St. Leonard Catholic Parish
M anotick, Ont

"Where disciples grow "
Monthly E-Newsletter for Nov 2019
Welcome to the St. Leonard monthly E-Newsletter. This month the Parish will undertake a major survey to ascertain where we are in our journey as a Catholic community. Please take the time to participate.
Pastor's Message for Nov 1st

A Flourishing Congregation

This past month I have been reminded, once again, how the Holy Spirit provides just what we need at exactly the right time. Let me explain.

Since my arrival here at St. Leonard, three short months ago, I have been busy getting to know you, familiarizing myself with the Parish and trying to assess where we are in realizing our vision of being "a thriving Catholic community based on a vision of growing disciples of Jesus Christ”. What I have been struggling with is, how exactly do we determine where we are? Much to my pleasant surprise this week the Archdiocese announced that all Parishes are being asked to participate in a national survey through Flourishing Congregations Institute that may provide the very information that we are seeking.

The Flourishing Congregations Institute at Ambrose University in Calgary is a research project that seeks to promote the health and vitality of all churches. The aim of the survey is to help better understand the traits, perceptions, and experiences of Christian parishes/congregations in Canada, learning about what contributes to flourishing parishes/congregations and, in turn, helping parishes/ congregations who aspire to flourish. This is a goal that I think that we can all share, and I am certain that it will provide us valuable insight into where we are.

Now, here is where I need your help. All parishes need to complete their surveys by the end of November. Flourishing Congregations Institute will produce a parish specific report for St. Leonard and conclude their nation-wide research by the New Year. My request is that each of you visit this site by Sunday, Nov 24th and complete the parishioner survey. This should take approximately 20 minutes. I would be extremely grateful if you could help me out with this initiative.

I think it is safe to say that our vision of being “a thriving Catholic community that is committed to growing disciples” is synonymous with a flourishing congregation. An honest assessment of where we are is a good place to start because, for us to put in place the focus and strategies that we need to get ‘from here to there’, we need to know where here is. But at the same time, we should not worry about our future because we can be fully confident that, whatever stage we are at as a community, God is the author of a much bigger story for all His people.

May God bless you and all those that you love, Father Gerard
Flourishing Congregations Survey
Imagine if all churches could be strengthened across Canada, ours included. Our congregation has partnered with the Flourishing Congregations Institute to be part of this transformation, and we would like your help! Please take 20 minutes to fill out this anonymous national online survey by clicking here . We hope for 50% or more of our adult attenders to fill out the 20 minute survey. With strong survey involvement, we will access data unique to our congregation/parish.
 
To learn more about the survey, the larger project, and many of the anticipated benefits to arise, click here. If you need any assistance you can contact barrygauthier@rogers.com

Thanks in advance for completing this survey!
Discipleship: Being a Follower of Jesus
Listening to God - Series at St. Leonard's Lectio Divina
Are you hearing God's voice? Through His Holy Word He speaks to each one of us. Come out and learn Lectio Divina, a prayer practice in the tradition of St. Benedict, Starting Thursday, Oct 24, for 6 weeks, a morning (9:30am - 10:30am) and an evening (7:30pm - 8:30pm) session will be offered. Come every week or whenever you can to either session. For more info call Eileen Brown 613-692-2216.
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
If you or someone you know is thinking about becoming a Catholic, please contact judyawood4@gmail.com to express your interest. This year's program will soon begin.
Fellowship: Connect with Others
Filipino Night
About 100 people attended a Filipino Night in our parish hall on Saturday, Oct. 19th. An excellent Filipino dinner was prepared by the local Filipino community. BIBAK (Benguet Ifugao Baguio Apayao Kalinga), a local cultural group, performed traditional Filipino dances. The event was organized by the Knights of Columbus to raise money to assist the rebuilding of the Santo Niño De Praga Parish church in Cordon, Isabela, Philippines. A good time was had by all!
Ministry: Be An Active Disciple
Coffee Sunday Needs You!
Coffee Sundays started over a couple of months ago and they have been a great success. Now is the time we need your help to continue this success. Volunteers are needed for at least one mass for the rest of this year, we need YOU!
 
This is a great volunteer activity and everyone is very appreciative of the work you do. The feeling of community that results from these coffee Sundays is great and we would not want to see it stop.
 
No baking is required (unless you want to) we just need help setting up before and after each mass. If you are a new volunteer, we would be happy to set you up with someone who has done it before to learn the “ropes”.
 
Sign up is easy, just click here and put your name by the spot you want. If we don’t have a volunteer, we will have to cancel the coffee on that Sunday mass, so lets make sure that doesn’t happen.
Altar Servers Needed
If you are interested in becoming an Altar Server or even just finding out what it is all about, contact Daniel Giguere at ddanielgiguere@gmail.com or 613-736-7889 and he will be more than happy to set a training session or provide information to any one of you, young to adult. Some consideration is being given to having a family serving together from time to time. A family serving together could be a wonderful example of a bonding community.
What's on in November?
Nov. 6   Mat Weaving in parish hall 1:00 p.m.
Nov. 6   Pastoral Council Meeting 7:00 p.m.
Nov. 7   Lectio Divina 9:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 12 Movie “Unplanned” hosted by St. Leonard Pro-Life Committee 7:00 p.m.
Nov. 13 Knights of Columbus Meeting 7:00 p.m.
Nov. 14 Lectio Divina 9:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 19 Mat Weaving in parish hall 1:00 p.m.
Nov. 21 Lectio Divina 9:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 26 Confirmation Session 2 6:30 p.m.
Nov. 27 CWL Meeting 7:00 p.m.
Nov. 28 Lectio Divina 9:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 30 Victorian Tea and Penny Sale 11:30 a.m.
After the 9 am and 11 am Sunday masses in November 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.
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