St. Leo’s Parish in Tully is celebrating its 125th anniversary, and Syracuse Catholic Television paid a visit to the parish and pastor Father James Carey to learn more about the St. Leo’s community. Excerpts from their conversation appear below — be sure to watch the Nov. 30 episode of “Around the Diocese” for the complete interview.

Q- Tell us about the faith community at St. Leo’s.

A- St. Leo’s is a very strong faith community — participation not only in the Eucharist, but in sacraments, and the faith journey of our youth has a very strong emphasis. There are some long traditions of faith, going back to some families that are still here after 125 years.

Q- What makes St. Leo’s a unique parish?

A- The cohesiveness and the care they [parishioners] have for each other. Just this morning they were telling me about somebody who’s in the hospital and how they’re going to transport her family back and forth to visit her and take food to the house.

Q- St. Leo’s is marking its 125th anniversary. How did you celebrate? What does this anniversary mean to and for the parish? What do you envision for the next 125 years?

A- We had a sacred music festival on Sunday the 13th of November, which was a terrific afternoon, and then of course Bishop Cunningham came to celebrate and preach the 4 o’clock liturgy on Sunday. And next week we’ve got [retired Rochester] Bishop Matt Clark coming to do our annual retreat for all four parishes.

   We’re pretty excited that we’ve been here so long and there’s such a long history and that some of those families are still here…. We’re going to continue with a great tradition and enthusiasm and community-building.

See video of the parish at

The Church of the Nativity at St. Leo’s

(Parish community: The Church of the Nativity at St. Leo’s, Tully; at St. Joseph’s, LaFayette; at Immaculate Conception, Pompey; at St. Patrick’s, Otisco)

10 Onondaga St.

Tully, N.Y. 13159

Phone: (315) 696-5092


Mass times


4:30 p.m. at St. Leo’s


8 a.m. at St. Leo’s

9 a.m. at St. Joseph’s, LaFayette

9:30 a.m. at Immaculate Conception, Pompey

10:30 a.m. St. Patrick’s, Otisco

Daily Masses:

Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays at 8:30 a.m. at St. Leo’s

Eucharistic Services:

Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. at St. Leo’s


Mondays through Saturdays at 8 a.m. at St. Leo’s

Holy Hour:

Thursdays at 7 p.m. at St. Leo’s


Saturdays at 4 p.m. at St. Leo’s

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