60th Anniversary

We are getting ready to celebrate our 60th anniversary!!

Save the dates and join the fun during the festivities of our Diamond Jubilee!

Below is a list of tentative events.

  • January 6, 2019 - The Solemnity of the Epiphany: Three Kings Cake (La Rosca de Reyes)
    • We will be cutting the a Three Kings Cake (Rosca de Reyes) at every mass, 5 in total, as part of the February 2nd Mariachi Night.
      • There will be 12 special baby Jesus's within each cake that will make 60 babies in total. The families that get a baby will be asked to to be the honorary hosts for the February 2nd celebration, the Candlemas (the Presentation of the Lord - Dia de La Candelaria)
  • February 2, 2019 - The Candlemas (Dia de La Candelaria): Mariachi Night
  • March 23 - 60 Recipes for Lent - CANCELED
    • "A tasting experience!" - This will be a delicious and fun event.  We would like to give our parishioners the opportunity to share their family's traditional meals for lent.  Yes, this will be a tasting event, however for fun, we are making it a competition.  That is right, put your receipt to the test!  Is yours the BEST?
    • There will be 10 categories with 6 different receipts each (so spots will be limited) and everyone will judge each category.  Who will be the BEST.  Who nows...maybe breakfast can win...it could be YOU!!   
  • April 20, 2019 - The Blessing of Easter Baskets and Children's Egg Hunt
    • Join us on Saturday, April 20th, as we introduce our community to the special tradition of the Blessing of Easter Baskets. Here is the backstory.  Let us pray that this becomes a new way for us to remember our blessings.
      • In many Eastern European countries, it’s a tradition to have a basket of food blessed on Holy Saturday. This Catholic ritual has been cherished for centuries among many families. It has now been adopted by people of all ethnic backgrounds who enjoy this richly symbolic custom.
      • The roots of this tradition date back to the 12th century early history of Poland, and is now observed by expatriates and their descendent Poles in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. and other Polish parish communities. However, the Eastern Roman Catholics and Orthodox Christians, including Czechs, Croatians, Hungarians, Lithuanians, Russians, Slovaks and Ukrainians, also participate in this holy ritual.  
      • What goes into a food basket depends on the region one is from and the family’s preferences. Years ago in rural villages, it was a mark of one’s wealth if a groaning basket of special, savory foods was presented to be blessed. However, these types of extravagant conspicuous displays are less common, and just a sample of many foods with symbolic meaning now line the baskets. Instead of hams, some Croatians and Slovenes place a lamb in their basket, and western Slovaks might place a veal loaf or a yeast bread made with veal in their baskets. In wine-making regions like Hungary and others, bottles of superior vintage go into the basket, and others add green vegetables to theirs. Balkan countries like Serbia, Bosnia, Bulgaria and some others exchange eggs on Easter morning rather than have a basket of blessed food.
      • Since Roman Catholics and Orthodox Christians fast during Lent, none of the blessed food is eaten until after Mass on Easter Sunday. This then becomes the traditional Easter breakfast. Generally, each member of the family eats a sample of everything that is in the basket.
      • The blessing of the food is a festive occasion. People take special pride in preparing a decorative and tasteful basket with crisp linens, possibly embroidered for the occasion, both lining the basket and covering the food which symbolizes the covering of Christ’s burial shroud. These covers are usually passed down from generation to generation. The basket could also be decorated with colorful ribbons and greenery, pussy willows or dried flowers to symbolize spring, renewal and the Resurrection. The creativity of the parishioners brings a special joy to this event. Children are eager to help prepare and decorate the family basket and proudly carry it into the church. Some families with small children carry their own decorated basket filled with fruits, a chocolate bunny or some other treats. In some parishes, baskets are lined up on long tables; in others, parishioners process to the front of the altar carrying their baskets or line the aisle next to the family who brought the basket to church.
      • While tastes vary by region and family, the basket usually contains smoked meats, sausage, butter, cheese, bread, salt and decorated, colored pysanky eggs. A white candle symbolizing Jesus, the light of the world, is placed in the basket so it can be lit during the blessing. Another local tradition is to tie two nails together in the form of a cross and place them in the basket.
      • The foods that have a place of honor on the festive Easter table are the decorated hard boiled eggs, which are broken and shared by all, and a lamb molded of butter or pastry, representing Christ as the “Lamb of God.” Butter may also be placed into a glass container with cloves in the form of a cross studding the top.
