St. Leonard Catholic Parish
Manotick, Ont

"Where disciples grow"
E-Newsletter for Sunday, Dec 13th
This Sunday marks the third Sunday of Advent. Only 13 days until Christmas. The Christmas Mass schedule is now available. Please be sure to make your Christmas Mass reservation early! Note: All of the Christmas Eve Masses are already fully booked.
Pastor's Message
“Rejoice!"

This weekend, the third Sunday of Advent, we are called to rejoice. Traditionally this Sunday is called Gaudete (Rejoice!) Sunday and signifies the nearness of the Lord's coming. We light the pink candle of our advent wreath and all the Mass readings deal with rejoicing in the Lord. But you might well ask, where do we find joy during a global pandemic?

To begin with, no matter how bad life gets, we can rest in one important truth: God will not stop loving us. We will have things go right. We will have things go wrong. But God’s love will never end—we can count on that. That truth should be one of the most important sources of joy in our life! The Bible says it like this in Romans 8:38-39: “For I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from his love.”

The theologian Henri Nouwen described the difference between joy and happiness. While happiness is dependent on external conditions, joy is "the experience of knowing that you are unconditionally loved and that nothing – sickness, failure, emotional distress, oppression, war, or even death - can take that love away." Thus, if we keep in mind the unconditional love that God has for us, joy can be present even amid sadness. “

The next thing that should cheer us up is the fact that Christmas, and the coming of the Son of God into our lives, is just around the corner. John the Baptist proclaims in today’s Gospel reading that Jesus is about to begin his public ministry “there is one among you whom you do not recognize, the one who is coming after me, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to untie.” (John 1:27) Jesus, our saviour, comes to us so that we can be reunited with God the Father and have the promise of eternal life with Him. He comes to give us joy. As Jesus said, “I say these things in the world so that they might have my joy in their hearts in all its fullness.” (John 17:13)

In his 2014 Gaudete Sunday homily, Pope Francis said that Gaudete Sunday is known as the "Sunday of joy", and that instead of fretting about "all they still haven't" done to prepare for Christmas, people should "think of all the good things life has given you." So, another way that we can find joy this weekend is in taking the time to thank God for our blessings.

In the second reading Paul says rejoice in the Lord always. Paul is commanding us to be joyful. But how do we answer his command? It turns out that we are joyful in the measure that we forget about ourselves and look to the other in love. It is as simple as that. When we find ourselves depressed and anxious, hopeless or desperate, we need to perform an act of love. To love is to will the good of the other and to take action to help them. For example, we can do this in our neighborhood by supporting a local food drive or in our Church community by supporting a Christmas Hamper program. In our current circumstances there are a lot of people looking for human contact and love. This is our opportunity to be selfless by offering a simple act of caring for someone around us for that is where real joy comes from.

Finally, it is hard to be joyful when one is anxious. How can you reduce your anxiety? One of the best ways is to be reconciled with your loved ones and your God. If you are “in the wilderness” with a family member or friend, now is the time to seek or to offer forgiveness. Being in harmony with those that you love will provide you comfort and strength to deal with the storms that life sends your way. Similarly, being in “right relationship” with God will greatly diminish your fear. According to Bishop Robert Barron, “the opposite of love is not hate it is fear.” Ask God for forgiveness and you will be able to turn away from your concern and anxiety and turn to Him.

In summary, as we struggle with the difficult circumstances that surround us, joy can be found when we remember God’s unconditional love and anticipate the arrival of Jesus, our saviour, this Christmas. We also need to remember that the very mission of Jesus was to bring us joy and that our joy should be complete in the sacrifice that He has made for us. We need to make every effort to be reconciled with our loved ones and with God. Let us count our blessings and offer selfless acts of love to all whenever the opportunity presents itself. Rejoice! Emmanuel (God with us) is coming!

God bless you folks, Father Gerard
Light Up for Christmas!

Have you noticed more Christmas lights shining in the darkness this Christmas? This is one of the ways that people are looking to bring joy into the world.

