Pastor's Column for September 3, 2017

Here we are, about to celebrate the Labor Day holiday which signals the end of summer and the beginning of fall. I think that the fall season is my favorite. I enjoy the cool air, the colorful landscape and the start of a fresh school year. Time to put away the white pants and the shorts. All are welcome to join us for the 9am Labor Day Mass on Monday. The collection that will be taken up is to support the good work of our St. Vincent de Paul Society. We use a very small portion of what we make through our labor to support those who cannot work or who are still in need of supplemental help from us. Thanks always for your support of this ministry at St. Leo.

I have 3 weddings coming up in this month of Septem- ber. The first will be on September 9th and so we congratu- late Chelsie Hanzel and Nicholas Combs on their upcoming nuptials. On September 16th, Emily Hanna & Nik Martini will be married at St. Leo’s. They currently live in California as Nik is in the Air Force. (I had actually spent a few months as a Second Lieutenant in the Air Force when I was in the interesting experience I’ll have to share with you some time). Finally we will be celebrating another wedding on September 30th for Bethany Halusker & Nathan Miller. We congratulate all of them and wish them well as they begin their married lives

This Tuesday, September 5th, Bishop Nelson Perez will be installed as the 11th bishop of the Diocese of Cleve- land. On Monday, Vespers (Evening Prayer) will take place at 5:30pm and the Bishop will be installed at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist during Mass which begins at 1:30pm on Tuesday. Both require tickets due to limited seating at our downtown cathedral but you can view both of these events as they will be live streamed online at bishopperezinstalla- You can also view them at our diocesan website, as well as on the Diocesan Facebook and YouTube pages. In addition to these, and and local television stations are also expected to stream the installation Mass. In case you’re not into the whole internet thing, you can use the old fashioned method of communication and watch these events on television at the EWTN channel and Spectrum Cable (Channel 1314). We know how important the bishop is to the life of a Diocese and to all the parishes and parishioners who are connected to a particular diocese. I believe Bishop Perez will prove to be a pastoral servant of God’s people in the Cleveland Diocese and we will be praying for “Nelson our Bishop” every time we pray the Eucharistic Prayer at Mass.