Posted June 11th, 2014 | Events, From the Feedbag, GIFT, Media, Video

Giving the GIFT of Holy Communion with Gluten Consciences

Since the introduction of the newest liturgical vessel, The GIFT: Gluten Intolerant Faithful Thanksgiving, we have had an overwhelming positive response.  There were also a few questions, which I hope to answer in this “From the Feed Bag.”

Click to watch the official video for The GIFT and learn more.

Can people diagnosed with Celiac Disease receive the special low-gluten host approved by the Catholic Church?


There is a difference between people who have a gluten intolerance or a wheat allergy, and celiac disease.  The special hosts approved by the Catholic Church have the lowest possible amount of wheat in order to be valid for sacramental consecration.  As the video shows, even people with celiac disease may be able to receive the host without any noticeable physical reactions.  With the GIFT and approved special low gluten hosts, the Church has addressed the special considerations of those with celiac disease in the most pastorally and seriously approved way possible. 


Tabernacle of St. Patrick’s Church in Louisville, Kentucky.

If the priest uses both hands for the “fraction rite” is there still a chance of “cross contamination” even if he uses his other hand to distribute the special approved hosts from the GIFT vessel?



The Church has the responsibility to be attentive to people with gluten conditions (allergies, intolerances, or diseases) while avoiding the temptation to be scrupulous and obtuse in regards to handling the sacred hosts.  While the fraction rite (i.e., when the priest breaks the host) means that the priest uses both hands, the moisture from his hands alone provides enough “cleansing” to safely distribute the special low gluten host in a pastorally attentive way.  Using the other hand (after wiping on the corporal) also helps to avoid fears of cross contamination. 


Missionaries of Charity Novices praying before the Blessed Sacrament.

Why can’t people with gluten conditions just use the chalice and receive the Precious Blood?


Drinking the Precious Blood from the chalice provides the communicant the full sign of Communion.  However, many churches do not offer Communion under both Forms.  Some also prefer not to receive the Sacred Blood for personal hygienic concerns, which is why some churches do not offer the Precious Blood during flu season.  Some also have personal or other medical reasons for not receiving the consecrated wine, the Blood of Christ. This GIFT simply provides an easy way to give Communion without drawing more attention to the person with the special gluten concerns.


Is this a real concern for the church? Are we somehow making these “diets” a bigger deal?



Gluten conditions are medical conditions, which the Church takes very seriously.  Creating the GIFT is a pastoral response to a biological problem that is unfortunately growing in numbers.  It’s not the Church’s position to disregard or dismiss, but to be attentive to people who have special conditions.  The GIFT provides a pastoral and sacred way to easily distribute Communion without calling too much attention to those persons, and without creating hassle for the priest or liturgists during this most sacred time at Mass.



Why is the GIFT more expensive than those pyxes that many people have?



When creating the GIFT, I made a prayerful and conscious decision to work with Alviti Creations, a reputable Catholic Family owned vessel-making company with experience for the past 40 years.  They told me they do not make sacred vessels with cheap materials.  It’s our shared philosophy that the GIFT ought to be a worthy vessel, keeping with the liturgical laws and sacred traditions of the Roman Catholic Faith.  The Church believes that the consecrated hosts, even if they are low gluten, are the Body of Christ deserving more than cheap materials or an inferior plastic lined pyx. This is a sacred vessel because it holds the Most Sacred Gift. Working with Alviti Creations has been a blessed decision, and I’m proud to be their partner in this special project.



Praying before the Blessed Sacrament at the Eucharist Chapel of the National Shrine of the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, D.C.


Where can I get the GIFT?



You can order your GIFT by contacting Alviti Creations, or by contacting your local liturgical distributor. It’s important to speak with your pastor and the pastoral / liturgical team about this good news for special Communion needs.  This also provides a real opportunity for the entire parish to have a catechetical “refresher” on the spiritual and practical aspects of receiving Holy Communion, i.e., going to confession, showing the proper piety and posture for Communion, and also pastorally letting people know that special gluten concerns ought not prevent you from receiving Holy Communion.





  • What do you think of this vessel?
  • Do you have other questions about this vessel?
  • Will you please take action, and help spread this message to your parishes and families?

