Sunday, December 17, 2017
Advent


Beginning the Church's liturgical year, Advent (from, "ad-venire" in Latin or "to come to") is the season encompassing the four Sundays (and weekdays) leading up to the celebration of Christmas.

 

The Advent season is a time of preparation that directs our hearts and minds to Christ’s second coming at the end of time and also to the anniversary of the Lord’s birth on Christmas. The final days of Advent, from December 17 to December 24, focus particularly on our preparation for the celebrations of the Nativity of our Lord (Christmas).

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
    Saturday   December 16, 2017 Mass at 2:00 pm
    Saturday   December 23, No Mass

 
  Sunday   10:30 am
 Christmas Day   Monday   December 25, 2017 10:30 am
    Thurs.   7:00 pm 
         
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
  1st
Thurs.
  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 
         
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        Daily Reflections 

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 Formed.org 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 Formed.org, 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


Third Sunday of Advent

From Fr. Jim:  December 17, 2017

Bivuye kwa Padiri Jim:  
December 17, 2017

(African translation)

Mensage del padre Jim:
17 de deciembre de 2017 

(Spanish translation)

What can I do this week in Advent? Light the third candle on the Advent wreath and think of someone who is longing for our savior’s light and love and pray for that person; Receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Available after 10:30am Mass, today, Sunday, December 17.) Pray for the sick in our parish. Call someone you haven’t talked to in a while. Volunteer to help with any preparations. Have fun and enjoy doing what needs to be done. Reflect on the Christmas song, Silent Night. Watch a good Christmas movie with popcorn, of course! Pray for anyone who is alone and afraid.

Eucharistic Adoration
World Day of Prayer 2016

 

St. Leo The Great Parish

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

 

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