St. Leonard Catholic Parish
M anotick, Ont

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Monthly E-Newsletter for April 1st
“Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!" -John 1:29
Holy Week: Holy Thursday, Good Friday, the Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday. Be sure to join us in worship.
Pastor's Message for April

Lenten Epiphany

Last month I was speaking with one of our volunteers about the “Best Lent Ever” program and he told me of an epiphany that he had during the early days of that program. He defined epiphany ‘as a moment of sudden or great revelation that usually changes you in some way.’ One week he and his wife happened to speak with five family members and friends, all of whom were non-practicing Catholics, that were all going through a period of crisis in their lives. A mother who was struggling with health issues, a teenager that was struggling with severe anxiety, another teenager who was depressed and living in his parent’s basement, a life long friend recently diagnosed with a chronic and debilitating condition, and another friend whose son suffers from serious drug addiction. None of them appeared to be coping particularly well with the crisis that had confronted them. In the spirit of Matthew Kelly’s “Holy Moments”, they asked themselves ‘what could they and the Church do to help’?

Their first thought was maybe they could help them to connect with the best medical and psychological professionals available. Well it turns out that our publicly funded health care system had already been doing a pretty good job of that. Their next thought was that maybe our Church could offer seminars on how to better deal with anxiety and depression, how to cope with chronic illness and how to manage the day to day reality of having a loved one who suffers from drug addiction. They could see how this might help but, since they were no longer attending Church, how would they even know about it?

It was here that the epiphany occurred. Might their family members and friends be better able to cope with the challenges that life was throwing at them if their faith was more deeply rooted in their life? It was at that time that I met with the Parishioner and we talked abut how being a practicing Catholic might help these individuals.

We quickly came up with five potential benefits:
  1. Faith Reduces Stress.
  2. Church Community Improves Emotional Health
  3. Faith Encourages Healthy Behaviour
  4. Helping Others Makes Life More Satisfying
  5. Believing in Jesus Opens the Path to Miracles

Given these great potential benefits, the obvious next question was, how do we present this good news to our family members and our friends in a way that will bring them back to faith in Jesus and participation in the Church? I suggested that the answer will be different for everyone, but it always has two main components. The first is being there for them and the second is providing a good example to them of what is possible. Blaise Pascal, Bishop Barron and other great evangelists through the centuries all agree that people are brought back to faith in Jesus Christ by truth, goodness, and beauty. We must be able to show that our Christian beliefs are true and not contrary to reason, demonstrate by our lives that being a Catholic is good and attractive, and make it clear that this way is available to all who seek it. And finally, I asked, “are you prepared to accompany them on this journey back to faith?”

What about you, are you open to a personal epiphany this Lent and Easter?
May God bless you and those that you love. Father Titus
Discipleship
LENT and EASTER HAPPENINGS at St. Leonard
Each of the weekday Masses during Lent are followed by another opportunity to grow closer to God and to grow in our faith. Remember Father's challenge to try to get out for at least one weekday Mass.
Wednesday 9:00 am followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
Thursday 9:00 am followed by coffee with Father Titus and reflection
Friday 6:30 am followed by the Holy Rosary
Friday 9:30 am Children's Mass

Stations of the Cross every Friday at 7 pm.
There is also Mass at 9:00 am on all Saturdays during Lent

Parish Reconciliation Service: Tues. April 9 at 7 p.m.

The Easter Triduum:
Thursday April 18 Holy Thursday Mass at 7:00 pm
Friday April 19 Good Friday Service 10:00 am and 3:00 pm
Saturday April 20 Easter Vigil 8:00 pm
Sunday April 21 Easter Sunday Masses @ 7:30 am, 9:00 am and 11:00 am
Haven’t signed up for your free FORMED account? Register at http://www.stleonards.formed.org
The STATIONS of the CROSS
Bishop Barron recently sat down and recorded his reflections on the Stations of the Cross.
These beautiful and powerful video reflections are the perfect free resource for this penitential season of Lent.
Starting the Conversation (about our faith) is More Than You Realize. Join the Discussion!
Worship
Fr. Mike Schmitz: Pray the Mass Like Never Before
Wh ile many people go to Mass every week, few people know what it is to worship. We show up and do our best to “pay attention," but for too many of us, this just means we watch closely. You have been given a gift that you have most likely left unused. This gift is unused because it is largely unknown. This presentation given at the FOCUS conference in January 2019 uncovers this unknown and unused gift so that you can stop watching the Mass and start worshipping at Mass.
Fellowship
Lenten Soup Supper and the Ottawa Cursillo Movement

The Annual Lenten Supper held the first Saturday of Lent featured guest speakers Susan Lamarre and Marc Lamarre, the Directors of Cursillo Ottawa. The attendees enjoyed home-made soups prepared by some of our very own expert chefs and an inspirational talk by Susan and Marc covering the history of this wonderful lay movement and the tremendous impact attending an Ottawa Cursillo can have on the faith of an individual and, in turn, on a Parish. The next Men's weekend is April 25-28 and the next Women's weekend is Oct 17-20. For more information visit the Ottawa Cursillo website . Thank you to all who attended, and special thanks to our chefs. An extra special thanks to Charles Slade for, once again, bringing everyone together!
Charity
You are invited to attend an afternoon of events on Saturday April 6th in Gatineau and Ottawa, hosted by Archbishop Durocher of Gatineau and Archbishop Prendergast of Ottawa.

12:30 pm   Photo Exhibit: 50 Years of Solidarity at Notre-Dame-de-l’Île parish, 115 boulevard Sacré-Cœur, Gatineau
1:00 pm    Welcome & Short Talk - Archbishop Durocher: Catholic Social Teaching & Forced Migration
1:30 pm    Sharing the Journey: Perspectives from local partner organizations
2:00 pm    Testimonies from Forced Migrants
2:20 pm    Walk begins
4:30 pm    Walk ends at National Gallery of Canada
5:00 pm    Mass at Notre-Dame Cathedral, 385 Sussex Drive, Ottawa

You may participate in any or all of these events on Saturday. Also, Sunday, April 7th is Solidarity Sunday, Development and Peace's annual collection. We thank you in advance for your support and generosity. The envelopes provided can be placed in the regular collection at Mass. Also, we would like to extend a special thank you to Father Titus for his unwavering support, guidance, prayers and patience!
What's on in April?
April 3- 7 p.m. Pastoral Council Meeting
April 5- 7 p.m. Stations of the Cross - CWL leading
April 6-  Confirmation Retreat
April 9- 7 p.m. Lenten Reconciliation
April 10- 7 p.m. Knights of Columbus Meeting
April 12- 7 p.m. Stations of the Cross – Pastoral Care Team leading
April 18- 7 p.m. Holy Thursday - Mass of the Lord’s Supper
April 19- Good Friday – two celebrations 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Stations of the Cross 7:00 p.m.
April 20- Easter Vigil – 8 p.m. followed by reception in parish hall
April 21- Easter Sunday – Masses 7:30 a.m. 9:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m.
April 24 7 p.m. C.W.L. Meeting
April 27- First Communion
April 28- First Communion
After the 9 am and 11 am Sunday masses in April coffee will be served in the Parish Hall.
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