Please post your comments HERE, as these help our movement learn and grow. 



Let us pray:


Father, thank You for the Gift of the Eucharist, and for sending Your spirit upon the Church with the idea for this new vessel.  We pray for all who receive Communion, may they do so with hearts that are humble, joyful and most importantly hungry for Your saving Grace. Through Christ our Lord. Amen. 



WATCH: Fr. Leo on ‘The World Over with Raymond Arroyo’ on EWTN


Click to watch Fr. Leo on The World OVer with Raymond Arroyo.

Fr. Leo was a special guest on ‘The World Over with Raymond Arroyo’ on June 5, 2014. Fr. Leo speaks on Grace Before Meals and The GIFT Vessel in greater details.

Click to watch Fr. Leo on FOX45


Fr. Leo returns to FOX45 to share his new invention for those with a gluten intolerance who want to receive communion during Mass: The GIFT (Gluten Intolerant Faithful Thanksgiving). Watch him explain it further and share the news!

Click to hear Fr. Leo’s interview on The Good Catholic Life

Fr. Leo talks with Michael Lavigne and Dom Bettinelli about the necessity of grace before meals, of feasting and fasting, and of understanding how God wants to satisfy our hungers even as He hungers for us.


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Posted January 15th, 2014 | Media, Recipe

Coconut Curry Creamy

Seafood Bouillabaisse

I made this dish for a priest friend who came over to dinner wanting something healthy, hearty, and warm enough to take the chill out of a cold winter night.  With some inspiration from prayer – yes, I actually pray about what Im going to cook – combined with my penchant for fusion foods, I created this plate of bold flavor that is certainly heart healthy, but also warms the soul with exotic and comforting flavors. 

Alaskan King Crab legs = crab-alicious.

Give it a try! And learn more about Bouillabaisse here!

Ingredients (Serves 4 people)

  • 5 oz.  package of bean curd noodles,  (aka “cellophane noodles)
  • 2 quarts boiling hot water (Approximately – enough to cover the noodles placed in a large bowl)
  • 1 Tbs peanut oil (or substitute with canola oil)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 1 medium celery stalk, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 medium-sized white onion, diced
  • 1/2 jalapeño pepper, finely sliced
  • 2 heaping Tbs store bought curry powder (or make your own version)
  • 1 tsp, red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp, salt
  • 1 tsp, black pepper
  • 2 Tbs soy sauce
  • 1 Tbs fish sauce
  • 2 Tbs rice vinegar
  • ¼ cup white wine
  • ¼ cup cream
  • 15-16 ounce can coconut milk, well shaken
  • 12 clams
  • 12 shrimp, deveined  (with or without shells)
  • 12 medium-sized scallops
  • Crabs – ½ of crab per person, with or without shells (optional Alaskan King Crab Legs)
  • 4 wedges fresh lime
  • Fresh cilantro for garnish

Optional: 1 package of frozen spinach, drained and sautéed in 1 tsp of olive oil;1 garlic clove, minced; and 1-2 pinches of salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes)


Remove noodles from package and place in a large bowl.  Pour boiling hot water over the noodles and allow hot water to warm and soften the noodles (about 20 minutes).  When noodles are completely soft – like cooked vermicelli spaghetti, yet firm to the pinch – drain all the water, and set noodles aside.

In a large wok or sauté pan (large enough to contain all of the ingredients) heat oil over medium heat.  Sauté garlic, carrot, celery, jalapeño pepper, and onion until onions become translucent (approx. 2 min.).  Add pepper flakes, curry, salt, and pepper and, stir together until ingredients are fully incorporated.  Add the soy sauce, fish sauce, rice vinegar, coconut milk, white wine, and cream, and stir together and cook until the mixture begins to boil.  Add the clams and cover with lid (or a makeshift cover made from aluminum foil).  Let the clams boil/steam for 3-5 minutes or until the clams begin to open slightly.  Remove clams and set aside.  Add the crab legs, shrimp, and scallops to the boiling coconut curry mixture, and cover again, 3-5 minutes, or until the shrimp shells turn a bright reddish-orange color.  Strain all of the seafood and set aside.  (Removing the seafood when its just about cooked prevents it from overcooking, and lets you more easily plate the dish evenly.)  Place the noodles into the broth and cook for about 2-3 minutes, until the noodles are warm.

