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This Weekend is Feed Your Neighbor Collection Weekend

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 11/14/16

Please note that our food pantry is in need of crackers, spaghetti sauce, noodles of all kinds, canned tomato products, jelly, canned meat and canned fruit.

Please bring 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!

It is Almost Time for Gesu's Thirteenth Annual Giving Tree!

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 11/14/16

If you would like to request CONFIDENTIAL  help for yourself or a fellow Gesu Parish or School Family who may be in need this year, please contact Heidi Best at 419-537-9258 or email  All requests must be made by November 16, 2016 in order to be considered for this year's tree. 

Newly Baptized

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 11/14/16

We welcome our newest member, Grant Richard Hardesty, son of Richard and Jillian Hardesty III, into our Gesu Family.  Grant was baptized on October 23, 2016.  Congraulations

Remember Our Faithful Departed

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 11/14/16

Please remember in prayer Adam Burson, Buried from our parish on November 7, 2016.  Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord, and let you perpetual light shine upon him.  May he rest in peace.  Amen

Remembering Our Faithful Departed

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 11/14/16

Please remember in prayer Tiffiney Mohn, buried from our parish on November 4, 2016.  Eternal rest grant unto her O Lord, and let you perpetual light shine upon her.  May she rest in peace.  Amen

"Pilgrimage to Annecy-Lyon, France, and Geneva, Switzerland with the Oblates of St Francis de Sales!

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 11/14/16

Join Fr. Tim McIntire, and Oblate of St Francis de Sales, and Maggie Riggins, Campus Minster at DeSales University, for a week-long pilgrimage to the home of St. Francis de Sales. The tour price of $2,975 per person is based on sharing a double room and includes air fare, ground transportation, daily breakfast, two lunches (one while cruising beautiful Lake Annecy), two dinners, tours of Salesian sights, and plenty of free time. Fr. Joe Newman, an Oblate of St. Francis de Sales, will provide some additional commentary while we bus from Annecy to Geneva, Lyon and tour the scenic Savoyard countryside.  For more information, contact Fr. Tim at or register at:

Newly Baptized

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 11/14/16

We welcome our newest member, Blaze James Jesko, Son of Taylor and Mallory Jesko-Strall into our Gesu Family.  Blaze was baptized on October 30, 2016.  Congratulations!

50+ Hosts Christmans Lunchoen December 1

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 11/14/16

On December 1, after the 11 Mass, the Gesu Community is invited to ring in the Holiday in the Sullivan Center with a delicious chicken luncheon with all the trimmings catered by Malczewski.  Bring your friends and listed to the sounds of the Gesu School Singers as they delight you with Christmas songs.  Please bring cookies with out nuts for the singers.  Send your non refundable check payable to 50+ for $15 per person to Ann Jozwiak by November 28th.  Questions, please call Ann at 419-474-5147.

NDA First Quarter Honors

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 11/14/16

First Honor - Bridget Siebenaller, Gretchen Mihaly, Jillian Shook, Julia Loeb, Tierney Sturgeon.  Second Honors - Anna Flores, Caroline Shull, Hanley Meiers, Imani Hinton, Rylee Harper, Sydney Clay.  Congratulations to each of you!

Central Catholic High School 1st Quarter Honor Roll

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 11/14/16

First Honors - Abigail Parson, Kaitlin Wanaks, Claire Wilkinson.  Second Honors - Kathleen Flesh, Sydney McKinley-Lynch.  Congratulations to each of you! 

From the Desk of Fr. Marty

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 11/08/16

I asked Cheri Spino, who is heading up the Adult Faith Committee to fill us in on what's happening with this.  Here is her report.

Many parishes have found that in-home small faith formation groups have reaped big rewards for their parishioners--and their parish.  Some of you may have participated in such programs in the pas (remember Renew?)  A group of us have been looking into possible programs for use here at Gesu.  We've narrowed the field to two programs, one exploring service and one addressing prayer.  Both programs us DVD's and reflection questions to spur group discussion.  We will soon present our picks to Fr. Marty and hope to lock in one shortly.  We will then begin to organize and seek out parishioners interested in forming or joining small groups.

