of the body, it is the ancient Christian custom to bury or entomb the bodies of the dead; cremation is permitted, unless it is evident that cremation was chosen for anti-Christian motives". OCF
So, some commentary... Since 1963, Catholics have been allowed to choose cremation over burial as a means of laying a loved one to rest. Cremation is a popular choice since recently.
However, some Catholics have not been dealing properly with their loved ones remains. Common practices include scattering ashes, parting ashes out to friends and relatives, and keeping the ashes in a common area, such as a living room.
Therefore some new guidelines were issued by the Church. Burial is still preferred, but cremation is an option. When a loved one has been cremated, their ashes must be kept intact, the same as one would treat a body. The ashes may not be separated or scattered. Instead, they should remain in a proper vessel that is interred in a proper place, such as a cemetery or church. Only the bishop can authorize and exception to this storage requirement in extraordinary circumstances.
The problem is that people have come to see scattering of their ashes as allowing a "fusion" of them with nature, or that death is a form of liberation from the body. These ideas are not Catholic. Ashes cannot be scattered because it gives the appearance of "pantheism, naturalism, or nihilism."
Finally, the guidelines stress that Catholics who choose cremations for reasons contrary to the faith, (e.g., to have their ashes scattered) must be denied a Catholic funeral.
There you have it. Too much for a summer weekend? Hope not...
11:00 Outdoor Mass with food and frolicking to follow! Put it on your calendar now!!
Details in upcoming bulletins!
Please remember in prayer Suzanne Tyner, who departed us to be with the Lord on June 19, 2017. Eternal rest grant unto her O Lord, and let your perpetual light shine upon her. May she rest in peace. Amen
Welcome our newest members of Gesu Church
Lucille Marie Killam, Daughter of Matthew & Brooke Killam. Lucille was baptized on May 28, 2017.
Congratulations and Welcome to or Gesu Family!
Join me as we welcome the following into our Gesu family!
Adam, Michelle, Linus and Simon Schroeder!
Michelle said, "Fr. Marty and the parishioners were so friendly and welcoming. We felt like part of the parish community right away because of all the people that took the time to greet us and introduce themselves.
Also Welcome Matt, Brooke and Lucy Killam!
Brooke said, " Matt, Lucy and I are thrilled to become parishioners of Gesu! Many of our friends and family hold Gesu in high regards; on recommendation from those we love, we decided that Gesu would be the parish that we raise our daughter in and grow together as a family of faith and love."
Also Welcome Tyler, Megan and Murphy McKean
Morgan said, "We chose Gesu for the traditional Catholic Mass that we grew up with, as well as the close proximity to home. During the Masses that we have attended, people were very kind and welcoming. With a new baby we are looking to place roots in a church similar to those that we were raised in. We are very excited!"
Welcome to Gesu!!
Can you believe that the Gesu funeral luncheon program began in 1998? At that time we had many men volunteers - some provide food, but many men were committed to helping with the clean up. Those numbers are dwindling, and we need more men who could help for a couple hours in the afternoon- you would probably be asked once or twice a year, as we have fewer than 6 luncheons per year in recent years.
Please prayerfully consider helping with this very valuable parish program. If you can help, please call Dianna at the parish office (419) 53-1421 or Sue Savage at (419) 535-6633.
On Thursday, May 4, join your friends for a delicious hot lunch in the Sullivan Center after 11:00 service in Gesu church. For four dollars a tempting specialty, sweet treats along with tea and coffee will be served. Call Sandy at 419-865-1129 for reservations.