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Fourth Sunday of Lent

11 March 2018


God loved the world so much.




God so loved the world, and was so generous with mercy, that God ordered the rebuilding of the Temple and the return of God’s people from exile.  Thus we can summarize the themes of today’s liturgy.  Because of God’s infinite love, we should never doubt that God will forgive us..


Todays Readings


First Reading: 2 Chronicles 36:14-16, 19-23


Despite the rejection of God by the leaders of the people, God engineers their return after exile through the unexpected agency of the Persian king, Cyrus.


Second Reading: Ephesians 2:4-10


God’s love is so great that even when we were dead through our sins, God brought us to life in Christ.


Gospel: John 3:14-21


A simple statement says so much: “God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son.”




Monday, 12 March

9:00 a.m. Charles Stanley – Pat Fardella

5:15 p.m.  Colette Cecchini – Rolando Cecchini

Tuesday, 13 March

9:00 a.m.    Paul Coughlan – Colleen Mahoney

5:15 p.m.    Elena Pizzinato – The Ottenhof Family

Wednesday, 14 March

9:00 a.m.    Antonio Del Prete – Marion Payne

10:30 a.m. Extendicare – Heather Shaw – Ian Stewart

5:15 p.m.  Lino Toffolon – St. Joseph’s Choir

Thursday, 15 March

9:00 a.m. Anna Wiltschko – Josephine & Bill Evoy

5:15 p.m.    Kelly G. LeClair (1st Anniversary) – Krasna Family

Friday,  16 March

9:00 a.m.    Rita Kearns – Roger & Susan Audet

5:15 p.m.    Joe Melo – Antonio & Maria Costa

Saturday, 17 March

9:00 a.m. Cathy Joyce (25th Anniversary) – The Family

5:15 p.m. Giovanni Circelli – The Family

Sunday, 18 March

9:00 a.m.  Patricia Goudreau – The Williamson Family

11:00 a.m.   People of the Parish


NEXT WEEK 17-18 March 2018






Eucharistic Ministers





17 Mar.

5:15 p.m.



E. Bennett

Sr. Kalchbrenner

Deacon Wojcik


C. McBride


P. Scott

D. Mazzolin

A. Kelly

R. Lachance



18 Mar.

9:00 a.m.


A. MacKinnon

F. Walker


G. Goncalves

F. Lovie


S. Eves

T. McCue

D. Neddow

T. Raine



18 Mar.

11:00 a.m.


S. Broekhoven

C. Kavanaugh


L. Donoghue

T. Donoghue


F. Asuncion

J. Ferreira

L. Garrett

P. Greenwood






17 March

5:15 p.m.



18 March

9:00 a.m.



18 March

11:00 a.m.





A. Lett

J. Wan


O. Gowsell

H. Watt

R. Gumboc


M. Farrell

M. Stabback

M. Roque








March Break

No Junior



March Break

No Junior




Please remember in your prayers the following:  Helen Taillon; Yvonne Vickers; Kathy Veley; Tony Deodato; Ciara Ryckman; Jean Wells; Danny Denham; Brigit Knott; Kim Emond; Freeman Shupe; Kathleen Forsyth; Evangeline Talens; Jim McCarthy; George Wojcik; Candy Powell; Noah Bailey; Donna Casford; Keith Froats; Pauline Medora; Ron Teppett; Marcus Hacault; Sheila Alarie; Millie Lane; Marie McNeil; Lauren Redwood; Judy Dowling; Harriet Hill; Jessica Gaulin; Luigi Nuvoloni; James Parsons; Robert Shaw; Sheila Adams.



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.




STATIONS OF THE CROSS During the weeks of Lent, the Stations of the Cross will be said on Friday evenings, following the 5:15 p.m. Mass.  All are warmly welcomed to this beautiful prayer of the Church.


LENTEN PENANCE CELEBRATION The Lenten Penance Celebration for St. Joseph’s will be held this Sunday, 11 March 2018, 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.  

With absolution, we are reconciled to God and the Church.


