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St. Leonard Catholic Parish Manotick, Ont The Baptism of the Lord This week the Province of Ontario put in place new restrictions on public gatherings in order to address the surge in Covid 19 cases due to the emergence of the...







St. Leonard Catholic Parish

Manotick, Ont


The Baptism of the Lord












This week the Province of Ontario put in place new restrictions on public gatherings in order to address the surge in Covid 19 cases due to the emergence of the Omicron variant. These restrictions (i.e., 50% capacity for worship services) do not add to the existing guidelines that all Churches in the Archdiocese of Ottawa-Cornwall are currently operating under for Mass, weddings and funerals. Thus St. Leonard Parish continues to be open for the public celebration of Mass. Please review the existing guidelines in the Worship section below.


We wish to remind everyone that if you have any flu-like symptoms or if you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19, please do not come to Mass. This will help ensure the safety and well-being of everyone in the church. As well, we would encourage anyone that may be immunocompromised or vulnerable for other reasons to consider not attending. All weekend Masses are available online by clicking here. Please keep in mind that, "If you are unable to attend Mass during this ongoing time of pandemic, Archbishop Damphousse grants the faithful dispensation from their Sunday obligation to attend Mass." (Archdiocese of Ottawa-Cornwall)












Pastors' Message

This Sunday we celebrate the Baptism of the Lord. Our scripture reading tells the story of Jesus being baptized in the Jordan River by John the Baptist. After His Baptism, Jesus was at prayer and the Holy Spirit descended upon him like a dove. We are told that a voice came from heaven saying, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.” (Luke 3:22)









The Baptism of the Lord in the Jordan reveals Jesus as the "Son of God" and the second person of the Trinity. God the Father identifies who Jesus is and sends him out on His mission. At the same time, Jesus takes part in the religious ritual of conversion (Baptism). Jesus is one of us. He is Emmanuel, God with us. He has come to be "the light of our world".


We too, as baptized Catholics, are commissioned to share the "good news" of the gospel. We are to "do good" and to "love our neigbours". What about you? By your actions, does everyone know that you are a baptized Catholic? Would God be "well pleased" with you? 


As we continue to struggle through these anxious times it is important for us to remember that God is with us and His love for us will never fade. Here is a beautiful prayer note that someone passed along to me last week:


"I pray that when the Covid settles we will realize how little we need, how very much we actually have and the true value of human connection. May we not wait for the storms of life to pass as they are plentiful, but learn to dance in the rain. Here’s to meeting you in person on the dance floor in 2022!"


God bless you folks, Father Gerard


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Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7 - The servant of the lord 

Acts 10:34-38 - Peter's discourse; the good news of peace 

Luke 3:15-16, 21-22 - Baptism of Jesus












Sunday Reflection: Why Was Jesus Baptized?









This Sunday we celebrate the baptism of Jesus, an event that formally began the public ministry of Jesus and ends the Christmas season for us today.  But it's a strange event.


Why would the sinless, almighty God of the universe receive baptism alongside fallen men and women?


St. Maximus of Turin affirmed, "Christ is baptized, not to be made holy by the water, but to make the water holy."  Jesus allows himself to stand shoulder-to-shoulder and numbered among us fellow sinners, assuming his role as the Lamb of God who would take away the sins of the world and descend into death for our salvation. 


We must all be humble enough to enter into the mystery and go down into the waters of our Baptismal call to be reborn in Christ who desires for us life and life in abundance!


Consider watching and sharing this video of Bishop Barron's on the importance of Baptism from his newest series The Creed:



"Baptism is the door of the spiritual life.” 

St. Thomas Aquinas 














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. 

  • As Father Gerard is away, there will be no Weekday Masses the first two weeks of January. Weekday Masses will resume Wed., Jan 18, 2022.










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










Are you looking to engage in something productive during this modified lockdown period? How about taking a few minutes every day to better understand your faith and draw closer to Jesus? Catholicism 101 is a NEW video series that St. Leonard's Parish will be offering over the next few weeks. 


This series is a fresh and energetic program that presents the basic truths of the Catholic faith over the course of 20 short and interesting videos. Catholicism 101 is a mini-course for you to be able to better understand the Catholic faith as well as an easy way for you to share the "Good News" with family members and friends.












Catholicism 101 Mini-Course


Click below and for 20 consecutive days 

starting Jan 17th you will receive a short inspirational email and video on the main elements of our Catholic faith that will give you a deeper understanding of the truth that we have come to believe.

















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


St. Leonard's Parish invites you to join a four-part program, entitled “Horizons of Hope: A Toolkit for Catholic Parishes on Palliative Care”. Beginning Tuesday, Jan. 25th, we will host an online meeting to share and discuss the importance of palliative care. Learn more about how we can respond to our Christian call to provide compassionate care for our loved ones at the end of life. Please email to register or receive more information.  
































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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