St. Leonard Catholic Parish
Manotick, Ont

"Where Disciples Grow"
E-Newsletter for Sunday, Oct 11th
Happy Thanksgiving! Although it may not be the usual Thanksgiving with large gatherings of families and friends, we hope you will find a way to celebrate the holiday and give thanks for the many blessings that the Lord has given us. We wish you and your families a very wonderful Thanksgiving.

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 Wedding Banquet

When reading the parable of the wedding banquet in today’s Gospel did you find yourself thinking that the King was mean and vengeful for taking deadly retribution on those that refused his wedding invitation? And what about casting into the darkness the one guest that showed up without a wedding garment? Does this not seem just a little harsh?

As Bishop Barron asks, “are we to conclude that God is a psychotic tyrant who falls in and out of emotional stints and overreacts or is there something else going on here?” Bishop Barron believes there is something else going on here and uses a quote from the famous Catholic fiction writer, Flannery O’Connor, to make his point. She said, “That in the land of the deaf, sometimes you need to shout.” To get the attention of his audience Jesus needed to speak in loud dramatic terms. This was true in the time of Jesus and it is no less true in the hyper-secular times that we are going through today.

Today’s Gospel reading from Matthew was written about 50 years after Jesus walked the earth, and it gives us glimpses into the issues of the early Christian community. Jesus’ parable of the wedding banquet would have helped explain to Matthew’s audience the reality that some people accepted Jesus and his message while others did not. God issued invitations to a heavenly banquet through the prophets in the Old Testament (the servants in the parable), but they ignored them. Then God sent Jesus, who again invited people to live in the Reign of God (not just in a distant afterlife, but here and now on earth). Jesus was “mistreated” and “killed” by some of the invited guests (the chief priests and Pharisees). The ones who accepted a belated invitation to the wedding feast represented those on the margins of Judaism (tax collectors, sinners, prostitutes, etc.) as well as Gentiles. They became followers and received Jesus with joy and gratitude.

This parable can also be applied directly to us today. God invites us all to the “to the wedding supper of the Lamb." (Rev 19:9). With these words we are invited to the Holy Eucharist. No one is unwelcome. It is an open invitation. Every Mass that we celebrate is a foretaste of the heavenly banquet. Do we always accept that invitation? Or do we sometimes show indifference or ill feelings? The second set of invitees refused to come giving excuses; one went off to his farm, another to his business. This was a case of misplaced priorities. This may even happen to us. Sometimes we fall into the trap of making excuses (i.e., weekend visitors, kid’s hockey practice, tired from a busy week, etc.) to forgo God’s offer of grace. Even during this time of pandemic, it is still appropriate that we gather at least once a week (live or virtually) and feast at the table of the Lord Jesus. Nothing is more important than responding to God’s invitation.

At times, sadly, we could also be like the man who came to the banquet but was not properly prepared. We can attend Mass with a closed or pre-occupied mind and holding no thought of love or peace for our fellow parishioners. Without the proper dispositions, without the garment of charity which demands a pure heart, a good conscience and deep faith, we perpetuate our individual aloofness Instead of celebrating our Christian togetherness.

In summary, Matthew uses loud dramatic language to make the point that we are all extended an invitation to the heavenly wedding banquet. Jesus came into the world to save all humanity. Some people will accept Jesus and his message while others will not respond fully to the grace that is being offered. What about you? Will you accept your invitation to the supper of the lamb?

God bless you folks, Father Gerard
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.

▶ Isaiah 25:6-10 - A feast for all peoples
▶ Philippians 4:12-14, 19-20 - Generosity
▶ Matthew 22:1-14 - The wedding banquet
Finally...I was able to get Baptised!
Paige Elizabeth Conrad was welcomed into St Leonard Church Community on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. Because of the pandemic, Paige's original date of Baptism was moved from April to October. The positive side of this change of date was Paige was able to walk down the aisle at St Leonard's with her dad and grandfather! Attendance at the church was a small group of immediate family but because of Livestream capabilities at the church, Paige's family near and far were able to watch her being Baptised....from her grandparents in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, her great grandmother in Calais, Maine, and aunts and uncles in Miramichi, New Brunswick and Red Deer, Alberta! All were able to be with Paige and share the great joy of being part of her first faith experience at St Leonard's!
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
Catholic Heroes and Saints: Juan Diego, the Messenger of Guadalupe

In 1591 Juan Diego found himself between two world, that of the Spanish conquerors and that of his own Aztec heritage. Because of his love for his people and his strong faith, Juan Diego turned to Jesus and His Mother, Mary for help in uniting his people. The answer to Juan Diego's prayers has become one of the greatest events in the history of the Americas.

Juan Diego: Messenger of Guadalupe is the true story of how the Blessed Mother chose a hero for a key role in a beautiful miracle that would unite diverse peoples and change the course of history. In the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City, the miracle of the tilma of Juan Diego may still be seen, just as it was seen by the bishop in 1531.
Next Virtual Youth Alpha Night is Saturday, October 17th 7-8:30 pm

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

Episode #8: How can I be filled with the Holy Spirit?

To join, obtain the Google Meet link by emailing Colleen O’Mahony-Menton ( before 6:45 pm, Oct. 17th.
Media Worth Sharing
"You're meant to be an eagle, not a chicken" — Bishop Barron reflects on the sacrament of Baptism
The Top 10 Practical Guide to Holiness from Father Mark Goring
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