Pastor's Column

     We welcome a young lady named Sadie Vazquez into our Catholic Community as she was baptized this past Sunday. May God bless her and her parents Michelle & Larry as they raise her in the practice of our faith.

    Today (January 31st) begins our Diocesan-wide celebration of Catholic Schools Week. We will be having an Open House today (Sunday) from 11:00am until 1:30am and all are welcome to visit the school and take a look around at the environment we have worked hard to create so that our children may be educated well. My sincere thanks to Sister Erin Zubal, OSU, our new Principal this year who has done an outstanding job of leading our faculty, staff and students into a year of academic excellence in the atmosphere of faith. I am proud of all of our teachers and school personnel who put their heart & soul into their daily work with the children entrusted to our care. I thank also the parents for recognizing the benefits of providing a Catholic Education to their children. While we excel at offering our students a personalized education that will prepare them well for high school and beyond, we also do this in the atmosphere of faith so that the character of these children will be as important as their intellectual abilities. We all know how important our parish school has been in the history of our parish. Please continue to support us with your prayers so that what was begun many years ago may continue to reap rewards for our parish and our community today. 

    My continued thanks for your participation in our Parish Directory! We are very pleased with the number of parishioners who have signed up to get their picture taken and hope that many more will be willing to do the same so that our Parish Album may be beneficial to all of us. In a parish our size, it takes a long time for a Pastor (as well as fellow parishioners) to be able to put a face and a name together so I will be very grateful for this tool and I know many of you will be as well. Please call the rectory office with any questions you may have & let us know how we can help you to be a part of this effort. 

    Last week I asked your prayers for Pat Huston who was under the care of Hospice. Pat passed away last week & we celebrated her funeral Mass on Friday. She was a long time member of St. Leo's who was very active in both the parish and the school, and retained many good friendships with people here. Please remember her & her family as we entrust them all to the loving hands of God.