19 April 2020
“Peace be with you.”
This day is a continuation of our Easter celebrations, where we proudly have alleluia as our song. We come into the Lord’s presence today, conscious of the reality that Jesus Christ is risen from the dead.
First Reading: Acts 2:42-47
Day after day the Lord added to the number of disciples those who were being saved.
Second Reading: 1 Peter 1:3-9
By his great mercy, God the Father has given us a new birth into a living hope through the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.
Gospel: John 20:19-31
The disciples received the wondrous gift of peace from the Lord Jesus when they were locked away in a state of fear.
All of us have probably, at some point in our lives, been in a situation where we have been afraid. The disciples are exactly the same as us; in today’s Gospel account we find that the disciples are afraid and have locked themselves away in room. It may be partly that they remember how they were terrified at the time of Jesus’ passion, and they all let the Lord down and ran away. Now they are hearing that Jesus is alive from the dead; if it’s true, what will he have to say to them? Perhaps they are thinking that Jesus might have good reason to come back to the disciples in a foul mood: “Where were you when I needed you? How could you have run away? Did you not promise that you would die for me?” However, Jesus is the giver of peace and the communicator of peace. Now risen and alive, his first words to the disciples are, “Peace be with you,”
Maybe Jesus realizes that the disciples are confused and have not really taken in his gift of peace, and so he says for a second time, “Peace be with you,” This is something for us all to take to heart. Jesus is speaking the same words of peace to us. This peace is not some peace of human origin, but comes from the Prince of Peace. With the peace of Jesus gifted to us, we can be people at peace with ourselves, at peace with the Lord himself; and then become people of peace in our world, which truly needs peace.
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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 20 April 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.
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.
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.
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 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 email@example.com.
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; Vivian Blacklock; Kathy Macera; Marion Froats; Esad Demir.
PRAYERS FOR THE DECEASED
You are asked to remember in prayer those recently deceased, especially Liliana Saccon.
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.