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Message From Fr. Marty

                              Dear Parishioners,


                              A message concerning the Diocesan Annual Catholic Appeal.  We at Gesu have just recently achieved 101%                                  of our goal with $27,703 banked and pledged.  Congratulations to all of you who helped make this happen and thank you on behalf of the good works of the diocese that will be made possible by your support.  Regardless of your contribution being great or small, I pray, and I trust, that your reward will indeed be great in the Kingdom of Heaven.  Thank you for your generosity to others.


As we said “good-bye and thank you” to Sr. Krista last weekend, today we offer a warm welcome to Drew Smith, our new Director of Music and Liturgy.  I am excited to have Drew join us at Gesu!  I know we will all not only enjoy but also benefit from his love of music and our Catholic liturgy.  Drew has a lot of talent and is eager to share it with us.  In addition, I think you will enjoy his “winning personality” as you get to know him and he gets to know Gesu.  Drew has written an introduction of himself that follows.  Please welcome him at the coffee and cookie table in the narthex after Mass this weekend.






I am Mr. Drew F. M. Smith, your new Director of Music and Liturgy. I have been in the practice of sacred/liturgical music ministry for over 10 years, serving at many parishes here in my home Diocese of Toledo, specifically at my home parish, St. Michael the Archangel in Findlay. Other Toledo Diocesan parishes I have served include the National Shrine and Basilica of Our Lady of Consolation in Carey, St. Wendelin Parish in Fostoria, Holy Family Parish in North Baltimore, Transfiguration Parish in Upper Sandusky, St. Joan of Arc Parish in Toledo, and Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral in Toledo.


I obtained my BA in Sacred Music and Theology from Walsh University in North Canton, OH in the spring of 2022. During my time at Walsh University, I served as one of the Walsh chapel musicians, as well as a music assistant at Christ the Servant Parish at Our Lady of Peace in Canton, OH and at St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Canton, OH. In addition to my music-related responsibilities, I served for a year as one of Walsh’s sacristans, and in my final year, I served as the Student President of Campus Ministry and also as a part time employee of the Walsh University Chaplaincy.


I am very much looking forward to growing as a liturgist, a musician, and as a part of the Gesú Parish community. Most importantly, I look forward to growing in the Catholic belief and practice of Christianity with all of you, and I wish the Lord’s blessings on you all!


Drew F. M. Smith

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