St. Leonard Catholic Parish
Manotick, Ont

"Celebrating 50 Years as a Catholic Community"
E-Newsletter for Sunday, Aug 30th
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
Accepting Your Cross

As we heard in last weekend’s Gospel, St. Peter proclaimed his faith in Jesus as the Messiah and the Son of God. Today, Jesus explains what it means for Him to be the Messiah. It means that He must suffer and die for the sake of others. Peter, the one who has just proclaimed his faith in Jesus, challenges Jesus’ message about having to suffer. He pulls Jesus aside and basically says to Him, “You won’t win many followers and be able to be the great leader, if you talk about suffering and death.” Jesus likens Peter’s misunderstanding to a temptation from Satan. Peter not only misses the point of what it means for Jesus to be the Messiah, but Peter is also putting an obstacle (“stumbling block”) in Jesus’ way.

Jesus challenges Peter and the other followers to be disciples – disciplined learners. He mentions that this means three things: denying themselves, accepting the cross, and following Jesus. Not only does Jesus tell His disciples what to do, but He will give them an example through His own life, suffering, death, and resurrection.

In today’s secular society, where we are encouraged to remove religion from our public life and to avoid pain and suffering at all costs, these three requirements can seem very daunting.

Denying myself means thinking not of who I am and what I want but thinking first and foremost of how I can further the cause and mission of Jesus. It involves surrendering to God and being able to do anything which I am asked to do by Him. It means loving your neighbour (the greatest commandment) even when it requires self-denial. Just as Jesus was totally submissive to His Father and the Father’s will, so I must submit to everything that is expected of me.

Carrying a cross does not mean I wear a beautiful piece of jewelry that is shaped like a cross. Carrying a cross means that I am willing to accept pain and suffering and even death. Taking up your cross-means sacrifice and self-denial. And we wince at the thought but stop and think about it. Any great achievement requires some pain and sacrifice. Olympic athletes push their bodies to the maximum to achieve their goals. And we get that on the physical level but we wish there were another way on the spiritual level. There is not. Just like the physical realm: no pain, no gain. Are you willing to make the sacrifice of temporal pain for eternal gain? That is the question we need to ask ourselves.

Following Jesus means more than saying I am a Christian when I attend weekend church services. It means imitating Jesus in every aspect of my life. It means that people can look at what I say and do and say, “I know who you remind me of. . .Jesus.” I should so much model Him that people can come to know Jesus and His loving compassion by the way I treat them.

Are your reflecting the love and goodness of Jesus in your life? Is your life reflective of what you say and teach to your family and friends? Do men and women see Christ in you in your public and private life? 

God bless you folks, Father Gerard

PS:  Speaking of Crosses, sometimes we may have a tendency to practice “Cross Avoidance”. Instead of typing a million and one words here, I’ll let this “picture” illustrate it for you.
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
The Adventures of Carlos Caterpillar: 12 Episodes

Hola! I'm Carlos Caterpillar! I'm just like you—except, of course, I'm a caterpillar. I love to have fun! And since I'm young, I'm still learning about life, so sometimes I get myself in situations that can be hard to wriggle out of! Ay, ay, ay! That's why I'm lucky to have Uncle Pedro, a butterfly with a lifetime of experience that he is always willing to share. Uncle Pedro remembers what it was like to be a little caterpillar that is just beginning to learn about life, and he is patient with me while I learn. He always reminds me how important it is to do the right thing because he wants me to grow up to be the best butterfly I can possibly be. And so do I!

Do YOU want to be the very best YOU can possibly be? Then come with ME and worm your way into "The Adventures of Carlos Caterpillar!" Come on! It'll be fun!
Media Worth Sharing

Cultivating a Catholic Family: Haley Stewart talks about living out the faith in a busy household.
(From Word on Fire's "Evangelization in the Family Summit")
You may have heard of mystics like St. John of the Cross and St. Teresa of Avila, but what you may not know is that all Christians are called to be mystics.
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