RCIA - Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults The RCIA is a process of information and formation for adults. It is designed for non-Catholics interested in learning about the Church, non-Catholics considering joining the Church, and people who have been baptized Catholic but received very little formal instruction and have not received all the initiation sacraments.
The process is an experience of community including weekly sessions and various liturgical experiences. Each weekly session includes prayer, formal instruction, small group discussion, and time for fellowship. It is coordinated by a team of lay people who serve as group facilitators and work with the Pastor. No one is obligated to join the Church after attending the sessions. For further information, contact the parish office at 402-397-0407.
Rite of Christian Initiation Process for Children - Sacramental Preparation This program runs through the school year for children Grades 3 through 8 who have not celebrated one or more of the sacraments of Baptism, Reconciliation, Eucharist or Confirmation, and for children interested in an initiation into the Catholic Church. Each child has an adult sponsor who attends each meeting with him or her. For more information, contact Sue Doty at 402-397-0407, ext. 206 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. Pius X/St. Leo Five Day School Parish children in Grades K through eight attend the St. Pius X/St. Leo School which we share with St. Pius X Parish at 6905 Blondo Street. The school is a community of parents, students, teachers and staff working to develop and emphasize the purposes of a Catholic education, the formation of community, the worship of God, and service to both parishes and the larger community.
Volunteers are needed for a variety of activities from assisting in the classrooms, library and cafeteria to serving on the Ad Hoc Education Committee. Members of both parishes annually stage a major "Fund Raiser" to provide money for programs in the school which would not otherwise be funded. For enrollment and other information, please call the school at 402-551-6667.
Grades K through 8 Wednesday Parish Religious Education St. Leo Elementary and Junior High Religious Education Program meet on Wednesdays throughout the school year. Two class times are available: 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. and 6:00 to 7:15 p.m. The goal of the program is to help disciples (students) and their families develop a living, growing faith that permeates their daily lives. We believe formation of faith takes place in the home, parish, and small gatherings of disciples here at church. Therefore, we incorporate activities that include the family and the parish, stressing the importance of passing on traditions of yesteryear while challenging all of us in the present to take on the mind, heart and actions of Jesus. The role of our volunteer catechists (teachers) is of witness, mentor and co-learner.
Volunteers: All programs coordinated through the Religious Education Office are accomplished by parish volunteers. New volunteers are always welcome and needed. For additional information and/or to volunteer, please call Sue Doty in the Religious Education Office at 402-397-0407, ext. 206 or e-mail email@example.com.
Vacation Bible School Vacation Bible School is held during the summer, usually in June. Children ages four through fifth grade meet during the morning for four days and enjoy a variety of activities including instruction, music, crafts, drama and social activities designed to make them more familiar with the Bible and their faith.
Volunteers from grade six through adults are coordinated by a lay team that works with the Parish Director of Religious Education. Watch the bulletin in February for specific details, or call the Religious Education Office at 402-397-0407 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adult Education/Formation There are learning opportunities on a variety of topics throughout the year. Additionally, adult education is provided for parish groups including in-services for Religious Education catechists, training for hospital ministers, bible study, Catholicism series, etc. Classes are publicized in the parish bulletin. Suggestions for programs are always welcome.
We are offering Alpha, a series of sessions exploring our faith, to the parents of Religious Education students and all parishioners on Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Each talk looks at a different question around faith and is designed to help us live our faith more fully. All are invited to attend.
Bible Study Bible Study is a way to know the bible by exploring the deeper meaning of God’s Word to make the Gospel message alive in the world today. These remarkable journeys through the bible give the participants the big picture they need to put the story of the Bible into the context of their lives. It is a combination of individual reading and study, group discussion, and lecture commentary with study guides for the participants. There are many options of various lengths. There is a fee to cover the cost of the materials. The programs are Bible Timeline (24 weeks), Matthew (24 weeks), Acts of the Apostles (20 weeks), Exodus (10 weeks), Psalms (10 weeks), and Revelation (10 weeks). Epic is also available as a journey through Church history (20 weeks). Alpha and Bible Studies are offered at various times and are also available for private individual study. For more information contact Sr. Ann Marie at 402-397-0407 or email@example.com.
Christ Renews His Parish Christ Renews His Parish is a spiritual renewal weekend designed to help individuals grow in their personal relationship with Jesus Christ and with others in their faith community. It is an excellent opportunity for Catholics to renew their understanding of the basic beliefs and traditions of their faith. Christ Renews His Parish is an effective spiritual renewal that calls together members of the parish to experience personal conversion and Christian community within the environment of St. Leo’s. There are separate retreats for the men and women each having one in the spring and fall. All retreats take place at St. Leo’s beginning Saturday morning and ending Sunday afternoon. If you are interested, please call the parish office at 402-397-0407 for the dates of the next retreat.
Parish Resource Center The Parish Resource Center provides resources for readers in various stages on life’s journey. The Center offers books to be checked out by parishioners of all ages.
Faith Discoveries Book Club Faith Discoveries provides an opportunity to develop spiritual reflection and dialogue using current materials by renowned Christian authors. Faith Discoveries meets on the first Saturday of the month from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. For more information, please contact Linda Leary at 402-493-0261.