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St. Leonard Catholic Parish Manotick, Ont "Welcome Back!" My dear parishioners, we are open for Mass this weekend with a few restrictions as it looks like we will remain in Step 3 of the Ontario Government's Reopening plan just a...







St. Leonard Catholic Parish

Manotick, Ont


"Welcome Back!"













My dear parishioners, we are open for Mass this weekend with a few restrictions as it looks like we will remain in Step 3 of the Ontario Government's Reopening plan just a little longer. Please check out the Worship section below for more details. We are hopeful that we will soon have even less restrictions as the Province closes in on the target of 75% of all citizens over 12 being fully vaccinated.


It is so gratifying to see more of you returning to Sunday Mass and The Eucharist. When we partake of  the Lord’s Body and Blood given to us in the Eucharist, we, as this Sunday's psalm tells us, “taste and see the goodness of the Lord." God bless you folks, Father Gerard












Elijah's Flight to Horeb  • 1 Kings 19:4-8  

Psalm 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9 

Vices to  Be Avoided  • Ephesians 4:30—5:2 116 

Discourse  on  the  Bread  of  Life, Continued  • John 6:4151












Sunday Reflection: Take and Eat










Sometimes we feel like Elijah in today’s First Reading. We want to lie down and die, keenly aware of our failures—that we seem to be getting no better at doing what God wants of us.


We can be tempted to despair, as the prophet was on his forty-day journey in the desert. We can be tempted to “murmur” against God, as the Israelites did during their forty years in the desert (see Exodus 16:2, 7, 8; 1 Corinthians 10:10).










The Gospel today uses the same word, “murmur,” to describe the crowds, who reenact Israel’s hardheartedness in the desert. Jesus tells them that prophecies are being fulfilled in Him, that they are being taught by God. But they can’t believe it. They can only see His flesh, that He is the “son” of Joseph and Mary.


Yet if we believe, if we seek Him in our distress, He will deliver us from our fears, as we sing in today’s Psalm.


At the altar in every Eucharist, the angel of the Lord, the Lord himself (see Exodus 3:1–2), touches us. He commands us to take and eat His Flesh given for the life of the world (see Matthew 26:26). This taste of the heavenly gift (see Hebrews 6:4–5) comes to us with a renewed command—to get up and continue on the journey we began in Baptism to the mountain of God, the kingdom of heaven. He will give us the bread of life, the strength and grace we need—as He fed our spiritual ancestors in the wilderness and Elijah in the desert.


So let us stop grieving the Spirit of God, as Paul says in today’s Epistle, in another reference to Israel in the desert (see Isaiah 63:10).


Let us say to God as Elijah did, “Take my life.” Not in the sense of wanting to die but in giving ourselves as a sacrificial offering—loving Him as He has loved us, on the Cross and in the Eucharist.


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.










Are You Starving for the Eucharist?


In his 2008 text, Eucharist, Bishop Robert Barron writes:

"In the spring of 2007, I was privileged to be a scholar in residence at the North American College in Rome. During that period, I had the opportunity, on three occasions, to distribute communion at Mass in St. Peter’s Square. Standing on one side of a partition, I watched as scores of people came forward to receive the Eucharist. In the typically Italian style, things were a tad disorganized, and the faithful were compelled, in the press of the crowd, to stretch out their hands toward me. I saw all sorts of hands — old and young, dirty and clean, lined and unlined — reaching out for the bread of life. When I would move along the partition, some would cry out to me plaintively, “Padre, Padre, per favore (Father, Father, please).” Never before in my priesthood, though I had distributed communion to thousands, had I had the sense of carrying food to those who were desperate for it. Those faithful in St. Peter’s Square embodied a truth that is deep in our Catholic tradition, though too infrequently stated: the Eucharist is not a luxury, but a necessity, for without it, we would, in the spiritual sense, starve to death."














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



















Please remember your local parish during these extraordinary circumstances. We are just $3,200 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: St. Leonard Parish, 5332 Long Island Road, Manotick, ON, K4M 1E8


Thank You for Your Financial Support! 





















Faith Formation
















Lukas Storyteller: St. Maximillian Kolbe and Gratefulness

Our friends take a trip to a camp that Lukas has prepared, but they soon begin to miss the comforts of their home. Inspired by the heroic life of St. Maximilian Kolbe, Lukas helps them understand that they should always be grateful for what they have.
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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