Monday, October 21, 2019
Ordinary Time

Ordinary Time makes up most of the liturgical year in the Catholic Church. Because Ordinary Time refers to the period of the Catholic Church's liturgical year that fall outside of the major seasons (Advent, Christmas, Lent, and Easter), and because of the connotations of the term "ordinary" in English, many people think Ordinary Time refers to the parts of the Church year that are unimportant. But nothing could be further from the truth.

Ordinary Time is called "ordinary" because the weeks are numbered. The Latin word ordinalis, which refers to numbers in a series, stems from the Latin word ordo, from which we get the English word order. Thus, Ordinary Time is in fact the ordered life of the Church—the period in which we live our lives neither in feasting (as in the Christmas and Easter seasons) or in more severe penance (as in Advent and Lent), but in watchfulness and expectation of the Second Coming of Christ.

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Burundi Women's Choir

St. Leo's Burundi Women's Choir sings an anthem
as St. Leo's children receive their First Communion

May 26, 2013

St. Leo's Burundi Women's Choir sang and danced in prayer at the January 1, 2013 World Day of Peace mass at St. Peter in Chains Cathedral, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Worship Schedule

Mass  Saturday    6:00 pm, Spanish

  Sunday   10:30 am
    Thurs.   7:00pm
Children's Liturgy of the Word    Sunday
10:30 am
Holy Days       Call 513-921-1044 for specific information 
Vigil       Call 513-921-1044 for specific information 
Exposition of the 
Blessed Sacrament
  Following 7:00 pm Mass until 9:00 pm
Confessions   Saturday   5:00 - 5:30 pm
Baptism       Call 513-921-1044  3 weeks in advance 
Marriage       Call 513-921-1044  6 months in advance 
Sacrament of the Sick        Call 513-921-1044 
        Daily Reflections 
The Strangers We Meet

Painting in the vestibule of St. Leo's

The work of the late Fr. Jim Hasse, SJ, “The Strangers We Meet” depicts Christ breaking bread at Emmaus. Instead of more traditional representations, it depicts Christt as a man of African descent, sitting with people of various ages and from various ethnic heritages. All the models were St. Leo parishioners.

“Fr. Jim captured spiritual life in his works, revealing the sacredness in everyday people and everyday actions,“ says Fr. Josephh Folzenlogen, SJ, who lived and worked with the priest painter at Claver Jesuit Ministries in South Cumminsville (OH). “Jim’s paintings were mirrors in which people could see their own beauty.”

Models for the 2004 painting were Timaya Smith (the child in the foreground), Amy Egan, Darnell Edwards, Ivy Peppers, and Rick Nohle.

“Since Jim used people from the parishes and neighborhoods where he worked as his models, the paintings were not just images,” says Fr. Joe. “They were connections with people he loved. Those people were also his children.”

St. Leo parishioner Stephanie Sepate describes the painting as “a beautiful remembrance of purpose” in every life.

“In the upper left of our painting is the figure of the angel by the tomb of the Risen Lord, and the women running to share the news,” she says. “What a beautiful remembrance of purpose in each of our lives — we are not really strangers to each other but we are all one universal family in our life’s journey.”

Fr. Jim Hasse, whose paintings appeared in several publications and are held in private collections, including the art museum at St. Louis University, died in 2011. Most of his paintings are of biblical subjects and feature African-American people he worked with. To see several galleries of his works with associated reflections, click here.

A New Life

Michelangelo sculpted the Pietà in 1498–1499,    taking less than two years to complete. His depiction of the body of Jesus on the lap of his mother Mary after the Crucifixion on the rock of Golgatha is one of the most famous pieces of sculpture known by so many across the world.

Showing the "religious vision of abandonment and a serene face of the Son", Michelangelo did not want his version of the Pietà to represent death, but rather a representation of the communion between man and God through Christ’s gift of life.

For the 1964 New York World’s Fair, the Vatican loaned the Pietà for installation in the Vatican pavilion. A conveyor belt moved people, who stood in line for hours, past the sculpture. It is housed in St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City and is the only piece Michelangelo ever signed.

