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.


Classes are required for parents bringing their first child to the Sacrament, and sponsors are encouraged to attend. Call the Parish Office at (216) 932-0617 to inquire about class dates and to begin the registration process.

First Reconciliation & First Communion

Children normally receive the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and Eucharist during the second grade year. Parent meetings and family sessions supplement the classroom experience. First Reconciliation is celebrated in the winter and First Eucharist is celebrated during the Easter season at regularly scheduled parish Masses. For more information, email Marcia Leous at
Second Grade Sacramental Preparation – Letter to Parents & Important Dates (PDF) >
First Communion Registration >
First Communion Mass Information Sheet > 


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. Email Mary von Carlowitz at 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. Marriage Booklet is available in the parish office. For more information, email Laura Bertsch at
Marriage Booklet (PDF) >
Ceremony Planning Sheets (PDF) >

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