This past Saturday the men from our local Knights of Columbus did their part in brightening our world. They held their annual Light Up for Christmas and once again setup our beautiful nativity scene and lit up the Church for the festive season. Many thanks to all of those that came out and a special thank you to the organizer Trevor Ibach.
St. Leonard's Virtual
Children's Liturgy
As we continue to navigate the restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic, The St. Leonard Children’s Liturgy Team offers virtual Children’s Liturgy of the Word videos to keep our children connected to their faith! The videos include prayers, the week’s Gospel reading, lessons, all geared for our younger parishioners.
Worship
Christmas and New Year's Mass Schedule
Due to capacity and social distancing restrictions caused by the pandemic, ALL SEATING FOR CHRISTMAS EVE AND CHRISTMAS DAY MASSES WILL BE VIA PRE-REGISTRATION ONLY (ONLINE or Via TELEPHONE).
If a Mass is fully booked there will be NO WALK-IN SEATING allowed. Please note that only families living under the same roof may register together.

We appreciate your understanding as we strive to safely accommodate as many people as possible during this challenging time of pandemic.
You can make reservations by visiting https://stleonardsparish.ca/Mass/ or by calling the parish office at (613) 692-4254.

Thursday, Dec 24th: 4:00 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 7:00 p.m., 8:30 p.m. (All are fully booked)

Friday, Dec 25th: 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m.

New Year’s Day, Friday, Jan 1st: 10:00 am

Christmas Confession Times:

Sat.  Dec. 19  9 a.m. to 12 p.m.----2 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.
 
Tue. Dec. 22  9 a.m. to 12 p.m.----2 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.----6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Regular Mass Times

Registration is required for all Weekend Masses. Please note that no reservations are required for Weekday Masses. You can make reservations by visiting stleonardsparish.ca/mass or by calling the parish office at (613) 692-4254.  

  • Wednesday-Friday: 9 a.m.
  • Saturday: 4:30 p.m.
  • Sunday: 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.

Confession times

  • Saturday 3:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Office Hours

  • Tuesday – Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Masses Online

You are encouraged to join us in person for Mass this weekend if possible. As well, you can watch all Masses from St. Leonard online at the scheduled Mass times (listed above) by clicking here. Note: We apologize for the lack of audio at the 9 am Mass last Sunday. The issue was addressed immediately after the Mass and we sincerely appreciate your patience with us during these challenging times.
Bishop Barron's Sunday Sermon

Bishop Barron’s Sunday Sermons will air every Sunday morning at 8:15 AM Eastern Time. Click on Bishop Barron’s YouTube channel and then chose the Sunday you wish to view.

1st Reading: Isaiah 61:1-2A, 10-11
Responsorial Psalm: Luke 1:46-48, 49-50, 53-54
2nd Reading: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24
Gospel: John 1:6-8, 19-28
From the Archdiocese

New Archbishop for the Archdiocese of Ottawa-Cornwall: Ottawa – On 4 December 2020, His Holiness Pope Francis accepted the resignation of the Most Reverend Terrence Prendergast, S.J., as Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Ottawa-Cornwall. He is succeeded by the Most Reverend Marcel Damphousse who has served as Coadjutor Archbishop of Ottawa-Cornwall since his appointment in May 2020. Archbishop Prendergast had earlier submitted his resignation when reaching the age … Read more 
Youth
Next Virtual Youth Alpha Night is Saturday, January 2nd 7-8:30 pm! 
Come hang out virtually with your peers and also take in Youth Alpha.

Topic: “Telling Others”
To join, email Colleen O’Mahony-Menton before 6:45 pm, Jan 2nd (colleen.menton@rogers.com).
Stewardship
Thank You For Your Financial Support!
Please remember your local parish during these extraordinary circumstances. If you are able to provide financial support to St. Leonard's , please consider making a donation online or you can mail your envelope to the Church at the following address:
St. Leonard Roman Catholic Parish
5332 Long Island Road
Manotick, Ontario
K4M 1E8
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