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St. Leonard Catholic Parish Manotick, Ont "Where Disciples Grow" As a result of the Province of Ontario "Stay at Home" order the public observance of Mass at St. Leonard is cancelled until June 2nd. The 4:30 pm Saturday Mass will...

 

 

 

 

 

 

St. Leonard Catholic Parish

Manotick, Ont

 

"Where Disciples Grow"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As a result of the Province of Ontario "Stay at Home" order the public observance of Mass at St. Leonard is cancelled until June 2nd. The 4:30 pm Saturday Mass will be Livestreamed and will also be recorded for viewing throughout the weekend. It will be made available on Saturday evening here.  Weekday Masses scheduled for Wednesday, Thursday, Friday at 9:00 am will also be Livestreamed to our YouTube Channel. To visit this site click here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Jesus' Final Instructions and Ascension • Acts 1:1-11 

Psalm 47:2-3, 6-7, 8-9 

The Church as Christ's Body • Ephesians 1:17-23

The Ascension • Mark 16:15-20 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pastor's Message: The Ascension of the Lord

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This Sunday we celebrate the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord. The Ascension is the completion of the Easter mysteries of Jesus’ life, passion, death, and resurrection, and it is the final step before the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. In the not too distant past, it used to fall on a Thursday exactly 40 days after Easter Sunday, and was considered a Holy Day of Obligation. The feast was transferred to the following Sunday, but it remains an especially important celebration in the life of the Church and the lives of all Catholics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The question for us, is what is the meaning of the Ascension? Or more practically, how am I going to live my life differently because of the Lord’s Ascension?  To be able to answer that, we need to look more closely at the readings for today.

 

For the Gospel writer Luke, the ascension was a significant moment in the disciples' personal transformation and the advancement of the Church. He emphasized the importance of the Ascension by ending his Gospel with this event and beginning his second volume, The Acts of the Apostles, with it. We hear in today’s first reading from Acts that Jesus called upon the Apostles to, “be my witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8) After he had said this, “he was lifted up, and a cloud took him from their sight.” (Acts 1:9) Jesus had given the Apostles a mission to spread the good news that the Kingdom of God had arrived, and it was expected that they would now move forward with it.

 

Perhaps sometimes we may feel somewhat like the Apostles who witnessed the Ascension, standing there, looking up, wondering what just happened. Why did Jesus go? Where did He go? The angels’ response to them is appropriate for us today: “Men of Galilee, why are you standing there looking at the sky? This Jesus who has been taken up from you into heaven will return in the same way as you have seen him going into heaven” (Acts 1:11). Jesus has completed His Mission here on earth and now has gone on to heaven to rejoin the Father. He has entrusted His Mission to the Apostles (and to us in turn!) to continue to advance this Mission and, the angels tell us, He will return to judge our progress. Are we advancing His Mission?

 

In the Gospel reading from Mark this message is reinforced when Jesus says, “Go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature.” (Mark 16:15) Immediately after we hear, “that the Lord Jesus was taken up into heaven and took his seat at the right hand of God.” (Mark 16:16) Could it be any clearer? We are called to GO NOW!

 

Though often overlooked, the Ascension completes Jesus’s earthly mission and signifies his enthronement as heavenly king. Jesus has completed His Father’s mission and He now rules with all authority and intercedes with all sympathy as our mediator and high priest. As we say every Sunday in the Nicene Creed, “He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead and His kingdom will have no end.”

 

Jesus, having gone to heaven, does not mean that He has gone away but rather to a realm (God’s realm) where He can touch all space and time. He did not just rise from the dead to die again but rather Jesus has gone to a higher point of vantage where he can direct all the actions of Hs disciples. As Bishop Robert Barron says, “His Ascension opens up the arena for you and me to do His work of healing and teaching.” We have been granted the great privilege of doing His work and we may live in the hope of one day being with him for ever in God’s realm where Jesus has gone to prepare a place for each of us.

 

Therefore, the message of the Ascension is for us to live boldly, confidently, and strategically as servants of the exalted King of Heaven, knowing that our labours on behalf of the Lord Jesus will not be in vain. We are not to sit around and wait, we are to do something, “you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8) We are called to make society and the culture holy, and we can do this by witnessing every day that we follow Christ.

 

Finally, the Ascension gives us hope for a glorious future. The ascended Lord will return as judge and king. He will abolish injustice, end suffering, and destroy death and set up His kingdom of truth, righteousness, and love. Best of all, we will be with our King forever!

 

God bless you folks, Father Gerard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stewardship: Update on the New Roof Fundraiser

 

Dear parishioners, I have to admit I am overjoyed by your recent generosity. As of this week we have raised 57% ($20,066) of the $35,000 required to repair our Church roof. Right now we are on track to complete the roof repairs this summer. I am hopeful that by that time we can all gather, once again, under our new roof to love God, build community, and serve others.

 

This past week I learned about a new way of giving. One of our Parishioners generously donated $13,000 of stocks through the Canada Helps website. I discovered that when you donate securities (stocks, mutual funds, bonds) directly to a charitable organization, your tax burden is reduced because capital gains taxes are eliminated. In addition you immediately receive the charitable tax receipt for the full market value of the security upon completion of the sale. For more information on how to donate using this approach please visit our website or go directly to the Canada Helps website and give.

 

Thank you so much for your generous financial support!

Father Gerard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Worship

 

Regular Mass Times

 

There will be no public observance of Mass until May June 2nd as we remain under a Province wide lockdown.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.  All Weekday Masses (Wed, Thurs, Fri at 9 am) from St. Leonard's will be Livestreamed to our YouTube Channel. To visit this site click 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pope Francis has asked all the faithful during the month of May to unite in the recitation of the Holy Rosary and to ask for an end to the pandemic.
 
 Join Bishop Barron, the Word on Fire team, and millions of Catholics around the world in praying the Rosary this month at: wordonfire.org/rosary....

 

 

If you'd like to join but are not sure how, Bishop Barron provides clear step-by-step instructions on exactly how to pray the Rosary in this video.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Faith Formation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For Children: Bernadette, The Princess of Lourdes

 

t's February 11, 1858. Three girls from Lourdes, France, gather firewood in front of a grotto. Suddenly one of them, Bernadette Soubirous, 14, drops to her knees, gazes ecstatically at something beautiful that only she can see, and starts to pray. Soon the town buzzes: Has Bernadette, poor, sickly, and always behind in school, really seen a Lady from Heaven? Then a spring bubbles up from nowhere and withered arms and sightless eyes are cured.

At last, the Lady tells Bernadette her name: "I am the Immaculate Conception.”

Bernadette: The Princess of Lourdes, is the exciting true story of a visit by the Queen of Heaven that left the entire world a source of health for body and soul.  To watch Click Here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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