Pastor's Column, March 1, 2015

Thanks to everyone who worked (and ate!) at our first Fish Fry this year. Though the weather continued to be bitter cold, everyone seemed to warm up to the idea of great food. We made a nice profit on these dinners last year, but our main reason for them is the opportunity to socialize with people within and outside of our parish so thanks for your support of our community by your presence. I keep trying to volunteer to cook, but I guess there’s already “too many cooks in the kitchen”—at least that’s what they keep telling me. Sounds more like they’re afraid I might burn something. So I’ll have to be content on the other side of the kitchen door. Remember to join us for Stations of the Cross in the church afterward at 7pm if you’re able.

    This Wednesday is the Diocesan-wide opportunity for Catholics to celebrate the Sacrament of Penance at any parish from 5:00pm until 8:00pm. The last couple of years found this to be very “successful” in that many people came to confession, especially those who may have been away from the sacrament for a long time. Fr. Vesely & I will be in our Reconciliation Rooms here at St. Leo’s during that time and we welcome both parishioners and non-parishioners to take advantage of our availability during that time. 

    I strongly encourage you to join us for our Parish Lenten Mission which begins this Sunday, March 1st. Sunday, Monday & Tuesday evenings, Fr. Robert Cole will give a presentation beginning at 7:00pm based on “The Questions Jesus Asked.” He really piqued my interest last year when he spoke about this on one night of our mission & now he’s back to fill us in on more. It will last for just one hour each night so please allow yourself the opportunity to fill your mind and heart with something that is both interesting and useful.

    Next Saturday, March 7th, we welcome Bishop Lennon to our parish as he confirms our eighth grade students during the 4pm Saturday Mass. We are always blessed to have the Bishop pray with us and share his words of faith with us and our young people. Please pray for him and for those who will receive the sacramental gift of the Holy Spirit in Confirmation. 

    Finally, next Sunday, March 8th, I will be participating in the Parish Mission at one of our cluster churches, St. Thomas More (the parish where Fr. Vesely is Pastor Emeritus). I will be speaking about our own patron, St. Leo the Great. Come learn more about him and the patron saints of our cluster parishes, St. Charles Borromeo & St. Thomas More.