Saturday, October 20, 2018
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.   7:00 pm 
Children's Liturgy of the Word    Sunday
10:30 am
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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

29th Sunday of Ordinary Time

From Fr. Jim:  October 21, 2018

Bivuye kwa Padiri Jim:  
October 21, 2018

(African translation)

Mensage del padre Jim:
21 octobre de 2018
(Spanish translation)

More about Respect Life in the month of October: Sharing fully in the life and love of God is a tremendous gift. We are all stewards of this tremendous gift of life. God entrusts this great gift of life to each of us. We are to give care to this gift of life always with respect and dignity and to image our Creator. 

The Church teaches that there is a consistent theory of human life – that proper stewardship of God’s gift of human life involves giving the proper care and love for life beginning in the womb and continuing to the tomb. And within this continuum, human life is not to be abused, denied or taken away. Therefore, as Christians and as the Church of God in the world today, we need to be concerned with the major issues of our day that challenge the respect, dignity and care that all life, on all levels deserves and desires. Issues such as abortion, stem cell research, euthanasia, sexual abuse, child abuse, spousal abuse, war, proper health care for everyone, treatment and care for the elderly, the death penalty, proper treatment of immigrants and refugees and what else can we include? The continuum of life requires respect and dignity for life on all of its levels at all times. The responsibility of stewarding this incredible gift to us is never ending, always challenging and at the same time wonderful. 

I believe being good stewards of all of God’s creation means living the great commandment to the best of our ability: Love God and love your neighbor as yourself. This, too, is a continuous straight line and not a hierarchy of values. Therefore, one can’t really love God without loving neighbor and self and one can’t really love neighbor without loving God and self and one can’t love self appropriately without love for neighbor and God. So, too, dignity and respect and love for God’s life are continuous along the entire spectrum of life. 

Included in our call to be good stewards of God’s life and love is the proper care for our planet. We are blessed to enjoy it and to preserve it for future generations to enjoy. Therefore, as Christians and as the Church of God, we also need to be concerned about the issues of our day that threaten to destroy our planet. Such issues include pollution, global warming, shrinking rainforests, overconsumption and the lack of recycling. 

We thank God for entrusting us to care for the life of all creation. We rejoice in the blessings that we receive from treating all life with respect and dignity. We ask for God’s healing, forgiveness and guidance for the times when we don’t steward God’s life well. We continue to work to promote the gift of God’s life on all levels and celebrate the growth of God’s people as they mature in faith. We pray, too, for God’s protection over our lives and the life God entrusts to our care. May all the peoples praise you, oh God. May all the peoples with all your creation sing your praises for the marvels of your life and love. Amen. Alleluia!

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