St. Leonard Catholic Parish
M anotick, Ont

"Celebrating 50 Years as a Catholic Community "
E-Newsletter for Sunday, July 19th
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
Grow To Your Full Potential as a Disciple

In today’s Gospel reading Jesus continues relating parables of seeds, weeds, and yeast which He uses to describe the kingdom of heaven. Good timing, since we are right in the middle of our own local growing season.

Today’s first parable expresses the small beginnings of the reign of God (the spread of the faith, the church). While the seeds of wheat begin to grow, the enemy spreads seeds of weed (people of falsehoods, lies, and evil). Evil is co-existing with good. Yet, to pull out the evil growth, might result in uprooting the good growth. Yes, there is the possibility that the evil might overpower the good, at least for a time. Yet, there is also the possibility that the good may have a positive effect on the evil (at least as far as the moral growth of humans). God wants to give another chance to those who started out as a “bad seed”. There will come the ultimate time (death) when growth is complete, then the harvesters will have to separate the bad from the good and consequences will be handed out. “First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles for burning; but gather the wheat into my barn.” (Matt 13:30)

In the second parable we hear of the mighty mustard seed. “It is the smallest of all the seeds, yet when full-grown it is the largest of plants.” (Matt 13:32) Just think about it. Contained in that tiny seed is the potential to become a full tree. In a similar way, the Lord tells us that if we even have a little bit of faith in Him, we have the potential to become everything He intends us to be. We are all equipped with this potential. Yet some grow and some do not. If you starve the seed of your faith, it will die. Those that get watered regularly (Mass and prayer) and those that exist in good soil (Christian family and community, engaged in works of charity) thrive and become fully alive and people are drawn to them. Strive to achieve your potential!

Finally, in the third parable we hear of how only a small bit of yeast can leaven a whole loaf of bread. Without anyone knowing how, the leaven goes about working silently until the whole mass is fermented. In a similar way, one committed follower of Christ can change a whole community and maybe the whole world (St. Paul, St. Francis, St. Mother Teresa).

We start off from small beginnings (only a small seed, a bit of yeast) and we face challenges along the way for both good and evil have the potential to grow. But If we water and feed our faith and allow the Spirit to give us growth, we can be part of the good growth, the rich harvest, the raised loaf. The richness of our loving God’s mercy and kindness will be with us. God will help us to grow into the fullness of who we can be, both as individuals and as members of a faith community and, at the end of our lives here on earth, we can be confident that we will be gathered, like the wheat, into His barn.

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: WIS 12:13, 16-19
2nd Reading: ROM 8:26-27
Gospel: MT 13:24-43
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
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
What is Alpha? Alpha Online?

Do you have questions or is your family asking questons?

Alpha is a series of sessions exploring the Christian faith. Each talk looks at a different question around faith and is designed to create conversation. Alpha is run all around the globe, and everyone’s welcome. It normally runs in cafés, churches, universities, homes—you name it. No two Alphas look the same, but generally they have three key things in common: food, a talk and good conversation.

In this season of physical distancing, Alpha programs are being hosted across Canada online. Click below to find an online course that works for you.
FOR CHILDREN: Ages 6 and Up
Ryan Defrates: Secret Agent (12 Episodes)

Ryan Defrates: Secret Agent is an animated action-adventure series about a young spy with a whole lot to learn! He's arrogant and reckless and always insists on working alone. That is, until the day he's paired with a very unlikely partner...his mom! Deb Defrates is NOT a spy. She knows more about cutting coupons then cutting down on crime, but her wisdom and kindness somehow always seem to save the day. These half-hour episodes are great for churches or families. Recommended for ages 6 and up.
Media Worth Sharing

Fr. Mike Schmitz: Rigidity and laxity are difficult obstacles to avoid when trying to find balance in your faith life. 
Sr. Miriam James Heidland from the 2019 Defending the Faith Steubenville Conference: “Your Life Matters: Transformation from the Heart"
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