January 7, 2021
Dear parishioners and friends of Gesu,
As we conclude the Christmas Season and enter into the Ordinary Time of the liturgical year, I want to share some updates at the parish.
- In late January, Gesu will welcome Trameka Brown-Berry, RSN as our new parish nurse. The hiring takes places in conjunction with Advocate Aurora Heath as part of their Faith Community Nurse Program. Trameka's position is part-time and will gradually develop as current restrictions due to COVID-19 allow. We will formally welcome and commission her on Sunday, January 24, during our Masses.
- The search for the successor of John O'Brien, Director of Operations, is ongoing. We remain in the process of interviewing prospective candidates. If you know of someone who might be a candidate for this administrative position, please invite him/her to contact me for more information.
- Marquette University students will be returning to campus in at the end of January. By agreement, Gesu and MU will continue to "segregate" student and parishioner populations until current health conditions improve. Students will not attend our Sunday Masses. MU Campus Ministry will use our sacred space for a 6 pm Sunday Mass, which is open to students only.
Continue to stay safe and healthy. And pray for an expeditious distribution of the vaccines!
Fr. Jim Flaherty, SJ
October 27, 2020
Due to the continued steady rise in COVID-19 cases in our state, and contrary to recent announcements, we have had to make the difficult decision to not offer noon daily Mass on Mondays. As you know, the required protocols which enable us to worship safely require staffing and resources which are already stretched to their limit. Adding another Mass as COVID-19 continues to spread in our community would be imprudent, especially if it were to be done with fewer resources. We will revisit this after the first of the year, and continue to invite you to join us (in person or virtually) for our Masses on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays. Thank you for your understanding as we continue to navigate this difficult situation.
Please note: the All Souls Day Noon Mass on Monday, November 2 will go on as scheduled, but this will be the only Monday noon Mass until further notice.
September 11th, 2020
In order to improve the Sunday Mass reservation process and help us keep to health safety guidelines, we will close the reservation opportunity for each week's Sunday Mass on the preceding Thursday. You will still need to make a reservation for each Sunday if you haven't already (click on multiple boxes to make advanced reservations), but no one will be permitted to reserve a seat after each Thursday.
Please note: cutoff for the 8am Sunday Mass will be at 8am on the Thursday prior. Similarly, cutoff for the 11am Sunday Mass will be at 11am the Thursday prior. This automatic cutoff will be begin on Thursday, September 10.
MU students - please note: Campus Ministry is asking that you attend ONLY Sunday Masses that are sponsored by Campus Ministry. See the Campus Ministry Website for Mass times. Thank you for your cooperation!
Click here for this week's Order of Worship.
You may print the worship aid directly from here - please be sure to take it with you when Mass is over. Please also note that you must refresh the Gesu homepage to load the updated Order of Worship for the week.
July 11, 2020
Dear parishioners and friends of Gesu, we will be opening for one Daily Mass each week on Thursday at 12 Noon, beginning on the 16th. Please enter through the east transept doors nearest to Lot J, and wait for a staff member to direct you to your seat. Please also wait for a staff member to direct you to Communion. To be sure we keep everyone as safe as possible, more instructions will follow, and face masks will be required.
We will continue to live stream and post Tuesday's Daily Mass via Facebook and YouTube.
Thank you all for your continued prayer and support. Be assured of our prayers as we continue to navigate our new reality. We are stronger together through Christ.
June 17, 2020
Dear parishioners and friends of Gesu,
I am happy to announce that Gesu will open for public Sunday Masses on July 5th. It will be good for us to gather once again in our sacred and beautiful church! I have missed your physical presence at our celebration of the Eucharist.
The capacity will be capped at 125 participants and you must register for the Mass you wish to attend.
Of course, we will adapt this current plan or framework, as public health conditions in Milwaukee County dictate.
Accompanying this letter is a script of how each Mass will proceed, from registration to entering the church to dismissal from Mass. It is important for you to be familiar with this script and its expectations (e.g. use of a face mask). These expectations are intended to protect the safety and health of all who choose to participate in public Mass at Gesu.
We highly recommend that those whose health is compromised join us via Facebook live or YouTube at 11am Mass to remain safe for an additional amount of time. This saddens us but we are extremely concerned about your health and safety. Young children must stay with their families and in the pews throughout the celebration of the Mass.
Overall, Sunday Mass will be celebrated in a simple but dignified way. It will look like celebrations of daily Mass at Gesu, except for the increased numbers of participants. It will progress in a similar manner: a simple procession and recession of the priest, a brief homily, no use of hymnals, and communion by the hand only. Again, these practices are intended to protect the safety and health of all participants.
Ministers of hospitality will help facilitate your entrance and dismissal from church, as well as the communion procession.
Our hope is eventually to return to a more robust Mass schedule, but much depends upon public health conditions with respect to the current COVID-19 pandemic.
Blessings of health, peace, and well-being in Christ!
Fr. Jim Flaherty, SJ
To keep up-to-date with Archdiocesan statements, refer to this page.
If you have questions about your upcoming wedding, please see our weddings page.
Gesu is now on YouTube. For the duration of this outbreak, we will be posting weekly Masses there. Click here to be taken to Gesu's YouTube Channel.
Also, until we are able to once again gather as community, Fr. Jim Flaherty and Fr. Matt Walsh will be offering reflections on the day's scripture. They, along with a link to the readings, may be found on the Homilies page.
You may also attend Mass virtually by either viewing the YouTube webcasts on Gesu's YouTube channel, or Masses from the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist. Here is a link to the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist's YouTube page. You will be able to find this week's Mass, streamed live or archived to view at your convenience.
Beginning March 19 with Archbishop Listecki, the bishops of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee will be offering "Daily Reflections." The Archbishop explains:
"We want to bring a moment of reflection every day...encouraging you, and having you understand the spiritual dimension of the crisis we are going through." Click here to be taken to the Archdioscese of Milwaukee's YouTube channel.
Our St. John Paul II Office of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee is offering an at-home day by day resource for Holy Week. This Domestic Church at Home 43 page guide includes Catholic rituals and practical suggestions for your families. Between communal prayers, reflections, hymns, and even movie options, this guide should aid you and your family to dive deep into this most holy of weeks. There's even recipes included! Make sure you get to page 41 for the list of 17 movie suggestions for Holy Week. You can download the at-home guide here, along with the times and television channels for the archbishop's Holy Thursday Mass, Good Friday Passion of our Lord and Easter Sunday celebration.
Here is a message from Cardinal Blase Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago, that you may find helpful.
We are doing our best to keep information regarding this situation up-to-date. Please check back here often for any updates and messages from Gesu Parish. We are also operating with the understanding that this situation is fluid, and that everything is subject to change with little notice. We extend our well-wishes and blessings to all.
An Act of Spiritual Communion
I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separate from You.
A Prayer in Times of Pestilence
The Star of Heaven that nourished the Lord drove away the plague of death which the first parents of man brought into the world. May this bright Star now vouchsafe to extinguish that foul constellation whose battles have slain the people with the wound of death.
O most pious Star of the Sea, preserve us from pestilence; hear us, O Lady, for Thy Son honors Thee by denying Thee nothing. Save us, O Jesus, for whom Thy Virgin Mother supplicates Thee.
Verse: Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God.
Response: That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.