St. Leonard Catholic Parish
M anotick, Ont

"Celebrating 50 Years as a Catholic Community "
E-Newsletter for Sunday, June 28th
We are happy to welcome parishioners and visitors to Mass this weekend. Based on our reopening experience of last weekend we are making a few changes to our schedule and protocols for weekend Mass. We will continue adhering to physical distancing guidelines and thus our total capacity per Mass is limited to 70 people. Seat reservations will still be required. Here are the changes being implemented this weekend.
  • 7:00 am Sunday Mass is cancelled
  • Printed tickets will no longer need to be presented at the door

Please visit for more details and to register for one of our three Saturday/Sunday Masses.
Pastor's Message
"Put God First and Everything Else Will Follow"

Today’s Gospel continues the instructions of Jesus to the apostles on what it takes to be a disciple. Jesus challenges the apostles, and us in turn, to look at what we should rank as our highest priority in life. Faith, Family, Friends, Health, Finances, and Career are all areas that require our attention. Which area should you consider to be the highest priority for this year, this month, this week, or this very day?

We receive an answer to this question in today’s Gospel reading. The seemingly severe words of Jesus about family are simply an invitation to put everything in order. When we love God first, not only do we love our family more, this love is more selfless and life-giving, free of deception and illusion. If we seek first the Kingdom or the Reign of God in our lives, then all the other pieces of the puzzle will come together. If we realize the graciousness of our God towards us, we will extend the same graciousness to others. So, when Jesus says we must put God above our family, it means that when we center our attention on GOD, we will be able to love our family better, in a more Godly way. 

If, on the other hand, we think of our family before God, we will have our priorities mixed up and may not give to our families what God wants them to have. The same is true with all the other relationships and key focus areas that we have. If we seek the Reign of God over us, everything will fit in place and we will end up being more gracious, more hospitable, more loving to everyone and in every situation.  
Jesus makes it clear that there is a cost to discipleship. We need sacrifice and deeper reflection to transform our lives with our families and our friends. Today’s gospel tells us those who seek only themselves are on the road to self-destruction. Our relationship with God, our loved ones, our community, and our world only find life through self-giving. To gain we must lose, to live we must die. But remember, whatever we lose for Jesus is never really lost but always found at a deeper level. “ And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones, because he is my disciple, I assure you, he will not go unrewarded.” (Mat 10: 42)

Let us all try, every day, to seek God first.

God bless you folks. Father Gerard

PS: Have a wonderful Canada Day this week!
Mass Times

Registration is required for all Weekend Masses. Please note that no reservations are your required for Weekday Masses. You can make reservations by visiting or by calling the parish office at  (613) 692-4254 .    

There will be no Mass on Wednesday, July 1st

  • Wednesday-Friday: 9 a.m.
  • Saturday: 4:30 p.m.
  • Sunday: 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.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. Due to a recent power outage, the Mass Livestream is unavailable on Saturday.
Bishop Barron's Sunday Sermon

Bishop Barron’s Sunday Sermons  will air every  Sunday morning at 8:15 AM   Eastern Time on Bishop Barron’s YouTube channel .

1st Reading: 2 KGS 4:8-11, 14-16A
2nd Reading: ROM 6:3-4, 8-11
Gospel: MT 10:37-42
Thank You for Supporting St. Leonard's!

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 help St. Leonard's mission, 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 Children: Catholic Heroes of the Faith

This 3 episode series presents true stories of people whose example of service to Christ and his Church have made a lasting impression on others. These heroes lived truly great lives, marked by moral depth, strength of character, outstanding courage, and unswerving commitment. Seeing the struggles they faced, and how they succeeded so gloriously, we are challenged to follow their sample of dedication. Click Here to Watch.
Access All of Bishop Barron's Homilies
Looking for quick and easy ways to access Bishop Barron's preaching?

This quick video tutorial will show you how to navigate the Word on Fire website to listen to or watch sermons.

You'll also learn how to use browsing and sorting features to search for homilies about specific Scripture references or popular topics.
Sacred Heart Major Seminary is offering a free interactive online course this summer: Theology of the New Evangelization.
You may have heard that we are called as Catholics to carry out the New Evangelization, but often with minimal explanation of what this means. Guided by expert faculty of Sacred Heart Major Seminary, this course will take you more deeply into essential Church teachings and documents on our topic. We will learn not only the theory behind the New Evangelization but also how to begin to apply it practically in our lives. Course begins July 6th.
St. Leonard Bulletin Sponsors

Every year a number of local businesses and professionals offer to sponsor the production of our Parish bulletin. In exchange we provide them with space on the back of the bulletin for them to promote their company. Due to the pandemic we are not permitted to print bulletins so we thought we would take this opportunity to thank our sponsors and allow you to see who they are. Click here to meet our sponsors. We are most grateful for their support and encourage you to patronize them.
Parishioner Feedback: We Love Your Input!
Dear Parishioners we are very interested in your feedback. If have any comments and/or suggestions as it relates to any of our Parish activities, including the E-Newsletter, please  click here. If you would like a direct response to your suggestion, please include your email address.
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