Pastor's Column for June 10, 2018

Congratulations to the parents of Joshua Kindry who was baptized here on May 27th. Ray & Jan Norris are our parishioners and are Joshua’s grandparents. We give thanks for the gift of children and the gift of faith.

This weekend we celebrated a Memorial Mass for Raymond Smith who passed away peacefully at the Malachi Hospice Center the day after I gave him the last rites. He had been receiving Holy Communion at home by one of our Eucharistic Ministers. May he be free now from the cross of illness and know the peace of Christ.

We also extend our sympathies to Tara Kenaga on the death of her mother Dianne Holland whose funeral Mass was held at Sacred Heart Church in Fremont, Ohio. May Dianne and all the faithful departed Rest In Peace.

Deacon Pat Berigan will be introducing himself at the 4pm and 8am Masses this weekend as he did at the 11am Mass 3 weeks ago. Again we are happy to have him and his wife Joan join us on the Pastoral Staff here at St. Leo’s. Please keep them in your prayers that they may minister well.

I received word from the nephew of Irene Venesky that she has moved out of the parish in order to enter assisted living in Macedonia. Irene is a gentle woman with a smile that makes you feel so comfortable in her presence. We wish her well in her new home and will stay in touch with her. She turned 90 earlier this year. If you would like her address and or phone number, please call the rectory office. I’m sure she would be so happy to hear from you.

I want to express my gratitude to all of our altar servers who are so helpful to the priests who celebrate Mass here at St. Leo’s and who are so faithful to this ministry. I am especially mindful of 2 servers who have been serving since they were in the 5th grade in our Parish School and who have just graduated from high school. Alyssa Lizzini first served Mass on Easter Day. She attended Padua High School and has been involved in basketball, drama, and as the secretary for the National Honor Society. She will be attending the Cleveland Institute of Art on a scholarship to become an illustrator.

Patrick Criscuolo attended St. Ignatius and has participat- ed in the Labre Homeless Ministry (sharing food & friendship with Cleveland’s homeless) and in the Arimathea Pallbearer Ministry (where the students act as pallbearers at funerals when the family cannot provide any). Patrick went on a mission to Louisville, Kentucky and was on the crew team at St. Ignatius. He has held a seasonal job at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo & joined scouting as a Tiger Cub in first grade. He earned his Eagle Scout rank from the Boy Scouts of America in 2017. He will be attending Canisius College and plans to major in biology leading to a career in the medi- cal profession. God has blessed them both with many gifts! We are proud of them and grateful for their service to us over the years.