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St. Leo's offers a variety of organizations for every age group. Not familiar with our organizations? Click on the links below for more information.




Parish Council Evangelization
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Parish Council


Parish Pastoral Council
We are the Church: clergy, those in consecrated life and laity.  Because we have been baptized into the one Body of Christ and confirmed by the Holy Spirit, we share the responsibility to carry on the work of Christ both as individuals and as part of a community of believers.
The Parish Pastoral Council provides an essential framework through which this responsibility can be shared.  Parish Pastoral Councils are potentially the most effective means of joining together the People of God to fulfill the mission of the Church.
Saint Leo the Great Parish Pastoral Council meets on the second Monday of each month.  Meetings open and close with a prayer or spiritual reflection.  Meetings begin at 7:00 p.m. and last approximately two hours. Parishioners are welcome to attend any meeting. Please contact the Parish office if you are interested.


Parish Council Meeting Minutes

May 7, 2018



Parish Finance Council
The Parish Finance Council assists and advises the Pastor with respect to the administration of the all material goods belonging to the parish, and all fiscal matters of the parish within the Code of Canon Law and directives of the Bishop. The Finance Council offers its technical expertise to the Parish Pastoral Council on fiscal matters, as well.


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Legion of Mary

The Legion of Mary was founded in 1921 and is the largest apostolic organization of lay people in the Catholic Church, with well over 3 million active members worldwide.  Legionaries assist our pastor in performing regularly assigned spiritual works of mercy within the parish. Members meet once a week for prayer, spiritual formation, planning and discussion of the apostolic work performed. At Saint Leo the Great, the Legion of Mary meets every Thursday evening at 7:00 PM in Room 1.

Marian Prayer Group

The Marian Prayer Group meets in the Daily Chapel in the Presence of the Blessed Sacrament. We reflect on the Gospel for the upcoming week, consecrate ourselves to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, mention a list of general petitions as well as our own personal needs, and then pray the Rosary together for all of these needs. Most of our members are women, but men occasionally join us, and are most welcome. We use a prayer paper for all of our prayers. Please consider joining us each week. Our families, our communities, our Church, our country and our world are all in need of much prayer.


Prayer Chain

Through the prayer chain, the members seek to silently support the people for whom they are asked to pray. This ministry follows Jesus’ teaching to “Ask and you will receive. Seek, and you will find. Knock and it will be opened to you.” (Mt 7, 7) Anyone may join, and anyone may request our prayers by sending an e-mail to


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Social Justice / Ecumenical


Hempfield Area Food Pantry

St. Leo the Great Parish began supporting the Hempfield Area Food Pantry in February 2013. We, as a parish, have become an important part of that ministry of feeding the hungry with donations of both food and time. St. Leos collects food for the Pantry on the first weekend of each month. There are a number of ways to participate in this ministry:

• Donate non-perishable items during the monthly collection. You can also drop off perishable items at the Pantry every Monday and Wednesday before the 10:00 am distribution.
• Set up the poster, collection bins and a table with brochures before the 4:30 Mass on Saturday.
• Deliver the donations to the Hempfield Area Food Pantry the next morning (Monday) before 9:30 a.m.
• Volunteer with others from St. Leos to work at the pantry on the fifth Wednesdays of the month (4 times each year).


If you have an interest in helping with this ministry, contact Mary Veitch at or (717) 391-1044.


More information is available at the Hempfield Food Pantry Facebook page:


Alternative Gift Giving Fair

At our annual Fair each fall, various nonprofit organizations, representing local, national and global concerns, participate in the Fair by offering variously priced “gifts” that have a specific purpose. In the past, gifts have ranged from $10 for baby formula for a young mother at A Women’s Concern, to $25 for a coat for a Lakota Indian living on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, to $36 for a year’s worth of food for a child in Haiti. For each donation, the giver receives a holiday card with a description of the organization and gift. This event is sponsored by the Faith Formation Team.


Saint Vincent de Paul Society

This ministry serves the financial and physical needs of our fellow parishioners and members of the local community.  Monthly “Collections for the Needy” provide funds to supplement the grocery budgets of St. Vincent de Paul Society beneficiaries.  Donations placed in the Poor Box in the church supply additional resources for this ministry. Members are being sought to organize and administer this group.


Outreach Ministry

When a parish family is faced with a challenging situation, fellow parishioners are there to offer assistance by preparing and delivering meals or providing transportation. Our Outreach Ministry coordinates this assistance to families dealing with serious illness or other urgent circumstances.


Giving Tree

Volunteers gather in November to write the names of the needy from our local community on tags. The “Giving Tree” is set up in the Narthex of the Church at the beginning of Advent.  Parishioners who wish to participate take a tag, purchase, and wrap one or more of the suggested items listed thereon, and return it to the Church for distribution to the recipients.


Love for Life Team

The Love for Life Team is the pro-life group in our parish. Our purpose is to promote the Gospel of Life through education, prayer, legislative advocacy and fundraising help for local pregnancy resource groups. There are no regular meetings. Volunteers are called as needed.


