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May 31, 2020 - Pentecost COVID-19 Letter from Father Hahn

 

May 31, 2020
Pentecost Sunday

 

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

 

              We celebrate today the glorious Feast of Pentecost.  We recall that day, 50 days after the Resurrection, when the Apostles and the Blessed Virgin Mary were huddled together in prayer, still a bit uncertain and apprehensive, perhaps tempted to some fear, but hopeful in the words that Jesus had spoken to them before His Ascension, that He would send to the “The Advocate”, the “Spirit of Truth” to guide them always.

 

              And then, it happened! 

 

              As our First Reading today tells us from the Acts of the Apostles, “suddenly there came from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind, and it filled the entire house, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:2; 4)    Their lives were forever changed. Now, they were not fearful or hesitant, but strong and bold in their proclamation of Christ.

 

              In these times, we can be tempted to fear and uncertainty.  The continuing effects of the COCID-19 Pandemic attack us with hesitancy, apprehension, and worry.  But the Holy Spirit has been given to us.  He is the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity, the “personification” of the infinite love shared between Father and Son.  His work is to animate us in the very life and love of Christ.

 

              The Catechism of the Catholic Church shows to us the centrality of the action of the Holy Spirit in our lives; that the mission of Christ and that of the Holy Spirit is a “joint mission” meant to bring us into the unity of God: “The Spirit prepares men and goes out to them with His grace, in order to draw them to Christ.   The Spirit manifests the risen Lord to them, recalls His word to them and opens their minds to the understanding of His Death and Resurrection.  He makes present the mystery of Christ, supremely in the Eucharist, in order to reconcile them, to bring them into communion with God, that they may ‘bear much fruit’”.  (CCC #737)

 

              And so even now, we are to live in that power of God, in those fruits of the Holy Spirit of which St. Paul writes, “charity, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, faithfulness, modesty, self-control, chastity.” (Gal 5:22-23)

 

              Let us pray to the Holy Spirit so that we may overcome those temptations so prevalent in these difficult times in the words of Saint Augustine: “Breathe into me, Holy Spirit, that my mind may turn to what is holy.  Move me, Holy Spirit, that I may do what is holy.  Stir me, Holy Spirit, that I may love what is holy.  Strengthen me, Holy Spirit, that I may preserve what is holy.    Protect me, Holy Spirit, that I may never lose what is holy.”

 

              Happy Pentecost Sunday.  See you next weekend.

 

Father Hahn

 

                   

 

May 29, 2020 - Public Mass & Confession Restrictions

 

Watch video of Father Hahn's Announcement concerning opening on June 6

 

MASS RESTRICTIONS BEGINNING SATURDAY, JUNE 6, 2020

 

            Last Sunday, I announced at the end of Mass, that Bishop Gainer has directed us that we can resume public Masses beginning next Saturday so I have written to all in our Parish and posted on our Website a letter summarizing how we will celebrate those Masses beginning next Saturday evening.

 

            As I explained, our Masses, at least for some time, must be celebrated with specific restrictions in place.

 

            First, all persons attending Mass must wear masks.  We all have them and we will have some available if you don’t have one.

 

            Second, we must maintain six feet separation between any person that is not an immediate family member.  Families, of course, can be together, but please, a person cannot come to Mass and sit or stand closer than that six feet separation that has become a part, which we pray will soon end, of what is called our “new normal”.

 

            Our capacity in our Church will be about 1/3 of our normal large Sunday Mass attendance.  We will have certain pews roped off and, if we fill up the Church, either Father Logue or I will be in the Narthex to direct those persons arriving to the Gym where the Mass will be televised.

 

            The Holy Eucharist will be distributed after Mass is concluded.  Father Logue and I will wash and sanitize our hands, wear a Mask and then stand in the front of the Church.  As we always do, we will start with the first pew and move to the rear.  Please maintain the six-foot separation and we will have colored disks on the floor to highlight that separation.  When you come forward, please remove or slide down your mask and you can receive, as usual, in the hand or on the tongue.

 

            We will have a “Bulletin/Worship Aid” for all that will have the Readings and some of the Responses along with the Opening Hymn.  Please make sure to take that Bulletin/Worship Aid with you when you leave Mass.

 

            Because we are required to clean the Church after every Mass, we had to change the times of our last two Masses on Sunday.  Our Saturday evening Mass will remain at 4:30 p.m. and we will celebrate our first Sunday morning Mass at 7:30 a.m. but our two later Masses on Sunday will be at 9:45 a.m. and 12:00 noon.

 

            Regarding Confessions, Father Logue and I are not permitted to hear them in our Confessionals so we are preparing the School Gym for them.  Also, our times of Confession have changed.  We will hear Saturday morning Confessions before the 9:00 a.m. Mass not after itWe will hear Confessions on Saturday from 7:00 a.m. until 8:45 a.m. in our School Gym and then from 3:00 p.m. until 4:15 p.m.

 

Father Hahn

 

May 18, 2020 - Letter from Bishop Gainer

 

Please read a letter of encouragement and direction from Bishop Gainer regarding Yellow Phase reopening.

 

An Act of Spiritual Communion
Monstrance


My Jesus,
I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from you.
Amen.

 

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Welcome to our Saint Leo's website!

 

St. Augustine once prayed to God as the One who is “O Beauty, Ever Ancient and Ever New”. Indeed, this phrase can describe our Catholic Faith and the Parish Life here at Saint Leo the Great.  We are “ever ancient” in that we have been called into our Catholic Faith, born from the Sacrifice of Christ on Calvary and the power of the Holy Spirit that was poured out on that first Pentecost. Yet, this power and this life is made present in the Sacramental Life of the Church, and experienced by us, now, in the vitality and youthfulness of a Parish that has begun its 50th year.

On behalf of all of our Staff, and all the wonderful people of faith to whom we have been called to serve, I welcome you to our Website.  I hope that it will serve as an informative tool for you to learn more about us.  Know that you are most welcome to call me with any questions that you might have about our Parish and School and any of the many programs that we provide, all of which have only one objective, to open our hearts to the grace and life of the Risen Christ, so that we might be transformed by His love and share that love with others.

May God bless you and your loved ones
and continue to fill you with His peace and joy.

~ Father Hahn

 

 

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Pastor Rev. Peter I. Hahn