We need you!   We appreciate you!   We love you! 

Our needs so far exceed our own resources on many levels and we invite you to share your time, talents and treasures to be about the Lord's work with us.

Cash to Cover Operating Expenses is Essential:  in order to continue to provide the many spiritual and corporal works of mercy that St. Leo’s provides for the residents of the struggling neighborhood of North Fairmount, we must be able to turn on the lights and electronic equipment, plug in the freezers and refrigerators in the food pantry, heat the buildings, answer the phones, access running water, repair and maintain our physical plant and compensate our small, dedicated and determined staff.  Without these we simply cannot answer Jesus’ call to love our neighbors as ourselves. 

We rely on you without taking you away from your own parish and our hope is that we give to you additional experiences to live the gospel in accord with your own parish mission statement but in ways different from what your parish may be able to offer you. 

Your donation is humbly and gratefully accepted.  Every single gift means everything to us!

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 ¡Gracias!    Murakoze!    Thank You! 

We are deeply grateful for your continued and generous support. Our St. Leo the Great parish community promises to remember you and your loved ones in our private prayer, as well as in our communal prayer, which is to say that we are praying for you all the time. May our gracious God fill you with every blessing!

   

 

Spring Appeal 2021

 

Spring 2021
Dear Friends,

“During the Season of Lent, the Holy Spirit drives us too, like Jesus, into the desert. It is not a physical place, but rather an existential dimension in which we can be silent and listen to the word of God, so that a true conversion might be effected in us.

--Pope Francis

We are still HERE! It has almost been a year that we have had to adapt our lifestyles by trying to understand and maneuver through a global pandemic. St. Leo the Great Church is continuing our ministries amidst the COVID experience with more varying ways and limited resources. We may not see you in person as much however, your loyal and dedicated assistance has and continues to make great things happen in many people’s lives. We can’t thank you enough for your loyal and continued prayer and almsgiving to support St. Leo’s during this difficult time.

By your prayer and almsgiving, so generously given, we continue to serve and make connections in the community through our food pantry.  You actively participate with us in carrying out the spiritual and corporal works of mercy through our neighborhood garden project, doorbell and phone ministries, as well as our outreach programs for Burundian refugees of genocide and Hispanic immigrants from political oppression.

During this holy season of Lent, we humbly ask you to include St. Leo’s in your almsgiving. Our needs far exceed our own resources especially now, and we invite you to share your time, talents and treasures to be about the Lord's work with us.  Please join us in answering Jesus’ call to love our neighbors as ourselves. Here are some ways you can help:

  • Make a donation by cash, check or online. Online giving at: https://saint-leo.org/Donate-Now
  • Your weekly, monthly, or quarterly gift helps maintain us throughout the year.  Sustaining gifts are most welcome and are tax deductible.
  • Remember a Loved One.  Your gift to St. Leo’s is a caring way to honor or remember a special person, or mark a special occasion. 
  • Gifts-In-Kind including food items, toiletries, and wish list items posted on Amazon are just a few of the useful and practical items that help us assist those in most need.
  • Give a gift of stocks, bonds or mutual funds that have increased in value.  You can deduct the entire value from your taxable income and avoid the capital gains tax.
  • Donate your retirement assets including IRAs, 401(k)s, 403(b)s or list St. Leo’s as a beneficiary in your will/trust.
  • Volunteer with Restrictions during COVID! Call the office to see how you can help.
  • Without a doubt, your ongoing prayers are much needed and most appreciated!

As always, we are truly, deeply grateful for your loyal support.  You have been and are very faithful to us especially during these trying times.  May our loving God continue to bless you. Our St. Leo the Great parish community promises to remember you and your loved ones in our private prayer, as well as in our communal prayer, which is to say that we are praying for you all the time. May our gracious God fill you with every blessing!

Through your Lenten practices of prayer, fasting and Almsgiving, may you find the gladness of Easter which is HOPE, the promise of Easter which is PEACE, and the spirit of Easter which is LOVE.

     

                  

Fr. Jim Schutte, Pastor 

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