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St. Leonard Catholic Parish Manotick, Ont The Fifth Sunday of Lent: God's Mercy and Forgiveness This weekend we celebrate the Fifth Sunday of Lent. We are only one week away from Palm Sunday and the reading of the Passion of our...







St. Leonard Catholic Parish

Manotick, Ont


The Fifth Sunday of Lent: God's Mercy and Forgiveness













This weekend we celebrate the Fifth Sunday of Lent. We are only one week away from Palm Sunday and the reading of the Passion of our Lord. In our Gospel reading we hear the story of a woman accused of adultery. We are reminded of God’s willingness to forgive sin and offer a second chance to a sinner. Jesus calls  on us to show the same mercy to those around us who may have sinned and to live our lives in the full knowledge that we too have sinned and been forgiven. 









“Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” 

(John 8:7) With these words Jesus puts the whole crowd on the spot. For which of them is without sin? It turns out none of them, as no one speaks out. The woman is left alone with Jesus, and He does not condemn her. Instead, He tells her to, “Go, and from now on do not sin anymore.” (John 8:11) The message for us in this story is that we should not be self-righteous and pass condemnation on to others when God is calling them lovingly to place their faith in Him. For whom among us has never sinned?


We need to become forgiving people, ready for reconciliation. Let us learn to acknowledge our sins, ask God’s forgiveness every day and when our family members, friends and neighbours have gone astray, let us extend the same forgiveness to them. We need to learn to hate the sin but love the sinners, showing them Jesus’ compassion and collaborating with God to make our own lives positive examples of Christ’s love.


Speaking of reconciliation, I encourage you to make a good Confession this Lent. This coming Friday (April 8th) I am offering a Lenten Day of Confessions. I will be available to hear your Confession during the following hours: 10 am – 12 pm, 1 pm - 4 pm, 7 pm – 9 pm.


Saint (Mother) Teresa of Calcutta often called the Sacrament of Confession a “Sacrament of Love and a Sacrament of Forgiveness.” She would often say to others, “Only in confession can we go in as sinners with sin and come out as sinners without sin.” It really is the best way to prepare for a Blessed Holy Week and a Glorious Easter!


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


God bless you folks, Father Gerard














Isaiah 43:16-21 - Promise of restoration 

Philippians 3:8-14 - Breaking with the past 

John 8:1-11 - The woman accused of adultery











Pope Francis Apologizes to Canada's Indigenous Peoples


The Pope on Friday met with Canadian Indigenous delegations, expressing his profound sorrow and asking for pardon for the suffering inflicted by some members of the Catholic Church. He also spoke of his intention to visit Canada. To watch his full apology click here.













"See, I am Doing Something New!"

Boston philosopher Peter Kreeft writes, "Don't try to figure out God in advance. He is utterly unpredictable." 


Jesus the prophet and miracle-worker confounds the Pharisees when they throw the woman caught in adultery before him. Jesus refuses to condemn her, stating, "Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.”  


Jesus constantly subverted what the ancient Israelites expected their awaited messiah to be. He also works wonders still to this day through his Holy Spirit, for those of us open to being surprised. We cannot put God in a box. He constantly calls us to new adventures and new ways of seeing. St. Paul considers every previous delight of his life--power, pleasure, Roman citizenship--as "rubbish" compared to knowing and living in Jesus Christ. 


In this last week of Lent, how will you be open to God surprising you this week? 











Consider watching this clip from Bishop Barron's newest series "The Creed" on Jesus' unexpected Lordship and pondering this question:

  • What does the name "Jesus" mean?
  • What was this "New David" meant to accomplish in his Kingdom?
  • Jesus tells the woman caught in adultery, "Go, and from now on do not sin anymore."  What sins do we need to leave behind to live anew in Christ?



“Act and God will act, work and He will work.” 

St. Joan of Arc 













Returning to Mass: When the Covid pandemic began more than two years ago, all Catholics in the Archdiocese of Ottawa-Cornwall were freed from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days. Through the magic of technology we were able to “participate” in Mass on our screens and devices. Technology kept us connected even if in a very limited way. However, livestreamed masses were a temporary alternative. With social distancing requirements and mask mandates lifted, the dispensation from attending Sunday Mass will be lifted as of April 9, the Palm Sunday Vigil Mass. Those who cannot attend Mass because of age, sickness, disability or other grave reasons would still be excused, as always. The Mass is the source and summit of our Catholic faith. It is where we gather as a community to hear God’s words and where we truly meet Jesus in the Eucharist. Come back to Mass. He is waiting for you and so are we.  Archdiocese of Ottawa-Cornwall


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, Mass registration, and masks are no longer required.  


Weekday Masses. 

  • Wednesday-Friday: 9 am

Regular Confession times 
Saturday 3:00 pm to 4:15 pm












How Do I Go To Confession?













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.













Take this Opportunity for YOUR voice to be heard: 


We encourage each of you to reflect on the links that have been sent over the weeks via our parish bulletin & e-newsletter. Focus your own reflection around our growing as a Parish – doing better together. Encourage others to think about the difference they could make personally if they really listened to others and reached out to the lonely. Put the focus on building community rather than the final report. We all have a role to play. If we believe nothing will change then challenge ourselves and others to do our part and get involved – begin with prayer and discernment.


The Synod survey for all St. Leonard Parishioners will go out via Flocknote on April 18th. You are invited to respond confidentially any time before April 28th. There will also be hard copy surveys at the Easter masses.  


Have Faith that YOUR voice matters!!!  













"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!  

























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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