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Fourth Sunday of Lent

22 March 2020

 

You are looking at him; he is speaking to you.

 

Introduction

 

How do we come to faith?  It can be a gradual process for all of us, and often involves testing.  But all of us are called to renew our faith, especially during Lent.

 

Todays Readings

 

First Reading: 1 Samuel 16:1, 6-7, 10-13

 

God gives Samuel a special insight to choose Jesse’s son, David.

 

Second Reading: Ephesians 5:8-14

 

God has brought us out of dankness so that we can live in the light of the Lord.

 

Gospel: John 9:1-41

 

A blind man is healed and, in the face of opposition, comes to faith by seeing Jesus as his saviour.

 

MASSES FOR THE WEEK – MASSES HAVE BEEN CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

 

Please call the parish office at 613-547-5004 to reschedule.

 

 

 

PRAYERS FOR THOSE WHO ARE ILL

 

Please remember in your prayers the following: James Parsons; Judy Dowling; Millie Lane; John Dowling; Desmond Dowling; Steve Bruce; Laure Unger; Joe Fonseca; Marc M;  Rob Hurst; Teresa Khidir; Angeli Asenci; Kathleen Forsyth; Diane Lavery; Pat Gilmartin; Donna C.; Eileen Teppett; Jordyn Haunts Geddes; Erin Sullivan; Lu Raposo; Jill Jodoin; Ken Linseman; Marcus Hacault; Annie Mastorakos; Natalie Malenfant; Trudy Potvin; Vivian Blacklock; Kathy Macera.

 

PRAYERS FOR THE DECEASED

 

You are asked to remember in prayer those recently deceased, George Rosa.

 

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

 

FREE BOOKS There are a number of books that have been donated to the church which you are free to take.  You may find a few of them in the St. Joseph’s Room and the remainder are in the bookcase in the sacristy.  Please feel free to take what interests you home to read.

 

PASTORAL CARE WORKSHOP This workshop would assist parishes to start a pastoral care team, or be useful for those that already have an existing team.  Please contact the parish office at 613-547-5004, if you would be interested in attending one of these workshops; and, if there is enough interest, we will go ahead and book one.

 

STATIONS OF THE CROSS will be CANCELLED.

 

LENTEN PENANCE CELEBRATION The Lenten Penance Celebration scheduled for St. Joseph’s  on Sunday, 22 March 2020, has been CANCELLED

 

DEVELOPMENT & PEACE COLLECTION Please have your donations submitted to the parish by 30 April, as they will be forwarded to the Archdiocese at that time.  Thank you.

 

ENROLLMENT CEREMONY FOR FIRST COMMUNION, previously scheduled for the weekend of 28-29 March, has been CANCELLED.

 

HOSPITALITY SUNDAY, scheduled for Sunday, 29 March 2020, has been CANCELLED.

 

NINTH ANNUAL YOUTH GROUP PRESENTATION OF THE STATIONS OF THE CROSS, scheduled for 6 April 2020, has been CANCELLED.

 

WORLD YOUTH DAY 2020 This year’s WYD will be held at the diocesan level on the theme; “Young man, I sat to you, ‘Arise’.” (Lk 7:14) Pope Francis’ Message for the 35th World Youth Day is available at:

http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/messages/youth/index.html

 

OUR COMMUNITY

 

BIRTHRIGHT KINGSTON is looking for compassionate, non-judgmental individuals who desire to bring hope and encouragement to pregnant women and their pre-born children.  For information, call 613-546-5433, or email info@kingstonbrithright.ca.

 

TOTUS TUUS CATHOLIC SUMMER CAMP This faith-based week-long camp that includes activities, skits, sports, crafts, music and outdoor play will take place this summer in July.  For more information, or to register, visit www.romancatholic.kingston.on.ca/totustuus or call Nadia Gundert at 613-484-2446, Financial contributions to help sponsor children to attend camp are welcome.