St. Leonard Catholic Parish
Manotick, Ont

"Where Disciples Grow"
E-Newsletter for Sunday, Nov 8th
A reminder that Nov11th is this Wednesday and it is once again a special day to remember all those who fought and died in the line of duty to keep us free. Keep them in your prayers.

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
“You Know Neither the Day Nor the Hour”

Are we prepared? That is the question addressed by the parable of the ten virgins in today’s Gospel.

This parable is based on the wedding custom in the time of Jesus where on the night of the wedding feast, the attendants or the bridesmaids would accompany the groom on his journey to meet his betrothed and then enter into the party. As you can imagine, in those days once night fell it would be very dark without the benefit of street lights and if you did not have oil for your lamp you would be of no value to the procession. Your lamp better work and you should have plenty of oil to keep it going if you expect to participate. On this night the bridegroom is delayed and the attendants fall asleep. Suddenly he appears and they need to spring into action by lighting their lamp and having enough oil to see them through on the journey. The five wise bridesmaids remained well stocked and prepared throughout a long night of waiting. Their reward is to enter the wedding banquet. The five foolish bridesmaids are not prepared and are left locked out of the wedding feast.

Like these bridesmaids we too are waiting. As we say in every Mass, “We wait in joyful hope for the coming of our saviour.” How do we wait for the second coming of Christ? Jesus is suggesting that some will wait wisely, and some will wait foolishly. The wise will be well stocked with oil for their lamp. We can think of the lamp as the divine life that was given to us at Baptism and that we are meant to keep alive as we wait. More concisely it stands for prayer, the Sacraments, the Eucharist, good works, a life of love, acts of mercy and compassion. All those ways that the life of Jesus remains vibrant in us. The wise waiters are those of us that practice these things.

For most of us, the idea that the “end times” and the “second coming” of Jesus will occur within our lifetimes, seems like a very remote possibility. But one thing we do know for certain is that our own “end time” will come. Life here one earth is finite. As the saying goes. “only two things in life are certain; death and taxes.” The only thing that we do not know is the day nor the hour. Are we prepared for this certainty and are we confident that we will enter the great wedding banquet set for us in heaven?

One effect of the ongoing global pandemic is a change in our perspective on death. By bringing what is potentially very far from us to potentially very close to us, we are forced to confront the reality of our preparedness. What have you done to prepare to deal with the pandemic? Did you stock extra food in your pantry? Have you made arrangements for your flu shot? Have you updated your will? Without the threat of imminent death, we can delude ourselves into thinking that death is not going to happen, or we can simply neglect to think about death at all. If death is decades away, it is not urgent. If it is potentially only two weeks away, then all of a sudden, death becomes an urgent concern for us.

What about your spiritual preparedness? How often do you pray? Is it every day? Are you a faithful attender of the Eucharist? Do you practice the sacrament of Reconciliation so as to always be in right relationship with God? Do you study your faith? Do you seek to understand it better? These are ways to keep the divine light strong in you. Do you love every day? Have you reached out to old friends who you have not talked to in a long time? Have you shared and savoured the love of your family? In a very real way, do you desire the good of the less fortunate and are you doing something about it? These are the ways that we stay ready to meet the bridegroom and enter into the heavenly banquet.

In closing, remember that this parable warns us that it is possible to exclude ourselves from the banquet of eternal life. It was only those who were ready, who went in with the bridegroom to the wedding hall. When God comes to bring us, will we be ready? “Therefore, stay awake, for you know neither the day nor the hour." (Matt 25:13)

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.

▶ Wisdom 6:12-16 - Wisdom for those who seek
▶ 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 - Resurrection of the dead
▶ Matthew 25:1-13 - Parable of the ten virgins
Development and Peace
Help us help our sisters and brothers in the Global South! The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted us in many ways here in Canada. In the Global South, the impacts are devastating, as the pandemic is worsening poverty, hunger, conflict and gender inequality. More than ever, your solidarity and generosity are needed to support the work of Development and Peace so we are all recovering together. Our partners are working for a just recovery in their countries so all can live in dignity. There will be a collection in our parish on “World Day of the Poor” Sunday Nov. 15th. Please make cheques payable to St. Leonard Parish. You can also make a donation online and through Your generosity allows Development and Peace to support over 100 projects in 35 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East! Watch this short video to learn more about the work of Development and Peace during the pandemic. To learn more about the Recovering Together campaign, please contact Jean Lashley 613-491-4775
Thank You For Your Financial Support!
Faith Formation
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
"It’s okay to regret the things we’ve done in the past that took us away from the path of God, but we can’t dwell in this regret. Instead, we have to do something about it."
In this segment, Christopher and Wendy explain the value of praying to saints for intercession and why Catholics place an emphasis on it.
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