Tuesday, January 21, 2020
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.

Worship Schedule

Mass  Saturday    6:00 pm, Spanish

  Sunday   10:30 am
    Thurs.   7:00pm
Children's Liturgy of the Word    Sunday
10:30 am
Holy Days       Call 513-921-1044 for specific information 
Vigil       Call 513-921-1044 for specific information 
Exposition of the 
Blessed Sacrament
  Following 7:00 pm Mass until 9:00 pm
Confessions   Saturday   5:00 - 5:30 pm
Baptism       Call 513-921-1044  3 weeks in advance 
Marriage       Call 513-921-1044  6 months in advance 
Sacrament of the Sick        Call 513-921-1044 
        Daily Reflections 
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

2nd Sunday of Ordinary Time

From Fr. Jim:  January 19, 2020

Bivuye kwa Padiri Jim:  
Januari 19, 2020

(African translation)

Mensage del padre Jim:
19 de enero de 2020

(Spanish translation)

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  Monday, Jan. 20, our country honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.   We can’t forget Dr. King’s labor and hard work, the laying down of his life, to eradicate prejudice and racism in our country.  Indeed, we take time out from our normal routine to celebrate our country’s growth in racial equality due to the conscious awareness of Martin Luther King Jr.  We remember his dream.  What can we do to keep his dream alive?  Although we have made a lot of growth in this area, prejudice still exists because of the color of one’s skin, looks, ability, gender etc.  Sometimes it is not as obvious to us as it once was but it still exists. The child who is ignored or not accepted in a group just because he/she doesn’t seem to fit in nor meets the standards of being “cool” or is just simply labeled as a target for rejection is but one example.  Are there equal opportunities for all ethnic groups and for all the genders in our country?  These are questions that we continually need to raise.  The work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. didn’t just happen once and for all.  It is ongoing work to keep raising the awareness of everyone about this issue of justice.  This was also the work of Jesus in building the kingdom of God, in breaking down barriers that keep people apart, in treating everyone as brothers and sisters.  We pray for the Spirit that frees us to love everyone without conditions.

                Christian Unity:  January 18 to 25 is the Week of Prayer for Church Unity.  O God, holy and eternal Trinity, we pray for your church in the world.  Sanctify its life; renew its worship; empower its witness; heal its divisions; make visible its unity.  Lead us, with all of our brothers and sisters, towards communion in faith, life and witness.  So that united in one body, by one Spirit, we may together witness to the perfect unity of your love. Amen.

               Roe v. Wade:  January 22 is the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade, United States Supreme Court’s decision to legalize abortion in this country.  We keep praying that this decision will be overturned and once again our country will protect the lives of unborn human beings.  We pray, too, for the millions of unborn children who have lost their lives and the women who experience the loss of their child through abortion, who lose a part of themselves, along with others involved in making that decision.  We also want to continue to pray for health care reform that promotes and fosters the growth of life on all levels.   Let us continue to pray for our country and our leaders in their effort to promote reform where it is most needed for the good of all.

                 Rest in Peace: This past Friday, our parish celebrated the Funeral Mass of Annie Reynolds.  Annie was a long-time and active member of St. Leo the Great Parish and resident of North Fairmount.  She loved the Lord and the Church.  She fought for justice and peace.  She was generous and kind and very interested and involved with parish life.  She will be deeply missed.  Our condolences and prayers to her family and friends.  May she always rest in peace in the loving arms of her Lord and Savior.

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