St. Leonard Catholic Parish
M anotick, Ont

"Celebrating 50 Years as a Catholic Community "
E-Newsletter for Sunday, July 12th
We are happy to welcome all of our parishioners and visitors back to Mass. Please visit https://stleonardsparish.ca/Mass/ for more details and to register for one of our three Saturday/Sunday Masses. No reservations are needed for Weekday Mass.
Pastor's Message
"The Seed, The Soil and The Sower"

In today’s Gospel Jesus tells us the parable of the sower of the seeds. This scripture reading is quite unique. With most parables we are left to discern the message that Jesus wishes to impart. Not so with this reading. Jesus goes on to explicitly explain the meaning of this parable to all us. This parable is as true today as it was then.

The parable of the sower is an 'allegory' about the Kingdom of God. The man represents God and the seed is His message. Just as a planted seed starts to grow, the word of God starts to deepen and grow within a person.

Some seeds fell on the path and the birds ate it. The seed on the path represents people who hear the message, but it is immediately lost. They hear it, but they don’t get it!

Some seeds fell on rocky ground where there was little soil. The seed soon sprouted, but when the sun came up it burnt the young plants. This seed represents people who respond with initial enthusiasm, but the word of God does not sink in deep. When persecution or hard times (represented by the sun) come along they give up at once. People cannot commit to the Christian lifestyle. They are initially attracted but give up when the going gets tough.

Others again, and they are many, are like the seeds that fell among the briars and thorns. They accepted the faith and it took root in them, but later, "the cares of the world and the delight in riches chokes the word and it proves unfruitful,"—these are our Lord's own words.
The last group of Christians are like the seeds sown on good soil. They not only accept Christ and his teaching, but they live up to it, and, no matter what happens in their life, they are faithful to it. These will produce fruit and will earn for themselves eternal happiness.

Each one of us can investigate our own hearts today and ask ourselves, to what group of Christians do I belong to? Are some of us perhaps, like the seed that fell on the rocky ground? When Christianity makes few difficult demands, we are all for it, but when it demands discipline, the curbing of passion, real sacrifices for our neighbor, do we forget our Christian calling then and ignore its precepts? And how does our type of Christianity stand up to the temptations of the world? Are we chasing after wealth and power or have we placed Christ at the very centre of our lives?

God invites everyone to hear the good news of Jesus and celebrate the wonderful message of salvation. Jesus teaches us that those that hear the word, understand it, and place it as the central organizing priority of their life, will bear fruit and yield a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold. With that confidence we can look forward to the eternal happiness that awaits us in heaven—all because of God’s great love for us in Jesus!

My prayer for you this week is that you will be truly blessed because you have eyes that see the presence of God and ears that hear the message of Jesus. “But blessed are your eyes, because they see, and your ears, because they hear.” Matt 13:16

God bless you folks, Father Gerard
Worship
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. If you are watching the Mass Livestream please consider Subscribing to our Youtube channel.
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: IS 55:10-11
2nd Reading: ROM 8:18-23
Gospel: MT 13:1-23
Stewardship
Thank You for Your Financial Support!
Please remember your local parish during these extraordinary circumstances. If you attend Mass this weekend, please drop your envelope off in the Donation box located at the back of the Church. If you are able to help St. Leonard's mission, 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
Youth Ministry
Recipient of St. Leonard Youth Scholarship Announced

The St. Leonard’s Parish scholarship is awarded every year to a student attending St. Leonard’s Parish who is graduating from high school and continuing on to post-secondary education in any field. Our selection committee reviewed applications from several amazing young adults. It was not an easy task, but they were able to select a well deserving candidate who does an excellent job of living his faith at home, in school and, of course, here at St. Leonard’s.

This year's winner of the $1,000 scholarship is Carter Ibach.

Carter has been an active member of the St. Leonard Parish for many years. He is a dedicated parishioner who attends Sunday morning mass with his family. If he’s not sitting beside his family it’s because he is performing one of the many jobs in the parish. Carter is a responsible, compassionate young man who has initiative and who is always willing to lend a helping hand. In addition to being a greeter, and helping out with the slides and collection, our recipient has had an integral role in the Youth Ministry Team and in the delivery of our Children’s Liturgy.

As well as his contributions to the parish, Carter has played an active part in St. Mark High School and in the Manotick community. In the fall, this ambitious young man is looking forward to starting his post-secondary education in Management Engineering at the University of Waterloo. We wish him all the best as he pursues his undergraduate studies.
Next Youth Alpha Night is July 18th 7-8:30 pm!  

Come hang out virtually with your peers and also take in Youth Alpha, Episode #5: Pray
Saturday, July 18, from 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Or dial: +1 414-909-6062 PIN: 414539387#
If you have questions contact Carter Ibach at carter.ibach@ocsbstudent.ca .
Faith Formation
FOR CHILDREN: FORMED E-BOOKS TO SHARE
I Would Climb Any Mountain for You by the Sisters of Life

This full-color, illustrated storybook for moms and children imagines the adventures of their first nine months together—before meeting for the first time!
Look Again, Thomas by the Sisters of Life

A book about goodness, beauty, and love, this story reminds us that when we ask God to help us see people through His eyes, we open ourselves up to the gift of wonder.
Parishioner Feedback: We Love Your Input!
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St. Leonard Parish
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