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St. Leonard Catholic Parish Manotick, Ont "Welcome Back!" We are pleased to announce that we have moved to Step 2 of the Ontario Government's Reopening Plan and are open for the public observance of Mass this weekend at 25% of...







St. Leonard Catholic Parish

Manotick, Ont


"Welcome Back!"












We are pleased to announce that we have moved to Step 2 of the Ontario Government's Reopening Plan and are open for the public observance of Mass this weekend at 25% of our seating capacity (88 attendees per Mass). All social distancing restrictions continue to be in force and all attendees must continue to wear a mask. Pre-registration is required for all weekend Masses. Arrive early to be seated in the Church. You will be seated in the Parish Hall once the church is filled to 25% capacity.


Kindly register here for this weekend: (stleonardsparishca.flo...) or through the St. Leonard website on an ongoing basis. Registration for the following weekend's Masses will be open starting Monday.  If you do not have a computer, please contact Susan in the Parish office before noon on Fridays and she will gladly help you out. 


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.












The Lord Speaks to Ezekiel • Ezekiel 2:2-5

Paul's Weakness • 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 

Jesus at Nazareth • Mark 6:1-6












Pastor's Message: Called to Be a Prophet in Our Time










This week’s Scripture readings describe for us the identity and mission of a prophet. This is a calling that belongs to all of us by virtue of our Baptism. As we begin to get back to normal and start to  encourage more people to return anew to participate in the Mass and to draw closer to Jesus, we have a great need for prophets here in our midst at St. Leonard.










In the First Reading Ezekiel tells us of his call to prophetic ministry. He recounts, “As the Lord spoke to me, the spirit entered into me.” (Ezekiel 2:2) Prophecy is not a matter of one’s own opinions. It comes from the Spirt of God. Prophets are seized by a power beyond them. They are gripped by a power outside of themselves. Ezekiel feels compelled to act.


Ezekiel is sent on a mission to his fellow Israelites, to the chosen people who have gone into rebellion against God. He knew this would be difficult because these people knew him. Going to your own can be harder then going to strangers. Speaking a challenging word to those who have rebelled against God can be particularly challenging. People do not like to be told that they have gone astray. But Ezekiel is assured by God that, “whether they heed or resist—for they are a rebellious house—they shall know that a prophet has been among them.” (Ezekiel 2:6)


The prophets in ancient Israel were summoned by God to speak his words. They were oftentimes words of warning, admonishment, and correction, as well as renewal, blessing, and hope. While some prophets foretold the future, this was a lesser gift. More to the point in terms of the future, a prophet “foretold” events because he could see the consequences of sin and evil. As a modern example, we could say: If you rob a bank, you are going to be sent to jail. It is not a mystical power that reveals that, but rather a knowledge of actions and consequences.


The words of a prophet, therefore, were about listening to God, seeing the world, exposing reality, and speaking the truth.


This story is in many ways about us. We are all called to be prophets to our own brothers and sisters in the Church, the new people of Israel. Many Catholics are in rebellion just like those people of Israel that Ezekiel was sent to. As an illustration, Vatican II says that the Mass is the source and summit of our Catholic life. How many Catholics go to Mass today? Pre-Covid that number in the USA was under 20%. I fear to say that in the area that St. Leonard serves, that number was significantly less than 20%. And with new Sunday morning patterns established during the Covid lockdowns, can we count on those folks returning?


God calls us to prophesize to these people. We should speak, in particular, to those people in our sphere of influence and let them know of our great joy in returning to Mass and the peace that comes from having a personal relationship with Jesus. We should encourage them to join us for Sunday Mass at St. Leonard. This will not be easy or make you popular. As today’s Gospel reading describes, even Jesus received a negative reaction when he started to teach in His hometown of Nazareth. But  God promises, whether they listen or not they will know that a prophet was among them. As Mother Teresa said, “God calls us not to be successful but to be faithful.” Leave the long-term success to God and do not be discouraged for you may be incredibly surprised by the long-term impact your actions will have.


