St. Leonard Catholic Parish
Manotick, Ont

"Where Disciples Grow"
E-Newsletter for Sunday, Oct 4th
All are welcome to join us at our socially distanced weekend and weekday Masses. 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
The Parable of the Tenants

Today’s Gospel reading poses a question: how are we tending the vineyard? We have received so much from God, but are we making the world fruitful? Are we responding to the Lord’s invitation with works of justice, love, peace, and respect for others? Or are we killing the messengers?

The parable of the tenants delivers a clear message both to the direct audience of Jesus, the chief priests and the elders, and to us. The landlord does all the work to prepare a vineyard and then he leases it to tenants. The tenants refuse to pay the rent. The messengers the landlord send to collect the rent are beaten, stoned and even killed. Finally, in desperation he sends his only son. Convinced that at least they would respect his son. Instead they seized him, sent him out of the vineyard and killed him. The listeners understand that the story does not end well for the tenants.

The parable contains a clear warning for his direct audience. Obviously, God is like the owner of the vineyard. The servant/messengers are the prophets of old. The Son is Jesus. The fact that the Son is dragged outside the vineyard forecasts Jesus’ being crucified outside the wall of Jerusalem. It is in terrible anticipation of the crucifixion. Jesus develops the point further. The builders, the chief priests and the elders, reject the very stone that will become the cornerstone. The Jews reject the son who will become the Holy One and he warns them that, “the kingdom of God will be taken away from you
and given to a people that will produce its fruit." (Matt 21:43)

We too should also be able to place ourselves in this parable. We are the tenants. We are provided by God with everything we need to make our vineyard prosper. We have been gifted with the incarnation of the Son of God, a moral law to live by, sacred scripture to guide us, and the Sacraments to provide sustenance for our journey. God gives us the freedom to run the vineyard as we choose – but it is God’s. We need to be sensitive to what God desires of us. Are we responding to the Lord’s invitation with works of justice, and love and peace and mercy and respect for others? Are we producing good fruit or are we rejecting and abusing the messengers that are sent to us?

Every one of us has been given a vineyard by God. Our families, our communities, our work, our church, and our environment are all parts of our vineyard. God does not exclude anyone from their vineyard. People exclude themselves by failing to tend the vineyard they have been given.

We are all called by God to produce good fruits in this vineyard. In this time of pandemic, how am I using the gifts he gave me to help others? What fruits will I produce for the Lord?

God bless you folks, Father Gerard

PS: Please be sure to check out our Parish Financial Update below.
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.
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.

▶ Isaiah 5:1-7 - The vineyard song
▶ Philippians 4:6-9 - Joy and peace in Christ
▶ Matthew 21:33-43 - Parable of the tenants
Stewardship
Financial Update Aug 2020 YTD

On behalf of the Finance Council and Father Gerard, we are pleased to provide the Parish with an update on our finances for the first 8 months of 2020. The Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in incredibly challenging times for all of us both as individuals and as a Church Community and we are most grateful for your ongoing financial support.

As of August 31, 2020, we are reporting a deficit of $10,491. Total revenue including Collections and Other Revenue decreased by $43,295 over 2019 actuals. To counter a decline in 2020 revenues, we have managed a reduction of our expenses by $45,643 over 2019. See detailed Financial Statement below.

The Covid-19 pandemic that was officially declared on March 13th and the resultant public Mass closures and subsequent social distancing requirements placed on us (seating restricted to 30% of maximum capacity) has seen our weekend Mass attendance greatly reduced over the first 8 months of the year. The impact of this on our Parish revenue has been a decline of $54,320 in the amount of revenue that we receive from envelopes, cheques, and loose cash. The importance of our pre-authorized debit givers and our online givers have really come to the fore over the last 8 months. In 2019 this type of giving represented 36% of our total collections and this year it represents 58% of our total collections with our new Tithe.ly online system accounting for $24,000.

From the beginning of the pandemic we have initiated tight controls on our operating expenses and have deferred all capital expenditures where possible. This has resulted in a 21% decrease in total expenses year over and has allowed us to maintain our full operations on reduced revenues.

As we look ahead, we are currently carrying a deficit of $10,491 and are faced with a large degree of uncertainty moving forward. It is unclear how much longer we will need to adhere to social distancing guidelines. With the second wave upon us, we see no end to the 30% of maximum capacity seating restrictions. With no significant increase in Church attendance it is not likely that we will see an increase in our weekly Mass collections. Given our current revenue outlook, through the remainder of this year, we will continue to maintain stringent controls on our operating and capital expenses.

How can you help us to continue our mission and offer the services that are required by our faith community?

1)     If you are not currently giving, please consider donating online through Tithe.ly

2)     If you are an occasional giver, please consider becoming a Pre-Authorized giver through your bank or a recurring giver on Tithe.ly

3)     If you are an envelope giver, please make sure to either drop your envelope off in the collection box at Church or in the mail to the St. Leonard office (5332 Long Island Road, Manotick, ON, K4M 1E8).

4)     And If you are a truly blessed Parishioner, please consider donating $10,491 to eliminate our deficit in its entirety! 😊

Whether you are a pre-authorized debit giver, a regular envelope user or an online giver, all your offerings are greatly appreciated. It is your financial support that has made new programs and past capital improvements in the Church possible and we are extremely grateful for your ongoing generosity.
Thank You for Your Continued Support!
Evangelization
Last weekend the uEvangelize group held an excellent online conference on how to evangelize in a time of Covid. In case you missed it, or want to watch it again, here is the link to watch the replay!

Participants we are asked at the end what they got out of it- and here is what they had to say:
·    witness and evangelization- now I see the difference
·    you don't have to be perfect to evangelize! Don't wait till the "time is right" - begin NOW!!!
·    God is at work in the midst of the mess... here and now.... don't wait for "better timing"

Faith Formation
FOR KIDS
Catholic Heroes and Saints: Ben-Hur and A Race to Glory

Young Ben-Hur and Messala were the best of friends. They loved to race chariots. One day, Messala had to leave Jerusalem and his Jewish friend to study in Rome and become a Roman officer. When Messala came back, the boyhood friends were now men but friends no longer. Messala falsely imprisoned Ben-Hur's family and sent him to the galleys.

But Ben-Hur survived. And he returned, seeking his family – and Messala. What happened next, and what became of them at the hands of a magnificent Stranger, makes Ben-Hur: A Race to Glory an epic, thrilling, inspiring adventure of two childhood friends—one Roman and one Jew—whose friendship is tested. Only the healing grace of Christ can make Ben-Hur whole again.
Youth
Next Virtual Youth Alpha Night is Saturday, October 17th 7-8:30 pm

Come hang out virtually with your peers and also take in Youth Alpha.

Episode #8: How can I be filled with the Holy Spirit?

To join, obtain the Google Meet link by emailing Colleen O’Mahony-Menton (colleen.menton@rogers.com) before 6:45 pm, Oct. 17th.
Media Worth Sharing
Let Us Return to the Eucharist with Joy! 
Robert Cardinal Sarah

Enjoy this beautiful reflection from Robert Cardinal Sarah, Prefect of the Vatican's Congregation for Divine Worship, inviting all of us to continue to press forward in returning to the in person celebration of the Mass. The links to the English and Spanish versions are below. 
  • Document: Let us return to the Eucharist with joy! English
Other Media Worth Sharing

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