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March 27: Pope Blessing & Plenary Indulgence at 1:00pm TODAY.     Live Streaming Schedule.     Holy Week Homebound Resources.     Read all COVID-19 related updates and details below.

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March 27, 2020 - Pope Blessing & Plenary Indulgence Today and Parish Live Streaming Schedule Announced and Homebound Resources Available

 

Invitation from Pope Francis

This Friday, March 27, at 1 p.m. EDT (6 p.m. in Rome) via a live video stream, Pope Francis will be imparting the Urbi et Orbi blessing and granting a Plenary Indulgence to all those who participate. The blessing will be live streamed on the Vatican News website (www.vaticannews.va) at 1 p.m. All members of the faithful are encouraged to participate in this special event. Please help us spread the word. Read more about it from this memorandum from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

 

Live Stream Schedule on our Parish YouTube Channel:
Friday Stations of the Cross live stream at 7:00PM. Read Along.
Sunday Mass live stream at 9:15AM.
Sunday Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament live stream 2:00-3:00PM.

 

Holy Week Homebound Participation Resources

Read a letter from Father Joshua R. Brommer regarding available resources to produce worship aids for homebound parishioners during Holy Week. Stations of the Cross Printout.

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March 23, 2020 - Read important letter from Father Hahn regarding cancellation of our 21st Annual Let's DANCE Celebration.

 

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March 22, 2020 - Letter from Father Hahn


Fourth Sunday of Lent – “Laetare Sunday”

“Rejoice in hope, endure in affliction, persevere in prayer.”  (Romans 12:12)

 

My dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

 

Just four weeks ago, these brief words from Saint Paul were spoken to me and about forty other priests by a saintly Capuchin Priest who was leading the Annual Retreat that I attended.  They were given to us as a “theme” of the Retreat, that priests needed to follow this insight of Saint Paul so to lead God’s holy people in their paths of sanctification and grace.  That Capuchin could not have known of the dramatic situation that would come to the world shortly thereafter.  How obvious it is now, that we face this global pandemic of the COVID-19 Virus, that all of us need to hear and strive to heed this admonition of Saint Paul.

 

On Monday, March 16th, our Bishop issued a Directive suspending the celebration of all public Masses and other Liturgies and Devotions, and directing that all Churches be closed.  Over the past few days, there have been some further clarifications to permit certain exceptional celebrations, such as Wedding and Funeral Masses, with a limit on those attending, as set forth by Government guidelines.  Furthermore, Bishop Gainer has indicated that Confessions may be heard in a setting that insures the safety of the priest, the penitent and all the faithful.

 

As many of you know, I travelled to Florida last week to celebrate the Funeral Mass of a dear lifetime friend.   After several of my intended return flights were cancelled, I was able to return late Friday.  Each day, I was in communication with our Parish Staff, trying to establish how we would navigate these changing circumstances and challenges.  And so, as of tomorrow, March 23rd, we will observe the following schedule.

 

  1. Beginning on March 25th, Father Logue and I, or one of us, will celebrate a “private Mass” beginning at 9:00 a.m. and “livestream” it to the “Parish YouTube Channel” with a link on our Website that will either be actually “live” or will be posted immediately following the Mass, i.e. at approximately 9:30 p.m.  These Masses are NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC as per Bishop Gainer’s directive.

  2. Bginning on March 25th, the Solemnity of the Annunciation, two lay persons of good health (no need to be currently serving as a Reader or Extraordinary Minister) may volunteer to serve as the Server and Reader and respond to the Prayers of the Priest at a  Daily Mass.  We are opening this opportunity to the fewest number possible so as not to increase the likelihood, however remote, of any transmission of any virus but also do not want to exclude those who might desire to serve.  If you wish to be a Server or Reader at the Mass, please call Father Logue (717-825-8175) or me (717-808-7366) or e-mail him at frslogue@stleos.org.   If the number of those desiring to assist is relatively few in number, we will schedule those who have contacted us.   If that number is many, we may have to abandon this possibility so as not to include some and then exclude others.

  3. As Parish Penance Services have been cancelled, Father Logue and I, or one of us, will be available for this Sacrament in an outside area under the Canopy of our Main Church, on Thursdays through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.  As always, one can call either Father Logue or me any time to schedule this Sacrament of God’s Mercy.

