St. Leonard Catholic Parish
Manotick, Ont

"Where disciples grow"
E-Newsletter for Sunday, Dec 6th
This Sunday marks the second Sunday of Advent. Only 20 days to Christmas. The Christmas Mass schedule is now available. Please be sure to make your Christmas Mass reservation early! Note:The 4 pm and the 5:30 pm Christmas Eve Masses are already fully booked.

All are welcome to join us at our socially distanced weekend and weekday Masses. Please visit for more details and to register for one of our three Saturday/Sunday Masses. No reservations are needed for weekday Mass.
Pastor's Message
“Prepare the Way of the Lord”

When Advent comes around every year, we are reminded that God is coming to find us. In the Gospel message for this Sunday John the Baptist shouts, “Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.” (Mark 1:3) The Lord Jesus is coming, and His way must be prepared.

John the Baptist’s role is to prepare the people for the coming of the Lord by preaching the need for repentance. John is known as the herald who prepares the way for the Lord. Although he did not announce Jesus’ birth, he did prepare people for the coming of Jesus in His public ministry. He proclaimed the people’s needs for conversion and admission of sinfulness. Confess your sins, John suggests. Get baptized. Repent. Later, Jesus will add, “and believe in the good news!” (Mark 1:15).

The thing to keep in mind in this the second weekend of Advent is that God’s initiative is always first. God is not waiting for us. He is actively pursuing us. He is coming. There is a primacy to His Grace.

Advent is a time for us to clear the ground. To make straight the path to allow God to come to us. He wants to be born among us. God is like a helicopter that wants to come to save us, but it cannot land unless we clear the land. The spiritual life is an act of clearing the ground so that the helicopter can land. The Advent question for us is what needs to be cleared away and what requires filling in or building up?

St. John of the Cross suggests that the right response to the coming of our saviour is the eradication of attachments. We become obsessed with material possessions, reputation, wealth, and power. We need to detach ourselves from these creaturely goods so that we can accept the grace that God wants to give us. We must clear the ground. Get rid of the rocks and make the landing ground even so that the helicopter can land smoothly and that the grace of God can come rushing into our life.

What requires filling in or building up? Maybe the deep valley of our indifference to God needs to be filled in. How much time do we spend in prayer? Are we making a regular examination of conscience? If not, we are presenting a deep valley that makes it difficult for Jesus to land? Maybe our indifference to the poor is doing the same. Can we do more to provide for the needy and the oppressed?

We need to fill in the valley that is making access to God so difficult. Can we knock down our attraction to some of these attachments? Filling in the valleys and making straight the path is an exercise in preparing for the arrival of our God. He wants to be born in all of us.

Advent is a special opportunity we have not just to clean and decorate our homes in preparation for the celebration of Jesus’ birth, but more importantly, a time to clear a path and prepare to welcome Jesus as He comes to us. Like John the Baptist let us prepare the way of the Lord.

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.
Christmas and New Year's Mass Schedule
Due to capacity and social distancing restrictions caused by the pandemic, ALL SEATING FOR CHRISTMAS EVE AND CHRISTMAS DAY MASSES WILL BE VIA PRE-REGISTRATION ONLY (ONLINE or Via TELEPHONE).
If a Mass is fully booked there will be NO WALK-IN SEATING allowed. Please note that only families living under the same roof may register together.

We appreciate your understanding as we strive to safely accommodate as many people as possible during this challenging time of pandemic.
You can make reservations by visiting or by calling the parish office at (613) 692-4254.

Thursday, Dec 24th: 4:00 p.m. (fully booked), 5:30 p.m. (fully booked), 7:00 p.m., 8:30 p.m.

Friday, Dec 25th: 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m.

New Year’s Day, Friday, Jan 1st: 10:00 am

Christmas Confession Times:

Sat.  Dec. 19  9 a.m. to 12 p.m.----2 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Tue. Dec. 22  9 a.m. to 12 p.m.----2 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.----6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Regular 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.

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.

Reading 1, Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11
Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 85:9-10, 11-12, 13-14
Reading 2, Second Peter 3:8-14
Gospel, Mark 1:1-8
From the Archdiocese

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. Live-streamed on (or
Next Virtual Youth Alpha Night is Saturday, December 5th 7-8:30 pm! 
Come hang out virtually with your peers and also take in Youth Alpha.

Topic: “The Devil”
To join, email Colleen O’Mahony-Menton before 6:45 pm, Dec 5th (
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
Nicholas: The Boy Who Became Santa

Nicholas was still a young child when he discovered a very special secret that changed his life forever. It was the gift of giving, by which he brought happiness to many people. Nevertheless, in sharing this gift, Nicholas had to face many dangers.

Here is the fascinating story of the boy whose love and care for others make him one of the most popular figures of all times. Today, more than sixteen centuries later, the entire world celebrates the kindness and generosity of the man we call Santa Claus.

Based on historical facts and traditions, Nicholas: The Boy Who Became Santa, is the beautifully animated film worth watching all year long.
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