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St. Leonard Catholic Parish Manotick, Ont The Second Sunday of Lent: "Listen to Him" On this, the Second Sunday in Lent, our Gospel from Luke tells the story of the Transfiguration of Our Lord. The reading of the Transfiguration...







St. Leonard Catholic Parish

Manotick, Ont


The Second Sunday of Lent: "Listen to Him"













On this, the Second Sunday in Lent, our Gospel from Luke tells the story of the Transfiguration of Our Lord. The reading of the Transfiguration always occurs at this point in Lent to draw our focus towards the glory of Easter and the victory of Jesus over sin and death by His Resurrection. The goal of our Lenten observances is to be cleansed of our faults and sanctified in both body and mind so that we will enter fully into in God’s own glory.









In Luke’s Gospel, the Transfiguration takes place just before Jesus heads up to Jerusalem for His final ministry. He takes Peter, John, and James up to Mount Tabor, as Fr Javier del Castillo explains  “to show them the full truth about himself, about his divinity, so that they can have hope in eternal life and they remember this experience of divinity, of bliss, of eternity, when it comes time to suffer through the passion.”


The command at the end of this scripture passage from God the Father to, “Listen to him”, is the one and only directive we hear from the Him in the entire New Testament. This command was referring to Jesus’ recent teaching that his career would come agonizingly to an end. Instead of being crowned king of Israel, as many had hoped, he would “suffer greatly, be rejected, be killed and on the third day be raised.” The Apostles needed to understand that the path to glory in following Him would not likely come during their lifetime.  Jesus taught that by his own words and example.


The Transfiguration of Jesus is a foretaste of the glory which Jesus will ultimately experience through His resurrection and ascension.  It is also meant to be a glimpse of the glory that awaits us who journey along with Jesus through this world of pain and suffering.  


If we take the time to spend moments of reflective prayer with Jesus we can be drawn into a closer relationship with Him and His Father.  During these 40 days of Lent, let us make a conscious decision to step away from our daily activities and problems for a few minutes every day to spend time in God’s presence and listen to Him. In this way we will gain a much better appreciation for the love which God has poured out on us. We, in our own turn, can pass God’s love on to everyone we meet.


I hope see you at Mass this weekend, or if you are still a little apprehensive, perhaps at a weekly Mass.  God bless you folks, Father Gerard














Genesis 15:5-12, 17-18 - The covenant with Abram 

Philippians 3:17–4:1 - Christ our goal 

Luke 9:28b-36 - Jesus transfigured













The Transfigured Body of Jesus

On this second Sunday of Lent we hear from God the Father Himself proclaiming to the terrified disciples on the top of the mountain:


“This is my chosen Son; listen to him.”


Pretty big deal, right?  The Gospels are not myth or legend, but eye-witness accounts written by the disciples that knew and walked with Jesus during his time on earth. From Luke's Gospel, we hear about the experience where Jesus' body is illuminated by light (Transfigured) as he transcends space and time in conversing with Moses and Elijah.


Our very bodies are something good, as declared by the Catholic faith. We can degrade the body or we can obsessively worship the body---by the truly Catholic stance is honoring the body because we are our bodies; we are a body and soul composite, destined to follow Christ in the illumination of heavenly life.


The question of who Jesus is, his very identity, is so important. If we miss this piece---and the goodness of his earthly body---we miss the point of Christianity. 











Consider watching the clip below from Bishop Barron's newest series The Creed: 

  • Who is Jesus?  Is he just a nice teacher or moral leader?
  • Why is it important for us to know and proclaim who Jesus is? 
  • How would my everyday life be different if I daily remembered who Jesus is and his closeness to me? 



"The flesh is the very condition on which 

salvation hinges." 

Tertullian, Church Father













Sunday Mass Obligation Resumes Palm Sunday April 9, 2022. 

