St. Leonard Catholic Parish
M anotick, Ont

"Celebrating 50 Years as a Catholic Community "
E-Newsletter for Sunday, June 7th
Discussions are underway for the reopening of our Church for public Masses and events. Unfortunately the current state of emergency in Ontario, which limits public gatherings to a maximum of 5 people, has been extended until June 30th. Hopefully, some time this month we will be able to give you firm date for the resumption of public Masses. Stay tuned!
To watch Father Gerard's video message for this week please click here.
Pastor's Message
Today is Holy Trinity Sunday. We celebrate God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit; one God in three divine persons. We were initiated as Catholics at our Baptism in “the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit” and Jesus sent us out with the Great Commission “to make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”. (Matt 28: 19) The Holy Trinity is at the very core of our Catholic faith.

We celebrate God as a community of love. Jesus revealed God as Father. The great God of the Old Testament is one with Jesus. The powerful bond between God and Jesus is the Spirit of love. By our baptism, we are adopted into this dynamic relationship. Believing in the Holy Trinity has major implications for our lives. We are not just individuals competing and battling against one another to survive. By our baptism, we are adopted into the life of the Trinity. We are part of God’s family of love. It changes everything for us!

We are not isolated individuals living in a jungle where survival of the fittest is the order of the day. No, we are a people of God, created by a loving God, redeemed by the blood of Christ, and held together by the bond of the Spirit.

Yes, we are the people of the Trinity. Uniquely blessed and sent to announce to the world the good news of our unique family of love.

And speaking of good news, in today’s Gospel the words of Jesus to Nicodemus contain one of the best summaries of the good news of the entire Bible, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.” (John 3:16) It is a foundational promise of our faith that those who believe in Jesus, son of the Father and conceived by the Holy Spirit, have a proven path to Heaven. May God grant you such faith so that you believe this promise of John 3:16 and receive the reward of eternal life.

So, on this Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, I want you to remember that the Father is the one who loves , the Son is the beloved, and the Spirit is the love shared between them and I ask that you go out and share your love with all that you meet.

May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all!
God Bless you folks. Father Gerard
Worship
Sunday Masses Online

You are encouraged to join online for Masses during this period of social distancing.

On Sundays we would recommend the Mass from Notre Dame Basilica in Ottawa (see Virtual Church below) with Archbishop Prendergast or the Mass from Holy Cross Parish.

Public Masses have resumed in California so the online Mass with Bishop Robert Barron is no longer available. The good news is that you can still hear Bishop Barron's weekly homilies through his podcast, Bishop Barron's Sermons , where you'll find over ten years worth of homilies, with new ones added each week (you can also listen on his website .)

1st Reading: EX 34:4B-6, 8-9
2nd Reading: 2 COR 13:11-13
Gospel: JN 3:16-18
Stewardship
Thank You for Supporting St. Leonard's!
Please remember your local parish during these extraordinary circumstances. If you are able to help St. Leonard's mission even during these trying times, please consider making a donation online
Youth Ministry
Attention Youth!

St. Leonard youth want to hang out with you…virtually. 

Join us for a Youth Led, Virtual Alpha Night – this Saturday, June 6, 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 😊

Virtual Youth Alpha Night
When: Sat Jun 6, 2020 7pm – 8:30pm
Join with Google Meet: meet.google.com/vzk-mbvn-nkn
Join by phone: +1 218-481-0745 (PIN: 787082775)
Faith Formation
For Children: What's the Trinity?
Bishop Barron on the Holy Trinity
Evangelization
The Search: Episode 5 Available Free Until June 11th
Your life is a story. And it’s caught up in the great story of humanity. This great story, as we see it in the Scriptures, shows ust he amazing love story that is God’s pursuit of man. The God that is love created so we can ultimately be with his love. We were made to be with God. Union with God is so central to the purpose of life, we even see the afterlife in these terms. Our definition of Heaven is union with God, and hell is absence of Him.Your life has a plot. Your life has purpose. Your life has value. We need to see how we fit into this big love story to begin to know why we exist. And that love of God isn’t abstract. It has a face and name: Jesus. Every week Formed will be unlocking a new episode for your preview. The fourth video is only available for free this week. Stream the fourth episode today!
How to Win Souls and Influence People: New Webinar

In this new web class, Dr. Matt Nelson shared seven practical tips for becoming a more effective evangelist and apologist.
Media Worth Sharing
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Throughout the Gospels Jesus says, “Remain in me” or “abide in me,” which—in simplified terms—means whatever you do, invite Jesus along. Ask him to “come with.”
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