Posted February 27th, 2009 | Uncategorized

First: Mea Culpa!  In this season of forgiveness, I have to say sorry to Jennifer Willits from the Sirius/XM – the host of “The Catholics Next Door.”  In my recent update I called her “Susan” only because I really do know a Greg and Susan.  Besides that, I also just didn’t pay attention.  Sorry!

I’m off to Rome right after the Radio Show today, so please know I have  all your prayer intentions and will make sure that you are all kept close to our prayers as we pilgrimage to the Holy City! Here’s

On one day I offer the “death march” where we’ll hit about 20 something churches in one day.

Oremus Pro Invicem!

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Posted February 25th, 2009 | Recipe-Side Dishes



2 Tb Barbecue sauce

1 Tb Ketchup

1 Tb Mayonaise



Bag of mixed greens

1 Tsp Olive Oil


Add olive oil and minced garlic to pan over gas burner. Season salmon with salt and pepper. Place fish seasoned side down and cook 3-5 minutes on each side.

In small bowl mix barbeque sauce, ketchup, mayonnaise. Spoon glaze over fish. Pour ¼ cup bourbon directly into pan (BEWARE OF FLAME). When flames die down, the alcohol is burned out and the fish is ready to come out.

Place mixed greens on plate. Season with olive oil, red wine vinegar, salt and pepper. Top with Salmon.


This Lenten season, instead of giving something up, why not take something on something new, like spending some time in the kitchen with your loved ones. Fr. Leo heats things up with this tasty salmon dish.

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Posted February 23rd, 2009 | Recipes


1 package of Oreo cookies

1 large container of whipped cream

2 cups of creamed cheese

cocoa powder

chocolate pudding (optional)



Whip together cream cheese, whip cream, and cocoa powder.  Set aside.  Put Oreo cookies in a food processor and blend until they have the look and consistency of topsoil.  Be careful to not over process, you don’t want mush.  In a clear bowl or dish, layer bottom with the Oreo blend.  Top off with cream mixture and add layer of pudding.  Repeat until all of the ingredients are used.  It doesn’t have to be an even layering.  Have fun with this dessert that looks like dirt! 


Even though you may not be able to share in this deliciously dirty recipe during Lenten Season, you can keep this one on file for your Easter celebration; the reward for all are willing to enter into these next forty days.  And yes, for those who have grace, these days are not bummers, but blessings.



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Posted February 17th, 2009 | Recipes

2 cans tomato puree
2  cans crushed tomatoes
6 tablespoons chopped garlic (minced)
6 tablespoons chopped dried onion
4 cups red wine
1 cup sugar or four peeled large carrots
1 cup cheese
6 tablespoons parsley
6 tablespoons basil
2 tablespoons course black pepper (if strong use only 1)
4 teaspoons coriander
water as needed to thin to desired consistency

Mix well and simmer for a few hours (3-4). Option, brown ground beef (or meatballs) in a separate pan and add to pot and continue to cook for extra flavor.

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Posted February 10th, 2009 | Recipes


4 slices of pastry puff
powdered sugar
whipped cream
fresh berries


According to the recipe on the box, bake the pastry puff in any shape or size you want.  Remove and let cool before assembling dessert.  Design a plate using caramel sauce.  Plate one pastry puff and top off with whipped cream.  Add your choice of berries and top off with another pastry puff.  Some powdered sugar, a little whipped cream, and fruit on the side adds extra flavor and makes a beautiful presentation. 

Be sure to celebrate this romantic day as a Saint Valentine would: by praying, loving, and serving God and each other with His love.

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Posted February 9th, 2009 | Uncategorized

In my posting entitled “Food Fight” I brought up the sensitive issue of President Obama’s decision to lift a ban that allows American taxpayer money to fund abortions in other countries.  While it is a political decision, it touches the moral fiber of who we are as people (former fetuses).  I also wrote about a response I received from a Christian clergyman from another country.  At one point he decided to unsubscribe.  Since then, I wrote him personal letter (see – I do respond to your emails).  He wrote back, shared more of his thoughts and honestly critiqued of my positions.  He then told me the good news that he re-subscribed to the news letters, knowing that walking away from the table won’t help bridge our divided world. 

In this blog post, I want to share some of the emails that I’ve received on this issue.

As you read, you may feel frustrated with some and comforted by others.  Again, I think of this Grace Before Meals movement as just one more opportunity for the Family of God to come together and hash out ideas over the comfort of a family meal.  Whether you agree or disagree, you can hopefully realize that our objective is to have a true “communion” with each other.  God willing, as our prayers say, we will one day share the eternal banquet in heaven.

Thanks for being faithful subscribers.  Thanks for what you bring to this table!

Fr. Leo

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