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St. Leo the Great Church

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336-724-0561
Address
335 Springdale Ave
Winston Salem, NC 27104
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Brian J Cook

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Monday through Friday 6:45am & 5:15pm
Saturday 8:00am & 5:30pm
Sunday 7:30, 9:00 & 10:30am
12:00 noon 

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St. Leo the Great 

335 Springdale Avenue | Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27104
Phone (336) 724-0561

WE, ST. LEO THE GREAT PARISH, AS A CATHOLIC CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY, ARE CALLED TO A SENSE OF MISSION AND SERVICE TO ALL OF GOD'S PEOPLE THROUGH LITURGY, PRAYER AND FORMATION OF ACTIVITIES THAT WILL FOSTER OUR GROWTH IN SPIRITUAL AND COMMUNITY LIFE IN AND THROUGH JESUS, OUR LORD AND BROTHER.

Rev. Brian J Cook, Pastor
Fr. Lucas Rossi, Parochial Vicar
Rev. Mr. C. Robert Desautels, Deacon 

STAFF DIRECTORY

 






Rev. Brian J. Cook (Pastor)





Fr. Lucas Rossi (Parochial Vicar)





Rev. Mr. C. Robert Desautels (Deacon)





Lauren O'Toole (Coordinator of Faith Formation)





Chuck Tabor (Finance and Operations Director)





Barbara Chandler (Director of Music)





Jenn Eklund (Director of Youth Ministry)
Tom Young (Youth Ministry Assistant)





Mary Grace Schumacher (Administrative Assistant)





Cathy Dudley (Parish Secretary)






 SACRAMENTS






Reconciliation:

Saturday 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Baptisms:

Baptismal preparation class, Fourth Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. Required for parents. Baptisms by appointment. Please call the church office for further information.

Marriages:

A six month's notice is required.

Confirmation:

As announced.






 






Sick, shut-ins and elderly: For the purpose of weekly communion, home visits and/or the sacrament of reconciliations, please call church office.

Faith Formation classes: Sunday morning: Pre-K through Grade 8;
Youth Ministry Sunday evenings.

 PASTOR'S MESSAGE





St. Leo parish extends to you a cordial greeting and welcome. In faith we gather as a community to worship and all are encouraged to cultivate a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. Here we daily experience the divine mercy and healing graces which the risen Savior graciously offers to us through the Eucharist and the other sacraments. Enlightened and strengthened through this encounter with the living Word we are empowered to go forth to witness to the love which unites us within the Body of Christ. May the grace of the Lord Jesus, the love of the Father, and the fellowship of their Holy Spirit be with you.





PARISH HISTORY

The Catholic Church in Winston-Salem began as a mission of the Benedictine Fathers from Belmont Abbey, near Charlotte, N.C. In 1885 there were only three Catholic families in the city. Mass was offered in these homes by Father Gross about 1886.
In 1891, property was purchased and a church built on Fourth Street and Brookstown Avenue by Bishop Heid, O.S.B., from Belmont Abbey. A rectory was added in 1903. Mass was offered once a month.
In 1905 Father Thomas Stapleton came as the first resident pastor and remained until 1907. He was succeeded by Father George Lester who remained until 1913.
The next resident pastor was Father Willibald Baumgartner, O.S.B. It was during his pastorate in 1916 that the building fund for St. Leo's Church was started. The site of the present church was donated by Mr. Z. Angelo. The architect who designed this beautiful English Gothic edifice was Father Michael McInerney, O.S.B. The church and Rectory, erected on a site formerly occupied by a large tobacco barn, cost about $80,000.
The cornerstone was laid by Bishop William J. Hafey on Sunday, January 15, 1928, at 3:00 p.m. Father Jerome Finn, O.S.B. had succeeded Father Ignatius Remke, O.S.B., (pastor from 1924 until 1927) and it was during his pastorate that the church was built, the cornerstone laid and Holy Mass offered in the new structure, which was fully completed in 1929.
A bronze bell, weighing one thousand pounds, was purchased from St. Pauls Episcopal Church and hung in the tower of St. Leo's in 1930. It is inscribed with the words, "Glory to God in the highest" and with a Latin phrase which says, "I hasten the tardy."
In 1942 St. Leo parish passed from the care of the Benedictine fathers of Belmont Abbey to the diocese of Raleigh and Fr. Michael J. Begley, (now Bishop), became pastor.
In the following year the Sisters of St. Joseph from Chestnut Hill, PA. accepted the invitation of Bishop Eugene McGuinness to establish a mission school in Winston-Salem.
A house on Georgia Ave. adjacent to the church property was purchased for their convent. The original school, Villa Maria Anna, opened in 1947 and in l953 the present parochial school of St. Leo was constructed.
In the decade following the Second Vatican Council, the church underwent a number of renovations to bring it into accord with the liturgical changes instituted by the Council.
In l990 St. Leo parish dedicated the Bishop Michael Begley Parish Center which contains the office complex, meeting rooms, library, and on the lower level the large activity hall and kitchen, the pre-Kindergarten classroom, and nursery. The hall is able to accommodate five hundred worshipers for Sunday Mass.
In 1998 the parish acquired the former Angelo home directly across Springdale Avenue from the entrance to the church for the priests’ residence.