Posted February 23rd, 2015 | Uncategorized

Calling all chefs and faithful foodies! EWTN will be filming episodes of Savoring Our Faith with Fr. Leo in Dallas (May 4-6); Baltimore (June 15-18); Chicago (October 4-6); and the Cleveland OH area (November 7-11).

 

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Fr. Leo recently connected with groups in the Philippines after his last call out to find places, thanks to you. Can you help him stateside?

 

Each show will feature a religious site, a local restaurant with a great story to share, and a cooking segment.  We need your help!  We’re looking for suggestions on religious sites, restaurants and names of possible culinary assistants. Please comment below and email info@gracebeforemeals.com with your suggestions, and we will look to be in touch with you soon.


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Posted May 15th, 2013 | Events, From the Feedbag, Uncategorized

Staying Connected!

 

The communication between our movement and our members humbles me.  Through modern technology, we not only have an opportunity to spread the Good News on a global level, but to stay connected to one another. Using the gift of food to feed our hungers (body, mind, and spirit) and a little technical know-how, we are working to fulfill our important mission: to feed God’s flock.

I recently received a very charming question via Facebook from someone who needed help with pancakes.

 

To help those are new to our movement, or maybe those who have not had the chance to fully explore our website, I offer a few ideas on how to learn more about what we do, what we’re all about, and how you can be a more active member in our movement.

#1

TV Show

Tune in as I host a ½ hour cooking show called Savoring our Faith on EWTN filled with delicious recipes and soul satisfying inspiration each Sunday at 5:00pm.

Filming in Rome for special Savoring Our Faith Episodes.

#2

Radio Show

 

Catch me as I team up with hit show comedy writer Tom Leopold for a fun and educational show called, Entertaining Truth on Sirius XM 129 each Thursday at 1:00pm.

At the Sirius XM Studios in NYC.

#3

Social Media

 

Stay in touch with friends and all the GBM “fam” (i.e. our Grace Before Meals “family”) on Twitter and Facebook. Also check out our YouTube channel for some short cooking videos, highlights of travels, and restaurant reviews.  

 

 

 

#4

Live Shows

Join our movement, to see and taste God’s goodness as we travel the globe doing live cooking demonstrations and presentations.  To book one of these extremely popular events, click here

Me presenting at an event specifically for married couples – a huge hit!

#5

Books

 

Put the movement in your hands through our books. Grace Before Meals: Recipes and Inspiration for Family Meals and Family Life is dedicated to strengthening families, while Spicing Up Married Life is dedicated to strengthening a couple’s relationship through food. My newest book, coming out in the fall of 2013 or the spring of 2014 will be a theological work on food called, “Food Fight: Salvation History Bite Sized.

  

 

#6

Web Presence

Surf our Grace Before Meals website that provides a link to upcoming events, recipes, media, our store, the GBM blog, social media and more.

#7

Newspaper

 

Check out the restaurant reviews I do for the Catholic Review Newspaper, giving my honest opinion in a column called, “Culinary Confessions.”  

  

 

#8

Giveaways & Sweepstakes

Take part in the fun specials we offer at Grace Before Meals, like the recent Valentine Day Recipe Contest.  The Winner Julie Miller received this incredible gift basket, worth over $150. Her reactions to the prize were as follows: 

 
 “[We] wanted to thank you so much for [the prize]!  What fun to receive it!  Thank you again for having the contest, it was a real surprise to have won.  May God bless you, Fr. Leo and everyone at Grace Before Meals in all you do to help build holy families!
 

We will hope to be able to do more of these contests as we want to encourage your involvement and let you know that this can be a fun way to help support your family. 

Our Valentines Day Prize Gift Set, featuring the signed copy of Spicing Up Married Life along with ingredients and more to make one of the chapters menus. Julie Miller loved it!

#9

Web Blasts

 

Sign up for our weekly blasts, giving tips on strengthening family relationships. I answer questions, give recipes, and share faith to satisfy hungry souls. Sign up FOR FREE and join the fun and get access to our recipes!

  

 

#10

Keep the Faith

While I enjoy all the work I do with Grace Before Meals, the most important work I do is as a priest, offering the Sacraments of the Catholic Faith. Join me in praying for the Grace Before Meals movement and all of those who are served by it.  Try everyday to give God “permission” to do His work through you.

 

And so, now that you know of all the ways you can connect and follow our Grace Before Meals mission, here’s how YOU can help!

