Tuesday, January 28, 2020
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

3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time

From Fr. Jim:  January 26, 2020

Bivuye kwa Padiri Jim:  
Januari 26, 2020

(African translation)

Mensage del padre Jim:
26 de enero de 2020

(Spanish translation)

Catholic Schools Week: At the end of January, we celebrate Catholic Schools Week throughout our Archdiocese and the country. I am so grateful and appreciative for the Catholic education and formation that I have received in my lifetime as I am for the catholic education that some of our parishioner children are receiving. We have children who attend St. Boniface School, Holy Family School, St. Lawrence School, Resurrection School and the High Schools of Cristo Rey and Mercy/McAuley. They are doing well and are very happy to have the opportunity to receive a Catholic education. They are excited, too, about growing in their faith, learning about God and celebrating the Sacraments of the Church.

Many years ago, St. Leo Parish had its own grade school. There are many alumni from St. Leo School who still today have fond memories of their time here and who are most appreciative and grateful for the quality education and faith formation that they have received. Even though we no longer have our own school, as a parish in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, St. Leo Parish supports catholic schools and catholic education. We encourage all parents to consider sending their children to a Catholic Grade School and a Catholic High School.

The schools mentioned above are all welcoming of our students and offer tuition assistance.  They are most sensitive to the needs of our children and are helping them adjust to the ways of our culture and preparing them to further their education and be successful in the workplace. They are being taught how to live in right relationship with their God and neighbor while fostering moral values and virtues.

St. Leo Parish has a special relationship with St. Boniface School. When St. Leo School closed a long time ago, it merged with St. Boniface School. Until recent years, we have not had any children to send to St. Boniface. Now, some of our parishioner children attend there. They are happy and they enjoy learning, especially about God and their faith. I am so grateful to St. Boniface for the warm welcome they have extended to us and for the quality education and formation that they offer.

If anyone is interested in seeing if their children can attend St. Boniface School or any Catholic school, please call Angelo Anno at the parish office – 921-1044. We are most happy to assist you, if you want or need our help. Also, in addition to the Catholic schools already mentioned, Annunciation School, in Clifton, near the University of Cincinnati, will welcome our parishioner children to attend there and so will St. Clement which is in the village of St. Bernard. For more information about these schools, please call me at the rectory office.

May God bless all our teachers, principals, administrators, workers, volunteers, parents and students. May God’s face shine upon them and be gracious to them. May God look upon them with kindness and grant them peace. May God bring the good work that God has begun in each of us to completion all for the service, glory and honor of God.

Prayer for Vocations: The following is Archbishop Schnurr’s prayer for vocations. He asks us to pray this often: Almighty Father, you have created us for some definite purpose. Grant us the grace to know the path you have planned for us in this life and to respond with a generous “Yes.” Make our Archdiocese, parishes, homes and hearts fruitful ground for your gift of vocations. May our young people respond to your call with courage and zeal. Stir among our men a desire and the strength to be good and holy priests. Bless us with consecrated religious and those called to a chaste single life, permanent deacons, and faithful husbands and wives, who are a sign of Christ’s love for his church. We commend our prayer for vocations to you, Father, through the intercession of Mary our Mother, in the Holy Spirit, through Christ our Lord. Amen.    

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Rev. James R. Schutte, Pastor
2573 St. Leo Place
Cincinnati, OH 45225
513-921-1044 ext. 21


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