Fourth Sunday of Easter
3 May 2020
“I am the gate. Anyone who enters through me will be safe.”
We are used to thinking of Jesus as the good shepherd, leading His flock to safety. In today’s Gospel, He also refers to Himself as the gate of the sheepfold. It is through Him that we reach the safety of life with His Father and our salvation.
First Reading: Acts 2:14, 36-41
It is from Christ that we receive forgiveness and the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Second Reading: 1 Peter 2:20-25
Christ suffered for us, offering us an example to follow.
Gospel: John 10:1-10
Jesus is the gate through and by which we enter into salvation.
The parable told to His disciples by Jesus in today’s Gospel obviously tends towards the positive end of the symbolic spectrum. The disciples fail to understand the story when it is first told to them. As usual, we look to the end of the story to see what point is being made. Jesus is warning his followers about being led astray by those who are not preachers of the truth. As sheep recognize the voice of their shepherd, his followers too need to recognize his voice and follow him. In his explanation of the parable, Jesus then develops another thought. He offers the idea that He is the gate of the sheepfold. It is through Him that the sheep go safely in and out.
His words are an anticipation of how He will help His disciples come to terms with his leaving them, saying that they know the way to where He is going. Thomas objects that they do not know where He is going, so how can they know the way? To which comes the famous reply that Jesus Himself is “the Way, the Truth and the Life.” It is very much a theme that recurs in John’s Gospel, this centring of our belief on the person of Jesus. It is by believing in Him, recognizing His voice, clinging to Him that we receive the gift of eternal life. Once we do that, we are free to come and go through the gate, always sure of finding nourishment. The intention of thieves is to steal, kill and destroy; the aim of Jesus is to offer us life in all its fullness.
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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 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.
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, or signing up for Automatic Debit by calling the office to request a registration form. Thank you for your support during these difficult times.
E-TRANSFER DONATIONS St. Joseph’s Church is now accepting donations via e-transfers. The donation will be directly deposited into the parish account if you use the following email address: email@example.com
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.
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS DONATION St. Joseph’s Knights of Columbus Council 11670 have recognized a tremendous need in Kingston during these difficult times, and therefore, have stepped up to donate $11,500 to the Partners in Mission Food Bank and $6000 to St. Vincent de Paul. They continue to work on your behalf for those in need in our community.
THE NEEDS OF THE CHURCH IN THE HOLY LAND The collection normally taken up on Good Friday is for the Holy Land. At this time of crisis in the Middle East, the need for these funds is greater than ever. The proceeds of the Holy Land collection provide support to the Christian minority who live there and to pilgrims. The funds assist with the preservation of shrines and archeological areas, interventions during crisis situations, and educational activities. You are invited to give generously in your support of this collection. Donations will be accepted until 30 June 2020.
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:
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 www.romancatholic.kingston.on.ca/outreach
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
TOTUS TUUS CATHOLIC SUMMER CAMP There have been many inquiries as to whether Totus Tuus Summer Camp will run this summer. We will, of course, follow directives from government, and so at this time we ask you to stay tuned. We are proceeding as planned for now, and we hope to make a decision by 1 May. In the meantime, we encourage families to register for camp, but hold off on sending payment until we have a decision on the camp running.
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; Esad Demir.
PRAYERS FOR THE DECEASED
You are asked to remember in prayer those recently