About Us“The Parish is not an outdated institution; precisely because it possesses great flexibility it can assume quite different contours depending on the openness and missionary creativity of the pastor and community. While certainly not the only institution which evangelizes, if it proves capable of self-renewal and constant adaptivity, it continues to be the Church living in the midst of homes of her sons and daughters.” (Evangelii Gaudium; Pope Francis, Apostolic Exhortation)
Dear Gesu Community,
As you enter the Church of the Gesu from the narthex and gaze upward at the etched window, or view the cover of the weekly bulletin, or read through this website, you will notice these words: GESU PARISH, a Catholic community, in the Jesuit tradition, is committed to: Eucharistic living, Lifelong learning, Generous serving “all for the greater glory of God.” This year we invite Gesu parishioners to reflect on what this Mission Statement might mean for you and to explore its significance in our activities, liturgies and programs.
Several themes have emerged that are pertinent to this liturgical and academic year: “The Holy Year of Mercy” decreed by Pope Francis to begin December 8, which will be incorporated into activities at Gesu School and Parish, “The Synod of Bishops” which in October will develop further guidelines for pastoral care of the person and family, the Papal Encyclical Letter “Laudato Si” on Care for our Common Home, popularly referred to as Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment.
These themes presuppose enhanced meaning for us; they are being expired during a time when the leader of the Catholic Church is a Jesuit pope! It is significant that Gesu Parish will commemorate its 90th anniversary since the first Mass was celebrated on April 4, 1926.
We are beginning a new and exciting year at Gesu. Let us consider the value of every way in which we incorporate one or more if the initiatives offered by Pope Francis. Perhaps an overall “theme” – woven into the parish life in every aspect for all ages – will truly be exploring what it means to be a parish in the Jesuit tradition.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
The Parish Staff
Gesu Parish Mission Statement
a Catholic community
in the Jesuit tradition,
is committed to
“all for the greater
glory of God”
We center our lives in Christ and the celebration of the Sunday Eucharist.
We engage, at all ages, in learning and being formed in the image of Christ.
We use our gifts to serve God and others.