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St. Leonard Catholic Parish Manotick, Ont "Where disciples grow" Letter from Father Gerard Dear Parishioners, On April 7, 2021 the Province of Ontario announced a third Provincial Emergency and Stay-at-home order to address the...

 

 

 

 

 

 

St. Leonard Catholic Parish

Manotick, Ont

 

"Where disciples grow"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Letter from Father Gerard

 

Dear Parishioners,

 

On April 7, 2021 the Province of Ontario announced a third Provincial Emergency and Stay-at-home order to address the COVID-19 crisis. This came into effect starting at 12:01am on April 8, 2021 and will last for 28 days.

 

Guidance from the Archdiocese indicated, "Parishioners are encouraged to adhere to this directive to remain home with exceptions for essential purposes. Religious services (includes Mass), weddings and funerals (and baptisms) continue to be limited to 15% of capacity (including priest and volunteers) indoors with physical distancing and masks in place."

 

After consultation with the Archdiocese and with the full support of St. Leonard Pastoral Council, we have decided to continue with our current policy of no public observance of Mass on the weekend. This is the best way to ensure the safety of all of our parishioners and volunteers and is in full compliance with the spirit of the new Stay-at-home order.

 

During this new lockdown period, the 4:30 pm Saturday Mass will be Livestreamed and will also be recorded for viewing throughout the weekend recorded. It will be made available on Saturday evening here.  

 

Given the much smaller number of parishioners who normally attend our regular weekday Masses (Wed, Thurs, Fri at 9:00 am), they will be open for public observance at the seating capacity limit of 15%. The weekday Masses will also be Livestreamed to our YouTube Channel. To visit this site click here

 

I sincerely hope that this third lockdown is our last and I pray that all of you stay safe and healthy over the next four weeks. 

 

My God bless all of you, Father Gerard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Life of the Christians • Acts 4:32-35
Psalm 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24
Belief in Jesus Christ • 1 John 5:1-6
Appearance to the Disciples • John 20:19-31

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pastor's Message: Peace, Doubts and Divine Mercy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Peace be with you.” Our Gospel reading for today tells us that those are the first words Jesus spoke to the Apostles when He appeared to them for the first time after the Resurrection. Perhaps not what we might think that they deserved to hear given their abandonment of Jesus, except for John, on Good Friday. Yet Jesus’ first words to His followers was “Shalom” – a word of a re-established and renewed relationship, a word of reconciliation and forgiveness, a word of Divine Mercy.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Today we celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday which is a day dedicated to the mercy of Jesus. At its core, mercy is forgiveness. Divine mercy is a love that responds to human need in an unexpected or unmerited way. Just like we see in that first appearance of Jesus to the Apostles. They know that Jesus had died on the cross but now they are hearing that the tomb has been found empty and He has appeared to some of the women followers. And even if Jesus were alive, what sort of relationship could they have with Jesus after they have denied Him and deserted Him at His most trying hour?  
Suddenly Jesus appears to them even though the doors are locked. His first gift of faith to them is the gift of Shalom.  Shalom means not only “peace” but also reconciliation and restored relationship.  Jesus does not question them about their denial and desertion.  He does not ask them why they have not believed.  Jesus speaks of being back with them, now in an even more glorified way.  He also imparts to them the Ruah, the Breath of God.  Jesus gives them gifts which come from renewed life – the gift of the Spirit and gift of reconciliation.  Not only are they forgiven, but they are to be ambassadors of Shalom – peace and reconciliation – to announce merciful forgiveness to others. Divine Mercy indeed!

One of the apostles, Thomas,  was not with the other disciples when Jesus first appeared to them after the Resurrection, so he found it hard to believe when they told him that Jesus was alive. After all, he had seen Jesus die. The thought that he was now alive was just too much to believe. “Doubting” Thomas was in the midst of working out his doubt when Jesus appeared again, and this time specifically to Thomas, challenging him to believe. He is not chastened for his doubt. But he was challenged to believe. And Thomas, overcoming his doubt, made the greatest confession of Jesus found in the Scripture: “My Lord and my God” (Jn 20:28). Thomas’ uncertainty was turned into exultation of the risen Jesus.

Thomas now sees the whole picture and doubts no more.  He professes that Jesus is one with God the Father.  Jesus is equal to and one with the Lord God. And with that realization and profession of faith comes a new sense of peace, or maybe the Shalom which emanated from Jesus leads Thomas to this profession of the truth and faith.

Doubt almost seems like a bad word in Christian circles. All too often it is equated with falling away — with losing your faith. We fight against doubt and we encourage those who question to just have faith. But is doubt always a bad thing? Could questioning our faith — when properly addressed — be a useful thing for us to experience? Doubt is a part of our day-to-day life. It is neither good nor bad. It is our response to that uncertainty that will determine whether it was good for us or not. But what about doubt concerning our faith and relationship with God?

Like St. Thomas, let us use our doubt or skepticism to help us grow in Faith.  It is our genuine doubts about the doctrines of our religion that encourage us to study these doctrines more closely and, thus, to grow in our Faith.  This will naturally lead us to a personal encounter with Jesus through our prayer, study of the Word of God, and frequenting of the Sacraments.  However, we must never forget the fact that our Faith is not our own doing but is a gift from God.  Hence, we need to augment our Faith every day by prayer so that we may join St. Thomas in his proclamation: “My Lord and my God” (Jn 20:28).

On this Divine Mercy Sunday, let us ask God for faith that culminates in self-surrender to God and leads us to serve those we encounter with love. May we see the Risen Lord in everyone we meet and may everyone we meet see the Divine Mercy of Jesus flowing through us. St. Teresa of Calcutta (Mother Teresa) presents it this way: “If we pray, we will believe; if we believe, we will love; if we love, we will serve. Only then will we put our love of God into action.”

God bless you folks, Father Gerard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Worship

 

Regular Mass Times

 

There will be no public observance of weekend Masses until May 6th as we remain under a Province wide lockdown.

 

Weekend: Saturday 4:30 pm, Sunday 9:00 am and 11:00 am

 

Weekdays: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday at 9:00 am

Weekday Masses will be open for public observance at the seating capacity limit of 15% and with social distancing restrictions in force.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All Weekday Masses from St. Leonard's will be Livestreamed at the time that they are scheduled to our YouTube Channel. To visit this site click here. The 4:30 pm Saturday Mass will be Livestreamed and will also be recorded for viewing throughout the weekend recorded. It will be made available on Saturday evening 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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. to view.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

if you would like to support our New Roof Fundraising drive one of the ways that you may do so is by writing a cheque. Write "New Roof Fund" on the Memo line of the cheque and drop off or mail a cheque to the Parish office at the address above. 

 

Thank You for your Financial Support! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Faith Formation

 

What Will Our Resurrected Bodies Look Like?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walking with Jesus: The Rosary Prayers in Song (For Children)

Let your heart be filled with the joy of God's wonderful love as you listen to these powerfully moving songs depicting the life, death, Resurrection, and glory of His Son through the prayers of the Rosary. Click Here to watch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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