Pastor's Column

     I really don’t know how they pulled it off. I’m speaking of the Festival Committee who for months has been meeting & planning & working behind the scenes so that our two-day Festival might be enjoyed by both parishioners & neighbors alike. We could not have asked for better attendance, despite the cold & rainy weather. The number of people who volunteered either a little or a lot of their time is inspiring. I heard so many positive comments from people who expressed their gratitude for this enjoyable event. The food was just great (I tried to taste everything I could to make sure it was safe and delicious for you to eat), the games were fun with great prizes (especially the stuffed animals…I was just hoping no one stuffed Michaela to give her away as a prize), and the music was…well, loud (I’m over 55 now so I can say that every time I hear a band play). How do you adequately thank all those who gave so much so that this festival would be enjoyed by so many? All I can really do is to say it to you loud & clear: THANK YOU! Thanks if you were a committee member, thanks if you donated something like baked goods, thanks if you worked in a game booth or in the kitchen & thanks to our great maintenance crew who spent many hours before, during & after the festival to ensure everything went smoothly. Finally, thanks to all of you who just came to support us and enjoy the company of fellow parishioners. I’m already looking forward to next year. 

    We welcome Scott Swinerton to our parish this weekend. Scott is a seminarian who will take just a couple minutes after Communion to ask us to pray for vocations & to encourage others to consider the priesthood or religious life if we see something in them that may indicate they have such a vocation. Of course every week in the bulletin we have the name & picture of a seminarian or a religious brother or sister as we ask God to give them the grace of perseverance. This weekend we celebrate “Priesthood Sunday” & so are reminded of those who have served our parish or have helped us personally & we pray for them, whether living or deceased. Let’s especially thank Father Vesely for his almost 61 years of service to the Church which continues here at St. Leo’s. 

    Please add to your prayer list Rich who needs God’s strength at home (& his wife Eva who is his loving caretaker), Dale, who is the son of parishioners & who had major surgery this past week, and Carol & Leonard who have cancer. I can see the grace of God working in each of their lives & so am assured that my prayers and yours are heard and answered.