About St. Leo’s Parish
Welcome to everyone and everyone is welcome at St. Leo’s
St. Leo the Great Parish is where foreign mission meets home mission. Founded in 1886, St. Leo Church was founded by German Catholic immigrants. Now it is home to Burundian, Congolese and Guatemalan immigrants. A vibrant, diverse, urban Catholic parish community living the spiritual and corporal works of mercy, St. Leo’s serves a diverse group of parishioners that includes recent immigrants and refugees. St. Leo’s offers you the unique opportunity to be a part of a true, international community of believers. 100 years ago the current church was built at the corner of 2573 St. Leo Place and Baltimore Avenue.
We are a welcoming Catholic Community, grounded in Eucharistic prayer, celebrating our diversity and sharing God`s love through ministries of serving and being present in our urban neighborhoods, while focusing on the spiritual and corporal works of mercy.
Spiritual Works of Mercy
Teaching the Uneducated:
Children’s Liturgy of the Word
English as a Second Language Classes
Tutoring, one-on-one weekly sessions for grade school and high schools students.
Hosting Urban Plunge programs.
Internships and collaborating with local colleges and universities in urban ministry projects. (Nursing, Farming, Pastoral Counseling)
Comforting the Afflicted:
Advocating for the marginalized in our community and working together with area leaders through involvement with the Fairmount Provider’s Group.
Weekly AA meetings
Praying for the Living and the Dead:
Prayer Wall Ministry, a place where all, regardless of age, race or creed, are invited to sing God’s praises, give Him thanks, and/or call upon His presence for help in times of need.
Book of Prayer Intentions for the Living and the Dead
Participating with other local churches in the “annual prayer caravan” through our neighborhoods on the National Day of Prayer.
Corporal Works of Mercy
Providing Food for the Hungry, and Drink to the Thirsty:
St. Leo Food Pantry
Christmas Give-A-Way for the neighborhood.
Community Garden, in cooperation with the Civic Garden Center, allowing participants to grow produce for their own use and that of the St. Leo Food Pantry
Doorbell and phone ministry, serving neighborhood people seeking support and a listening ear.
Providing a spiritual home and pastoral care for Burundi Refugees, who were brought to the United States by Catholic Charities at the direction of the U.S. Bishops. These refugees have spent most of their lives in camps in Tanzania and the Congo that provided little to no health care, education or pastoral services. Burundi men’s and women’s support groups. Youth group for Burundi teens.
Providing a spiritual home and pastoral care for Hispanic Immigrants. Offering catechesis, sacramental preparation, and prayer and music groups.
Clothing the Naked:
Christmas toy and clothing sale.
Comforting the Sick:
St. Leo’s hosts a Parish Nurse, in collaboration with Tri-Health Hospitals, providing healthcare services to those in need in our neighborhood.
Transforming Jail Ministries leads Sunday prayer every third month at the River City Correctional Center on Colerain Avenue.
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