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St. Leonard Catholic Parish Manotick, Ont Jesus Begins His Public Ministry In this Sunday’s Gospel we hear the story of Jesus returning to His hometown of Nazareth and speaking in the synagogue on the Sabbath day. He reads from...







St. Leonard Catholic Parish

Manotick, Ont


Jesus Begins His Public Ministry













In this Sunday’s Gospel we hear the story of Jesus returning to His hometown of Nazareth and speaking in the synagogue on the Sabbath day. He reads from the prophet Isaiah who has foretold the arrival of a Messiah who will “bring glad tidings to the poor, liberation to captives, recovery of sight to the blind and freedom for the oppressed.” (Luke 4:18) To the astonishment of his fellow Nazarenes, Jesus declares that Isaiah’s prophecy is fulfilled at that very moment “in your hearing,” because the prophecy foretells and describes Jesus’ own identity and message.









Thus begins the public ministry of Jesus. Initially, Luke reports that surprise and admiration were the first reactions of the people who were moved by the power and eloquence of one of their own. Jesus has come with a message of “Good News” based on love, mercy, peace and justice. But, when Jesus announced that He had come to replace the old Jewish love of law with a new law of love, it was a different reaction. The mission of Jesus was to give liberation to everyone who would listen to his “Good News,” accept it and put it into practice. Some were not interested in liberation and, as we will hear in the continuation of this reading next week and then see throughout His public ministry, Jesus and His message of love were found to be too challenging for many and would ultimately result in His death on the Cross.


What about us? Do we find the “Good News” of love, mercy, peace and justice too challenging? Do we put these principles into practice every time that we meet with members of our family, our friends or even strangers? Today, let us choose to “believe in Him” and “do what he tells us to do”. Jesus, the Messiah has come to join us and lead us and this is the amazing “Good News” announced in the Synagogue of Nazareth some 2,000 years ago.


Stay safe and warm this weekend and join us for Mass if you can. 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

























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Nehemiah 8:2-4a, 5-6, 8-10 - Ezra reads the law 

1 Corinthians 12:12-30 - Analogy of the body 

Luke 1:1-4; 4:14-21 - Beginning of Jesus' preaching













The Promise Fulfilled

God is a Father who keeps his promises and wove together a powerful story that would connect the Old Testament to the New, culminating in the death and resurrection of his Son for our salvation.


From the Old Testament, we hear today how Ezra the priest gave comfort to the people of Israel: "Today is holy to the Lord. Do not be saddened this day, for rejoicing in the Lord must be your strength!" (Neh 8:8-10). Jesus, standing firmly in the tradition of the great teachers, priests, and prophets of Israel, reads from the scroll of the prophet of Isaiah in his hometown of Nazareth:


The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
 to bring glad tidings to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives
and recovery of sight to the blind,
to let the oppressed go free,
and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord.

Jesus then utters the strange and disturbing words: "Today this Scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing."


How will we respond to the call and the demands of Christ today? 


Consider watching this video of Bishop Barron commenting on the power of the prophets from the series Priest, Prophet, King: 














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 reservations are required for Weekday Masses. 

  • Wednesday-Friday: 9 am

Regular Confession times (resuming next weekend)
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.












Faith Formation










“Horizons of Hope: A Toolkit for Catholic Parishes on Palliative Care"


St. Leonard's invites you to a series of talks on Palliative Care. This program was developed by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops along with partners and experts to empower, educate and address questions surrounding palliative care, death, dying and bereavement.. The first series of talks will be on Tuesday, January 25th from 7 to 8 pm. It will be offered online. Please register by contacting in order to receive the online link.


















The Eucharist for Little Children


"Jesus said, Let the children come to me."—Mark 10:14


These simple words inspire us to lead our children to Christ. The Sacrament of the Eucharist is the primary way to experience communion with Christ. In The Eucharist for Little Children, your children will begin to understand the Real Presence of our Lord in the Eucharist. They will encounter Jesus in the solemnity of the Mass, the quiet of adoration, and the splendor of a Corpus Christi Procession. Your children will also experience the Lord through the traditional beauty of the Church, inspiring music, and the vibrant spirit of our host Jennifer Naimo. Jennifer brings her Broadway talent to a new dimension in this ministry to little children.

This video is a wonderful way to prepare your children for their first Holy Communion, as well as give them a better understanding of the Mass. Click 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.


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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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