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







St. Leonard Catholic Parish

Manotick, Ont


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












This weekend we celebrate Palm Sunday and the start of Holy Week. 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











Welcomed With Palms • 
Mark 11:1-10

Psalm 22:8-9, 17-18, 19-20, 23-24 Imitating Christ's Humility • Philippians 2:6-11 

The Passion of Jesus • Mark 14:1-15:47












Pastor's Message: Palm Sunday and the Journey of Holy Week Begins










We are now preparing for the most important days in the life of the Church. This is the Holy Week Celebration. I know that with all that has been going on it is extremely hard to focus on the Good News that Jesus brings. But this week, as most of us anxiously await our turn to be vaccinated, let us make a special effort to reflect upon the events that brought about our salvation and look forward to the day that “the stone is rolled back, and we see the Son.”










It starts on Sunday, commonly known as Palm Sunday because of the palm branches that people waved at Jesus to welcome Him as He entered the city of Jerusalem. But more accurately, this is called Passion Sunday. This day marks the start of the passion and sufferings of Jesus that will reach its climax at Calvary on Good Friday. The Gospel reading this Sunday is the Passion of our Lord. This helps us put ourselves in the right mood for Holy Week as we pray and meditate on the passion and death of the Lord.


Today’s reading of the Passion of our Lord from Mark's Gospel joins two observances: the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem and the suffering and death that followed. Ordinarily on Sunday, we celebrate and remember the Resurrection of Jesus. But with next Sunday being Easter, the great annual celebration of the Resurrection, this Sunday we prepare to celebrate that resurrection by remembering intensely his Passion and death. Each year, therefore, faithful Catholics will hear the entire account of Jesus’s suffering and death this week and his Resurrection next week. These two celebrations of the Passion and Resurrection of the Lord, bracket Holy Week. But even if one is unable to attend the observances of Holy Week in person, the Sunday liturgy alone allows us to hear and ponder the entire paschal mystery, which encompasses Jesus’s death and resurrection.


All the events of this week are covered in Mark’s Gospel. From Judas’ making a pact with the religious leaders to hand over Jesus, to the Last Supper, to the agony in the garden, to the fake trial, to His passion – condemnation, scourging, crowning with thorns, crucifixion, death, and burial.  We should try to read the passion story repeatedly this week.  We should take time to realize all that Jesus did to bring the Good News to us.


A key line in the Gospel is the words of the Roman soldier after the death of Jesus:  “Truly, this man was the Son of GOD!”  This should be our profession of faith this week, and always.  Let us proclaim it by living as the daughters and sons of GOD, the sisters and brothers of the Lord Jesus.  Let us live lives that show we accept the salvation and redemption for which Jesus poured out His blood.  Let us be transformed through the Paschal Mystery (the suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus), so others will know that we believe that Jesus truly is the Son of GOD, our Savior.


As we reflect upon the passion of Jesus - the generosity of Jesus - the obedience of Jesus - the self-emptying of Jesus - it affords us the opportunity to examine our own passion for righteousness, our own generosity toward others, our own obedience to the will of the Father and our own willingness to empty ourselves so that our hearts, minds, attitudes and actions may more faithfully reflect the love of God who invites us each day to continue the ministry of Jesus in ways that fit the state and stage of life in which we find ourselves.    

During this most Holy Week, may the time you spend reflecting on the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus bring you a greater awareness of GOD’s love for you!


God bless you folks, Father Gerard












Bishop Robert Barron Reflects on the Stations of the Cross

Holy Week is a special time to draw nearer to the Passion of Christ by joining Bishop Barron as he reflects on the Stations of the Cross.














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


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





















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 one of the ways that you can do so is through Interac e-transfer. When completing your e-transfer just enter "New Roof Fund" in the Message box.


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 "Why did Jesus have to die on the Cross."
















Faith Formation




















 For Children: Brother Francis- The Stations of the Cross


Join Brother Francis as he follows our Lord on his way to the Cross. This episode includes:
- A short introduction to the traditional Stations of the Cross, and how meditating upon them brings us closer to our Savior.
- The traditional 14 stations beautifully illustrated with 14 thought-provoking meditations composed especially for children
- “What More Can He Give”—a moving song that reminds us of Jesus’s love for us all throughout his time on Earth.

This episode of Brother Francis is only on FORMED for a limited time! Watch it now, because it leaves after Easter.













Catholic Women's League: Plenary Indulgences for the year of St. Joseph


The members of the CWL are pleased to forward this message to all our fellow parishioners at St. Leonard's. We hope you will enjoy and benefit from this opportunity to get more graces from God.









Hello and Happy Easter
Holy Mother Church recommends the practice of indulgences. We all need special grace from God, He is always forgiving when we go to confession, but we still have to make reparation. This is where indulgences come in. It is like saying you are sorry for breaking the window and are forgiven... You still have to pay to repair the window. Please follow the
click here for information on indulgences.
God bless

Deb (Spiritual Development Chair, CWL St. Leonard's Parish)














Mental Health in a Time of Pandemic

The Archdiocese of Ottawa-Cornwall Pastoral Team has created a resource document dealing with mental health. Obviously our morale has suffered during the COVID-19 pandemic. Prolonged confinement and the other measures put into place by government authorities have increased stress and anxiety, which has further impacted people’s mental health. While the majority of people will eventually adapt to the situation, because of natural predispositions, some will feel increasingly fragile. This highly vulnerable state will cause them to experience various physical, psychological, emotional and behavioural symptoms. Read More...











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















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