Monday, August 26, 2019
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"Migrants are persons... They are the symbol of all those rejected by today's globalized society... The weakest and most vulnerable must be helped... This is a tremendous responsibility, from which no one is exempt if we wish to fulfill the mission of salvation and liberation, in which the Lord himself has called us to cooperate."

Many of you want to take action or assist immigrant and refugee families and children arriving at the U.S./Mexico border and in our communities. Please see the list below and take action in solidarity with people seeking refuge, safety and security in the United States.

1) Call and Take Action to Oppose Inhumane Detention Conditions for Immigrants and Widespread Enforcement Actions. 

Recent reports have documented the inhumane and unsanitary conditions in which immigrants arriving to our southern border, including children and families, are being held in by the Department of Homeland Security. In addition to these unacceptable conditions, we have seen the Administration continue to pursue an enforcement-only immigration approach. It has continued to separate families at the border and threaten widespread immigration enforcement actions, which strike fear into our parishes and communities. 

The faith community has decried this treatment of children and families not only as a violation of human dignity and rights, but also as fundamentally contrary to religious teachings and the sacred call to love our neighbor and care for people who are the most at risk, especially children. Catholic social tradition teaches us that every person deserves equality and respect. It also teaches us that family is sacred-it is the cornerstone of our church and our community.

For these reasons, USCCB's Committee on Migration has voiced its strong opposition to the conditions and planned actions noting: "Recent reports of overcrowded and unsanitary conditions are appalling and unacceptable for any person in U.S. custody, but particularly for children, who are uniquely vulnerable." And further that: "Enforcement actions like those anticipated this week by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency separate families, cause the unacceptable suffering of thousands of children and their parents, and create widespread panic in our communities."

Catholic leaders have launched a campaign to end the inhumane treatment of immigrant and refugee children and families at the border, in detention centers, and in communities across the country. Catholics are gathering in Washington, DC (information is here); they have come to stand with immigrant communities threatened by our broken immigration system. The time to take a prophetic stand and say NO MORE is now.

We ask you to Act NOW! Call the White House and let your voice join the chorus of Catholics who say no more to tearing families and communities apart and say yes to welcome and love.

Call the White House Now! Call (202) 456-1111

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As a person of faith, I am calling today to strongly oppose the inadequate and unsanitary conditions in which immigrants, including children and families, are being held while in the custody of the Department of Homeland Security. I also oppose actions that unnecessarily separate immigrant families at the border, as well as in communities around the country through widespread enforcement actions. Family is sacred-it is the cornerstone of our church and our community and must be protected.

Guided by our Catholic faith and our national values, we affirm the dignity of all people and our call to love our neighbors. Every person, every family deserves stability and security. 

We urge you to reconsider actions that threaten family unity and address these unacceptable holding and detention conditions. We can and must remain a country that provides refuge for children and families fleeing violence and persecution.

2) Volunteer or Give 

Support asylum-seeking families who have fled their home countries and are arriving daily. Several Catholic Charities agencies serve as reception and hospitality centers along the U.S./Mexico Border and provide for the immediate needs of released families and assist them with making travel arrangements to their final destinations. Contact your local Catholic Charities affiliate to learn more about their material and volunteer needs. 

3) Foster an Unaccompanied Child.

USCCB/MRS currently provides foster care to unaccompanied immigrant children. You can find a list of locations at www.usccb.org/fostercare. Those interested in becoming a foster parent would need to follow state and agency guidelines for training and licensing. If you live in one of the states we serve, and are interested in becoming a foster parent, contact foster@usccb.org for more information. If there are no USCCB or LIRS programs in your area, please direct your inquiries to DCS_ProjectOfficers@acf.hhs.gov . 

4) Pray.

Prayer opens our hearts to the Holy Spirit and strengthens us to carry out God's work with compassion, devotion, and love. You and others can use the USCCB Prayer for Migrant Families to ask God to protect and provide for our immigrant sisters and brothers in Christ, or affirm your solidarity with them with the USCCB Prayer for Migrants and Refugees.

Thank you for your efforts!

News & Events
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Food Pantry Volunteers Needed

6 – 8 Shopper/Escort volunteers are needed at St. Leo's Food Pantry 


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Letter from Archbishop Schnurr regarding migrants

For these reasons, I reaffirm our call to all Catholics and people of goodwill to take action.  I encourage us again to tell the Administration and Congress to prioritize the lives and dignities of migrants and to restore order to our broken immigration system. Read more.

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Catholic Actions To Support Immigrants

Catholic Actions to take to support Immigrant Families and Children Read more.

