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Third Sunday of Lent
19 March 2017

“Now we no longer believe because of what you told us; we have heard him ourselves and we know that he really is the saviour of the world.”


Jesus is the fountain we thirst for and the one who brings everlasting life to all.

Today’s Readings

First Reading: Exodus 17:3-7

This is one of several stories about the Israelites complaining to Moses, in this case about being thirsty. God instructs Moses how to provide water for them.

Second Reading: Romans 5:1-2, 5-8

The love of God has been poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, giving us faith and hope.

Gospel: John 4:5-42

The encounter of Jesus with the Samaritan woman at the well, where he reveals his true identity to her and offers her living water.


Monday, 20 March
9:00 a.m. John Rutherford – The Family
5:15 p.m. Grazia Gencarelli – Angelo Gencarelli & Family
Tuesday, 21 March
9:00 a.m. Archangelo & Teresa Saccon – Joe Saccon
5:15 p.m. Luisa Praticante – Maria & Max
Wednesday, 22 March
9:00 a.m. Deceased Members of the McConville & Jordan Families – Pat McConville & Mike Jordan
10:30 a.m. Extendicare – Elisio Ponte & Extended Family Members – Lidia Ponte
5:15 p.m. June Sears – The Family
Thursday, 23 March
9:00 a.m. Bernard Alarie & Dermot Gillespie – Sheila Alarie & Mary Gillespie
5:15 p.m. Annunziata Evangelista – The Family
Friday, 24 March
9:00 a.m. James, Mary & Anna McCambridge – Estelle Walsh & Family
5:15 p.m. Jose Melo – Fernando & Maria Arruda
Saturday, 25 March
9:00 a.m. George Teves – Parents
5:15 p.m. Manuel Casquilho – Iria Casquilho
Sunday, 26 March
9:00 a.m. Alexander, Isabelle, Elwood & Dell Potter – Audrey Lacey
11:00 a.m. People of the Parish
NEXT WEEK – 25-26 March 2017

Eucharistic Ministers

25 Mar.
5:15 p.m.
M. Peck
M-A. Wojcik
Deacon Wojcik
Sr. L. Kearney
F. Carter
A. Kelly
R. Lachance
J. Garrah

26 Mar.
9:00 a.m.
J. Watts
Sr. Kalchbrenner
Deacon Wojcik
N. Haunts
D. Dennee
R. Emmons
S. Eves
T. McCue

26 Mar.
11:00 a.m.
J. Fraser
Sr. D. Fournier
Deacon Wojcik
N. Balla
P. Tetro
F. Asuncion
J. Ferreira
L. Garrett

25 March
5:15 p.m.
26 March
9:00 a.m.
26 March
11:00 a.m.
Altar Servers
S. Sedore
O. Gowsell
I. Simoes
F. Jingsen Cao
C. Watts
R. Watts
I. Watts
D. Fernandes
T. Fernandes
M. Brooks

Junior Liturgy
P. Bullock
C. Dempster
A. Fraser
G. Goncalves

Please remember in your prayers the following: Willie Wylemans; Taylor Emond; Taryn Emond; Hermina Lawlor; Marcus Hacault; Katherine Yager; Sue Hunter; Joan Wray; Helen Taillon; Yvonne Vickers; Margaret Pilcher; Kathy Veley; Tony Deodato; Ciara Ryckman; Jean Wells; Cathy Campbell; Marie McNeil; June Emmons; Pauline Ducharme; Mario Lebrun; Yvon Drouin

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.

You are asked to remember in prayer those recently deceased, especially, Josh Witjes; Bill Earle; Msgr. Donald Clement; Nicla Sivilotti.

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.


LENTEN PENANCE CELEBRATION The Lenten Penance Celebration for St. Joseph’s will be held this Sunday, 19 March 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.
“With absolution, we are reconciled to God and the Church.”

SCENTED PRODUCTS Some people suffer from severe allergic reactions to perfumes, colognes, and after-shave lotions; it would be appreciated if you could refrain from using these products while attending Mass. Thank you.

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.

PARTNERS IN MISSION FOOD BANK Food Bags will be collected this weekend, 18-19 March. Thank you for your continued support.

ST. JOSEPH’S YOUTH GROUP will meet on Saturday, 25 March 2017, from noon to 3:00 p.m., for a get-together and Stations of the Cross presentation practice, in the parish hall and church. This practice is important; students wishing to be involved in the Stations’ presentation must attend. All students are welcome. For information, contact Alison at, or Angela at 613-547-8116.