Several decades ago, St. Leo was gifted with a beautiful representation of the Pietà in memory of the Schuchart Family. Over the years, the wear and tear, fragments of the more fragile areas of the statue cracked or missing, and chipping paint called a friend of the parish to totally refurbish our Pietà. To repaint it with its former colors would have shown the flaws; it was decided to paint it all one color, especially in keeping with the make-up of our parish—all one people. After months and months of prayerful restoration, our Pietà finally came home, quite appropriately, the day before Ash Wednesday.

As we celebrate Holy Week and Easter, we are grateful for Michelangelo’s reminder of the ultimate gift in our midst. The St. Leo Pietà has been given a new life; let us all celebrate a season of renewal in our own lives as Lent ends and as we rejoice in the hope and joy of Easter’s Alleluias!

- Stephanie Sepate

29th Sunday of Ordinary Time

From Fr. Jim:  October 20, 2019

Bivuye kwa Padiri Jim:  
October 20, 2019

(African translation)

Mensage del padre Jim:
20 de octubre de

(Spanish translation)

World Mission Sunday – This weekend is World Mission Sunday. There is a special envelope in your box of envelopes for this collection and the second collection today will help support missionary activity throughout the world.  The Church throughout the world needs our support.  The Archdiocese of Cincinnati upon its founding in the 1800’s needed the support of the greater church throughout the world and we, at St. Leo, especially understand the support and generosity of all of our brothers and sisters in Christ in order to do the Lord’s work and carry-on the mission of Jesus Christ.

Through the work of lay people, religious sisters and brothers and priests, the World Mission Sunday Collection helps support, through the Society for the Propagation of the Faith:  schools; hospitals, health clinics; leprosy centers; social and pastoral projects.  These funds also provide operating costs for Catholic Mission Dioceses around the world.   In many ways, because of the diverse nature of our parish community, we stand in strong solidarity with missionary activity throughout the world.  I strongly encourage your participation in this appeal.  Thank you for your generosity.  May God be blessed and praised.  May the Gospel be preached and lived here, throughout the United States and the entire world.

 Thank you, Sister Mary – Last week at our 10:30am Sunday Liturgy, Sr. Mary Duddey received the Spirit of Sister Dorothy Stang Award.  Sister Dorothy Stang is a native of Dayton, Ohio and belongs to The Notre Dame Sisters, DeNamur.  Sister Dorothy was a missionary in Brazil and fought for social justice for the farmers and was an advocate for the culture and the environment.  She was outspoken in her efforts on behalf of the poor and the environment.  On the morning of February 2, 2005, she went to a meeting to speak about the rights for the Amazon. She was stopped by soldiers who asked her if she had any weapons.  She said, “The only weapon that I have is my Bible.”  She opened it and was reading the Beatitudes when the soldiers fired their weapons and killed her.  Today, her spirit continues to inspire the poor and vulnerable of Brazil to fight for their own dignity and to safeguard God’s creation.  Sister Dorothy’s life is an example for all of us of Christ’s good news proclaimed in the 21st century.

 Sister Mary Duddey is a Sister of the Divine Providence and has ministered to and served our immigrants and refugees here at St. Leo.  She has fought for their rights and has volunteered her time to help them adjust and become acclimated to this country and to our culture without losing their own culture.  She volunteers in our food pantry and often takes our parishioners back and forth for food.  She gives them rides to and from church for Mass, meetings, doctor’s appointments, etc.  In the spirit of Sister Dorothy, Sr. Mary also is an example for all of us of Christ’s good news proclaimed today.

 Because of health reasons, Sr. Mary needs to cut back on many of her activities but occasionally she will still work in our food pantry.  She is living at the mother house for the Sisters of the Divine Providence in Kentucky.  She wants everyone to know that you can call her there just to talk anytime.  She will always be praying for you and will continue to help you in any way she is able.

 Thank you so much Sister Mary for dedicating your life and ministry to the Lord in the service of God’s people and for loving us and caring for us with all your heart, soul, mind and strength.  We will continue to follow the Lord by loving God and our neighbor as you so faithfully have taught us.

Eucharistic Adoration
World Day of Prayer


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Cincinnati, OH 45225
513-921-1044 ext. 21


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