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St. Leonard Catholic Parish Manotick, Ont Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion This Sunday, as Lent draws to a close, we celebrate Palm Sunday. It starts with the jubilant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem and ends with his arrest...







St. Leonard Catholic Parish

Manotick, Ont


Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion













This Sunday, as Lent draws to a close, we celebrate Palm Sunday. It starts with the jubilant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem and ends with his arrest, torture, and crucifixion. We all know that Jesus died for the forgiveness our sins. As we listen to the reading of the Passion this weekend, I encourage you to take some time to think about who really caused Jesus to suffer and why.









God came into the world in the person of Jesus because humanity had lost its way. Jesus came to deliver men and women from the evil of sin in order to unite men and women with God. He did this through His words and His actions. Jesus was very clear on why He came; to lead humanity back to the Father. “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)


The Way that Jesus embodied was based on the principles of love, mercy, peace, and justice. The Reign of God that Jesus proclaimed called for a radical transformation both in individuals and society but, because of sin, humanity rejected it. The Pharisees did not want Jesus curing the sick on the Sabbath. The crowds did not want to go against ritualistic taboos and even favoured the criminal Barabbas over Jesus. Neither the religious leaders (the Sanhedrin) or the secular leaders (the Romans) wanted to risk a social revolution on behalf of the poor and disposed. With their rejection of the Way of Jesus and the Reign of God, His crucifixion was inevitable.


The reading of the Passion of Christ ends with the body of Jesus being placed in the tomb. But we all know that is not the end of the story. Three days later the stone would be rolled back from the tomb and, for all with eyes to see, the Divine Son of God was definitively revealed. He defeated death, sin and the devil and showed us the Way to eternal life.


Jesus calls on us to follow His example and live a life based on love, mercy, peace, and justice. Given our society today, this will not always be easy. There will be times when we need to take up our cross and persevere through difficulties and suffering to ensure that the Reign of God lives on and through us. May we follow the example of Jesus in pacifying hatred with love, evil with good, violence with kindness, indifference with compassion.


During the week ahead, reflect on how you can take up your cross and change the world just like Jesus did. I look forward to seeing you as we journey together through Holy Week starting with the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday at 7 PM.


God bless you folks, Father Gerard













Luke 19:28-40 - Welcomed with Palms 

Isaiah 50:4-7 - Salvation only through the Lord's servant 

Philippians 2:6-11 - Jesus, compassionate high priest 

Luke 22:14-23-23:56 - The Passion of Jesus












Palm Sunday

More than just a day to poke our siblings with palms and hear the longest Gospel reading of the year, Palm Sunday is the important beginning of Holy Week, the most sacred time of the Church's calendar year.


There are so many figures in the readings this Sunday who reveal our humanity to ourselves. The loving devotion of Mary, the treachery of Judas, and the Roman Centurion whose eyes are opened to who Christ truly is. Peter, the headstrong leader and first pope of the Church, declared that he was "prepared to go to prison and to die with you" (Luke 22:33), but then followed "at a distance" (Luke 22:54) when Jesus was taken away by the soldiers. The crowds who welcomed Jesus into Jerusalem shouting, "Hosanna to the Son of David!" only a short time later cry, "Crucify him!"  


Where are we in this story?  Who do we identify with?  How can I take time to focus on Christ's unwavering love for me at the start of this holiest of weeks?











Consider watching this episode on Jesus' suffering, death, and Resurrection from our series Catholicism 101 with Rachel Bulman with these questions in mind: 

  • Do you believe that you would have stood apart from the crowd in crying for Jesus to be crucified?  Would you have been silent?  Would you have joined them?
  • What are the "seven last words" of Christ?
  • Why is the resurrection of Christ so central to what our faith is about?



"Let us always remember: the Lord is the Living One, He is merciful!”

Pope Francis





















Capacity restrictions and mandatory mask wearing rules are no longer called for in the Archdiocese of Ottawa-Cornwall. However, given the recent bump in Covid numbers, we would recommend that all attending Holy Week services consider wearing a mask for your own personal safety and that of your neighbour. 


Holy Week Celebrations April 14th – April 17th 

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   

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











Bishop Barron's Sunday Sermon


Bishop Barron’s Sunday Sermons are now available on Saturday morning. Click on Bishop Barron’s YouTube channel and then chose the Sunday you wish to view.














"What can I give back to God for the blessings he's poured out on me?" 

(Psalm 116:12) 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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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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