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St. Leonard Catholic Parish Manotick, Ont The First Sunday of Lent: Resisting Temptation Good news for our Lenten journey!    Physical distancing and Mass registration are no longer required for all Church services. Masks...







St. Leonard Catholic Parish

Manotick, Ont


The First Sunday of Lent: Resisting Temptation












Good news for our Lenten journey!  Physical distancing and Mass registration are no longer required for all Church services. 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, the Parish Hall continues to be set-up with social distancing.












This weekend we mark the First Sunday of Lent. Every year we start Lent off with the Gospel story of Jesus being tempted by Satan. Temptation is something we all deal with, whether it is from Satan or our own human nature. But do not fear. In today’s Gospel reading we receive wisdom from God to challenge, question and overcome our temptations just as Jesus did.









The first temptation seemed innocent enough. Why not call on God’s help to satisfy one’s hunger? The reply of Jesus is surprising: “One does not live on bread alone.” (Luke 4:4) Our greatest desires are not satisfied by food and water alone. We need and yearn for our spirits to be nurtured. And only staying faithful to the one true God can satisfy that deepest of yearnings.


The second temptation is for power and glory in exchange for the worship of Satan. Jesus said to him in reply, “It is written You shall worship the Lord, your God, and him alone shall you serve.” (Luke 4:8) This should sound awfully familiar to all of us. Jesus knows His Bible and is not afraid to use this reference to the First Commandment to fend off the tempter.


The third and final temptation is for Jesus to show His power by allowing the angels to save Him. Jesus said to him in reply, “You shall not put the Lord, your God, to the test.” Luke 4:12) Jesus will not be fooled into proving Himself to the evil one. Neither should we!


Lent is the season for us to be spiritually renewed. Over the next 40 days, let us confront our evil tendencies with prayer, regular Mass attendance, with the Sacrament of Confession, and with the meditative reading of the Bible. Knowledge of the Bible prepares us for the moment of temptation by enabling us know how Jesus would respond to a similar situation. And finally let us avoid occasions of temptation this Lent by sharing our love with others through our humble service, our almsgiving, and our helping of those in need. When we are focused on doing good, temptation is less likely to arise.


Looking forward to sharing Lent with you this year. 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














Deuteronomy 26:4-10 - Thanksgiving for the lord's goodness 

Romans 10:8-13 - The faith of the Christian 

Luke 4:1-13 - Temptation in the Desert 












Temptation in the Desert

With Lent officially underway, we kick things off with the account of Jesus' temptation by Satan in the desert.   


After 40 days of fasting (symbolic of the Israelites 40 years of desert wandering), Jesus meets the devil who tries to lure him into sin. Tempted by the sensual pleasure ("turn this stone into bread"), fame across all kingdoms ("I will give you power and glory"), and power ("throw yourself down" from the mountain), Jesus rebukes Satan and emerges from the desert victorious, ready to gradually reveal his identity as the Messiah of the World. 


As the Son of God, Jesus could never sin but he allowed himself to experience temptation so that he might be with us in all things, and show us an example of the nonviolent path forward. 


This week, be courageous!  Ask the Lord, Help me!" whenever you experience temptation, for Christ is truly with us in this season of Lent and all the days to come! 











Consider watching the clip below the award-winning Catholicism series with these questions in mind: 

  • Why is Jesus like no other religious leader?
  • Do I really believe that Jesus knows and loves me? Or do I just say that I do? Ask the Lord for an increase in faith! 
  • Jesus experienced temptation, just like I do. How can I remember to ask for his help the next time I am struggling?



"Repent of the past briefly and quietly, and concentrate on the present!”  

Fr. Benedict Groeschel













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). 


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.













Supporting Ukraine: As we watch with horror the invasion of Ukraine continue, we are praying for an end to this injustice and for the Ukrainian people who are experiencing great hardship. We can see there is a humanitarian crisis unfolding in Ukraine and across Europe as people flee to safety in neighbouring countries. How can we contribute materially to help alleviate the suffering this invasion is causing? Perhaps this Lent, with our prayers and fasting, we can consider supporting these organizations as part of our traditional practice of almsgiving or charity. Here are three reputable agencies, two Catholic ones with established connections to Ukraine and one well-known secular agency that will use donations to assist those most in need (Archbishop’s message Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA); Development and Peace; and the Red Cross. 












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.


While this Daily TV mass is actually from December, the piece on the Synod is exceptional and worth the watch. Fast forward to minute 10:10 to listen:


Questions on how to Journey together? 

Contact: Susan Killeen Ramsay











Youth Ministry



Upcoming St. Leonard Youth Activities….


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


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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