In 2023, we joyfully celebrated 50 years of our parish. This celebration provided us with an exciting way to honor the history and future of St. Leo’s. This year proves to be another exciting time for our parish community, as we celebrate the parish renewal portion of the National Eucharistic Revival, which started on the Feast of Corpus Christi in 2022.
The National Eucharistic Congress will occur July 17-21 in Indianapolis. Fr. Don Buhrman and the Evangelization Team at the parish are encouraging parishioners to attend.
“We want people to know and understand the value and importance of the Eucharist,” Fr. Don says. “This will be one way to experience that.”
As part of the event, the Eucharist will process from four parts of the United States, ending at the National Eucharistic Congress. The St. Junipero Serra Route will come from the western United States and travel through Nebraska. You can join the procession June 14-16 in North Platte or June 21-23 in Omaha. Make a plan to be part of this historic event!
Fr. Don encourages us all to find a way to get involved. As the Revival website states, “Our world is hurting. We all need healing, yet many of us are separated from the very source of our strength. Jesus Christ invites us to return to the source and summit of our faith in the celebration of the Eucharist.” Learn more at eucharisticrevival.org.
The year will start with our second-graders celebrating First Reconciliation in January and First Communion in the spring. Lent begins with Ash Wednesday on Feb. 14.
“As we go into the new year, also consider ways you might prepare for Easter during Lent,” Fr. Don says.
A few weeks after Easter, Fr. Jim Sichko will present 60 Minutes for Jesus from April 20-24. Fr. Jim will preach at the weekend Masses, and the mission will begin Sunday night. A full-time speaker, Fr. Jim’s message directly relates to the Eucharistic Renewal. Fr. Don and the parish staff are excited to welcome him to St. Leo’s.
Fr. Don hopes to see continued positive results from the Faith Formation program in 2024. The move to a family-based model has been really positive for the program over the past few years.
This year, some youth of the parish will travel to Albuquerque, N.M., for the annual mission trip, taking place July 6-13.
Just like we did this past September, in September 2024 we will again participate in a Stewardship Renewal.
“I ask you all to evaluate your commitments last year and consider what you might do in 2024 — really look at how you are contributing with your time, talent, and treasure,” Fr. Don says. “Find more ways to get involved if you can.”
One great way to get involved is by serving those most in need, such as through the Coat Drive in October. This is a way to serve those most in need living right here in Grand Island. Or consider helping with catechesis. Fr. Don would also love to see more small groups form — consider getting a group together for faith sharing or to go through a study.
Let’s use 2024 to truly grow in faith and service to our Lord, from Whom all our blessings flow.