Fourth Sunday of Advent
20 December 2015
“The child in my womb leapt for joy.”
Our salvation is near, he comes to meet us. Are we ready to greet him, to leap with joy at the sound of his coming?
First Reading: Micah: 5:1-4
A child will be born out of Bethlehem Ephrathah, who will establish a kingdom of peace to the ends of the earth.
Second Reading: Hebrews 10:5-10
Christ abolishes the ritual sacrifices of the law by offering his own body.
Gospel: Luke 1:39-45
Mary sets out as quickly as possible to visit her cousin Elizabeth. When she greets Elizabeth, the child in Elizabeth’s womb leaps for joy.
MASSES FOR THE WEEK
Monday, 21 December
9:00 a.m. Santo & Aldo Lant – Agostina Lant
5:15 p.m. Clarence Fenlon & Verna Keech – Marian Meagher
Tuesday, 22 December
9:00 a.m. Deceased Members of the Legion of Mary – St. Joseph’s Legion of Mary
5:15 p.m. Raffaele Murano Sr. (10th Anniversary) – Pat Murano
Wednesday, 23 December
9:00 a.m. George Teves – Parents
10:30 a.m. Extendicare – Elisio Ponte & Extended Family Members – Lidia Ponte
5:15 p.m. Raffaele Murano (7th Anniversary) – Pat Murano
Thursday, 24 December
9:00 a.m. Clair Kearns – Wilma Kearns
5:15 p.m. Ken Stewart – Kay & Family
8:00 p.m. Joseph Sammon – The Family
Friday, 25 December
9:00 a.m. People of the Parish
11:00 a.m. People of the Parish
Saturday, 26 December
9:00 a.m. Natalio San Pedro – Gloria Correa
5:15 p.m. Deceased Members of the Dillon & McGrath Families – Rita Dillon
Sunday, 27 December
9:00 a.m. Alexander, Isabelle, Elwood & Dell Potter – Audrey Lacey
11:00 a.m. People of the Parish
NEXT WEEK – 24-27 December 2015
| Thurs. 24 Dec.
|Youth|| J. Lachance
| J. Garrah
| Thurs. 24 Dec.
| F. Walker
| T. Donoghue
| D. Mazzolin
| Fri. 25 Dec.
| S. Balemba
| D. Balemba
Sr. L. Kearney
| R. Lachance
|Fri 25 Dec. 11:00 a.m.|| C. Kavanaugh
Sr. D. Fournier
| M. Foley
| I. Stewart
| M-A. Wojcik
|C. McBride||F. Carter
| C. Catry
|N. McCue||R. Audet
| C. Kavanaugh
Sr. D. Fournier
|L. Carfa||L. Garrett
PRAYERS FOR THOSE WHO ARE ILL
Please remember in your prayers the following: Kerry Kozak; Terry Kot; Gerald Levesque; Hermina Lawlor; Donald Jackson; Carolyn Curry; Neil Oosterman; Kevin Kimmett; Tony Deodato; Jean Wells; Ciara Ryckman; Eileen Garrah; June Emmons Church; Joe Verner; Donna Verner; John Light; David Tessier; Maureen McCarthy; Edward Courneya; Charles Virgin; Anne Cadamuro; Helene Taillon; Irene Smith; Ian MacVicar; Giordana White.
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.
WEEK AT A GLANCE
|Sun., 20 Dec.||*After 11:00 a.m. Mass – Christmas Pageant Practice|
|Mon., 21 Dec.||*1:00 p.m. – Carmelites|
|Tues., 22 Dec.||*7:00 p.m. – Choir Practice|
|Thurs., 24 Dec.|| *5:15 p.m. – Children’s Christmas Mass
*8:00 p.m. – Christmas Mass
|Fri., 25 Dec.|| *9:00 a.m.- Christmas Day Mass
*11:00 a.m. – Christmas Day Mass
MEDIA RESOURCES Would you like to grow in your understanding of the Catholic faith? We are happy to announce that we now have Catholic Lighthouse Media resources available in the St. Joseph Room. These books and audio CDs, by some of the most well known and engaging Catholic writers and speakers in the world today, cover many different topics of interest. Stop in to pick up something that interests you or that would make a good gift for someone else. If you’ve enjoyed the resource, be sure to share it with others! To help cover some of the expenses, the suggested donation for books and CDs is $5.00 each, while pamphlets are free.
2016 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.
2015 DONATIONS St. Joseph’s Parish Year-End occurs on 31 December; therefore, we ask that all 2015 donations to the parish be received by the parish office by 31 December 2015. Donations received after this date will need to be recorded in 2016. If you wish to have a donation appear on your 2015 Tax Receipt, please ensure that the office has received it prior to 1 January. Thank you.
CHRISTMAS EVE PAGEANT If your child is age 4 or older, and would like to participate in this year’s Nativity pageant at the 5:15 p.m. Christmas Eve Mass, please plan to attend practice at the church this Sunday, 20 December 2015, after the 11:00 a.m. Mass. The pageant is narrated, and therefore the children do not have speaking roles; so even the shiest can participate. All are welcome!
JUNIOR LITURGY will not be held on 27 December 2015. Junior Liturgy will resume on Sunday, 3 January 2016.
CHRISTMAS TREE PICK-UP St. Paul Catholic School Council will once again offer a Christmas tree pick-up. Trees will be picked up on 3 January 2016, and taken to the recycling depot. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Dari Vecchio at 613-329-9642,with your address. Please have your tree out by 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, 3 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.
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 2016. 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, 6 January 2015.
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, 19 January 2016, 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 30-31 January 2016.
JUBILEE OF MERCY ADVENT MISSION To inaugurate the Jubilee Year of Mercy, there will be an Advent mission on the theme, “Merciful Like the Father,” at Sacred Heart of Mary Parish on Wolfe Island. It will take place 20-22 December 2015, at 7:45 p.m. (7:00 p.m. ferry from Kingston, arriving at the winter dock). The mission will be preached by Fr. Raymond J. de Souza, who has been appointed by the Holy See a Missionary of Mercy for the jubilee year. Confessions will also be heard each evening. All are welcome to attend.
HOLY INNOCENTS CANDLELIGHT VIGIL will be held on Monday, 28 December 2015, from 7:00-8:00 p.m., in front of Kingston General Hospital. Please join us at 6:45 p.m. on the hill across from KGH (Stuart St.) for prayers and hymns. Please bring your own candle in a glass jar (flashlight for children); we will have some on hand, as well. For more information, contact Campaign Life Coalition at 613-389-4472 or 613-382-1084.
CHRISTMAS CD A Christmas CD has been produced by Fr. Di Rocco and the parishioners of Elgin and Westport. Soloists include Monique Marchand and Sr. Jeanne Marie, and Fr. Di Rocco. The cover photo is by Fred happy, who kindly gave permission to use it. The price is $20.00 plus postage if mailed ($3.00 in Canada). Copies are available in Elgin and Westport and from Fr. Di Rocco. Please see posters on the bulletin boards at the church entrances.
BEREAVED FAMILIES OF ONTARIO will host the following at Tompkins Funeral Home Township Chapel: Mothers’ Night on 12 January, at 6:30 p.m.; Spousal/Partner Night on 14 January, at 6:30 p.m.; Family Night on 19 January, at 6:30 p.m.; Suicide Support Group on 26 January, at 6:30 p.m.; and “Mourning Coffee” on 26 January, at 10:00 a.m. Please park in the left-side lot, and use the right-side main entrance. For additional information, please call 613-634-1230 or visit www.bfo-kingston.ca. All programs are free of charge. Donations are gratefully accepted.