St. Leonard Catholic Parish
M anotick, Ont

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E-Newsletter for Holy Thursday, April 9th
Today we commemorate Jesus' last supper with his disciples and the institution of the sacrament of the Holy Eucharist. Have you ever noticed that in Leonardo da Vinci’s painting of the Last Supper (seen above) everybody is on one side of the table? The other side is empty. “Why’s that?” someone asked the great artist. His answer was simple. “So that there may be plenty of room for us to join them.”
Pastor's Message

Holy Thursday

On Holy Thursday, we celebrate two anniversaries: 1) the anniversary of the first Holy Mass, and 2) the anniversary of Jesus’ promulgation of his new commandment of love: “Love one another as I have loved you” (Jn 13:34). It is the Eucharist that gives us sustenance for the journey of life and it is the love of God and the love we show others that gives purpose and meaning to our lives. Never has there been a better time for us to fully embrace these cornerstones of our faith.
In the first reading, God gives the Hebrews two instructions: prepare for the moment of liberation by a ritual meal and make a symbolic mark on your homes to exempt yourselves from the coming slaughter. In the second reading, Paul suggests that our celebration of the Lord’s Supper, from the very beginning of the Church, is an unbroken tradition by which Christians remind themselves of the death and Resurrection of Jesus. Today’s Gospel describes how Jesus transformed the Jewish Passover into the celebration of the Eucharistic. After washing the feet of his apostles and commanding them to do humble service for each other, Jesus concluded the ceremony by giving his apostles his own body and blood under the appearances of bread and wine as spiritual food and drink.
We are presented today with a challenge for humble service. Our celebration of the Eucharist requires that we wash one another’s feet, serve one another, and revere Christ’s presence in other persons. In practical terms, that means we are to consider their needs to be as important as our own and to serve their needs, without expecting reward. In this time of global pandemic, answering the call to stay at home if at all possible, to exercise social distancing and to wear a face mask are all great examples of how we can serve our neighbours by protecting their health.
Holy Thursday also offers a loving invitation for sacrificial sharing and self-giving love. Let us imitate the self-giving model of Jesus who shares with us his own Body and Blood and who enriches us with his real presence in the Holy Eucharist. It is by sharing our blessings – our talents, time, health and wealth – with others, that we become true disciples of Christ and obey his new commandment: “Love one another as I have loved you.”
And finally, the feast of Holy Thursday offers an invitation to become Christ-bearers and Christ-conveyers: “Go forth, the Mass is ended,” really means, “Go in peace to love and serve one another.’’ We are to carry Jesus to our homes and places of work, conveying to others around us the love, mercy, forgiveness, and the spirit of humble service of Christ whom we carry with us. Reach out to someone who is alone or hurting today and be the hands and feet of Jesus. For as St. Teresa of Avila said, "Christ has no body now on earth but yours.”

God Bless you all folks, you are always in my prayers.
Fr. Gerard Plant

P.S. Any requests for prayers or any other help that myself or the parish can provide can be sent to me at
St. Leonard Youth Ministry Team Invites you to Watch their Holy Thursday Presentation (April 9th, 6:30 pm to 7:00 pm)

The St. Leonard Youth Ministry Team has worked together to make a short presentation for Holy Thursday, similarly to what we have done in the past couple years. Only this year it will be a LIVE virtual presentation. 

The presentation includes an opening prayer, a Holy Thursday reading, a short skit consisting of 5 monologues (showing several points of view following the crucifixion of Jesus) and finishing with a few words from Father Gerard. 

If you would like to watch please follow the instructions below. We hope many of our church community will tune in and watch, as it provides a nice way for St. Leonard’s parishioners to be together to celebrate Holy Thursday! 

Instructions to join this virtual presentation:
1. Click this link to open the call where it will be presented. It should open in your browser, and will work best if you have google chrome.
2. Click the button that says "Join Call" or "Ask to Join Call" You should get in shortly after.
3. Once in the call, move your cursor to the bottom of the screen, to make sure you are muted and your camera is turned off. (This is to avoid distractions and accidental interruptions)
4. Sit back and enjoy! The presentation will be over in under a half-hour, so it will be done before 7:00.
Holy Week and Easter

The Archdiocese has announced that "Due to the current pandemic, the liturgical celebrations of the paschal mysteries of Holy Week, the Triduum, and Easter will be celebrated without the physical participation of the faithful."

Devotions and scripture readings - may assist the faithful during these the sacred days including: Holy Rosary, Stations of the Cross, Act of Contrition, scripture readings for the various liturgies are available by clicking here.

Holy Week Online Masses and Services

Holy Week has begun, and though we cannot attend Mass in person due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important as ever to mark Christ’s Passion and Resurrection. The following list will help you to virtually visit churches from around the world, all united in commemorating Christ’s Passion and Resurrection.

At this time we do not have a schedule for Masses from Notre Dame Basilica in Ottawa. Check their website for postings later today.

Thursday, April 9: Holy Thursday

Friday, April 10: Good Friday

Saturday, April 11: Holy Saturday

Sunday, April 12: Easter Sunday

1st Reading: Exodus 12:1-8, 11-14
2nd Reading: 1 Cor 11:23-26
Gospel: John 13:1-15
Online Giving

In these challenging times we are most grateful for your ongoing financial support. You can give online through any computer smart device or you can download the mobile app and locate St. Leonard Parish to give through your mobile phone.
Community Need
The Manotick Food cupboard has been busier than normal this month, and we don’t see the requests becoming fewer in the days ahead. Some grocery stores, e.g. Riverside South, have removed the food bank donation box because of COVID concerns. So far our local Independent has not done this. However if they get a request from their corporate office it might happen. We therefore want to be as well stocked as possible.   Please consider helping your neighbors by bringing items to the food donation box at the Independent in Manotick.  If you prefer not be at the store, you can always mail in a cheque to the Parish Office made out to Manotick Outreach and we will buy food coupons with it.  Thanks in advance for your support.
Faith Formation
Triduum: A Spiritual Pilgrimage
Celebrate the Easter Triduum by taking a spiritual journey to the Holy Land.In light of the separation we face as communities, this special documentary allows Catholics all around the world to unite and make a spiritual pilgrimage to the Holy Land and ultimately the heart of the Passion. Watch!
Inspirational Music Videos for Holy Thursday
One Bread, One Body
John Michael Talbot
One Pair of Hands
Elvis Presley
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