St. Leonard Catholic Parish
M anotick, Ont

"Celebrating 50 Years as a Catholic Community "
Monthly E-Newsletter for Feb 1, 2020
Welcome to the St. Leonard monthly E-Newsletter. The season of Lent starts this year on Wednesday Feb 26th. Lent is our time prepare for Holy Week and the memorial of our saviour's death and resurrection. Let us try to make this our best Lent ever by doing something a little extra in our weekly worship, increasing our understanding of our faith or just by being more kind to someone that we encounter in our daily life.
Pastor's Message for Feb 1st

Growing as Disciples by Giving

Last month I asked you to consider making a New Year’s resolution to challenge yourself by taking S.T.E.P.S. to grow as a disciple. To S erve, to T ithe, to E ngage, to P ray and to S hare. That is what the acronym S.T.E.P.S. stands for and when we follow these steps, personal and Parish growth follows.

Back in October when we announced our Volunteer/Get Engaged program for this year I talked about the importance of being ready and willing “to S erve” and how it helped us to be more like Christ. I pointed out that “He did not come to be served but to serve.” (Matt 20:28). Since then 25 Parishioners have committed to become more active disciples by volunteering to get engaged in a new ministry. I want to thank you for the giving of your time and talent.

This month I would like to talk about the second step we take as disciples. That is “to T ithe” or, to put in a more modern way, to give of our financial resources to support the Parish. This is a step on the path toward spiritual development because we need to remember that everything that we have, including our financial resources, comes from God and that God also wants our hearts. But Jesus constantly taught that our money and possessions often hold our hearts instead. As disciples of Jesus we need to move from trusting in our money to trusting in our God. “For the measure you give will be the measure you get back" (Luke 6:38).

Considering what Christ has done for us on the cross and the amazing grace we receive, our giving should reflect what our heart treasures. "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also" (Matt. 6:21). Our giving should be viewed as a part of our worship to the Lord. If we are just giving to mark off a line on our spiritual checklist, we are merely involved in charity and we are missing out on the great joy of being a cheerful giver. Our giving should be a natural response to God's gracious gift to mankind. The gift of his only son, Jesus, and his great sacrifice on the cross.

This month we will provide our annual financial update and I will ask you to prayerfully consider the following approaches to giving:
·          Be a Planned giver (designating money in your budget to give)
·          Be a Priority giver (giving to God first before other expenses)
·          Be a Percentage giver (giving a percentage, not a dollar amount)
·          Be a Progressive giver (increasing the percentage regularly)

In addition, we will be introducing a new and more convenient way to give called Tithe.ly. it will make it possible for you to give to the Parish directly from your smart phone or computer. No need for cash or for envelopes. Check out this one-minute introductory video and stay tuned for more information.

Remember that when we give in our place of worship as an act of worship we honor God and grow as a disciple.
God bless you folks, Father Gerard
Ticket Without A Seat
This movie, suggested by a parishioner, has won the Oscar for the best animated movie. It's duration is only 3 min. It is a reminder to all of us that we can always do more to reach out with love to our neighbours.

"Today you may be standing beside someone who is doing their best not to fall part, so whatever you do today, do it with kindness in your heart."
Worship
Lenten Weekday Masses
Lent 2019 begins on Wednesday, February 26th and ends on Thursday, April 9th with Holy Thursday and the start of the Easter Triduum.

Ash Wednesday Mass: 7:00 am, 7:00 pm

Wednesday 9:00 am followed by Adoration
Thursday 9:00 am followed by Best Lent Ever Discussion
Friday 6:15 am followed by Rosary
9:30 am Children's Mass
Ash Wednesday
Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent and occurs 46 days before Easter. It falls on a different date each year because it is dependent on the date of Easter. It can occur as early as February 4 or as late as March 10.

Ash Wednesday derives its name from the practice of placing ashes on the foreheads of adherents as a sign of mourning and repentance to God. The ashes used are typically gathered after the palms from the previous year's Palm Sunday are burned.
The Veil Removed

The Veil Removed is a short film that reveals the coming together of heaven and earth at Mass, as seen by saints and mystics, revealed by scripture and in the catechism of the Catholic Church. Click below to watch.
Fellowship
Chili and Trivia Night- Feb 22nd
Discipleship
Divine Mercy: 8 Sessions starting Feb 18th
Looking for a spiritual boost this Lent?  Come and explore 'Divine Mercy with Fr. Michael Gaitley' with fellow members of the St.Leonard's parish.