PARTNERS IN MISSION FOOD BANK Food Bags will be distributed this weekend, 10-11 March 2018, for return on the weekend of 17-18 March.  Thank you for your continued support.


CATHOLIC WOMENS LEAGUE The General Meeting will be held on Monday, 12 March 2018, at 7:00 p.m. in the parish hall.  Our speaker will be Chris Catry, Resource Development Coordinator from Habitat for Humanity Kingston Limestone Region, who will be accompanied by Heather Hall, a member of their Speakers Bureau. They will describe how this organization is helping local working families achieve the dream of home ownership, their upcoming plans and ways that the Parish and CWL can get involved to help.  “Access to safe, decent and affordable housing is a basic human right that should be available to everyone.”  All ladies 16 and up are welcome to come and listen!


DEVELOPMENT & PEACE “Dialogue is gentleness, it is the capacity to listen, it is putting yourself in the other person’s shoes, and building bridges.” – Pope Francis.  This Lent, let’s build world peace together!  Please give generously on 17-18 March 2018, for the annual Development & Peace – Share Lent collection.


HOSPITALITY SUNDAY The next Hospitality Sunday will take place on Sunday, 25 March 2018, after the 9:00 & 11:00 a.m. Masses.  If you are able to provide snacks, please sign up at the entrances.  Please join us in the parish hall for fellowship and refreshments.


CONVERSION SERIES will be held on Thursdays at 9:30 a.m., and repeated at 7:00 p.m., on 12, 19, 26 April, and 3 May 2018, in the parish hall.  “Conversion: Following the Call of Christ,” will consist of four sessions: Introduction, The Woman at the Well, The Rich Young Man and Matthew.  We will show a short video, followed by discussion.  Come join us.






CATHOLICISM A 10-week series, with creator and host Bishop Robert Barron, started 26 February 2018, at 6:30 p.m., at St. Paul the Apostle church, 1111 Taylor Kidd Boulevard, main hall, south side ramp entrance.  A great opportunity to learn, or refresh your understanding of, our Catholic faith.  To register, visit  No charge, everyone welcome!


SEPARATED AND/OR DIVORCED Are you, or is someone you know, experiencing the trauma of a Separation and/or Divorce?  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, 13 March 2018, at the Francis J. Spence Pastoral Centre, 390 Palace Road.  The topic will be, “Let’s Talk: Solutions to Daily Concerns.”


11TH ST. JOHN FISHER DINNER will take place on Wednesday, 14 March 2018.  The St. John Fisher Visitor will be Robert Cardinal Sarah, Vatican Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.  For tickets and information, call 613-217-2819, or email


COME & EXPLORE LIVING FAITH A Saturday morning program for families looking to deepen their understanding and practice of the Catholic faith, on  24 March, 7, 21 April, from 10:00 a.m.-noon, at Holy Name School, 370 Kingston Mills Road.  For information, contact Chantal & Tony at or at 613-305-1606.


DINNER & PRESENTATION On Saturday, 7 April 2018, Rev. Fr. Thomas Rosica, of Salt & Light will make a presentation.  Check details at or call Pete at 613-817-5353.  Cost is $38.00 per person, which includes a $10 charitable donation to Salt and Light TV.


LAY FAITH DEVELOPMENT SERIES will take place on Saturday, 14 April 2018, from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., at the Diocesan Centre, 390 Palace Road.  Our first topic will be on Franciscan Spirituality, with presenter, Fr. Ed Debono.  Registration is $10.00 (lunch included).  Call Gorett at 613-548-4461 or visit the Archdiocese of Kingston website to register.  For information, call Mary-Jo at 613-548-4461 x 115.


STEUBENVILLE TORONTO Calling all teens in Grades 8‑12! Join over 1500 youth from across Ontario in attending an amazing high school youth conference, on 13-15 July 2018. It will be held at the UOIT Campus in Oshawa. For more info in attending with the Archdiocese of Kingston group contact Nadia at An info package and registration is also available on the Archdiocese of Kingston website under the Youth tab.

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