 

Spread the Word: purchase the book or materials as gifts; invite our message to your next conference or gathering by booking an event; encourage your family, friends, and church to sign up for our free weekly blasts, or just spread the fun by sharing the videos, leaving comments, and staying in touch with Facebook or Twitter!

 

Michigan Facebook friends and Twitter “Fam.”

 

Support the Mission:  Consider sponsoring a weekly or monthly blast.  For a “donation” of $50.00, we can create a banner add or links to our website’s weekly blasts for two weeks.  This donation will help sustain our work, while helping connect your message or business to our thousands of web blast recipients.

Let us pray:  

Jesus, as we continue to grow our movement, we know it will take more than just a priest who cooks on TV.  It will require each member to do his or her part to spread the message and promote the cause.  May our work be blessed by their generous efforts.  And, most importantly Lord, help us to be true instruments of Your peace, evangelizing the world, by our words and actions.  We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Teens from the Steubenville Youth Conference.

Questions:

  • How do you evangelize or spread the good news to Jesus? 
  • Have you ever spoken to your parish priest or conference organizers about bringing the GBM message to a venue near you? 
  • What can we, as a movement, do to better reach those hungry souls that need a bit of inspiration each week? 

Your comments and suggestions are big helps to our cause. Post your comments below!

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Posted December 5th, 2012 | Dinner Discussion, Uncategorized

Santa IS Real!


This week, December 6, we celebrate the Feast of St. Nicholas.  So lay aside any fears about how to talk with your children about Santa not being “real.”  He is 100% real and quite alive as a saint in Heaven.

Obviously, this is a mannequin of St. Nicholas.

 

But parents, your job is still not done until you can successfully translate the more popular notion of St. Nicholas to the more accurate description of the Man who lives so far North he’s now in Heaven.  You can’t get anymore “North” than that!

Inside the store dedicated to Santa Claus in North Pole, Alaska. If you’re ever in Alaska and are interested in going to the “North Pole,” save yourself the hassle. There’s nothing there except a store to sell you North Pole stuff!

I’ll admit to getting more impatient with the more worldly approach to Christmas that we see with each passing year, especially with regard to Santa Claus.  I think Saint Nick would be a bit annoyed, too, with the caricature we’ve all come to know him as.

My impatience arises from angry secularists who work to diminish the religious significance of Christmas, because they find celebrating the birthday of Jesus to be “offensive.”  If we can celebrate Presidents’ Birthdays and get a “day off” for a courageous civil rights leader, what’s the big deal about giving Christians a chance to celebrate the birthday of our God?  However, I also get impatient with ill-informed Christians who simply think of the Christmas season season as a storybook representation to the point that St. Nicholas obscures Christ on His birthday!   Obviously I need to have more patience, just as St. Nicholas did.

Dear Santa Claus,

For Christmas, please intercede for me and grant me the gift of patience!

Yours,

Fr. Leo

How can we best deal with this Christmas confusion?  My short answer is to give Saint Nicholas a chance to explain himself.  Give Saint Nick an opportunity to talk with your children about Jesus’ birthday!  Allow the real St. Nick to please stand up!

So true – a little pillow from the Santa Claus Store in North Pole, Alaska.

 

Parents have an awesome responsibility to translate the “magic” of Christmas into a celebration of faith.  Faith and magic are two completely different things.  We need to know that and, more importantly, to explain it to our children.

“Santa” giving some gifts to the children of the seminary professors at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary – 2011.

 

By teaching children about the real St. Nicholas, we help them avoid the trauma when they realize the fat-jolly-chimney-crawling image of St. Nicholas is more fictional (thank God) than factual. Yet, the “spirit” of St. Nicholas should be fostered and discussed regularly.  Yes, it is always fun for children to have imaginative fairytale characters as part of their growing experience. But it’s also important to help children see that the popular stories of St. Nicholas help them develop virtue and morals, such as intercession, being nice rather than naughty, and the “gift” of gift-giving!

 

By concentrating on the positive qualities of important childhood characters, you let children use their imaginations but also inform their consciences.  The technique and conversation you use to explain that SpongeBob, Cinderella, and Superman are “not real” can easily be applied to Santa.  Concentrate on the “virtue” of the character as real – 100% truthful – even if the saccharine stories about Santa are incredulous.

I offer this “Dinner Discussion” E-Blast as something for parents to think about, pray about, and eventually discuss as a family.  Don’t be afraid to approach your children with the truth about Christmas. The Saints, especially Santa, will intercede so that your efforts to dispel myths and strengthen faith in your children will be fruitful and even fun.

