The Gesu 50+ Club is open to all members of the parish but is most popular with seniors. Monthly events, including luncheons, dinners, performances and bus trips, are held from September-June. Email Jane and Dale Lewis or Micki Maniscalco at for more information.
AFRICAN AMERICAN FAMILIES OF GESU
The African American Families of Gesu strives to create a medium of contact and support for African American and multi-racial children, parents and parishioners of Gesu Parish School and Church of the Gesu. The aims of the group include providing families with a formalized network to share concerns, strategies and successes related to the growth and development of the African American community at Gesu; organizing speakers and programming relevant to the objectives of the organization; supporting the children and families of Gesu, with an emphasis on community building, in order to provide a positive experience for, and an increase in the population of, African American and multi-racial families at Gesu; and increasing the knowledge of and exposure to predominantly African American parishes, programming and resources for African Americans in the Diocese of Cleveland. Membership is open to all Gesu parishioners and families with children enrolled in Gesu School. Contact Jessica E. Price Smith
for more information.
ATHLETIC ADVISORY COMMITTEE
The Athletic Advisory Committee provides support, guidance and supervision to the Athletic Director in the administration of the athletic programs of the parish and school. The Committee meets regularly with the Athletic Director to address issues related to the athletic programs, and develops and assesses the handbook and policies that govern the programs. Contact Chris Koehler or Dana Snelling for more information.
ATHLETICS BOOSTER BOARD
The Gesu Booster Club is a volunteer organization dedicated to promoting, coordinating and financing youth athletics for both Gesu School and PSR children in grades 1 - 12. Booster Club Board Meetings are held monthly. All are welcome. Volunteers are also needed to serve as coaches and to help with the Booster fund raisers. Contact Jim Coviello for more information.
PARISH BLOCK PARTY
The Gesu Parish Block Party is an annual summer gathering of parishioners along Miramar Boulevard. This is one of the parish’s most popular events. Free food is offered along with BINGO, music, games and entertainment. Volunteers are always needed. Contact Joe Gehring for more information.
Adults of all skill levels are welcome to join us at 7:00 pm on Monday nights at Freeway Lanes of Solon. We play for 33 weeks starting in early September. It is never too late to join! Contact Bryan Barrett for more information.
(FORMERLY CALLED BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA)
Scout Troop 620 has been an established troop in Gesu Church since 1960. Membership in Scouts BSA is open to all youths of the parish who are ten years of age or older and have completed the 5th grade.The focus of the troop is on character development, service, hiking, camping and spending time outdoors. Contact Brett Young at [email protected] for more information.
Membership in Cub Scout Pack 620 is open to all youth of the parish in Grades 1 through 5. The objectives of the group are citizenship training, character development and personal fitness. For more information, email Kevin Lloyd at [email protected].
The parish offers donuts after Mass periodically throughout the year. This is a great opportunity to meet new parishioners and catch up with friends. Watch the weekly Bulletin and parish website for upcoming Donut Sunday dates. Contact Jenny Lambert or Mary Beth Soeder if you’d like to help.
EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAMS (HAPPY TOGETHER & TOPS)
Happy Together is a parent/child class for children, ages 18-30 months, which utilizes a playgroup setting and meets once per week. The TOPS (Time Out for Parents) Program is a drop-off program for 2-3 year-old children, that also meets once per week from 9:30-11:30 am. Both programs meet in the lower level of Gesu School. For more information, contact Karen Smith.
FUN WITH FITNESS
Fun with Fitness, an easy fitness class designed for seniors, includes light aerobics, hand held weights work, resistance work and stretching. Come and interact with fellow parishioners and be prepared to laugh and have fun! Contact Beth Parnin for more information.
Following a funeral at Gesu, a reception may be held in McAuley Hall if the family requests it. A parish staff member can help facilitate the catering arrangements. A group of volunteers provides baked goods and beverages, and takes care of set-up and serving. The committee welcomes anyone willing to assist with this ministry. For more information contact Lori Wright, Parish Executive Assistant.
The Girls Scouts of the USA program is open to all girls of Gesu Church from Kindergarten through high school. Email Melissa Hensel for more information.
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS
The Heights Council of the Knights of Columbus is a fraternity of Catholic gentlemen devoted to supporting Gesu Parish through acts of charity, financial support and community outreach. Email Vance Minter for more information.
If you are interested in being part of the men’s softball league, contact Blair Campomizzi for more information.
NEW PARISHIONER WELCOMING COMMITTEE
The New Parishioner Welcoming Committee has the goal of welcoming new parishioners, helping them meet others and introducing them to the various organizations and opportunities in the Parish. Contact Mary Gorman for more information.
The Annual Pancake Breakfast is held on a winter Sunday morning in the Gesu Family Center. After each Mass, individuals and families can socialize, purchase a delicious and reasonably priced homemade pancake breakfast, and purchase tickets for a drawing held after the Noon Mass. This opportunity to get together is also the major fund raiser for our annual Parish Block Party in August. Join neighbors and friends for this yearly event. If you’d like to help with this event, contact Rachel Morse for more information.
Turk-a-Tron is Gesu's Annual Pre-Thanksgiving event, with a turkey raffle, food & refreshments and fun activities for all ages. The event is sponsored by the Community Life Commission and takes place on the Friday evening before Thanksgiving. All proceeds benefit the Fr. Robert J. McAuley, SJ Scholarship Fund, providing tuition assistance to Gesu students in kindergarten through six grade.
All women of the parish are members of Gesu Women’s Guild. This dynamic group of women provides service to our parish, hosts opportunities for prayerful reflection and hosts two major fund-raising events that provide an opportunity for the women of the parish to socialize. Email Kara Moore or Jane Vogelsberger for more information.
Women’s Guild Mission Statement:
Increasing the awareness of Gesu Parish and the vibrancy of family and community through the willingness to serve.
Women’s Guild Service Opportunities:
Wake Services: Attend wakes of parishioners and host a prayer service
Greeting Card Rack: Sell cards and books outside of the Marian Chapel
Church Women United: Attend events and develop relationships with neighboring Christian churches
Gesu Young Families is for parishioners with children from birth to elementary school age. The purpose of the group is to provide interesting, fun and helpful activities for parents and children. During the year, various social, spiritual, recreational and community service opportunities are offered, including playgroups. Contact Emily Edwards for more information.