St. Leonard Catholic Parish
Manotick, Ont

"Celebrating 50 Years as a Catholic Community"
E-Newsletter for Sunday, Aug 23rd
We welcome all of our parishioners and visitors back to Mass. Please visit for more details and to register for one of our three Saturday/Sunday Masses. No reservations are needed for Weekday Mass.

Please note there will be no weekend Masses on the weekend of Sept. 5/6 and no weekday Masses the first two weeks of September.  
Pastor's Message
The "Keys to the Kingdom of Heaven"

The Gospel reading today picks up on images of keys and a key holder from the first reading from Isaiah. Keys signify ultimate power over the palace; the one with the keys has the authority to decide who is allowed in and who is kept out. When Jesus promises Peter the “keys to the kingdom of heaven,” he raises him to a place of high authority as well. This is the Gospel passage that gives us the image of St. Peter guarding the “pearly gates” and controlling access to heaven. 

Matthew, Mark, and Luke all include this Gospel story of Jesus asking his disciples who the people think he is. They all include Peter’s correct answer to the question, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter said in reply, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” It is only Matthew’s Gospel that incorporates the next few verses upholding Peter as the foundation of the church and the “keeper of the keys” to the kingdom of heaven. 

We look back to this story as the basis for our belief in Peter as the first pope and the idea of apostolic succession. Traditionally it has been understood that in this exchange, Jesus made Peter the primary apostle. Later, Peter transferred his authority to another man, who transferred it to another, and so on, down through all the bishops of Rome, the successive popes. The pope’s authority can be traced back in an unbroken line to Peter. 

Today, each of us must make a personal answer to our Lord’s question: “Who do you say that I am?” Like Peter, can you say to your fellow believers that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God? Do you know Jesus as the Way, the Truth, and the Life? Are you prepared to proudly proclaim to your family and all your friends that Jesus is your Lord and Savior? 

These are important questions that we need to consider as we look forward to the day that Peter unlocks the gates of heaven for each of us!

God bless you folks, Father Gerard.
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 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.
Please note there will be no weekend Masses on the weekend of Sept. 5/6 and no weekday Masses the first two weeks of September.  

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.

Isaiah 22:15, 19-23 - Eliakim chosen by God
Romans 11:33-36 - Praise of God
Matthew 16:13-20 - Peter the rock
Thank You for Your Continued 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 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
Catholics in North America today are increasingly vocal in their attacks on the Second Vatican Council—an ecumenical council of the Church summoned and presided over by the successor of Peter. How should we understand this disturbing trend?

Recently, Bishop Barron gave a keynote talk tracing the missionary purpose of Vatican II from the conciliar texts themselves, through the New Evangelization, and finally to the Magisterium of Pope Francis, whose influences situate him in a particular camp in this history.
The Witnesses Trilogy: 3 Episodes

Discover the power and love of Jesus Christ and see why his followers risked all to carry his message to the ends of the earth. Children and adults alike will be captivated by this account of Jesus’s life, featuring vivid storytelling and high impact animation.
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Parishioner Feedback: We Love Your Input!
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