Sacramental Preparation


Gesu Parish prepares individuals to celebrate the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Reconciliation and Marriage. Sacramental preparation is a community experience, and young people, their families and the parish community are all encouraged to participate in this process.

BAPTISM

Contact the Parish Office at (216) 932-0617 for general information about the celebration of Baptism at the Church of the Gesu and to begin the registration process. This includes attending a Baptism class, which is required for parents who bring their first child to this sacrament. Baptism sponsors (godparents) are encouraged to attend as well.

FIRST RECONCILIATION & FIRST COMMUNION

Children normally celebrate the sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist during the second grade year although older children are welcome. Parent meetings and family sessions supplement the classroom experience. First Reconciliation is celebrated on a weekday evening during the season of Advent and First Communion is celebrated at regular parish Masses during the Easter season. For more information, contact Mary O'Neill.

2021-2022 First Reconciliation/First Communion Online Registration Form >

Second Grade Sacrament Program Flyer 2021-2022 >

CONFIRMATION

Confirmation means strengthening. In this sacrament, the gifts that we received at Baptism are strengthened by the Holy Spirit. Gesu is offering a Confirmation Prep program called SPIRIT that brings the confirmandi together to discuss, experience and witness to faith journeys that have led to Confirmation.

SPIRIT consists of three sessions, with each session focusing on one of the three major components of the sacrament. Sessions will be held at Gesu from 6:30-8:00 pm on the following dates:

  • January 23: The Waters of Baptism
  • February 27: The light and Fire of the Holy Spirit
  • April 3: Strength – the Power of Anointing

Confirmation will be celebrated April 24, 2022 at 2:00 pm.

This year, because the prep is succinct, it is imperative that your child attend all three sessions. It is also mandatory that the child’s sponsor attend all three sessions. If the sponsor is unable to attend, a parent must attend with the child.

We will not be able to offer make up sessions. If your child is not able to attend all three sessions, since the sacrament is available to 9th through 11th graders, a suggested option would be to wait until next year.

Please register by January 16 by visiting: https://membership.faithdirect.net/events/details/7735 >

MARRIAGE PREPARATION

Couples desiring to receive the Sacrament of Marriage are asked to meet with a staff member who will begin the Marriage preparation process. The Cleveland Diocese requests that couples allow a minimum of six months' time to ensure completion of all requirements. A Marriage Booklet containing detailed information is available at the Parish Office or you may download a copy below. For more information, please contact Laura Bertsch.

Marriage Booklet (PDF) >
Additional Wedding Guidelines at Gesu During Covid-19 >
Ceremony Planning Sheets (PDF) >

 

ADAPTIVE NEEDS SACRAMENTAL PREPARATION

This program provides thoughtful preparation and religious instruction for children with mental and/or physical disabilities to celebrate the Sacraments and learn how to participate in the Mass. For more information or to discuss your child’s specific needs, email Mary O'Neill.