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St. Leonard Catholic Parish Manotick, Ont "Welcome Back!" We are pleased to announce that effective this weekend we are open for the public observance of Mass. As per the Province of Ontario's guidelines we are able to...







St. Leonard Catholic Parish

Manotick, Ont


"Welcome Back!"












We are pleased to announce that effective this weekend we are open for the public observance of Mass. As per the Province of Ontario's guidelines we are able to accommodate 15% of our seating capacity for Masses. This means we can get back to 46 attendees per mass. All social distancing restrictions will continue to be in force and, for the time being, all attendees must continue to wear a mask. Pre-Registration is required for all Weekend Masses. 


Kindly register here for this weekend: (stleonardsparishca.flo...) or through the St. Leonard website on an ongoing basis. If you do not have a computer or you just are not too tech savvy, 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.












Prophecy of the Restoration of Israel • Ezekiel 17:22-24 Psalm 92:2-3, 13-14, 15-16 

Walking by Faith • 2 Corinthians 5:6-10 Seed Grows by Itself and the Mustard Seed • Mark 4:26-34












Pastor's Message: The Amazing Little Mustard Seed










This Sunday we hear the parable of the mustard seed. Jesus uses this wonderful parable to show us how God tends to work and what the building up of the Kingdom typically looks like. From the exceedingly small to the very great—and usually by a slow, gradual process. God, it seems, tends to operate under the radar, on the edges of things, quietly, clandestinely. The question we should ask ourselves today is what can we do, in our own little way, to build up the Kingdom of God?










In the Gospel, Jesus points out that once a seed is sown in the ground, God allows the seed to grow and eventually produce a rich harvest, many times the original seed.  Although people did not understand the full botanical processes which are involved, they were familiar with the stages a seed goes through as it sprouts, grows leaves, and produces grain.  In a similar way, God allows growth to take place in those who are part of the Reign of God.  God is the giver of life and growth. We enjoy the benefits of the whole growth process.


Jesus then gives us the parable of the mustard seed to show how something small and seemingly insignificant can grow into a shrub which provides shelter for the birds.  A mustard seed is about the size of a period at the end of sentence of 24 point type (.).  Yet it can produce both a spice that is highly desired and enough shade and protection for many birds. Jesus shows us that something small and apparently insignificant can, over time, grow into something huge and beneficial not only for itself, but also for others.


It is easy for ordinary Christians to feel as if they really do not matter in the kingdom of God. As you seek to live out your faith each day, it might seem to you as if you are not making a whole lot of difference. But your mustard seed does matter! What we do to the least of Jesus’ sisters and brothers can become huge in the course of a virtuous cycle. 


Think about how the church began with a bunch of fishermen and a tax collector and few odd individuals and has become the largest community of the believers in the world. Think about how one little boy (Saint Francis) who heard a voice from the cross say, “Francis rebuild my church”, went on to form a religious order (the Franciscans) that has brought the Good News of the Risen Lord to millions around the world. Or how one little lady from Albania (Saint Mother Teresa), responding to the voice of Jesus, went out to India, formed the Sisters of Charity and brought the compassion of Jesus to ease the suffering of thousands of people. You may not be in a position to change the world, but what you do each day for the Lord is part of His Kingdom work. You can have a positive effect on others.


Are there mustard seed actions you can do today? Let me suggest a few that I know some of our Parishioners are doing as we slowly emerge from the suffering and social isolation of our shared Covid experience. If you know someone who has lost a loved one, call the office and arrange for a Mass to be offered for the deceased. Let your friend or family member know about the Mass being offered so that they are aware that you are thinking about them. If you know someone who is lonely, drop off some flowers from your garden. If you encounter someone who has gone the extra mile with a small act of kindness, take time to thank them and recognize their good deed.


This is the mustard seed principle. You see it up and down the ages. God likes to begin small and from these quiet beginnings, great things emerge. Do not be afraid to do small things at the prompting of God. You might feel that nothing you could do could make a difference. Maybe you think that no one will pay attention to you or your project. God likes to operate in this quiet clandestine way. Take the risk. Plant the seed of love and watch it grow. Take even the smallest step and do not worry about it. The Holy Spirit and Divine Providence will take it from there!


God bless you folks, 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 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. to view.













Join Father Gerard for the Trip of a Lifetime! 

Save the Date, Spring 2022


Father Gerard has got the travel bug just like the rest of us! 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 click here.












Parking Lot Resurfacing


The resurfacing of the parking lot will happen on  the 15th (Tuesday) and 16th of June (Wednesday) and will be closed on the 17th of June (Thursday) to allow for drying.  There will be no parking allowed for those three days in the Church parking lot.













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, Francis: The Knight of Assisi


It was the age of knights and kings, when honor belonged to the heroes and glory was found in the battle field. There lived a brave young man named Francis, whose wish was to become a mighty warrior and conquer a magnificent castle.

One day Francis felt a calling to greater glory. God had vested upon him a very special mission that would require a supreme act of courage. For the love of God, his King, Francis gave up everything that he had and joyfully embarked upon the most exciting and unexpected adventure.

Francis: The Knight of Assisi is the remarkable story of the founder of the Order of Minor Friars and inspiration of three Franciscan orders.
Watch here.















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