St. Leo the Great Roman Catholic Church

PASTOR
Rev. Msgr. Robert E. Zapfel, S.T.D

SENIOR  PAROCHIAL VICAR
Rev. Joseph C. Gatto, S.T.D.

Weekend Mass Times

9:00 AM & 11:00 AM Sundays

4:00 PM Saturday Vigil

Chicken BBQ

Click here to order for Friday, June 25th (4-7 PM)

Live Stream

Weekend Masses: 4 PM Saturdays and 9 AM & 11 AM Sundays

Chapel Live Stream

Adoration and private devotion

Mass Archives

Mass is updated weekly and posted to our archived playlist for viewing on our website through YouTube.

Online Giving

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Parish Announcements

Announcements for the Weekend of June 19th-20th

Book Discussion – We are joining together the two groups from both parishes. The next two weeks the discussion of “I Heard God Laugh: A Practical Guide to Life’s Essential Daily Habit” by Matthew Kelly will take place at St. Leo’s on  Monday, June 21st and 28th at 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel. Consider attending in person or you may watch by going to St. Leo’s Chapel Cam.

Chicken BBQ:  St. Leo’s will be grilling up chicken on Friday June 25th from 4-7. Dine-in or take out at the Parish Center.  Thank you in advance for your support of our parish. Click here to purchase tickets online. Proceeds for this event go to Little Learners Academy and St. Leo the Great Religious Education & Youth Ministry.


Click here for information about our Vacation Bible School.

More information on these events and other parish activities can be found in our bulletin, website or by calling the parish office. Thank you for your support and prayers.       

 

Upcoming Events

 

St. Leo the Great Chicken BBQ

St. Leo the Great Church 885 Sweet Home Road, Amherst

Dine-in & Take-out! 1/2 chicken, salt potatoes, corn, roll, and dessert. $13 pre-sale $15 day of the event $33 Season pass (ticket for each week) $2 Hot Dogs. Purchase pre-sale […]

St. Leo the Great Chicken BBQ

St. Leo the Great Church 885 Sweet Home Road, Amherst

Dine-in & Take-out! 1/2 chicken, salt potatoes, corn, roll, and dessert. $13 pre-sale $15 day of the event $33 Season pass (ticket for each week) $2 Hot Dogs. Purchase pre-sale […]

All Saints

Not a Holyday of Obligation this year.  Regular weekday Mass at 8:00 AM.

Vigil Mass

The Vigil Mass for the Holyday of The Immaculate Conception is at 5:30 p.m.

Thanksgiving

Mass Times: 8:00 AM, 10:00 AM (not a holyday)

“Come Home to Mass!” (5/27/21)

This past week Bishop Michael Fisher, Bishop of Buffalo, along with the upstate bishops, have communicated the plan to re-instate the obligation for Catholics to attend Sunday Mass and other Holy Days of Obligation. This follows new CDC guidance and the general reopening of many other public venues. Effective as of the weekend of June 5th and 6th, 2021, the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, the obligation to attend Mass on Sunday will be in place. As always, those who are ill, infirmed or have enhanced risk factors are encouraged to remain at home and join via livestream.

As Bishop Mike asks: “I wish to encourage our Catholic faithful to be vaccinated as a gesture of care and concern for others, as well as to ensure personal protection from the coronavirus, which is still a threat.” We along with the other parishes of the diocese will not verify the vaccination status of those who attend Mass or parish events. As such, we request that at all Masses and parish events masks should continue to be worn upon entry and exit, and when the Communion procession takes place. Masks may be removed while in the pews, and social distancing will be continued. As further developments occur we will work to continue to provide a safe and prayerful environment for the celebration of the Eucharist.

The Eucharist is the source and summit of parish life, when the Lord gathers us together to open the Scriptures and Break the Bread we are both nourished and become that which we celebrate. This past year and a half has proven difficult in so many ways; we have not been able to gather together with family and friends for a holiday, birthday or Sunday meal. Most importantly as a parish family, we have been kept at a distance from one another. Our parish family has been separated by social distancing and restrictions, told to wear masks, and have not been able to fully gather for the celebration of the Eucharist. Just as a family creates and maintains its identity when gathered together, even more so when we all gather around the Table of the Lord for Mass, we come to realize our identity as the Body of Christ. Mindful of everyone’s health concerns, each of us is vital to the celebration. We encourage you join us once again, and invite others to join our parish community, where all are welcomed!

Updated Covid-19 Guidelines for in Mass Attendance (6/15/21)


The Diocese of Buffalo has updated the guidelines for in Mass attendance in light of the guidelines introduced by the State of New York. The following changes will take place at our parishes effective immediately. Thank you for your understanding and patience.  Let us continue to pray for one another and those seriously affected by the pandemic.
 

  1. Vaccinations: Participation at in person Masses should not be contingent on vaccination status, nor should individuals be questioned
  2. Church Capacity: Color pew restrictions will no longer be utilized. Individuals from different households should maintain reasonable separation.
  3. Masks: Masks are now optional, but can be worn at the discretion of the individual.  Eucharistic Ministers will continue to wear masks for the distribution of Holy Communion.
  4. Holy Water Fonts and Shared Materials: Holy water fonts will remain empty; no hymnals and shared material in the pews.
  5. Singing at Mass: Congregational singing should still be discouraged, but those who choose to sing should wear a mask to limit the possibility of exposure to others.  Choir rehearsals during the summer may take place, with hopes of returning in the fall.

Daily Prayer Intentions

Sunday: We pray that the Eucharist, the source and summit of the life of our parishes, will nourish and strength each of us, as we work to build up the Body Christ, the Church. 

Monday: That the gift of the Holy Spirit will open our hearts and we will work to bring others to Christ by living dedicated lives of service. 

Tuesday: For all those graduating, that they will always be open to the guidance of the Holy Spirit, using their education for the betterment of all of God’s people.

Wednesday:   That as more people return to mass over the next several weeks that our parish will be a true community of welcome and we will all strive to be the loving embrace of Christ.

Thursday: That as the pandemic restrictions are lessened, true healing may take place in all forms, physical, emotional, relationally and spiritually.

Friday: We pray for an increase of vocations to priesthood and religious life that men and women will hear and respond to the call of Christ with lives of faithful service.

Saturday:  That Mary our Mother may draw us ever close to the Sacred Heart of her Son and we will always radiate His love to others.


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