Divide the noodles on separate plates for each person.   Divide the seafood on each of the plates on top of the noodles.  Either remove the crabmeat from the shells, or serve it rustically by decoratively placing it among the rest of the seafood with the noodles.  Use a ladle to equally distribute the sauce over each of the plates for extra flavor.  Garnish and add freshness by adding a wedge of lime and fresh cilantro. Top off with fresh sautéed spinach (optional).



Please let us know your thoughts on this recipe and answers to these questions. We love to hear from you and your insights and comments help us keep the good food news coming!


  • What are your favorite warm weather meals?
  • Have you ever “prayed” about what you are going to cook?
  • Are you a curry fan, and if so, what’s your favorite curry dish?


Your comments and questions will help keep our focus and energies on bringing more people to the Table!  Post your comments HERE.

Let us pray:

Father, You provide for Your family that hungers for You.  Especially for those enduring the harsh winter weather, help us to remember and develop compassion for those who go without, who hunger for food, friendship, and faith.  May our celebrations never be taken for granted, but shared with those in need.  We ask this through Christ our Lord.  Amen.




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Posted November 13th, 2013 | From the Feedbag, In Memory, Media, Prayers, Recipe, Video



 Meaningful Messages, Faithful Filipinos


Sunset Philippine Beach – while it’s a tropical paradise, the people in the Philippines live in trust that God will protect them from nature.

The devastating news of the deadly typhoon in the Philippines has turned the world’s attention, support, and compassion to the Pacific island nation.  Many people have called, e-mailed, and sent me messages on Facebook and Twitter to share their prayerful concern for me and for my family.  Thank you for the thoughts and prayers.

My immediate family lives in America and are – thank God – safe from the storm’s effect. However, I have relatives still living in the exact vicinity where the typhoon hit.  It will take several days, no doubt, before we will know of updates, especially since the storm followed the earthquake, just a few weeks ago.  We are all praying and hoping they are ok, even though we realize their lives are certainly changed forever.

Interior of one of the oldest churches in Bohol.

It’s reported that Typhoon Haiyan was the one of the worst storm the Philippines has faced in its history, taking the lives of an estimated 10,000 people.  The difficulties increase with relief efforts hampered by limited access to reach those areas most in need.

Filipino children.

It’s easy to feel helpless.  But we can never give into feeling hopeless. Already nations – even nations at war – are pledging support.  Perhaps, we can do our share as well, in order to bring a little hope to the people most in need.

We first ought to pray that the people in the Philippines never lose hope.  The Filipino people have a profound faith that has helped them survive.  Also, we can send our financial help to reputable groups that are specially trained to provide the proper care for such emergencies.

While the Philippines naturally grows so many fruits and vegetables, the storm-affected areas have made food very scarce for the locals.

Please be careful to give only to reputable agencies.  For me, I will make my donation to CRS, as I know they have the infrastructure to bring aid to those in need.  Finally, we can use this time to humbly reflect in our own lives, recognizing our vulnerability, our dependency on God.  And we can also take this moment to grow in the virtue of hope in order to persevere – no matter what storms may come our way.

Filipinos praying before the Blessed Sacrament.

On behalf of my family, thank you for your concerns.  Your meaningful messages give us hopeful reminders of the faith that endures all things.

 Food for Thought:

  • How do you try to help when hearing such difficult news?
  • When you want to donate to a cause, how do you test the legitimacy of the agency?
  • Have you ever volunteered for emergency services in times of need?

 Your comments and questions assist us in our mission. Please post your comments below. 

Let us pray:


Father in Heaven, thank You for faith, especially when difficulties and tragedies come our way.  Bless the Philippines with strength to rebuild.  Console those who are most in need.  Protect the emergency responders.  Thank You for the generosity of those who want to help.  While we may feel “helpless” in our direct ability to help those in need, may we never feel “hopeless” in that You can bring about even greater good in the midst of life’s worst storms.  We ask this through Christ our Lord.  Amen. 

The miraculous Black Nazarene statue of Our Lord carrying the Cross.

