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Fifth Sunday of Easter

10 May 2020

 

Do not let your hearts be troubled.  Trust in God still, and trust in me.

 

Introduction

 

In our Second Reading today, St. Peter calls us to be living stones of the Church that Jesus promised to build.

 

Todays Readings

 

First Reading: Acts 6:1-7

 

The focus is on building the Church and working together to build God’s kingdom.

 

Second Reading: 1 Peter 2:4-9

 

Peter tells God’s people they are living stones, chosen by God and precious to God.

 

Gospel: John 14:1-12

 

Jesus gives his farewell address at his Last Supper with his disciples.  He tells them that he will be with them only a little while longer and is going to prepare a place for them.

 

Gospel Teaching

 

In today’s Gospel, Thomas is like that young child.  He asks a very similar question after Jesus has spoken to the disciples about leaving them and about preparing a place for them to follow.  Jesus will soon be executed.  He is preparing them for the traumatic shock they will soon experience, and these are among his final words before his death.  Thomas was one of the bemused disciples.  He was trying to trust Jesus’ words, “Do not let your hearts be troubled.  Trust in God still, and trust in me,” but Thomas didn’t really understand what Jesus was talking about.  Jesus calls his disciples back to the fundamental relationship of trust and assures them that he is not abandoning them.  Rather, he is returning to his Father, and he tells them that this is also their final destination.  There are many dwellings in his Father’s house, and he goes to prepare a place for them, so that they will be with him and dwell with him in his intimate relationship with the Father.

 

Today’s Gospel reminds us that we can trust in God’s plan for us without knowing the details.  An eternal home is being prepared for us.  Jesus’ words to the disciples: “Do not let your hearts be troubled” and “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life” are words we can keep in our mind throughout our life journeys.

 

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MASSES FOR THE WEEK

 

MASSES HAVE BEEN CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

 

Please call the parish office at 613-547-5004, after 12 May to reschedule.

 

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 call the parish office at 613-547-5004.

 

OUR PARISH

 

The Church and Parish Office are closed until further notice.  If you have an emergency, please call 613-547-5004.  Leave your name, phone number and a message, and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

 

We assure you that our parish is carefully following the Protocol put into effect by the Archdiocese of Kingston in order to minimize the risk of infection in our liturgical practices.  The Archdiocese remains vigilant and obtains information daily from local, provincial and federal health authorities, as well as other dioceses, as it constantly reviews its Protocol.  For information on the measures which the Archdiocese is taking, I invite you to visit its website regularly at www.romancatholic.kingston.on.ca.  There are also links for you to follow to assist you with your spiritual health: daily Mass, prayers, liturgical resources, directives from the Archbishop, etc.

 

If you wish to continue making donations to St. Joseph’s, you may do so by mailing a cheque to St. Joseph’s Parish, 392 Palace Road, Kingston, ON K7L 4T3, dropping donations in the parish office mailbox, which is checked daily, signing up for Automatic Debit by calling the office to request a registration form, or sending an e-transfer to stjosephskingston900@gmail.com.  Thank you for your support during these difficult times.

 

JUNIOR LITURGY With approval from Ligouri Publications, we are now posting the weekly Junior Liturgy programs, Explaining God’s Word, on St. Joseph’s Website, www.stjosephskingston.ca.  You can print it off for a fun activity for you children.

 

WEEKLY HOMILY St. Joseph’s clergy are submitting their weekly homilies to be posted on the parish website, www.stjosephskingston.ca.  Please visit the website often for updated bulletins and information.

 

PARTNERS IN MISSION FOOD BANK Along with the generous donations from St. Joseph’s Knights of Columbus Council 11670, St. Joseph’s parishioners have donated $1645.00, 3 boxes and 79 bags of food, between 1 January and 31 March 2020.  During this pandemic and always, we appreciate your ongoing support.  Please continue to contribute to assisting those in need by sending donations to 140 Hickson Avenue, Kingston, ON K7K 2N6, or credit card donations through our website, www.kingstonfoodbank.net.  Thank you.

 

CANCELLATIONS Grade 8 Graduation Masses for St. Paul’s School and St. Thomas More School have been cancelled, as well as First Communion for grade 2 students.  You will be kept informed by both the parish and the schools of any plans to reschedule these celebrations.

 

FREE BOOKS There are a number of books that have been donated to the church, which you are free to take.  Once the church is open again, you may find a few of them in the St. Joseph’s Room and the remainder are in the book case 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.

 

WORLD YOUTH DAY 2020 This year’s WYD will be held at the diocesan level on the theme, “Young man, I say 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

 

PILGRIMAGE to the Shrine of St. Ann in Cormac, which traditionally would have been held on Sunday, 26 July 2020, will not be taking place during this year, 2020.

Due to the presence of the COVID 19 pandemic, the parish is complying with the Diocese of Pembroke in following Directives set forth by the Canadian Catholic Conference of Bishops, in their cooperation with the civil authorities in the province of Ontario.  With the state of emergency in effect in Ontario, it has been asked that all public church events be cancelled until further notice.  Next year, hopefully, we will be able to continue with the annual pilgrimage.

 

OFFICE OF YOUTH MINISTRY The Youth Office has a resource page dedicated to outreach during this pandemic.  There are prayers, videos, activity ideas, faith formation, live youth nights, and more.  Visit the following website for info: www.romancatholic.kingston.on.ca/outreach

 

TOTUS TUUS CATHOLIC SUMMER CAMP After much consideration, the Archdiocese of Kingston Youth Office has decided to cancel this summer’s Totus Tuus camps due to the continued uncertainty surrounding COVID-19.  The safety of our campers and staff are always our top priority.  We are hopeful that we may be able to offer some virtual camp experiences this summer.  Stay tuned.  All families who registered and paid for camp already will be reimbursed by cheque in the coming weeks.

 

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; Kathy Macera; Marion Froats; Esau Demir.

 

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.