Sunday, December 17, 2017
Volunteer Spotlight

vol•un•teer  [vol-uhn-teer] –n.
one of life’s most valuable natural resources.

Thanks for all you do to make our world a better place.

¡Gracias!     Murakoze!    Thank You!

We are so very grateful for the generosity
of our many loyal volunteers!
We simply could not do all the things that we do without you.
All of us at St. Leo's are deeply grateful
to all of you who help us serve one another in Christ's love.

Meet a few of our dedicated volunteers:

Putting His Faith Into Action

Welcoming The Stranger

Hoe Hoe Hoe - Elaine Janis

Whatever You Do To the Least of My People - Sr. Phyllis Kemper, OSU

Following Where God Leads - Gabbi Montavon

Open Doors, Open Arms


It's In Her Blood - Sue Prieshoff

Helping Where She's Needed - Marianne Brater

Food Pantry - Mr. Bill - The Cookie Man

ESL - Sometimes God is Sneaky - Jan Connelly

How About A College Semester "At Home"

Circle of Life

Seeds Are Planted

Confirmation 2014 - Tom Orth

Seeing the Gifts- Gabbi Montavon

He's Fond of Dirty Work - Jon Trauth

The Beat Goes On - Arlene DeSilva
Volunteers Needed

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world.  
Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."

Margaret Mead

SANDING AND PAINTING VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Since our maintenance man, Rick, is still limited with his back injury, a morning or afternoon here and there is being planned to do "project" work. We’d like to finish sanding and painting the three arches at the front doors of church along with one inside trim before the cooler weather sets in. Two to three people with some experience in sanding and painting the intricate door frame and one person for the side that needs to be scraped down to the wood and polyurethanes would be a huge help. If you might be interested in helping, please call the parish office at 513-921-1044. Thank you!

VOLUNTEER PANTRY ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR NEEDED

Responsible for the purchased and donated acquisition of food, evaluate weekly inventory, and manage weekly orders with the Freestore Foodbank and other food resources, for pantry needs, parish needs, and neighborhood functions as needed. Manage communications with all volunteers. Approx. 15 hours a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Please call Stephanie at 513-921-1044 ext. 20.

FOOD PANTRY DRIVERS NEEDED
Are you looking for something worthy to do? Are you and a friend looking for something to do together? Two men with muscle are needed to pick up food items and meats on Friday mornings. This volunteer opportunity requires driving to 2 locations in the Rookwood area, lifting and stacking supplies in the cargo van, transporting the items back to the food pantry and then moving them from the van to the shelves. Please call Stephanie at 513-921-1044X20.

FOOD PANTRY SHOPPING ESCORTS NEEDED

Shopping escorts are needed to accompany guests as they “shop” for the items they need.  Escorts are needed for Mondays, Wednesday and/or Fridays from noon to 4:30 pm. Please call Stephanie at 513-921-1044X20.

VOLUNTEER TUTORS NEEDED
St. Leo's is looking for a few good volunteers on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:00 pm to help grade school and high school students comprehend and master areas of weakness and complete homework assignments. If you are interested, please contact Kerry Finlay at info@saint-leo.org.

CHILDREN'S LITURGY OF THE WORD VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
St. Leo's Children's Liturgy of the Word program serves children ages 3 through 6th grade with a combination of music and prayer and activities related to the Sunday readings. 

Volunteering in St. Leo’s Sunday Liturgy of the Word program might be just the place for you if you are looking for a great opportunity to meet people of different cultures, a chance to share your faith, a way to make a difference one child at a time, a place to exercise your creativity, and somewhere to get meaningful service hours.

Volunteers can choose to help one or two times a month or every Sunday during 10:30 am mass.  Activities are planned ahead by the coordinator and volunteers.  Adult volunteers need to have completed the Archdiocesan child protection program.  Please call Stephanie at 513-921-1044X20.

English As a Second Language VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
We currently teach English to Spanish and Burundi speaking students, but welcome all interested in learning English. We can always use English speakers to help students practice. You DO NOT need to be able to speak Spanish or Burundi to help out.  Our team leaders will show you how to assist our learners. Please call Stephanie at 513-921-1044X20.


Breaking Out of Darkness

Ash Wednesday is March 1st. In comparison to previous years, Lent and Easter are earlier this year. Lent is a time when Catholic Christians journey with those who are elected to receive the Sacraments of Initiation at the Easter Vigil. We examine our sinful lives against the movement of God’s redeeming grace in order to recommit to God’s will and ways for us and to live more for God and others. We desire to become less selfish and less attached to worldly means and ways. During Lent, we prepare to welcome the Elect to the Sacraments and the life of the Church and we prepare to renew our Baptismal promises and commitment to the Lord.

A favorite question among Catholic Christians is: What are you doing for Lent this year? Specifically, what are you doing to welcome those who are converting to the Catholic faith? What are you doing to share faith with them? What are you doing to reject Satan, all of his works and empty promises? What are you doing to believe in God the Father Almighty, in Jesus Christ, in the Holy Spirit and in the holy, Catholic Church? What are you doing to foster on going conversion and faith in your life?

Traditionally, the Scriptures that we hear during the Lenten season encourage us to pray, fast and give alms. Included in the Scriptures’ directives for us and also included in every response to the above question could be the spiritual and corporal works of mercy. I call your attention to our parish web page and to particular opportunities in each of our parishes to do works of mercy.

Recently, with the help of many volunteers, the St. Leo Food Pantry moved from its former location in the cellar of St. Leo Parish Offices to a more spacious, efficient and accommodating building on the Corner of Baltimore and Carll Streets. We are keeping our regular operating hours of Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 1 to 4 pm and in the future, we are hoping to eventually open on Saturdays. We are also becoming a Choice Food Pantry which means we will no longer have pre-packaged bags to distribute to the clients but our clients will be able to shop for the food that they need and want.

We are excited about this move and our new partnership with Catholic Charities of South West Ohio. In addition to providing additional resources for the St. Leo Food Pantry, Catholic Charities can offer other social services for our clients. Their offices are still being built in our new facility, but they will offer these services in the near future. God is continuing to bless all of us so that we can continue to feed God’s people for a long time.

From registration to stocking the shelves, to collecting food, to helping people select their food items and putting the items in their shopping carts and conversing with them, we are in need of volunteers. Even if it is just for the Lenten Season, please consider helping in the Food Pantry. Any of the spiritual and corporal works of mercy are great ways to break out of the darkness of sin and the darkness of these winter days. Happy Lent to all!

- Father Jim

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