St. Leo the Great Roman Catholic Church

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

Rev. Joseph C. Gatto, S.T.D.

Weekend Mass Times

9:00 AM & 11:00 AM Sundays

4:00 PM Saturday Vigil

COVID-19 Update:

11/27/20: Weekend liturgies are again open the public with safety protocols in place.

Please see below for more information.

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

Our parish offers an automatic, safe, secure and easy way for your to make a contribution.


Upcoming Events


Advent Penance Service at St. Leo the Great

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

The Penance Service has been cancelled but confessions will be heard today starting at 7:00 PM.

Daily Prayer Intentions


Sunday – For those Struggling with Depression, Anxiety and Mental Illness:
For those who are suffering with the stresses of life, may the Lord bring them peace of mind and awareness of His presence.

Monday – For Families:
For families especially during this challenging time, that the Lord will keep them close to his heart and strong in their bonds of love for each other.

Tuesday – For the Sick, especially those affected by the coronavirus:
For all those who have been stricken by the coronavirus, that they will be cared for in a loving way and restored to full health.

Wednesday – For Health Care Workers:
For all those who care for the sick risking their health to care for others, may the Lord keep them safe and bless their unselfish sacrifice for others.

Thursdays: Thanksgiving:
That we offer prayers of gratitude during this season of thanksgiving, that we count the blessings that the Lord has given to us and share them with others.

Fridays:  For the Grieving:
For those dealing with grief and loss during this holiday season, that the gentle comfort of the Lord will be with them and we will be companions of hope for them.

Saturdays – Intercession of Our Blessed Mother:
We pray that during this most challenging time that we pray for the intercession of our Blessed Mother, that she will intercede for us and lead us closer to her Son.


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.
  • 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.

Welcome Back – Procedures for Mass

Announcements for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Food Collection and Giving Tree: The need is greater than ever. Even though we are going livestream for all of our weekend masses, the front doors of the Church will be opened each day from 8: 00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.  Bins will be provided to place your donations of non-perishable food and Giving Tree for choosing an ornament for pick and gift drop off. Thank you in advance for your generosity for God’s people.

Advent Retreat: Beginning Monday November 30th and each Monday of Advent, a spiritual retreat will be livestreamed on St. Leo’s Church Cam and St. Benedict’s website and Facebook at 7 PM. Even though we are not physically together – it is a great way for all of us to prepare for Christmas.

St. Joseph Sunday Missal - Online Orders

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St. Leo the Great Parish Center

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