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18 December 2016

“Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because she has conceived what is in her by the Holy Spirit.”

Introduction

We wait in hope and expectancy with Mary for the birth of her son, Jesus Christ. He comes to bring the good news of God’s redeeming love to all people.

Today’s Readings

First Reading: Isaiah 7:10-14

The young woman is with child and will bear a son, who will be called, God-with-us.

Second Reading: Romans 1:1-7

St. Paul proclaims Jesus as the son of David and the Son of God.

Gospel: Matthew 1:18-24

Joseph trusts in the power of God’s Spirit and overcomes his fear.

MASSES FOR THE WEEK
Monday, 19 December
9:00 a.m. Gerard & Paul Gilmartin – Pat Gilmartin
5:15 p.m. Intentions of Anne Pickett
Tuesday, 20 December
9:00 a.m. Mass of Thanksgiving – The Pattendens
5:15 p.m. Anthony Sarzotti – Matilda & Family
Wednesday, 21 December
9:00 a.m. Aldo & Santo Lant – Agostina Lant
10:30 a.m. Extendicare – Maureen Gilbert – Bob & Debra Vincent
5:15 p.m. Colleen Kenney – Leon & Anne Garrett
Thursday, 22 December
9:00 a.m. Carlo Mazzolin – The Family
5:15 p.m. Raffaele Murano Sr. – Pat Murano
Friday, 23 December
9:00 a.m. Joseph Kwak – The Family
5:15 p.m. Luisa Praticante – The Family
Saturday, 24 December – Christmas Eve
9:00 a.m. Clair Kearns – Wilma Kearns
5:15 p.m. Ken Stewart – Kay Stewart
8:00 p.m. Joseph Sammon – Shirley & Sammon Family Members
Sunday, 25 December – Christmas Day
9:00 a.m. People of the Parish
11:00 a.m. People of the Parish

NEXT WEEK – 24-25 December 2016

Date
Lectors
Eucharistic Ministers
Ushers

Saturday
24 Dec.
5:15 p.m.
Youth
T. Murphy
E. Denham
F. Lowe
M-A. Wojcik
J. Garrah
R. Lachance
D. Dennee
S. Peck
B. Krasna
A. Kelly

Saturday
24 Dec.
8:00 p.m.
C. Jones
E. Bennett
G. Goncalves
J. Lachance
F. Asuncion
F. Carter
L. Garrett
D. Mazzolin

Sunday
25 Dec.
9:00 a.m.
D. Balemba
A. MacKinnon
S. Balemba
C. Purcell
P. Greenwood
R. Emmons
S. Eves

Sunday
25 Dec.
11:00 a.m.
F. Machado
B. McIver
C. Kavanaugh
K. Colwell
R. Kwak
M-A. Wojcik
F. Asuncion
L. Garrett
J. McLaren
M. Strong

Date
Saturday
24 Dec.
5:15 p.m.
Sunday
25 Dec.
9:00 a.m.
Sunday
25 Dec.
11:00 a.m.

Junior Liturgy

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Junior Liturgy
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Junior Liturgy

PRAYERS FOR THOSE WHO ARE ILL
Please remember in your prayers the following: Willie Wylemans; Terry Kot; Kerry Kozak; Taylor Emond; Taryn Emond; Hermina Lawlor; Helen O’Brien; Teresa Tenuta; Marcus Hacault; Katherine Yager; Barbara Giff; Bertram Mapp; Alden Mapp; Konner Curry; Sue Hunter; Lee Plumpton; Joan Wray; Helen Taillon; Peter Solis; Yvonne Vickers; Margaret Pilcher; Kathy Veley.

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 the parish office to complete the necessary paperwork.

CHRISTMAS MASSES
Christmas Eve – Saturday, 24 December 2016 – 5:15 p.m.
Christmas Eve – Saturday, 24 December 2016 – 8:00 pm.
Christmas Day – Sunday, 25 December 2016 – 9:00 a.m.
Christmas Day – Sunday, 25 December 2016 – 11:00 a.m.

OUR PARISH

DECEMBER BULLETINS Because Liturgical Publications are closed between 25 December – 2 January, they are requiring early submission of the bulletins in December. It is necessary to have the bulletin material a little earlier than usual. We apologize if you have submitted an announcement that does not appear in the bulletin during that time.

2017 ENVELOPES are available for pick-up at the back of the church. If you are currently not using envelopes but wish to do so, please contact the parish office at 613-547-5004 to request them, or complete the sign-up sheet on the table beside the envelopes. Once the New Year arrives, please do not use the previous year’s envelopes, as the number may be different. Thank you.

ST. JOSEPH’S YOUTH GROUP All St. Joseph’s Parish Youth Group are invited to ‘Come Welcome Jesus’ on Friday, 23 December 2016, at St. Joseph’s Church. The welcome will include a quiet, drop-in between 6:30-8:30 p.m., at the church and hall. There will be candles and quiet music in the church for time to be alone with Jesus before Christmas. In the hall, there will be hot chocolate and goodies for socializing. For further information, contact Alison Bogle at bogle@alcdsc.on.ca.

