Pastor's Column for March 25, 2018

Mary Loar has been in a nursing home since I’ve been pastor here at St. Leo’s so I did not know her personally. But at her funeral Mass on March 16th, we celebrated Mary’s long life of 94 years. She was also married for 67 of those years and when her husband Glenn was baptized and con- firmed at St. Leo’s about 18 years before he died, they also had their marriage blessed here. Mary loved to come to church & so we need to pray for her who prayed with us. She has 3 children & several grandchildren who honored her memory. May she rest in God’s peace.

Don’t forget about our annual Pancake Breakfast which will be available in Lux Hall between the 8 & 11am Masses on Sunday. Just be careful the pancakes don’t make you too drowsy during the 11am Mass or I’ll have to scream at the pulpit to wake you up.

Though I still have the taste of corned beef in my mouth from St. Patrick’s Day, I still think about the great food served at our Fish Fry’s this Lent & express my gratitude to all who worked hard to make them possible, especially those behind the scenes who set up, worked in the kitchen or at the carry-out in the cafeteria, and of course those who served at the line. God bless you all for allowing us the opportunity to enjoy a good meal and each other’s company again this year.

Last Saturday we celebrated the 65th Wedding Anniversary of Giovanni (John) & Irma Zappitelli at the 4pm Mass. Yes, we blessed these two Italians on St. Patrick’s Day! But they are wonderful people (aren’t all Italians?) who were born in Italy & came to the United States after they were married. We are very blessed to have them as members of the parish for many years and their presence is enjoyed by the members of the St. Leo’s Seniors. God’s blessings on them!

If you would like to take advantage of the gift of God’s mercy before Easter, we will be hearing confessions this Tuesday at 11am and this Wednesday at 1pm. The Mass of the Lord’s Supper will be at 7pm on Holy Thursday and the Solemn Celebration of the Lord’s Passion will be at 3pm Good Friday. We will also have the student’s Passion Play on Friday at Noon and Stations of the Cross Friday evening at 7pm. Please note that our Easter Vigil Mass will be an hour and a half earlier this Holy Saturday, beginning at 7:30pm (and of course there will be no confessions or 4pm Mass on Saturday afternoon). The Food Blessing will take place at Noon on Holy Saturday. We will be adding an additional Mass on Easter Sunday so Mass will be at 8am, 9:30am and 11:00am. We look forward to having you join us for the great feast of the Resurrection.