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St. Leonard Catholic Parish Manotick, Ont The Third Sunday of Lent: "The Barren Fig Tree" Please note that effective Monday, March 21st, wearing a mask will no longer be required when attending all Church services. Should you...







St. Leonard Catholic Parish

Manotick, Ont


The Third Sunday of Lent: "The Barren Fig Tree"












Please note that effective Monday, March 21st, wearing a mask will no longer be required when attending all Church services. Should you feel more comfortable wearing a mask, we encourage you to do so. As well, please note that our Catholic obligation to attend Sunday Mass will resume starting Palm Sunday, April 9, 2022.












In this Sunday’s Gospel reading Jesus recounts the parable of the barren fig tree. This is an image that at times may reflect our own spiritual life. Often in life we can fall into a dark time and our relationship with God and our friends and neighbours can struggle. During these challenging times, our lives bear little good fruit. Jesus wants us to know that he is still with us and ready to give us another chance.









If you are struggling and find yourself bereft of good fruit (i.e.., kindness, love, peace, etc.), imagine yourself as this fig tree. Consider the person who commits to “dig around it and fertilize it” (Luke 13:8) as Jesus Himself. Jesus pleads for one more chance for the fruitless fig tree. Jesus does not view this fig tree as worthless. Our God is a merciful God, and He is always willing to give the fig tree another chance and to work with it so that it may once again bear good fruit.


The same is true for us. No matter how far we have drifted away Jesus will not abandon us. He will continue to seek us out and work with us in the way that we need so that we can once again be fruitful. In order to do this, Jesus does need our co-operation. We need to make the best use of the “second chances” God gives us. 


As Christians we are meant to be people who bear the fruit of the Holy Spirit--love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. During this Lenten journey, if you feel that you are not evidencing  enough of these good fruits, repent and ask Jesus to “dig around and fertilize" the tree of your life. If you open yourself to His healing work, you will once again bear an abundance of holiness and good works in your life.


I hope to see you at Mass this weekend as we continue our Lenten journey together.


God bless you folks, Father Gerard














Exodus 3:1-8a, 13-15 - The call of Moses 

1 Corinthians 10:1-6, 10-12 - Against overconfidence 

Luke 13:1-9 - Calls to penance; parables of the Reign of God  













Burning Bushes & Fig Trees

This weekend we hear a strange combination of readings at Mass: the burning bush of Exodus, Paul's dual affirmation of God's mercy and warning of his justice, and Jesus' foreshadowing of judgment using a parable of a fig tree that refused to bear fruit.

We can't have the Good News (the Gospel) without understanding "the bad news." The bad news is that we're in a fallen world and we're all sinners. Sometimes life is unfair. Sometimes good people are punished and evil thrives. Sometimes we don't want to cooperate with God's will (like Moses' initial refusal to return to Egypt).

The Good News is that God continually gives us chances to return to him. Christ suffered for our sins and allowed us to be made new creations! Let our hearts turn to him this Lent and not turn back to the sin that addicts, enslaves, and deadens us.

God is not a threat to our freedom!  God desires for all of us to bear fruit as saints, holy men and women sent out to bring the world to Christ.











Consider watching this older clip from (then Fr.) Bishop Barron on the lessons we can learn from the Exodus account of "the Burning Bush" (formatted for school use!) 

  • Do I have a proper fear of God? Do I have appropriate awe towards his Lordship? 
  • What does God's name revealed in the Burning Bush mean?
  • Am I bearing fruit through my time, talent, or treasure? Or am I holding back from being generous? 



"Unfurl the sails, and let God steer us where He will!"

St. Bede the Venerable













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 pm 

Good Friday 10 am & 3 pm 

Easter Vigil 8 pm 

Easter Sunday 9 am, 11 am


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 no longer be required starting March 21st.


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.





















Pope Francis Appoints Auxiliary Bishop for Archdiocese of Ottawa-Cornwall 


On March 17th it was announced at the Vatican that His Holiness Pope Francis has appointed Fr. Yvan Mathieu, S.M, to the position of Auxiliary Bishop of Ottawa-Cornwall. Bishop Mathieu is not a stranger to Ottawa. Even though he is originally from Québec City, he has spent many years here for studies and now, currently, as a professor at Saint Paul’s University. He will be a welcomed addition to our pastoral team as we continue our journey in becoming a missionary Church. Fluent in many languages, he will gladly share the joy of the Gospel to all those he will meet and serve (Archbishop Damphousse). Welcome Bishop-Elect Mathieu. Further info:













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.


This week please consider watching the recent message from Archbishop Damphouse to the Catholic School Board. (see below)


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!    






















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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