St. Leonard Catholic Parish
Manotick, Ont

“You are my beloved Son, with you I am well pleased.”
E-Newsletter for Sunday, Jan 10th
There will be no public Masses this weekend as we remain under a Ontario lockdown until Jan 23rd. Online Masses from St. Leonard's will be available on our YouTube Channel. To visit this site click here. On Saturday at 4 pm a recorded version of the Sunday Mass will be available and during the week, the 9 am Wed, Thurs and Friday Masses will be Livestreamed.
Pastor's Message
The Baptism of the Lord

This Sunday we celebrate the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord and with it, the three great revelations or “epiphanies” of the Christmas season are brought to fulfilment.

The first of these revelations was the birth of Jesus when it was visibly made known to man (the shepherds) that God had accepted for himself a human nature and allowed himself to be born in this world as a baby boy. The second of these revelations we commemorated this past Sunday in the solemnity of Christ’s Epiphany where Christ was revealed to the three wise men (the Magi) as the King of the Jews and the Messiah. Today we celebrate the third of these manifestations of the divine as the Holy Trinity is publicly revealed to the people gathered at the Jordan River. At the Baptism of Christ all three persons of the Holy Trinity- Father, Son and Holy Spirit- were made known.

The amazing revelation in this scripture passage is not principally that Jesus allowed himself to be baptized by John but, rather, that in that moment something about God’s identity was revealed that was not fully known or even believed to be possible. “On coming up out of the water he saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit, like a dove, descending upon him. And a voice came from the heavens, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”” (Mark 1:9-11) The Son makes himself known, the Father speaks, and the Holy Spirit descends. All three persons of God reveled for all to see and hear! It is from this point that Jesus begins his public ministry and teaches us to live a life based on faith, hope and charity.

Our Baptism is the moment that the Holy Spirit draws us out from a fallen world into the Trinity. Through God’s grace we are grafted unto the line of Christ. It draws us into the relationship between the Father and the Son. We become the sons and daughters of God through the Holy Spirit because the Holy Spirit is the relationship between God the Father and Jesus. It means that our union with Jesus is a union with God. It means that Jesus is not just another man, not even another extraordinary man. He is God. He has a human nature given to him through Mary, and a divine nature eternally at one with the God. 
Our Baptism is called grace because it is given to those that bring nothing on their own. It is not our accomplishment. Our Baptism justifies us and washes away our sin. We become new creatures in Christ; lifted, transformed, saved. We are born again!

In 2002 when St. Pope John Paul II put forward the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary, he wanted to shine a light on the public ministry of Jesus and those times when Jesus was revealed as the Son of God. He designated the Baptism of Jesus as the first Luminous Mystery. Three statements from the Luminous mysteries should resonate strongly with us today:
 “And a voice came from the heavens, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”” (Mark 1:11)

“His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever He tells you.”” (Jn 2:5)

“And from the cloud a voice said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him” (Mt 17:5)

It is in our Lord’s public ministry that He reveals Himself, conveys His message, and invites us to eternal life. Now more than ever, in this time of great anxiety, this message of hope rings true. If you believe in Him, and live a life based on faith, hope and charity, you will be saved. Listen to him!

My fervent prayer for you this day is that, when your time on earth is complete, you too will here the voice of God say, “with you I am well pleased.”   

God bless you folks, Father Gerard
Worship
Regular Mass Times
There will be no public Masses until Jan 23rd as we remain under a Province wide lockdown.

Masses Online
Online Masses from St. Leonard's will be available on our YouTube Channel. To visit this site click here. On Saturday at 4 pm a recorded version of the Sunday Mass will be available and during the week the 9 am Wed, Thurs and Friday Masses will be Livestreamed.
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.

Reading 1, Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7
Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 29:1-2, 3-4, 3, 9-10
Reading 2, Acts 10:34-38
Gospel, Mark 1:7-11
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.
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
Faith Formation
Lectio Divina Live

During this pause of in-person Masses, you're invited to join live, through video conferencing technology, with others from St. Leonard parish, for a weekly time of reflecting on the Gospel. Lectio Divina, “divine reading” is a simple format anyone can do to help us listen to the Word of God and apply this living word to our lives where we are at.

Join parishioners on Thursdays at daytime (10:15am) or evening (8:00pm) sessions. Contact Andrew and Eileen Brown (da-ef.brown@sympatico.ca) or 613-692-2216 for details. The zoom link is: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/72344540927?pwd=d2NhMXFHZW5ZR0NUNVhjcVkvRnFjZz09
For Kids: Born Into the Kingdom, The Miracle of Baptism

In this happy presentation, Brother Francis invites us to share in the realities of the Sacrament of Baptism and the union it provides us with God's big family! Filled with instruction and inspiration, "Born into the Kingdom" is a great reminder of God's wonderful grace! Watch Here.
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