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.


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.


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 >


Confirmation is a Sacrament of Initiation that completes the grace we received in Baptism. At Gesu, young people who are in grades nine through eleven, and have received the Sacraments of Baptism and Eucharist, are invited to participate. Preparation involves catechesis and instruction in faith, led by a team of dedicated parishioners. Contact Mary O’Neill for more information.


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) >



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.