Tuesday, October 15, 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


28th Sunday of Ordinary Time

From Fr. Jim:  October 13, 2019

Bivuye kwa Padiri Jim:  
October 13, 2019

(African translation)

Mensage del padre Jim:
13 de octubre de
2019 

(Spanish translation)

Once, I was asked by a young person in our parish what I wanted to be when I was a child. Before I had decided on priesthood, I wanted to be almost everyone: fireman, policeman, teacher, coach, and even a cowboy! I asked her what she wanted to be and without hesitation she said a missionary. She said it very peacefully and calmly as if she really understood what she was saying. I have had parents, also in our parish, ask me to pray for their very young children for God to call them to be missionaries when they become older.

    I wonder if it is because their faith and their Christian formation have been greatly influenced by the witness, service and faith of missionaries in their own countries before coming to this one. I wonder if it is because now that they are in this country, their formation is still very much influenced by missionary service and activity. I wonder if it is because by virtue of the Sacrament of Baptism we are all called to be missionaries, to take on the mission that Jesus left for us and to witness to the Gospel in every time and place. I wonder if it is because the New Evangelization asks us to look at broader, “outside of the box” approaches to witnessing to the Gospel and sharing the love of God with all whom we meet. I wonder if it is because we consider ourselves to be missionaries, here, at St. Leo, and because of the diversity of God’s people who call St. Leo’s home.

Arguably, at the heart of every vocation is the missionary call to serve others with the love of God, to live the Gospel and to go out into the world and proclaim it regardless of the profession, work or specific type of vocation we so choose. This is certainly the witness of every disciple, apostle and follower of Jesus in the Scriptures.

Next weekend, we are celebrating World Missions and we are given the opportunity to support, with our prayers and a second collection, missionaries throughout the world who travel to other countries to build the kingdom of God. They need both our financial generosity and prayers and let us keep praying that all of us and all people will desire to be missionaries in every time and place. May God bless and prosper our loving service and witness in his name.

Blessing of Missionaries Sent To Proclaim the Gospel (NCCB, The Liturgical Press, 1989, pp. 153-154):

      We bless you, O God, and we praise your name.  In your merciful providence you sent your Son into the world to free us from the bondage of sin by his own blood and to enrich us with the gifts of the Holy Spirit.  Before he returned, triumphant over death, to you, Father, he sent his apostles, the bearers of his love and power, to proclaim the Gospel of life to all peoples and in the waters of baptism to cleanse those who believe.  Lord, look kindly on your servants:  we send them forth as messengers of salvation and peace, marked with the sign of the cross.  Guide their steps with your mighty arm and with the power of your grace strengthen them in spirit, so that they will not falter through weariness.  Make their words the echo of Christ’s voice, so that those who hear them may be drawn to obey the Gospel.  Fill the hearts of your missionaries with the Holy Spirit, so that becoming all things to all people, they may lead many to you, the Father of all, to sing your praises in your holy Church.  We ask this through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Eucharistic Adoration
World Day of Prayer

 

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