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St. Leonard Catholic Parish Manotick, Ont "Where disciples grow" There will be no public Masses this weekend. Public Masses at St. Leonard Parish, with a 30% capacity restriction, will resume on Ash Wednesday, Feb 17th.  This...







St. Leonard Catholic Parish

Manotick, Ont


"Where disciples grow"













There will be no public Masses this weekend. Public Masses at St. Leonard Parish, with a 30% capacity restriction, will resume on Ash Wednesday, Feb 17th. This marks the beginning of the 40 days of Lent and what could be a better time for us get back to our Church to reflect, to repent and be restored to right relationship with God as we prepare to celebrate the Lord's Resurrection at Easter (April 4th). Pope Francis asks that, "We pray, fast and perform the works of mercy in this time of grace, so that the Lord might find our hearts ready and fill them with the victory of his love."


Ash Wednesday (Feb 17th) Masses will be celebrated at 9 and 11 am as well as 7 pm. No online registration is required but seating will be limited to 30% of maximum capacity. See below for detailed Mass information.


Online Masses from St. Leonard's will be available on our YouTube Channel. To visit this site click here. Today at 4 pm a recorded version of the Sunday Mass will be available. During the week, the 9 am Wed, Thurs and Friday Masses will be Livestreamed.












Reading 1, Leviticus 13:1-2, 44-46
Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 32:1-2, 5, 11

Reading 2, First Corinthians 10:31-11:1
Gospel, Mark 1:40-45












Pastor's Message: Released from Quarantine










The scripture readings for today show divine power confronting the most dreaded of human ills in the time of Jesus: leprosy. In our own time we are dealing with the scourge of Covid-19. It has caused much sickness and death. Perhaps there is something that we can learn in the story of Jesus healing the leper that can give us faith and courage to persevere through these difficult times.










Conquered and controlled only in the twentieth century, leprosy, or Hansen’s disease (as it is known today) was, in effect, a death sentence for those who contracted it in the time of Jesus. Once it was determined that a person was stricken with leprosy, they were, legally obliged to keep their clothes torn, their head bare and to call out the warning, “unclean”, when approached (Lev 13:45). Ostracized from their family and neighbors, lepers were made to dwell outside the village or in a separate house. Permanently quarantined if you will. Thus, the leper is excluded from all aspects of communal life especially worship which was the very center of life for most Jews at that time.


In our Gospel reading today we hear that a leper came to Jesus. Once in His presence, the leper knelt and worshiped Him. This suffering man realizes who Jesus is. Not one prophet among many. Not just a wandering wise man. But the incarnation of the God of Israel. The only one whom that worship is the appropriate attitude. The leper says to Jesus “If you wish, you can make me clean.” It is as if he is saying, “it is your will that will be done, not my will”. Moved with pity Jesus reached out his hand and touched him. Jesus reverses the taboo against contact with the “unclean” and because of the touch of Jesus, the leper is healed.


What can we learn from this humble approach of the leper to Jesus? We need to acknowledge that in our sickness, our weakness, and, yes even in our sin, we are all to some degree a little like this leper. Our difficulties can cause us, like the leper to be cut off from our family and friends. In the case of Covid-19, even physically quarantined. The endurance of physical or mental pain are made far worse without the support of our loved ones.


Whatever trouble that we are in or cross that we are bearing, we need to have the faith and courage, just like the leper, to go to Jesus. Trusting in His lordship and with an attitude of reverence and worship, we ask that His will be done. This is the key step in getting our lives in order. When we worship the true God and accept that His will be done, our lives can come back into order.


Like the leper, once we have been healed by the Lord, we feel an obligation to tell the world about it. In this story the leper was specifically told not to do so for it was not yet time for Jesus to be fully known.  But his  zeal knew no bounds and he could not keep his good news quiet. His timing was off, but he was none the less one of the great early evangelists for the Christian message. As Bishop Robert Barron says, “Evangelization is one starving person telling another starving person where to find bread.”


Today, we are invited to see in the leper’s encounter with Jesus, the experience of every believer. Redeemed by Jesus and freed from sin and death, we have been forever released from the quarantine of separation, isolation and alienation. Healed and graced by Jesus, we, like the leper are each compelled to tell our story, making public the good news that God saves sinners and welcomes them home.