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November 14

Dallas, PA
November 16
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Posted January 31st, 2013 | Events, Media, What's On the Table
Share your Valentine’s Day stories, ideas and recipes with us!

It’s the first month of the year, and there is already a fifth week, so we would like to take the opportunity to share some news and events coming up! We would also like to prepare for a wonderful Valentine’s Day celebration by offering a chance to get a free gift bag with: 


– A signed copy of Spicing Up Married Life

Ingredients for one of the romantic meals from SUML

– A special recommendation for beverage pairings by Winemaker and Professor at Culinary Institute of America, John Buechsenstein. 


To enter the contest, simply use the Promo Code VDAY13 on our website to receive a 10% discount on any of our products. Those who use the code will be entered into a special drawing on February 9 in order to receive their gift bag by Valentine’s Day to give you the perfect romantic meal for you and your spouse. 

Additionally, if you send us your stories, recipes and favorite Valentine’s Day ideas to share with our GBM “fam” at and enter into the contest above using the VDAY13 promo code, then you will receive a Free Grace Before Meals wristband automatically!


Fr. Leo featured in MD Life Magazine
In November, Fr. Leo met with Jason Tinney, a writer for Maryland Life Magazine, to take him through a day in the life of the host of a family movement and cooking show, and Jason was not disappointed by Fr. Leo’s example of faith….and of cooking! Click here to read the fun article. Thanks Jason!
GBM and CRS team up for Operation: Rice Bowl
Fr. Leo filmed some video segments with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) to help promote their Operation:Rice Bowl initiative which seeks to not only prepare our hearts in the season of Lent but help provide for the poor and hungry all over the world.Check out their site and keep an eye out on for news on Fr. Leo’s collaboration with them.
Fr. Leo will be on the news this Valentine’s Day season
With Valentine’s Day coming up, Fr. Leo’s new book Spicing Up Married Life is the PERFECT GIFT for couples, whether for a nice date night on February 14 or for when they are seeking more than just dinner and a movie. He will be appearing on the following stations as of now, and will look to have more appearances to come:
New York Nightly News on NBC 4 on February 8 at 7pm EST
“Coffee With” on WJZ in Baltimore on February 11 
– FOX 5 Morning Show appearance in DC on February 14

January 31- St. Isidore’s in Columbus NE
News: Due to inclement weather and a cancelled flight, Fr. Leo will not be able to give his morning presentation at Norfolk Catholic High. His second presentation, at Scotus Central Catholic High School, is now set for 3pm, and his evening presentation is still on at St. Isidore’s. Click here for details.
February 1- Marriage Celebration for Couples in Ellicott City, MD
Fr. Leo flies home to MD for a special presentation for couples that not only ties into World Marriage Day and Valentines Day, but will include Mass, the renewal of vows, and a cooking demo. It’s just like a wedding feast! Click here for details.
February 2- GBM Presentation at Stone Creek Event Center in McCool Junction, NE
Fr. Leo is then back in Nebraska for a Grace Before Meals demonstration and talk with the parish community of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in McCool. It’s bound to be a night of faith, food and fun. Click here for more details.
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Posted December 12th, 2012 | Dinner Discussion, Media

We wish you a Mary’s Christmas!

We have only a few weeks until the birth of Christ.  All focus is on Jesus’ Birthday.  But in this month of December, the Catholic Church celebrates has two major celebrations that focus on his Mother – Mary.  December 8th, we had the Holy Day of Obligation to celebrate the Immaculate Conception.  Today – December 12, we celebrate one of the most popular devotions, especially for Spanish Speaking countries, dedicated to Our Lady of Guadalupe.

While some may question, why such a focus on Mary instead of Jesus, the Church teaches that Jesus’ mother helps to prepare for the coming of Christ.  Her presence in Scripture offers profound theological reflection for Christians.  But, without turning this E-Blast into a Mariology class, it’s important to remember that a pregnant woman prepares for the birth of her baby unlike any other member of the family.  Since Mary is the mother of Jesus, she knew Him intimately for nine months in her womb.  She would feed Him with her very body. She would be there at the first miracle (a food miracle) when Jesus turned water into wine.  She would be the first Christian invited to the banquet of the Lamb of God in the feast of the Assumption.

