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 Marcia Leous.

Second Grade Sacramental Preparation - Letter to Parents & Important Dates >
First Communion Registration >
First Communion Mass Information Sheet > 

CONFIRMATION

Confirmation is a Sacrament of Initiation that completes the grace we received in Baptism. At Gesu, young people who are in the ninth grade or older, and who have received the sacraments of Baptism and Eucharist, are invited to participate beginning in the fall of each year. Preparation involves catechesis and instruction in faith, led by a team of dedicated parishioners. It is augmented by an annual retreat. Special sacramental preparation sessions are also held for our teens and their parents and sponsors. All sessions are held on Sundays, beginning in October. Please click below to register. Email Mary von Carlowitz for more information.

Confirmation Registration >
Letter to Parents >

Confirmation Calendar >
Service Verification Form >

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) >
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 von Carlowitz.