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First Sunday of Advent
3 December 2017

“Be on your guard, stay awake, because you never know when the time will come.”

Introduction

In Advent we look forward to the coming of Jesus and prepare our hearts by faith to meet him.

Today’s Readings

First Reading: Isaiah 63:16-17, 64:1, 3-8

The prophet proclaims the Lord as Father and Redeemer, and longs for him to reveal himself.

Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:3-9

Paul expresses thanks for the Christian witness and help of the Spirit as the faithful wait for the return of Jesus.

Gospel: Mark 13:33-37

Jesus encourages us to have a watchful expectancy and readiness for his return.

MASSES FOR THE WEEK

Monday, 4 December
9:00 a.m. Sandra & Antonio Del Prete – Gennaro, Alberto & Family
5:15 p.m. Filip Palda
Tuesday, 5 December
9:00 a.m. Deceased Members of the Saccon Family – Joe Saccon
5:15 p.m. Gaustino Guillermo – Samahang Filipino Canadian Ng Kingston
Wednesday, 6 December
9:00 a.m. Cathy & Duff Follwell – Tim McCue & Beverley Earle
10:30 a.m. Extendicare – Paul Coughlan – Anne Meekel
5:15 p.m. Forgotten Souls in Purgatory – Chris Jones & Family
Thursday, 7 December
9:00 a.m. Lisa Dunn – Miriam Van Vlymen
5:15 p.m. Carlo Mazzolin – The Family
Friday, 8 December
9:00 a.m. Peter Music – Elena Music & Family
10:30 a.m. School Mass – Bernie Miller – Mary Lou Carroll
5:15 p.m. Giuseppe Reda – The Family
Saturday, 9 December
9:00 a.m. Walter Nuvoloni – Edvige Mazzolin
5:15 p.m. Victoria Rodriguez & Deceased Family Members – Victoria Zegarra
Sunday, 10 December
9:00 a.m. Armindo Silva – Natalia Silva
11:00 a.m. People of the Parish

NEXT WEEK 9-10 December 2017

Date
Lectors
Eucharistic Ministers
Ushers

Saturday
9 Dec.
5:15 p.m.

J. Saunders
H. Couto
Deacon Wojcik
L. Bickerstaffe
J. Garrah
A. Kelly
R. Lachance
I. Stewart

Sunday
10 Dec.
9:00 a.m.
F. Walker
W. Cunningham
Deacon Wojcik
F. Lovie
T. Raine
M. Turkington
R. Audet
F. Cuvelier

Sunday
10 Dec.
11:00 a.m.
M. Farrell
K. Burbank
Deacon Wojcik
S. Fragoso
F. Asuncion
J. Ferreira
L. Garrett
J. McLaren

 

Date
Saturday
9 December
5:15 p.m.
Sunday
10 December
9:00 a.m.
Sunday
10 December
11:00 a.m.

Altar
Servers
E. Drumm
M. Drumm
S. Drumm
B. Evarsito
R. Gumboc
K. Rances
M. Roque
D. Fernandes
T. Fernandes
D. Fernandes

Junior
Liturgy

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S. Hardwick
K. Turkington
A. Lorbetskie
K. Soriano

PRAYERS FOR THOSE WHO ARE ILL
Please remember in your prayers the following: Helen Taillon; Yvonne Vickers; Kathy Veley; Tony Deodato; Ciara Ryckman; Jean Wells; Danny Denham; Brigit Knott; Jack Coleman; Marcus Hacault; Kim Emond; Freeman Shupe; Kathleen Forsyth; Evangeline Talens; Millie Lane; Jim McCarthy; Joan Wilson; George Wojcik; Candy Powell; Noah Bailey; Marie McNeil; Donna Casford; Keith Froats; Pauline Medora; Ron Teppett.

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.

OUR PARISH

ANNUAL CWL CHRISTMAS BAKE & CRAFT SALE IS TODAY! Come and get your Christmas baked goods and lovely craft gifts in the Parish Hall, this weekend, 2-3 December, after each Mass. Themed Raffle Baskets will again wow you with their variety! See you there after Mass…..

SPIRITUALITY INQUIRY The next session of the Spiritual Inquiry gatherings will be held on Wednesday, 6 December 2017, from 7:00-8:30 p.m., in the parish hall. This is an excellent opportunity to discuss our Catholic faith, religious practices and spiritual beliefs. In a relaxed environment, participants will have the opportunity to express thoughts, raise questions or simply listen to the responses of others in attendance. Light refreshments will be served.