While many prepare for the Birth of Christ by getting gifts for family members, Mary seeks to prepare room in our hearts to love Him. And she invites us to clean our hands and our souls (through the sacrament of Confession) so that we can eventually hold Him. In other words, Mary wants to give US a gift:  the gift of the  Life that is in her womb.

Mary feeds Jesus.


This message is perfectly captured in today’s feast day, Our Lady of Guadalupe.  This devotion has a very special place in my heart, because I had the incredible opportunity to actually visit the vault that holds this ancient tilma that bears the image of Jesus’ mother.  The history, the facts and the inspiration of this incredible image are purely miraculous.  The story of this image is so powerful that it should be told, not just in words or in a book, but on the big screen!

Big Screen? Driving to an event in Delaware I came across this billboard, featuring a big picture of me! How humbling, funny, and almost “dangerous” as even I was shocked by it!


That’s why I want to invite you to a special screening of The Blood & The Rose from award- winning producer, Tim Watkins.  He is also the Executive Producer of Grace Before Meals.  This film is more than a movie or docudrama.  It’s a history lesson, homily, meditation, and work of art.  The screening will be held in Washington D.C., the night before the March for Life.  I will also be there to give a talk to help introduce this incredible movie.  Please come and celebrate life that came from the Virgin Mother’s womb and placed it in our hearts, minds, and souls – as food – to save us and bring us to Heaven.


  • Have you ever been to the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe?
  • Do you know how much scientific research was done on this unique piece of miraculous art?  
  • How do you think Mary prepares us for Christmas?  
  • Do you think mothers have a unique bond to their children?  If yes, how?  


Your messages, comments, questions, and critiques help us engage with our subscribers, and they inspire us to keep our movement alive and strong.

Fr. Leo presents the new Grace Before Meals book, Spicing Up Married Life, to couples across the country, as a way to strengthen their marriage and family life!

 Do you want to give the Grace Before Meals movement a “gift?” 

Then give a gift to family, friends, and fellow parishioners.  Helps us grow our movement by

1) Giving our GBM products as Christmas gifts;

2) Encouraging family, friends, and church parish members to sign up for the free weekly E-mail Blasts;

3) Consider “sponsoring” a month worth of e-mail blasts by donating money to advertise your company, movement, or website to our thousands of subscribers;

4) Ask your pastor or church leadership to host an event where Fr. Leo can perform a cooking demonstration, lead a retreat, and offer a book signing;

5) and most importantly, pray for us!

Read a testimony from a couple who used Spicing Up Married Life to strengthen their marriage:

Recently my husband and I were going through some difficult times. On one particular day, things were not going well for us and I decided I needed to spend some time in adoration. I spent about 30 minutes in the chapel asking God for help and guidance; I left the chapel at peace, but with no answers. My husband had called to see how adoration had gone and I told him it went well, but “no lightning bolts or great ideas to help us”. I headed home and realized I did not have anything for dinner, except the hamburger I had defrosted. I looked through a couple cookbooks and saw your new book – Spicing Up Married Life. After looking through the index, I found the recipe for Sweet potato shepherds pie and started to make it. After getting the dinner started, I sat down with the cookbook and wanted to see what chapter the Shepherd’s pie came from. What a shock I had when I saw the chapter title – The Honeymoon is over – good thing I was sitting down. I started reading and felt the lightning bolt I was looking for during adoration. I called my husband and told him about the book and instead of discussing our current situation, would he mind if we read the chapter together after he got home. He agreed and we sat down for about an hour- we read, talked and prayed. It was great and although there are always going to be issues and challenges, we started some great communication that was desperately needed. Just wanted to share a success story for your book and some divine intervention once again brought through breaking bread together –



Share this gift with the ones that you love and help bring them together in faith and love…and food.


Let Us Pray:

Father in Heaven, You gave us Mary to be our spiritual mother.  May her prayerful intercession, virtue, and holy example inspire us to love Jesus as she loves Him, and may our faith in Jesus help us also to learn to love Mary, His Mother, as He loves her.  Amen.



Mary, as our Spiritual Mother – if in fact, Jesus is truly our Spiritual Brother and Lord.



SUML and GBM both reviewed by Plan To Eat!

