Thursday, August 24, 2017
Parish to the Community

St. Leo the Great Church, known as a beacon of light in our struggling neighborhood, serves as a parish to the North Fairmount, Millvale and The Villages of Roll Hill neighborhoods.  More than 90% of our phone calls are from people in need.  St. Leo’s offers a wide variety of services to residents of our neighborhoods, including:

Alcoholics Anonymous
Chapter meetings held at St. Leo’s weekly. 

Bereavement Services:  St. Leo’s hosts funeral services for indigent members of our community as well as neighborhood persons who have no faith affiliation.  Upon request, St. Leo’s Pastor offers his services as a presider at funeral services held onsite or at local funeral homes. 

Christmas Give-Away for residents in the neighborhood. 

Doorbell Ministry
Offers a warm welcome, solace for the soul, referrals to and information about social service agencies, and assistance dealing with the need at hand.

Childhood Food Solutions
Is an outgrowth of the Fairmount Providers’ group which strives to provide a food safety net for needy children on the 187 days school is not in session with special focus on providing food for winter and spring breaks and summer.  Childhood Food Solutions is based at St. Leo’s.
 

Childhood Poverty: Food is the Solution  
CINCINNATI (Rich Jaffe) 

Read More at: http://www.local12.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/MONDAY-AT-6-Childhood-Poverty-Cincinnati-39-s-Crisis-228152.shtml


CUP (Catholics United for the Poor) 
Is a fund-raising organization for a variety of Catholic agencies that aid the poor. CUP offices are based at St. Leo’s.


Fairmount Providers
  
In November, 2004, representatives of community, church, school, recreation groups and social service agencies in the Fairmount neighborhood began meeting to share information, network and advocate together to further enhance the quality of life in our area.  Fairmount Providers continue to meet on the 3rd Thursday of each month (except December) from 11:30 am to 1 pm. Members take turns hosting and providing lunch. Anyone is welcome to attend.  Minutes: May 18, 2017

National Day of Prayer/Caravan of Prayer  
For more than a decade St. Leo’s has been joined with other churches in the neighborhood to enfold the community in prayer on the National Day of Prayer, the first Thursday in May. Participants form a caravan of prayer, stopping to pray at least a dozen places in the neighbor, including schools, treatment centers, senior residences, playgrounds, and areas of high crime. Anyone is invited to take part in the prayer caravans.

Prison Ministry
Since the late 1970s, Hamilton County, Ohio jail and treatment facilities have been served by volunteer chaplains.  In 2007, a group of chaplains--led by Reverend Jack Marsh--gathered in prayer to discern how they could add to the success of jail ministry, both locally and other places.  Part of their discernment centered on how to create an enhanced model for jail ministry that was effective, measurable and replicable.  After months of meetings, myriad pads of easel paper and a mountain of prayer, Transforming Jail Ministries was born.  St. Leo's pastor, Fr. Jim Schutte, serves as one of the chaplains for Transforming Jail Ministries.

Visiting the Imprisoned

Sewing Classes at St. Leo's
If you have ever wished you could alter a piece of clothing or actually make something for yourself or your family on a sewing machine, then you are invited to join us!  We begin with sewing things that are useful to you in your home: pot holders, sewing bag, purses, hand towels, aprons, baby clothes and more. There is no fee, but we ask that you come ready to enjoy the company of others and help one another as you learn new skills.

You will receive a starter sewing kit, the fabric you need to learn new  skills, and the use of an electric sewing machine.  Kathy Heile, Beth Kiley and Ann Vonder Meulen, OSF are the instructors in our class who  will be delighted to help you learn what others have taught us.  We guarantee that you will find out how creative you are, and even begin  developing new items and patterns yourself! Come join in the fun every Friday, from 9:00am to 12 noon.  We are eager to have you join us! No  need to register - just show up! 

Used Toy and Clothing Sale
Offers families of limited means the great dignity and opportunity to Christmas shop for their families. Held once a year, in December. Open to anybody and everybody. New and gently used clothing, toys and knick-knacks are made available at affordable prices.

Fairmount Providers' Group
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