St. Leonard Catholic Parish
Manotick, Ont

"Where Disciples Grow"
E-Newsletter for Sunday, Oct 18th
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
Give to God What Belongs to God

“Give therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” (Matt 22:21). With these enigmatic words in today’s Gospel, Jesus avoided being trapped by the Pharisees into being a traitor to His own people or being charged as a revolutionary against the Roman occupying forces. It's a waste of time and effort to try to out-smart God! That is what Christ's enemies, the Pharisees, discovered when they set a trap for Him. Jesus outsmarted them by leading them to fall into the trap themselves.

When this Gospel reading occurs in our liturgy, quite often you will hear a reflection on the first part of Jesus’s response; what do we need to give Caesar. But for the most part that is simple enough. Though our true home is in heaven, as St. Paul tells us (Phil.3.20), we are also citizens of the world. We have a duty to respect the government of the country in which we live and to obey the laws which it enacts. That includes paying taxes to finance healthcare, security, roads etc. and to promote world peace and development. But while we must recognise our civic obligations, our final loyalty is to God. Where there is a clash over the demands made on us, God's should always come first.

The bigger question is what we need to give God, the one that gave His very life for us. How careful are we to render to God the things that we owe to Him? This is a greater obligation than all others. How are we doing in terms of keeping it?

Perhaps we could consider a few bible passages that point out these obligations to us. This list is far from complete; but it may be enough to get us thinking about how we are doing in rendering to God what belongs to God:

For one thing, we owe God honor.
"I am the Lord thy God, thou shalt have no other gods before me." (Ex 20:2-3)

Outside of the church building we owe God a godly daily life.
“And what does the LORD require of you but to do justly, to love mercy,
and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:6-8)

We need to look out for our less fortunate brothers and sisters.
“Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.” (Matt 25:34-35)

Remember that everything that we have is a gift from Him and we must give it away freely.
“Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.” (Luke 6:38)

He has specifically called us to share the good news of our salvation.
“He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.” (Mark 16:15)

And finally, He has a right to our first love. Jesus was asked which was the greatest commandment. And He said,
“‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ “ (Matthew 22:37-40)

it's our duty to render to Caesar what is Caesar's. But let us be even more sure that we do the greater duty—to faithfully render to God what is God's.

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 45:1, 4-6 - Rewards to Cyrus, king of Persia
▶ 1 Thessalonians 1:1-5 - A model for believers
▶ Matthew 22:15-21 - Paying tax to the emperor
The Manotick Food cupboard has been very busy this fall, and is getting low on a number of non-perishable items. Amor Dei would like to reach out to our parishioners, to ask for help in stocking it. The following items are in very short/absent supply:
canned vegetables and fruit; tinned salmon, ham, chicken; ketchup, mustard and mayo; childrens’ school snacks; jello, pudding, muffin and cake mixes; spaghetti noodles; pasta and tomato sauce; rice; crackers; cookies; coffee and tea; chunky soups, stews and chill; alphagetti and kids’ tinned pastas; TP and kleenex; toddler diapers.

These items can be left in the donation box to the right of the stairs in the church lobby, or in the donation box at Manotick Independent.
Parish Fundraiser

Church collections have been significantly impacted this year due to covid-19 closures and attendance restrictions. How can you help? Please support our Frozen Pies fundraiser in order to help eliminate our current $10,000 deficit. DONATE to the church. Buy pies. Help us to cover expenses. Your Church needs you!

Buy Frozen Pies– Help Support Our Church
• Order a frozen apple or blueberry pie
• Homemade pies ready for the oven when you need a delicious treat.
• Cooking instructions included.
• Apple $15.00. Blueberry $15.00
• Last day to order is October 31st .
• Limited quantity available.
• First come first served.
• Call Carol to order 613-825-6485.
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
Lukas Storyteller: Saint John Paul II

Anna, the littlest one, is tired and bored from always playing the same thing when suddenly she finds herself at the sunken Noah’s ark! Lukas can’t resist on telling her a wonderful story about a Pope who was once a child and enjoyed playing like she did; Anna wouldn’t believe how his story ended and what she was about to do following St. John Paul II’s example! With no doubt, Anna and her friends ended that day having more fun than any other!
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
Kimberly Hahn: "How to Grow in Godliness through the Vocation of Marriage" (from the 2019 Defending the Faith Steubenville Conference).
"It’s important that we recognize our desires and how we choose to fulfill them, because if we aren’t striving for love, we aren’t striving for Heaven."
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