God bless you folks, Father Gerard













Ash Wednesday Liturgy Clarifications from Archbishop Marcel Damphousse


This year, Lent will be different than our usual experience. I encourage each and everyone of us to rely on our traditional practices of prayer, fasting and almsgiving with renewed vigour this Lent. You may consider offering the fruits of these practices in ways that support those struggling in the pandemic, especially those who are most vulnerable due to age, health, lack or resources or other reasons. No matter our particular circumstance, we can pray with and for those in need and in our fasting and charity, perhaps we can find ways to use the fruits of those practices to lend a material hand to those who need it.


As you have heard, we will be able to have larger celebrations of Ash Wednesday in our churches with up to 30% of the church’s normal capacity providing physical distancing and the other measures we have in place are followed.

For the distribution of ashes, I would like to mention that the sprinkling of ashes on people’s head is the preferred form. It is permissible to use a cotton swab or Q-tip to impose ashes on the recipient’s forehead as long as you use a fresh swab or Q-tip for each person.

Please continue to pray for me, as I do for you.














Public Masses will resume on Ash Wednesday, Feb 17th. 

No online registration is required but seating capacity is limited to 30%

Masses will be held at 9:00 and 11:00 am and 7:00 pm


Regular Mass Times


Saturday: 4:30 p.m.
Sunday: 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.

Registration is required for all Weekend Masses starting Saturday, Feb 20th.

You can make reservations by visiting or by calling the parish office at (613) 692-4254.  


Week Day Mass Times: Wednesday-Friday: 9 a.m.

Please note that no reservations are required for Weekday Masses.

Confession times
Saturday 3:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.










Online Masses from St. Leonard's will be available on our YouTube Channel. To visit this site click here. Today at 4 pm a recorded version of the Sunday Mass will be available and during the week the 9 am Wed, Thurs and Friday Masses will be Livestreamed. 












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.












Virtual Children's Liturgy


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. Click here to view.




















Here's a little gift for you!

You now have access to all of Bishop Barron's award winning programs through Word on Fire Digital.

Watch on your smart TV and mobile devices through the Word on Fire app!

All you have to do is:
Step 1 - Press the "PLAY" button on the video below (This activates this email address to give you video access)
Step 2 - Download the app to your Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV, Smartphone or Tablet (Just search 'Word on Fire Digital')
Step 3 - Log in with this email address and begin watching award-winning content seen by millions!

















Consider 40 bags in 40 days for this Lenten season


As Pope Francis said. "Less is more. A constant flood on new consumer goods can baffle the heart and prevent us from cherishing each thing and each moment."


There is an essential fact that when our life is full of stuff there is room for God, prayer or family.


Pick and size bag or box and get going! Fill on(or more!) a day for 400 days and re-cycle, donate or toss. You'll remove clutter while also donating to those in need!


Places to donate: 


St. Vincent de Paul: Clothing (clean/good condition) white bin on church parking lot or 1620 Merivale Rd


The Salvation Army: 1616 Merivale Rd. 613 228-5282 or 1350 Walkley RD  613 731-0165


Ottawa Humane Society: Blankets & towels 245 West Hunt Club Rd.  

613 725-3166


Canadian Diabetes Association: Household items, clothing

Schedule pick-up 800-505-5525













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 by Interac e-transfer. You can also mail your envelope to the Church at the following address: St. Leonard Parish, 5332 Long Island Road, Manotick, ON, K4M 1E8


Thank You for your Financial Support! 































Next Virtual Youth Alpha Night is 

Saturday, February 20th 7-8:30 pm!

Come hang out virtually with your peers and also take in Youth Alpha.
“Church: What about the church?”
To join, email Colleen O’Mahony-Menton before 6:45 pm, Feb 20th (colleen.menton@rogers....).












Faith Formation










Lectio Divina Live


Lent is a perfect time to dive into Scripture. Reading and hearing the Word of God can make your faith stronger and give you grace for your daily walk. You're invited to join Lectio Divina live, through video conferencing technology, with others from St. Leonard parish. Reflecting on the Gospel through a simple format helps us apply the living Word of God to our lives, where we are at. Join parishioners on Thursdays at daytime (10:15am) or evening (8:00pm) sessions. Contact Andrew and Eileen Brown ( or 613-692-2216 if you have questions. The zoom link is Here.

















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