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St. Leonard Catholic Parish Manotick, Ont "Welcome Back!" My dear Parishioners, I must tell you how grateful I am that we are once again gathering as a community at the great banquet table to share the Bread of Life in the Holy...







St. Leonard Catholic Parish

Manotick, Ont


"Welcome Back!"













My dear Parishioners, I must tell you how grateful I am that we are once again gathering as a community at the great banquet table to share the Bread of Life in the Holy Mass! We are open for the public observance of Mass this weekend with some restrictions as we continue to move through Step 3 of the Ontario Government Reopening Plan. Please check out the Worship section below for more details. Wishing you a fantastic long weekend!  Father Gerard












Manna in the Desert • Exodus 16:2-4, 12-15  

Renewal in Christ • Ephesians 4:17, 20-24 

Discourse on the Bread of Life • John 6:24-35












Sunday Reflection: Endurance Test










The journey of discipleship is a lifelong exodus from the slavery of sin and death to the holiness of truth on Mount Zion, the promised land of eternal life.


The road can get rough. And when it does, we can be tempted to complain like the Israelites in this week’s First Reading. We have to see these times of hardship as a test of what is in our hearts, a call to trust God more and to purify the motives for our faith (Deuteronomy 8:2–3).










As Paul reminds us in this week’s Epistle, we must leave behind our old self-deceptions and desires and live according to the likeness of God in which we are made.


Jesus tells the crowd in this week’s Gospel that they are following Him for the wrong reasons. They seek Him because He filled their bellies. The Israelites, too, were content to follow God so long as there was plenty of food.

Food is the most obvious of signs—because it is the most basic of our human needs. We need our daily bread to live. But we cannot live by this bread alone. We need the bread of eternal life that preserves those who believe in Him (Wisdom 16:20, 26).


The manna in the wilderness, like the bread Jesus multiplied for the crowd, was a sign of God’s Providence—that we should trust that He will provide.


These signs pointed to their fulfillment in the Eucharist, the abundant bread of angels we sing about in this week’s Psalm.


This is the food that God longs to give us. This is the bread we should be seeking. But too often we don’t ask for this bread. Instead we seek the perishable stuff of our everyday wants and anxieties. In our weakness we think these things are what we really need.


We have to trust God more. If we seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, all these things will be ours as well (Matthew 6:33).


Dr. Scott Hahn


















Regular Mass Times

Please note that we are still in Phase 3 of the Ontario Reopening Plan and physical distancing of 2 metres will remain in place. All attendees must continue to wear a mask. We would ask that you continue to pre-register for all weekend Masses so that we may retain adequate crowd control.


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.  You can make reservations by visiting or, If you do not have a computer, please contact Susan in the Parish office at (613) 692-4254 before noon on Fridays and she will gladly help you out. 


Please note that no reservations are required for Weekday Masses. 

  • 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.























We received another $600 in donations towards our new roof this week. Thank you so much for your generosity! That leaves us approximately $5,000 short of our fund raising goal. It sure would be nice to wrap this project up by the end of summer. If you are in a position where you might be able to help us, you may do so in one of four ways:


1) Online through When making a donation on the site, instead of choosing the “General Fund”, hit the drop down menu and choose “New Roof Fund.”

2) Using Interac e-transfer. When completing your e-transfer just enter "New Roof Fund" in the Message box.

3) Through your Envelopes. Write on the front of any of your envelopes "New Roof Fund". 

4) By 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! 










New Roof Fundraiser July 31, 2021
























What is a Missionary Disciple?


The new Catholic buzzword is "missionary disciple."  It's the phrase we use to articulate the mission that each of us received from Jesus Christ at the moment our our Baptism. But what does it mean? Check out this helpful 5-minute video in which Fr. Mark Toups summarizes the nine characteristics of a missionary disciple. Consider using these nine points as a kind of examination of conscience for yourself and for your parish: Am I personally growing in all nine areas mentioned here? Is my parish offering ministries, resources and opportunities for the community to grow in all of these nine dimensions? If you find that there are gaps, pray about a few concrete next steps you can take to round out your personal and parish formation of missionary disciples.












Faith Formation
















Lukas Storyteller: Saints Anne and Joachim


As the kids of the reef prepare in excitement for grandparents day. Paul is sad because he never knew his own grandparents. Noah helps him learn more about them and tells him the story of Anne and Joachim, the grandparents of Jesus. Lukas show us how grandparents fill us with love, and through their example, bring us closer to Jesus. Watch Here.













Join Father Gerard for the Trip of a Lifetime! 

Save the Dates, 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.


For further details click here.



















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