Our hope is to do the prep work in the next couple of months and then launch the groups after the first of the year.  If you are interested in joining the committee or helping in any way, or are interested in forming/joining a small group, please contact the rectory or grab one of the committee members at Mass.  We'd love your help!  Committee members:  Cherie Spino, Dennis Isabell Jr., Kay Lavey Kruzel and Holly Morgan.

Have a good week everyone! 

Fr. Marty

Holiday Gift Cards

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 11/08/16

The St. Vincent de Paul Society at Gesu Parish is asking for your generosity in supporting their annual gift-card purchase for Thanksgiving and Christmas Food Baskets.  With your monetary donation, a Kroger gift card will be presented and included in the recipient's holiday food basket.  This gift card is used for the purchase of a holiday turkey or ham.  As always, SVdP appreciates your monetary and food donations throughout the year.  The continued success of this annual event is because of YOU.  Deadline is November 14th.

Toledo Area Coupon Books For Sale

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 10/18/16

Pre-sale orders for the 2017 SAVEAROUND coupon books are currently being taken at the parish and school office.  Cost per book is $25.  Profits from the sales will help  fund the 8th grade class trip to Niagara Falls this spring with Fr. Marty.  Stop by the Parish office and take a look firsthand or go to and browse through the pages yourself.  Orders will be taken through October 10th.  Thank you in advance for your support.

Mary Garden Donations

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 10/18/16

Over the past several years, the Mary Garden by the former Rectory has become somewhat over grown and wild.  At Gesu School, we have started a new club to beautify this space and to transform it back into a prayerful, educational place.  This "Eco Club" has been overwhelmingly popular with the students and we would love to continue working in this space throughout the entire year.  If you would like to help us transform this space, we would appreciate any donations of plants, gardening tools, or garden decorations you'd like to share:  shade plants like hostas, gardening trowels, watering pitchers, bird feeders or bird houses, ect... We are excited to provide this learning opportunity for our students.

Thank you so much for your help!

Newly Baptized

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 10/18/16

We welcome our newest member, Riley Elizabeth Schmaldzried, daughter of Corey and Maria Schmalzried into our Gesu Family.  Riley was baptized on October 9, 2012.  Congratulations!

Salesian Book Club

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 10/18/16

Divine Mercy in the Second Greatest Story Ever Told

In the sixth session of our Salesian Book Club we will be viewing videos instead of reading a book or document.  As we near the end of the Jubilee Year of Mercy in November, you are invited to view a series of DVD's that show how the historical events of the past 500 years connect to reveal the personal reality of God's merciful love culminating in our lifetime.

These DVD's, the work of Farther Michael Gaitley, are a breath-taking film journey that combines history, Scripture, prophecy and the lives of the saints.

These DVD's will be shown on Wednesday evenings at 7 pm beginning on October 12 and Thursday afternoons at 1 pm beginning on October 13, followed by a short discussion and prayer.  They will be shown in the "Rainbow Room" in the basement of the Rectory.  There is no need to register.  Just show up.  If you have any questions please call Margaret McCready at 419-260-6170 or the Gesu Office.

From The Desk Of Fr. Marty Lukas

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 09/19/16

Dear Parishioners,

Due to bulletin article deadlines, I'm writing this a week ago - but right after the evening of Jazz on the Green.  It was a great event!! Nearly 15-0 people from our parish as well as friends and neighbors gathered on the rectory front lawn.  The weather couldn't have been more perfect!  People brought their chairs and blankets, food and refreshments.  It was a great atmosphere with a lot of "heads" moving to the beat of the music.  Ramona Collins is a wonderful performer and kept us all entertained for the one and a half hour concert.  We'll do it again on Sept. 10, 2017 - and Ramona will be back with us!  Looking forward to that already!

