Blog: Gesu Roman Catholic Parish + Toledo, Ohio
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.
ALL BAPTISMAL CERTIFICATES ARE DUE NOW
March 10 - Confirmation Prayer Vigil and Reconciliation 7pm in the church
March 11 - Sacrament of Confirmation at Most Holy Rosary Cathedral at 11 am
First Reconciliation and Eucharist:
ALL BAPTISMAL CERTIFICATES ARE NOW DUE
March 19 First Eucharist Retreat, parent and child 8:30 - 12:30
May 3 - First Eucharist Rehearsal - 6:30 - 7:30
May 7 - First Eucharist sacrament during weekend masses.
The next 50+ Club gathering will be a POTLUCK in the Sullivan Center following the 11am Mass on Thursday, March 2nd. Diners with last names please bring to share: Salads = A - H, Hot Dish = I - R, Desserts = S - Z. Join your friends to hear County Commissioner, Tina Wozniak, speak about our community. Also, wear some green and be seen for St. Patrick's Day.
On Sunday, February 12 we had two candidates, Sylvia Bastian and Joyce Graves participate in the Rite of Welcoming at the 11:30 Mass. This is the first time that they have publically announced that they would like to have a full sharing in the life of the Catholic Church. They received the cross of Christ and it is Christ who now strengthens them with the sign of His love.
This Sunday they and their sponsors will be attending a retreat at St. Michael's Church in Findlay, Ohio, along with many other candidates throughout our Toledo Diocese to prepare them for the next step in their initiation process. As a community we need to surround them with prayer so that, we as the Church, will accompany them on their journey to the Easter sacraments
This Lent our Gesu Community will again participate in Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl Project, a faith-in-action program that will help you experience Lenten spirituality by living in solidarity with people in need around the world.
Beginning on Ash Wednesday we will pass out the Rice Bowls which contain a Lenten Calendar to guide your Lenten prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Also, again this year we will provide you with the "Little Black Books" which contain 5 minutes opportunities for daily prayer and reflection during this Lenten season.
I hope that you take advantage of these opportunities and that this season of Lent is one that helps you to grow in your own spiritual life and in your Christian commitment to others in need.
As Pope Francis challenges us: "Lent is a fitting time for self-denial; we would do well to ask ourselves what we can give up in order to help and enrich others."
Use your cardboard CRS Rice Bowl and Little Black Book to get the most out of Lent this year. Read the Stories of Hope and daily reflections to inspire your Lenten journey. Prepare simple, meatless meals on Fridays throughout Lent to eat in solidarity with our brothers and sisters around the world.
We will be collecting your CRS Rice Bowl at the end of Lent, so stay tuned to learn more. The CRS Rice Bowl Project has a free Lenten App Too! Download it for your iPhone or Android and get daily reflections right on your phone.
Also during Lent the Adult Faith Sharing Groups will be meeting for prayer and discussion around the theme of Christian service to our neighbor. I pray tat this will be an enriching time for all those involved and that it helps you to better see the face of Jesus in those around you.
CRS Rice Bowls! The Little Black Books! Adult Faith Sharing Groups! Lots to help make this Season of Lent a good one. Make it so!
Join us Friday evenings in Loyola Hall from 4:30 - 7 pm, Beginning March 3 thru April 7! Take out available!
Seniors 55+ $5
Kids 12 & under $4
I would like to take the time to point out this year ends on a Saturday. This means that the money placed in the collection basket Saturday, December 31st, will be considered a donation for the 2016 tax year. Collections on Sunday, January 1st, will be considered a donation for the 2017 tax year. It makes no difference what the date on the check indicates. Please plan accordingly.
If you would like other ways to beat the Saturday night deadline, consider mailing in your envelope with a postmark before January 1 or use the on-line giving button found on our web page.
Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Gesu has decided to change the way that we deliver the giving envelopes to you. Instead of picking up a box of envelopes at the end of the year, we will be sending them directly to your door. Each packet will have 2 months of Offertory envelopes. Your envelope number will remain the same. The new envelopes are much more colorful and offer a reflection on the back . They also include a check-box on the envelope for people who use our Direct Giving or Online Giving deposit options and want to drop something in the collection basket. In addition, we will also be offering an envelope for our St. Vincent de Paul collection that occurs on the 3rd Sunday of the month and a monthly envelope for Maintenance costs as before. If for some reason you do not receive them and would like a set of envelopes sent to you, lust us know in the office and we will get you on our list.
Thank you for your continued support. We hope that you like the new envelopes as we continue to serve you in the most efficient way.
This Christmas we have a unique situation and challenge - Christmas occurs on a Sunday. While this is nice and certainly makes my schedule a little less hectic, it does pose one concern. Each year you are so generous with your Christmas offering, but you'll notice in your box of envelopes there is also an envelope designated for December 25 - and it is a Sunday envelope. These weekend collections are budged for each year. Could you see your self dropping two envelopes in the collection on Christmas? I'd ask you to please keep this in mind as you prepare your offering next week.
