Blog: Gesu Roman Catholic Parish + Toledo, Ohio
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,
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Margaret McCready at 419-260-6170
or the parish office at 419-531-1421.
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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.
Help the 8th Grade raise money. We did this fundraiser a few years ago and had a tremendous response! We thank you for supporting Gesu and Easter Seals!
What items does Easter Seals Accept? Clothing, comforters, blankets, towels, sheets, shoes, coats, jackets, belts, purses, and thing made of cloth and or leather.
How to donate? Bring the items above in a bag to the school anytime between now and May 8th. The bins will
be in the Gesu parking lot between May 1st - 8th.
If you have any questions please contact the school office at (419) 536-5634. Thank you, Gesu School
Please call the rectory at (419) 531-1421 and inform us if a family member has been admitted to the hospital and would like a visit from Fr. Marty. He'd be more than happy to make this visit.
Join us for a free pancake breakfast Sunday, April 23 from 10 am - 11:30 am in the school gym. All are welcome. No charge!
We are looking for men and women to help with the counting of the Sunday offering. If you are good at math and know how to use an adding machine, we need you. The counting will take place right after the 11:30 am Sunday Mass. It takes about an hour. Training will be provided. We are hoping to get a commitment from at least 12 individuals. This would mean you will only have to count once a month. This is a great way to be of service to your fellow parishioners. Please call (419) 531-1421 or e-mail Larry at email@example.com if you could help with this essential duty.
Saturday, March 11, 2017
Come Join us for an Irish Celebration
Featuring Irish Music by Extra Stout
Doors open at 6 O'clock
Get Your Chance To Win a $5,00 Grand Prize
$500 2nd Prize and $500 3rd Prize and $500 4th Prize
Raffle Ticket Price is $50
Get your tickets now
Come and enjoy a Jiggs Dinner - $20
Must be purchased in advance
There will also be a silent auction to win various specialty baskets.
Will be held in the Sullivan Center
Call 419-531-1421 for more information
Out of pastoral solicitude, Bishop Daniel Thomas has formally dispensed the faithful of the Diocese of Toledo from the obligation to abstain from meat on the Memorial of Saint Patrick, Bishop, which will be observed this year on Friday, March 17. Those who choose to partake of meat on that day are encouraged to undertake another penance that day in the form of a corporal or spiritual work of mercy. In this way, a faithful Catholic still keeps the penitential spirit of a Friday in Lent and unites oneself more closely with the suffering Christ and His Church.