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St. Leonard Catholic Parish Manotick, Ont The First Sunday of Advent Today we celebrate the First Sunday of Advent and the start of a new liturgical year. For the next four weeks our scripture writings will prepare us to...







St. Leonard Catholic Parish

Manotick, Ont


The First Sunday of Advent













Today we celebrate the First Sunday of Advent and the start of a new liturgical year. For the next four weeks our scripture writings will prepare us to celebrate the coming of the baby Jesus into our world at Christmas.

Advent is simply taking time each day, starting this Sunday, to prepare our hearts for Christmas. 









So what preparation might we undertake in the next four weeks to be in the best spiritual shape to joyfully celebrate the great feast of Christmas? Might I suggest that we focus on four things this Advent:

1) Repenting of and confessing our sins (The Sacrament of Reconciliation, see Christmas schedule below)

2) Renewing our lives through prayer (Set aside time for daily Prayer)

3) Sharing our blessings with others (Acts of Charity; ie., Amor Dei, see below)

4) Investing a few minutes each in developing a greater understanding of our faith (ie., Advent Virtual Retreat, see below)


Let's use this Advent as a time of personal renewal and let's make this Christmas our best ever, a season filled with joy and love!


Please check out the Worship section below for Mass times and public health requirements as we continue to be attentive to our neighbour’s safety.  Also take note that the Christmas Mass times and sign-ups are now available.

God bless you folks, Father Gerard













Advent Virtual Retreat










Don't have the time to go a little deeper into the Christmas story this year? How about a "busy person's retreat"? You are Invited to participate in a virtual retreat where we will reflect on the beauty and patience of the Advent season. Click below and for 8 consecutive days starting Dec 10th you will receive a short inspirational email and video on elements of the Christmas story that will open your heart to the coming of the baby Jesus.


























Nov 27-28, 2021






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Saturday 4:30 pm













Sunday 9:00 am













Sunday 11:00 am


























December 4-5, 2021






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Saturday 4:30 pm













Sunday 9:00 am













Sunday 11:00 am

























Jeremiah 33:14-16 - Restoration of Jerusalem 

1 Thess. 3:12–4:2 - Plea for growth in holiness 

Luke 21:25-28, 34-36 - Coming of the son of man












Sunday Reflection: Wake Up!










While the world likes to rush to Christmas, we Catholics are invited to take an entire season, called Advent, to slow down and prepare ourselves for the great mystery before us.  The message of Advent for us is simple: “Wake up!”

Advent is a time to be reawakened to the great mystery of the Incarnation: God became man, in time and space and in documented history over 2,000 years ago.  If this is indeed true, then Jesus Christ has changed everything.  

The people of Israel often grew tired in their exile and in their seemingly endless wait on the Lord. But in his time, not ours, God showed up.  And he still does today.  For our sake, God indeed became man.

What is our response?  How will this season be different?  What can I do differently? How can I put Christ at the center of my life again, or perhaps for the very first time?Let's wake up this Advent season!  

"He was born so that we might be reborn!" St. Augustine


Questions for Additional Reflection: 

  • Where do you feel that you are living "on autopilot"?
  • What's one practical thing you can do to make this Advent different?






















Friday, Dec 24th: 4:00 pm, 6:00 pm, 8:00 pm, 10:00 pm
Saturday, Dec 25th: 10:00 am

Please note: There will be no Saturday 4:30 pm Mass on Dec 25th


New Year’s Day, Saturday, Jan 1st: 10:00 am














Dec 24-25, 2021






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Christmas Mass Registration













Christmas Eve 4:00 pm













Christmas Eve 6:00 pm













Christmas Eve 8:00 pm













Christmas Eve 10:00 pm













Christmas Day 10:00 am













New Year's Day 10:00 am






















We are anticipating that physical distancing will still be required and that mask wearing will be mandatory. Seating will be limited to 100 persons per Mass. 


ALL SEATING FOR CHRISTMAS EVE AND CHRISTMAS DAY MASSES WILL BE VIA PRE-REGISTRATION ONLY (ONLINE at stleonardsparishca.flo... or by email at office@stleonardsparis...).    

If you do not have access to the internet, you may call the parish office at (613) 692-4254 to pre-register.


If a Mass is fully booked there will be NO WALK-IN SEATING allowed.


Please register all families members who wish to sit together under the one name and do not register your family members until you have confirmed with them that they will be attending.


We appreciate your understanding as we strive to safely accommodate as many people as possible under the current Provincial guidelines. 


Individual Reconciliation Dates and Times for Christmas

  • Sat. Dec. 18     9 am – 12 pm, 2 pm –  4 pm
  • Tues. Dec. 21   9 am – 12 pm, 2 pm – 4:15 pm, 6 pm – 8 pm









Regular Mass Times

  • Saturday: 4:30 pm
  • Sunday: 9:00 am and 11:00 am

Please note that physical distancing and masking remain in place for all Weekend Masses. 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 pre-registration is required for Weekday Masses. 

  • Wednesday-Friday: 9 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.






















With Advent just around the corner, Amor Dei would like to ask for your help with the Christmas Hamper program. As we continue to live with Covid in our community, we are proceeding this year as we did last year. We would like to call on the support and involvement of our Parish Family, in volunteering to “adopt” one or more families this Christmas Season. 


How does that work? We are simply asking for volunteers to organize the Christmas Hamper themselves, at home. Volunteers would be asked to purchase the non-perishable food items for their adopted family, add a few gifts for the adults only (Maximum of $25.00 each) and to deliver the hampers to the church at a designated time on Wednesday December 15. Amor Dei will look after the rest. 


If interested in “adopting” a family this year or to learn more about this project please contact Roxy McCarthy at (613) 692-3678 or email If you would rather support an Amor Dei family through a monetary or gift card donation, it would also be gratefully appreciated. If donating by cheque, please make payable to St. Leonard Parish. If donating by etransfer, the answer to your security question would be Amor Dei. Thanks in advance for your kindness.












Pro-Life Fundraiser



Support the pro-life work of Campaign Life Coalition! Our parish Pro-Life Group is organizing a fundraiser to sell delicious Christmas fruit cakes made by the Cistercian Monks of Val Notre Dame Abbey. You can order online at and have them shipped to you. To save on shipping costs purchase cakes and sweet or savoury gift boxes at St. Leonard Church on Dec. 11, 12th after Masses. Prices: 600g Cakes $20; Savoury Gift Box $30; Sweet Gift Box $25. Call or e-mail Eileen to order ahead or for more information 613-692-2216; da-ef.brown@sympatico....











Youth Ministry



Next St. Leonard Youth gathering….

Saturday, November 27th

7-9 pm, church hall

Christmas giving activity and continuation of The Chosen TV series


Youth grade 7 through university join us….


Email Colleen for more information at colleen.menton@rogers....  or call 613-692-1839 











Faith Formation
















For Kids: O Holy Night, The King is Born- What Christmas Is About

Celebrate the wonder and joy of Christmas with Brother Francis in this heartwarming presentation of the birth of God's Son! Witness the moving submission of Mary, Joseph, and others as they make way for our Savior. Watch Here






















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-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! 


























If you wish to schedule an appointment with Father Gerard or for any other administrative requirements please contact the Parish Office by email (office@stleonardsparis...) or by phone at (613) 692-4254.














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