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St. Leonard Catholic Parish Manotick, Ont "Welcome Back!" This weekend, in keeping with Step 3 of the Province of Ontario's Reopening Plan, we are open for the public observance of Mass with reduced restrictions.  Physical...







St. Leonard Catholic Parish

Manotick, Ont


"Welcome Back!"












This weekend, in keeping with Step 3 of the Province of Ontario's Reopening Plan, we are open for the public observance of Mass with reduced restrictions.  Physical distancing of 2 metres will remain in place and 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. 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.












Messianic Reign • Jeremiah 23:1-6
Psalm 23:1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6
All United in Christ • Ephesians 2:13-18
Return of the Disciples • Mark 6:30-34












Pastor's Message: The Good Shepherd










This Sunday’s readings explain how God, like a good shepherd, redeems His people and provides for them. The readings also challenge us to be good shepherds acting with fidelity and responsibility  in the family, in the Church, and in society.  Today, pastoral ministry includes not only the pastoral care given by those named or ordained as “pastors,” but the loving service given by all Christians who follow different callings to serve and lead others.















The first reading from Jeremiah shows us what happens when the shepherds of Israel fall short in their responsibility, and what happens when not enough people step up to help them. Bad leadership has consequences for the people being led. Under weak leaders, everyone gives less than they can. And a lot of people are left behind. But not to worry, God says through the prophet Jeremiah, “I will raise up a righteous shoot to David; as king he shall reign and govern wisely.” (Jeremiah 23:5) Jesus will be the Good Shepherd.


In the second reading, Paul celebrates the fulfillment of Jeremiah’s prophecy of a future shepherd who would gather the dispersed and the scattered into one people of God. This passage explains how Christ has brought about reconciliation between ancient enemies, the Jews, and the Gentiles. Paul affirms that the Law should no longer separate God’s people.


In the Gospel, the apostles return from their mission and relate to Jesus how they have ministered and tended the flock of people to whom they have been sent. Jesus realizes that they need time to rest and be refreshed before He and they continue their pastoral (shepherding) work.  The people (the flock) seek out the care of those who are good shepherds because they have not been taken care of by those who had been their leaders up to this point in their lives.  Jesus, moved with pity and compassion, continues His pastoral (“shepherding”) ministry to those in need.


All of us, as disciples of Jesus, are called to be pastoral as our first and most important role.   The word “pastoral” comes from the Latin word pastor meaning “shepherd.”  The true meaning of “pastoral” is “shepherding” – doing what is best for the flock:  leading, protecting, feeding, comforting, and uniting the sheep. As your Pastor, I certainly have my role to play in modelling the caring and nourishing qualities of the Good Shepherd. In the same way, you too must share in the role of shepherding each other.


The key quality of all shepherding must be compassion – a willingness to “suffer with” the other.   Each of us is called to share in the pastoral ministry of the flock of the Lord Jesus – in various ways and to the various persons whom the Good Shepherd has entrusted to our care.


Perhaps a story from the life of Saint Teresa of Calcutta (Mother Teresa) may help to illustrate the need for us to be more caring for those around us. Mother Teresa tells how one day she visited a retirement home in Sweden. It was efficiently run. The food was good. The staff were trained and treated the old people well. It seemed an ideal place in which to end one’s days. There were about forty elderly people in the home. They seemed to have everything they wanted. Yet as Mother Teresa went around, she noticed that none of them smiled. She also noticed something else. They kept looking towards the door. She asked one of the nurses why this was so. “They are longing for someone to come to visit them,” the nurse replied. “They are always looking and thinking, ‘Maybe my son, maybe my daughter, maybe somebody will come and visit me today.’ But no one comes. It’s the same every day.” “No one comes!”


The phrase haunted Mother Teresa. These elderly people had been put away in this home by their families and then abandoned. That sense of having been abandoned was by far their greatest suffering. Sometimes a person may have no choice but to put an elderly parent in a home. However, it is the spirit in which this is done that matters. When having placed an elderly parent in a home, one person may abandon that parent, whereas another visits that parent regularly. A Christian who does not care is like a lamp that does not give light. “Caring” is never easy. Yet all of us are capable of caring. All that is required is an open heart. When we care, we are fulfilling our role as Good Shepherds.


This year Pope Francis has decided to institute a Church-wide celebration of a World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly. It will be held on July 25th, close to the liturgical memorial of Saints Joachim and Anne, grandparents of Jesus. We are asked to reach out and be with our grandparents and elderly in a special way on this day. See the article below for more information.


To whom am I been called to show pastoral care to today?  Have I taken seriously my calling to shepherd those who have been entrusted to my care?  


The more we put love into action (compassion) the more we will hear and experience the words of the Psalm today: “Only goodness and kindness follow me all the days of my life; and I shall dwell in the house of the lord for years to come.” (Psalm 23:6)


God bless you folks, Father Gerard











First World Day of Grandparents and the Elderly


Pope Francis has inaugurated the first World Day of Grandparents and the Elderly for July 25th 2021. The theme of this day of celebration is from the Gospel of Matthew: “I am with you always” (Mt. 28.20).


In his message for this occasion, Pope Francis wrote: “I am well aware that this Message comes to you at a difficult time: the pandemic swept down on us like an unexpected and furious storm; it has been a time of trial for everyone, but especially for us elderly persons. Many of us fell ill, others died or experienced the death of spouses or loved ones, while others found themselves isolated and alone for long periods.”


A number of parishes in our archdiocese have outreach programs for seniors: I encourage parishes to look for creative ways to include and support our senior citizens who are at risk of isolation. A tip sheet is coming out with some ideas for parishes to put a new focus on their seniors.


Ottawa Cornwall Catholic Seniors (OCCS) is a new initiative in our diocese to encourage seniors at the parish level to help each other live meaningful lives in the later years of life. We have a new place on the diocesan website with training videos for creating ministries for seniors and projects like phone trees, general information on parish seniors activities in the diocese, and community resources available for frail seniors. More content will be posted as it becomes available.


The English tab is:

The French is:


There are many achievable things we can do to support our senior parishioners and to remind them that they are not alone or forgotten. 


Patricia Marsden-Dole has been working closely with parishes on ways to support our senior citizens). She is a good resource person for parishes seeking ideas for programs or easy to implement ideas (pmarsdendole@archottaw...).


This new international day honouring the elderly and grandparents will now be celebrated every year on the 4th Sunday of July. I encourage parishes to mark this special day, honouring our older brothers and sisters and seeking their wisdom, guidance and prayers. 

May we not only remember Jesus Christ’s promise “I am with you always” but also be his instruments, bringing this message to those most in need of a compassionate presence.

May God bless you.




Marcel Damphousse

Archbishop of Ottawa-Cornwall













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 Kateri Tekakwitha Feast Day July 14th: Pray For Us










Learn about Residential Schools 



Documentary: A National Crime (explores the efforts of Dr. Peter Henderson Bryce to publicize and put a stop to the horrific conditions he encountered in the Residential Schools in Western Canada, more than a century ago)

Link to "The Bryce Report"

Truth & Reconciliation Canada


Where are the Children Buried?
Read some reports & articles about the whereabout of the children, and unmarked graves.
Where are the Children Buried? (by: Dr. Scott Hamilton, Dept. of Anthropology, Lakehead University, Thunder bay, Ontario)
Missing Children and Unmarked Burials (Truth and Reconciliation Commission Canada)
Clarification on unmarked graves in Kamloops


A Catholic Response

Read the Catholic Response to Call to Action 48 of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (on adopting and implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples)

More info at














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
















St. Kateri for Children













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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