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.


May 3 - July 12, from 3:30-5:00 pm in the Sacred Heart room

This Fall, Pope Francis has invited the Church together for the first session of the Synod, which was called by the Pope to discern what the Holy Spirit is asking of the Church today. The Synod is building on the foundation of a vision of a Church that was laid at the 2nd Vatican Council. In order to better understand the background to the Synod and the issues that will most likely arise in the Synod's session this Fall, a group will be meeting once every two weeks to discuss a book by John O' Malley, SJ entitled What Happened at Vatican II. The discussion will last six sessions, beginning May 3 - July 12, from 3:30-5:00 pm in the Sacred Heart room located in the Pastoral Center. Fr. Greg Hyde, SJ will serve as moderator for the discussion. If interested, please contact Fr. Hyde at


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 or (216) 321-0679.

  • Gesu Women’s Bible Study - Spring 2023

    Tuesdays, May 2 – June 6, 8:30-9:30 am 
    Meetings will be held in-person in McAuley Hall and via Zoom
    Women of Hope by Terry Polakovic, Our Sunday Visitor

    Four amazing women declared “Doctors” of the Church exemplify a virtue which many of us struggle to consistently grasp - hope. Saints Teresa of Avila, Catherine of Siena, Therese of Lisieux, and Hildegard of Bingen persevered through years of sickness, adversity and ridicule both from inside and outside the Church. They prove to us that, as Christians, we can live in confident hope, no matter the circumstances in which we find ourselves.

    This study will begin after the 7:30 am Mass on Tuesdays in McAuley Hall. A 7:00 pm Zoom meeting on Tuesdays is also available. Note that the Spring study will discuss Saints Teresa of Avila and Catherine of Siena. The Fall study beginning in late August will discuss Saints Therese of Lisieux and Hildegard of Bingen.

    If you are not able to join the study consider exploring this treasure of faith on your own – it will not disappoint. For more information, please contact Debbie Bruening at


Fr. Hyde is offering to guide a reading group centered on selected articles from Commonweal Magazine. For more informaiton, email


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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