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