Pastor's Column for May 27, 2018

Terry Wamser, whose funeral Mass was celebrated here last Saturday, was the father of Terry, Tammy & Tracey and the grandfather of 5. He has one surviving sister named Eileen and three deceased brothers. Terry is remembered for being quite a jokester who always spoke his mind. We extend our sympathies to his family.

We welcomed Alexis Madej into our Catholic family through the Sacrament of Baptism last Sunday and this Sunday we will be baptizing Amelia Mendez & Joshua Kindry. We joyfully celebrate their entrance into the Church.

At the 8am Mass this Sunday, I will receive Susan Rausch, baptized in another denomination, into the Catholic Church as she makes her Profession of Faith. She will also receive the Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist. Next Saturday Deacon Pat will celebrate her marriage to Chip Meitin so we congratulate them and pray they may have many happy years together.

This Monday during our Memorial Day Mass at 9am, the collection taken up will be for the ministry of our St. Vincent de Paul Society which continues to do good work in helping those in need in our parish and neighborhood. We pray for them as we remember on this special day all those who have given their life in the service of our country. “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for others.”

Last weekend during the petitions we prayed for Fr. Neil Crosby who passed away. Fr. Crosby was a Parochial Vicar (formerly known as an “Associate Pastor”) here at St. Leo’s in the late 1980s & early 1990’s. May he receive the reward of a good and faithful servant.

We plan to have Fr. Vesely celebrate the 4pm Mass next Saturday, June 2nd. I’m sure you will be happy to see him as he will be to see you.

As our parish school children had their last day of school this past Wednesday, we said goodbye to them as they enjoy the summer months. I continue to be very grateful for the great work of our Principal, Mrs. Denise Burns & of the en- tire faculty and staff. What gifted people they are!

Last Sunday Deacon Pat introduced himself and his wife Joan during the 11am Mass. He will do the same at the 4pm & 8am Masses the weekend of June 9th & 10th. As we welcome them and their ministry at St. Leo’s, I also want to welcome Nathan Noga who comes with their recommendation. Nathan will be our Parish Life Coordinator which means he will have a hand in many of the ministries and activities of our parish. Though he will be working part-time, you will have the chance to meet him at various parish events. I am happy to have these three gifted people join me in the Pastoral Care of the Parish and ask that you pray for us that we may serve you well. Michaela continues to remain second in charge and is responsible for the protection of all who work in our rectory office. She has proved her competence over the years.