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Easter Sunday of the Resurrection

of the Lord

12 April 2020

 

He saw and he believed.

 

Introduction

 

Christ is risen, alleluia, alleluia!  We gather to rejoice in the new life which God our Father has given us through the death and resurrection of his Son, Jesus Christ.  We carry the joy of this feast into the lives of those who seek meaning, hope and encouragement.

 

Todays Readings

 

First Reading: Acts10:34, 37-43

 

Peter and the apostles witness to the Resurrection and bring the good news to others.

 

Second Reading: Colossians 3:1-4

 

Christians are called to a new life as the beloved of the Lord.

 

Gospel: John 20:1-9

 

St. John entered the tomb; he saw and he believed.

 

Gospel Teaching

 

The Gospel for this Easter Sunday tells how Mary of Magdala arrives early in the morning and sees that the stone has been rolled away and that the tomb is empty.  Her first reaction is one of shock after the tragic and sorrowful events of Good Friday.  She has come to grieve and spend some quiet time with her beloved friend and to try to make some sense of what has happened. It is only a week since Jesus had ridden into Jerusalem on a donkey and the crowds had cheered and waved their palm branches.  Now she is greatly surprised to find that the tomb is empty, and she runs off to find the apostles.

When St. Peter and St. John arrive at the tomb, John waits for the leader, Peter, to go first. We don’t hear Peter’s reaction when he sees the linen cloths and the empty tomb.  We know that, when John enters, he sees and believes.  All that Jesus has taught and preached suddenly becomes clear, and John knows that Jesus is the Son of God who has risen from the dead.  Suffering, evil and death have been conquered.  The kingdom of God can continue to be preached.

 

From this joyful scene at the tomb, the belief that Jesus has risen from the dead spreads to Peter, to Mary of Magdala, and then to the other apostles.  They continue to gather and pray and wait for the Holy Spirit.  At Pentecost their fear will be overcome, and the gift of the Spirit will lead them out to the ends of the earth proclaiming the Good News.  Peter will carry the Good News to Caesarea and baptise Cornelius the soldier and his household.  The hope of Jesus is not only for the Jewish people, but for all men and women.  From Jerusalem to Rome to this church, we stand in that great line of witnesses who celebrate this holy feast.  We are people who carry the light of Christ to others and have the responsibility to hand on our faith.

 

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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 13 April 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, or signing up for Automatic Debit by calling the office to request a registration form.  Thank you for your support during these difficult times.

 

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

 

EASTER RESOURCES Experience Holy Week at home with www.romancatholic.kingston.on.ca/holyweek.  The Archdiocese of Kingston has a Holy Week Resource page with something for everyone.  Craft ideas, reflections, virtual retreats, videos and more!

 

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.

 

DEVELOPMENT & PEACE COLLECTION Please have your donations submitted to the parish by 31 May, as they will be forwarded to the Archdiocese at that time.  Thank you.

 

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

 

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 info@kingstonbirthright.ca.

 

TOTUS TUUS CATHOLIC SUMMER CAMP There has been many inquiries as to whether Totus Tuus Summer Camp will rush 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;