St. Leonard Catholic Parish
M anotick, Ont

"Celebrating 50 Years as a Catholic Community "
E-Newsletter for Sunday, July 26th
We are happy to welcome all of our parishioners and visitors back to Mass. Please visit https://stleonardsparish.ca/Mass/ for more details and to register for one of our three Saturday/Sunday Masses. No reservations are needed for Weekday Mass.
Pastor's Message
What's the Kingdom of Heaven Worth to You?

In today’s Gospel reading from Matthew we hear the Parable of the Hidden Treasure and the Parable of the Pearl. With these short parables Jesus wants us to understand the real value of prioritizing the Kingdom of Heaven above all else. In both parables, the protagonists recognize the treasure they have found and are willing to trade everything they own to possess it.

Each parable of Jesus contains a picture part, a reality part, and the point of comparison. In this instance, the picture part is the hidden treasure or the pearl, the reality part is God’s kingdom, and the point of comparison is the inestimable value of the Kingdom of Heaven. In the first instance the person finds the treasure hidden in the field. In the second instance the merchant is seeking the pearl and discovers it. In both cases they recognized that what they had come across was of great value. Faith in Jesus as our God and Savior and sacrificing everything in life to do the will of God are equivalent to discovering and possessing the most valuable treasure or the pearl of great price.

What about you? Do you recognize that that God’s Kingdom (the rule of God in us, accepting Jesus as our God and Savior, putting our Faith in God, and doing His will), is something of extraordinary value?

Jesus teaches us that identifying God’s will and living according to the Gospel, are the most precious and worthwhile things in life. Nothing is more valuable than a personal relationship with Christ. The Kingdom of God is founded on truth and love and bears great fruit. When we find and accept God’s reign in our hearts, in our lives, in our society and in our world, we receive God’s grace and all the joy, peace and happiness that comes along with it. Through Jesus and his Gospel, we come to know and understand the real meaning of life, the will of God for us each day, and the most important things we must do to secure our eternal salvation. What could be more valuable than this? What are you prepared to sacrifice to acquire it and keep it?

Too often we chase false treasures such as money, social status, or worldly pleasures. Thus, the valuable “pearl” of sharing in God’s life through Jesus here on earth and later in Heaven, is never found. Let us always remember that Heaven is within the reach of all of us who try to do the will of God, following the ordinary vocations of life and enjoying this world’s joys and pleasures within the framework of God’s Commandments. When we do this, we are already living in the Kingdom of Heaven while we are still on earth.

What are the hidden treasures in your life and what will you treasure the most this week?

God bless you folks, Father Gerard
Worship
Mass Times

Registration is required for all Weekend Masses. Please note that no reservations are required for Weekday Masses. You can make reservations by visiting stleonardsparish.ca/mass or by calling the parish office at  (613) 692-4254 .    

  • Wednesday-Friday: 9 a.m.
  • Saturday: 4:30 p.m.
  • Sunday: 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.

Confession times

  • Saturday 3:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Office Hours

  • Tuesday – Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Masses Online

You are encouraged to join us in person for Mass this weekend if possible. As well, you can watch all Masses from St. Leonard online at the scheduled Mass times (listed above) by clicking here. Thanks to all of you who subscribed to the Mass Livestream. As a result of achieving over 100 subscribers we now have our own URL for the YouTube Channel.
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.

1st Reading: 1 KGS 3:5, 7-12
2nd Reading: ROM 8:28-30
Gospel: MT 13:44-52
Stewardship
Thank You for Your Financial Support!
Please remember your local parish during these extraordinary circumstances. If you attend Mass this weekend, please drop your envelope off in the Donation box located at the back of the Church. If you are able to help St. Leonard's mission, please consider making a donation online or you can mail your envelope to the Church at the following address:
St. Leonard Roman Catholic Parish
5332 Long Island Road
Manotick, Ontario
K4M 1E8
Faith Formation
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FOR KIDS
Truth to Inspire: St. Kateri Tekakwitha

Young Kateri suffered misunderstanding and ridicule due to her counter-cultural choices as a Mohawk for the love of Jesus Christ. Experience our first Indigenous Saint's struggles to follow Our Lord within her tribe and through the teachings of some early Jesuit Missionaries.

The Truth to Inspire Series seeks to bring to life stories of the saints in audiobook format. These narrated stories with voices and sound effects bring to life the books of Mary Fabyan Windeatt. Learn how these normal people struggled and sought God's will in their choices.
Media Worth Sharing

Fr. Mike Schmitz: If you want to know how to share the gospel, it’s important to have the love and courage to not just give answers and corrections, but to ask questions.
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You Have The Power To Be A Point Of Light | Tyler Perry Inspirational Speech

Tyler Perry’s inspiring speech is a remarkable story of overcoming limitations and a lesson to us all that we have the power to be a point of light in someone’s life. Despite his humble beginnings and the difficulties he experienced as a child, Tyler Perry managed to become a renowned actor, writer, producer, comedian and director.
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