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

Joint Parish “St. Joseph” Retreat: Living with Jesus during Lent

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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Upcoming Events

 

Stations of the Cross

The Stations of the Cross will be prayed each Friday of Lent in church at 7:00 PM, February 19th - April 2nd.

St. Leo the Great Fish Fry

Take-out from the Parish Center. Dine-in if possible.  $13 pre-sale / $15 day of event Fish (fried or baked) or Shrimp Scampi Comes with French fries, coleslaw, roll & butter […]

Stations of the Cross

The Stations of the Cross will be prayed each Friday of Lent in church at 7:00 PM, February 19th - April 2nd.

St. Leo the Great Fish Fry

Take-out from the Parish Center. Dine-in if possible.  $13 pre-sale / $15 day of event Fish (fried or baked) or Shrimp Scampi Comes with French fries, coleslaw, roll & butter […]

Stations of the Cross

The Stations of the Cross will be prayed each Friday of Lent in church at 7:00 PM, February 19th - April 2nd.

St. Leo the Great Fish Fry

Take-out from the Parish Center. Dine-in if possible.  $13 pre-sale / $15 day of event Fish (fried or baked) or Shrimp Scampi Comes with French fries, coleslaw, roll & butter […]

Virtual Meat Extravaganza

March 13, 2021 at 7:00 PM Fun filled night with the chance to win Meat certificates, Theme baskets and More all with a spin of a wheel! Raffle Tickets: $35 […]

Daily Prayer Intentions

 

Sunday – for the Intercession of St. Joseph 
That through the intercession of St. Joseph we may faithfully follow the Lord’s call to work for the good of the Church and promote the dignity of all people.

Monday – for a Grace-filled Lent
That the Lord will bestow His abundant blessings on us this Lent and our journey of these forty days may bring about true conversion of heart and healing for our world.

Tuesday – for those Nursing Homes and their Caretakers
That the Lord will give comfort and good health to those in nursing homes, blessing the residents and their caretakers with His gift of peace.

Wednesday – for Teachers and Students
That as school slowly returns to normal that all teachers, students, and staff will be blessed and that they will be able to bring about a healthy learning environment for all.

Thursday – for Reconciliation
That the Lord will bring healing to broken relationships, especially within our families and between friends, and that this Lent will be a time for us to reach out in forgiveness.

Friday – for the Homeless, Outcast and Lonely 
That the Lord will make His presence known to them, through the care and assistance they so desperately need. May He embrace them in His love.

Saturday – for the Unemployed and for Struggling Businesses
That the Lord will help the unemployed to find work and the means to sustain a full life by bringing a revival to businesses and employment.

 

Important COVID-19 Update: Nov. 27, 2020

Public Mass celebration at St. Leo the Great:

Given the recent Supreme Court ruling and the determination by Bishop Scharfenberger masses will be celebrated for the public at St. Leo the Great.

Late on November 25, 2020, the Supreme Court of the United States issued an opinion in the case of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn, New York vs.  Andrew Cuomo, Governor of New York. The 5 to 4 decision pertains to the state’s ability to restrict capacity in houses of worship.  

In keeping with the Diocese’s priority to mitigate risk of infection and protect those most vulnerable, parishes must continue to: 

• Follow all CDC guidelines and advice of medical professionals, including continuing to observe six foot physical distance; 

• Continue to require the use of face masks at all liturgies and follow other well established diocesan policies for the celebration of Masses; 

Individual parish capacity will be determined by the size of the worship space and continued social distance requirements. The dispensation regarding the obligation to attend Sunday Mass and other Days of Holy Obligation is still effect. Those wishing to attend liturgy in person are obligated to maintain six feet social distance from others while in attendance. 

The Diocese’s guidelines for parishes can be found at:  

https://www.buffalodiocese.org/coronavirus 

Apostolic Administrator Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger welcomes this ruling. “We have an obligation to do everything we can to protect one another from the threat that the coronavirus poses. At the same time, we welcome this decision that upholds the First Amendment’s ‘free exercise’ clause. Food and drink for the soul are as essential as food and drink for the stomach.”  


 

  • The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be celebrated at St. Leo the Great each Saturday at 3 PM. Social distancing will be followed.
  • Funerals, memorial Masses, and weddings will continue to be celebrated in person, following safety protocols. They will also in available on livestreamed.
  • The Religious Education program and youth group will continue virtually during this time (no in-person sessions). Families will be notified with further updates.
  • Further details will be provided regarding our other parish events, since they will be affected by these guidelines.
  • The parish office will remain open to serve the needs of parishioners and guests. Masks and social distancing will be required.

It is our hope that these measures will enable us to return sooner to a vibrant in-person community life. Know that you are in our prayers.

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 Parish Announcements

 

Announcements for the Weekend of February 20th & 21st
 

 

Lenten Retreat:  We begin our Lenten Retreat this Thursday Feb 18th.  Everyone is invited to join us at 7:00 PM each Thursday until March 18th in the church or online.

 

Lenten Parishioner Outreach: We are looking for volunteers to help us reach out to all our parishioners – we would like to have another phone-a-thon, calling all our parish families, an opportunity to pray with and extend to everyone the blessings of Lent.  If you are interested in making calls during Lent, please contact the parish office.

 

Stations of the Cross:  Each Friday at 7:00 p.m. during Lent Stations of the Cross will be held in the Church. This is a great way for families to pray together and walk the way of the Cross.

 

Best Fish Fry in the Universe will be back!  Every Friday of Lent, this year we have a special “Season Ticket” – 7 dinners for $77.00, a savings of $14.00 for the season. Both dine-in and take out this year are available. You can purchase pre-sale ticket online or at the parish office. Thank you in advance for your support.