Renowned speaker and author Fr. Michael Gaitley tells the dramatic history of God's love and mercy as interwoven through the transformative message of St. Faustina, the miraculous appearance of Mary at Fatima, the witness of Maximilian Kolbe, and the world-changing papacy of Pope St. John Paul II. Featuring the brilliant cinematic artistry of the Augustine Institute's film studio, the vast panorama of God's work of mercy in the world unfolds as a story to be experienced.

We will meet in the parish hall for 8 weekly sessions beginning Tues. Feb.18th (ending April 14th just in time for Divine Mercy Sunday). Sessions will start at 7 PM and finish at 8:30 PM. Each session we will view a video and then discuss in small groups to help us open our hearts to the grace of Divine Mercy. Please click on the button below to register and for more information contact
Andrew Brown at da-ef.brown@sympatico.ca.
If you are not already a FORMED user, the Parish has a paid subscription to FORMED. To sign-up:
1.   Go to    http://formed.org/signup
2.   Select St. Leonard Parish
3.   Register with your name and email address
4.   Check that email account for a link to begin using FORMED
Happy Feast of Saint Thomas Aquinas!
Did you know about the extensive eBook collection on FORMED? This week's FORMED Feature is a children's book on Saint Thomas Aquinas by Raïssa Maritain.
 
Saint Thomas gave not only beautiful sermons and books, but also his heart, his devotion, and his love. Initially written for children, but a delight for grownups as well, these pages show the beauty and holiness that belonged to Saint Thomas Aquinas: the patron saint of all those, young and old, who love the truth with their whole hearts, and who wish to know and serve it well. Click here to download.
Possibilities are everywhere! Big possibilities. Small possibilities. Amazing possibilities. God sees them all. And the saints are ready to help you see them, too.
Join Matthew Kelly and the Dynamic Catholic Team for another incredible journey through our BEST LENT EVER daily video reflections. And Join us every Thursday morning throughout the Lenten season beginning Feb. 27th at 9:30 am in the Parish Hall as we reflect on the message offered in the daily video.
Because Lent isn’t about what you give up.
It’s about who you become.
Evangelization
Outreach to the Unaffiliated
Many of us have loved ones who fall into the ever-growing category of those who claim no religious affiliation, including many baptized Catholics. In an effort to help us understand and respond to this spiritual crisis, Bishop Barron and the USCCB have produced a 25-minute video on "Outreach to the Unaffiliated." The video offers some insight into the mindset of this group of people, the reasons they have moved away from faith and how we might reach out to them. Click the video above to watch! 
Youth Ministry
Youth & Parents, do you have questions about…
Steubenville Youth Conference-Toronto (July 3-5th)
Get answers by coming to St. Leonard’s Youth Ministry Team’s short information session  
Sunday, February 2nd, 10:10 am – 10:30 am (after 9 am mass)
St. Leonard Parish Office
 
Conference Registration Deadline Monday February 17, 2020
St. Leonard Parish will sponsor 6 interested youth 
 
If interested in registering for the conference contact: Dagmara Fallenbuchl fallenbuchls@icloud.com, Joanne Kile bjgkile@gmail.com, or Andriano De Luca at Ottawa Archdioceses adeluca@archottawa.ca
St. Leonard Parish Youth Pizza Dinner & Alpha Night
For Young people in grade 7 and up
Date: Sunday, February 23rd
Time: 5 – 8 pm
Location: St. Leonard Parish Hall

For more information contact: Colleen O’Mahony-Menton 
(colleen.menton@rogers.com )
What's on in February?
Feb. 5  Milk Bag Mat Weaving 1 p.m.
            Pastoral Council Meeting 7 p.m.
Feb. 6   Lectio Divina 9:30 a.m.
Feb. 12 Knights of Columbus Meeting 7 p.m.
Feb. 13 Lectio Divina 9:30 a.m.
Feb. 15 CWL Meeting 2:30 p.m.
Feb. 18 Milk Bag Mat Weaving  1 p.m.
Feb. 20 Lectio Divina 9:30 a.m.
Feb. 22 Trivia Night 6 p.m.
Feb. 26 Ash Wednesday Mass at 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Feb. 27 Best Lent Ever Reflection 9:30 a.m
Feb. 29 Confirmation Retreat 12:00 p.m.
After the 9 am and 11 am Sunday masses in February coffee will be served in the Parish Hall.
Parishioner Feedback: We Love Your Input!
Dear Parishioners we are very interested in your feedback. If have any comments and/or suggestions as it relates to any of our Parish activities, including the E-Newsletter, please  click here. If you would like a direct response to your suggestion, please include your email address.
St. Leonard Parish
office@stleonardsparish.ca
www.stleonardsparish.ca