Saturday, February 16, 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 

What Are We To Do?

St. Leo's has a wonderful opportunity for parishioners to explore the Catholic faith from the comfort of your own homes. Our Lady of Visitation parish is sharing their account with which gives St. Leo's parishioners access to various video series, audio books, Bible studies, small faith group resources and more. To use this exciting online resource, simply go to, enter the parish code : 7EK9BQ (it is case sensitive) and set up your own personal account. 

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

Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time

From Fr. Jim:  February 10, 2019

Bivuye kwa Padiri Jim:  
February 10, 2019

(African translation)

Mensage del padre Jim:
10 de febrero de 2019 

(Spanish translation)

Please consider this: There is a true story about former Prime Minister Menachem Begin’s visit during the Carter administration. Seated in the Oval Office of the White House, Prime Minister Begin asked President Carter about the three telephones on the president’s desk. President Carter responded: one goes to Plains Georgia, so I can keep track of my brother, Billy; one is a hot line to Moscow, which gives me instant communication with the Russians and one is a direct line to God!” “How much does that cost?” asked Begin. “Ten thousand dollars a month but it is worth every cent,” replied the president.

                Sometime later, Carter visited Israel and sat with Begin in his office. Seeing three telephones on his desk Carter asked, “Why do you have three phones?” “Well, one is a hot line to Cairo, Egypt, one is my direct line to Parliament, and one is my direct line to God!” Carter asked, “What does your direct line to God cost?” “Ten cents,” Begin responded. “It’s a local call!”

                Would you consider your relationship with God a long distant one or a local one? Is God more of a higher power watching over you from a distance or very near to you, one with you and within your reach and grasp?  When we pray, is our praying more like making a long distance call or talking to our neighbor from across the back yard fence?

                We can’t ever forget that our God is transcendent-always greater than ourselves and more than we can imagine, truly a God of heaven but our God is also incarnate – one with us in our very flesh, a God also of earth.  God is as near to us as our very heartbeat and is as real to us as our love for our neighbor and as the Church is the Body of Christ, living its faith into action. Let us call upon the Lord always and often, especially while he is near.

                Also please consider this: In Seoul, South Korea, there was a theater manager who thought the Sound of Music was too long of a movie. Therefore, he decided to reduce the running time of the film without doing damage to the plot by removing all the songs! This brings to mind this question: What is truly wrong with this picture?

                Although one may be able to understand the plot without the music, arguably the plot was damaged without the songs. Since the movie was a musical, how can you have a musical without music and singing?

                This sheds some light on the importance of music and song in the liturgy and why some parts of the mass need to be sung like the Gloria, Memorial Acclamation, Great Amen, Holy, Holy, Lamb of God and the Alleluia. This is also why some parts are better when they are sung like the Responsorial Psalm and the Penitential Rite and why there is the option to chant the prayers and the Eucharistic Prayer. Could this also be the reason why some church musicians want to sing all the verses to the hymns?

                How about with the liturgy that is our lives and when we leave church each Sunday with the charge: “Go in peace, glorifying the Lord with your life?” Can we glorify the Lord throughout the week without singing the music of the liturgy?  When during the week are we aware of God’s presence raising us up or when our focus is truly on the higher things? Would bursting out an Alleluia be appropriate or does humming a Sanctus deepen the plot of our lives with God? What opportunities are we given to pray the psalms with our lives and to sing a familiar refrain? How could softly singing the Lord Have Mercy or the Lamb of God give meaning to the ongoing musical of God living with us in our very flesh and converting us to a spiritual nature? Singing with God and to God in prayer and in the prayer that is our very life makes for a really good, if not great picture!


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