St. Leonard Catholic Parish
M anotick, Ont

"Where disciples grow "
Monthly E-Newsletter for Oct 2019
Welcome to the St. Leonard monthly E-Newsletter. Please share the Good News with your family and friends. As disciples we are called to share!
Pastor's Message for Oct 1st

Demonstrating Our Discipleship through Love and Service

In my first couple of months here at St. Leonard several people have asked me, "What is your vision for the Parish?" Initially I have responded by saying that it is a little premature for me to have a concise vision for St. Leonard as I am still busy just getting to know the Parish, the Community and The Parishioners. When pressed I will generally say something along the lines of, I see St. Leonard thriving as a loving and caring Catholic Church here in Manotick. A community of disciples growing in love for Jesus and each other. For isn’t it through love and service that we demonstrate that we are disciples of Jesus?

Throughout His mortal life, Jesus Christ showed His love for others by ministering to them. He said, “By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:35). He set the example and he calls us, His disciples, to work with Him in His ministry, giving us the opportunity to serve others and become more like Him. In Mark 10:45, the purpose of Jesus' ministry is revealed. "For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."

In the next few weeks we will be launching our Volunteer/Get Engaged program to help us staff up for the year ahead. I ask you to prayerfully consider how you can best utilize your God-given talents to serve your community here at St. Leonard. Whether it is supporting the celebration of the Liturgy, helping with maintenance of our facilities or joining a service organization that looks out for your fellow citizens, there are a wide variety of ways that you can volunteer and get engaged.

I would like to draw your attention to a few areas where your immediate assistance is required:
•            Sacristans for the Sunday 11:00 am Mass
•            Assistance with the laundering and ironing of altar linens
•            Support for First Communion Preparation Team
•            A Safe Environment Ministry Coordinator
•            Mass Ministry volunteers for the Sunday evening Mass
•            Confirmation Team leaders to take over for next year

More information on these opportunities to serve can be found in the next article.

It has always amazed me that people grow in discipleship through volunteer engagement. So, yes, it is true that we need your help to thrive as a Parish Community. But is also equally true that you will personally grow as a disciple when you freely offer your love and service in support of building His Kingdom. 
God bless you and those that you love! Father Gerard
Ministry
Get Involved in our Community! Volunteer!
The best way to get involved in our community is by becoming a volunteer. You will meet new people, grow in your faith and all while serving those in need and your Parish. Visit our  Get Involved/Volunteer  web page, check out the Ministries and complete the short form indicating your areas of interest. Your service is a wonderful gift to the community.

immediate assistance is required in the following areas:
Mass Ministries : Sacristans for the Sunday 11:00 am Mass
Altar Linens Ministry : Volunteers needed to assist with the laundering and ironing of altar linens
First Communion Preparation Team: 1) Oct 1st 7 pm at St. Leonard Church - 1st Communion Information/Registration night- 2 volunteers required to assist with registration, 2) Help at a Welcoming Masses - Sat. Oct 19 and/or Sun Oct 20. Need 1 or 2 volunteers to help hand out crosses during Mass to the grade 2 children who are registered for 1st Communion. (During 4:30 pm, 9 am and 11 am Masses).
Safe Environment Ministry: This ministry ensures that all Parish Ministries are adhering to the diocesan guidelines to ensure a safe environment. A new Parish Coordinator is required.
Youth Ministry: Sacristans, Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors, altar servers and slide operators for the Sunday evening mass. 
Confirmation Preparation Team : The Confirmation Preparation team will be retiring at the end of the school year. If you are interested in taking over the program for the 2020-2021 school year, please consider volunteering this year to familiarize yourself with the program.
Discipleship
Featured in October: The Saints
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.
Daily Mass Readings
If you would like to have the daily Mass readings at your fingertips visit the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops website and click on today's date.
What's on in October?
Oct. 1  First Communion information night  7:00 p.m.
Oct. 2  Pastoral Council Meeting  7:00 p.m.
Oct. 8  Confirmation Information Night 7:00 p.m.
Oct. 9  Knights of Columbus Meeting 7:00 p.m.
Oct. 19 Filipino Night 6:00 p.m.
Oct. 23   CWL Meeting 7:00 p.m.
Oct. 26/27  CWL Bake Sale
Oct. 29  Confirmation Session # 1
After the 9 am and 11 am Sunday masses in October coffee will be served in the Parish Hall.
New Updated St. Leonard's Website
The St. Leonard website has been updated to serve parishioners and visitors better. Click here to visit.
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