St. Leonard Catholic Parish
Manotick, Ont

"Celebrating 50 Years as a Catholic Community"
E-Newsletter for Sunday, Sept 6th
Please note there will be no weekend Masses this weekend and no weekday Masses the first two weeks of September.  

We welcome all of our parishioners and visitors back to Mass. 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
“If Your Brother Sins Against You”

The first reading and the Gospel reading today both address the responsibility of believers to call out injustice and sinfulness when they see it. In the Old Testament reading, God tells the prophet, Ezekiel, that he must speak out to dissuade wicked people from doing harm, or he will be responsible for their deaths. Likewise, Jesus gives his disciples instructions for confronting those who have done wrong. 

If there is one absolute in our secular culture today it is non-judgmentalism. Some people, seeking to defend this point of view from a Biblical perspective, will point to Jesus’ famous enjoinder: “Judge not and you will not be judged.” But as Bishop Robert Barron points out “what should be clear is that this cannot mean that we never point out moral failures—for Jesus does that all the time.” How should we navigate the ways of judgement and love? Our second reading, from Paul to the Romans, is most helpful here.

Paul points out that “Love does no evil to the neighbor; hence, love is the fulfillment of the law.” (Rm 13:10) For us to judge from a position of superiority or in an aggressive way defeats the very purpose of the law. For to love is to will the good of the other. To remain indifferent to someone’s moral failings is not an act of love. To blindly ignore a family member or a friend’s major transgressions because you are afraid it will hurt their feelings is not willing their good. In many ways it is just protecting yourself. For instance, if a parent is afraid to hurt a child’s feelings and does not intervene when there is an issue with drug abuse or drinking and driving, this is certainly not love. 

So how precisely do you correct someone and stay within the bounds of love? Jesus provides us with three concrete steps to be taken.

Start with the most local and adjudicate upwards. Meet one-on-one and alone. Sometimes this can be hard to do and we are tempted to gossip or go around them. How many heartaches could have been avoided if the issue was addressed directly? Listen to the other person and try to understand their view. Present your view without coming across in a superior or aggressive manner. If he or she listens to you, excellent! You have successfully judged but in the context of love.

If there is no buy-in to what you are putting forward, go the next level with the same attitude of love. Seek the support of two or three good and like-minded people and make your case in a caring manner. An open-hearted person will find it hard to resist at this point. We need only look at the success of “intervention” programs to see how this can bring about the change that is needed.

Finally, Jesus says if no progress is being made, bring it to the church. The church is the community of people that care about that person in Christ and Jesus assures us that “where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” (Mt 18:19-20) Jesus is saying that whenever the church is pursuing and is involved in a reconciliation process with someone who has refused to repent, they can rest assured that God’s blessing is with them in their efforts. 

Three steps to follow “if your brother sins against you.” (MT 18:15) Not always easy, but if we remember that the basic meaning of the law is always love and that Jesus is in our midst, we can be confident that we are following the path of correction and reconciliation that God has laid out for us.

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.
Please note there will be no weekend Masses on this weekend and no weekday Masses the first two weeks of September.

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 33:7-9 - The prophet a watchman
▶ Romans 13:8-10 - Love fulfills the Law
▶Matthew 18:15-20 - Fraternal correction
Thank You for Your Continued 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
Restless Heart: The Confessions of Augustine

Filmed in Europe, this first full-length feature movie on St. Augustine uses a historic backdrop to tell the true story of one of the Church's most beloved and well-known saints. Its message of sin, conversion, and redemption is as timely today as it was in the fifth century. It is the story of a gifted man who pursues fame and fortune without a moral compass—and the dramatic changes that occur in his soul when challenging events lead him to see the light of truth. It also chronicles the collapse of the Roman world and how Augustine laid the intellectual foundations of what would later become Europe. Alongside Augustine, the stories of two other great saints, Monica and Ambrose, are also portrayed.

This movie is not rated, but was created with an adult audience in mind. It may contain intense scenes indicative of the life and times of the saint or character portrayed. We would recommend Parental Guidance and that parents preview it before watching with children.
Catholic Heroes: The Story of Saint Augustine

Bright, young Augustine thinks his mother's religion is foolishness. Convinced that his superior intellect will guide him, he sneaks away from home and ventures to a new life in the city of Rome. Soon Augustine finds himself in an important position as "The Voice of the Emperor," with the life of luxury he's always wanted.

When the empire decides to take over the Christian basilica, Augustine prepares to give the speech of a lifetime, one that will slow the rising tide of Christianity's influence. With his devout mother and the unwavering Bishop Ambrose on one side and the empire's loyal soldiers on the other, Augustine must choose whom he will serve.
Have you ever struggled with being consistently inconsistent when it comes to spending time with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament? You're not alone.
"God became man so we may share in his life as his sons and daughters. He assumed our humanity to infuse us with his divinity. This is so much more than acquittal."
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