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Subject:                                     E-Newsletter for Jan 24th, 2021

 

St. Leonard Catholic Parish Manotick, Ont "Where disciples grow" There will be no public Masses this weekend as we remain under an Ontario wide lockdown until Feb 11th. Online Masses from St. Leonard's will be available on our...

 

 

 

 

 

 

St. Leonard Catholic Parish

Manotick, Ont

 

"Where disciples grow"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There will be no public Masses this weekend as we remain under an Ontario wide lockdown until Feb 11th. Online Masses from St. Leonard's will be available on our YouTube Channel. To visit this site click here. On Saturday at 4 pm a recorded version of the Sunday Mass will be available and during the week, the 9 am Wed, Thurs and Friday Masses will be Livestreamed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pastor's Message: The Arrival of the Kingdom of God

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In this Sunday’s Gospel we hear the first sermon of Jesus in the first Gospel written. After his baptism and temptation, Jesus begins to preach in Galilee and the first words out of his mouth are a declaration of his life and work: "This is the time of fulfillment. The Kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the Gospel." (Mark 1:15)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


That which the people had been waiting for has arrived and it is time now for a decision. But what is it about the arrival of the “Kingdom of God” that is so radical and compelling that Simon, Andrew, and James feel compelled to leave their families and their fishing nets to become “fishers of men.”? (Mark 1:17)

 

The Kingdom of God (or Heaven) is mentioned 48 times in Matthew, 17 times in Mark, 33 times in Luke, and 2 times in John. Sometimes in future tense, sometimes in present tense. It is no doubt central to the good news. The metaphor of the kingdom’s primary reference is to the person of Jesus himself. As Bishop Robert Barron says, "In his own person an entirely new way of ordering things was on offer." Jesus wants us to open our eyes to see what God is doing in and through Him. He himself is the kingdom of God coming into the world with transformative power. Power that can transform one’s moral behaviour to be based on love of God and love of neighbour. But even more importantly, Jesus is bringing the promise of salvation and eternal life.

 

In the second reading, Paul suggests that we should let go of everything because something very radical has happened. Up until the arrival of Jesus the world was dominated by death and the fear of death. In some ways that can also be said of our world today.  Especially as we struggle through this global pandemic.
The bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ was a strange and unexpected event 2,000 years ago. For Paul it changed everything, “For the world in its present form is passing away.” (1 Cor 7:31) A new world has arrived that is no longer dominated by death and the fear of death. Death no longer has the last word. It is time for a new mind. A new way of thinking. A new way of imagining. Repent or, to put it another way, change your way of thinking and believe in the promise of eternal life brought about by the resurrection. That is the truly radical message of Jesus and the promise of the Kingdom of God.  Christianity offers a new world order.

 

Simon, Andrew, and James are the first inhabitants of this new world order. We too are living in the Kingdom of God that Jesus inaugurated here on earth and, today we are called to decide. Will we repent and respond to the world with love and compassion? Will we believe the radical message of Christianity that death no longer has the final word? The decision is ours to make and eternal life is at stake.

 

Two weeks ago, I spoke with a parishioner who had got off the phone with his aunt who had just been diagnosed with Covid-19. His aunt was a beloved nun with the Sisters of Charity, and she had celebrated her 100th birthday this past summer. She passed on the following words of wisdom to him in anticipation of what was ahead of her, “If he comes today, I am OK. His will shall be done. Living a life based on faith, hope and charity will get us to heaven. If you believe, you will be saved. Our time here on earth is just a passage to heaven. Keep on the right path and know that I love you.” By her words, I can tell that this was a woman that had fully understood the good news of the arrival of the Kingdom of God and had made a lifelong commitment to repent and believe. This beautiful soul passed from this earth last week. May she rest in peace in the Kingdom of God forever.

 

God bless you folks, Father Gerard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Worship

 

Regular Mass Times

There will be no public Masses until Feb 11th as we remain under a Province wide lockdown.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Online Masses from St. Leonard's will be available on our YouTube Channel. To visit this site click here. On Saturday at 4 pm a recorded version of the Sunday Mass will be available and during the week the 9 am Wed, Thurs and Friday Masses will be Livestreamed. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reading 1, Jonah 3:1-5, 10
Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 25:4-5, 6-7, 8-9

Reading 2, First Corinthians 7:29-31
Gospel, Mark 1:14-20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bishop Barron's Sunday Sermon

 

Bishop Barron’s Sunday Sermons will air every ‪Sunday morning at 8:15 AM Eastern Time. Click on Bishop Barron’s YouTube channel and then chose the Sunday you wish to view.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Virtual Children's Liturgy

 

The St. Leonard Children’s Liturgy Team offers virtual Children’s Liturgy of the Word videos to keep our children connected to their faith! The videos include prayers, the week’s Gospel reading, lessons, all geared for our younger parishioners. Click here to view.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stewardship

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please remember your local parish during these extraordinary circumstances. If you are able to provide financial support to St. Leonard's , please consider making a donation online or you can mail your envelope to the Church at the following address:
St. Leonard Roman Catholic Parish
5332 Long Island Road
Manotick, Ontario
K4M 1E8

Thank You for your Financial Support! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Youth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next Virtual Youth Alpha Night is Saturday, January 30th 7-8:30 pm!

Come hang out virtually with your peers and also take in Youth Alpha.
Topic: “How and why to tell others”
To join, email Colleen O’Mahony-Menton before 6:45 pm, Jan 30th (colleen.menton@rogers....).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Faith Formation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Media Worth Sharing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bishop Barron on Pope Francis and Our Responsibility for the Common Good

 

 

 Jackie and Bobby talk about how to bring your children to Mass.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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