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St. Leonard Catholic Parish Manotick, Ont "Lent: A time to renew faith, hope and love." This weekend we celebrate the Second Sunday of Lent. We are open for socially distanced public Masses at our regular times. We are limited to...







St. Leonard Catholic Parish

Manotick, Ont


"Lent: A time to renew faith, hope and love."












This weekend we celebrate the Second Sunday of Lent. We are open for socially distanced public Masses at our regular times. We are limited to 30% of our maximum seating capacity and we would ask that you register at to reserve your seat(s).


All Weekend and Weekday Masses from St. Leonard's will be Livestreamed to our YouTube Channel. To visit this site click here











The Testing of Abraham • Genesis 22:1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18
Psalm 116:10+15, 16-17, 18-19
God's Love for Humanity • Romans 8:31b-34
Jesus Transfigured • Mark 9:2-10












Pastor's Message: The Transfiguration…A Mystical Experience










Have you ever had an experience of the supernatural? Have you ever seen, or heard or felt something that transcended your ability to comprehend it? Might it have occurred to you that you were participating in a mystical experience and that the presence of the divine was being made known to you?  Many of us have had such an experience and the question posed by this Sunday’s Gospel reading is what do we do when such an experience occurs.










Today is Transfiguration Sunday. We remember how Jesus took Peter, James, and John up a high mountain and He was transfigured before them so that His clothes became dazzling white and His skin shone like light. Moses and Elijah were seen conversing with Him. Moses was the great Lawgiver. Elijah was one of the greatest of the prophets. The two of them together represented all of the law and all of the prophets bearing testimony to Jesus and confirming him as the true Messiah. The apostles would have felt a great deal of shock and awe at seeing all of this unfold in front of their very eyes. They were seeing something that they could not comprehend. A mystical experience of the transcendent God. It is not hard to imagine Peter suggesting that they pitch three tents and stay right there because “He hardly knew what to say, they were so terrified.” (Mk. 9:6)


Then, to climax it all, “…a cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud there came a voice, ‘This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!’” (Mk. 9:7) Right after the voice from heaven said this, the apostles looked around and “they no longer saw anyone but Jesus alone with them.”(Mk. 9:8) It was clear, Jesus was the one of whom the voice from heaven was speaking. It was clear that Moses was not the Son of God. It was clear the Elijah was not the Son of God. It was Jesus, who was the long-awaited Messiah who had come to save the world.


In 2002, when Pope John Paul II added the Luminous Mysteries to the contemplation of the Rosary,  he stated that, “The mystery of light par excellence is the Transfiguration.” For it is in this event that the glory of the God shines forth from the face of Christ and the voice of God prepares the apostles to experience the agony of the Passion so that they may be prepared to enter fully into the joy of the Resurrection and a life transfigured by the Holy Spirit.


And how did Peter and the other apostles respond to this mystical experience? They listened to God. They listened when He told them that He must suffer and die. They listened to Him when He told them that they must deny themselves. They listened to Him when He told them that they must take up their own cross! They now understood that if they listened to Him they could find their salvation. For they remembered what Jesus had said earlier, “…those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake and for the sake of the gospel will save it.” (Mk. 8:35)


The whole purpose of the 40 days of Lent is to draw closer to God and feel His divine presence. Through prayer, fasting and almsgiving we can experience God’s grace more fully, and yes, perhaps it will remind us of a mystical experience where we felt the Lord’s presence in a supernatural way within the ordinary.  A time where we  could see through the ordinary to the extraordinary or to the transcendent and a recognition that the spiritual reality of Jesus is far greater and more beautiful than normal things.


This second Sunday of Lent let us be reminded of our own personal experience of God. How did God speak to us and what changed in our life because of our encounter with his divine presence? As we journey towards Easter Sunday, let us remember the message given to Peter, James, and John and “Listen to Him.”


God bless you folks, Father Gerard


PS: Perhaps this Second Week of Lent we could pray the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary and contemplate Christ as the definitive revelation of God.












The Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary with Bishop Barron

Lent is a wonderful time to practice this beloved Catholic devotion. Join Bishop Barron in praying the Luminous Mysteries by
clicking here.














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.










All Weekend and Weekday Masses from St. Leonard's will be Livestreamed at the time that they are scheduled to our YouTube Channel. To visit this site click here. The 4:30 pm Saturday Mass will be recorded and made available on Saturday evening 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.












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.




















From now until Easter Sunday all members of the Parish have access to the video programs produced by Word on Fire Digital. This week our focus is on the Stations of the Cross. Please check out the reflection below.


















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

Collections            2021           2020

Feb-MTD           $13,075      $15,072

Feb-YTD            $27,822      $41,637


Thank You for your Financial Support! 





















Faith Formation

















FORMED Now: Living Lent as a Family (Part 1 of 4)


Have you ever wanted to live more liturgically but not known how? We want to help all families by providing these discussions on liturgical living during Lent to be a resource for the Domestic Church—the home. We pray that these discussions bless you and your family.

Dr. Ben Akers sits down with Augustine Institute Graduate School Professor Dr. Sehorn and his wife, Sarah Sehorn, to discuss liturgical living during Lent. Watch Here!











Adventure Catechism: For Kids


Join Brother Francis as he answers the question, who made the world and everything in it. Click Here.

















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