Welcome to St. Leo
Happy Independence Day!
There will be a 9:00am Mass on Saturday, July 4th at Leo. Our weekend Mass schedule remains the same: Saturday at 5:00pm and Sunday at 8:00am, 10:00am, 12noon & 5:30pm.
Prayer for Independence Day
as we celebrate today with fireworks and festivals, help us never to forget the reason for our joy. Help us remember that our rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness were signed into our heritage with the willing blood of American patriots. Most of all, help us remember that the rights of all people are more than words on a document, and that all people have rights because you have given us the dignity of human life. Grant freedom to all, and give us the strength to protect the rights of others.
Sessions with a Seminarian Starts July 8
Can you explain to your adult friends why Catholics baptize infants? Do you know what Confirmation actually does to your soul? All adults, the young and the not-so-young, are invited to join me for four interactive presentations on a fundamental topic of our faith: the Sacraments.
Sessions With A Seminarian starts this Wednesday. You can attend the 2pm session or the 7pm session. Free childcare is provided at all 7pm sessions.
July 8: Baptism and Confirmation
July 15: Reconciliation and Anointing of the Sick
July 23: Marriage and Holy Orders
July 29: Eucharist
At each session find out where in Scripture these Sacraments are referenced, what actually happens at each, and how they benefit us in practical ways. If you cannot make it to all the sessions, that is fine. They are designed to “stand alone,” so you will not feel lost if you miss one or only make it to one. Bring an open mind, your questions, and perhaps something on which to take notes. There will be childcare available for the evening session; please rsvp to the parish office if you need this service: 402-397-0407.
Summer Office Hours
Closed for lunch from 12:30-1:30pm
~Closed Friday afternoons~
A Fortnight for Freedom: June 21 thru July 4th
The Fortnight for Freedom: Freedom to Bear Witness will take place from June 21 to July 4, 2015, a time when our liturgical calendar celebrates a series of great martyrs who remained faithful in the face of persecution by political power—St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher, St. John the Baptist, SS. Peter and Paul, and the First Martyrs of the Church of Rome. The theme of this year's Fortnight will focus on the freedom to bear witness to the truth of the Gospel. In response to the unprecedented assault on religious liberty, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has encouraged all dioceses and archdioceses to dedicate these 14 days a great hymn of prayer for our country. Look for further information about city wide and parish events in upcoming weeks.
The Fortnight for Freedom Opening Mass will be celebrated by Archbishop William Lori on Sunday, June 21 at 10:45am at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Baltimore, Maryland.
The Fortnight for Freedom Closing Mass will be celebrated by Cardinal Donald Wuerl with homilist Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami, FL on Saturday, July 4 at 12:00 p.m. at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. Both Masses will be televised nationwide on EWTN and the CatholicTV Network.Visit for more info: http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/religious-liberty/fortnight-for-freedom/
EMHC & Lector Training 2015
If you are interested in becoming an Extraordinary Minister of Holy
Communion (EMHC) or a Lector (Proclaimer of the Word), the
Archdiocese is conducting their annual training sessions in August. There are three required steps: 1) Archdiocesan Training, 2) St. Leo Orientation, 3) Mandation Mass. Please contact Amber at 402-397-0407 or email@example.com to sign up. Registration deadline is July 31, 2015.
Training Dates (only one):
Sunday, August 9 @ St. Columbkille 1:30 – 4:30pm
Tuesday, August 11 @ St. Leo 7:00 – 10:00pm
Monday, August 17 @ St. Vincent de Paul 7:00 – 10:00pm
Orientation for St. Leo Parishioners:
Thursday, August 27 @ St. Leo 7:00pm
Archdiocesan Mandation Mass:
Thursday, September 3 @ St Cecilia Cathedral 7:00pm
**ALL three steps are REQUIRED to become an EMHC or Lector
**Registration deadline: July 31, 2015
** Youth: you must be entering into your Junior year of High School to participate
A Note from Fr. Craig