This t-Shirt explains it perfectly!

 

  • How do you explain the meaning of Christmas to your children, especially when it comes to Saint Nicholas? 
  • Do you think I’m being a kill-joy by not encouraging families to perpetuate the fairytale version of St. Nicholas?  
  • And do you remember how you heard the news?  How did you feel?  How did you get over it?  

Your responses, questions, and comments help us develop topics for future E-Blasts. So please help us out and post your comments below.

 

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree.

Let Us Pray:

Father in Heaven, You give us St. Nicholas as a way to prepare us, especially children, for the great feast of Christmas.  May our great and holy intercessors in Heaven help us to find the real meaning of this holy season, and may the saints help us to love Jesus as they did!  And may we always know of Jesus’ love for us, as the Saints experienced.  Through Christ or Lord. Amen.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6TH

Holy Hour Presentation at Columbia University

Columbia University 405 West 114th St. New York, NY 10025 

CONTACT: Fr. Dan O’Reilly | 212-866-1500 | daniel.o’reilly@archny.org

  • Every Thursday, Columbia University’s Catholic Ministry has a Holy Hour, adoration, and feature a speaker once a month for the students to see. In December, Fr. Leo will be the featured speaker who will have a chance to speak about Grace Before Meals, share in the Benediction following the Holy Hour, and then mingle with students complete with a cooking demo. 
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Posted November 7th, 2012 | Uncategorized

One Nation Under God and Around One Table

President Jimmy Carter loved peanuts. President Ronald Reagan liked jellybeans. I recall President Obama was caught on camera enjoying a plate of French fries, despite his wife’s penchant for healthy foods. And I heard that President George H. W. Bush didn’t like broccoli. Considering presidential eating habits can provide a unique and healthy perspective after such a contentious election year.

Maybe President Bush would enjoy this preparation of broccoli, especially if it’s served along side a grilled steak with sautéed mushrooms and a rich red wine sauce.

 

As our country continues to recover after Hurricane Sandy, and some might be recovering from stress after the election, it’s a good idea to step back and remember that depending on God’s Grace – not an elected official’s campaign promise – is the only way to get through life’s woes and challenges.  No matter how important and powerful the office of the President of the United States may be, the person who occupies the oval office is, after all, only human. They are not a god or a demigod, even if they sometimes act like a prima donna.  We know they are human because they eat just like everyone else.  Along with the rest of humanity, even the powerful leaders must (or should) humbly depend on God’s Grace and be grateful to so many other hard-working people for each bite of food – from farmers, factory workers, chefs, and grocery clerks.

 

I wonder if the First Family prays grace before meals in the White House or even at official state functions?  If not, they should. Thanking God and asking Him for blessings over the meal will help them to stay rooted and humble and help them avoid the same messiah complex that eventually led some ancient Roman emperors to cause Rome’s implosion.

Remember, emperors saw themselves as gods with power to decide on the fate of the citizens, not unlike courts and politicians decide the fate of the unborn.  Unfortunately, some politicians act the same way by enacting laws that approve (and sometimes “celebrate”) the death of a child in the mother’s womb.

The Colosseum where emperors decided the fate of many lives, including Christian martyrs.

 

But it’s easy to see how presidents can take on an exalted personality in a larger-than-life office. But remembering they eat like everyone else keeps them “real” to the citizens.  Realizing they eat provides an opportunity for humility – a necessary attribute for successful leaders.  The common citizens must see their leaders for who they are:  public servants (i.e., people who serve) and not demigods (i.e., those who are to be served)!

Prior to the election, it was very important for the presidential candidates to be seen eating at local restaurants or community barbecues.  They wanted to show their human side in order to come across as more personable, or as pollsters would say, more favorable. After elections, however, they take on such a unique persona that eating presidential foods becomes an exclusive honor for wealthy, privileged, powerful Hollywood types. Perhaps the President and First Family ought to make it a point to regularly eat with constituents – rich, middle class, and the poor alike, and not just for political purposes.

The increasing number of the homeless and hungry being fed by charitable agencies (not the government) in the wealthy city of San Francisco.

For people of Faith and, in particular, Catholics, we must remember that a greater honor occurs at each celebration of the Mass.  The food we eat, the food from the “presidential” hands of the “presiding” priest, namely the Eucharist, is not only the Bread of Angels, but the very Presence of God.  It’s interesting to note that Jesus – the leader of all nations – was also seen eating with people because he saw them as family, not constituents.  But Jesus goes several steps further than any human political leader.  He serves the food and eventually becomes their food.  Talk about a humble leader!

