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Second Sunday of Easter
23 April 2017

“Happy are those who have not seen and yet believe.”

Introduction

The apostle Thomas addresses the risen Jesus as, “My Lord and my God!” It is the fullest expression of faith anywhere in the Gospels and comes like dawn following night after a period of doubt and difficulty in Thomas’ life.

Today’s Readings

First Reading: Acts 2:42-47

An insight into how the early followers of Christ lived in community, continued to worship in the Temple and shared all they had.

Second Reading: 1 Peter 1:3-9

Peter uses the form of a Jewish blessing to praise God for the new life of baptism given through the resurrection of Christ.

Gospel: John 20:19-31

Thomas is not present when the risen Lord appears to the disciples and cannot accept their testimony unless he sees for himself. The Lord then appears to him, and he believes. Jesus declares blessed those who have not seen and yet believe.

MASSES FOR THE WEEK
Monday, 24 April
9:00 a.m. Bernice Quinlan – Katherine Quinlan
5:15 p.m. John Smythe – The Family
Tuesday, 25 April
9:00 a.m. Paul Lipton – Claire Kelly
5:15 p.m. Gino Bidinost – Mrs. Bidinsot
Wednesday, 26 April
9:00 a.m. George Teves – Parents
10:30 a.m. Extendicare – Elisio Ponte & Extended Family Members – Lidia Ponte
5:15 p.m. Our Lady of Good Counsel – St. Joseph’s Catholic Women’s League
Thursday, 27 April
9:00 a.m. Francesco Zanette & Deceased Family Members – Joe Saccon
5:15 p.m. Jose Melo – Arthur & Helen Dos Santos
Friday, 28 April
9:00 a.m. Alan Reymond & Charles Virgin – Therese Reymond
5:15 p.m. Joan Dimuantes – Diane & Mike Foley
Saturday, 29 April
9:00 a.m. Geroge Turnbull (17th Anniversary) – Judy Turnbull & Family
5:15 p.m. Karen Busch Murphy – Husband, Terry Murphy
Sunday, 30 April
9:00 a.m. Neil Oosterman – The Oosterman Family
11:00 a.m. People of the Parish
NEXT WEEK – 29-30 April 2017

Date
Lectors
Eucharistic Ministers
Ushers

Saturday
29 Apr.
5:15 p.m.
Sr. L. Kearney
S. McGrath
Deacon Wojcik
M. Marcial
A. Kelly
R. Lachance
D. Mazzolin
S. Peck

Sunday
30 Apr.
9:00 a.m.
J. Watts
F. Walker
Deacon Wojcik
G. Goncalves
F. Cuvelier
D. Dennee
R. Emmons
S. Eves

Sunday
30 Apr.
11:00 a.m.
F. Machado
C. Machado
Deacon Wojcik
K. Colwell
F. Asuncion
J. Ferreira
L. Garrett
P. Greenwood
Date
Saturday
29 Apr.
5:15 p.m.

Sunday
30 Apr.
9:00 a.m.
Sunday
30 Apr.
11:00 a.m.
Altar
Servers
E. Drumm
M. Drumm
A. Cantarutti
C. Cantarutti
T. Francis
B. Evaristo
M. Sutton
A. Doctolero
K. Soriano
A. Hung
Junior Liturgy

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A. Baxby
B. Kasaboski
D. Deptuck
A. Lorbetski
PRAYERS FOR THOSE WHO ARE ILL
Please remember in your prayers the following: Willie Wylemans; Taylor Emond; Taryn Emond; Hermina Lawlor; Marcus Hacault; Katherine Yager; Sue Hunter; Joan Wray; Helen Taillon; Yvonne Vickers; Margaret Pilcher; Kathy Veley; Tony Deodato; Ciara Ryckman; Jean Wells; Cathy Campbell; Marie McNeil; June Emmons; Mario Lebrun; Yvon Drouin; Terry Kot; Brigit Knott; Marie McNeil; Irene Smith.

We will leave the name of the individual who is ill on the prayer list for one month. If at the end of the month prayers are still needed, we ask that a family member contact us to request prayers to be continued for another month. Please contact Pam at the office at 613-547-5004.

PRAYERS FOR THE DECEASED
You are asked to remember in prayer those recently deceased.

If there are members of your family or friends who are ill or have recently died, and for whom you wish prayers, please contact the rectory to provide their names.

AUTOMATIC DEBIT
Automatic Debit is available for those St. Joseph’s parishioners wishing to have their Sunday Offering and/or Building Fund Collection debited directly from their bank account on a monthly basis. Those who wish to begin Automatic Debit, are asked to visit he parish office to complete the necessary paperwork.

OUR PARISH

CHURCH BULLETIN ADVERTISING Liturgical Publications will soon be setting up the advertisements for our church bulletin. The advertising will begin in July 2017 and supports the bulletin service. Please support the bulletin and advertise your product or service. Call us at 1-800-268-2637.

CATHOLIC WOMEN’S LEAGUE The next Executive meeting will take place on Monday, 1 May 2017, at 7:00 p.m., in the parish hall. The Feast of Our Lady of Good Counsel is on Wednesday, 26 April 2017. We will meet for dinner (pay your own way) at The Greek Islands restaurant on Bath Road, near Portsmouth Avenue, at 6:00 p.m., following the 5:15 p.m. Mass. Please let us know if you need a ride, when you call to confirm that you are attending.