ST. JOSEPH’S PARISH YOUTH GROUP will be holding its fourth Annual Christmas Carolling Event at Extendicare, on Bath Road, on Thursday, 7 December 2017, at 7:00 p.m. Youth and their families are encouraged to come share this exciting occasion to provide entertainment for, and socialize with, residents of this local facility. Contact Alison at bogle@alcdsb.on.ca, or Angela at 613-547-8116, for information.

PENANCE CELEBRATION The Advent Penance Celebration for St. Joseph’s will be held on Sunday, 10 December 2017, at 2:00 p.m. Following a brief liturgy, all will have the opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. A number of visiting clergy will be present for this celebration, and all in the parish, and indeed from outside the parish, are most welcome to attend.

BUILDING FUND The monthly collection of the Building Fund will take place next weekend, 9-10 December 2017. Your support continues to make a difference. Thank you.

CHRISTMAS BASKETS Students from St. Paul and St. Thomas More schools will, again this year, be handing out decorated brown paper bags this weekend of 9-10 December 2017. You are invited to take one home, fill it with non-perishable groceries and return it to St. Joseph Church next weekend, 16-17 December 2017. The groceries will be used for the annual distribution of Christmas baskets by our parish. Monetary donations will also be accepted. Thank you to the students who are decorating the bags and giving them a personal, festive touch.

CATHOLIC WOMEN’S LEAGUE Potluck & Appreciation Dinner will take place on Monday, 11 December 2017, following the 5:15 p.m. Mass. Please drop off your contributions of food before the Mass, so they can be kept hot if necessary, and mark if your food is vegetarian or gluten-free, for those who need to know. (For those coming just for dinner, it will start around 6:15 p.m.) 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 practices at the church on Sunday, 10 and 17 December 2017, after the 11:00 a.m. Mass, as the pageant participants will be practising with the Christmas choir at that time. The pageant is narrated, and therefore the children do not have speaking roles; so even the shiest can participate. Older students are encouraged to take part, as we always need readers for Narrator, Lector and Prayer of the Faithful. All are welcome!

CHRISTMAS CONCERT Join us for an afternoon of Christmas music, featuring the local talent of Chris Murphy, Jon McLurg and Brian Flynn, (three members of the band, Turpin’s Trail) in the church on Thursday, 14 December 2017, from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served in the parish hall; a free-will offering would be gratefully appreciated.

“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 2018. Please take advantage of this opportunity to begin the New Year by spending an hour with the Messiah. For information, contact the parish office at 613-547-5004. Sign-up sheets are at the entrances to the church.

OUR COMMUNITY

ADVENT MISSION 2017 “A Season of Expectation!” Will be held Monday-Wednesday, 4-6 December, at 7:00 p.m., at St. John the Apostle Church, 88 Patrick Street, Kingston. Monday’s theme is “A Season of Expectation,” which develops the expectation of Israel and of all humanity for the Messiah; Tuesday’s theme is “A Season of Peace,” an Advent service for Reconciliation; and Wednesday’s theme, “A Season of Healing,” offers the Sacrament of Anointing after the homily.

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. The next meeting will take place on Tuesday, 5 December 2017, from 7:30-9:30 p.m., at the Francis J. Spence Pastoral Centre, 390 Palace Road, Kingston. The topic will be, “There is Life After Separation & Divorce.” For information, call Sr. Lucy Kearney at 613-548-4461. All faith denominations are welcome!

SOLEMNITY OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION All are invited to the Archdiocesan Liturgical Celebration of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, on Friday, 8 December 2017, at 7:30 p.m., at St. Mary’s Cathedral. Archbishop O’Brien presiding. Reception to follow at École Cathédrale.

NOTICE TO ALL THOSE WHO HAVE TAKEN THE CURSILLO (Cursillistas) IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF KINGSTON You are cordially invited to attend an Ultreya (Cursillo Follow-up), on Sunday, 10 December 2017, at 2:00 p.m., at St. John the Apostle Church, 88 Patrick Street. For information, please contact Lionel Ryan at 613-634-9588.

CHRISTMAS TEA & BAZAAR The CWL of Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, 46 Bursthall Street, Marmora, is hosting a Christmas Tea and Bazaar, on Saturday, 9 December 2017, from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. The Tea Room & Bazaar features a light sandwich luncheon with “heavenly” desserts, and a bake sale table with our famous “Tourtiere” plus, Christmas baking, silent auction, quilt raffle, craft table, and a draw for a Christmas Cheer Basket. Admission is $5.00. Everyone welcome!