Hospital Ministry Hospitalized parishioners and Catholics from the area are visited by caring people who extend the healing touch of Jesus to the sick and hurting; listening, praying, and bringing the love and comfort of the Christian community, as well as Eucharist, to those they visit. Ministers are scheduled for two to three hours once or twice a month. For further details, contact the parish office at 402-397-0407.
Communion Services for Assisted Living, Nursing Homes & Homebound Every Sunday morning at 11:15 a.m. we do Communion Services at Brighton Gardens Nursing Home, Waterford, Bickford Cottage, Camelot Assisted Living, and Old Mill Rehab. To participate, you must be a mandated Communion Minister with a desire to serve. For more information, please contact the parish office at 402-397-0407.
Prayer Shawl Ministry Prayer Shawls are available to anyone knowing individuals who would enjoy having one. Volunteers make our prayer shawls as they pray for the people who will receive them. If you can knit, crochet, or tie knots, let us know so that you can participate in creating additional shawls for distribution. For more information on our Prayer Shawl Ministry, please call the parish office at 402-397-0407.
Prayer Line Ministry Parishioners committed to prayer and to our parish community receive prayer requests through a phone tree, and respond with daily prayer in their own home. Prayers offered include both intercessions and thanksgiving. All information obtained through the prayer line is confidential. For additional information, call the parish office at 402-397-0407.
Formation & Education--
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Catholic Social Teaching Ministry The Catholic Social Teaching Ministry of St. Leo works to promote education and action supporting the Catholic tradition of living responsibly and faithfully to the beatitudes as taught by Jesus. Through the Generations of Faith parish offerings, opportunities are provided that promote peace and justice for people in our city, our country, and the world. If you would like more information, please contact Fr. Craig Loecker at 402-397-0407.
Human Needs Ministry Occasionally we are called upon for direct help with a financial crisis or situation. Our response through the St. Leo Human Needs Ministry can include helping someone pay a utility bill, rent, or assisting with a food pantry. If you would like to join the Human Needs Ministry, please call the parish office at 402-397-0407.
Habitat for Humanity St. Leo Parish participates in the international Habitat for Humanity organization. Every year we join several other parishes to build a house for a homeless family. Volunteers, both skilled and unskilled, help with the construction, while others provide food for the work crews. A substantial cash donation from the parish is also included in our support. For more information, contact Jerry and Pat Heinrichs at 402-492-8950.
Francis House Ministry The Francis House is a shelter for homeless men located near downtown Omaha. It operates in connection with Siena House, which is a shelter for women and children. Parishioners from St. Leo provide four meals a month to these shelters, feeding 250-300 people each time. Individuals prepare a specific menu item (casserole, salad, dessert, etc.) for about 15 people, and then deliver the prepared food to St. Leo Church. Volunteers then drive the food to the Francis House. Most menu items can be made ahead, allowing for flexibility to accommodate the drop off time to your individual work schedule. If you are interested in providing food, please contact the parish office at 402-397-0407.
"Harvest of Faith" Community Garden St. Leo Parish offers a community garden. For a small "rental fee", parishioners are invited to plant, tend and harvest individual plots. They may donate extra produce to weekly sales after Sunday Masses. Proceeds from the sales go to support our Human Needs Ministry. For further information, contact the parish office at 402-397-0407.
Bereavement Ministry St. Leo volunteers visit parishioners whose family member was buried from St. Leo Church. The name of the deceased loved one is placed on a Memorial Cross which hangs in the main worship space. After one year, bereavement ministers deliver the cross to a family member. We also assist with the annual All Souls Day Memorial Mass in November. For more information, contact the parish office at 402-397-0407.
Funeral Lunch Committee The Funeral Lunch Committee provides sustenance and comfort to the bereaved in the form of a lunch served in the parish social hall following the funeral. The committee is made up of people who call volunteers to prepare food in their homes to deliver to the church, and those who serve the lunch. If you would like to become part of St. Leo’s Funeral Lunch ministry, either as a food preparer or server, please call Dina Turco or Betsy Bridgeford at 402-397-0407.
Respect Life Ministry St. Leo’s Pro-Life Group is part of the National Organization of the Bishops' Pastoral Plan for Respect Life. Members are committed to prayer, volunteer activities, financial assistance, and keeping informed on the issues. To get involved, contact Lynn Weist at 402-393-0781.
