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St. Leonard Catholic Parish Manotick, Ont "Welcome Back!" This weekend 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...







St. Leonard Catholic Parish

Manotick, Ont


"Welcome Back!"












This weekend 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.












Elisha: The Multiplication of Loaves • 2 Kings 4:42-44  

Unity in the Mystical Body • Ephesians 4:1-6 

Multiplication of the Loaves • John 6:1-15












Pastor's Message: Jesus Feeds the 5,000










The readings for this Sunday call us to follow the truth of Jesus and to trust in divine providence. They also challenge us to be generous with what God has  given us and look out for those in need, especially the hungry in our world.










In the first reading, against objections, the prophet Elisha trusts that God will provide for one hundred people with only twenty barley loaves. Prefiguring Jesus’ multiplication of the loaves and fishes in the Gospel, the first reading reminds us that when we place our trust in the Lord, offering generously what God has given us, He will provide in abundance.


In the Letter to the Ephesians, St. Paul writes from prison, calling those who receive his letter to live in a manner worthy of the call they have received as Christian disciples. He exhorts the Ephesians, and us, to practice the virtues of humility, gentleness, patience, and love in our dealings with one another, as we live in the Holy Spirit, united in the one faith we have received from the One God—the God who is truly in control because He “is over all and through all and in all.” (Eph 4:1)


In the Gospel today, we are told that a large crowd follows Jesus across the Sea of Galilee because they saw him healing the sick. Through these healings, Jesus, who is the truth that sets us free, shows that God truly does hear and answer all our needs. Jesus continues to provide evidence of God’s providential care when, reminding us of the inexhaustible gift of the Eucharist, he multiplies five barley loves and two fish into more than enough food to feed five thousand people. The twelve wicker baskets full of leftovers show God’s desire to provide in superabundance for those who trust and follow Him.


The language of today’s Gospel is clearly Eucharistic – Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed them. The sacred dynamic operating in the Eucharist is vertical, towards God, and, at the same time horizontal, towards our sisters, brothers, and all of creation.


The words of Saint Pope John Paul II are especially pointed here. “We cannot delude ourselves: by our mutual love and, in particular, by our concern for those in need we will be recognized as true followers of Christ. This will be the criterion by which the authenticity of our Eucharistic celebrations is judged”.


The bread of the Eucharist and our daily bread are inextricably linked in today’s readings. Is Jesus asking us today to have new eyes for those in need, especially the people who are going hungry, and to commit ourselves to doing something more about it?


It is estimated that 690 million people go hungry in our world. Evidence from relevant bodies indicates that the Covid-19 pandemic – alongside ongoing conflicts, inequality, and the climate crisis – has undermined further an already broken food system, leaving millions of people, according to the UN, one step away from starvation.  


Pope Francis says that “world politics needs to make the effective elimination of hunger one of its foremost and imperative goals”. The pope continues: “When financial speculation manipulates the price of food, treating it as just another commodity, millions of people suffer and die from hunger. At the same time, tons of food are thrown away. This constitutes a genuine scandal. Hunger is criminal; food is an inalienable right”.


What can we as individuals do to help? While now that we can once again gather in groups, a good place to start is with sharing what God has given us through communal meals with our extended family and friends. There will always be enough! We can reach out to our neighbours in need through Amor Dei.  We can support the Manotick Food Bank. We can also encourage our political leaders to take greater action and never be afraid to speak out for the good of all of God’s Children. Let us promote a world where the poor are blessed and the hungry filled!


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, 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.













Bishop Barron's video from last year entitled The Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist has quickly become his most popular video ever posted and just surpassed 1 million views on YouTube!

Vatican II says that the Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life.
However, recent polls show a widespread misunderstanding of the Eucharist and a massive failure in communicating the doctrine of the Real Presence.
It is time for all of us to pick up our game about this absolutely essential sacrament!












Message from The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops on the First World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly



























The construction work on our New Roof was completed this week. We are currently at 84% of our fund raising goal and only need another $5,683 to take us over the top. if you would like to help us conclude our fundraising for this project 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 24, 2021






























Faith Formation
















For Kids: The Slugs and Bugs Show • Showing Love


It’s the day of the show, y’all! The Workshop is hosting a big Talent Show Extravaganza, but Doug and Maggie aren’t feeling well. Sparky and Morty push for the show to go on, while musician, Jason Eskridge, creates a special concoction that always makes him feel better. Can the ill get well or will they have to cancel the performance? 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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