Alpha is a ten-week opportunity to explore the validity and relevance of the Christian faith for our lives today. It is a practical introduction to the basics of Christianity with loads of opportunity for debate and discussion. The style of Alpha is informal, friendly and non-pressured – a style which seems to be appreciated in Canadian culture.
Cursillo & Challenge
Challenge is a Catholic retreat movement for youth, coordinated by youth. The first Ottawa Challenge was held in 1967; since then, there have been over 153 Weekends. Although there are two Challenge Weekends per year, the focus of Challenge is in the post-Weekend support. Challenge has its roots in the Cursillo Movement.
Contact: Office 613-692-4254
Mary in the Morning
Mary in the Morning gathers weekly for singing and praying the Rosary. After prayers, the group usually goes for coffee. All are welcome.
Meetings: Every Saturday morning at 7:30 am
Baptism is the first sacrament of initiation that welcomes us into the Church. Baptism means a new birth in which we share in a new life that frees us from original sin. This sacrament involves the pouring of water to symbolize both the washing away of sin and also the living water which Christ promises to deliver to those who follow him.
- Infants – Baptism is celebrated on the last Sunday of the month at 12:30 p.m. except during Advent and Lent.
- Adults – Baptism is celebrated at the Easter Vigil as part of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
- Watch the Parish Bulletin for upcoming weekends
- Worldwide Marriage Encounter Canada
Children’s Liturgy of the Word
At St. Leonard’s 9:00 am Sunday mass, we practice a Children’s Liturgy of the Word. After the opening rites, the young children are invited by the pastor to depart for the church hall to have their own version of the Liturgy of the Word. At the beginning of the Liturgy of the Eucharist, the children return to the church. We cover the Gospel of the day at a level the children can understand and enjoy. We enrich this with discussion, prayers, songs, and crafts. We also try to raise awareness of God’s love, the humanity of Jesus, the Seasons of the Church, the understanding of symbols in the Mass and the context of the Bible. Our aim is to make the children’s experience of church meaningful, whilst helping them to grow in the faith of the Catholic Church and develop as full and active members of our Parish Community.