St. Leonard Catholic Parish
M anotick, Ont

"Celebrating 50 Years as a Catholic Community "
E-Newsletter for Sunday, July 5th
We hope that you had a great Canada Day Holiday and we are happy to welcome parishioners and visitors to Mass this weekend.

Please visit https://stleonardsparish.ca/Mass/ for more details and to register for one of our three Saturday/Sunday Masses.
Pastor's Message
"I Will Give You Rest"

One of the most inviting and encouraging lines in the entire Bible is Jesus’ gentle invitation to come to him and learn from him. We hear in today’s Gospel reading, “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Shoulder my yoke and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (Matthew 11:28-29).

It is hard to read Jesus’ words without feeling lifted and comforted. Jesus promises rest and refreshment for our souls, and who doesn’t need that today? Amid a global pandemic, and all the death, suffering and economic dislocation that has come along with it, this is one of those times in our life to surrender to God. Now is the time to enter a closer communion with God by sharing his yoke and placing God at the center of our lives.

The concept of being yoked with Jesus speaks of a remarkably close relationship, since a yoke joins two beasts of burden together so that they can work together to get a difficult job done. Jesus invites us to be joined with Him so that He can do most of the work and take some of the pressure off us. He promises to teach us a way that will bring to us a reduction of the stress with which life encumbers us. The challenge for us, however, is that we must give up our independent and selfish ways and be joined completely with Jesus. We must admit that we cannot do it by ourselves and be humble.  We need to give up control and allow Jesus to help shoulder the burden. In doing so we will find rest and refreshment because Jesus will be doing the greater part of the work.
It is so hard for some of us to give up control – even to Jesus. We think we must do it all by ourselves. We want to follow the attitude of the song “I Did It My Way.” Yet it is when we try to be the master of our own destiny that are humanity gets in the way. It is then that we struggle so hard, trying to do a task we were never meant to do alone. We need to let go of the control of our lives and let the Lord Jesus take over. That takes humility. It means we must humbly admit we are not the be-all and end-all of the world, not even the be-all and end-all of our own lives. It is when we can humbly surrender to GOD that we will experience the rest and freedom from the heavy burden which we carry.

The very heart of worship is surrender and the central element in communion with God is that very act of self-surrender. What burden is weighing you down this week? Surrender to God and let Him share your burden. You are not alone in this time of crisis. Reach out to Him!

God bless you folks. Father Gerard.
Worship
Mass Times

Registration is required for all Weekend Masses. Please note that no reservations are your 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 p.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: ZEC 9:9-10
2nd Reading: ROM 8:9, 11-13
Gospel: MT 11:25-30
Prayer of the Week

A Prayer for the Elimination of Racism

Good and gracious God,
Who loves and delights in all people, we stand in awe before You, 
knowing that the spark of life within each person on earth is the spark of your divine life.
Differences among cultures and races are multicolored manifestations of Your Light.
May our hearts and minds be open to celebrate similarities and differences among our sisters and brothers.
We place our hopes for racial harmony in our committed action and in Your Presence in our Neighbor.
May all peoples live in Peace.
AMEN.
By The Sisters of Charity 
Stewardship
Thank You for Supporting St. Leonard's!

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
Faith Formation
Bishop Barron's newest film series The Sacraments is out now and you're invited to watch the first episode on baptism for free!
Media Worth Sharing
Bobby Angel has a 2 year-old son, and works at an all-boys school. He discusses some wisdom he has gained while striving to raise a good man, and helping to raise good men.
Watch Leah Darrow in this talk, "Made for More: A Prodigal's Journey", at the 2018 Steubenville Defending the Faith Conference.
Parishioner Feedback: We Love Your Input!
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St. Leonard Parish
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