St. Leonard Catholic Parish
Manotick, Ont

"Where Disciples Grow"
E-Newsletter for Sunday, Sept 27th
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. Earlier this week we had problems with our Mass registration system and online registration was not possible. These problems have been addressed and all Masses are now available for online registration. We are very sorry for the inconvenience. No reservations are needed for weekday Mass.
Pastor's Message
The Parable of the Two Sons

Do you ever feel as if God is calling you to do something? Today’s Gospel conveys the message that one can and should stand before God and assume spiritual responsibility. That responsibility is not collective but personal. It confronts each of us with the question, “Where I do stand in response to God’s invitation?”

The parable that Jesus tells is a simple story. A father has two sons. He asks the first one to work in the vineyard. His son says no, but then eventually he changes his mind and goes to work in the vineyard. The second son receives the same request and he says yes, but then he does not go to work in the vineyard. In a way we can place ourselves in this parable.

From time to time, God lets us know that He has a mission for us to do in our world and we need to make a personal decision as to how we respond this invitation. Will we be like the first son and reject the invitation of God? This spiritual indifference will place us in grave peril and can lead to destructive sin. Let’s take the example of a troubled friend approaching you and asking for your help in finding meaning and purpose in their life. This could very well be an invitation to you from God, asking you to bring this individual closer to Him. You may think of all the time and effort that will be involved and reject your friend’s request. In doing so you will be rejecting God’s invitation and going against His greatest commandment “to love one another”. When we say no to God something has gone dramatically wrong.

Fortunately for the first son, as for us, repentance remains a real possibility. He changed his mind and did “his father’s will”. The tax collectors and prostitutes who enter the kingdom of God ahead of the chief priests and elders enter because they repent; they changed their minds and their hearts as this first son did. Don’t ever give up because even the most hardened no can turn into a yes. Look at the stories of so many of the saints. We need to remember that “every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.”

Or will we be like the second son who says yes to the Father’s call and then does not take any action? Have you ever listened to the Gospel message where Jesus calls us “to feed the hungry” and said, yes, I will do something about that and then found weeks or months later that you have taken no action. It was Aristotle that first said, “Don’t listen to what people say, watch what they do.” If you say that you will serve the Lord, then you must be true to this sacred pledge.

Do we make claims, make promises, pledges - but not follow through? Do we talk a better life than we live? Do we engage in the rituals yet do nothing about DOING God's work? What we do is important. Listening, accepting responsibility may be our greatest burden, but it is also our greatest gift. It is what is making us grow up, mature as human beings and as fully human Christians. It is those who “do it right” that matter, Jesus says, not those who “say it right.”

I leave you with the following questions to consider: Who do you usually relate most to, the first or the second son? Where do you stand in response to God’s invitation? Is there something God might be asking you to do that you are putting off or resisting?

God bless you folks, Father Gerard
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.

▶ Ezekiel 18:25-28 - Personal responsibility
▶ Philippians 2:1-11 - Imitating the humility of Christ
▶ Matthew 21:28-32 - Parable of the two sons
Next Virtual Youth Alpha Night is Sept 26th 7-8:30 pm! 

Come hang out virtually with your peers and also take in Youth Alpha:
Episode #7: Who is the Holy Spirit and what does He do?

To join, obtain the Google Meet link by emailing Colleen O’Mahony-Menton (colleen.menton@rogers.com) before 6:45 pm, Sept. 26th .
Stewardship
Thank You for Your Continued Support!
Please remember your local parish during these extraordinary circumstances. If you are able to provide financial support to St. Leonard's , 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
Catholic Conferences

Have you always wanted to attend a Catholic conference but it was too far away or too expensive? During these difficult times there have been some offered online with well-known and amazing speakers.

Here are some available online for free:

https://www.parousiamedia.com/the-spiritual-rosary-pilgrimage/ This started Sept. 8th and goes to Oct 7th but you are able to see the previous speakers and some of their insights into the mysteries of the rosary

https://evangelion.podia.com/in-his-name Speakers from around the world, including Christopher West, Chris Stefanick and Dr. Edward Sri – "How do we share our faith" Oct. 9-11

The Augustine Institute's free 2020 Virtual Bible Conference

https://www.cardinalstudios.org/moms-summit-home/ Nov. 13-15 Largest ever woman’s conference with over 60 Catholic women presenters

https://www.worldablaze.org/1249VirtualCatholicSummitHome An amazing weekend with some of today’s most powerful and inspirational speakers  Nov. 14-15
FOR KIDS
Catholic Heroes and Saints: Francis Xavier and the Samurai's Lost Treasure

Young Francis Xavier had everything going for him. A champion at sports and studies, he was ready to win the whole world for himself. Then one day his best friend, Ignatius of Loyola, showed him that true champions are of a far more heroic breed–-those who risk all to win the world for God.

Francis became a Jesuit missionary and set off to the farthest reaches of the world. He saved pearl divers, stood off pirates, and quested with a mysterious samurai warrior in search for a hidden treasure.

Francis Xavier and the Samurai's Lost Treasure captures the true spirit of a daring man who braved the pearl coasts and jungles of India, and the forbidding castles of Japan, in amazing adventures of courage and faith.
Media Worth Sharing

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Parishioner Feedback: We Love Your Input!
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