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Parish Ministries

For information regarding any of the following ministries please call the parish office at 419-531-1421.

Music Ministry

Adult Choir
This choir is open to all parishioners of high school aged or older. The choir typically sings at the 9:00 AM Mass on Sundays during in the summer months. The choir also sings for special liturgies including Christmas Mass at 10:00 PM and the Easter Vigil. Rehearsals are held Thursday evenings from 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM in the church. All voices are welcome.

Cantors serve as the psalmist and fill the rolls of song leader at liturgies when no choir is
present. Adult cantors periodically rehearse with the Director of Music. Cantors are also
invited to sing at funerals and or weddings as their schedule allows.

Additional Instrumentalists

Occasionally the parish hires additional musicians for special liturgies (like Christmas and Easter). However, volunteer musicians of any age and skill level are always welcome to contribute their time and talent in various ways. If you are interested in playing an instrument at Mass, please contact the Director of Music via the Parish Office.

Resurrection Choir

Parishioners who represent Gesu parish and come to parish funerals to lend vocal support in song and spiritual support to the families of the deceased by their prayer and physical presence.

St Vincent de Paul Society

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is an emergency source for short-term financial help for parishioner and those living within the parish boundaries. If you need assistance because of serious illness, loss of a job, or an unexpected crisis, please call Dianna at the Rectory at 419-531-1421 for more information. Be assured that all requests for assistance are handled with care and confidentiality.

Sick and Homebound

Bringing the Eucharist to those who are unable to join us for Mass and other parish celebrations.

Funeral Luncheon Ministry

If you are flexible and willing to give of your time, consider getting involved. This
worthwhile ministry lifts a burden off grieving families by providing a luncheon after the
funeral of their loved one. All men and women of the parish are invited to consider joining
this ministry. Needed are both parishioners to prepare foods for the luncheons and
individuals to assist working the actual luncheons.

First Friday Eucharistic Adoration

A quite, calming time away from our busy world to spend time with the Lord in the
Eucharist. Adoration is held the First Friday of each month from 7:30 AM - 8:00 PM. We
are always looking for parishioners to take a time slot (usually an hour at a time) in prayer
before the Eucharist. Sign up in church the week before the first Friday.



Lectors proclaim the Word of God during the Liturgy. Lectors should possess a good public
speaking voice and be committed to praying the Word of God and preparing for their ministry. Lectors are scheduled by the parish scheduler. Those interested in being a lector should contact the parish office.

Ministers of Holy Communion
Ministers of Holy Communion have two distinct functions:
1) They assist the priest in distributing the Body and Blood of Christ to the faithful at Mass.
2) They take the Eucharist to the infirmed and homebound.

Some Extraordinary Ministers elect to do one or the other or both. EMs for our weekend
Masses are scheduled by the Ministry scheduler. Ems who take the Eucharist to area
hospitals, nursing homes and homebound are coordinated by the parish secretary. If you,
or someone you know is unable to attend Mass and would like to receive communion,
please call the parish office.

Masters of Ceremonies
Masters of Ceremonies (MCs) are high school students who assist the priest during the
weekend liturgies. MCs are asked to come to church early to prepare the vessels -
portioning out the bread and wine, etc. direct the altar servers, prepare the altar during
Mass assist the priest in purifying the vessels after communion and be alert and available
to whatever the priest may ask of them or need during Mass.

MC Responsibilities click here

Altar Servers
Altar servers assist the priest during the Mass. They carry the processional cross and
candles in the entrance and exit precession. They assist the priest during the Preparation
of the Gifts, ring the bells during the consecration and processes out with the priest at the
conclusion of Mass. They should arrive early to assist in setting up for Mass, lighting the
candles etc. Typically altar servers are trained in the 4th grade, but can begin at any age
after 4th grade and then continue to serve through 8th grade, at which time they can begin
to serve as masters of Ceremonies.

Altar Servers Duties for Weekend Masses click here

Altar Servers Duties for Weekday Masses click here

Ushers and Greeters welcome people as they enter the church, assist in finding available
seating, direct visitors to the restrooms, take up the offertory collection, pass out bulletins
after Mass and help to straighten up the pews after Mass.



50+ Club
50+ is a group of senior parishioners who meet monthly (usually on the 1st Thursday) for
Mass at 11:00 AM, followed by a luncheon and fellowship in the Sullivan Center. Occasionally a speaker or some program is held during the luncheon. The club comprises members from Gesu and other area parishes.

Helping Hands Outreach
A group of parishioners who assist with preparing and serving a Noon meal at St. Louis
Helping Hands Food Pantry on the First Friday of the month. The time commitment is from
approximately 10:30 AM - 3:00 PM.

Collection Counters
Parishioners who volunteer to count the weekend collections. Counting takes place after
the 11:30 AM Mass. Typically counters are assigned to count one weekend a months. Call
the Gesu Business Office if you can volunteer your time for this service.

Pastoral Council
The Pastoral Council is an advisory board to the pastor for pastoral leadership in the
parish. Composed of parishioners, it provides accurate and relevant counsel to the pastor
regarding the needs of parishioners and recommends responses to those needs.

Finance Council
The Finance Council is composed of members of the parish, chosen to serve as an advisory
group to the pastor. The Council is charged with overview of the financial concerns of the
parish and the administration of parochial goods. The Council meets monthly on a regular
basis and more often as the need arises.

Sanctuary Guild
Parishioners wash and iron purificators (communion towels) on a rotating basis to keep an
adequate supply available for their use at daily and weekend liturgies. They also
periodically inspect server albs for cleanliness and minor mending if needed.

Young Adults
Keeping lines of communication open (usually through email) to young parishioners
(single or married) to enable them to feel a part of the parish in the midst of their busy

RCIA - Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults
RCIA is a group of adults growing in their relationship with God, becoming familiar with
Catholic teachings and practices, and getting acquainted with people in the parish.

Bible Study
Bible study is a 24 week series, each lesson includes specific Bible readings, a group of
detailed study questions on the Scripture reading, cross-references to the Catechism of the
Catholic Church and a half hour DVD lecture . This is an excellent opportunity for former
CHRP and RCIA members and everyone else. Men and women of all ages are invited.

Gesu Outreach

Interested in being an Outreach Minister and serving the needs of our parish family?  click here for more information