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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 May 20th. 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 May 20th. 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Saul Visits Jerusalem • Acts 9:26-31 Psalm 22:26-27, 28+30, 31-32 

The Actions of Believers • 1 John 3:18-24 

The Vine and the Branches • John 15:1-8  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pastor's Message: The Vine and The Branches

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have you ever heard the statement, ‘without Him I can do nothing’ and its corollary, ‘with Him there is nothing that I cannot do’ and wondered where they come from? Today we trace the biblical roots of these expressions and their importance for us as we continue to face the reality of the global pandemic and ‘stay at home orders’.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our readings this Sunday present some key concepts of the nature of the church. The first reading from the Acts of the Apostles reminds us that the church is made up of humans who are suspicious of others, yet with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, they can grow and be at peace. The psalm provides a look at some key attributes which are related to the church. The First Letter of John warns believers that having a relationship with Jesus is more than intellectual agreement to statements of faith. In today’s Gospel we hear Jesus’ description of Himself and the disciples as a vine and its branches. It is an amazing picture or metaphor of the relationship between Christ and His people.

 

In this metaphor, God the Father is the vinedresser, Christ is the vine, and His disciples are the branches.  “Remain in Me and I in you,” Jesus says.  “Just as a branch is unable to produce fruit by itself unless it remains on the vine, neither can you unless you remain in me.  I am the vine; you are the branches.  The one who remains in Me and I in him produces much fruit, because without Me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5) The branch must remain in the vine, so that the life of the vine can remain in the branch.  Unless we stay connected to Him in that way, anything that we are doing is fruitless and counts as “nothing”!  We are not a vine unto ourselves, and there is no other vine that gives life.  He is the TRUE vine.  Without Him we are dry and dead branches.

 

If we are remaining in Him, we will bear fruit.  That is the promise!  We will be truly alive, and because of that, through us He will reveal who He is to others.  Not only will we know true life ourselves, but we will be the means by which His life will nourish others also.  That’s what fruit is.

 

Jesus says, “Apart from me you can do nothing.” Have you ever felt disconnected from God? If you are like me, this was probably not a time when you felt particularly productive, loving, or fruitful. On the other hand, what about those times where you felt very much in a right relationship with God? Did you not find that this was time where you had less stress, were more loving and bore much fruit? In this we see the proof of the statement, ‘without Him I can do nothing but with Him there is nothing that I cannot do’.

In normal times we have the Sacraments of the Holy Eucharist and Confession to keep us branches grafted on to the vine that is Jesus. But what can we do today in the absence of these Sacraments to stay in right relationship with our God?

Jesus gives the answer in John 15:7: “If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” We love and we pray! Since God is love and we are abiding in Him, we too are filled with love. We reach out to our family and neighbours with acts of kindness and charity. Then we ask God to do for us through Christ what we cannot do for ourselves — bear fruit. John 15:8 gives the result: “By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit.”

So how is God glorified by prayer? Prayer is the open admission that without Christ we can do nothing. And prayer is the turning away from ourselves to God in the confidence that he will provide the help we need.

 

I think too, the other thing to keep in mind this weekend is that we are all part of a living Church community here at St. Leonard. Some day soon this lockdown will come to an end and the call will go out for volunteers to help us resume our full Mission of bringing people closer to Christ and growing disciples. Jesus is the vine and all of us are branches.  You are the Life blood of the Church. Volunteers are critical to the Mission. Together, let us look forward to that day with confidence and enthusiasm for the Mission that we have been given, and remember that ‘with Him there is nothing that we cannot do’.

My prayer for you today is that you continue to grow and bear much fruit as you draw life-giving sustenance from the Lord Jesus.

 

God bless you folks, Father Gerard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Worship

 

Regular Mass Times

 

There will be no public observance of Mass until May 20th 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Online Masses in the Archdiocese

 

Click here for a list of online Masses in the Archdiocese of Ottawa-Cornwall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 by Interac e-transfer. You can also mail your envelope to the Church at the following address: St. Leonard Parish, 5332 Long Island Road, Manotick, ON, K4M 1E8

 

Thank You for your Financial Support! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Regular Collections: 4th week of April

 

 

 

New Roof Fundraiser

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Faith Formation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For Children: Who is Jesus

 

A Journey through the Catholic faith for our young ones. Click Here to View.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last week Bishop Robert Barron spoke once again with Dr. Jordan B. Peterson, discussing various important subjects, including science and Scripture, good and evil, reason and faith, mythology and the Resurrection, and more.
 
Watch this almost two-hour conversation on YouTube right here:
wordonfire.org/peterso...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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