Sacramental Preparation

Baptism

Classes are required for parents bringing their first child to the Sacrament, and sponsors are encouraged to attend. Registration for Baptism may be done at the Parish Center or by calling (216) 932-0617. 

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. Marriage Booklet is available in the parish office. For more information, please email Laura Bertsch or call (216) 932-0617.
Marriage Booklet (PDF) >
Ceremony Planning Sheets (PDF) >

First Eucharist Preparation

Children normally receive the Sacrament of Eucharist during the second grade year. Parent meetings supplement the classroom experience. First Eucharist is offered on three consecutive weekends during the Easter season during regularly scheduled parish Masses. For more information, email Marcia Leous at mleous@churchofthegesu.org.
Second Grade Sacrament Flyer (PDF) >

Reconciliation Preparation

Children normally receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation during the second grade year. Parent meetings supplement the classroom experience. First Reconciliation is held on two evenings in January or February. For more information, email Marcia Leous at mleous@churchofthegesu.org.
Second Grade Sacrament Flyer (PDF) >

Confirmation Preparation

Confirmation is a Sacrament of Initiation that completes the grace we received in Baptism. It seals, or confirms, this grace through the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit. This sacrament also makes us better able to participate in the worship and apostolic life of the Church. At the Church of the 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 in the process 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. Registration takes place online. For more information, email Mary von Carlowitz at mvoncarlowitz@churchofthegesu.org.
Confirmation Letter (PDF) >
Confirmation Schedule (PDF) >
Confirmation Registration >

Adaptive Needs Sacramental Preparation

Our very special program at the Church of the Gesu was created so that all God’s children can come to know and celebrate His love and goodness. The Adaptive Needs Sacramental 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 at mvoncarlowitz@churchofthegesu.org.

RCIA Adapted for Children

This program is specifically designed for those students who are 7 years old and older who have not  yet celebrated the Sacrament of Baptism. During this formative year, students are guided along their faith journey as they prepare for full initiation into the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil with the reception of the Sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation, while simultaneously attending PSR classes or religion classes in a Catholic elementary school. For more information, or if you have any other extenuating circumstances and are interested in finding out more about the Catholic faith for your child, email Mary von Carlowitz at mvoncarlowitz@churchofthegesu.org.