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St. Leonard Catholic Parish Manotick, Ont Love Like Jesus This Sunday our Gospel reading from Luke continues with the Sermon on the Plain. Jesus paints a picture of the proper way to live to in God’s kingdom. Jesus talks about...







St. Leonard Catholic Parish

Manotick, Ont


Love Like Jesus













This Sunday our Gospel reading from Luke continues with the Sermon on the Plain. Jesus paints a picture of the proper way to live to in God’s kingdom. Jesus talks about love and He challenges us with two of His most difficult teachings: “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful” (Luke 6:36) and “Love your enemies.” (Luke 6:27)









The first reading provides a fitting example of being merciful just as God is merciful. The future King David is being pursed by a vengeful King Saul. When David is given an opportunity to take revenge on King Saul, he does not take it. He is merciful to the person that first gave him a chance at greatness. It must have been hard for David to forgive, just as it is sometimes hard to find it in ourselves to forgive those that have wronged us. Perhaps we would be wise to remember that we don’t always forgive others because they deserve forgiveness but sometimes it is because we desire peace.


In the Gospel Jesus calls on us to live by the Golden Rule: “Do unto others as you would have them do to you.” We all know how we would like to be treated. Do we treat our neighbours the same way? Let us put ourselves in our neighbor's place, and guide our behavior accordingly. 


Jesus then takes it one step further by challenging us to love our enemies. Jesus continually invites us not only to free the individual who wounded us, but also to free ourselves from the pain, anger and hurt that binds us. Jesus is patient and yet persistent. He continually invites us and calls us to forgive. Do I have the will and the courage to show my enemies mercy? Perhaps today we can take one small step in this direction. 


I am looking forward to seeing you at Mass this weekend. 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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1 Samuel 26:2, 7-9, 12-13, 22-23 - Saul's life spared

1 Corinthians 15:45-49 - The natural and the spiritual body 

Luke 6:27-38 - Love of one's enemy













"Love Your Enemies!" 

In today's Gospel, we hear the well-known "golden rule," Jesus' challenge to "Do to others as you would have them do to you" (Luke 6). 


Easier said than done, right?  It's a principle of mercy that we can all agree with but is difficult to live out. Mercy (misericordia) is to have a heart that suffers for another, even if that other person doesn't deserve it.  Our first reading illustrates how David could have killed Saul while he slept, but had mercy and spared him. Mercy often seems foolish, but this is the rising above our fallen natures to live as God desires for us to be.


None of us deserve or are owed the mercy of God. We've all sinned and given in to self-centered lust, anger, or pride. But thank God for his mercy and for Christ's offering of himself in our place. God's mercy is extended to us over and over again while we have time on this earth. Will we accept that mercy?


"For the measure with which you measure will in return be measured out to you," Jesus asserts.  How can you show that undeserved mercy to others this week? 











Consider watching the short video from Bishop Barron's award-winning series Catholicism with these questions in mind: 

  • What actually is "love," according to Christ?
  • How can the attachment to the approval of others block our ability to love as God does?



"Love all men, even your enemies; love them, not because they are your brothers, but that they may become your brothers.”

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. 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.













Take this Opportunity for YOUR voice to be heard: 


Each week we will share new information or link on how you can better understand the Synodal process in preparation for the survey that will be sent out in the spring.


Archbishop Marcel Damphousse recently wrote: “A Synod is fundamentally a spiritual process of listening and discerning how God is calling us to be a Church in the third millennium. It is a humble listening and a journey together which aims towards unity and understanding and should not be confused with a political process marked by power struggles.


In creating the opportunity for listening, dialoge and discernment at the local level through this Synod, Pope Francis is calling the church to rediscover its deeply synodal nature. Our diocesan process will bring together the voices of the people of God in order to ask one fundamental question: A Synodal church, in announcing the gospel, “journey’s together”. How is this “journeying together” happening today in our local church? What steps does the Spirit invite us to take in order to grow in our journeying together?


We invite you to listen to Marilyn Bergeron, Pastoral Services, Mission and Synodal Planning Committee



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











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's Parish invites you to an informative presentation, Tuesday, February 22nd at 7pm, on Hospice Care Ottawa. This charitable organization offers services to the dying and programs for their caregivers as well as for those suffering the loss of a loved one, all given at no charge. To register for this online presentation please contact


















For the Family: St. Bernadette of Lourdes


The first “Children’s Cinema” release from Navis Pictures, “St. Bernadette of Lourdes” is a beautiful and faithful retelling of the familiar story of one of the world’s most beloved saints. Humorous, moving, and reverent, this unique, award-winning, independent film has been seen by millions worldwide and has sold tens of thousands of copies since its release in 2009. Featuring a cast of over 160 mostly home-schooled, Catholic children ranging from 3 to 17 years of age, the film is perfect viewing for the entire family.


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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