We will be hosting Hospitality Sunday on 30 April; so, CWL members, start thinking about what goodies you would like to bring, and let Barb Quinn know if you are able to volunteer after the 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. Masses.

HOSPITALITY SUNDAY will take place on Sunday, 30 April 2017, after the 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. Masses. Please join us in the parish hall for fellowship and refreshments. St. Joseph’s Catholic Women’s League will be hosting and providing the refreshments.

BIRTHRIGHT – “CHANGE FOR LIFE” baby bottle drive takes place on Mother’s Day weekend. Last year, St. Joseph’s Parish donated $2252.00 to help our pregnant moms and babies. Out of 128 bottles which were distributed, 58 were returned, which means there are still 67 bottles left to be returned. If you have a baby bottle from last year, we would love to get it back so that we can use it this year. Each one costs $2.00, and we are hoping not to have to purchase many replacement bottles. Thank you.

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL FOOD COLLECTION Bags will be handed out this weekend, 22-23 April for return on 29-30 April 2017 for the St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank. Please give generously to those in need.

SOCIAL & ECOLOGICAL JUSTICE GROUP MEETING will be held on the 4th Friday of the month at 9:30 a.m. The next meeting will take place on Friday, 28 April. Please join us.

5TH ANNUAL FANCY HAT TEA PARTY St. Joseph’s Catholic Women’s League will be hosting the Annual Fancy Hat Tea Party on Saturday, 13 May, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. Limited tickets are on sale NOW until Wednesday, 10 May. Drop by the parish office Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., to purchase you tickets. Please state any dietary needs upon purchase. Start looking around to buy or create your crowning glory and win prizes for the Most Creative, Most Colourful and Most Elegant fancy hat! There will be a silent auction and door prizes called throughout. Only $12 per person or $45 for a table of 4. Don’t miss out on this fun event!

CREATION SERIES “The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it, the world, and those who live it” Psalm 24:1. What kind of world do we leave to those who come after us, to children now growing up? Beginning 4 May and ending 15 June, please join us on Thursdays, after the 9:00 a.m. Mass and at 7:00 p.m. (Except for the morning of 4 May and the evening of 18 May) in the parish hall. We will be showing and discussing the 6-part DVD series created by Salt + Light Television. Coffee & tea will be provided. Alice Gazeley and Deacon Bob Wojcik will be your hosts for these one-hour sessions. There is no cost, nor is registration required. Please join us.

OUR COMMUNITY

DIVINE MERCY MASS will be held on Sunday, 23 April 2017, at 2:00 p.m., at St. Mary’s Cathedral. This special Mass, which fulfills your Sunday obligation, will be followed by sung Divine Mercy Devotions, veneration of the relic, and the blessing of images.

CURSILLISTAS You are invited to an ULTREYA on Sunday, 23 April 2017, at St. John the Apostle Church Hall, 88 Patrick Street, Kingston, at 2:00 p.m.; it will consist of a witness talk, response, small groups, music, prayer and refreshments. All Cursillistas are invited to come out to renew old friendships and meet fellow Cursillistas. For information, contact Mike and Diane Foley at 613-546-6224, mfoley8@cogeco.ca.

BILLINGS LIFE The Billings Ovulation Method is empowering, non-invasive, economical, device and drug-free, 100% environmentally friendly and simple to use. The next clinic is Monday, 24 April 2017, at St. Paul the Apostle Church, from 7:00-8:00 p.m. (patio entrance). Call us at 613-544-8495 or email kingston@naturalfamilyplanning.ca.

SEPARATED AND/OR DIVORCED Are you, or someone you know, experiencing the trauma of a Separation and/or Divorce? Where do you turn for help? Come to the New Life Group Meeting, a Catholic Ministry for the Separated and Divorced, on alternate Tuesday evenings at the Francis J. Spence Pastoral Centre, 390 Palace Road. The next meeting will take place on Tuesday, 27 April 2017, at 7:30 p.m.; the topic will be, “Legal Issues.” For information, call 613-548-4461.

REGIOPOLIS-NOTRE DAME CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL will distribute Mid-Term Report Cards on Friday, 28 April 2017.

SPRING FLEA MARKET will be held on Saturday, 29 April 2017, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., at St. Gregory School Gym, 7 Owen Street, Picton. The CWL is hosting this fundraiser. Donations of gently used household items, books, clothing, tools, small furniture and sports equipment, would be appreciated. One person’s cast-offs are another’s treasures, and we will have treasures galore! Items may be dropped off on Friday, 28 April, from 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

GOURMET DINNER & SWING BAND MUSIC on Saturday, 29 April 2017, at 6:00 p.m., at Rideau Acres, to raise funds for Neeje Association for Women & Family, a charity inspiried by St. Josemaria Escriva. Tickets are $50.00, available on-line at neeje.ca only. No tickets will be sold at the door.

SCHOOL RETIREMENT CELEBRATIONS The Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board is looking forward to the opening of Kingston’s newest Catholic elementary school in the fall of 2017. St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School will consolidate the school communities of Holy Family, St. Patrick and St. Peter Catholic Schools. To celebrate and recognize past and current staff and students, each of these schools will host a school retirement celebration: St. Patrick on 28 May; St. Peter, on 4 June; Holy Family, on 11 June. Please share pictures of schools, students, events and items such as yearbooks, etc. Please send memorabilia to the school principals; all items will be returned. More information will follow.