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St. Leonard Catholic Parish Manotick, Ont The Fourth Sunday of Advent Only one week to go until Christmas and the anticipation is mounting! Our Gospel reading for the final Sunday of Advent focuses on Mary and her visit to her...







St. Leonard Catholic Parish

Manotick, Ont


The Fourth Sunday of Advent













Only one week to go until Christmas and the anticipation is mounting! Our Gospel reading for the final Sunday of Advent focuses on Mary and her visit to her cousin Elizabeth. It is Elizabeth, prompted by the Holy Spirit, who recognizes the magnitude of the incarnation that is about to occur and just how central the Blessed Virgin Mary is to the coming of Jesus into our world.









From the words of the Hail Mary, we are all familiar with the fact that Mary is called blessed among women and that the fruit of her womb holds the greatest blessing of all in the baby Jesus. The birth of Jesus would fulfill the prophecies of the coming of the Messiah. God would come to live among us. “The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel (which means ‘God is with us’)” (Isaiah 7:14).


But how are we to interpret the final comment of Elizabeth, “Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled?” (Luke 1:45) The angel Gabriel had told Mary that she would give birth to the saviour, the long-awaited Messiah. It was extremely hard for the young virgin Mary to believe how such a thing could happen. Certainly, it would require a miracle! But what does Mary do? She believes! And through her faith God’s amazing plan for our redemption unfolds. She is truly blessed among women!


What about us? Do we trust in the Lord’s promise of salvation that begins with Jesus coming into our world? This Christmas, just like Mary, let us dare to believe His promise, and we too will be blessed. “But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God” (John 1:12).


Join us for Mass this weekend and ask God to strengthen your faith. 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 18-19, 2021






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Dec 26, 2021






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Micah 5:1-4a - Restoration through the Messiah 

Hebrews 10:5-10 - The second covenant 

Luke 1:39-45 - The visit to Elizabeth 












Sunday Reflection: No Christmas Without Mary!










Rest.  It’s ok to rest!  In fact, it’s a law of growth, whether in nature or in our bodies’ health, that rest is an essential component for recovery.  

In the quiet soil, life grows.  And in the quiet soil of Advent, we’re asked to stay and wait a little longer, allowing Christ to take root and grow in us.  

Mary waited and trusted in the Lord, and when it came time to act, as we hear in the reading this Sunday, she acted in haste, not delaying in visiting her cousin Elizabeth who would bear John the Baptist.

While it’s tempting to cram in every last-minute item for the Christmas feast this week, it's important to find time to be still and meditate on this great mystery that God became man. 

Rest.  And let God do the work.  


"May our hearts be like the manger that held the Eternal One, who became so little to turn our poverty into true wealth and joy!"   St. Gregory of Nazianzus

Questions for Additional Reflection: 

  • Do you find it difficult to rest?
  • Is it easy or difficult for you to trust that God is at work and in control?
  • What's one thing you can do to slow down this week and allow time for prayer?






















Note: Christmas Masses are fully booked. Please check for cancellations.


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, Sat, 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.












Christmas Hamper Program 2021




A note of thanks from the Amor Dei Team:


"Through the generous support of all involved, we were able to respond to the needs of 16 families in our area this Christmas Season. On behalf of the members of St. Leonard’s Amor Dei Outreach Committee, thank you so much for making Christmas 2021 a most joyful and successful event again this year.


The response of the parishioners of St. Leonard’s in support of our call for sponsors of individual needy families was overwhelming. Your generous donations of food and gifts items for each of your adopted families was fantastic, to say the least. We also recognize the generosity of many who donated cash as well gift cards in support of our outreach efforts.


It goes without saying, without the support of time and energy of all the volunteer drivers who delivered these hampers, our goals would not have been achieved. Thank you so much to all of you.


Finally, Amor Dei would like to pass-on our sincere appreciation to all the students and staff of the 3 area schools, St. Leonard, St. Mark and St. Jerome for their continuing support of our Christmas Hamper Program."


Pictured above are a just a few of the Team members on "Delivery Day": Susan Evans, Pat Plue, Geri Ingham, Roxy McCarthy, Norm Chapman, Michel Doucet




















Please remember your local parish this Christmas. 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
















Kristoph & the First Christmas Tree: A Legend of St. Boniface


It's Christmas Eve in the year 722, and the young orphan Kristoph is accompanying the missionary priest Boniface through the German countryside on their way to the first Christmas the boy will celebrate outside the orphanage. They are hurrying to reach the next village by nightfall when they come upon a group of men worshiping a sacred oak tree and preparing to sacrifice the son of the village chieftain.


What happens next recalls the legend of how evergreen trees became part of the celebration of Christmas. This story beautifully retells an incident from the life of St. Boniface, the martyr who became the patron saint of Germany. Watch Here.












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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