 

Virtual Meat Extravaganza:  On Saturday March 13th we will be having a St. Patrick’s Raffle, 50/50 tickets, and chances to win meat certificates and theme baskets with the spin of the wheel, tickets are $35.00 or 3 for $100.  Go to the parish website to purchase your tickets and for more details. Thank you in advance for your support.

 

Daily Chapel is Open: All the renovations are done in our Daily Chapel and is open each day from 8:00 until 4:00 each day for prayer and reflection.  Thank you for your patience.

 

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St. Joseph and the Christ Child

Reflection for St. Joseph Retreat: Week #2 (Thurs, Feb 25th)

 

St. Joseph: Earthly Father of God’s Own Son

 

Michael Ruszala

 

St. Joseph was the only man on earth that Jesus called “Father.” Joseph’s distant ancestors were kings. Unlike them, he was poor and rather unknown, but his heart was even more “after God’s own heart” than David himself (1 Sam 13:14). Tradition calls Joseph “prince” over God’s household, like his ancestor Joseph the Patriarch in Egypt. But unlike his noble ancestors, he had only two people – Mary and Jesus – in his care. Nonetheless his leadership was of the highest importance. Jesus, God’s own Son, literally learned how to be a man from Joseph.

 

Joseph was the head of the Holy Family. The angel came only to him with the warning, “take the child and his mother and flee to Egypt” (Mt. 2:13). Joseph was the only member of the Holy Family not to be sinless, yet his heart was such that even the inspired Word calls him a “righteous man” (Mt. 1:19). Joseph was also humble enough to learn lessons in faith from his son and his immaculate wife. When God changed his plans, he accepted it. Whether it was a marriage without marital relations or fleeing from his homeland with only his wife and child, he bent to God’s will without complaint.

 

Out of all the men in the world who could have provided great comfort and security for their children, God chose this poor and humble carpenter for his Son. Joseph worked hard, but was so poor that he could only afford the pauper’s sacrifice of two turtledoves for Mary’s purification at the Temple. Still, he was not discouraged to work hard, but literally saw God in his work – he got to teach the boy Jesus how to cut with a saw and chisel with a hammer. The Son of God literally helped him with his work at Nazareth, assisting at his side. Joseph, this humble man, was not a famous man in his day, but he had a crucial role in God’s plan. He was a layman, but still the greatest of male saints, and today we revere him as patron of the Universal Church.

 

PRAYER: St. Joseph, earthly father of God’s own Son, help us to see God in the ordinariness of our lives, in our families, and in our work. Help us to appreciate the real significance of the example and dedication we are called to give to others and to those under our care. Help us to set aside our own will for God’s will, and assist us with our work so it may give glory to God. We pray this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

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Plenary Indulgence for the Year of St. Joseph offered by Pope Francis

 

  • The “work” we’ve chosen: attend our parish retreat on St. Joseph for one or more sessions
  • Pray for the Holy Father’s intentions (example: an Apostle’s Creed, Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be)
  • Go to Confession 
  • Receive Holy Communion
  • Strive to live a holy life

 

Please note: this indulgence is also available to those who for serious reasons cannot leave their homes to complete all the steps if they make a suitable alternative.

 

What is an indulgence?

 

When we sin, repent, and are forgiven, some negative consequences of our sin still remain in our souls. Those in Purgatory, on their way to Heaven, are being purified of these consequences, called “temporal punishment due to sin.” Through an indulgence, the Pope allows Catholics to claim freedom from this because of the prayers and good works of the saints. Indulgences are offered freely, and often the “work” asked of us is very small. This shows that it is really a free gift from God. He just wants us to show our sincerity in accepting.

 

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Important Notice from the Foundation of Diocese of Buffalo Concerning the “Upon this Rock” Campaign

 

Beginning in 2015, The Foundation of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, N.Y., Inc. (“Foundation”) began soliciting donations to its “Upon this Rock” (“UTR”) capital and endowment campaign.  The UTR campaign raised funds for many purposes, including soliciting funds for making essential upgrades to classroom facilities and technology of Christ the King Seminary (“CKS”), expanding CKS’s role as a center of retreat and religious celebration, and establishing an endowment fund for CKS. Unfortunately, in early 2020, CKS’s Board of Trustees determined that CKS would close at the end of the 2020-2021 academic year. CKS’s closure will make it impossible for the Foundation to use the UTR funds raised for CKS for their original intended purposes.  However, under New York law, when the original purposes for which funds are donated become impossible to achieve, those purposes can be modified in a manner consistent with original intent by the New York State courts. For many years, CKS provided education and formation for ordained and lay ecclesial ministers in the Diocese of Buffalo and beyond. Accordingly, the Foundation has asked the New York State Supreme Court for the County of Erie to approve a modification of the purposes of UTR funds raised for CKS so that those funds can be used to support the education and formation for ordained and lay ecclesial ministry in the Diocese of Buffalo, as determined in the discretion of the Foundation’s Board.

 

 

 

If you have donated to UTR and would like to be heard regarding this requested modification, you may send a letter to: The Foundation of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, N.Y., Inc., attention Executive Director, 795 Main Street, Buffalo, N.Y. 14203 or an email to donor.info@frcdb.org. Copies of letters or email received by the Foundation will be provided to the Court.  You may also make a formal filing in the legal proceeding entitled Matter of the Modification of Endowment Funds of The Foundation of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo N.Y., Inc., Erie County Index No. 814747/2020. In order for your submission to be available for the Court’s consideration, please be sure to send any letter or email, or make any filing, no later than Friday, April 9, 2021.

 

 

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