Unlike Jesus(pictured), the POTUS could not, should not, even attempt to feed the citizens with his own body and blood. That would be gross! It would turn citizens into vampire-zombie-cannibals, i.e., someone who feeds on the flesh and blood of other humans.

However, Jesus, as the King of Kings, can make this offer because his flesh and blood is not merely human flesh and blood.  Eating human flesh would do nothing for us.  However, eating the flesh and blood of the Son of Man will help us to become more like Him – holy.  We won’t get holy by eating a politician’s flesh and blood.  Jesus, as our spiritual food, allows us to participate in a feast of the Divine Person. It invites us to share in a Sacred Banquet – no longer as mortal humans, but as God’s children destined for eternal life in Heaven.

Can you see the privilege of going to Mass and sharing in the Lord’s Supper? Receiving Holy Communion is a greater honor than a private dinner in the White House.

While presidents and national leaders may struggle with a messiah complex, people of faith ought to see how sharing in the sacred meal of the Eucharist helps us to become greater than any elected political office. Participation in this Sacred Meal makes us God’s children, heirs to an eternal kingdom in Heaven.  It also imposes a great responsibility to become true leaders in our own communities, not by showing off our title and powerful positions, but by humbly serving one another, feeding one another, and even offering ourselves so that others can live.

Image of Jesus, as a young child, praying grace before meals with the Holy Family.

I offer this Eucharistic theology the day after the United States presidential election to invite people to strengthen their belief in the great honor of eating the sacred meal, which is way more important than dining with any president.  After all, the job of president is not to replace God, but to help citizens remember that we are “One Nation Under God.” May God bless the all winners of the election, their families, and the United States of America!

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**For those who wish to have dedications, please allow an additional week for delivery to account for Fr. Leo’s availability. He’s all over the place!

Let us pray:    

Father in Heaven, you have given the great gift of exercising freedom by electing our civil leaders and public servants. We pray that all future votes will be done with an informed conscience. We pray for the office of presidency, and all who serve the public good.  May they humbly acknowledge the privileged responsibility of that office and work to serve the needs of the people by protecting their human dignity, especially in the mother’s womb.  May God bless those who suffer because of corrupt leaders. May God bring swift justice to those who take advantage of their office and offend God by denying His people the gift of freedom to worship and bringing harm to the gift of life.  Bless our country, our land, and our people.  And thank You for the opportunity to share the meal that is beyond all price and honor!  With prayers of the angels and saints, we ask this through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

 

 

  • Have you ever eaten with someone so important or powerful that you felt like you were in the presence of greatness?
  • If you had the chance to cook for the President or any world leader, what would you prepare?
  • If you were president what kind of laws would you enact?
  • How should a politician’s personal faith influence his or her political positions?
  • Did your candidate win or lose, and how will you deal with the celebration or sorrow?
  • Did you cook a special meal while watching the vote count? What did you prepare?

I know that talking about politics at the dinner table is politically incorrect, but I think families need to discuss these hot topics in a good and loving way, even if we disagree.  Yes, that takes practice.  So start your dinner conversation by laying down ground rules about how you will talk about hot topics at your dinner table.

Post your comments, questions, or responses below.  Or just let us know what you think of the new website.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10TH

Our Lady of Good Counsel, 8601 Wolftrap Road, Vienna, VA 22182 

CONTACT: Anna Mary 703-896-7425 auction@olgcva.org

  • Fr. Leo will be giving a Grace Before Meals presentation and cooking demonstration at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church.  This event is part of an auction effort to raise money for the church.

St. Ignatius of Loyola Catholic Community, 4103 Prices Distillery Rd. Ijamsville, MD 21754

CONTACT: Carol Smith 301-695-8845 csmith@e-stignatius.org

  • Fr. Leo will be working with the “Marriage Matters” group at St. Ignatius Loyola to speak on Family Meals and Strengthening Marriages, complete with a cooking demonstration, starting at 1pm after the 12pm Mass.

Atlantic General Hospital Community Health Fair 

Millsboro Middle School, Indian River School District 302 East State St., Millsboro, DE 19966

CONTACT: Dawn 410-641-9268 ddenton@atlanticgeneral.org

  • Fr. Leo will present at this second annual community health fair.  There will be free adult education and a variety of free health screenings available.

