Adult Spiritual Growth


Gesu Parish provides opportunities for enriching all faith dimensions of an adult life. Experiences that promote a deeper appreciation and understanding of the Catholic faith include, but are not limited to, Bible studies, book clubs, retreats, speakers and discussions. For information on these programs contact Marcia Leous and/or watch the bulletin or parish E-Newsletter.


Prayer: Biblical Wisdom for Seeking God

Clear your calendar for a 3-week series at the Church of the Gesu called Prayer: Biblical Wisdom for Seeking God. Enrich your understanding of prayer by reading a short text on your own time and joining others for prayer and reflection.

  • Thursdays, February 2, 9 and 16
    9:15-10:45 am

  • A Zoom option will be offered on Wednesdays, February 1, 8 and 15
    7:00-8:30 pm

This is the perfect way to prepare for the season of Lent!

Registration is required:

Questions? Contact Marcia Leous at [email protected] or (216) 932-0617.


The Church of the Gesu offers regular group opportunities throughout the year for exploring the Bible.

  • Saturday Bible Study

    We invite you to join us each week for the Gesu Saturday Bible Study on Saturdays from 12:00-2:00 pm via Zoom. This is a time for fellowship with one another and to study God’s Word. Come and worship the Old Testament and the New Testament and learn the chapters and verses. We don’t assume that anyone has any prior knowledge.

    We will be studying the Book of Daniel beginning January 14 through February 4. Study materials are available in the Parish Office for a cost of $15. 

    The Twelve Minor Prophets will be the topic of the following study from February 18 - June 3. Study material is Little Rock Catholic Study Bible, which can be purchased from the Little Rock Scripture Study website or from Amazon.

    For more information or to sign up, contact Christie Okocha at [email protected] or (216) 321-0679.

  • Gesu Women’s Bible Study - Winter/Spring 2023

    Tuesdays, January 24 – April 4, 8:30-9:30 am 
    Meetings will be held in-person in McAuley Hall and via Zoom
    A Biblical Walk Through The Mass, by Edward Sri, Ascension Press

    Kick off the New Year with a fresh understanding of the Mass. Edward Sri’s Study Set (book, workbook, and online access to workbook and videos) offers insights on the routine gestures, responses and rituals within the Mass. Participants will find themselves saying, “I never knew that!” Whether you are able to join the Bible study or not, consider purchasing this Study Set. The author unlocks the biblical foundations of the Mass found in the New and Old Testament, as well as ancient Jewish practices. Join us - as we deepen our appreciation of the source and summit of our faith.

    Please RSVP to Debbie Bruening at [email protected].

    An evening time can be added if there is interest.

  • Bible Study with Fr. Vincent
    This group will meet two or three Wednesday mornings a month, beginning on Wednesday, September 14, until late May. The first three or four sessions will be devoted to completing our study of the Book of Psalms. The remaining sessions will be a study of the First Letter of Saint Paul to the Church at Corinth. Fr. Vincent will have available a book on the First and Second Letters to Corinthian Christians.

    If you are interested, please e-mail Fr. Vincent at [email protected] for a complete list of dates. All are welcome. The first gathering will be on Wednesday morning, September 14, at 9:15 am in McAuley Hall.


During the coming Fall and Winter months, Fr. Hyde is offering to guide a reading group centered on selected articles from Commonweal Magazine. Articles to be considered for discussion include, among others, Catholic Citizenship, How Does Church Teaching Change,  Environmental Spirituality, Transforming Parishes Today, The Art of Conversion, Moral Economies and Catholic Thought, and Catholicism and Art. At our first meeting, the group can decide which articles they would like to include for discussion. Articles and discussion questions will be e-mailed to the participants a couple of weeks in advance of the meeting.

Our first organizational meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 14, at 4:00 pm in the Sacred Heart Room, at which time we can discuss the best time for our meetings and the topics we would like to read about and discuss. Please let Fr. Hyde know if you are interested. His e-mail is [email protected].


Gesu Book Club meets monthly to discuss various Catholic works of literature and share fellowship. Watch the bulletin or e-News for more information.


Each month, there is a gathering for prayer in the Ignatian traditions of imaginative Gospel ContemplationLectio Divina and the Examen. A facilitator guides participants in prayer and reflection with a focus on Sacred Scriptures for the coming Sunday. For information on our next meeting, contact Marcia Leous.


Retreat experiences at the Church of the Gesu and at the Jesuit Retreat Center in Parma, OH, help parishioners to develop a deeper spiritual connection with God and one another.


Visit the Ignatius Library in the Pastoral Center and browse our 500 selections on Ignatian Spirituality, Jesuit history, inspiring lives, prayer, sacraments, the Mass, Bibles, Catholicism and more. To view a list of available titles, click below:

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