Archbishop Marcel Damphousse is extending the dispensation from attending Sunday Mass in person until the vigil Mass for Palm Sunday, April 9, 2022 in time for the Holy Week liturgies. Beginning on Palm Sunday, parishioners are invited once again to attend Mass in person unless for reasons of health they cannot do so at this time. The obligation to attend Sunday Mass does not apply if for health reasons you cannot attend Mass in person. Livestreaming of Masses will continue for parishioners who are homebound because of illness.


Lenten Day of Confessions

Friday April 8, 2022 10 am – 12 pm 1 pm - 4 pm 7 pm – 9 pm


Holy Week Celebrations April 10 – April 17

Holy Thursday 7 p.m. 

Good Friday 10 a.m. & 3 p.m. 

Easter Vigil 8 p.m. 

Easter Sunday 9 a.m. 11 a.m.


Regular Mass Times

  • Saturday: 4:30 pm
  • Sunday: 9:00 am and 11:00 am

Physical distancing and Mass registration are no longer required.  Masks (facial coverings) will continue to be required (except for those who have a valid medical exemption) for the next few weeks. 


Weekday Masses. 

  • Wednesday-Friday: 9 am

Regular Confession times 
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.













As a sign of our solidarity with our sisters and brothers in Christ, Archbishop Marcel Damphousse has designated this Sunday’s celebration of the Eucharist as a day of prayer for an end to the invasion of Ukraine and for the well-being of the people of Ukraine.












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.


For those of you who may have missed the live online event last week featuring Fr. James Mallon, Bishop Robert Barron, and Revd. Nicky Gumbel discussing the topic "What is God Saying to the Church?" you will find a link to the recorded event here. It provided tremendous insight into many of the challenges that we are facing today and some concrete examples as to how we might best move forward with our mission.



Questions on how to Journey together? 

Contact: Susan Killeen Ramsay











Youth Ministry



St. Leonard Parish NET Youth Retreat (youth in grades 7 to university)   Saturday, March 26th, 6-9 PM


Registration:  To register, contact Colleen O’Mahony-Menton by Thursday, March 24th colleen.menton@rogers.... or 613-692-1839.  Please provide participant’s full name, grade or age, and email address where the retreat link can be sent.  


Overview of NET Canada’s Virtual Youth Retreats:

NET Canada’s team of dynamic youth ministers are perfectly positioned to help reach youth so that they open themselves up to having a personal relationship with God. Backed by a professional staff team and over 600 hours of ministry formation.  A NET Team can help plant seeds of faith in youth through the facilitation of retreats.


How Does It Work?

Youth in grades 7 through university are welcome with accommodation up to 40 young people. Ideally, each participant should have access to a personal device (computer, laptop, iPad, phone, etc) and a stable WiFi connection to fully participate in the retreat. The NET Team will lead the young people through games, presentations, video recorded dramas, music and prayer opportunities. It is our hope that through these retreats, young people will be inspired to invite Christ to be at the center of their lives and choose to live in the fullness of our Catholic faith.


NET Retreats 

  • 9-10 dynamic missionaries to share their story and engage with young people
  • 3 hours of live, virtual retreat content
  • Small group breakout room discussions and activities
  • A combination of live and pre-recorded video presentations
  • Guided prayer time
  • 2-3 St. Leonard adult parishioners: Trevor Ibach, Joanne Kile and Colleen O’Mahony-Menton

St. Leonard’s NET Retreat Theme: Who is Jesus?

“We owed a debt we couldn’t pay; He paid a debt He didn’t owe.” What does that mean exactly? And what does burnt roast have to do with it? Find the answer here by diving deeper into what original sin does to us, how God redeems us, and what you and your breakfast are capable of.



The facilitators were excellent. Their approach was genuine, thoughtful, and fun. The retreat was well organized and flowed from big group to small group activities seamlessly. The videos and guided prayer chosen were relevant to the age group and kept their interest engaged.” — Sacramental Coordinator

“Overall, the retreat was amazing, despite it being a bit different with everything being online, I was able to look at my relationship with God in a sort of new light.” — NET Live Participant













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!    






















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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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