Parish Health Ministry Our parish Health Ministry focuses on the spiritual, emotional, and physical dimensions of parishioners as they strive to achieve wellness in their everyday life. If you have one hour a month, or a couple of hours a year, your involvement is much appreciated. For more information, please contact the parish office at 402-397-0407.
Groups & Organizations--
Women’s Group The St. Leo the Great Women’s Group provides a welcoming and supportive environment where all women of the parish can gather socially, spiritually, and in service to each other, to our parish and to our community. For more information, contact Linda Leary at email@example.com or 402-493-0261.
Knights of Columbus The Knights of Columbus is a Catholic, fraternal service organization firmly rooted in the principles of charity, unity, fraternity, and patriotism. They volunteer many hours to parish and community service. This organization is open to every Catholic man, 18 years or older. For more information, click here.
“Re-Connect” for College Students (ages 18-22) “Re-Connect” is an opportunity for college-age adults, ages 18-22. Students can come together to continue strengthening their faith and re-connecting with friends and their Church. We are looking for planning help in this ministry to provide events like bowling, potlucks, and more. For more information, contact Janet Drvol at 402-397-0407 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Staying Connected” for Young Adults (20’s and 30’s) “Staying Connected” is St. Leo’s ministry with young adults in their 20s and 30s. We gather to socialize, pray, learn, and serve. We come from all walks of life: married or single, and with or without children. We offer Spiritual Activities and Groups such as Study Series and Faith Sharing Groups. Social Events have included bowling, game nights, baseball games, dinner, and more.
We are looking to expand this ministry. If you have new ideas or needs, please contact us. For more information please contact Janet Drvol at 402-397-0407 or email@example.com.
50's, 60+ Singles Group The Singles 60+ Group is a social group of single men and women, unmarried for any reason. We welcome everyone who is legally single (widowed, divorced, or never married), regardless of their religious affiliation. We offer monthly dinners and other fun social outings. Click here for our monthly newsletter. If you don't have internet access, please call St. Leo's at 402-397-0407 for a newsletter. Contact Patti at firstname.lastname@example.org with any other questions.
Keenagers - Senior Adult Ministry Keenagers are an active group of people over 55. They meet monthly and gather for lunch, speakers, trips and fun activities. For more information, or to join, please contact Sr. Ann Marie at 402-397-0407, or email@example.com.
SP/SL Couples Bridge Club Mixed couples play Bridge on the third Friday of every month, meeting in homes. The group gathers from January to November, except for a break in July and August. Interested couples are asked to call Maury and Pat Zach at 402-491-3570.
Parish Pastoral Council
Twelve adults selected from parish nominations, and two youth members appointed by the Director of Youth Ministry, make up the Parish Pastoral Council. Council members assist the pastor in decision making and serve as a coordinating body for all organizations and group activities within the parish. For more information on the Parish Pastoral Council, contact the parish office, 402-397-0407
Finance and Development St. Leo parishioners are asked to commit to the St. Leo Plan of Giving, which has been the financial part of our approach to stewardship. The Plan calls for donating five percent or $1.00 per week for each $1,000 of annual gross income. Financial matters for the parish are overseen by members of the Finance Committee who work with the Business Manager and the Pastor to provide sound financial decisions. Committee members are appointed by the Pastor and serve a three-year, renewable term.
Board of Education (SP/SL School) Selected from parish volunteers, St. Leo Board of Education members serve a three-year term along with members from St. Pius X Parish, to foster Christian education by setting policy for St. Pius X/St. Leo School. To obtain further information, contact the parish office at 402-397-0407.
Heavenly Helpers Each Saturday, a group of six to eight people clean the church from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Cleaning includes vacuuming, dusting, straightening pews, cleaning windows, etc. Individuals unable to clean on Saturday morning have often cleaned on Friday afternoon. Groups are scheduled on a rotating basis cleaning approximately four to five times a year. To volunteer for this ministry, contact Betsy Bridgeford at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Buildings and Grounds Volunteers help with the upkeep of parish buildings and grounds - painting, mowing, weeding, trimming, planting, mulching, plumbing, electrical, etc. The projects vary from helping on clean-up day to caring for the flowers, trees and bushes on a regular basis. For more information, or to volunteer your time and services, contact Mark McDermott at 402-496-7533.