St. Leonard Catholic Parish
M anotick, Ont

"Celebrating 50 Years as a Catholic Community "
E-Newsletter for Sunday, May 3rd
This weekend marks the 4th Sunday of Easter and the 8th Sunday that we are unable to join in the celebration of the Mass at our Parish due to the Covid-19 global pandemic. Let's pray that we may be able join in physical Communion soon.
Pastor's Message
Jesus: Our Good Shepherd

In today’s readings Jesus speaks of himself as the Good Shepherd. Two powerful images are presented. Jesus teaches us in the Gospel, “I am the gate." And then we hear “The shepherd calls his sheep by name and leads them out because they recognize his voice.”

Jesus uses the image of shepherding to teach us about himself. In the Holy Land, for shepherding there was a sheepfold, that is, a circular wall of stones, topped by briar or another barrier. There was a single small opening for the sheep to pass through. The sheep would be out grazing during the day. As nightfall begins to settle in, the shepherd leads the sheep inside the sheepfold, inside the wall of stones. Over time the sheep get to know their shepherd, they recognize his voice and he has a name for each of them. Once all the sheep are inside the enclosure—well, there is no hinged wooden gate to close at the opening. Instead, the shepherd simply lies across the opening, so that no one or no wolf could get through without going over his body first. The shepherd then makes himself the barrier gate. The sheep are safe, and any intruder must go over the shepherd’s body first.

“I am the Good Shepherd,” so Jesus claims, and then he adds, “and I will lay down my life for the sheep” (John 10:14,15).

Jesus became a living gate, laying down his life on the cross for us—so that we, his sheep whom he calls by name, “might have life and have it more abundantly.” It is his love which we celebrate this Easter season. Not only did he suffer for us on the cross. More than that, we celebrate that he has been raised, and our Good Shepherd calls us by name, assuring us of his loving care. In this Easter season we keep our focus on the Risen Jesus. Once we truly grasp the love he has—laying down his life for us, our living gate—then we will be transformed and live in the joy of his love.

To whom am I listening to today? Is it the loud voice of fear and anxiety in these troubled times? Or is it the calming voice of the resurrected Jesus telling us he loves us and “that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)

Listen to Him and take comfort in knowing that the Jesus is our Good Shepherd and that even though we may be walking through the darkest valley He is with us and there is nothing that we shall want.

“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life;
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord my whole life long.“ (Psalm 23:6)

God bless you folks, Father Gerard
What Can We Do to Help?

Is there someone you know who would appreciate a kind word or a small gesture of love during this period of social isolation? Please consider reaching out with a helping hand or a simple phone call or e-mail. It is a great way to "be Jesus" in our world and to stay united as a parish. One small act of kindness can make a huge difference.

Any requests for prayers or any other help that myself or the parish can provide can be sent to me at pastorstleonard@gmail.com. Stay well and Stay Connected!
Worship
Weekday and 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 with Archbishop Prendergast (or Bishop Desrochers) or the Mass from Bishop Barron's Chapel in Santa Clara, California with Bishop Robert Barron. The Mass from Notre Dame Basilica is available any time on Sunday and the Mass with Bishop Barron starts at 8:15 am and is available in recorded format for the rest of the day.

Locally, Father Lukose from Holy Cross Parish has an excellent Sunday Mass available online on their website anytime on Sunday.

Mass with Bishop Barron is also available on weekdays.

For a full listing of Mass on TV or the Internet click here .

1st Reading: ACTS 2:14A, 36-41
2nd Reading: 1 PT 2:20B-25
Gospel: JN 10:1-10
"The sheep's life depends on the leadership of the shepherd"
Archbishop Prendergast's 25th Episcopal Anniversary
The 25th of April 2020 marked the 25th anniversary of the episcopal ordination of Archbishop Terrance Prendergast.
You will find Bishop Guy Desrochers’ commemoration of this event here.
Stewardship
Thanks for Your Support

To those who continue to give electronically and to those who have mailed in their Offering Envelopes we extend our sincere gratitude.
You may click the button below to give online or you can download the Tithe.ly mobile app and locate St. Leonard Parish to give through your mobile phone . Thank you!
Ministry
Operation Gowns
Urgent call for help - sew isolation gowns or donate material or sheets for the front line workers serving the homeless and street communities in Ottawa. Ottawa Inner City Health (OICH) is gearing up to care for these communities, but they are critically short of medical gowns and they have identified a need for 2500 gowns.

For those with the skills, the gowns are straightforward to make. A single bed sheet makes one gown - the simple sewing instructions are here.

You can check them out on... Instagram: @ottawagowns4homeless. Or
Facebook: @ottawagowns4homeless. Or ottawagowns4homeless@gmsil.com
Ann O’Neill will be coordinating the pick up of material or finished gowns on behalf of this organization and can be reached at aaoneill1@rogers.com.
Faith Formation
For Children: Jesus the Good Shepherd
For Men: Into the Breach
Inspired by the Apostolic Exhortation for Catholic men written by Bishop Olmsted of Phoenix, the Knights of Columbus produced a video series which seeks to answer the question of what it means to be a man and how to live as a man in today's world. Into the Breach is a call to battle for Catholic men which urges them to embrace wholeheartedly masculine virtues in a world in crisis. Click here to get started watching all 12 of these short videos.
Evangelization
U Evangelize Virtual Summit Replay

On Saturday, April 25th the U Evangelize virtual summit was held exploring the topic, "Can Catholics Really Evangelize at a Time Like This?" Great insight and practical ideas for sharing the "Good News" with your friends and family members.

Over 4000 people registered in advance, and organically through live Facebook and YouTube shares it reached over 10,000 people in countries like Canada, USA, UK, Malaysia, Philippines, Africa, and Poland, just to name a few.
If you missed the event, or would like to watch it again, a replay has been created for you.
Media Worth Sharing
  All Catholics grow in the same “soil” together, but the fruit we bear is unique. But what is this common soil? What are the essentials for every Catholic Christian?
Praying about and for your future spouse does matter because God is outside of time, and he wants your will to freely conform to his perfect and eternal will.
Parishioner Feedback: We Love Your Input!
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