HOSPITALITY SUNDAY will take place on Sunday, 26 March 2017, after the 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. Masses. If you are willing to bring squares, cookies or loaves for this event, please sign up on the sheets provided at the church entrances.

6th ANNUAL PRESENTATION OF THE STATIONS OF THE CROSS will take place on Sunday, 9 April 2017, at 7:00 p.m., in the church. All parishioners are invited to pray the Stations of the Cross with a NEW FORMAT dramatic presentation by St. Joseph’s Youth Group. Refreshments will follow in the hall. For information, please contact Alison Bogle at 613 536 5771, or Angela Lorbetski at 613 547 8116.

DEVELOPMENT & PEACE – Caritas Canada (D&P) – Share Lent 2017 This week, we meet with Cécile Kazadi, a woman from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, who explains why community radio is an essential tool for women denouncing sexual violence. “Thanks to RCK radio, our lives have changed a lot. We are now aware of our rights.” Development and Peace has been working with the Congolese Catholic Church to encourage citizen participation and ensure a fair electoral process since the first democratic elections in the DRC in 2006.


CURSILLISTAS You are invited to an ULTREYA on Sunday, 19 March 2017, at St. John the Apostle Church Hall, 88 Patrick Street, Kingston, at 2:00 p.m.; it will consist of a witness talk, response, small groups, music, prayer and refreshments. All Cursillistas are invited to come out to renew old friendships and meet fellow Cursillistas. For information, contact Mike and Diane Foley at 613-546-6224,

HOLY CROSS CATHOLIC SECONDARY SCHOOL Early Progress Report Cards will be sent home on Wednesday, 22 March 2017. Parent/Teacher interviews will be held on Wednesday, 29 March, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. and 6:30-8:30 p.m. Please go to the HCToday website for instructions on how to book an interview.

REGIOPOLIS-NOTRE DAME CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL will distribute Early Diagnostic Reports for semester two on Friday, 24 March 2017. Interviews are on Thursday, 30 March, from 3:00-5:00 p.m. and 6:30-8:30 p.m., and may be scheduled by going to the RND website, starting 25 March, at 8:00 a.m.

ST. PATRICK’S DAY DANCE will take place on Friday, 24 March 2017, from 7:00-11:00 p.m., at Hanley Hall, 30 McGill Street N, Smiths Falls. Hosted by St. Francis de Sales parish, the dance will feature music by the band, Turpin’s Trail, formerly Crooked Wood. Reserve you tickets by calling Karen at 613-283-0676. Come and enjoy a great evening of entertainment, dancing & fellowship. A light luncheon will be served. This is an LCBO licensed event.

HOLY WEEK DIRECTED RETREAT 9-16 or 13-16 April 2017, at Providence Spirituality Centre. Call for information, or to register, by 27 March 2017, at 613-542-8826.

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, 28 March 2017, at the Francis J. Spence Pastoral Centre, 390 Palace Road. The topic will be, “Effects of Separation and Divorce on Family.”

ORGAN SCHOLARSHIP Each year the Kingston Centre of the RCCO has scholarships available for talented pianists of all ages who would like to be introduced to the pipe organ, and develop their playing skills. It receives financial support from the National RCCO office, local individuals and parishes, and raises funds by sponsoring events. Application deadline is 31 March 2017. Forms are available at

PILGRIMAGE to Our Lady of the Cape Shrine, Cap-de-Madeleine, Quebec, hosted by St. Patrick’s, Napanee, will take place 5-7 June 2017. Cost is $365/single; $315pp/double; $310pp/triple. Includes transportation, accommodation, most meals, admissions to sites, and abundant blessing! Contact Alphonse Poitras at 613-347-7643, or at

PROVIDENCE CARE needs volunteers from parishes in the Archdiocese of Kingston to assist with Roman Catholic ministries that help meet spiritual needs in the following ways: to assist residents going to and from Mass or be an Extraordinary Minister for the Distribution of Holy Communion. Please contact Ruth Flores, Coordinator of Recreation & Volunteer Services, at Providence Manor, at 613-548-7222, ext. 3160 or at; or Tania Christie, at Providence Care Hospital, at 613-548-7222, ext 2292, or, to volunteer as a musician, to assist patients going to and from Mass and to be Extraordinary Minister for the Distribution of Holy Communion.

REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT SERVICES KINGSTON If you are interested in assisting refugees arriving in Kingston, please visit to see how you can make a difference in someone’s life.