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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 at least June 14th. The 4:30 pm Saturday...

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 at least June 14th. 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Descent of the Holy Spirit: Acts 2:1-11 Psalm: 104:1+24, 29-30, 31+34 

2nd Reading: Galatians 5:16-25 

Gospel: John 15:26-27; 16:12-15 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pastor's Message: Pentecost, The Holy Spirit and Our Mission

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This Sunday we conclude the Easter season with the Feast of Pentecost. For all Christians, it is a memorial of the day, fifty days after the Resurrection and ten days after the Ascension, that the the Holy Spirit descended on the apostles and the Virgin Mary.  The Paschal mystery -- the Passion, the Death, the Resurrection, and the Ascension of Jesus -- culminates in the sending of the Holy Spirit on Jesus' disciples. As we too are disciples of Jesus, what does it mean for us today?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The First reading from the Acts of the Apostles, describes in detail the miraculous transformation that took place during the first Pentecost. The doors to the room were closed and there was first “a noise like a strong driving wind.”  Then there were “tongues as of fire” resting on the apostles and Mary, and “all of them were filled with the Holy Spirit”, who unleashed his irresistible power with amazing consequences: they all “began to speak in different languages, as the Spirit gave them ability”. A completely unexpected scene opens before our eyes: a great crowd gathers, astonished because each one heard the apostles speaking in his own language. They all experienced something new, something which had never happened before: “We hear them, each of us, speaking our own language”. And what is it that they are speaking about? “God’s deeds of power”.  

 

In the Gospel reading for today we hear that Jesus “breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.”” Pentecost is our annual celebration of this same Holy Spirit breathed out on the world through the Church. The breath of God is given to the Church headed by Christ to guide her members into the fullness of life. That is why we receive this life-giving breath: we receive the Spirit to be drawn in, and to draw others into, the union of Christ’s Body on pilgrimage to the Father.

 

We are reminded today that Pentecost is an event of both the past and the present. The main theme of today’s readings is that the gift of the Holy Spirit is something to be shared with others. In other words, the readings remind us that the gift of the Holy Spirit moves its recipients to action and inspires them to share this gift with others. In last week’s readings the apostles received a mission to “Go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature.” (Mark 16:15) and a promise from Jesus that they would receive “Power from on high.” (Luke 24:49) This week we are presented with the gift of the Holy Spirit, and like the apostles, we should now feel empowered and compelled to go and spread the Good News of the Risen Jesus.

 

In a recent homily Pope Francis referred to the soul as a kind of sailboat and the Holy Spirit as the wind which fills its sails and drives it forward, and the gusts of wind as the gifts of the Spirit. Lacking the impulse and grace of the Holy Spirit, we do not go forward. The Holy Spirit draws us into the mystery of the living God and saves us from the threat of a Church which is self-referential and stuck in maintenance mode.  “The Holy Spirit impels us to open the doors and go forth to proclaim and bear witness to the good news of the Gospel, to communicate the joy of faith, the encounter with Christ. The Holy Spirit is the soul of mission.”

 

For the second year in succession our celebration of Pentecost will be different because we are unable to physically gather in fellowship as Church to mark this great solemnity.  The tragic irony is that we find ourselves in, is that we are contending with a virulent disease whose most notable symptom is its denial of breath. This Pentecost we find ourselves longing to be filled with God’s breath in a world struggling for air. The need for us to demonstrate all the fruits of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control) has never been greater.

 

The events that took place in Jerusalem almost two thousand years ago are not far removed from us. They are events which affect us and should become a lived experience in each of us. And that is why once more at Pentecost we must cry out, “Come, Holy Spirit!” 

Come Holy Spirit

Make our ears to hear

Make our eyes to see

Make our mouths to speak

Make our hearts to seek

Make our hands to reach out

And touch the world with your love.  AMEN.

 

God bless you folks, Father Gerard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Worship

 

Regular Mass Times

 

There will be no public observance of Mass until at least June 14th as we remain under a Province wide "Stay at Home" order.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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-transferYou 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! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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