 

Outside Da Box

St. John Neumann 2900 E Main St. St Charles, IL 60174 

CONTACT: Eric 630-242-4898 eric@outsidedabox.com

  • This event focuses on helping families and couples grow in their faith in new ways.  Fr. Leo will give a cooking demonstration and Grace Before Meals presentation.

Catholic Charities “Come and See” Fundraiser

Harrisburg, PA

CONTACT: Mark 717-657-4804 mtotaro@hbgdiocese.org

  • Fr. Leo will present the message of Grace Before Meals at the annual “Come and See” fundraiser. Benefits go to the Diocese of Harrisburg and Catholic Charities.

 

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Posted November 6th, 2012 | Uncategorized

I’m writing an email blast that will go out tomorrow, the day after the election. But for now, I encourage every American citizen to vote. While it’s not a “sacred duty,” (because a President is not a “god”), it is a great privilege to exercise a free act of standing up for what our country believes are inalienable rights: LIFE, LIBERTY and Pursuit of Happiness – in that order. Please take a stand and vote for Life – including the living child in a mother’s womb. Please vote for Liberty, especially in the ability to live out our faith that has helped our country grow prosperous, but is now constantly ridiculed in politics and media. And yes, vote for the pursuit of happiness, but not the unbridled freedom that takes away people’s prosperity through excessive taxation. Our country is in need of real leadership and real change that speaks to the hearts of our people – and not just the rich, powerful hollywood types. But, above all, pray today in a special way for our country. We have the resources, vision, and talent to make this world a better place for its citizens and all people around the globe! God bless you, America and all of God’s children – our brothers and sisters around our globe.

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Posted October 24th, 2012 | Uncategorized

 

Preparing for All Souls
I know, I know. Halloween is next week, which means All Souls Day comes right after. But the theme of spirits and demons, along with the salvation of souls, plays a large part in today’s “From The Feedbag” letter, which comes from a listener who is grieving the loss of her nephew, who took his own life.

Dear Fr. Leo,

 

I heard you on Catholic Answers radio show and the subject was spiritual combat.  Thank you for being on the show.  I listened on my way home from work.

 

My nephew took his life this past July.  He stopped taking his medication and thought he was possessed by a demon.  My question, my sister feels that since he prayed the rosary and wore the scapular he is in Heaven?  Can we be certain that his soul is in Heaven? He was married and was expecting his first child this month.

 

Thank you for any advice or literature to read concerning the Church’s teaching on suicide.

God bless you.

 

A Sad but Hopeful Aunt 

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Dear Sad but Hopeful,

I want to express my sincere and prayerful condolences to you and your family for this sad and unprepared-for loss.  Suicide is a desperate form of communication of hopelessness, at least for that moment for the person who died.

The Church continues to believe that taking a life, including your own, is a sin because no one has that right but God.  At the same time, however, the Church understands the pastoral necessity to explain, along with the sound teachings of true and authentic psychologists, that sometimes a person who commits suicide is not “free” to know the entire scope of their actions. In other words, they may be trying to escape, rather than trying to kill even if it turns out looking and feeling exactly the same namely, death.

  

 

The Death of Christ – statues in Lourdes, France.

 

No doubt there is great confusion for a person that wants to take their own life.  However, it may or may not be a case of demonic possession.  Yet, recently Church has unfortunately experienced a slight increase in the reporting of demonic possession.  But I cannot confirm or deny that in this particular case.  We have to be delicate in explaining the balance that evil exists, but just because a person feels he or she is possessed, that may not necessarily be the case.  It could be a sign of many things that deal more with psychological and personal imbalance, rather than spiritual reality.

  

 

Statue of St. Michael the Archangel fighting against the Devil.

 

One of the things I tell people during this heartbreaking situation is that God understood what the suicide victim was going through and that God loved that person beyond measure especially at the moment of the death.  Sometimes, a person commits this deathly act because there is a loss of hope, a fearfulness of the unknown, and even an impatience with a current situation, especially if the person is trying to escape from pain, physically or emotionally.  Can God forgive a person for these sins and sinful inclinations?  Yes, most certainly He can.

  

 

In the midst of the darkness, the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Washington, DC, remains a beacon of hope for all who believe.

 

Therefore, it’s very important for us to remember and ask God to continue to forgive the sins of people who have died.  We can intercede on their behalf by telling God that we still love that person who died, even if they are imperfect.  We can beg God to forgive them for their sins and to bring them to Heaven.  The Church teaches we can have a certain hope: that God loves us and wants us to be with Him in Heaven.  Yet, only God can decide that.  Therefore, we must always and forever continue to pray for that person, because it can help us to learn how to avoid the same pitfalls of depression and turn more and more to God for the help to make it through the depressing stages of our life. 

