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St. Leonard Catholic Parish Manotick, Ont We Are All Called to Mission This Sunday’s Gospel reading challenges us to heed God’s call to become disciples of Jesus and to share in His mission of bringing God's message of love...







St. Leonard Catholic Parish

Manotick, Ont


We Are All Called to Mission













This Sunday’s Gospel reading challenges us to heed God’s call to become disciples of Jesus and to share in His mission of bringing God's message of love into the world. We hear the story of three fishermen (Simon, James, and John) being called by Jesus to be “Fishers of Men”. Three simple people called to do extraordinary things. This call is for all of us today. How will we respond?









As the story unfolds, Jesus tells Simon to put out into the deep waters and prepare for a great catch. Simon indicated that no fish had been caught the previous evening and that he was reluctant to head back out. But he listened to Jesus and headed out into the sea. Upon seeing the incredibly large catch, Simon was overwhelmed with the power of the words of Jesus, and he confessed his sins. Jesus then calls Simon the name Peter (Petros, the rock), and this is the name that he will assume as the future leader of the Church. 


When Peter, James and John come ashore, they leave everything behind and follow Jesus. The miraculous catch of fish that they had witnessed signified the future mission of the Church. The disciples’ efforts to bring people to Christ would be rewarded in the same way if they obeyed and remained true to the words of Jesus. 


Jesus chooses ordinary people like you and me, as His ambassadors. He uses the ordinary circumstances of our life (family, friends, workplace) to bring others into relationship with Him. As Saint Teresa of Calcutta would often say, “God never calls the extraordinary people, but calls ordinary people to do extraordinary things.” Jesus speaks the same message to us today. We will “catch people” for the kingdom of God if we allow the love of Jesus Christ to shine through us.  Like Simon Peter, let us put our trust in Jesus  and joyfully assume our mission. “Do not be afraid, from now on you will be catching men.” (Luke 5:10)


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


PS: Thank you for all of your support over the last year. Please read the 2021 Financial Update below.

























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Isaiah 6:1-2a, 3-8 - Call of Isaiah 

1 Corinthians 15:1-11 - Christ's resurrection 

Luke 5:1-11 - Call of the first disciples













"Whom Shall I Send?"

Who's mission is it to evangelize?  Who is called to share "the Good News"?


The answer is...everyone!  


By our baptism, every man and woman is called to be a sharer of God's goodness. Everyone is called, in their own unique way, to evangelize. Maybe this is through listening to our coworkers, being attentive to our neighbors, or simply being present to our families. This is how we become "fishers of men."


This week, be courageous! Ask the Lord, "Send me!" and be ready to be sent out into deep waters with Christ at your side.











Consider watching the clip below of Bishop Barron's missionary trip to England a few years ago with these questions in mind: 

  • "What would happen if I gave God permission to direct my entire life?"
  • "Where does the Lord want to send me?" 



"Christ is formed in the believer by the faith of the inner man, called to the freedom that grace bestows.” 

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.





















Financial Update for the Year ending Dec 31, 2021


On behalf of the Finance Council and Father Gerard, we are pleased to provide the Parish with an update on our finances for 2021. As you are all aware, the Covid-19 pandemic, which started in March of 2020 continues. It has created an incredibly challenging time for all of us, both as individuals and as a Church Community. Together we have faced tough decisions on where and how to spend our time and money. If we have one message that we want to convey today, it would be one of gratitude and heartfelt appreciation for your ongoing financial support to your parish.


As a result of your continued generosity, in particular your response to our roof repair fundraiser, and government wage subsidies we are pleased to report that for the year ending Dec 31, 2021, we achieved a surplus of $17,426. Our total revenue of $306,785 represents a 6% increase year over year. Revenue from regular collections was down by $21,986 from last year. Our roof fundraiser contributed $35,169 to our total revenues and continued government wage subsidy support added another $20,534. As a result, we managed to come close to our budget revenue target of $308,0000. See Financial Statement below for greater breakdown in the numbers.


All of 2021 saw Mass attendance continuing at reduced levels that varied between 30%-50% capacity. With these restrictions in attendance as a backdrop, we need to re-emphasize the vital importance that online giving has played in our ability to maintain a financially viable parish community. This year, 77% of our total collection revenue were from some form of online giving. In 2020, this number was 61% while in 2019 the percent of online giving was just 33%. In early 2020, we introduced the mobile app for online giving and late in 2020, we offered e-transfer as an alternate means to make your donations. Combined with pre-authorized giving via automatic bank deduction and Canada Helps, we are pleased to offer parishioners four different online giving options that many of you have adopted.


From the beginning of the pandemic, we have attempted to maintain tight controls on our operating expenses and with the exception of the needed roof repair, we are deferring all capital expenditures where possible. Excluding the roof repair cost of $34,950, all other expenses totaled $18,591 lower than our budget of this year and $8,029 lower than 2020.


 Looking ahead to 2022, we continue to face a large degree of uncertainty. Although hope may be on the horizon in terms of government loosening some of the social gathering restrictions, we are budgeting a year very much in keeping with this year, both in revenue and expenses, obviously without a roof repair initiative. We also expect government wage subsidies to end, and we will have to watch our spending very closely.


We close our comments with the same message we opened with. Thank you so very much to all our wonderful parishioners who, throughout almost two full years now of pandemic restrictions and many concerns over when this will all end, you continue to make St Leonard your place of worship and provide us with continued financial support.


How can you help us to continue our mission and offer the services that our faith community requires?

1)     If you are not currently giving, please consider donating online through or using Interac e-transfer.

2)     If you are an occasional giver, please consider becoming a Pre-Authorized giver through your bank or a recurring giver on

3)     If you are an envelope giver, please note that collection by ushers is now available at all of the weekend Masses. If you are unable to attend Mass, you can mail your envelope to the St. Leonard office (5332 Long Island Road, Manotick, ON, K4M 1E8).


Whether you are a pre-authorized debit giver, a regular envelope user or an online giver, all your offerings are greatly appreciated. It is your financial support that has made innovative programs and past capital improvements in the Church possible, and we are extremely grateful for your ongoing generosity.


St. Leonard Parish- 2021 Financial Update






















Faith Formation










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


St Leonard Parish invites you to join those attending our online series on Palliative Care. Our next talk reflects on our Christian role in accompanying and supporting the sick and the dying and will be given on Tuesday, February 8th from 7 to 8 pm. Please register by contacting


















For Kids: Time With Jesus- Jesus Calls His First Disciples   


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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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