St. Leonard Catholic Parish
Manotick, Ont

"Where disciples grow"
E-Newsletter for Sunday, Nov 15th
All are welcome to join us at our socially distanced weekend and weekday Masses. 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
The Parable of the Talents

As we approach the end of the Liturgical Year, we are in the middle of a series of Gospel parables that Jesus shares about staying alert and being prepared for his second coming. We are reminded that the Lord Jesus will return at a time no one knows. In the meantime, we must live lives that show that we are ready for His return whenever He comes. We believe that appearance will mark the end of this world as we know it. Jesus cautions his listeners several times to remain at-the-ready, even if their “master” is gone for an extended period like the man in this parable or the groom in last week’s parable.

The parable of the talents presents the fundamental message that while awaiting Jesus’ second coming, we should work responsibly and not be paralyzed by fear or laziness—the equivalent of the servant who hid the money. Ultimately, God will bring about the fullness of the Kingdom of God, but we should not wait passively for God to act. We are all called to participate in the building of the Kingdom. As disciples we are called to act in this world, even during a global pandemic. Simply accepting suffering while awaiting a reward in heaven is not enough. Jesus calls us to put our talents (gifts, skills, money, and otherwise) to work, alleviating pain, building healthy communities, and fighting injustice—while we stay hopeful and alert for his coming.

We will all be held accountable for how we have used the talents and abilities God has given. We will have to answer for how we loved our family, treated our friends, cared for the lonely, and took care of the environment. As we will hear next week, our final judgment will be based on how we showed our concern for Jesus by demonstrating our concern for those who need our help.

When we meet the Lord Jesus at the end of time or at the end of our life, He may have many questions for us in store, and one of the most important of those questions will probably be, ‘Have you loved and used wisely the gifts I gave you?’ This is a question we should take to heart now and think about how well we are actually using the gifts God has given us before it’s too late.

One troubling aspect of this parable is the conclusion where Jesus states, “For to everyone who has, more will be given and he will grow rich; but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.” When we take the talents to mean just skill or money, this seems quite harsh. As Bishop Robert Barron says, “This hardly seems fair, it seems more like a cutthroat venture capitalist view of life”. Instead Bishop Barron suggests that an Old Testament interpretation would view the talents to include the “weightiest” thing that God could give, and this would be, none other than the inexhaustible mercy of God. God's divine mercy exists only in gift form. It is what gives itself away for the sake of the other. When you try to make the divine mercy your possession, you lose it.

Therefore, we need to think of the talents as everything that we have received from God---life, breath, being, and divine mercy. Because they come from God, they are meant to become gifts. The one thing you cannot do is cling to them nor bury them. If you cling to them, like the third servant, they do not grow. In fact, they waste away. What you have to do with the heavy weight of God’ s love and mercy is to use it and you will find it increasing thirty, sixty or a hundred-fold.

I leave you with two personal questions for today: With what talents and abilities has GOD gifted me? How have I used them, not just for myself, but also for the Good of others?

God bless you folks, Father Gerard
St. Leonard's Virtual
Children's Liturgy
As we continue to navigate the restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic, 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.
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.
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.

▶ Proverbs 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31 - A Worthy Wife
▶ 1 Thessalonians 5:1-6 - Stay alert
▶ Matthew 25:14-30 - The parable of the talents
From the Archdiocese

Mass of Thanksgiving for Archbishop Terrence Prendergast’s 25 Years of Episcopal Office: On the feast day of St. Francis Xavier, Thursday, December 3.

Mass of Inauguration of Archbishop Marcel Damphousse’s Ministry as Archbishop of Ottawa-Cornwall: On the titular feast of Notre Dame Cathedral, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary, December 8.

Please visit the Archdiocese website for further details on the live-streaming a little closer to the dates of these events.
Stewardship
Thank You For Your Financial Support!
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 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
FOR KIDS
The Jesus Stories

Created to help children apply the lessons found in the parables of Jesus, each 10 minute episode includes a story situation that children today can relate to,
a parable, and a thought-provoking way to apply it.
Preparing for Christmas
Is your soul shining as brightly as you—and God—want it to? As Christians, we believe the Gospels are the instruction manuals for true, lasting happiness. So this year, BEST ADVENT EVER is all about the Advent Gospels. Join Matthew Kelly for Let Your Soul Shine and get your 2021 off to a great start!

Sign up for BEST ADVENT EVER below!!!
Youth
Next Virtual Youth Alpha Night is Saturday, November 14th 7-8:30 pm

Come hang out virtually with your peers and also take in Youth Alpha.

New Life: How can I make the most of the rest of my life?

To join, email Colleen O’Mahony-Menton before 6:45 pm, Nov. 14th (colleen.menton@rogers.com).
Media Worth Sharing
Jackie Angel talks about gossiping, why it’s wrong, and how to avoid it.
The virtue that takes virtue to the next level —have you ever heard of magnanimity?
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