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St. Leonard Catholic Parish Manotick, Ont "Happy Mother's Day!" 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


"Happy Mother's Day!"












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











Peter in Caesarea • Acts 10:25-26, 34-35, 44-48
Psalm 98:1, 2-3a, 3b-4
God's Love and Ours • 1 John 4:7-10
A Disciple's Love • John 15:9-17












Pastor's Message: To Love Others as Jesus Loves Us










This Sunday’s Gospel reading from John continues the farewell address of Jesus at the Last Supper and picks up where we left off last week with the metaphor of the Vine and the Branches. Jesus tells His disciples that, “As the Father loves me, so I also love you” (John 15:9) and He encourages them to remain in His love by obeying His commandments. He then gives them a new commandment to help them understand how they should best love. This new approach to love can certainly help guide us in these troubled times. As we celebrate Mother’s Day today, this is the perfect time to be reminded of how to love as Jesus loved.










I am sure that most of you are familiar with the Greatest Commandment of Jesus. In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus is asked by a young man, “which is the great commandment in the Law? And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matt 37-39).


In today’s reading Jesus clarifies this commandment and, perhaps even takes it a step further, when He says, “This my commandment: love one another as I love you.” (John 15:12) So not only are we asked to love others as we too would want to be loved but Jesus also commands us to love others in the same way that He loves us. And how exactly does Jesus love us?


Here are a few things we know about Jesus’ love for all of us and some thoughts on how we can share this kind of love with the many people that need it today.


Jesus came to us so that we could know God in a personal way. Loving each other involves being in genuine and authentic relationships filled with tenderness and compassion. Reach out to your family members and neighbours with charity in your heart just as Jesus would.


Jesus spent concentrated time with His disciples. Loving each other requires significant investment of time and shared experiences together. Take the time to connect with someone who is alone and lonely.


Jesus focused His time and energy on God the Father’s will. Just as He kept His Father’s commandments, He asks us to keep the commandments that He has given us. Loving each other as Jesus loves us includes a constant focus on following God and His direction for our lives. Be bold and invite those around you to follow God together.


Jesus, through His ultimate sacrifice, provides a better way to be restored to God. Loving each other invites people to receive the great sacrifice of Jesus. We give His forgiveness to others as an act of love. We sacrifice in relationships to make things better as a reflection of God’s sacrificial love for us. Do not hesitate to sacrifice your time, energy, and resources to help the other. God is calling us to be a blessing and, most importantly, to provide hope to those who are fearful.


Jesus showed us how to live. Loving each other includes helping each other live well. Jesus gives us powerful examples in every area of life on how to live, pray, think, act, and be. He shows us how to deal with power, religion, racism, conflict, and money (just to name a few). He gives us a different way of thinking (bless those who hate you and pray for those who persecute you). Look to support those around you in a joyful way and do not be just another source of negativity in these anxious times.


What makes it possible to love each other as Jesus loved us? It begins with our humble acceptance of Jesus in our lives. Loving each other continues with the presence of the Holy Spirit living within us. God’s word, prayer, and community with others following God are also key on this journey of loving each other as Jesus loved us.


My prayer for you is that you will continue to experience the love GOD has for you and may you model this deep abiding love with everyone you meet today and every day.


God bless you folks, Father Gerard


PS: Let us all be sure to remember our mothers this weekend and honor them by celebrating Mother’s Day. For it is from our Mother’s that we first experienced God’s Love.














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












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: 1st week of May



New Roof Fundraiser

Goal: $35,000      Raised: $20,066























New Roof Fundraiser


Dear Parishioners, I am looking for 3-4 volunteers to make up a committee for a fundraiser we might call Marketplace for the Roof. This is to raise money for the roof repairs at St. Leonard’s. I need your help to brainstorm the details of the plan and to carry it out. Please email or call me if you’d like to volunteer to be on the committee. I look forward to hearing from you. Suzie Noaro  

613 282-7559 or











Faith Formation














For Children: The Day the Sun Danced (The True Story of Fatima)


In 1917, three children named Lucia, Francisco, and Jacinta experienced a great miracle. While herding a flock of sheep outside the tiny village of Fatima, Portugal, the Blessed Mother visited them, not once, but many times, telling the children great and wondrous secrets that would affect all of creation.

When the children tried to share the joyous news of Our Lady of Fatima, no one believed them, until the day the sun seemed to dance in the sky. It soon became clear that they had been chosen by the Blessed Mother to share her message.

The Day the Sun Danced is the inspiring true story of Lucia, Francisco, and Jacinta, whose great faith and courage brought the message of Our Lady of Fatima to the entire world.  To watch
Click Here.












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