Thursday, August 22, 2019
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.

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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


20th Sunday of Ordinary Time

From Fr. Jim:  August 18, 2019

Bivuye kwa Padiri Jim:  
August 18, 2019

(African translation)

Mensage del padre Jim:
18
de Agosto de 2019 

About the Gospel and the sign of Peace: Today’s Gospel discomforts the comfortable. Living in relationship with the Lord, it is most likely that disciples of Jesus can receive the same kind of rejection that the Lord received.  Everyone doesn’t want to believe what we believe or love others as the Lord loves them or make the sacrifice of self that truly builds the kingdom of God. Everyone doesn’t want to change in the way that the fire of God’s love can purify them. The Gospel has its enemies and disciples of Jesus will have enemies too that they will want to learn how to love as Jesus shows us. These people could be members of our own families.

 At the heart of our belief, Jesus wants that we give up our lives even for those who would hate us – even for those who we do not like or love. We realize this in the celebration of the Eucharist. We cannot be a eucharistic people without dying to our own needs, wants, desires, preferences, likes and dislikes in order to seek the good of others.

 At Mass, just before we receive communion with God and each other, we exchange the sign of peace. Here, we rehearse having the mind of Christ and showing the sacrificial kind of love that brings us to communion. The rubrics of the Roman Missal say that this sign “expresses peace, communion, and charity.”  (128). Realizing that we can hurt others even when we are not trying to hurt them and that others can hurt us and knowing that the Gospel is difficult to live and accept at times, for the sign of peace to be authentic, we must seek daily to share peace with those with whom we have not been peaceful. If we are to show that our sharing in communion is credible then we must keep trying to love those we have harmed, those we have judged, those whom we believe are unworthy of God’s love. Also, we must see the foreigner, the outcast, and the sinner as one with us and in need of God’s mercy and offer a sign of reconciliation with them. To live in communion with God is to be reconciled to God and each other and to become reconcilers for God in the name of Christ.

 The Sign of Peace prepares our hearts to authentically share in the Eucharist and reminds everyone that God came more for unity than division. The peace of the Lord be with you always!  


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