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St. Leonard Catholic Parish Manotick, Ont The Second Sunday of Advent This weekend marks the Second Sunday of Advent and our scripture readings call us to prepare a straight highway into our hearts so that we may receive Jesus as...







St. Leonard Catholic Parish

Manotick, Ont


The Second Sunday of Advent













This weekend marks the Second Sunday of Advent and our scripture readings call us to prepare a straight highway into our hearts so that we may receive Jesus as our saviour this Christmas. We also are encouraged to experience the presence of Christ among us today. Whether that is in the Eucharist, in other people or in our Catholic community here at St. Leonard. Finally, we are reminded to be ready to meet Christ as our Judge, both at the end of our lives and at the end of the world.









In this Sunday’s Gospel we hear of John the Baptist announcing from the desert the coming of Jesus and proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. The prophet Isiah had foretold the actions of John and his urgent message for the people of his time; “Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths. Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be made low.”


The anticipated coming of the Lord Jesus should be a time of joy, mixed with a sense of repentance and a desire to live in right relationship with God. It is a time when we should ask ourselves if we have anything in our lives that needs to be straightened out. Are there mountains that we have built up, like the pursuit of power and glory, which make it hard for Jesus to come into our life? Are there valleys in our life, such as an unforgiven friend or family member, that need to be filled in? Advent is the time for all of us to start knocking down some of our mountains and filling in some of our valleys so that the Jesus will have a straight path into our hearts this Christmas.


I look forward to seeing you at Mass this weekend as we celebrate Christ among us in the Holy Eucharist. 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 you have already done so, please consider signing up for our virtual Advent Retreat (see below).














Advent Virtual Retreat


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.



























December 4-5, 2021






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Sunday 9:00 am













Sunday 11:00 am


























Dec 11-12, 2021






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Sunday 9:00 am













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Baruch 5:1-9 - Jerusalem consoled 

Philippians 1:4-6, 8-11 - Gratitude and hope 

Luke 3:1-6 - John the Baptist












Sunday Reflection: Hope in the Waiting










Hope.  Hope may sound to our ears like simple optimism, but as Catholics, we believe that hope is about something deeper.  


Hope is a theological virtue, hope is a GIFT that God grows and cultivates in us, especially during this Advent season that emphasizes waiting in times of darkness. Even in situations of suffering and evil, we can ask for an increase in and grow in the virtue of hope.  


“Prepare the way of the Lord!” John the Baptist declares in our Sunday reading.  To prepare the way is to internally take stock of what habits, sins, and behaviors we’re trying to keep in the dark away from the transforming power of Christ.


We don’t have forever to respond to God’s call.


Have hope in the God who wants abundant life for you and wants you running in true freedom, for our God is faithful.


"God had no need to become man; man was already made through Him. It was we who needed God to become man and dwell among us."  St. Hilary of Poitiers


Questions for Additional Reflection: 

  • How would you define "hope" to a friend?
  • How does the Christian understanding of hope differ from the understanding of the world?






















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.












Light Up for Christmas



Last Saturday marked a joyful day as our Parish started to get ready for Christmas. Pictured here are the team from the Knights of Columbus (led by Trevor Ibach) and children who set up the Christmas creche and lights. Many thanks to all that braved the cold!











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 











Faith Formation
















For Kids: Nicholas, The Boy Who Became Santa


Nicholas was still a young child when he discovered a very special secret that changed his life forever. It was the gift of giving, by which he brought happiness to many people. Nevertheless, in sharing this gift, Nicholas had to face many dangers.

Here is the fascinating story of the boy whose love and care for others make him one of the most popular figures of all times. Today, more than sixteen centuries later, the entire world celebrates the kindness and generosity of the man we call Santa Claus.

Based on historical facts and traditions, Nicholas: The Boy Who Became Santa, is the beautifully animated film worth watching all year long. Watch Here













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....




















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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