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St. Leonard Catholic Parish Manotick, Ont "Happy Easter!" Hallelujah! Hallelujah. Jesus is risen! Let us rejoice in this most important day! Try to find joy in the small blessings--the sunshine and blooming flowers--and also in...







St. Leonard Catholic Parish

Manotick, Ont


"Happy Easter!"












Hallelujah! Hallelujah. Jesus is risen! Let us rejoice in this most important day! Try to find joy in the small blessings--the sunshine and blooming flowers--and also in the hope we have knowing our savior has conquered death. 


Unfortunately, as noted in earlier communications, the Province of Ontario has instituted a province wide lockdown effective today, April 3rd, for a period of 28 days. Religious services in the province will be limited to 15% of maximum seating capacity during this lockdown causing us to cancel the public observance of our weekend Masses during this period, including this weekend's Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday Masses.

The Easter Vigil Mass scheduled for 8 pm on Saturday and the 11:00 am Easter Sunday Mass will be Livestreamed on the St. Leonard YouTube channel.


During this period our regular weekday Masses (Wed, Thurs, Fri at 9:00 am) will be open for public observance at the seating capacity limit of 15% (45 people). The weekday Masses will also be Livestreamed. On the weekend, the 4:30 pm Saturday Mass will be Livestreamed. This Mass will also be recorded and made available (after 6:00 pm) on the St. Leonard YouTube channel for viewing throughout the weekend. 











Peter's Discourse • 
Acts 10:34a, 37-43
Psalm 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23
Mystical Death and Resurrection • 
Colossians 3:1-4 
Peter and the Disciple at the Tomb • 
John 20:1-9 












Pastor's Message: Easter and Hope










This weekend we celebrate Easter Sunday and the Resurrection of our Lord. Easter is the celebration of human redemption, a glorious day of thanksgiving and great joy. The Resurrection of Jesus over 2000 years ago is the very cornerstone of Christianity. It is the very reason for our hope as Christians and, as we struggle through this pandemic, hope is the very thing we cry out for!











The Gospel passage from John chosen for Easter Sunday this year begins in the early morning of the first day of the week with Mary of Magdala discovering that the tomb of Jesus is empty. Even the timing seems to speak of a new beginning. It is still dark, just the way it was at the beginning of time before God said, “let there be light.” (Gen 1:3) But a light is about to shine, and a new creation is about to appear. 


Mary runs to tell the apostles Peter and John and they rush back to see what has happened. Peter enters the empty tomb and finds “the burial cloths there, and the cloth that had covered his head, not with the burial cloths but rolled up in a separate place.” (John 20:7) And then John enters, and he too is a witness to the empty tomb, and we are told that “he saw and believed.” (John 20:8) As the Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches us “The empty tomb and the linen cloths lying there signify in themselves that by God's power Christ's body had escaped the bonds of death and corruption. They prepared the disciples to encounter the Risen Lord.” (CCC657)


Our Christian hope has always been based on the truth of what Jesus accomplished in the resurrection. On this glorious Easter weekend, we find hope in Christ and all his promises; we find hope through Mary of Magdala who was brave enough to visit the tomb in the early morning darkness; we find hope in Peter and John, who ran to the tomb only to find it empty. They took the first steps of faith in Christ and “believed.” 


We, too, can be comfortable in our hope that through Christ we will rise from death to new life. Jesus showed us on the cross how to hold the pain and let it transform us. He took on all the evil and dysfunction of the world and yet His love and forgiveness for us remained. He revealed the true nature of God as Love. Jesus, through His death and resurrection defeated death, sin and the devil and has given all of us the promise of eternal life with Him. He has shown us His power over death in the most unambiguous way and our lives no longer need to be dominated by the fear of death. His love for us surpasses all obstacles and is more powerful than our greatest enemies which are sin and death. That is why in Romans, Paul can say, “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8: 38-39


In these troubled times our confidence has been shaken. We have seen much sickness and death. Some of us have lost loved ones. Our way of life has become quite different and for many of us this has resulted in economic disruption and exceedingly high levels of anxiety and stress. Hope responds to our desire for happiness which God has placed in our hearts, keeps us from discouragement, and sustains us in this time of challenge.


It is the certainty that Jesus rose from the dead that should fill us with hope and optimism that we will overcome the difficulties that we are enduring. Amid the fear and anxiety of the pandemic, we perhaps come close to the disciples' experience of the first Easter. Like the disciples, let us also draw hope from the resurrection, knowing that death does not have the final say and this pandemic will not be the end.


On Easter morning, the stone was rolled back from the entrance of the tomb. Let us run towards Jesus  just like Peter and John did. Let Him empty the tomb of our heart of sin and death, and flood us with “His Resurrection Life” and give us renewed hope.


May God Bless you all on this holiest of days. Happy Easter! Fr. Gerard Plant













Archbishop Damphousse's 2021 Easter Message: 


"You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth who was crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. Look, there is the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him, just as he told you." (Mark 16, 6-7). 


I retain three key messages in this passage from the Gospel of Saint Mark, read at the Easter Vigil. First of all, just when the women thought they were entering the world of death, since they were going to embalm the body of Jesus in the tomb, they are told great news: Jesus has risen! What a surprise! For God, nothing is impossible. In the midst of our distress, our suffering, our darkness, the risen Christ reveals himself to us even today. Read more.... 













Weekend Mass

Note: Effective today, there will be no public observance of weekend Masses until May 1, 2021.
The Easter Vigil Mass scheduled for 8 p.m. this evening and the Easter Sunday Mass scheduled for 11 a.m. will be available on the
St. Leonard YouTube channel.


Weekday Mass

Please note that no reservations are required for Weekday Masses but seating is limited to 15% of capacity (45 people) and there will be a sign-up at the door.

  • Wednesday-Friday: 9 am










All 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 Livestreamed and will also be recorded for viewing throughout the weekend recorded. It will be 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.













Cassandra Star (10) & her big sister Callahan (19) sing this beautiful & meaningful Easter version of Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah.













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 may do so is by writing a 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 why the Resurrection matters.
















Faith Formation

















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