E-Newsletter for Oct 10, 2021
St. Leonard Catholic Parish
Happy Thanksgiving! This is the weekend when we give thanks to God for the many blessings that we have received. This Sunday's readings advise us that what we truly need to be thankful for is our relationship with God and others, especially the poor. We are reminded that we must give priority to God in our lives, not to our possessions.
The rich young man in this Sunday's Gospel reading appears to be a good and God-fearing individual but he is lacking in one thing. He is unable to, "Go, sell what you have, and give to the poor" and thus he is unable to follow Jesus and "have treasure in heaven." (Mark 10:21)
What about you? Are you a slave to your possessions? Are you spending your time, talent and money amassing material possessions imagining that they’re going to give you happiness? They very seldom do other than on a temporary basis and they quite often lead us to be possessed by them. Jesus doesn’t want us to be attached to material things. He wants us to be thankful to Him and to share joyfully all that He has given us with others, especially the less fortunate. This is the way to peace and happiness. This is the way to joy in this world and the next.
Join our Parish community for Mass this weekend as we give thanks and be sure to check out the Worship section below for details on our Mass times and requirements.
God bless you folks, Father Gerard
October 9-10, 2021
St. Leonard Mass Registration
Saturday 4:30 pm
Sunday 9:00 am
Sunday 11:00 am
Oct 16-17, 2021
St. Leonard Mass Registration
Saturday 4:30 pm
Sunday 9:00 am
Sunday 11:00 am
Mass Readings: The 28th
Sunday in Ordinary Time
Solomon and the Riches of Wisdom •
Psalm 90:12-13, 14-15, 16-17
God's Living Word •
The Danger of Riches: Jesus and the Rich Man •
Mark 10:17-30 or 10:17-27
Wisdom and Riches
The rich young man in today’s Gospel wants to know what we all want to know—how to live in this life so that we might live forever in the world to come. He seeks what today’s Psalm calls “wisdom of heart.” He learns that the wisdom he seeks is not a program of works to be performed or behaviors to be avoided. As Jesus tells him, observing the commandments is essential to walking the path of salvation—but it can only get us so far.
The Wisdom of God is not precepts, but a person—Jesus Christ. Jesus is the Wisdom whose Spirit was granted to Solomon in today’s First Reading. Jesus is the Word of God spoken of in today’s Epistle. And Jesus, as He reveals Himself to the rich man today, is God.
In Jesus we encounter Wisdom, the living and effective Word of God. As He does with the rich man today, He looks upon each of us with love. That look of love, that loving gaze, is a personal invitation—to give up everything to follow Him.
Nothing is concealed from His gaze, as we hear in the Epistle. In His fiery eyes, the thoughts of our hearts are exposed, and each of us must render an account of our lives (see
We must have the attitude of Solomon, preferring Wisdom to all else, loving Him more than even life itself. This preference, this love, requires a leap of faith. We will be persecuted for this faith, Jesus tells His disciples today. But we must trust in His promise—that all good things will come to us in His company.
What, then, are the “many possessions” that keep us from giving ourselves totally to God? What are we clinging to—material things, comfort zones, relationships? What will it take for us to live fully for Christ’s sake and the sake of the Gospel?
Let us pray for the wisdom to enter into the kingdom of God. With the Psalmist, let us ask Him, “Teach us.”
Dr. Scott Hahn
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Regular Mass Times
Saturday: 4:30 pm
Sunday: 9:00 am and 11:00 am
Please note that we are still in Phase 3 of the Ontario Reopening Plan and physical distancing of 2 metres will remain in place. All attendees must continue to wear a mask. We would ask that you continue to pre-register for all weekend Masses so that we may retain adequate crowd control. Based on our experience over the last several months (ie., family configurations, # of no-shows, etc.) we are increasing our sign up limit to 98 for each of our 3 weekend Masses.
Kindly register here for this weekend: (
) or through the St. Leonard website on an ongoing basis. Registration for the following weekend's Masses will be open starting Monday. You can make reservations by visiting
or, If you do not have a computer, please contact Susan in the Parish office at (613) 692-4254 before noon on Fridays and she will gladly help you out.
Please note that no reservations are required for Weekday Masses.
Wednesday-Friday: 9 am
Regular Confession times
Saturday 3:00 pm to 4:15 pm
All Weekend and Weekday Masses from St. Leonard's will be Livestreamed at the time that they are scheduled to our YouTube Channel. To visit this site
. The 4:30 pm Saturday Mass will be recorded and made available on Saturday evening
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
and then chose the Sunday you wish to view.
Join Father Gerard for the Trip of a Lifetime!
Information Session Thurs Oct 14th at 7 pm
All those interested in joining Fr. Gerard Plant on the "Wonders of Egypt and The Nile River" trip in April of 2022 are invited to an information/orientation session Thursday October 14th at 7pm in the Parish Hall of St Leonard Parish. If you would like to attend this full presentation and question period, please contact Susan in the office (
) to register.
For further details on the trip
Glasses for the Philippines
The Knights of Columbus are collecting glasses: prescription, drug store, sunglasses, to send to Santo Nino De Praga Parish, Cordon, Isabela, Philippines as part of the start of Lent. Glasses will be collected, repaired, and then, sent to the Philippines. Santo Nino De Praga Parish along with opticians in the Philippines will help to distribute the glasses.
There will be a box at the back of the church for collection during October. Thank you for your generosity!
St. Leonard CWL 16th Annual Fundraiser
Frozen Apple & Blueberry Pies
Once a year for the past 16 years members of the St. Leonard Parish CWL have prepared frozen apple and blueberry pies for sale as our only fundraiser. Proceeds go to support parish projects and charities.
Buy Frozen Pies- Support the CWL
Order a frozen apple or blueberry pie
Homemade pies ready for the oven when you
need a delicious treat.
Cooking instructions included.
Apple $17.00. Blueberry $17.00
Last day to order is October 17th
Limited quantity available.
First come first served.
These pies make lovely gifts!
Thank you for your support!
To order contact Anne Villeneuve
Tel: 613-425-0507 Email:
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 d
. You can also mail your envelope to the Church at the following address: Stt. Leonard Parish, 5332 Long Island Road, Manotick, ON, K4M 1E8.
Thank You for Your Financial Support!
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) or by phone at (613) 692-4254.
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on Saturday, October 9 at 9:17AM