Mary, the Holy Mother of God
1 January 2017
“The shepherds… found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in the manger.”
The whole glorious story of our redemption begins in the womb of a humble country girl. Today we honour her as the Holy Mother of God, who brought forth the saviour of the world.
First Reading: Numbers 6:22-27
The Lord promises his blessing on his chosen people.
Second Reading: Galatians 4:4-7
Paul shows that we are sons and daughters and heirs, because we are adopted brothers and sisters of Mary’s son.
Gospel: Luke 2:16-21
Mary, kneeling by the manger, is present right at the start of our salvation.
MASSES FOR THE WEEK
Monday, 2 January
9:00 a.m. Maria Klante – Klante Family
5:15 p.m. Subash Patel – Jim & Marylou Twigg
Tuesday, 3 January
9:00 a.m. Deceased Members of the Fournier & Kerr Families – Sr. Dorothy Fournier
5:15 p.m. Bernard Crossley – Jane Meeks & Family
Wednesday, 4 January
9:00 a.m. John & Sheila Doyle – Thomas Doyle
10:30 a.m. Extendicare – Edward Kennedy – Lorna & Roger Castro
5:15 p.m. Robert Stack – Jo-Ann & Gerry Koster
Thursday, 5 January
9:00 a.m. Richard Nobles – Tessie Nobles
5:15 p.m. Frank Murphy – Betty Clement
Friday, 6 January
9:00 a.m. Michael Leo Jewitt & Deceased Family Members – The Estate
10:00 a.m. Kingsdale Château – Maureen Gilbert – John & Laura Esford & Family
5:15 p.m. Luisa Praticante – Maria & Max
Saturday, 7 January
9:00 a.m. Anibal Pereira – Elena & Venancio Dos Santos
5:15 p.m. Frank & Grace & Vince Garofalo – Josephine Saccon
Sunday, 8 January
9:00 a.m. Deceased Members of the Nuvoloni & Busani Families – The Family
11:00 a.m. People of the Parish
NEXT WEEK – 7-8 January 2017
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 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.
2016 DONATIONS St. Joseph’s Parish Year-End occurred on 31 December; therefore, donations received after this date will need to be recorded in 2017. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.
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.
JUNIOR LITURGY will not be held this Sunday, 1 January 2017. Junior Liturgy will resume next Sunday, 8 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 2 January 2017, and taken to the recycling depot for $10.00. Please support St. Paul Catholic School by emailing email@example.com or calling Dari Vecchio at 613-329-9642,with your address. Please have your tree out by 10:00 a.m. on Monday, 2 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.
NEWS FROM THE CATHOLIC WOMEN’S LEAGUE The organizers of the CWL 2016 Christmas Bake & Craft Sale would like to thank all those members and other volunteers who made and donated crafts, baked goodies, set-up and then cleaned up the Parish Hall to make our event very successful!
The Executive Meeting will take place on Monday, 2 January 2017, at 7:00 p.m., in the parish hall. The General Meeting will take place on Monday, 9 January 2017, at 7:00 p.m., in the parish hall. Our featured speaker is Bev Burns, who will tell us all about self-love, self-esteem, self-awareness and self-defense. Any female parishioners 16 and up are welcome to join us!
WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON CARD PLAYING will resume on Wednesday, 4 January 2017.
FIRST FRIDAY DEVOTION On Friday, 6 January 2017, adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will commence at 9:00 a.m. and continue until 5:00 p.m. You are encouraged to spend an hour with the Lord.
BUILDING FUND The monthly collection of the Building Fund will take place next weekend, 7-8 January 2017. Your support continues to make a difference. Thank you.
CATHOLIC WOMEN’S LEAGUE MEMBERSHIP DRIVE The Catholic Women’s League of Canada is a national organization rooted in Gospel values, calling its members to holiness through service to the people of God. The Annual Membership Drive will take place 14-15 & 21-22 January 2017 here at St. Joseph’s. CWL members will be at the church entrances at all Masses to receive your membership renewal fees of $20.00 for 2017. New members, women from age 16 and up, are always welcome! Transfers from other church are also accepted at this time.
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.
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.
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.
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 the Association for Reformed Political Action; Mike Schouten, Director of WeNeedALaw.ca and Pat Maloney, an Ottawa based pro-life blogger. Contact Casey Knegt at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com. Information may be found at www.wwmw.org.
FAITH DEVELOPMENT Beginning 26 January 2017, the parish of St. John the Evangelist, Gananoque (with the assistance of the Knights of Columbus) will be doing a six-week faith development study group every Thursday, at 6:45 p.m., at St. Joseph Catholic Elementary School, 235 Georgiana Street, Gananoque. Faith, being a gift from God, is not something that we are to stop developing once confirmed or out of school – but a life-long process. So please join us as we view short videos in which Bishop Robert Barron presents Biblical examples of conversion stories. Discussion will follow in small informal groups in which we will learn from each other. Refreshments available. Please contact St. John’s parish office at 613-382-2017 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Hope to see you there!