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St. Leonard Catholic Parish Manotick, Ont "Where disciples grow" As a result of the Province of Ontario "Stay at Home" order the public observance of Mass at St. Leonard is cancelled until May 20th. The 4:30 pm Saturday Mass will...







St. Leonard Catholic Parish

Manotick, Ont


"Where disciples grow"












As a result of the Province of Ontario "Stay at Home" order the public observance of Mass at St. Leonard is cancelled until May 20th. The 4:30 pm Saturday Mass will be Livestreamed and will also be recorded for viewing throughout the weekend. It will be made available on Saturday evening here.  Weekday Masses scheduled for Wednesday, Thursday, Friday at 9:00 am will also be Livestreamed to our YouTube Channel. To visit this site click here











The Stone That Has Become the Cornerstone • Acts 4:8-12 

Psalm 118:1+8-9, 21-23, 26+21+29 Recognizing the Son • 1 John 3:1-2 The Good Shepherd • John 10:11-18 












Pastor's Message: The Good Shepherd










This weekend we celebrate Good Shepherd Sunday. We are reminded this Sunday that Jesus is the Good Shepherd who is willing to lay down His life for His sheep. In these difficult times of pandemic and stay at home orders, what immediately comes to my mind are the words of reassurance from Psalm 23, “The Lord is my shepherd… Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”










In our First Reading from the Acts of the Apostles, St. Peter explains how a cripple was healed by the name of Jesus, the very Jesus who had died and who is now risen. In his presentation Peter quotes the psalm which is used as today’s Responsorial Psalm. We hear that God uses the rejected stone as the cornerstone of the new structure.   In the Second Reading, St. John reminds his listeners that they have become children of God through Jesus’ freely choosing to do God’s work. 


In the Gospel, Jesus declares, “I am the Good Shepherd.” (John 10:11)

As the Good Shepherd, Jesus has a personal interest in each one of His sheep. Being a caring and providing shepherd, Jesus does what is best for the sheep, even to the point of laying down His life so that the sheep will live.  Unlike the hired shepherd who is only looking for pay and what can be obtained from the sheep, Jesus establishes a close relationship with all His sheep. They recognize and respond to His voice and He responds to them.


Christianity is a relationship with someone who has a voice. Christianity began with a small group of people listening  to the voice of Jesus. The first disciples heard his voice and their faith grew. We too, the sheep of His fold, hear His voice when the scriptures read at Mass. We also hear that voice when the Pope and our Bishops speak to us. The living voice of the Church continues to ring out through them.


We also hear the voice of Jesus in our conscience. We most often think of our conscience as a voice. Are we pleasing or offending someone? What does that voice inside of us tell us? When I do something morally wrong, I feel as if I have hurt someone who loves me. When I do something good, I feel as if I please someone whom I want to please. It is in our conscience that we hear the voice of the Good Shepherd.


The voice of the Good Shepherd can also be heard in family members and good friends who comfort us and confirm us. Is there someone in your life that comes to mind when you think of a good shepherd? It is interesting, that even though my mother has been gone a few years now, I can still remember the sound of her voice reaching out to soothe my hurts, calm my fears and point out the right path to follow. A good shepherd indeed!


Jesus, the ultimate Good Shepherd, will protect us and lead us every step of the journey. This is perhaps the most important truth to hold onto today. The terrain may feel unfamiliar. Our feet may grow weary. And fears may cast doubt on our ability to keep following the shepherd’s leading. But these are the times we must remember the shepherd knows the path better than us. Even death, the greatest unknown to us, has been known by Jesus. Yes, Jesus confronted death itself and conquered it. Now, you and I and all who trust Him, encounter death as a passageway to traverse, not a dead end to our journey. Like sheep following a shepherd, we can trust God’s leading because He knows the way!


This Sunday is also designated as the “World Day of Prayer for Vocations”. Our readings today offer us both comfort and challenge. The comforting message is that we are in the hands of the Good Shepherd. The challenge is that we need more good shepherds here on earth. Let us pray for vocations to the Priesthood, the diaconate, and the consecrated life so that we may have more holy and Spirit-filled shepherds to lead, feed, and protect the Catholic community. On this World Day of Prayer for Vocations  I ask you to encourage and pray for our young men and women to respond to God’s call to serve His Church in the ministerial priesthood and the consecrated life.


God bless you folks, Father Gerard














Regular Mass Times


There will be no public observance of Mass until May 20th as we remain under a Province wide lockdown.










The 4:30 pm Saturday Mass will be Livestreamed and will also be recorded for viewing throughout the weekend recorded. It will be made available on Saturday evening here.  All Weekday Masses (Wed, Thurs, Fri at 9 am) from St. Leonard's will be Livestreamed to our YouTube Channel. To visit this site click here













Online Masses in the Archdiocese


Click here for a list of online Masses in the Archdiocese of Ottawa-Cornwall.











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. 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


Thank You for your Financial Support! 










Regular Collections: 3rd week of April




New Roof Fundraiser






















Faith Formation




Premier Christian Radio in the UK just sponsored a survey that investigated how the COVID crisis has affected religious beliefs and attitudes. There were three major findings—namely, that 67% of those who characterize themselves as “religious” found their belief in God challenged, that almost a quarter of all those questioned said that the pandemic made them more fearful of death, and that around a third of those surveyed said that their prayer life had been affected by the crisis. Justin Brierley, who hosts the popular program Unbelievable?, commented that he was especially impressed by the substantial number of those who, due to COVID, have experienced difficulty believing in a loving God. I should like to focus on this finding as well. Read more...

























For Children: Signs of Grace


These videos are just a small portion of the curriculum created by the trusted theologians and award-winning film studio at the Augustine Institute. Signs of Grace is the only comprehensive sacramental preparation program for children that includes a thorough family faith formation component. We have loaded these introductory videos to the FORMED platform for a limited time, for easy access during these challenging times in the world. Click Here to View.
























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