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St. Leonard Catholic Parish Manotick, Ont "Welcome Back!" This Sunday's readings explain what true religion is. It is not all about an external observance of rules, rituals and laws. It is much more about a loving relationship...







St. Leonard Catholic Parish

Manotick, Ont


"Welcome Back!"













This Sunday's readings explain what true religion is. It is not all about an external observance of rules, rituals and laws. It is much more about a loving relationship with God expressed in obeying the Commandments and seeing the face of Christ in every one we meet, and offering them loving and humble service. As St. James says, "to be doers of the word." Sacraments, and religious practices help us to practice this true religion in our daily lives.









Please join us for Mass this weekend. It is an opportunity to come together in community to worship and to offer our lives to God and also to thank Him for His many blessings. In doing so, you will receive Divine Life from Him in Holy Communion and, in turn, you will be strengthened and encouraged to share His love with everyone you meet. 

Be sure to check out the Worship section below for details on our Mass times and requirements.  God bless you folks, Father Gerard
























August 28-29, 2021






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Advantages of Fidelity • Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-8 

Psalm 15:2-3a, 3b-4a, 4b-5 

Response to God's Gift • James 1:17-18, 21b-22, 27 

Jesus and the Pharisees • Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23












Sunday Reflection: Pure Religion










Today’s Gospel casts Jesus in a prophetic light as one having authority to interpret God’s law. Jesus’ quotation from Isaiah today is ironic (see Isaiah 29:13). In observing the law, the Pharisees honor God by ensuring that nothing unclean passes their lips. In this, however, they’ve turned the law inside out, making it a matter of simply performing certain external actions.










The gift of the law, which we hear God giving to Israel in today’s First Reading, is fulfilled in Jesus’ Gospel, which shows us the law’s true meaning and purpose (see Matthew 5:17).


The law, fulfilled in the Gospel, is meant to form our hearts, to make us pure, able to live in the Lord’s presence. The law was given that we might live and enter into the inheritance promised to us—the kingdom of God, eternal life.


Israel, by its observance of the law, was meant to be an example to surrounding nations. As James tells us in today’s Epistle, the Gospel was given to us that we might have new birth by the Word of truth. By living the Word we’ve received, we’re to be examples of God’s wisdom to those around us, the “first fruits” of a new humanity.


This means we must be “doers” of the Word, not merely hearers of it. As we sing in today’s Psalm and hear again in today’s Epistle, we must work for justice, taking care of our brothers and sisters and living by the truth God has placed in our hearts.

The Word given to us is a perfect gift. We should not add to it through vain and needless devotions. Nor should we subtract from it by picking and choosing which of His laws to honor.


“Hear me,” Jesus says in today’s Gospel. Today, we’re called to examine our relationship to God’s law. Is the practice of our religion a pure listening to Jesus, a humble welcoming of the Word planted in us and able to save our souls? Or are we only paying lip service?


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.




















Regular Collections Aug 1, 2021                          New Roof Fundraiser Aug 22, 2021



















Please remember your local parish during these extraordinary circumstances. We are just $2,300 short of our New Roof Fundraising goal. If you are able to provide financial support to St. Leonard's, please consider making a donation online or by Interac e-transfer. You can also mail your envelope to the Church at the following address: Stt. Leonard Parish, 5332 Long Island Road, Manotick, ON, K4M 1E8


Thank You for Your Financial Support! 





















Faith Formation









The Creed: A New Film Series From Bishop Barron's Word on Fire


Many former believers have simply turned their backs on Christianity and no longer accept its teachings. But what are those teachings? And are they the same as what so many people reject?
In The Creed, my newest film series blending documentary conversations and dynamic talks, I'll guide you into the depths of the Nicene Creed, a fourth-century statement of faith that has profoundly influenced Christian spirituality, theology, and liturgy in both the East and West.
I encourage you to watch Episode #1 right here:

Bishop Robert Barron 



















Catholic Heroes: The Story of Saint Augustine


Bright, young Augustine thinks his mother's religion is foolishness. Convinced that his superior intellect will guide him, he sneaks away from home and ventures to a new life in the city of Rome. Soon Augustine finds himself in an important position as "The Voice of the Emperor," with the life of luxury he's always wanted.

When the empire decides to take over the Christian basilica, Augustine prepares to give the speech of a lifetime, one that will slow the rising tide of Christianity's influence. With his devout mother and the unwavering Bishop Ambrose on one side and the empire's loyal soldiers on the other, Augustine must choose whom he will serve. 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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