  4. Our Friday Stations of the Cross at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament from 2:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. with our Recitation of the Divine Mercy Chaplet will NOT BE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, although these devotions will also be “livestreamed” and available on our Website.

  5. Father Logue and I will con-celebrate one Sunday Mass at 9:15 a.m. which will be “livestreamed”.  Again, this Mass WILL NOT BE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

 

All of us know how difficult all of this is and yet, we are called to persevere in the joy Christ.  I want to especially commend our School Principal, Mrs. Chris McLean, and all of our Teachers and Staff who continue in our “remote learning program.”  I thank our Parents and our Children for their dedication and I commend to our families, your viewing of our “Livestream Masses”, particularly on Friday, as we would normally do as part of our normal School Week.  Note that the homily that day will be tailored, as it normally is, to our School Children.

 

There are countless resources available through the Internet and in all of our traditional Catholic books.  I encourage all to seek those that may suit each of us in our personal preferences.  I urge all to commit time to the reading and reflection of Sacred Scripture and other Catholic reference books.  I commend to you the daily recitation of the Rosary.  It has long been for me the place of great comfort where Our Lord’s Blessed Mother gives me here tender care and love.

 

As I have travelled on an Airplane after March 13th, Diocesan Protocols require that I wear a face mask and monitor my body temperature for the next 14 days.  Please do not be startled as I have no discernible symptoms of the COVID-19 Virus but am simply following those Protocols.

 

In all of this, we return to those words of Saint Paul.  We rejoice, in that sure and certain hope, that God guides and permits all things according to His infinitely wise and loving will.  We endure in this great affliction, knowing those powerful words of Saint Teresa of Avila, that we should let “nothing disturb us, that all things are passing and that God alone suffices.”   And we persevere in prayer, in these difficult times in that place that is always open for us, that “room of our hearts” where Jesus lives, where He has promised to always remain and abide with us, so that we may know, even now and always, that power of His Presence and His Peace.

 

May God continue to bless all of us in these times of great trial so that all our sufferings, might unite us more fully to the One who suffered for us so that we might have eternal life in Him.

 

Father Hahn

 

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March 20, 2020 - Confessions Schedule

 

Confessions will be available for those in serious and urgent need on Saturday, March 21 at 3:00 PM in the main church. Please enter through the front doors and follow the instructions on the signs.

 

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March 18, 2020 - Memorial of Saint Cyril of Jerusalem

 

To all Parishioners:

 

On behalf of Father Logue and myself, we want all of our Parishioners to know that even in these difficult circumstances, we are all united in the most strong bond possible, the bond of our Faith in Jesus Christ, our Savior and our Lord, in His Mystical Body that is His Catholic Church. Each day, Father Logue and I are celebrating our Private Masses for all in our Parish, in our Diocese and all in the world during these tumultuous times. Each day, we are praying and fasting, united with all in the Liturgy of the Hours and in our private prayers and devotions.

 

As some of you know, I traveled to Florida late Sunday night to celebrate the Funeral Mass of Ray Anater, the father of Tom Anater, one of our Parishioners and a lifetime friend of mine. As of today, my return plans are still in somewhat of a state of flux as much air travel has been cancelled. Please pray that I will safely return tomorrow or Saturday.

 

We have decided that one of us will share with you each day a brief reflection of the Day's Readings that will be posted on our Website hopefully by 10:00 a.m each day. Tomorrow, we have the great Solemnity of Saint Joseph, Patron Saint of the Universal Church as we seek his powerful intercession in a special way. Also, we will be downloading the Sunday Private Mass so that all can view it. Be assured of our care for each of you and our prayers for all.

 

Please note that while all public celebrations of the Sacraments have generally been suspended, all parishioners who are seriously ill or in danger of death should not hesitate to call either Father Logue or myself on our cell phones that are on our office voice mail numbers. Please be assured that pastoral care to those in dire need is never suspended.

