St. Leonard Catholic Parish
Manotick, Ont

"Where Disciples Grow"
E-Newsletter for Sunday, Nov 1st
This Sunday we celebrate All Saints Day. 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
We Are All Called To Be Saints

On this feast of All Saints Day, the Beatitudes presented in today’s Gospel offer a description of and an inspiration to sainthood. This is a day to recognize and remember saints. We remember those who have been officially recognized through the Church’s canonization process, and those who will never be universally recognized because they lived “ordinary” lives of saintliness and are counted among the “Communion of Saints." Pope Francis told pilgrims at the General Audience in St Peter's Square on Nov 19th, 2014, "We are all called to be saints.” But how do we live our lives as saints? The answer lies in the Beatitudes.

The word beatitude comes from the Latin word beatus, meaning both "happy" and "blessed." The Beatitudes are a series of eight blessings given to us by Jesus that we can consider as Christian ideals and rules for true happiness as well as a roadmap to sainthood.

One way to think of the Beatitudes is that there are four “positive” beatitudes and four “negative” beatitudes. Here are the positives:

Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy- God is love and God is merciful. If we are filled with God’s love, then the more mercy that we give away, the more we will receive in return.

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God- We will find true happiness if our heart is focused clearly and uniquely on God and his divine mercy.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied- If we hunger and thirst for doing God’s will, then we will find true happiness.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God- If we allow God’s mercy to flow through us, we will radiate peace and joy and be transformed into peacemakers.

Here are the “negative,” or more counter-intuitive beatitudes. Bishop Robert Barron states that these four are tightly related. He cites Thomas Aquinas as setting out that we typically find four substitutes for God: (1) money; (2) pleasure; (3) power; and (4) glory.

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven- How blessed and happy we will be if we are detached from material things? We will have room in our heart for the mercy of God.

Blessed are they who mourn, for they shall be comforted- How blessed and happy are we if we are not attached to pleasure? If we are detached from pleasure the divine mercy can surge through us.

Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth- How blessed are those who are detached from power? If we are not consumed with the quest for power, we can focus on doing the will of God.

Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven- Are we willing to let go of the approval of others? If so, we can allow the tender mercy of God to take a central place in our hearts and we can then become a conduit of grace.

If we only think of saints as people in a distant time and place who lived with outstanding piety, we risk letting ourselves off the hook in recognizing and cultivating holiness in our own lives. The truth is, we are all called to be saints and to live out the Beatitudes in the particular time and circumstances in which we each live. The sainthood of a parent trying to work and homeschool a child during the time of COVID-19 will look different from the sainthood of a healthcare worker or a grocery store cashier, or a widow living alone during the pandemic. All of them will suffer their own shortcomings, maybe impatience, despair, or anger at times. Yet in still striving to live the Beatitudes, they will be living saintly lives.

The question I leave with you this week is, in your quest for sainthood, which of the Beatitudes might you commit to living out more faithfully in this upcoming week?

God bless you folks, Father Gerard

PS: Don't forget to pray for the souls in purgatory on All Souls Day (Monday, Nov 2nd)
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.
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.

▶ Revelation 7:2-4,9-14 - Rejoicing of the Elect
▶ 1 John 3:1-3 - Children of God
▶ Matthew 5:1-12a - The Beatitudes
Thank You For Your Financial Support!
Thank you for your positive response to our October appeal for financial support. Due to your generosity are collections were significantly up in October and this has allowed us to significantly reduce our operating deficit. Much appreciated!
Faith Formation
Reading C. S. Lewis in the Time of Covid (From the Jesuit Review)
Everything is strange. Our routines have been disrupted. Many of us are not going to work, the playground, the ballpark. We have lost jobs or have been forced to take pay cuts. Many of us have not been to Mass or confession for months; some poor souls have been left to die alone in hospitals because of fear of the disease, and their families have been forbidden to be with them for comfort and to grieve together.
The Witness Trilogy

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. Recommended for ages 7 and up.
Next Virtual Youth Alpha Night is Saturday, November 14th 7-8:30 pm

Come hang out virtually with your peers and also take in Youth Alpha.

New Life: How can I make the most of the rest of my life?

To join, email Colleen O’Mahony-Menton before 6:45 pm, Nov. 14th (
Media Worth Sharing
Bishop Barron answers questions from children all over the world.
"Impact the world as a disciple" - Lila Rose at SEEK2019.
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