JUNIOR LITURGY will not be held on 25 December 2016 or 1 January 2017. Junior Liturgy will resume on Sunday, 8 January 2017.

2016 DONATIONS St. Joseph’s Parish Year-End occurs on 31 December; therefore, we ask that all 2016 donations to the parish be received by the parish office by 31 December 2016. Donations received after this date will need to be recorded in 2017. If you wish to have a donation appear on your 2016 Tax Receipt, please ensure that the office has received it prior to 1 January. Thank you.

“BIRDS & FLOWERS” COLLECTION Each year, St. Joseph’s attempts to provide for those who are in need at this Christmas season. If you are in a position to assist those who require extra help, you are encouraged to place your contribution in an envelope, and to write your name and envelope number on it. This will enable the parish to continue to help others in the spirit of this season. Thank you for your assistance.

NEW YEAR’S EVE VIGIL St. Joseph’s annual New Year’s Adoration Vigil will commence after the 5:15 p.m. Mass New Year’s Eve and continue until midnight. It will then resume at 7:00 a.m. until 8:30 a.m., 1 January 2017. Please take advantage of this opportunity to begin the New Year by spending an hour with the Messiah. For information, please contact the parish office at 613-547-5004. Sign-up sheets are at the entrances to the church.

WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON CARD PLAYING will resume on Wednesday, 4 January 2017.

CHRISTMAS TREE PICK-UP St. Paul Catholic School Council will once again offer a Christmas tree pick-up. Trees will be picked up on 8 January 2017, and taken to the recycling depot. Please email st.paul.school.council@hotmail.com or call Dari Vecchio at 613-329-9642,with your address. Please have your tree out by 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, 8 January. Your $10.00 donation will directly support the school council’s fundraising initiatives. Kindly leave your donation in your mailbox, or taped to the tree that morning.

SACRAMENTS OF FIRST RECONCILIATION AND FIRST COMMUNION All parents of grade two students who wish that their children celebrate the Sacrament of First Holy Communion and First Reconciliation here at St. Joseph’s are invited to attend a Parent Information Meeting on Tuesday, 17 January 2017, at 7:00 p.m. in St. Joseph’s parish hall. Since this is the first planning meeting for the celebration of these Sacraments, it is particularly important that the parents of all children attend. The Enrollment Ceremony will take place on the weekend of 28-29 January 2017.

OUR COMMUNITY

COAT DRIVE The Hotel Dieu Hospital – St. Mary’s Cathedral Coat Drive is in desperate need of men’s coats; particularly L-XXL sizes, plus warm hats, mitts and socks. Large-sized women’s coats are also welcome. We are accepting coats at the Sydenham Street entrance of Hotel Dieu until the first week of January.

ONCE IN ROYAL DAVID’S CITY A Christmas Celebration in Song, on Sunday, 18 December 2016, at 2:00 p.m., at St. John the Evangelist Church, 270 Stone Street, Gananoque. Featuring choirs from St. John the Evangelist, Gananoque; St. Columbanus, Elgin; St. Paul the Apostle, Kingston; St. Andrew’s Presbyterian, Gananoque; Gananoque Youth Choir – Gananoque Choral Society Carpe Musica. Adults: $10.00; Children 12 & under: $5.00. See posters on bulletin boards at entrances for details.

CAMPAIGN LIFE COALITION Holy Innocents Candlelight Vigil will be held on Wednesday, 28 December 2016, from 7:00-8:00 p.m., in front of Kingston General Hospital. Please join us at 6:45 p.m. across from KGH (Stuart Street) for prayers and hymns. You may bring your own candle, and we will have some on hand as well.

ATTEND THE 2017 STOP THE CENSORSHIP TOUR IN BELLEVILLE! Canada is the only country in the world that does not regulate abortion. We need a law in Canada! Attend the Stop Censorship Tour presentation at St. Michael’s Parish Centre in Belleville on Monday, 9 January 2017, at 7:30 p.m. Hear that the government of Ontario actively hides abortion statistics to frustrate advancing pre-born human rights. Featured speakers are lawyer, John Sikkema, from Association for Reformed Political Action; Mike Schouten, Director of WeNeedALaw.ca and Pat Maloney, an Ottawa based pro-life blogger. Contact Casey Knegt at info@weneedalaw.ca for information.

MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER If you would like to improve your marriage, deepen your love, live more happily together, and draw closer to each other, the Marriage Encounter program can help. It is an experience which focusses on communication between husband wife. It is an opportunity to spend a weekend together away from the distractions and the tensions of everyday life and to concentrate on each other as a couple. The next weekend will take place in Ottawa on 20-22 January 2017. To register, please call Sally & Wayne Fink at 613-777-0262 or email wslovers98@gmail.com. Information may be found at www.wwmw.org.