St. Leonard Catholic Parish
Manotick, Ont

"Where disciples grow"
E-Newsletter for Sunday, Nov 22nd
This Sunday marks the end of the Catholic Liturgical Year and next weekend marks the First Sunday of Advent. Please make sure to pick up your new Sunday Missal in the Church foyer.

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
The Parable of the Last Judgement

This Sunday we celebrate the The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe and this weekend also marks the end of the Liturgical year. The two parables that we have listened to over the last couple of weeks (The Talents and the Ten Bridesmaids) both stress waiting for and preparing (or not) for the return of Christ. The parable in this weekend’s Gospel reading takes us forward to the moment the Son of Man comes in glory. The nations are assembled and the sheep are separated from the goats. This parable is like the story of the Rich Man and Lazarus in that the time to repent and be converted, the time to care for the poor on one's doorstep, is past. Judgment has arrived.

The parable emphasizes the connection between seeing a need and acting on it. The sequence of seeing, having compassion, and acting is a common one in the gospels. The Good Samaritan, the woman weeping at the death of her only son, the Prodigal Son are all examples of this. These stories all focus on the same theme of putting love of the other into action.

Here in the parable of the Last Judgment what makes some blessed is the fact that, though they did not realize it, in seeing the poor and helping them, they saw and helped Jesus. By contrast, what makes others cursed is that they never really did see Jesus suffering and in need because they never really saw the poor. The king addresses each of two groups as either blessed or cursed and announces the consequences—enter into the kingdom or depart from him. He states his criterion for making these assignments, a need that they either met or did not meet: "I was hungry, thirsty, a stranger, naked, sick, or in prison and you fed, gave me drink, welcomed me clothes me, visited me, came to see me." (Matt 25:35)

The things we are asked to do are simple: give food and drink to ‘Jesus’ in those who are hungry and thirsty; to clothe ‘Jesus’ in those who are naked; to visit ‘Jesus’ in those who are sick and in jail. Whether we realize it or not, every time we spontaneously take care of a brother or sister in need it is Jesus himself, we are serving.

An important point to remember is ‘You did it to me, not for me’. Father Paul Murray, the spiritual writer and sometime spiritual advisor to Mother Teresa relates the following story. He was one day in a deep conversation with Mother Teresa searching out the sources of her spirituality and mission. At the end of their long talk she asked him to spread his hand out on the table and touching his fingers one by one as she spoke the words she said “you …did …it …to… me”. Mother Teresa understood that Jesus identifies himself especially with the person in need. Every time we neglect to help a brother or sister in need, we neglect Jesus himself. Let us not forget to see the face of Christ in everyone we meet and reach out to others as we are asked to.

Jesus, our King, is truly clear about the criteria for knowing whether I am a sheep or a goat. We will be judged by the extent to which we see, have compassion, and act in response to his sufferings in the world. How have I loved? How have I cared for others especially the poor, the needy and the marginalized?

Looking back over the last day or week, recall times when you have acted as Jesus asked, and give thanks.

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.
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.

▶ Ezekiel 34:11-12, 15-17 The Lord as Shepherd
▶ 1 Corinthians 15:20-26, 28 - The last enemy to be destroyed
▶ Matthew 25:31-46 - The sheep and the goats
Introducing Another New Way to Give

Donating to St Leonard using the Interac e-transfer method is now available as an additional safe and efficient way to donate to your parish. You can continue donating using the pre-authorized method, mobile app or using the standard envelope as you prefer, but if using the Interac e-transfer method is more appealing to you, it is now available. Many of you may already be using this method for your personal banking as it's a widely used method today of transferring funds. Simply follow these steps:

E-Transfer Process:
1. login into your personal online banking
2. Locate the Interac e-transfer payment method
3. Add St Leonard as a new recipient using the email address
4. Select the amount of funds you wish to donate
5. Choose a security question and answer
6. Follow your bank's prompts to proceed and complete the transaction
7. Email the office at to confirm the answer to your security question so we can accept your donation

Your donation will be added to your offerings for the year and will be included as part of your charitable donation receipt at the end of the year
Thank You For Your Financial Support!
Faith Formation
The Story of Saint Patrick

Far from home and at the mercy of the pirates who kidnapped him, young Patrick spends his days tending sheep and surviving wild animal attacks. That is, until he calls out to the God of his youth. Long days spent aching for home become long days talking with Jesus. After six years as a slave, Patrick hears the Holy Spirit urging him to make a daring escape from the Irish tribe and the druid priest who controls their ways. Once back home, Patrick first becomes a priest and then a bishop, but all this pales when he makes a stunning announcement: He will return to his kidnappers as a missionary! Find out why the man known as St. Patrick is credited with bringing the Gospel to Ireland in this episode of Catholic Heroes of the Faith.
Preparing for Christmas
Introducing a New Advent Journey for You and Your Family

Join the Augustine Institute for the Road to Bethlehem, a journey that includes daily Advent reflections and enrichment from FORMED. You will receive handpicked videos, talks, and texts every day throughout Advent to nourish your spiritual life. Sign up today to prepare for the coming of our Lord Jesus at Christmas!

• Daily Advent reflections by Dr. Tim Gray
• Brother Francis Advent reflections for kids
• Weekly videos, audio talks, and book excerpts related to the theme for the week
• A weekly action item to help you put the Advent message into practice
Media Worth Sharing
The saints were just like us. They just chose to live differently, and we can too.
In this new episode of the Word on Fire Show, Bishop Barron discusses the long-awaited “McCarrick Report,” which the Holy See just released on Tuesday,
November 10.
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