Pastor's Column

     In this bulletin you'll find a full page announcement called "Nuns on the Bus." There will be 19 nuns traveling on a bus through 13 states in order to call on elected officials and candidates to "Mend the Gaps" in income and wealth inequality in our nation. As the ad says, their goal is "to bring a politics of inclusion to divided places, change the conversation to mending the vast economic and social divides in our country, and counter political incivility with our message of inclusion." This goal is really about proclaiming the gospel message in our time, something that last week's Gospel reminded us about when Jesus sent his disciples out to proclaim the kingdom of God. So it's wonderful to see our religious sisters doing just that with such courage and conviction. Our own Sister Erin, principal of our parish school, will be among these good Sisters and they will be stopping here at St. Leo's for a presentation on July 17th at 7pm. I'll be there and hope you will consider coming too. 

    You have probably noticed the signs on our property pointing the way to "Camp Happiness." The Diocese has a ministry to disabled children & adults and we have welcomed them to use our space here at St. Leo's for a 6 week summer camp. We are happy to have them here and pray for those who do such wonderful work with those who need their assistance. 

    Our Information Desk seemed to be very helpful to a number of people last weekend. In this attempt to bring our rectory office to the place where you are for Mass on Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning, we hope to provide information that will be helpful to you. A list of what we can assist with can be found in this bulletin & we will try to have this Information Desk available every weekend. Let us know what else we can make available to you. You can also see our website ( on the display there & ask to see how you can access so much more information through this website and our mobile app. 

    This week I will be attending a workshop for Pastors who have schools attached to their parish, as we do here at St. Leo's. It's going to be held at Notre Dame University which I have never been to so I look forward to seeing that campus for the first time. Our former pastor, Fr. Russ Lowe, was a big fan of their football team. He even painted our church roof in the gold color of Notre Dame. Navy blue is the other color, so I'll have to find something to paint blue. I could dye Michaela's hair blue but then she'd look like a Smurf. Anyway, I'll post some pictures to Twitter & Instagram while I'm there. If you don't know what that is, see the Information Desk after Mass!