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Monday Morning Food Pantry Volunteer needed

St. Leo Food Pantry needs a volunteer to occasionally help out our pick up team on Monday mornings. Ride along in the cargo van, pick up food items from donor vendors, return to food pantry and deliver the donations. Call Stephanie if interested at 513-921-1044 ext.20 Read more.

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Part-time Volunteer Opportunity at St. Leo Food Pantry

Looking for something worthy to do? Looking for a new challenge?  Do you have a spouse/partner/friend that you would like to share the job with?  That’s fine too!  St. Leo Food Pantry is seeking a VOLUNTEER assistant administrator. If you (and a teammate) are interested, please contact Stephanie Sepate, Pantry Administrator, at 513-921-1044 ext. 20

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Volunteers Needed at the Food Pantry

Food Pantry Volunteers Always Needed

Call 513-921-1044 If you can help out!

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What you can do to promote greater solidarity with migrants!

What you can do to promote greater solidarity with migrants!  Action Steps provided by the Archdiocese of Cincinnati Catholic Social Action Office
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Sign Up for Smart 911

Plan Ahead For Any Emergency :  Give 9-1-1 the information they need to help you fast.   Go to:  https://www.smart911.com/ 
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Fraud Alert

Fraud Alert:  Victims receive unsolicited phone calls from someone posing as a Hamilton County Sheriff Deputy from Court Services. Victims are told there is a warrant for their arrest for not showing up for jury duty. Anyone with information about the fraud is asked to call the Major Offenders Unit at 352-3542 or CRIMESTOPPERS at 352-3040. 

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Youth Group Making Alfombras

In keeping with a Guatemalan Lenten custom, St. Leo's made alfombras, carpets made of colorful sawdust.

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Volunteers Needed to Fold, Tab and Label Our Monthly Newsletter

4 or 5 or 6 volunteers are needed ASAP to fold, tab and label our monthly newsletter.  Read more.

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Stained Glass Window Fund

Many, many thanks to all of you who supported our Stained Glass Window Appeal.  We simply can’t thank you enough!
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Civilize It!

Campaign to promote civility, clarity and compassion in electoral politics and among ourselves.

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Tour St. Leo's nearly completed "choice" food pantry.

Take a quick tour of St. Leo's almost finished "choice" food pantry.

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Food Pantry Volunteers Needed

Food Pantry Volunteers Desperately Needed!


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English As A Second Language Volunteers Needed

Volunteers Needed for our Saturday morning ESL classes.  10:00 am - Noon at St. Leo's Rectory. 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. Read more.

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Many Thanks to Our Food Pantry Volunteers

Many thanks to all the wonderful, incredible volunteers who helped move the Food Pantry to its new home!

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St. Leo's Featured in the Channel 9 Insider

St. Leo's was recently featured in a story by Kevin Eigelbach of the Channel 9 Insider.  Read the entire story at:  http://www.wcpo.com/news/insider/immigrants-are-revitalizing-st-leos-in-north-fairmount Read more.

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City Beat video featuring St. Leo's

Be sure to check out the video produced by and featured in the City Beat newspaper.

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City Beat Video Features St. Leo's

Be sure to check out the video produced by City Beat newspaper featuring St. Leo the Great Parish.

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Seeking Refuge

St. Leo the Great Parish featured in the City Beat newspaper, Seeking Refuge.

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St. Leo's Pieta

The St. Leo Pietà has been given a new life.

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Support St. Leo's When You Shop Kroger

Help support St. Leo's many spiritual and corporal acts of mercy by shopping at Kroger's. 

Register online at: 

https://www.kroger.com/communityrewards

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Holy Year of Mercy Pilgrim Site

St. Leo's is one of several churches throughout the Archdiocese that have been named as pilgrim sites for the Holy Year of Mercy. Read more.

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St. Leo's in the news

St. Leo's was mentioned on Channel 12 News in a story about the non-profit Childhood Food Solutions

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DROP what you’re doing and re-enROLL

Re-Enroll or Become a member online at www.krogercommunityrewards.com with your Kroger Plus card.  Read more.

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Oath of Citizenship

The ripple effect is taking place at St. Leo's; more new citizens!

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Many, many thanks to Our Lady of the Visitation Parish

All of us at St. Leo’s are truly, deeply grateful to our Covenant Parish, Our Lady of the Visitation, for inviting us to join them at their annual parish picnic.   Read more.

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Many, many thanks to St. Leo's Youth Group

Many, many thanks to St. Leo’s youth group who arrived early in the morning to help set up the tables and chairs indoors and out, laid out the table covers and fanciful table decorations for St. Leo's Children's Event. Read more.

