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St. Leonard Catholic Parish Manotick, Ont "Welcome Back and Happy Father's Day!" We are open for the public observance of Mass this weekend at 15% of our seating capacity (46 attendees per Mass). All social distancing...







St. Leonard Catholic Parish

Manotick, Ont


"Welcome Back and Happy Father's Day!"












We are open for the public observance of Mass this weekend at 15% of our seating capacity (46 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. 


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 morning.  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's Speech to Job • Job 38:1, 8-11 

Psalm 107:23-24, 25-26, 28-29, 30-31 The Ministry of Reconciliation • 2 Corinthians 5:14-17 

The Storm on the Sea • Mark 4:35-41












Pastor's Message: Jesus Calms the Storm










The first thing that comes to mind when one hears this Sunday’s Gospel passage of Jesus calming the seas is how closely it relates to what we have been going through for the last 14 months with the Covid-19 pandemic. Like the fear felt by the Apostles when they were tossed about in a violent storm, we too have been thrown into a situation where we may we have felt that our very lives were in danger. How did we respond to the fear that descended upon us and might we too have heard Jesus say, “Why are you terrified? Do you not yet have faith?” (Mark 4:40)










In a sense, this passage is holding up a mirror for us, inviting us to look at our own lives and to consider how we respond when all hell seems to be breaking out around us. Do we revert to an unenlightened fear as we try to hold onto some illusion of control, or do we find hope and confidence in what has been revealed to us about God’s power and action, even if we might not be able to recognize it in the moment?


in our readings today the overriding message that comes through loudly is that God is in control. The First Reading presents God’s response to Job’s question about all the problems which have befallen him.  God demonstrates the divine wisdom and power by pointing to the fact that no one assists God in the process of creating a powerful storm.  The Responsorial Psalm proclaims God’s mighty acts as seen by sailors during turbulent times on the sea.  In the Second Reading, St. Paul proclaims that Jesus is the new creation and that those who are joined to Him are renewed and become part of His new creation.  


The Gospel presents Jesus and His disciples embarking on the sea after a full day of teaching and preaching to the people.  Jesus falls fast asleep aboard the ship.  As a storm blows across the sea, the disciples become so frightened that they awake Jesus.  After rebuking the storm, He turns and chides His disciples for their lack of faith. At this point they were filled with great awe and said to one another, “Who then is this whom even wind and sea obey?” (Mark 4:41)


The question we need to ask ourselves is, why has the global pandemic caused us to be scared or even terrified? I believe the answer lies in our feelings of loss of control. Just as the disciples were not in control of the wind and the waves, we had no control over the Covid-19 virus. We were totally at the mercy of nature, and the mercy of God. But when our faith increases, our fear will decrease. The two best ways to increase our faith in a time of crisis is to ask Jesus to “to help my unbelief” (Mark 9:24) and to remember the times in the past where He has been at our side all the way through our own personal storm.

God genuinely wants the best for us and is working in our lives even while we face the most turbulent times.  God is not inflicting us with problems but is with us through the problems. He could have created a world without such difficulties but then we would not have the freedom to make choices to love and be loved.  Because God has empowered us with the ability to choose and make decisions and reflect on what we do, we experience a world in which we can see disorder.  We must place our trust in God for, in the end, He will lead us to an eternally safe haven where we will experience the fullness of life without problems.

At the height of the pandemic last spring, Pope Francis shared his insights into this very same scripture passage when he gave the Urbi et Orbi Blessing. Let me close with his final thoughts: ““Why are you afraid? Have you no faith”? Faith begins when we realize we are in need of salvation. We are not self-sufficient; by ourselves we founder: we need the Lord, like ancient navigators needed the stars. Let us invite Jesus into the boats of our lives. Let us hand over our fears to him so that he can conquer them. Like the disciples, we will experience that with him on board there will be no shipwreck. Because this is God’s strength: turning to the good everything that happens to us, even the bad things. He brings serenity into our storms, because with God life never dies.”


God bless you folks, Father Gerard


PS: Happy Father's Day!













A Prayer for Fathers’ Day


Good and gracious God, you showed us the importance of fathers when you chose Joseph to care for your Son.


Bless all the fathers who share your unconditional love with their children.


Bring comfort to those fathers who have lost children, or are estranged from their children, and all those who mourn the loss of their beloved fathers.


Share your blessings with all those who yearn for a father’s love and heal those wounded by a father’s fallibilities.


Bless all men who mentor and nurture children who are not their own and become fathers to children who need them.


Help us, the sons and daughters of their hearts and bodies, to return their love and honor them as Jesus honored Joseph.   Amen













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.














Join Father Gerard for the Trip of a Lifetime! 

Save the Date, Spring 2022


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. Mass will be offered each day and their will be ample time for spiritual reflection. For further details 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







































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Catholicism after Coronavirus: A Post-COVID Guide for Catholics and Parishes from Bishop Barron's Word on Fire organization offers advice from 14 Catholic evangelists on what Catholic leaders and parishes should do next.


















For Kids, Francis: The Odyssey: A Journey Back Home


King Ulysses has just won the Trojan War. All he wants now is to return to his wife Penelope and their young son. But his journey home becomes a long and dangerous adventure. Ulysses will have to test his courage and ingenuity to the limit if he's going to see his family ever again! Meanwhile, Penelope and her son use their own wits and loyalty to keep evil Antinous from taking over as king and stealing all that is dear to their family.

Let featured hosts–mischievous Barney Owl and Grandpa Owl–give you the ride of your life into The Odyssey: A Journey Back Home. It is a delightful, exciting, and hilarious adaptation of Homer's timeless tale of family, love, and unity. Watch Here.















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