St. Leonard Catholic Church
Manotick, Ont 
Monthly E-Newsletter for Oct 2015 
A new way to stay in touch
 
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Pastor's Message
Courageous Catholics and Intentional Disciples
You have probably noticed by now that I have been speaking a lot about the need for all of us, through our actions and our words, to be committed Catholics who are focused on bringing more people into a personal relationship with Christ and His Church. This is the essence of evangelization and it is what Pope Francis modeled for us in his visit to Cuba and the USA last week and precisely what Pope Francis calls us to do; "We have to become courageous Catholics and seek out those who are the flesh of Christ."
 
At our September Pastoral Council meeting we considered how we could best respond to the call for a New Evangelization and what specific actions we could take in the coming year. The Canadian Council of Catholic Bishops has identified three ways that we can evangelize in today's challenging environment of religious pluralism:
1)       The witness of an encounter (personal relationship with Christ)
2)       The witness of a fraternal life (welcoming, friendly and forgiving Church community)
3)       The witness of selfless service (love for the other)
In the coming months we will look to enhance our efforts in each of these areas. Our goal will be to develop in all parishioners such an enthusiasm for their faith that, in living their faith with Jesus, all will become disciples and freely share their faith with others.  
 
But it all starts with our attitude. To renew a spirit of evangelization we must become intentional disciples and pursue our goals with humility and joyful confidence. Ultimately it is the saving action of the Holy Spirit that brings about conversion but every member of our Church family must see it as their duty to bring others to a personal relationship with Christ and His Church and this should touch every dimension of our parish life here at St. Leonard. Welcome, acceptance, the invitation to conversion and renewal, reconciliation and peace, beginning with our worship must characterize the tenor of our parish. In all of this we should have every confidence that God is with us, for in Matthew we  read: " Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." Matt 28: 18-20
God Bless! Father Titus 

Growing your Faith 
Cursillo and Challenge Retreats this Fall

Cursillo is one of the most powerful opportunities to grow in your faith and discover a personal relationship with Christ. Over the years 143 parishioners from St. Leonard have attended a Cursillo weekend and these people figure prominently among our volunteers. For our younger (16-25 yrs) parishioners there is a Challenge weekend coming up as well.

Fall Cursillo weekends:
Men's....November 26-29   Woman's....November 12-15
Fall Challenge weekend: Nov 6-8 
For more info and to register go to ottawacursillo.ca and ottawachallenge.ca or contact   johnvilleneuve@magma.ca 

Symbolon (the Catholic faith explained) is back!
 
 
Even more exciting, we have been offered a new and dynamic online platform called FORMED. You will be hearing more about this website in the coming weeks. Every parishioner now has 24/7 access to the best Catholic content on any device. To register now for FORMED go to formed.org and use our parish code d274f7. Since our Parish is an early adopter of this new program, at this present time, for Address please use State: Colorado and Zip: 00000. This feature will be updated in the next month and you will not need to re-register. New content is continuing to be added, so return as often as you wish to discover more.


 

 

    Community News

    Election 2015

Canadian Catholics are being called upon as citizens to exercise their right to vote on Oct 19th. The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops has created a Federal Election Guide to assist you in applying Catholic moral and social teachings to your decision making process .
Read the Federal Election Guide
 
Social Action Ministry
 
Is seeking donations for Habit for Humanity Ottawa.   
Ongoing collection between September and December.   
You can drop off directly at 7 Enterprise Ave and indicate drop off is on behalf of St. Leonard's Parish. They will accept all appliances less than 5 yrs old (No dishwashers),wooden furniture, tables, chairs, lighting, building supplies, E-waste  (computers, cell phones, tablets, etc)   

Questions:  Contact Susan Killeen Ramsay at fagan55@hotmail.com or (613) 822-4782

What's on in October
Staying involved supports our Faith!
 
Oct 6    7 pm Liturgy Meeting
Oct 7    7 pm Pastoral Council Meeting
Oct 10  4:30 pm  Rite of Enrollment Mass (Confirmation)
Oct 11  9 am and 11 am  Rite of Enrollment Mass (Confirmation) 
Oct 15  7 pm Baptismal Preparation Meeting 
Oct 17  4:30 pm   Rite of Enrollment Mass (Confirmation)  
Oct 18 
9 am  Enrollment Mass for First Communion (St. Leonard School)
Oct 18  11 am  Enrollment Mass for First Communion (St. Jerome School)
Oct 20   7 pm  Commissioning and Workshop for all Lectors 
Oct 24  10 am Confirmation Session 1 for candidates 
Oct 27   6:30 pm  Confirmation Session 1 for candidates
           
After the 9 am and 11 am Sunday masses in October coffee will be served in the Parish Hall.
Click on the Parish Calendar for a full listing of upcoming meetings and events.

 
Update on the St. Leonard Website
Timely information and resources

The purpose of our new electronic newsletter is to share timely information and to develop a secure electronic distribution system so that if major developments occur, we can communicate swiftly to all parishioners. In conjunction with St. Leonard's website we hope to offer on-line tools and resources to make your interface with St. Leonard's as smooth as possible. Here are some of the capabilities that are available on our website:
 

Link of the Month
 
Each month we will highlight a link to online sources that can help us better understand and live our Catholic faith. If you are looking for a great spiritual way to start your day, this month we encourage you to visit Loyola Press and check out their
 
 
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