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Many, Many Thanks to Children's Event Donors and Volunteers

St. Leo's Children's Event a Huge Success!

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Support St. Leo's - Shop Kroger's

Help support St. Leo's many spiritual and corporal acts of mercy by shopping at Kroger's.

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Many, many thanks to IHM Social Justice Committee

Many, many thanks to IHM Social Justice Committee for their bountiful school house collection to benefit the children of St. Leo's parish.

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St. Leo the Great Parish is most grateful to UnitedHealthcare Community Plan

Many thanks to UnitedHealthcare Community Plan for donating 5 laptop computers. Read more.

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Many, many thanks to Catholic Heart Work Camp

Many, many thanks to all the folks from Catholic Heart Work Camp

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St. Leo Food Pantry Now Serving Millvalle Neighborhood

St. Leo Food Pantry has expanded our service area to include the Millvalle Neighborhood. Read more.

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St. Leo the Great Church works with Global Music & Wellness

St. Leo the Great Church works closely with Global Music & Wellness to improve the lives of older Burundi Refugees.

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Thanks to the volunteers from St. Michael the Archangel Parish

Many, many thanks to the volunteers from St. Michael the Archangel Parish community outreach committee.

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Support St. Leo's - Shop Kroger's

Help support St. Leo's many spiritual and corporal acts of mercy by shopping at Kroger's. All you have to do is shop at Kroger and swipe your Plus Card. You will still receive your mileage points and other customer rewards, while you support St. Leo's!  Register online at: https://www.kroger.com/communityrewards  Enter St. Leo's NPO #28680 or search for St. Leo the Great Church.

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Many, many thanks to St. James, White Oak

St. Leo's is truly, deeply grateful for the beautiful crucifix, baptistry and ambo.

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Student from St. Leo's Parish featured in Cincinnati State billboard.

Congratulates to Ernestine, member of St. Leo the Great Parish, whose beautiful photo is shown in one of Cincinnati State's downtown billboards. 

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On Days with Inclement Weather

Check out the following stations for St. Leo event cancellations:  
WCPO - Channel 9, WKRC - Channel 12, WXIX   - Channel 19

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Fourth Anniversary of St. Leo's Prayer Wall Dedication

October 18, 2013 marks the fourth anniversary of St. Leo's Prayer Wall Dedication. Read more.

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Many, many thanks to our covenant partner parish, Our Lady of Visitation.

Many, many thanks to our covenant partner parish, Our Lady of Visitation, for including St. Leo’s congregation at your parish picnic at Stricker’s Grove.   Read more.

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Prayers for Immigration Reform

St. Leo the Great Parish joined Holy Family Church in praying for immigration reform:

http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20130908/NEWS/309080085/Local-Catholics-pray-immigration-law-changes

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Ice Cream Sundae Sunday a Big Success!

Ice Cream Sundae Sunday a Big Success!

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Catching Up With Our Youth

No more being bored! Read more.

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Many, many thanks to Alive In You Catholic Conference and Service Camp

Many, many thanks for the energetic, enthusiastic, high quality service work done by the Alive In You volunteers. Read more.

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Two St. Leo the Great Parish members honored for their work with the Red Cross

Two of our St. Leo the Great Parish members just returned from Washington, DC where they were members of one of six Red Cross groups from around the US honored for their work on a video.

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St. Leo's Vestibule Painting Featured in the May 16, 2013 Catholic Beat

St. Leo's vesitbule painting is featured in the May 16, 2013 edition of "Treasures" section of the Catholic Beat

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From Our Friends in New Zealand

It is amazing how far and wide the love of God can stretch and continue to spread!  Read more.

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Father Jim Joins the Ranks of the Fire Department Chaplains

Recently, Father Jim joined the ranks of the Fire Department Chaplains.   Read more.

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St. Leo's In the News

St. Leo's was featured in a story about our North Fairmount neighborhood on WCPO.  Check it out at:http://www.wcpo.com/longform/our-forgotten-neighborhoods-north-fairmount

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St. Leo's Parishioner, Dr. Jonathan Trauth, ReceivesThe Spirit of Sr. Dorothy Stang Award

The Spirit of Sister Dorothy Stang Award is granted by the Sisters of Notre dame de Namur and the Archdiocese of Cincinnati Offices of Mission, Catholic Social Action, Youth and Young Adult Ministry, and Evangelization and Catechesis. The Award is granted to someone who has demonstrated Christ-like solidarity with the poor, shows care for the Earth, and applies Catholic Social Teaching in cross cultural service.  Read more.

 





 

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