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St. Leonard Catholic Parish Manotick, Ont The Third Sunday of Advent “Rejoice in the Lord always. I shall say it again: rejoice!” (Phil 4:4) This weekend we celebrate Gaudete Sunday, otherwise known as Rejoice Sunday. It Is a...







St. Leonard Catholic Parish

Manotick, Ont


The Third Sunday of Advent













“Rejoice in the Lord always. I shall say it again: rejoice!” (Phil 4:4) This weekend we celebrate Gaudete Sunday, otherwise known as Rejoice Sunday. It Is a day where I put away the penitential purple robes and put on the joyful rose-coloured robes because, as St. Paul tells us in today’s second reading, “the Lord is near.” (Phil 4:5)









This weekend Advent moves from the theme of the “the Lord is coming” to the theme of “the Lord is near.”  After all, we are now only two weeks away from Christmas Day and the arrival of the baby Jesus. This same baby Jesus, who as an adult, took on the burden of our sins, died for the forgiveness of our sins and gave us the promise of eternal life by rising from the dead. Therefore we rejoice. We have nothing to fear. Our scripture readings for this Sunday should lighten our mood and fill us with a sense of joyous anticipation.


In this time of a global pandemic and with new concerns about the Omicron variant, the focus of our anticipation is often on the negative and fearful. Let this celebration of the Third Sunday of Advent be a reminder that the God who loves us is still in control and that we should await his coming not with trepidation, but with rising joy. 


Over the next couple of weeks I encourage you to follow the advice of St. Paul and make "your kindness known to all". I look forward to seeing you at Mass this weekend and 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. 

God bless you folks, Father Gerard


PS: If your Christmas Mass plans change, please be sure to go back to the Mass registration system and cancel or modify your booking so that others might attend.


























Dec 11-12, 2021






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Saturday 4:30 pm













Sunday 9:00 am













Sunday 11:00 am


























Dec 18-19, 2021






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Zephaniah 3:14-18a - Promise of a savior 

Philippians 4:4-7 - Joy and peace 

Luke 3:10-18 - John calls the people to justice












Sunday Reflection: Joy










The liturgical color for this week is rose (or pink) as a reminder to “wake up!”  It’s a call to snap out of complacency and prepare ourselves for the coming of the Lord, to prepare ourselves with JOY!  “Cry out with joy!” we hear in Isaiah 12, for “the Lord is in our midst,” writes Zephaniah.

Joy is a fruit of the Holy Spirit!  Joy goes beyond mere moments of happiness that come and go.

In our Sunday Gospel we hear that John the Baptist brought good, joyful news to his followers:“ mightier than I is coming! I am not worthy to loosen the thongs of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire!”


Ask the Holy Spirit for the gift of joy this Advent and may we all be witnesses of that joy.


"We have seen the true Light, we have received the heavenly Spirit, we have found the true faith."  Byzantine Liturgy, Vespers during Pentecost


Questions for Additional Reflection: 

  • How is Joy different than Happiness?
  • Have you ever experienced real joy?  Even in a time of suffering or trial?
  • What's one thing you can do to live joyfully this week?






















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 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.













It’s finally here! Christmas time is here! Or is it?


While Christmas is getting close, it isn’t here quite yet. Instead, we are in a period of waiting, a time of preparation and longing. We are in the Advent season.
So before you jump into your favorite Christmas playlist, try as a family to listen to some beautiful Advent carols and songs, to really prepare your hearts for the coming of Jesus at Christmas. Here are a few you can enjoy:

‘O Come, O Come Emmanuel’ -

‘Light of the World’ - LISTEN

‘Come Thou Long-Expected Jesus’ - LISTEN

‘Love Comes Down’ - LISTEN

‘O Come, Divine Messiah’ - LISTEN

‘You’ll Come’ - LISTEN

‘Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence’ - LISTEN

‘Breath of Heaven’ - LISTEN


What is your favorite Advent song to listen to as a family?











Youth Ministry



St. Leonard’s Christmas Youth night….Saturday, December 11th, 7-9 pm

Church Hall


Christmas activities including caroling lead by our talented youth, Hannah and Eric

Plus “The Chosen” Season 1 Episode #3


Youth grade 7 through university join us….


Snacks and Beverages Provided

Masks are required


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




















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! 


























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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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