 

  

Child receiving protection of the Holy Water Font from the temptations of the Devil.

 

I realize this may not be the exact answer you want, but it’s the most sensitive response I can offer in this difficult situation, especially since I don’t have all of the facts about this situation.  At the same time, I can tell you that your question gave me a chance to address all of our subscribed members by reassuring them that God is a forgiving God – as long as we are willing to ask for it for ourselves and others.

Regarding possession and the demonic, I also offer our members a caution that it is real – very real.  As America prepares for Halloween, and Catholics prepare for All Soul’s Day, we have to remember the reality of the spiritual life, to take it seriously, and to take caution not to dabble in things that can invite dark or evil spirits into the heart or your home.  

 

 

Evil wants us to distract us from the good – so be attentive to both, and choose to pay attention to the Good.

 

Also consider protecting your family from the spirits that want to destroy the home by praying together, providing appropriate and beautiful sacramentals in the home such as a holy image of the Lord or the Saints, and by making sure the family prays at Mass and talks about Faith around the dinner table.

 

  

The Mass – the most important family meal.

 

I can say for sure that my own family experienced struggles in the psychological, emotional, and spiritual realm.  But one thing that keeps us strong, safe, and joyful (notice, I didn’t say “perfect”), is a regular celebration of our faith, around the Table in God’s Church (i.e., Altar at Mass) and around the domestic church’s altar (i.e., the dinner table each day together)

 

NOTE: You may notice some changes and/or technical difficulties on our website. We apologize for any inconvenience but the good news is that our new website is officially going to be ready to launch by November 1, 2012 (All Souls Day) and will help more families to grow together in faith and fun.

 

ALSO, with the Christmas Holiday season coming up, we hope you consider sharing Fr. Leo’s newest book Spicing Up Married Life with friends and family of all ages. Head over to the new GBM Shopping Cart and place your order, and if you want Fr. Leo to SIGN & DEDICATE your books or apparel, then email us at assistant@gracebeforemeals.com and we will be happy to get them to you as soon as possible.** More discounts and ways to save will be coming soon.

**For those who wish to have dedications, please allow an additional week for delivery to account for Fr. Leo’s availability. He’s all over the place!

Let us pray:  Father, protect families from evil.  Keep them focused the on theological virtues of Faith, hope and love.  Remind them of God’s healing power. And give comfort to those who continue to mourn the death of family members through the sadness and brokenness of suicide.  Forgive their sins, have mercy on us all, and bring us to everlasting life with You in Heaven, through Christ our Lord. Amen. 

 

Jesus conquers the Devil’s temptations in the desert.

 

 FRIDAY & SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2ND & 3RD

26950 Patrick Ave. Hayward, CA 94544 

CONTACT: Jim 510-471-7766 x 22 stayouthministry@sbcglobal.net

  • This rally kicks off the beginning of the School Year!  High school students from multiple parishes will be able to attend workshops, mass, and a presentation by Fr. Leo.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10TH

Our Lady of Good Counsel, 8601 Wolftrap Road, Vienna, VA 22182 

CONTACT: Anna Mary 703-896-7425 auction@olgcva.org

  • Fr. Leo will be giving a Grace Before Meals presentation and cooking demonstration at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church.  This event is part of an auction effort to raise money for the church.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17TH

Atlantic General Hospital Community Health Fair 

Millsboro Middle School, Indian River School District 302 East State St., Millsboro, DE 19966

CONTACT: Dawn 410-641-9268 ddenton@atlanticgeneral.org

  • Fr. Leo will present at this second annual community health fair.  There will be free adult education and a variety of free health screenings available.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 18TH

Outside Da Box

St. John Neumann 2900 E Main St. St Charles, IL 60174 

CONTACT: Eric 630-242-4898 eric@outsidedabox.com

  • This event focuses on helping families and couples grow in their faith in new ways.  Fr. Leo will give a cooking demonstration and Grace Before Meals presentation.

 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19TH

Catholic Charities “Come and See” Fundraiser

Harrisburg, PA

CONTACT: Mark 717-657-4804 mtotaro@hbgdiocese.org

  • Fr. Leo will present the message of Grace Before Meals at the annual “Come and See” fundraiser. Benefits go to the Diocese of Harrisburg and Catholic Charities.

 

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