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St. Leonard Catholic Parish Manotick, Ont "Lent: A time to renew faith, hope and love." Effective Friday, March 19th, Ottawa has moved back into the Red Zone control level. For religious services this does not change the current...







St. Leonard Catholic Parish

Manotick, Ont


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












Effective Friday, March 19th, Ottawa has moved back into the Red Zone control level. For religious services this does not change the current rules for gatherings. Social distancing and the indoor cap of 30 per cent of the approved capacity remains in effect. 


This weekend we celebrate the Fifth Sunday of Lent. We are open for socially distanced public Masses at our regular times. 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 New Covenant
• Jeremiah 31:31-34 Psalm 51:3-4, 12-13, 14-15 Jesus, Compassionate High Priest • Hebrews 5:7-9 

The Coming of Jesus' Hour • John 12:20-33 












Pastor's Message: Our Part in the New Covenant










My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, our journey to Holy Week and Easter is fast reaching its climax. Next Sunday is Palm Sunday and then we are straight into Holy Week. On this Fifth Sunday of Lent the tone of our readings is gradually changing. The stage is being set and the time for the ultimate price to be paid is approaching. We are called this Sunday to join in the New Covenant and to tie our self-sacrificial love to that of the ultimate sacrifice made by Jesus on the Cross.










In today’s first reading, Jeremiah prophesies a New Covenant forged by the shedding of blood— Christ’s blood on the Cross— which makes the whole world into the New Israel. “But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD. I will place my law within them and write it upon their hearts; I will be their God, and they shall be my people.” (Jer 31:33)


The best way to understand the history of  salvation is to understand the story of the covenants between God and his people.  In the Old Testament covenants were established with Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, and David.  These covenants were typically sealed in blood and sacrifice and were much more than a contract. The blood signalled the exchange of life and the sacrifice signified that these covenants came at a cost. The Old Testament covenants were a commitment to a sharing of life and a personal bond, if you will, a blood bond between God and His people.


But these covenants were broken by the people of Israel and Jeremiah is prophesying a New Covenant. A covenant based on knowing the Lord personally and a blood sacrifice for the forgiveness of our sins. Jesus heralded the arrival of this New Covenant when at the Last Supper he said, “Take this, all of you, and drink from it, for this is the chalice of my Blood, the Blood of the new and eternal covenant, which will be poured out for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.” (Matt 26:28) Through His death and resurrection Jesus fulfills the prophesy of Jeremiah and establishes a New Covenant based on the forgiveness of sin.


Today’s Gospel reading teaches us that new life and eternal life are possible only by the death of the self through suffering and service. Our New Covenant with God can never be complete if we are not ready to walk His path of suffering and dying for others. By his cross, He showed us an example we should follow. A true Christian does not seek his or her own comfort at the expense of others. Salt gives its taste by dissolving in water. A candle gives light by burning its wick and melting its wax. We gain eternal life only through self suffering and death for others. As Jesus says, “unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit.” (John 12:24)


Unless I give myself away, I remain but a single grain of wheat but if I am prepared to die to self (= love my live less), I will produce much fruit. This is what Jesus is telling us today. We are called to deny and deprive ourselves of our comforts and pleasures to make the life of others better. In all of this we need to remember to be a joyful giver. As St. Peter says, “But rejoice insofar as you share Christ's sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed.” (1 Peter 4:13)


What about you? Have you ever deprived yourself of some comfort to help another, if even in some small way? When the elderly neighbour called you and asked for a ride to Church, did you change your plans and make it happen? When the handicapped friend asked you to take him to the drug store, did you drop everything and help him out? When the Church food bank cried out for help delivering Christmas hampers, did you answer the call? When someone you know expressed an interest in growing in the Catholic faith, did you change your priorities and commit to accompanying them on a journey of discovery and conversion? As Mother Teresa says, “A life not lived for others is not a life.”


This Lent we are called to rediscover who we are. Christ’s death for us on the cross will be meaningless if we cannot accept the slightest inconvenience to accommodate others. If we cannot make simple or heroic sacrifices to show our love for our neighbours than we are not stepping up to the New Covenant. When we suffer in pursuit of a worthy cause of action, we come out better persons, we touch lives, and we can transform the world. The  Good News of the New Covenant is that a life spent in sacrificial offering to God and others will be rewarded both in this life and the next.


As we reach the last Sunday of Lent, let us ask God to give us the will and the strength to imitate Christ in his love and sacrifice and that we may always seek God’s holy will. “God, not my will, but thy will be done.” (Luke 22:42)


God bless you folks, Father Gerard












The Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary 

Lent is a wonderful time to practice this beloved Catholic devotion. On Tuesdays and Fridays join Bishop Barron in praying the Sorrowful 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.















Share Lent Solidarity Sunday


This weekend, we mark Solidarity Sunday, a time to offer support for the work of Development and Peace through our prayers and financial gifts. We ask you to make your donations through the website - If you are able to commit to a monthly donation, it will be matched by a group of religious congregations. For more information on the work of Development and Peace and resources for education and prayer, please go to the website or contact Jean Lashley at 613-491- 4775 or email Please see Archbishop Damphousse’s in this weekend's bulletin.




















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


if you would like to support our New Roof Fundraising drive you may do so through When making a donation on the site, instead of choosing the “General Fund”, hit the drop down menu and choose “New Roof Fund.”


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 the importance of the Cross.
















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






















On this special feature-length episode, Benjamin Cello, Lolly Popular, and the Cheerful Chums join with traveling troubadour, Brother Joseph, to tell the story of the Passion of the Lord Jesus to little children. Using immersive and artful shadow puppetry and a soaring full orchestral score, Brother Joseph and Benjamin Cello bring the Greatest Love Story Ever Told to life! Watch here.
























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