 

Our Faith must guide us at times such as this. We must persevere in that Theological Virtue of Hope, given to us in Baptism and in the joy of our life in Christ. As the Psalmist writes with such elegance and power, "This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it." (Psalm 118) Please pray for me as I and Father Logue pray for all of you. As we anticipate the Solemnity of Saint Joseph tomorrow, may he and his immaculate spouse pray for all of us that each day, in whatever struggles and joys that are ours, that God's grace may fill all of us with His power and His peace.

 

God bless you.

Father Hahn

 

 

Resources for Spiritual Life in the Absence of Community

Spiritual Communion Explained

Spiritual Life in the Absence of Community for Kids Video

Sunday Prayer at Home

 

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March 16, 2020 2:41PM

Bishop Gainer Joins Fellow Pennsylvania Bishops in Temporarily Suspending Masses

 

Today and effective immediately until further notice, Bishop Ronald W. Gainer, out of great concern for the health of the faithful and in union with the Bishops of Pennsylvania, has temporarily suspended all daily and weekend Masses in the Diocese of Harrisburg. Additionally, Bishop Gainer has suspended all public liturgies and devotions, and has asked that all churches and chapels be closed, including all perpetual adoration chapels.

 

Bishop Gainer made this decision after careful consideration of the recommendations from public health officials, and out of great concern for the health and well-being of the faithful, our clergy and parish staffs, given the current coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

 

“For Catholics, the Eucharist is the source and summit of our life in Christ, strengthening us to remain firm in our faith as we journey through this life. Making this difficult decision to temporarily suspend Masses and close our churches was not made lightly,” said Bishop Gainer. “Rather, this decision has been made after careful discussions and considerable reflection on the advice being provided from healthcare professionals. I deeply care for all those members of my flock. As chief shepherd, it is my duty to see to their spiritual health, and now in these challenging times, also to their physical welfare. I continue to pray for all those impacted by this virus, for our medical professionals caring for the ill and for all people facing these uncertain times. I also pray for the intercession of our Blessed Mother, Mary, health of the sick.”

 

A listing of live broadcasting and/or recordings of Masses from parishes throughout the Diocese is available on the Health Alerts page of the Diocesan website, www.hbgdiocese.org. Daily and Sunday Masses are also available from EWTN on Comcast channel 291 in the Harrisburg area, or online at https://video.ewtn.com/daily-mass.

 

Additional resources for parishes and the faithful will be available, also on the Diocesan website, in the coming days. These resources will include ways the faithful can continue to keep holy the Lord’s Day.

 

Please visit the Health Alerts page of the Diocesan website, www.hbgdiocese.org, for the most up-to-date information regarding the Diocese’s response to COVID-19, including a listing of Diocesan event cancelations and postponements, as well as additional COVID-19 prevention measures and recommendations.

 

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March 13, 2020 4:14PM

 

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak and to be consistent with what seems to be the guidance from our federal, state and local governments, all non-essential activities of our Parish are immediately suspended until further notice.

 

Our Diocese has established the period of time from March 16 through April 15 as the time in which all Confirmations have been cancelled. Furthermore, effective on March 16, all School Masses and School Stations of the Cross have been cancelled. Also, all Parish Penance Services are cancelled.

 

All PSR classes are cancelled until further notice.

 

All sports activities are cancelled until further notice.

 

The school will follow the directive ordered by Pennsylvania Govenor Tom Wolf and close for the next ten business days, until Monday, March 30. This will allow us to re-double our efforts to thoroughly clean and disinfect all areas of our school and also allow for our seachers to receive further instruction on "Distance Learning", which will be needed for our Flexible Days of Instruction.

 

Essentially, our Parish will continue with its normal schedule in only two areas: Our Daily and Sunday Celebrations of the Holy Eucharist and our Saturday times for the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation. Because of the cancellation of our Parish Penance Services, Father Logue and I will soon publish additional times in which the faithful can receive the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation.

 

May our Divine Physician, Jesus Christ, fill us with His strength, His healing and His peace in these trying times and may Mary, the Mother of God and our Mother, intercede for us to bring all of us closer to her Son.

 

God bless you.

Father Hahn

 

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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

 

 

2427 Marietta Avenue, Lancaster, Pennsylvania 17601 * tel. 717-394-1742 * fax 717-394-1779
Pastor Rev. Peter I. Hahn