St. Leonard Catholic Parish
M anotick, Ont

"Celebrating 50 Years as a Catholic Community "
Welcome Back to Mass at St. Leonard!
Happy Father's Day!
St. Leonard is open for Sunday Mass starting this weekend. We will be following physical distancing guidelines and thus our total capacity per Mass is limited to 70 people. We have implemented a registration system to ensure that all parishioners have an opportunity to attend Mass. Please visit https://stleonardsparish.ca/Mass/ for more details and to register for one of our four Saturday/Sunday Masses.
Pastor's Message
Do Not Be Afraid

Today’s Gospel presents to us various instructions of Jesus on the behavior that the disciples must adopt in the exercise of their mission. That mission, which we share , is to share the good news of Jesus and to bring people into a personal relationship with Christ. What strikes me most in these instructions are two warnings: (a) the frequency with which Jesus refers to the persecutions and suffering which they will have to bear; (b) the insistence repeated three times to the disciples not to be afraid.

The warnings given by Jesus did come to pass as persecutions and sufferings marked the lives of the early disciples. Because of being disciples of Jesus, they were persecuted, and they did suffer, many of them even to the point of death for their professed believe in Him.

Is this risk the same for us today as we go out into our secular society to spread the good news of the risen Lord? No, we are not likely to be persecuted and suffer physical pain as we attempt to evangelize our family and neighbours in our local community of Manotick and Ottawa. But if we do stand behind our faith and our Church it will not always be easy and we do have to be prepared for great challenges. In fact, in the recent Flourishing Congregations Survey of our Parish, the most often reason you cited for having difficulty in evangelizing was fear.

Jesus tells us in today’s gospel three times not to be afraid.
1)       Do not be afraid to tell the truth
2)       Do not be afraid of those that would kill the body
3)       Do not to be afraid but to trust in Divine Providence.
Trust in God is at the heart of Jesus’ response to the fear and apprehension that we feel.

We are sent to proclaim in our families, with our friends and in our work place the gospel that which we have received. If we proclaim the gospel and acknowledge Jesus, he will in turn “acknowledge” us before God “in heaven”. We can expect rejection and humiliation. This should not deter us from our mission. We are not to give up the struggle or capitulate in the face of persecution. Like all of God’s creatures, including the sparrows, we are precious in God’s eyes and will not be abandoned. On the contrary, even the hairs on our heads are numbered by God. Trust in God is the appropriate response to suffering endured for the sake of God’s Kingdom.

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, do not be afraid to be witnesses of Jesus. At the end Jesus summarizes everything in this sentence: “If anyone declares himself for Me in the presence of human beings, I will declare Myself for him in the presence of My Father in heaven”. (Matt 10:32) Knowing that we are in God’s hands and that God is with us, at every moment, we have the necessary courage and the peace to render witness and to be disciples of Jesus. 

God bless you folks. Father Gerard
Worship
How to Return to Mass

The Office of Public Relations & Communications of the Archdiocese of Toronto has produced a video, entitled How to Return to Mass, that explains the temporary changes to the Mass that are being implemented in response to COVID-19. These changes are very similar to the changes in the Archdiocese of Ottawa-Cornwall.
Mass Times

Registration is required for all Weekend Masses. You can pre-register 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: 7:00 a.m., 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.
Bishop Barron’s Sunday Sermons  will air every  Sunday morning at 8:15 AM   Eastern Time on Bishop Barron’s YouTube channel .
Archbishop Durocher of Gatineau launches a series of videos on the meaning of the Mass. Today, he starts with a story and a question.

1st Reading: JER 20:10-13
2nd Reading: ROM 5:12-15
Gospel: MT 10:26-33
A Prayer for Father's
God our Father,
we give you thanks and praise for fathers young and old.
We pray for young fathers, newly embracing their vocation;
may they find courage and perseverance
to balance work, family and faith in joy and sacrifice.
We pray for fathers around the world
whose children are lost or suffering;
may they know that the God of compassion
walks with them in their sorrow.
We pray for men who are not fathers
but still mentor and guide us with fatherly love and advice.
We remember fathers, grandfather, and great grandfathers
who are no longer with us
but who live forever in our memory
and nourish us with their love. Amen
Stewardship
Thank You for Supporting St. Leonard's!

Please remember your local parish during these extraordinary circumstances. As you can see from the Update below, our pre-authorized payment givers and our online givers are certainly helping us to weather the financial impact of the virus. We are also very grateful to all of you who have mailed in your envelopes to help us through through this challenging time. If you are able to help St. Leonard's mission, please consider making a donation online.
Attention Youth!

Since St. Leonard’s June 6 th virtual Youth Alpha night was a great success, the Youth Alpha series will continue virtually. 

Come hang out virtually with your peers and also take in Episode #4: Faith: How can we have faith?
Saturday, June 27, from 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Click on the below Google Meet link or call the below telephone number.

If you have questions contact Carter Ibach at carter.ibach@ocsbstudent.ca .

BYO Snacks 😊

Youth Alpha Night III
When
Sat Jun 27, 2020 7pm – 8pm Eastern Time - Toronto
Joining info
Join with Google Meet
Join by phone
+1 405-531-0746 (PIN: 351096177)
Faith Formation
Why We Go to Mass
Story of Saint Peter Part-1 from The Stories of Saints For Kids
Evangelization
The Search: Episode 7 Available Free Until June 25th
In Episode 7 of the new series from the Augustine Institute Studios, The Search, Chris Stefanick answers the big question: "Why a Church?"
 
Don't miss this important episode available for free now through Thursday on FORMED.
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