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St. Leonard Catholic Parish Manotick, Ont Bearing Good Fruit Good news for our Lenten journey! Effective Tuesday, March 1st, all capacity restrictions have been removed for Church activities.  Physical distancing and Mass...







St. Leonard Catholic Parish

Manotick, Ont


Bearing Good Fruit












Good news for our Lenten journey! Effective Tuesday, March 1st, all capacity restrictions have been removed for Church activities. Physical distancing and Mass registration will no longer be required after this weekend. Masks (facial coverings) will continue to be required (except for those who have a valid medical exemption). For those who may prefer attending Mass with social distancing, we will retain the existing set-up in the Parish Hall. Please see the full announcement below from the Archdiocese.












Our Gospel reading for this Sunday continues with Jesus offering important moral teaching from the Sermon on the Plain. It starts with an analogy speaking about the need for each of His disciples to be an “insightful” teacher rather than just another blind traveler along the road of faith. Jesus then offers  a challenge to examine one’s life before criticizing others. He reminds us that we should remove the wooden beam from our own eye before attempting to remove the splinter from someone else’s eye.









Jesus then reminds us that we will only produce good fruit if we act “out of the store of goodness” in our hearts. “A good tree does not bear rotten fruit nor does a rotten tree bear good fruit.” (Luke 6:43) Are you confident that your life is bearing good fruit?


It is easy to see faults in others, much easier than taking a hard look at ourselves and our faults. Jesus encourages us to not be a hypocrite, pretending to be someone or something we are not. Until we see our own motives and actions clearly, we remain spiritually blind and are not capable of leading others. 


I leave you with two questions today. Do I sometimes speak judgmentally without taking the time to reflect on my own shortcomings? Remember, a person living in a glass house should not throw stones! What can I do through my words and actions to enrich the life and growth of others this week? 


I hope to see you at Mass this weekend. Just a reminder that Lent starts on Wednesday. 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

























Feb 26-27, 2022






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Sirach 27:5-8 - All tested by their speech 

1 Corinthians 15:54-58 - Glorification of the body 

Luke 6:39-45 - All known by their works













"Every Tree is Known by its Fruit"

The thread that runs through our readings today is the fact that our speech reveals our souls.


Jesus asserts that "Every tree is known by its fruit" (Luke 6). We are good by our very creation as men and women in the image of God. But our lives are also decidedly marked by what we say or don't say, what we do or don't do, and if we bear life or tear it down.


It's easier to see the flaws in others and offer our criticism. It's much more difficult to look within and to examine the beam in our own eye and where we fall short of receiving (and thus radiating) the love of God.











Consider watching this video from Bishop Barron with these questions in mind: 

  • What does it mean (and why does it matter) that Jesus is the "divine Truth in person"? 
  • How does the example (the work) of Christ stand against our world's obsession with fame, power, pleasure, or wealth? 



"A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love.” 

St. Basil













Ash Wednesday Mass Times

  • Wednesday March 2nd, 9:00 am and 7:00 pm

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 this Weekend's Masses. We would ask that you continue to pre-register for all weekend Masses so that we may retain adequate crowd control. Starting March 1st physical distancing and Mass registration will no longer be required.  Masks (facial coverings) will continue to be required (except for those who have a valid medical exemption). 


Kindly register here for this weekend: (stleonardsparishca.flo...) or through the St. Leonard website.


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.













Re: Province of Ontario – Religious services update regarding the move to step-three of the gradually lifting COVID-19 restrictions Religious services (include Mass, baptisms, weddings and funerals): 


There is good news for you regarding our Lenten journey. The Province of Ontario announced lifting capacity restrictions on March 1st as we move to the step 3 of the gradually lifting of COVID-19 restrictions. This means that parishes can fully open on March 1st: you do not have to impose 2-meters physical distancing between households. Masks (facial coverings) continue to be required (except for those who have a valid medical exemption). 


Starting March 1st, congregational singing will be allowed. 


Archbishop Marcel is continuing the dispensation from the requirement to attend Sunday Mass for a period of time. Parishes are encouraged to continue livestream Masses during this time. 


For Ash Wednesday, you may impose ashes on the forehead of individuals using a cotton ball or swab or you may use your thumb. The other option is to sprinkle the ashes on the head of the person as was suggested last year. You may use whichever means you feel most comfortable providing. 


If you have not done so already, you might wish to consider placing your order for palms for Palm Sunday soon as we will be able to distribute them this year. 


Thank you for your continuing efforts in the parishes to observe the necessary health regulations. I know we are all pleased to see an opening of parishes with the possibility to gather together to celebrate our faith, especially, the sacraments, as we begin our Lenten season of preparation for the celebration of Easter!












Mass Ministry Volunteers


We are still in need of more volunteers, especially for the 4:30 and 11:00 Masses. If you would like to help out please have contact Mary Robotham at mary.robotham2@gmail.c... or call the Church office at 613  692-4254. Training will be provided.












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


As we know, the human spirit longs for community and communion in Christ, especially when the culture seems to pull in all directions. In an effort to create a gathering space that celebrates the life of our community of faith, we’d like to share with you a new initiative on our part: a new Archdiocesan on-line portal called RUAH which will share videos about the synod and other life-giving events from around our diocese over the next few months.


If you would like to receive regular updates about the Synod and stay connected via Flocknote, please register here:


Questions on how to Journey together? 

Contact: Susan Killeen Ramsay


You may also wish to attend a special event with Bishop Robert Barron, Father James Mallon and Revd. Nicky Gumbel on March 1st at 1:00 pm, What is God saying to the Church? The link to sign-up is below.












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
















For the Family: Lent with Brother Francis


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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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