Welcome to St. Leo
Dear Father Harry and Fr. Andy,
Thank you for your guidance, your generosity, and your caring love over these last many years. You have truly been a blessing to all of us, and we will miss you. May God continue to bless each of you (and all those to whom you will minister) as you begin a new chapter in your lives.
Your beloved sheep,
The St. Leo Parish Family
Welcome Fr. Craig Loecker & Fr. Scott Hastings
We welcome Fr. Craig and Fr. Scott to St. Leo this week. We will have socials after all Masses the weekend of June 22 & 23 to welcome Fr. Craig and Fr. Scott. Be sure to stop by and give them a big St. Leo welcome!
Habitat for Humanity Sign Up Next Weekend
St. Leo will participate in the Faithful Builder’s coalition to build a house at 3926 N. 19th St. Our sign up Sunday is next weekend, June 22 & 23. Could you volunteer to work a 5 hour shift or bring food? Would you be willing to make a donation to help purchase construction material? If you cannot be at St. Leo next weekend, and you have questions, want to volunteer to work, or make a donation, call Jerry or Pat Heinrichs at 402-492-8950.
Fortnight for Freedom-June 21st-July 4th
The U.S. bishops have called for a Fortnight for Freedom, a two-week period of prayer and action, to address many current challenges to religious liberty which include the August 1, 2013 deadline for religious organizations to comply with the HHS mandate,Supreme Court rulings that could redefine marriage in June, and religious liberty concerns in areas such as immigration and humanitarian services.
During this time all of us are asked to pray, fast for religious freedom, and to continue to educate ourselves on the issues involved. In the commons you will find reading materials to take home and information about other activities and speakers in the Archdioceses. Please consider visiting the Catholic bishops’ website, www.USCCB.org. You will find interesting and educational information regarding religious freedom under the “Issues and Action” tab.
June 20 "Fortnight for Freedom” prayer event at Christ the King Church in Omaha, 654 S 86th St. with Archbishop Lucas. Attend all or part of the event:
7:30pm Speakers: Dr. Carson Holloway, associate professor of political science at UNO, and Sharon Doran, founder of the Seeking Truth Bible study program.
8:45pm Exposition, Homily and Benediction
For more information contact the Office of Evangelization and Catechesis at 402-557-5610.
St. Leo Parish events:
Litany for Liberty will be prayed after the 6:40 and 8:00am weekday Masses from Friday, June 21st through Thursday, July 4th.
Holy Hour on Friday, June 28th from 8:30 to 9:30am. It will begin with the litany for Freedom and conclude with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. Special petitions for the intention of Religious Liberty will be included at all Sunday Masses for this two week period.
Personal Observance Suggestion: You may make a personal holy hour at any time when the church is open. Pray the Prayer for Religious Liberty daily. Observe a day of fasting for this intention by abstaining from a favorite food or beverage or deliberately giving up a meal on a given day. Attend Mass on Wednesday, July 4th.
Faith Alive Summer Drives
Keep Your Faith Alive this Summer! In our nearby area, there are many shrines, religious houses, retreat centers and religious museums. All of these welcome visitors. Many offer tours, particularly if you call in advance and some even accept overnight guests. If you visit any of these places, be sure to take some photos and submit them to the office; we’ll post pictures on our facebook page. Enjoy and have fun Keeping Your Faith Alive! Click here for the brochure. Click here for more information on the location of pilgrim churches in the Archdiocese, as well as the requirement for receiving the plenary indulgence by visiting these churches.
All Parish Read
Are you looking for a new “quick” read on how to keep your Faith Alive? Is your Book Club looking for a good discussion starter?
St. Leo Parish is starting an All Parish Read. The first book we have chosen is In His Spirit by Fr. Richard Hauser, SJ. Books are available at the office for $5.
Join us on June 25 for an all parish book discussion. We'll host a discussion hour at 10:00am, 1:30pm and 7:00pm. Questions call or email Sr. Ann Marie firstname.lastname@example.org. Just think we can all be on the same page!!
A Note from Fr. Craig