Last Saturday as I baptized a beautiful innocent one-week-old baby girl, I prayed, “God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ has freed you from sin, given you a new birth by water and the Holy Spirit, and welcomed you into his holy people. He now anoints you with the chrism of salvation. As Christ was anointed Priest, Prophet, and King, so may you live always as a member of his body, sharing everlasting life.” Just like every other baptized Catholic, this little girl had received the anointing of a prophet. And just as Jesus spoke, named good and evil, and fought the fallenness of our world, so too she will be called in her own special way and in her own time to do a prophet’s work.


God bless you folks and have a great Canada Day! Father Gerard














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, if you don't have a computer, 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.












St. Leonard’s Parish Scholarship Award



Announcement From the Pulpit on June 27, 2021


Good morning, everyone. My name is Angela Marinelli and this is Gord Greffe. We are part of the St. Leonard Parish Scholarship Committee and it is our pleasure to be here this morning to announce this year’s recipient. Although all the candidates are active in our parish and are deserving of this award, we, as a committee, had the challenging task of selecting only one recipient.


This year’s successful candidate has been an ongoing, active member of the St. Leonard Parish for many years. She is a dedicated parishioner who attends Sunday morning mass with her family. If she’s not sitting beside her family it’s because she is performing one of the countless jobs in the parish. Our successful candidate is a responsible, compassionate young lady who has initiative and who is always willing to lend a helping hand. In addition to being a greeter, a slides technician and a member of the Youth Ministry group, our recipient, eager to increase her involvement in our parish, was inspired to become a Sacristan and Eucharistic Minister. Furthermore, our recipient has had an integral role in the delivery of our Children’s Liturgy program, initially as a teacher planning engaging lessons and then, taking on the more senior role of Coordinator. Although the pandemic has put a pause on the in-person Children’s Liturgy, our recipient was determined to find a way to reach our youngest parishioners by creating a virtual Children’s Liturgy. Her self-made
videos have offered the children a way to keep actively involved in their faith journey. Her commitment and drive to serve others, especially during this unprecedented time, is to be commended.


As well as her contributions to the parish, our recipient has played an active part in St. ..Mark High School and in the Manotick community. In the fall, this ambitious young lady is looking forward to starting her post-secondary education in the Honours Arts Program, Teacher Education Stream at Trent University. We wish her the best as she pursues her undergraduate studies. With her passion, creativity, and drive, she will be an exceptional educator.


We are pleased and honoured to announce that the recipient of this year’s St. Leonard’s Parish Scholarship Award is ... Elena Wilson. Come on up, Elena.


On behalf of the St. Leonard Parish Scholarship Committee, we’d like to present you with a certificate and a cheque for $1000.00. Congratulations, Elena! We wish you the best of luck in your future endeavours!













Join Father Gerard on a Tour of Egypt and the Nile 


Next Spring from April 28th to May 8th, Father Gerard will be providing the spiritual leadership on the trip of lifetime to tour Egypt and its world of ancient wonders.

Marvel at the magnificent structures in the Giza Pyramids and Great Sphinx in Cairo, admire the sophisticated giant statues and pillars in the Temples of Luxor and Karnak, embark on a relaxing and luxurious Nile River Cruise and felucca boat ride for fascinating natural sceneries and spectacular ancient monuments along the river. It will be a holiday you will never forget! 

For further details and to sign-up click here.













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-transferYou 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


New Roof Fundraiser







































Faith Formation
















For Kids: The Suitcase, A Story About Giving



Zeal and excitement are a part of every child. This picture book celebrates a young boy's enthusiasm to put into practice the words of Christ: to feed and clothe the poor, help the needy, and love one's neighbor.

As Thomas shows his family the items he has packed into his suitcase after hearing a stirring homily at church, they marvel at his inventiveness and loving heart—he is traveling to the Kingdom of Heaven, and he knows what it takes to get there! Thomas and his family figure out a way, with his suitcase, to accomplish the goal that Thomas is so excited about: to arrive at the Kingdom.  Watch here.



















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