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St. Leonard Catholic Parish Manotick, Ont The Second Sunday of Easter Divine Mercy Sunday This weekend we celebrate the Second Sunday of Easter. Saint John Paul II decreed that the Second Sunday of Easter would be designated each...







St. Leonard Catholic Parish

Manotick, Ont


The Second Sunday of Easter

Divine Mercy Sunday













This weekend we celebrate the Second Sunday of Easter. Saint John Paul II decreed that the Second Sunday of Easter would be designated each year as Divine Mercy Sunday. Divine mercy is the love of God beyond what we deserve. The greatest act of mercy in history was what we celebrated last week on the death and resurrection on Jesus. That is mercy. It is that merciful act of love that Jesus breathes on his followers in the form of the Holy Spirit.









In our Gospel reading we hear Jesus convey the power to forgive sin to the Apostles. “Receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.” (John 20:23) Today, one of the ways in which that mercy is extended to us is when we receive absolution of our sins in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.


Through the story of “doubting Thomas” we also see a direct example of the Divine Mercy of Jesus. Thomas refused to believe the resurrected Jesus had appeared to the ten other apostles until he could see and feel Jesus' crucifixion wounds. Jesus honoured this honest doubt and patiently helped Thomas work through it. Upon seeing for himself the wounds in the hands and the side of Jesus, Thomas is convinced and proclaims, “My Lord and my God!” (John 20:28) He was, in fact, the only disciple who directly addressed Jesus as God.


Mercy is an act of love. It is not just for someone who deserves it, but it also for those who do not deserve it. We are all human, so we do have doubts and we do not always make the right choices. Of course, God knows this, and that is why, we are gifted with the Sacrament of Confession and the Holy Spirit (the same Holy Spirit breathed on the disciples), to strengthen our belief and share in His Divine Mercy.


My prayer for all of you is that through this Easter Season you come to, “believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that through this belief you may have life in his name.” (John 20:31)


God Bless, Father Gerard

PS: I am available for Confession every Saturday, 3:00 pm to 4:15 pm














Acts 5:12-16 - Signs and wonders
Revelation 1:9-11a, 12-13, 17-19 - First vision
John 20:19-31 - Appearance to the disciples; Thomas 













Divine Mercy Sunday

Today, on the 2nd weekend of the Easter Season, we celebrate "Divine Mercy Sunday."

Today's devotion comes from Sister Maria Faustina, who was a young, uneducated nun in a convent in Poland during the 1930s. She had only three years of simple education, however, she received extraordinary revelations—messages from our Lord Jesus.  She recorded these experiences, which she compiled into notebooks. These notebooks are known today as the "Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska," and the words contained urge us all to repent and be assured of God's unwavering and gratuitous Divine Mercy.











Jesus, we trust in You!

Say these words whenever you are feeling troubled, or consider saying them each day at 3 pm (the hour of mercy, when Jesus died on the Cross.) 


The Chaplet of Divine Mercy

This special set of prayers came to St. Faustina in prayer and the Lord asked her to spread them to the whole world. Pray them on your own or with family (learn how here), listen to sung versions on YouTube, or even just pause to pray this powerful line from the Chaplet:









"For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world."  

Prayer of the Divine Mercy Chaplet  














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 will air every ‪Sunday morning. Click on Bishop Barron’s YouTube channel and then chose the Sunday you wish to view.












Welcome to our New Catholics! 


St. Leonard Parish welcomed four new members into the Church at the Easter vigil! last Saturday evening. Sahra, Charles, Braiden and Max joined the Church and are pictured below with sponsors Yvonne, Adam, Joe and Pierre. Also present was Will who will join the Church in a few weeks sponsored by Luke. A special thanks to Andrew Brown who this year lead our Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults program.













5 k Walk: Saturday, April 30, 2022 

Action Life promotes the right to life for all individuals from conception to natural death


Kick Off begins at 9:00 a.m. at St. Patrick's Basilica.

281 Nepean St, Ottawa, ON


Become a hiker or sponsor Father Gerard

(our parish’s designated hiker)


Pledge Forms &  Donation Envelopes Are Available In The Church Foyer












St. Leonard Parish $1,000. Scholarship
Deadline to Apply – Sunday May 8

A St. Leonard Parish scholarship in the amount of
$1,000.00 has been established for a graduating
student from any high school who is a member of our
parish and who embodies Christian values. The
candidates need to be pursuing post secondary
education in any field. Deadline for submission of
applications is Sunday, May 8th , 2022 at 12 noon.
More information and an application form are
available Bulletin Board on our parish website












Take this Opportunity for YOUR voice to be heard: 


The Synod survey for all St. Leonard Parishioners went out this week but it is not too late to give your input. You are invited to respond any time before Thursday, April 28th. All responses are totally confidential.














Thank you so much for your financial offerings over the Easter weekend. You were most generous in your support of the Holy Land Collection and the Parish. If you are able to provide continuing 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 Kids: The Saints and Heroes Collection


Heroes of the Faith. The Stories of real-life Saints & Christian Heroes all come to life in CCC of America's award-winning animated film series. Featuring authentic role models today's child can truly believe in. 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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