Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity


In the Christian religion the Trinity is the name given to God who is seen as three persons: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit (sometimes called Holy Ghost in English). The word “Trinity” comes from the Greek word for “three”. 

Most Christians worship God in the form of the Trinity. The Trinity is not mentioned in the New Testament. Jesus never talked about it in his teaching. In the Old Testament there are several places where there seems to be evidence for a Trinity. In Genesis we find that God said "Let us make man in our image". Note the plural "our". Later we read that “The Lord our God is one Lord” (Deuteronomy 6:4). 

When Jesus came the early Christians had to make sense of the fact that God had come among them through the power of the Holy Spirit. Matthew wrote in his gospel: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19). Several things in the gospel of John are often thought to point to a God who is more than just one being. The three persons of God are also mentioned in the second book of Corinthians. 

It was several hundred years after the life of Jesus before Christians generally accepted the idea that God was a Trinity. It was a difficult idea, because the Hebrew scriptures talk about God being One. The Greeks and the Romans could only understand Christ as a person who was bringing God’s Word. It was not until the 4th century that the three were thought of as being the three parts of one whole God. This was decided by the Council of Nicaea in 325. By the end of the century all Christians had come to believe in God as a Trinity.

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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


Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

From Fr. Jim:  June 16, 2019

Bivuye kwa Padiri Jim:  
June 16, 2019

(African translation)

Mensage del padre Jim:
16 de junio de 2019 

(Spanish translation)  

Feast of the Holy Trinity:  It is so very difficult to fully understand this feast but without understanding the theology behind this incredible feast, we do experience God in our lives as Father, Son and Spirit.  We experience their love and unity and we share this same love and unity.  We are blessed and all creation is blessed in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.  We begin and end our praying always in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.  We profess our faith in the Father and in the Son and in the Holy Spirit.  We are baptized and baptize others with these very words and in the name of the Trinity.  God gifts us with divine life and love and we share God’s life and love always in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.  So, on this wonderful Feast, let us pray:  Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning is now and will be forever! Amen. Alleluia!!

Happy Father’s Day:  It is great to celebrate this holiday on the Feast of the Holy Trinity because we honor God as Father and parent and are grateful for God’s gracious and merciful love to us all.  Thanks to all our dads for your great love and for bringing God’s love to us by the many ways you selflessly care for your children. 

                There is a Scripture that says, “Let no one on earth call you Father.  There is only one Father – your Father in heaven.”  Other religions use this line when they want to make a negative point about priests having the title of “father”.   I always thought the title was given and could be given to anyone trying to imitate the love and care of the one true Father or parent.  This is the only way that anyone can truly be a father or a parent.  It cannot be of one’s accord but can only be of God and under God’s name.  So, again thanks to all our Dads for reflecting the love of God to everyone you serve.  May you be blessed as you bless so many.   The following blessing is taken from Book of Blessings, pg. 648:

                God our Father, in your wisdom and love you made all things.  Bless all fathers, that they may be strengthened as Christian fathers.  Let the example of their faith and love shine forth.  Grant that we, their sons and daughters, may honor them always with a spirit of profound respect.  Grant this through Christ our Lord.  Amen.


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