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Waves of Mercy

St. Leo the Great Parish shares God’s love in a practical way by reaching out to our parishioners in this program called “Waves of Mercy”. From 9AM to NOON on the second Saturday of each month, adults and youth in 7th – 12th grade are offering their time and talent to assist those in need. Some of the services we perform include yardwork, cleaning or painting – inside and out, “mother’s helper” – such as babysitting or laundry, holiday decorations, and miscellaneous handiman jobs. If you would like to participate in the program, you can do so in two ways:


1. IDENTIFY THOSE IN NEED: Let us know if you or someone you know needs help around the house. You can fill out an application in the Gathering Space at the Church and hand it to one of the ushers, or contact the Parish Office.

2. PROVIDE YOUR TIME & TALENT:  Sign up to assist with the Service Work.  As a youth (under 18 years old), a Permission Slip is required for each month. All adults require appropriate child protection clearances.


Saint Anne’s Bag Lunch

On the fourth Friday of each month two people from our parish take part in this program. The sandwiches are already prepared. At St. Anne's rectory a bag lunch is put together and given out to the poor of Lancaster City. This program only requires about 2 1/2 hours of your time. We are always looking for new volunteers. Any questions, call Bill McCann 569-9265.


Saint Mary’s Meals

A nourishing meal is provided to those in need on Friday evenings in the cafeteria at St. Mary’s at 5:15 p.m.  St. Leo the Great provides the food and volunteers on the first Friday of odd numbered months.  We generally take care of approximately 120 men, women, and children.


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Parish Health Ministry

The Saint Leo the Great Parish Health Ministry's mission is to provide holistic health care to all ages within our congregation.  The ministry is lead by mostly nurses.  We provide monthly blood pressure screenings, occasional blood drives, Lifeline screenings, health talks and health fairs.  We have brought the AED to the church and have kept up with keeping many parishioners certified in CPR.

Hospitality Committee

This group hosts Newcomer’s Receptions and provides appropriate refreshments for other special parish functions.


Young Adult Group

We are a group of young adults from ages 21-35 who have come together in a Catholic Christian community.  Here is an opportunity to meet other young Catholics in a great social setting.  Together we are called to support each other in our faith and spiritual growth and to serve the community.


Knights of Columbus Council #6810
The Knights of Columbus is a Fraternal organization, supporting the Church and especially our Priests, not only helping with Church activities and programs but with prayer and monetary contributions. In addition we support a number of organizations outside of our parish including but not limited to: A Woman’s Concern, Lebanon Veterans Hospital and a yearly Christmas party for the children of Akron School District. We meet on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. The council website is


Funeral Luncheon Committee

The funeral luncheon ministry provides a light luncheon for family and friends following the Funeral Mass or burial. Volunteers are needed to prepare food, set up the environment, welcome the grieving, help serve or clean up. It is a rewarding service to give to people beginning their mourning process.


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Altar Guild

The Saint Leo the Great Altar Guild is a newly formed ministry. This group will have various tasks to ensure that the church and altar are prepared for the Liturgies. Offer your creativity to the church working with flowers, candles and colors appropriate to the church calendar. There is of course cleaning and polishing, too. The schedule is very flexible: Give of your time when you can. 


Church Cleaning

The members of this ministry perform the loving task of freshening the sanctuary, chapel and sacristy of our parish for the week’s coming activities.  This is a great "behind the scenes" way to get involved and provide a very necessary service to your parish.


Building and Grounds Committee

The Buildings and Grounds committee is an advisory committee to the parish. The committee’s role is to review the parish facilities and their utilization, and make recommendations for improvements and upgrades. The committee will solicit vendor for quotations, review the best options for the parish and provide a recommended solution to the pastor. The committee develops an annual budget for capital improvements and maintenance items which is submitted to parish council for approval.


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Armata Bianca

Armata Bianca is a children's rosary group that meets during Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament on Wednesdays from October through May. Children ages 4 through 12 gather to spend time listening for Jesus' voice, pray the rosary, offer special prayers of petition and thanksgiving, sing and praise God together. They also participate in fun activities to strengthen their Catholic faith. Each week, the children offer individual prayer intentions and pray together for the conversion of sinners, holiness within the family, the unborn, peace in the world, and the intentions of Our Holy Father.

Girl Scouts

The Girl Scout organization is open to all girls that are interested in participating. The Girl Scout program is dedicated to building girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. Each troop plans and participates in many fun and exciting events and programs. Each troop also plans and implements service projects that support the community. Each troop is girl driven and each girl is encouraged to reach their full potential.


Saint Leo Athletic Association

Saint Leo Athletic Association - coaches and parents strive to provide each child with a positive sports experience. Our focus is on good sportsmanship, Catholic values, school/parish pride and spirit, while giving each child a sense of belonging and physical well being. SLAA is open to all parishoners. For additional information, please visit our website:



Our Nursery program, which provided volunteer childcare during the 9:15 and 11:00 Masses, is no longer operating. We are currently evaluating the level of interest in using and staffing this program.


For more Youth Activities please go to the Youth Ministries page by clicking here.


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