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St. Leonard Catholic Parish Manotick, Ont "Where disciples grow" There will be no public Masses this weekend as we remain under an Ontario wide lockdown until Feb 11th. Given the decline in Covid-19 case counts this week, we are...

 

 

 

 

 

 

St. Leonard Catholic Parish

Manotick, Ont

 

"Where disciples grow"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There will be no public Masses this weekend as we remain under an Ontario wide lockdown until Feb 11th. Given the decline in Covid-19 case counts this week, we are hopeful that Public Masses will resume next weekend. We will send out a notice when we are advised of any lifting of restrictions. Online Masses from St. Leonard's will continue to be available on our YouTube Channel. To visit this site click here. On Saturday at 4 pm a recorded version of the Sunday Mass will be available and during the week, the 9 am Wed, Thurs and Friday Masses will be Livestreamed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pastor's Message: Suffering in a Pandemic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why would an all-powerful and all-loving God allow humanity to suffer so much? That is one of the oldest and most difficult theological questions. Our first reading from Job and our Gospel from Mark provides some fascinating answers. Perhaps we can learn something from these readings to help us cope with our current difficult situation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Job, of course, is the Bible’s best-known sufferer. His bounty — home, children, livestock — is taken cruelly from him as a test of faith devised by Satan and carried out by God. He suffers both mental and physical illness; Satan covers him in painful boils.

 

We hear Job’s lament in the first reading.  I am sure many of us can relate to how he feels in this time of pandemic. Drudgery, anxiety, depression, and for some of us, even physical pain and personal loss are today’s realities. The virus has stripped away the false security that we find in our health and finances,  leaving an anxious fog in its wake. Do we, like Job, spend our nights filled with “restlessness until the dawn” and have our days “come to an end without hope”?

 

The Book of Job looks suffering directly in the eye and asks the question why does God allow it? Job is conflicted — at times he still has his faith and trusts in God’s wisdom, and other times he questions whether God is corrupt. Finally, he demands an explanation. God then allows Job to accompany him on a tour of the vast universe where it becomes clear that the universe in which he exists is more complex than the human mind could ever comprehend. Though Job still does not have an explanation for his suffering, he has gained some peace; he is humbled. Then God returns all that Job has lost. So, the story is, in large part, about the power of one man’s faith.

 

But that’s not all. It also forces us, like Job to move on from the anxiety-ridden question, of “Why“?” to the faith-building question, “What are you trying to teach me Lord?”. Job did not understand why he suffered so much loss of life (his family) and health, and even his friends, so we may not understand what’s happening to us or why. The important thing is, God knows what He is doing, so we must trust Him in all this. Faith is best tested and grown in times of adversity, especially when God’s reasons are not revealed to us. As difficult as it is now, amid a pandemic, it is possible — in fact, probable — that after this cycle of pain we feel as individuals and collectively, that we might emerge with a greater understanding of ourselves, our faith, and our purpose.

 

In the Gospel of Mark, we see God’s mercy in action through the person and work of Jesus Christ. Jesus is sought out by large crowds of people suffering physical and mental illness who are looking to be healed.  Jesus reaches out to them and, through His divine power, relieves their suffering. He becomes a healer of the suffering in the world.  The healing power of God is revealed, and we are given a preview of what he intends for all of us. Jesus will take on the agony of the whole human race. He will enter into solidarity with us and take on all our suffering, our anxiety and, yes, even our sin. All of this will come to fruition on the Cross at Cavalry and this is the ultimate “purpose” for which he has come.

 

What are we to learn from these two scripture passages that can help us today? The lesson of Job is to trust in the Lord for there is a bigger plan. Sustained faith and obedience amid prolonged suffering liberates us from our daily worries. The lesson from Mark’s gospel reading is to remember that through Jesus, God’s healing power has come to save us all. God has joined with us in our suffering and is in solidarity with us. We need not fear, but rather we can be filled with hope because of what Jesus has done for us. Our faith in Jesus can set us free!

God bless you folks, Father Gerard

 

PS: 2021 Envelopes are available in the Church foyer. Please drop by anytime between 9 am and 3 pm Tuesday through Friday to pick yours up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Worship

 

Regular Mass Times

There will be no public Masses until Feb 11th as we remain under a Province wide lockdown.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Online Masses from St. Leonard's will be available on our YouTube Channel. To visit this site click here. On Saturday at 4 pm a recorded version of the Sunday Mass will be available and during the week the 9 am Wed, Thurs and Friday Masses will be Livestreamed. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reading 1, Job 7:1-4, 6-7
Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 147:1-2, 3-4, 5-6
Reading 2, First Cor 9:16-19, 22-23

Gospel, Mark 1:29-39

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Virtual Children's Liturgy

 

The St. Leonard Children’s Liturgy Team offers virtual Children’s Liturgy of the Word videos to keep our children connected to their faith! The videos include prayers, the week’s Gospel reading, lessons, all geared for our younger parishioners. Click here to view.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exciting News for You!

We are excited to announce that from now until Easter Sunday our parish has access to premium video content from Word on Fire.

 

These films and videos feature Bishop Robert Barron who has been hailed as “one of the Church’s greatest messengers" and is the second most-followed Catholic in the world on social media (behind only Pope Francis.) He is best known for his CATHOLICISM film series and his Emmy-nominated Pivotal Players series, which have both aired on PBS and EWTN, and have been seen by millions of people.

Thanks to Flocknote, our Archdiocese and our Parish's new email and communications tool, we can now send you short Bishop Barron videos both topical and inspiring.

In addition, you now have access to the entire Word on Fire digital video library. You can watch any of Bishop Barron's films or study programs whenever you want, on any device!

Just click on any video we send (try the introductory video below) to get started!. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stewardship

 

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 Parish, 5332 Long Island Road, Manotick, Ontario, K4M 1E8

 

Collections for the Month of January, 2021
Actuals     Budget     Last Year

$14,632     $17,000     $26,565    

      

Thank You for your Financial Support! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Youth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next Virtual Youth Alpha Night is Saturday, February 20th 7-8:30 pm!

Come hang out virtually with your peers and also take in Youth Alpha.
“Church: What about the church?”
To join, email Colleen O’Mahony-Menton before 6:45 pm, Jan 30th (colleen.menton@rogers....).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Faith Formation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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