Finally, as the Big Day approaches, please try not to STRESS OUT! What gets done gets done, what doesn't get done, doesn't get done. The days ahead are meant to celebrate the wonderful gift of the birth of Jesus, our savior. The days give us time to spend with family and good friends. That's what's important. If every piece of tinsel isn't hung on the tree exactly correctly - that's OK! It's still a time of joy and love. Make it that...regardless of how the house looks! God bless! And have a great week!
It is a 50+ Club highlight happening only once a year. Make plans to savor specialty hot dogs with all the trimmings and other summertime fare as 50+ rings in the New Year. Everyone is invited to join the conversation and friends to begin 2017 together. Call Ann Jozwiak at 419-474-5147 to reserve this picnic served for $4 per person.
Would you like to deepen your life of faith, prayer, fellowship and love of neighbor?
The prayerfully consider joining one of Gesu's small faith formation groups.
Groups of 5 - 12 parishioners will meet weekly during Lent. They will read and reflect on Gospel themes and brief passages from the Catechism and other sources. They will learn about real people who live lives of service. Discussion and prayer will round out each meeting. Groups will also have a small service component.
Look for more details and signup sheets in the coming weeks
* Flexible structure
*Get to know fellow parishioners better
*Learn and grow
*Be a disciple!
Every one needs half an hour of prayer each day...except when we are busy. Then we need an hour.
~St. Francis de Sales
Have you checked out our "Come Home to Gesu for Christmas" welcoming ads on Facebook? This is our attempt to vigorously reach out to former parishioners or in-active parishioners who may be looking to re-ignite their faith and reconnect with their Gesu Family. Any effort that you, our faithful parishioners can do to assist in this campaign is greatly appreciated. Reach out to a neighbor who hasn't been back to Gesu in some time. Tell them of the good things happening here. Invite them to come and see our new altar and sanctuary furnishings. Invite them to experience the warmth of our community and be that warmth when you see a new face in the congregation.
Our "Come Home to Gesu" campaign will only be as successful as we make it once the folks are back with us. Hopefully what they might experience during the holiday season will continue on into the New Year. Thanks for your help on this.
Finally, our Gesu young (and not so young) adult group will get going after the New Year. Plans are for different types of activities that members can "plug into" as they would wish. Some activities might be purely social - getting together for breakfast after Mass or a meal together, or going to a Walleye or Mud Hens game. Some might like to do some service projects together - perhaps working as a group at one of our Sunday meals at Helping Hands of St. Louis. Others may be looking for a spiritual connection with people their own age. While others may be looking for some opportunities for some group input from a speaker on a current spiritual or church topic. These are just some considerations of what the group might be able to provide. Give it some thought now and when the time comes you can be "primed" to participate.
Have a good week. And keep preparing inside and out for Christmas! Fr. Marty
Thanks so much to Marge Baranoski and Eliane Noe for being available for making calls to volunteers had there been any funeral luncheons during the month of November.
Join me as we welcome into our Gesu Family Joel, Jessica & Elsie Babka! Jessica said, "My husband and I chose Gesu Parish because of it's welcoming community and comforting atmosphere. Gesu feels like HOME to us! Not only are we familiar with some parishioner faces, but we truly feel and believe that Gesu Parish is a great start in welcoming our newest family member (daughter Elsie, 4 months old) into the faith of Christ. Our faith has been a very important aspect in our lives, and we hope and pray to continue our faith by raising and guiding our daughter in a community that demonstrates what it's like to be followers of Christ. We are truly excited to watch our daughter grow with Gesu Parish." We are Gesu!!
President's List - Cole Grisier & Josef Klear
First Honors - Nicholas Best, Oskar Klear, Max Minor, Andre Schlatter, Jonathan Eitniear
Second Honors - Maxwell Bevington, John Byers, William Dupuis, Devin Erd, Sean Gerken, Elliott Hayes, Antonio Iuele, Alexander Kasper, Noah Kasper, Michael Martindale, Warren Natyshak, Timothy Organ, Jr., Daniel Polofka, Michael Wielgopolski
Congratulations to all of you!
Peter & Marcia Benedict! They said, "We came to Gesu because we feel comfortable here. Our daughter Jennifer attends here as well."
We Are Gesu!!
A night of fellowship and prayer for the whole family. Prepare your heart for the coming of Jesus! Join your Gesu family at this free event: a simple supper, followed by a short prayer service and family activity.
A free supper of soup, salad and bread provided.
A short prayer service.
A chance to learn about a new tradition,.
Please bring a jar (Any recycled jar will do!)
Please join us! RSVP to Cherie Spino at email@example.com or test Nicole Gelardi at 419-708-0645 with your name and how many will be joining us.
Please remember in prayer Patricia Jennings buried from our parish on November 11, 2016. Eternal rest grant unto her O Lord, and let your perpetual light shine upon her. May she rest in peace. Amen
Thank you! Once again Gesu's generosity shines through the Giving Tree. All the tags were taken once again. Our parish makes Christmas special for several families who truly need our help! Please bring your wrapped gift with the tag that you took off the tree and return it to the tree, the parish office or the school office by December 7th. Once again, Thank you! WE ARE GESU!