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!
¡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!
Dear Friend(s) of St. Leo,
This year I am most appreciative for seventy years of life and forty-three years of wonderful priestly ministry for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. July 1st I will be pastor of St. Leo for 15 years. Effective July 1st, I am retiring but I will be available for weekend help especially for our family of parishes formed by the Beacons of Light process. For me personally, I know it is time to retire from parish leadership and I look forward to helping as needed with sacraments and ministry on a more leisurely schedule.
Father Rudolfo Coaquira, MCCJ will be the pastor and he will have two parochial vicars (associate pastors) to assist him. All three priests are Comboni Missionaries. They speak English and Spanish and some African dialects. Their love for the Lord and God’s people is obvious in their thirst for social justice and peace, their promotion of the spiritual and corporal works of mercy, and their hospitality to the immigrant and refugee.
I want to thank you for befriending us and for your most generous support of our work and ministry. We have been partners in grace and together the Lord has made his presence known and felt with your prayers and with sharing your time, talent and treasure. With your help, the kingdom of God is alive and well in North Fairmount, Eucharist is being celebrated and lived, the Gospel is being preached, and the lowly are raised.
“We don’t know what our future holds, but we know who holds our future.” God still has plenty of work for us to do. It has been a privilege and an immense blessing to share this ministry with you. Humbly, I ask you to continue journeying with St. Leo with your prayers and support and in whatever ways the Lord calls you to follow him with the work we do in his name. Thanks for being God’s church with us. Let’s keep each other in prayer.
As always, we are deeply grateful for your continued and generous support, and hope that you can celebrate such a big milestone with St. Leo. Whether you are able to increase what you have been giving or remain consistent, or give for the first time, we ask that you do so desiring to help us give thanks for all the good that the Lord is doing. 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. I hope you can join me in celebration of my retirement on Sunday June 12th at the 11:00 a.m. mass at Saint Boniface with a reception to immediately follow.
Know that I carry you in my heart, in my prayers, and my ongoing love for St. Leo!
Blessings, prayers, and gratitude, always!
You have and remain very faithful to us. May our loving God continue to bless you, and your family.
Fr. Jim Schutte, Pastor