Back here at the parish there is a group of parish volunteers that I want to give some attention and thanks to  They are those who provide for funeral luncheons for parishioner families who have lost a loved one.  The funeral luncheon committee and workers prepare food, set up for the meal, and clean up afterwards, all so the family of the deceased is free of this task and can visit with family and friends.  One such luncheon took place this past month.  We received a "Thank you" from the family that I wanted to share with our parish family.  It reads:

Dear Luncheon Team,

 Words cannot convey our gratitude for the wonderful meal and atmosphere your team provided.  It was just the type of day our father would have planned.  The food was great and your team presented it beautifully.

I help with this ministry at my parish and I know the time, effort and energy it takes to make it look so easy.

Thanks again for giving up your day to help us through this day for my family and myself.


And so, I too thank and salute those who give of themselves for others in their time of need.  It's what Gesu and community is all about.

Now, on a final note - back in April you were invited to the rectory to see first hand some of the repairs that were badly needed.  Well, from the generosity of the parish in the campaign last May, we were able to do a lot over the summer.  Right now, I'd say about 95% of the work is finished.  So I'd like to invite you back in to take a look at the "new look" of our home.

Next weekend, Sept. 24 & 25, after all the Masses, we'll have our "coffee and doughnuts" in the rectory.  It will give you the opportunity to browse around and take a look.  I think you'll be happy with what your contributions allowed to help make happen.  I sure am!  So plan on coming over next weekend after Mass and check it out.

Have a good week - Fr. Marty


2016 Diocesan Celebration of Wedding Jubiliees

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 09/15/16

Our Lady Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral

October 23, 2016 at 3 pm

Join Bishop Daniel Thomas and the office of Marriage and Family to commemorate 25, 40, 50, 60 and 60-plus years of marriage for couples in the Diocese of Toledo.  mass includes the renewal of matrimonial vows, and registered couples will receive a commemorative certificate.  To register go to:, contact Marsha Rivas, 419-214-4938, or call your parish office.  Registration deadline is October 13, 2016

Important Dates for Sacrament Preparation and CCD

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 09/15/16

Confirmation meeting: September 29, for student and parent, 7:00 in the Sullivan Center.

First Reconciliation/Eucharist Meeting:  November 6, 10:30 during CCD class time in the School.

First CCD class Starts September 25 at 10:10 in the school

Remembering Our Faithful Departed

by Gesu Parish Toledo on 09/15/16

Please remember in prayer Jane Ockuly, buried from our parish on September 8, 2016.  Eternal rest grant unto her O Lord, and let you perpetual light shine upon her.  May she rest in peace.  Amen

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Please note that all bulletin 
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 due in to the Rectory office on Monday's 
by 12 Noon of each week.  Please e-mail 
all requests to Dianna at

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 - 
​Gesu Annual 
Windfall Raffle
Saturday, March 11, 2017
2049 Parkside Blvd.
In the Gesu Sullivan Center

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 $5000 Grand Prize
$500 2nd Prize
$500 3rd Prize
$500 4th Prize

Tickets Available for Sale
Raffle Ticket Price is $50
Get Your Tickets Now!
Jiggs Dinner $20
Purchase tickets in advance
After Mass and at the Parish or School Offices​

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.  
Call Dianna at
 419-531-1421 or E-mail 
to update information or request a new parishioner registration form​

To make a contribution using your MC or Visa,
Please call the office at 419-531-1421 between 
8 am​ and 4:30 pm 
Monday - Friday.

2016 State Of The Parish Report

"Direct Giving"
Gesu offers the opportunity to 
have your donation come from your account automatically through "Direct Giving".  Just fill out the form and return to the office 
You can now 
Make a Donation To the Church
Ash Wednesday
7 am, 8:15 am & 4 pm
Holy Thursday
7 pm only
Good Friday
Noon stations of the cross
2 pm Soleminty of the Lords Passion
Holy Saturday
Noon Blessing of the food
8:30 pm Easter Vigil
9 am & 11:30 am

New At Gesu/Sunday Evening Liturgy

Beginning Sunday, February 12 at 6 pm 
A special invitation from the Oblates ministering at
Gesu, St. Pius X and St. Francis.
Come share in this Sunday liturgy with the youth of these parishes and the families and friends of the Oblates.  
These liturgies will be offered the 
2nd and 4th Sunday of the month at 6pm thru May 14th.