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St. Leonard Catholic Parish Manotick, Ont Blessings and Woes, the Beatitudes In this Sunday’s Gospel reading we hear of Jesus coming down from a mountain with the apostles and addressing a large crowd speaking of blessings and...







St. Leonard Catholic Parish

Manotick, Ont


Blessings and Woes, the Beatitudes













In this Sunday’s Gospel reading we hear of Jesus coming down from a mountain with the apostles and addressing a large crowd speaking of blessings and woes. It is very similar to the Beatitudes from the Sermon on the Mount presented by the Gospel writer Matthew and it is addressed directly to His disciples, It is often referred to as the Sermon on the Plain. If the Ten Commandments are the minimum that we as Catholics are called to obey, then the Beatitudes are the ultimate in Catholic morality that we are to strive for.









The Sermon on the Plain begins with four beatitudes. Jesus pronounces a blessing on the poor (“yours is the kingdom of God”), the deprived (“you will be satisfied”), the sorrowful (“you will laugh”), and the persecuted (“great is your reward in heaven”). Immediately following the blessings, Jesus pronounces a series of woes, speaking of the tragedy of being rich (“you have already received your comfort”), of being satisfied (“you will go hungry”), of being carefree (“you will mourn and weep”), and of being popular (popularity is no gauge of truth). In this section of the sermon, Jesus reverses the world’s way of looking at things. God’s value system is far different from earth’s value system. Do not be deceived into believing what the world tells us is important; it will only disappoint.


Perhaps this little story will illustrate the point. Someone once asked St. Teresa of Calcutta (Mother Teresa), “Why do you spend so much energy on the poor, the hungry, and the weeping of those in Calcutta?” She responded, “Jesus says the poor are the blessed ones. I take him at his word. I treat them as the royalty of God’s kingdom, because they are.” To grow into becoming fully Christian is to be transformed into seeing the world as God sees it. It is to look upon the poor, the hungry, the hopeless, the damaged from an eternally loving perspective. 

Today’s Gospel reading teaches us that true happiness, or beatitude, lies in the awareness of who we are and of what we are supposed to do. What about us today? 


This message applies to us no less than what it did to the disciples two thousand years ago. Do we find these words confusing or disturbing? Or do we find in them a comforting yardstick with which to measure our progress? What blessings will  you share with people in your life today?


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 17:5-8 - True Wisdom 

1 Corinthians 15:12, 16-20 - The Resurrection and Faith 

Luke 6:17, 20-26 - The Sermon on the Plain 












"Blessed Are You"

Are you happy? 


Isn't that what everyone is ultimately seeking, whether through money, pleasure, fame, or comfort? Happiness? 


This is what Jesus means by "Blessed" (beatitudo = happiness!) But what strange terms by which we are happy in the Beatitudes: when we are poor, mourning, insulted, ridiculed, and hated. Seriously, Jesus?  But only by detaching from our worship of money and status and comfort do we have the ability to operate in the freedom of God—to truly be full of the divine life of grace and be filled, be whole, and be happy. 


We are free to accept or reject the blessing God offers to each of us. This week, what will we choose?











Consider watching the short video from Bishop Barron's award-winning series Catholicism (clipped here for high school use, but recorded for all!) with these questions in mind: 

  • Why is "mercy" God's most tender characteristic? 
  • What in my life is leading me to spiritual death?  What is hurting me from being "pure in heart"? 



"If you have God, you have everything.”

St. Augustine  













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. This week the Archdiocese removed the requirement for us to maintain contact information for contact tracing. However, we would ask that you continue to pre-register for all weekend Masses so that we may retain adequate crowd control. Hopefully by mid-March this requirement may no longer be required.


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.













Take this Opportunity for YOUR voice to be heard!


Pope Francis initiated a synodal journey of the whole People of God, beginning in October 2021 in each local Church and culminating in October 2023 in the Assembly of the Synod of Bishops. Guided by the Holy Spirit, the goal of this first phase is to offer to as many as possible a chance for their voices to be heard: members of the Church, other Christians, the whole of society. 


And you may be asking, “What is a SYNOD”. What does it mean? In simple terms, it means Walking on the Road Together. The purpose of a SYNOD is to Journey Together to Chart our Future. 


Traditionally, a SYNOD was a gathering of Bishops to meet with the Holy Father to discuss the journey that we, together as Gods people, travel as a church. This SYNOD will be different because it will be in consultation with people throughout the church, throughout the world. Every diocese in every country in the world has been asked to participate, in order to help the Holy Father and the bishops to chart the future of our church.


Over the next few weeks, our Parish will be sharing information in order for you to better understand and get involved in the process. Ideally, this would have been done in person, but due to Covid restrictions, we will instead provide you with information and links so you have the opportunity for your voice to be heard.

This will culminate in the spring, with a survey question. Your input will be compiled and sent to the diocese, which in turn will be sent to Rome.  


We invite you to begin by clicking on the following links.  


Diocesan Synod: If you would like to receive updates about the Synod and other Catholic material via Flocknote, please register here:


ZOOM Webinar: How do we walk together as a church? Embracing Pope Francis’ New Call to Synodality: February 16   


Questions on how to Journey together?  Contact: Susan Killeen Ramsay  e:













Glasses for the Philippines


Recently over 150 pairs of eye glasses were sent from St. Leonard Parish to Santo Nino De Praga Parish in the Philippines and distributed to those in need. This was coordinated by Rolando Lagmay from the Knights of Columbus and, from all reports, they were extremely well received. Thank you for your generosity!


























Youth Ministry



Upcoming St. Leonard Youth Activities….


1) February’s Youth Ministry Night 


Saturday, February 26th, 7-9 pm, Church Hall

Showing “The Chosen” Season 1 Episode #4; Plus….

Snacks and Beverages Provided/Masks are required


2) Back by popular demand - St. Leonard’s NET Youth Retreat 


Saturday, March 26th, 6 pm – 9 pm

Stay Tuned for more information


Youth grade 7 through university please join us….


Email Colleen for more information at colleen.menton@rogers....  or call 613-692-1839 













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: St. Leonard Parish, 5332 Long Island Road, Manotick, ON, K4M 1E8.

                                    Thank You for Your Financial Support!    





















Faith Formation










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


St Leonard Parish continues its online program on Palliative Care. The next talk focuses on the Christian call to accompany the dying person and his or her caregiver. Join them Tuesday, February 15th from 7 to 8 pm.  Please register by contacting


















For Kids: Time With Jesus- Introduction  


Time with Jesus (TWJ) is a collection of short five-minute meditations that take children (and adults) on a journey through 13 popular New Testament bible stories to meet Jesus and speak with Him. Meditations are brought to life by the use of different voices, sound effects and music, making this an exciting and engaging prayer resource for families and teachers, helping children grow in their relationship with Jesus. Essentially, TWJ helps children encounter God and enjoy praying!


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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