St. Leo the Great Church Lenten Parish Mission

Lent is the Christian season of preparation before Easter. The Lenten season is a time when many Christians observe a period of fasting, repentance, moderation, self-denial and spiritual discipline. The purpose is to set aside time for reflection on Jesus Christ—his suffering and his sacrifice, his life, death, burial, and resurrection.

Make the Lenten Mission, A Means of Renewal and Conversion.

Join us for the St. Leo the Great Church Lenten Parish Mission - March 25th to March 27th - 7:00 p.m.

Our guest speakers:

Monday, March 25th - Trapper Jack (Phillip Keller) - Blind Faith

Tuesday, March 26th - David Petrovic - Asperger Miracles

Wednesday, March - Robby’s Voice - Drug Addiction

Ash Wednesday is March 6, marking the start of the season of Lent

Ash Wednesday begins the season of Lent, so named because of the Church's tradition of marking the foreheads of each member of the faith community with consecrated ashes on that day. Catholics receive ashes as a tangible reminder that Lent is a time for prayer, fasting and charitable works (almsgiving) in preparation for Easter, the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

According to Catholic tradition, Lent provides us with a yearly opportunity to renew and deepen our relationship with Christ. It is a time during which penitential practices and good works are stressed equally by the Church. Acts of sacrifice and self-denial alongside actions directed toward love of God and neighbor combine to powerfully fulfill our baptismal commitment to be like Christ.

Join us for our Ash Wednesday Masses 8:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Fasting and abstinence from eating meat:

Ash Wednesday
 (March 6) and Good Friday (April 19) are obligatory days of universal fast and abstinence.

A Lenten message from Bishop Nelson Perez

Ash Wednesday marks the start of Lent, a season of prayer and repentance, a time to for us to seek a conversion of heart leading us to turn away from sin and remain faithful to the Gospel. It is also a time of preparation for the celebration of the paschal mystery.

In order to prepare, the Lord calls us to enter into the three spiritual exercises of prayer, fasting and almsgiving that are directed toward growing our relationships, especially in our relationship with him. Jesus teaches us in the Gospel of St. Matthew that, “When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites … When you fast, do not look gloomy … When you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, ” (Mt 6:5, 16, 3)

Moreover, Pope Francis reminds us that “Lent is a favorable season for opening the doors to all those in need and recognizing in them the face of Christ." In a particular way, the season of Lent is one in which we are called to work to build a culture of encountering others as Jesus did, not just seeing, but looking; not just hearing, but listening; not just passing people by, but stopping with them and offering them a deeper compassion and an accompaniment that returns each person to their dignity as a child of God.

By virtue of our baptism, Jesus challenges us to give as a gift what we receive as a gift, casting off all indifference, and asking for the grace to build within our hearts and among those around us a culture of fruitful encounter.

This year, as we journey through the season of Lent to the three days that unfold for us the unity of Christ’s paschal mystery, let us be faithful to the Gospel and give serious attention to how we might encounter others as Jesus did with a deeper compassion and self-sacrificing love for one another. This year, do not let the ashes we receive be just an annual ritual sign. Rather, wear them as a visible mark of our commitment to live and act as Jesus did with courage and compassion for the good of all.

St. Leo the Great Fish Dinners

Try our fish dinners every Friday in Lent (except Good Friday). The dinners will be served in Lux Hall between 4:30 and 7:00 p.m. Take out will be available as well. In addition to the regular menu:

  • Specials: Fish Taco Platter and Salmon Patty Dinner and Empanadas

  • Lobster Dinner (ADVANCE TICKETS ONLY): Friday, March 15th, Only - Tickets Available until Monday, March 11th.

  • If anyone is interested in volunteering -- setting up, preparing the food, serving the food, washing dishes, cleaning up -- please call the rectory or send an email to Thank You!  

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Congratulations Confirmandi, May God Bless You

Congratulations to the 17 students from our parish who were confirmed by Bishop Nelson Perez this weekend. Please keep them in your prayers as they take this step along their journey in faith.


Samantha Bosinger, Lilly Brown, Rylee Ehrett, Aubrey Gallagher, Brandon Hyland, Zachary Jerson, Evan Johnson, Sofia Melendez, Alexander Mischak, Natalie Rae Mischak, Justin Ortega, Lauren Osborne, Johnny Ozanich, William Robinson, Casey Smolinski, Samson Wheelock, Jenna Marie Young.

The Confirmation class extends a sincere THANK YOU to Bishop Perez, Fr. Schmitz, Deacon Pat & Joan Berigan, Mrs. Burns, their parents, sponsors, teachers, school and parish staff, musicians, and the reception team for helping them in their Confirmation journey. A special thank you to the “Spirit Team,” Mrs. Weingard, Mrs. Deranek and Ms. Dodson, for their leadership and dedication.