Cursillo & Challenge


Cursillo is a worldwide lay movement that originated in Mallorca, Spain, in the early 1940s by Eduardo Bonnin. It is a three-day short course in Christian living presenting a method to motivate people to influence their environments in a Christian way. The first Ottawa Cursillo was held in 1966, the same year Pope Paul VI designated Cursillo a renewal movement of the Church and named St. Paul as patron. 

Challenge is a Catholic retreat movement for youth, coordinated by youth. The first Ottawa Challenge was held in 1967; since then, there have been over 153 Weekends. Although there are two Challenge Weekends per year, the focus of Challenge is in the post-Weekend support. Challenge has its roots in the Cursillo Movement.



Mass Schedule

Weekend Masses at St. Leonard

  • Saturday     4:30 p.m.
  • Sunday       9:00 a.m. (Mass with Children’s Liturgy)
  • Sunday     11:00   a.m. 

Weekday Masses at St. Leonard

  • Wednesday and Thursday  9:00 a.m.
  • Friday:  Children’s Mass 9:30 a.m.


     (in the Pastor’s office)

  • Weekday mornings before Mass
  • Saturday 3:45 – 4:15 pm
  • By appointment

Mary in the Morning

Mary in the Morning gathers weekly for singing and praying the Rosary. After prayers, the group usually goes for coffee.  All are welcome.
Meetings: Every Saturday morning at 7:30 am
Don & Daisy Langdon 613-822-3251

Rite of Catholic Initiation for Adults (RCIA)

The RCIA is a communal process and involves a number of stages punctuated by liturgical rites to aid and assist the potential convert toward the final rite, usually at the Easter Vigil, at which time they will become full members of the Roman Catholic Church. The entire process takes several months, (ideally a minimum of one complete liturgical year), but participants are generally invited to proceed at a pace which suits them individually. The Church prefers to call this the

process and not a program.

Parish Office 613-692-4254

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