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St. Leonard Catholic Parish Manotick, Ont Jesus is Rejected in Nazareth Our Gospel reading this Sunday picks up where we left off last weekend with Luke describing Jesus’ first day of public ministry in His hometown of...







St. Leonard Catholic Parish

Manotick, Ont


Jesus is Rejected in Nazareth













Our Gospel reading this Sunday picks up where we left off last weekend with Luke describing Jesus’ first day of public ministry in His hometown of Nazareth. Jesus had read a Messianic prophecy that His listeners in the Synagogue would have all been familiar with. He had spoken this about himself when He said, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” (Luke 4:21) Jesus announces that He is the Messiah of prophecy.









The prophecy that Jesus read spoke to their spiritual bondage and captivity and that the Messiah would free them from the power of evil and restore the light of truth and love. Those gathered had hoped that the Messiah would free them from Roman rule. They were not so much interested in spiritual freedom as they we were in literal freedom from the Roman oppressors. The scripture tells us that the congregation were actually offended that He, a carpenter’s son, would stand in front of them and claim to be the Messiah. They started to confront and belittle Jesus. “Who is this man? Is this not Joseph the carpenter’s son?” (Luke 4:22)


Jesus then said that “Truly I tell you, no prophet is accepted in his hometown.” (Luke 4:24) He then gave them two examples when prophets were rejected by their own people and performed miracles elsewhere. Jesus has come to His hometown and instead of being welcomed with open arms, instead of them being His biggest and strongest supporters, He was rejected.


Sometimes those we love are the hardest ones to reach. However, we are called as Christians to speak the truth with boldness and with humility, fearless of the consequences just like Jesus did in Nazareth. Truth was not popular in the day of Jesus and sometimes you may find it is not popular in our day either. If you are feeling shunned by your family or your friends for speaking the truth of our Catholic faith, hold fast. Remain confident that God knows what you are going through and remember that, in the end, love never fails.


Continue to stay safe and healthy 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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Jeremiah 1:4-5, 17-19 - Prophet consecrated to God 

1 Corinthians 12:31-13:13 - Love never fails 

Luke 4:21-30 - Beginning of preaching; rejection by the townspeople













Love Never Fails


This Sunday's readings seem to be a strange mixture of topics and disjointed themes, but the line that runs from its start to its end is love


From the prophet Jeremiah's comforting words that "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you," to St. Paul's famous passage to the Corinthians on how "Love is patient, love is kind," to Jesus revealing his very identity to the people of his Nazarerite synagogue, the thread of love connects it all. 


God is love (1 John 4:8) and Jesus is the Divine Word made flesh. He preaches the difficult, challenging, and convicting truth out of love because love never wants us to stay stagnant or stuck in the pits of addiction. Jesus desires our freedom. Some respond openly to this call and others do not, like those who we hear from our Gospel today who drove him out of Nazareth. 


Even in the face of difficulty, how am I being called to love today?


What is the truth God is speaking to me, out of love, that I might be resistant to hear? 











Consider watching and sharing this video from Bishop Barron on how Jesus IS the Divine Word of God from the series Priest, Prophet, King:  




"The proof of love is in the works. Where

 love exists, it works great things."

St. Gregory the Great  













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)
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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.





















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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Faith Formation










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


St. Leonard's continues its series of talks on Palliative Care. This program which educates and addresses questions surrounding palliative care, death, dying and bereavement is open to all parishioners. The next series of talks is Tuesday, February 1st from 7 to 8 pm and is offered online. Please register by contacting in order to receive more information as well as the online link.


















The Witnesses Trilogy


Discover the power and love of Jesus Christ and see why his followers risked all to carry his message to the ends of the earth. Children and adults alike will be captivated by this account of Jesus’s life, featuring vivid storytelling and high impact animation. Recommended for ages 7 and up. Click 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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