Pastor's Column

     The month of May is a popular time for wedding anniversaries. Last week Michael & Patricia Surdyl celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at the 4pm Mass and this weekend Ken & Mary Ann Perry are celebrating their Golden anniversary as well on Saturday. Congratulations to them and to all who have anniversaries this month.

    On May 10th I had a Funeral Service for Betty Ratka who had been a parishioner of St. Leo's along with her husband Joe of 66 years. We extend our sympathy to Joe, who attends the 8am Mass, and pledge our prayers for him and for Betty.  

    Prayers are also requested for Alice Meder & Daniel Staskiews who are at Parma Care Nursing Home and for Marie Masters, Doris Aigner-Copfer, Rich Bunosky & for all those who are struggling with health issues at this time. 

    This weekend the Diocese requires us to have our 2nd In-Pew Appeal for Catholic Charities. We had our first appeal back in February but in order to reach those who may not have been with us at that time, we also have another appeal a few months later. So I will be leading that at all the Mass & intend to be very brief so that I may also offer a brief reflection on the Scriptures we will hear proclaimed as we celebrate the feast of the Most Holy Trinity. 

    I heard words from my cardiologist last week that no one wants to hear: "You have to go to the gym!" It appears that when I mentioned Michaela's weight gain a couple weeks ago with the request that you leave her treats up to me, I was deflecting away from my own weight gain (probably from the treats you gave to me at Easter). I bought a life-time membership to a gym a few years ago but it did absolutely no good. Of course I only went for a week or two but sign of change in me whatsoever, so I gave up. I suggested to the doctor that I wait until Lent next year but apparently he isn't Catholic as he didn't think that was a good idea. I'm going to Rome this summer which of course is the epicenter of pasta meals so I'm not sure how that's going to work out. But I must be faithful to the old adage, "When in Rome, do as the Romans!" 

    Congratulations to Tyler Peter who is being baptized this Sunday. As he is baptized in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, may the Holy Trinity remain with him always.

    Next Saturday the 8th graders of our parish school will be having their graduation ceremony AFTER the 4pm Mass but will be joining us for the Mass. Congratulations & best wishes to each of them.