Pastor's Blog for August 18, 2019

On August 9th we celebrated a Mass of Christian Burial for James Jackson, Sr. who was 89 years old. He was faithful to attending Mass and made sure his children received the sacraments as well. We extend our sympathies to his children, Jim, Debbie & Linda, and as always, I assured them of our prayers for their father.

We also had a funeral Mass on the day after, Saturday,for Gloria Karich who died on July 13th, surrounded by her family and best friend. Her obituary mentioned that “she went to the Lord” and how good it is to see that her faith was noted in that obit. She prayed the rosary and had a devotion to St. Jude. We offer our condolences to her husband John, to her daughters Denise & Colleen, to her step-daughter Holly and to all her family members and loved ones.

Last Monday we celebrated a Memorial Mass forRichard Bernacki who had been an usher here at St. Leo’s for many years. He too was a man of faith who would often be seen with a rosary, especially when he became homebound. He was described as generous, simple, gentle and calm. He enjoyed traveling with his wife of 29 years who died in 2004. May he too rest in peace.

Finally we remember August Bublavy whose funeralMass took place this past Wednesday. I heard of Augie even before I met him here at St. Leo’s because he knew my dad through bowling. But when I met him I knew he too was a man whose faith was important to him. He was a lector and really proclaimed the Word of God well, but he also lived that Word to the best of his ability. We were able to pray the last rites and the Divine Mercy Chaplet for him at the hospital and I had spoken to him just hours before he was taken to the emergency room. He will be missed. We pray for him and for his children, John, Joe, Mary & Paul.

We congratulate Jim & Lucille Huzl who will becelebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary this weekend during the 4pm Mass, with Fr. Vesely as the celebrant. Jim & Lucille are to be seen in the same pew week after week and have been faithful to the Lord as they have been to each other. They are often seen smiling as it’s no wonder as you can see how happy they are together. We are happy to pray with them that they may have many more years together.

We also congratulate Breanne Vedda who will receivethe Sacrament of Confirmation during the 11am Mass this Sunday. She is enthusiastic in learning more about her Catho- lic Faith and is so happy to complete her initiation into the Church. May the Holy Spirit give her the gifts that will ena- ble her to be a gift to the Church.

By this weekend you should see that our baptismal fonthas returned and has been enlarged with some pillars that provide flowing water. The water there will be blessed so feel free to use it to bless yourself as a reminder of your baptism.