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St. Leonard Catholic Parish Manotick, Ont "Lent: A time to renew faith, hope and love." This weekend we celebrate the Fourth 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 Fourth 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











Dissolution of Judah • 2 Chronicles 36:14-16, 19-23
Psalm 137:1-2, 3, 4-5, 6
Generosity of God's Plan • Ephesians 2:4-10
Jesus' Teaching to Nicodemus • John 3:14-21












Pastor's Message: John 3:16, The New Covenant










The Gospel for the Fourth Sunday of Lent includes a verse that is arguably one of the most quoted lines from scripture: "For God so loved the world that he gave up his only-begotten Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life." (John 3:16)










Reminders of John 3:16 appear at hockey games, football games, ads on buses, on billboards and even in popular songs. Usually, it is just presented as the phrase John 3:16. It is seen as a summary of the central theme of Christianity: the incarnation and our salvation through God's loving act of sending his only begotten Son. The words of Jesus to Nicodemus are a concise summary of the New Covenant that Jesus makes with all of humanity.


If you understood only one verse in the entire Bible, this is the one to know.  This is the one to memorize.  This is like Christianity 101.  There are six key words to note in this passage – God’s, Only, Son, Perish, Eternal, Life.  Circle those six words. God’s – Only – Son – Perish – Eternal – Life.  When you take the first letter of each of those six words what does that spell?  GOSPEL.  Gospel is an old English word and it means “Good News.”  The Good News, in this case, is that eternal life in heaven is possible through Jesus. It is the best news you have ever heard or ever will hear!  


Now let’s look at what Jesus said and what you need to do to experience the joy of dwelling in God’s presence forever. The first thing you must do is recognize God’s love.  “For God so loved the world.” God created you so He could love you. That is why you are alive. He made you to love you.  God’s love is not based on who you are.  It is based on who He is.  The Bible tells us that “God is love.” (1 John 4:8)  You were created as an object of God’s love.  Know that you are loved!


The next thing that you need to do is to receive God’s gift. That’s the second part of the verse.  “God so loved the world [I recognize His love] that He gave [there’s the gift] His only begotten Son.” Jesus came to earth and died on the cross so that our sins would be forgiven. Everything you have ever done wrong in life has already been paid for!  That is what Jesus Christ did on the cross.  He took away my sin and your sin.  We need to receive it for the great gift that it is.


The third step to having greater certainty that you are going to heaven is to respond to God’s offer. First you recognize God’s love – God so loved the world.  Then you receive God’s gift – that He gave His only begotten Son – that’s Jesus.  Then you respond to God’s offer.  God has made an offer to you.  It is an incredible proposal. He says, “That whosoever believes in Him should not perish.”  That is an incredible offer!  


What does it mean to “believe in Him”? It means you place your faith in Jesus and trust that He is your Lord and Saviour. Scripture also tells us that we must do the will of God; we are to love our fellow humans as God does by what we do, by our actions, by our deeds, by our works. Faith alone is not enough. And the Church and the Sacraments will be there every step of the way to help guide us and provide sustenance for our journey.


So, here are the steps if you want to dwell in God’s presence forever.  You recognize God’s love.  No one will ever love me more than God does.  You receive God’s gift of His only begotten Son.  You respond to His offer that “whoever believes in Him” by placing your faith in Him. And then finally you rely on His promise that you “Shall not perish but have everlasting life.”  


That is the New Covenant in a nutshell. God made you in His image and you were made to last forever.  God says I want you spending forever with Me, not apart from Me.  I want you forever with Me in eternity.  This Fourth Sunday of Lent let us remember the promise of Jesus and believe in Him so that we can confidently look forward to  experiencing the joy of dwelling in God’s presence forever.


God bless you folks, Father Gerard












The Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary 

Lent is a wonderful time to practice this beloved Catholic devotion. On Mondays and Saturdays join Bishop Barron in praying the Joyful Mysteries by
clicking here.














Lenten Confession Day

Mar 26th: 10 am to Noon, 1 pm to 4 pm , 7 pm to 9 pm


Join Us For Holy Week
March 28 – April 4
Pre-Register at:


Holy Thursday 7 p.m.
Good Friday 10 a.m. 3 p.m.
Easter Vigil 8 p.m.
Easter Sunday 9 a.m. 11 a.m.

Regular 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 am
  • Saturday: 4:30 pm
  • Sunday: 9:00 am and 11:00 am

Regular Confession times

  • Saturday 3:00 pm to 4:15 pm










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.






















New Roof Fundraiser


This summer, major repairs will be made to our Church roof at an estimated cost of $35,000. With the support of all our Parish families we can reach our fundraising goal to pay for the project! 


if you would like to support our New Roof Fundraising drive you may do so in one of three ways:

1) Online through When making a donation on the site, instead of choosing the “General Fund”, hit the drop down menu and choose “New Roof Fund.”

2) Using Interac e-transfer. When completing your e-transfer just enter "New Roof Fund" in the Message box.

3) Through your Envelopes. Write on the front of any of your envelopes "New Roof Fund". 

4) By Cheque. Write "New Roof Fund" on the Memo line of the cheque and drop off or mail a cheque to the Parish office at the following address: St. Leonard Parish, 5332 Long Island Road, Manotick, ON, K4M 1E8


Thank You for your Financial Support! 





























From now until Easter Sunday all members of the Parish have access to the video programs produced by Word on Fire Digital.  Check out the video below where Bishop Barron discusses 3 words that sum up the purpose of Christianity.
















Youth Ministry









St. Leonard Parish $1,000.00 Scholarship  


A St. Leonard Parish scholarship in the amount of $1,000.00 has been established for a graduating student from any high school who is a member of our parish and who embodies Christian values. The candidates need to be pursuing post secondary education in any field. Deadline for submission of applications is Sunday, May 2nd, 2021 at 12 noon. For more information and an application form please visit our parish website











Youth are invited to a NET Live Virtual Retreat!

Friday, March 26th, 6:30 – 9:30 pm    


Theme:  Friendship – Love. Loyalty. Authenticity. This is what we desire in our friendships, but how often do we actually get it?  Grab your gardening gloves and your watering can, and take a closer look at the ultimate friendship between Christ (the vine) and His disciples (the branches).  See what it means to be a true friend.
To join, email Colleen O’Mahony-Menton by Tuesday, March 22nd (











Faith Formation
















Missionary Discipleship with Julianne Stanz


Have you ever wondered what the term "missionary disciple" means? Who can become one? And even more significant, what "missionary" activity should they be participating in? Let author and speaker Julianne Stanz teach you from her wealth of insights after decades of training men and women to embrace their call to become missionary disciples. In her four hour class designed for all Catholics, Julianne provides rich examples, stories, and ideas to help us deepen our faith in our walk with Christ... and to go on mission, even in our neighborhoods and communities. Click Here to Watch.












Totally Toddlers


Learn with Brother Francis this Lent. This 4-part series will help toddlers learn more about their faith and the alphabet at the same time. Click Here.
























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