Announcements for April 10th and 11th
Thank you: We would like to offer words of appreciation for everyone who contributed food donations throughout this past Lent, the response was inspiring. Because of your generosity and care for those in need. Countless individuals will benefit from your donations throughout the area.
Catholic Charities: We are still working to reach our Catholic Charities goals for both parishes. If you have made your contribution we wish to thank you. If you have not you may drop it in the offertory basket, at any mass, bring it to the parish office, or place it in the mail. Thank you and God bless you for your generosity.
Holyday Vigil Mass for Ascension Thursday at 5:30 PM
Holyday Mass times: 8 & 11:30 am & 7:00 pm.
Not a Holyday of Obligation this year. Regular weekday Mass at 8:00 AM.
Masses at 8 & 10 AM
The Vigil Mass for the Holyday of The Immaculate Conception is at 5:30 p.m.
Holyday Mass at 8:00 am, 11:30 am, 7:00 PM
Mass Times: 8:00 AM, 10:00 AM (not a holyday)
Welcome Back – Procedures for Mass
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:
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.
- 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.
Daily Prayer Intentions
Sunday – For Respect and Dignity of Human Life:
That the Lord will open our hearts for a deeper respect for all human life, from conception to natural death, regardless of race or creed.
Monday – For the Hope of Easter:
That the hope and joy of Easter may fill the hearts of all people, and the Risen Christ will breathe upon us the loving gift of the Holy Spirit, so that we can go forth as messengers of hope.
Tuesday – For Gainful Employment:
That as the pandemic eases and life returns to normal, that the job markets may flourish and provide people with opportunities for gainful employment and professional growth.
Wednesday – For Vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life:
That the Lord will open the hearts and minds of young people to consider a vocation to priesthood or the religious life, giving themselves in full life service to God’s people.
Thursday – For Peace and Understanding Among People:
For a renewed understanding and respectful dialogue among peoples and all nations, bringing about deeper respect and unity for all.
Friday – For Students and Educators:
That as students return to school they and their teachers will be keep safe from all harm and their minds will be open to greater knowledge and faith in God.
How can we pray for you?
Hearts and Hands
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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 email@example.com. 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.
St. Leo the Great Parish Center
Perfect for receptions, parties, graduations and many other events.