Plan to Eat, a popular blog that shares recipes and ideas for meal planning has shared their review of not only Spicing Up Married Life, but also Grace Before Meals, and even had a contest to give away a copy of SUML. Congratulations to Julie D of Wisconsin! Read the review here and also read about the reviewer’s time with Fr. Leo’s Creamy Vegetable Soup here. 



The USCCB recommends Spicing Up Married Life ‘For Your Marriage’ is an initiative of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to help save relationships and marriages by providing them with proper guidance and tips from a Catholic perspective. In other words, its the perfect fit to share Spicing Up Married Life! Check out their review by clicking here.  


The Frederick News-Post shares SUML review and recipes

Back in Fr. Leo’s old stomping grounds, the Frederick News-Post, Frederick county’s premiere local paper, had a chance to interview Fr. Leo and share information on his newest book. Additionally, they share two of the recipes from SUML, so check out their review on  


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The Website is Almost Here!

It’s the moment everyone’s been waiting for!  The NEW website launches tomorrow, November 1!  Aside from just “looking prettier,” this website is reorganized and will feature the latest news, more ways to share in upcoming events, more of Fr. Leo’s exclusive recipes, the newest videos, and even ways to stay in touch with Fr. Leo and the GBM family.  

Just a quick look at the new, improved homepage.


With an updated interface, it’s much easier to find what you’re looking for: from web episodes to recipes, it’s all here!


Speaking of recipes, how cool is this new layout?


With the new interface, people who sign up and register will be signed up for the weekly eBlast and get access to all of Fr. Leo’s recipes all at once. And we want to encourage each of you to share in the movement by sending in stories and photos from GBM events and with your family so that others may be encouraged by the good that be done through one another.


Fr. Leo will be filmed for the 700 Club on November 30th to talk about his new book, Spicing Up Married Life.


You may start seeing Fr. Leo on TV and in articles more often soon in light of the release of Spicing Up Married Life, as we seek to partner with groups to share the book with couples. He will be featured on The 700 Club on November 30, sharing a number of recipes straight out of the book. If you have a local bookstore that you want to offer Fr. Leo’s new book, or if you’re interested in hosting Fr. Leo at your event or show, please contact us at


Fr. Leo is teaming up with Tom Leopold, a comedy writer who worked on “Cheers!” and “Seinfeld” to host a new radio show on The Catholic Channel on Sirius XM. Check out the schedule here


This fall, Fr. Leo has been hosting a radio show with Tom Leopold on the Catholic Channel called “Entertaining Truth with Tom Leopold and Fr. Leo Patalinghug” (appropriately enough). Tom Leopold is a Jewish convert to Catholicism and a comedy writer who has worked on shows such as Seinfeld, Cheers!, and even Will and Grace, but you can read about his conversion here. The next show is airing at 11am on Saturday, November 3, so tune in!

Aside from being on the 700 Club and hosting a radio show, Fr. Leo was also recently in Rome filming new episodes of Savoring Our Faith! It will be a lot of fun and worth catching on EWTN.

With so much going on and a new chapter for Grace Before Meals getting ready to begin, we ask you to keep us in your prayers, and we also extend special prayers to all of the families devastated and affected by the recent Superstorm Sandy. May God bless each of them, especially in light of All Saints Day and All Souls Day.

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 and we will be happy to get them to you as soon as possible.

**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:   
How shining and splendid are your gifts, O Lord

which you give us for our eternal well-being
Your glory shines radiantly in your saints, O God
In the honour and noble victory of the martyrs.
The white-robed company follow you,
bright with their abundant faith;
They scorned the wicked words of those with this world’s power.
For you they sustained fierce beatings, chains, and torments,
they were drained by cruel punishments.
They bore their holy witness to you
who were grounded deep within their hearts;
they were sustained by patience and constancy.
Endowed with your everlasting grace,
may we rejoice forever
with the martyrs in our bright fatherland.
O Christ, in your goodness,
grant to us the gracious heavenly realms of eternal life.
– Unknown author, 10th century


26950 Patrick Ave. Hayward, CA 94544 

CONTACT: Jim 510-471-7766 x 22

  • 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.


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

CONTACT: Anna Mary 703-896-7425

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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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