      • Here is an example of what the basket content are and what thesymbolize.
        • Eggs – Decorated Ukrainian pysanky or various dyed or plain white eggs; symbolizing hope, new life and Christ’s Resurrection from the tomb
        • Butter – Dairy products are included to celebrate the end of Lent and the richness of our salvation; reminds us of the goodness of Christ that we should have toward all things
        • Easter Bread – A round loaf, sweetened yeast Paska or rye, topped with a cross, symbolic of Jesus, the Bread of Life
        • Horseradish – Symbolic of the bitterness and harshness of the Passion of Christ; the vinegar it is mixed with symbolizing the sour wine given to Jesus on the cross but sweetened with some sugar because of the Resurrection. This may be white or pink with grated red beets
        • Pepper – Also symbolic of the Passion of Christ and the bitter herbs
        • Kielbassa/Sausage – The links are symbolic of the chains of death that were broken when Jesus rose from the dead, as well as God’s favor and generosity
        • Ham, Lamb or Veal – Meats are symbolic of great joy and abundance in Christ’s Resurrection
        • Smoked Bacon – With its great fattiness, it is a symbol of the overabundance of God’s mercy and generosity
        • Salt – A necessary element in our physical life; symbolic of purification, prosperity and justice; preserves us from corruption. Jesus used its symbolism: “You are the salt of the earth”
        • Cheese – Usually fresh, dry curd or farmer’s cheese shaped into a ball, it is the symbol of the moderation Christians should practice
        • Holy Water – Used to bless the home, animals, fields and used in various rituals throughout the year
        • Sweets – Fruits, candy, poppy seed and nut rolls, pastry items; promise of eternal life or good things to come
      • The food included within any basket can be easily personalized to meet family needs and desires. However, the three-part blessing specifically addresses special prayers for the meats, eggs, cakes and breads.
      • Try it out! Borrow the ideas above or start your own traditions. Google it. Talk to your neighbors or fellow parishioners. It's a great family connection and a wonderful way to take the blessings of Easter into your home. Hope to see you on Holy Saturday morning!
    • Also, we will have a Children's Egg Hunt after the blessing of the food baskets on the church grounds.
      • Have your kids bring their baskets to blessed as well and then let them run though the designated "Hunting Ground" to find the fun and yummy surprises, and not to mention the wonder surprises in the special 60 Diamond Eggs.  Looking forward to seeing everyone there!!
  • May 11, 2019 - Mother's Day Dance
    • Let’s get together and celebrate Mother’s Day by having a blast with Raulito Navaira! We are super grateful to the Navaira Family for supporting St. Leonard Catholic Church with this wonderful event; it truly means a lot and it’s going to be a great night! We will kick off the night with “Roger Arocha y su Conjunto” and then “Raulito Navaira & the Remedio Band”. 
  • June 8, 2019 - Parochial Rummage Sales
    • Tired of stuff gathering dust and not knowing to trash it or sell it?  How about you take that item and donate it to us?
    • We are having a Parochial Rummage sale to help with the maintenance of the Parish Hall.  This will be a spring/summer house cleaning opportunity.  We will be accepting items starting on Friday, June 7th after 1:00 pm in the Parish Hall.  Come on by and drop off anything you think can be sold to support our event.  Remember that one person's unwanted items can be another persons needs. 
  • June 9, 2019 - "Building God's Kingdom" Ministry Fair
    • Ever thought; "I can do more!", "I can do that!", "Am I using my talents to their full capabilities?", and even, "Am I ready to serve my parish and more importantly God's Kingdom?"
    • Come on by the Parish Center on Sunday, June 9th, after the day masses and see what opportunities await your calling to be a servant in God's Kingdom.
    • The ministry fair will consist of up to 19 ministries and one of them could be something that your talents can bring to live as you serve and take you place in this parish and help "Build God's Kingdom, for "..on earth, as it is in heaven.." is something we can do for our Lord.
    • Look forward to seeing you next weekend!!
  • July - To be announced
  • August - To be announced
  • September 15, 2019 - 60th Anniversary Mass and Celebration
    • 12noon Mass will be celebrated by his Most Reverend Gustavo Garcia-Siller
    • Food Truck Picnic! - there will be different food trucks that will offer a variety of flavors and snacks.
    • Don't forget to get your piece of cake when we all sign Happy Birthday to St. Leonard Catholic Church.
    • There will be 60 gifts raffled on site, so make sure you buy your tickets.
  • October - Under the STARS....a Diamond Celebration! - Details to come!
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