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Fifth Sunday of Lent
2 April 2017

“I am the resurrection and the life.”

Introduction

In today’s Gospel Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead. This great sign points us forward to Easter when, in the resurrection, Jesus will defeat death for all of us.

Today’s Readings

First Reading: Ezekiel 37:12-14

The Lord promises to open his people’s graves and give them his life-giving spirit.

Second Reading: Romans 8:8-11

The Spirit which raised Jesus from the dead will raise our mortal bodies too.

Gospel: John 11:1-45

Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead and challenges our belief in his resurrection.

MASSES FOR THE WEEK
Monday, 3 April
9:00 a.m. Sandra & Antonio Del Prete – Gennaro, Alberto & Family
5:15 p.m. Deceased members of the Bel, Menjou and Vidal Families – Genevieve Vidal
Tuesday, 4 April
9:00 a.m. Ventura & Angelica Dos Santos – Elena & Venancio Dos Santos
5:15 p.m. Jeffrey Conley (12th Anniversary) – Carole Conley
Wednesday, 5 April
9:00 a.m. Michael Leo Jewitt & Deceased Members of the Jewitt Family – The Estate
10:30 a.m. Extendicare – Jerome McHenry – Charles & Frances Dupré
5:15 p.m. Inosencia de la Fuente – Romy & Lily Ramos
Thursday, 6 April
9:00 a.m. Deceased Members of the Carter Family – Frank & Lorraine Carter
5:15 p.m. Maria Carquez – Cecilia Melo
Friday, 7 April
9:00 a.m. Rita Hilton – Patricia Walsh
10:00 a.m. Kingsdale Château – Aileen Reeves – Herman & Mary Overvelde
10:30 a.m. School Mass – Lyle Ross – The Family
5:15 p.m. Mario Castro – Joe & Grace Pacheco
Saturday, 8 April
9:00 a.m. Aldo Barbesin – Joe Saccon
5:15 p.m. John Worrall (1st Anniversary) – The Family
Sunday, 9 April
9:00 a.m. Peter Moore – Mary-Catherine Moore
11:00 a.m. People of the Parish
NEXT WEEK – 8-9 April 2017

Date
Lectors
Eucharistic Ministers
Ushers

Saturday
8 Apr.
5:15 p.m.
R – R. Borges
R – M-A. Wojcik
N – E. Bennett
PF – Dcn. Wojcik
L. McKeown
J. Saunders
S. Peck
A. Kelly
R. Lachance
P. Scott

Sunday
9 Apr.
9:00 a.m.
R – D. Tudin
R – P. McCue
N – C. Purcell
PF – Dcn Wojcik
M. Tudin
N. McCue
S. Eves
T. McCue
R. Audet
F. Cuvelier

Sunday
9 Apr.
11:00 a.m.
R – K. Burbank
R – J-A. Koster
N – J. Fraser
PF – Dcn. Wojcik
M-A. Wojcik
J. Ferreira
L. Garrett
P. Greenwood
B. Krasna

Date
Saturday
8 April
5:15 p.m.
Sunday
9 April
9:00 a.m.
Sunday
9 April
11:00 a.m.
Altar Servers
S. Sedore
O. Gowsell
I. Simoes
F. Jingsen Cao
C. Watts
R. Watts
I. Watts
P. Krasna
A. Krasna
M. Farrell

Junior Liturgy
*******
S. Hartwick
N. Riley
S. Skebo
C. McCabe

PRAYERS FOR THOSE WHO ARE ILL
Please remember in your prayers the following: Willie Wylemans; Taylor Emond; Taryn Emond; Hermina Lawlor; Marcus Hacault; Katherine Yager; Sue Hunter; Joan Wray; Helen Taillon; Yvonne Vickers; Margaret Pilcher; Kathy Veley; Tony Deodato; Ciara Ryckman; Jean Wells; Cathy Campbell; Marie McNeil; June Emmons; Mario Lebrun; Yvon Drouin; Terry Kot; Brigit Knott; Marie McNeil.

We will leave the name of the individual who is ill on the prayer list for one month. If at the end of the month prayers are still needed, we ask that a family member contact us to request prayers to be continued for another month. Please contact Pam at the office at 613-547-5004.

PRAYERS FOR THE DECEASED
You are asked to remember in prayer those recently deceased, especially Kelly Leclair.

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

ST. JOSEPH’S VISITOR PROGRAMME We have not had as much response as anticipated regarding parishioners who are now confined to their home or an institution and would appreciate a visit from our team of visitors. We are therefore extending our outreach to former parishioners who are still living in the communityl, who are perhaps living alone and would appreciate a visit in their home. Sometimes seeing a friendly face, having a nice chat or interacting in other ways makes the day pass more quickly.

If you, or someone whom you know, would appreciate having someone visit on behalf of the parish, please phone the parish office at 613-547-5004, and make arrangements for a visit. We look forward to hearing from you.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS During the weeks of Lent, the Stations of the Cross will be said on Friday evenings, following the 5:15 p.m. Mass. All are warmly welcomed to this beautiful prayer of the Church.

ST. JOSEPH’S YOUTH GROUP will meet in the parish hall and church, this Sunday, 2 April 2017, from 1:00-4:00 p.m., and on Friday, 7 April 2017, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., for a get-together and Stations of the Cross presentation practice. These practices are important; students wishing to be involved in the Stations’ presentation must attend. All students are welcome. For information, contact Alison at bogle@alcdsb.on.ca, or Angela at 613-547-8116.

CATHOLIC WOMEN’S LEAGUE The next Executive Meeting will be held on Monday, 3 April 2017, at 7:00 p.m., in the parish hall. The General Meeting will be held on Monday, 10 April 2017, at 7:00 pm., in the parish hall. We will be collecting baby items for Birthright this month; please bring your items with you to the meeting. Our speaker will be Donna Dwyre, from Hospice Kingston. Hospice Kingston provides compassionate holistic care for people with life-limiting illness, their caregivers and families, and those who are affected by grief or loss. We will be learning about their programs and services and plans to build a Residential Hospice and Palliative Care Centre of Excellence! Any female parishioners 16 and older are welcome to join us.

FIRST FRIDAY DEVOTION On Friday, 7 April 2017, adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will commence at 9:00 a.m. and continue until 5:00 p.m. You are encouraged to spend an hour with the Lord.

BUILDING FUND The monthly collection of the Building Fund will take place next weekend, 8-9 April 2017. Your support continues to make a difference. Thank you.

SIXTH ANNUAL PRESENTATION OF THE STATIONS OF THE CROSS will take place on Sunday, 9 April 2017, at 7:00 p.m., in the church. All parishioners are invited to pray the Stations of the Cross with a NEW FORMAT dramatic presentation by St. Joseph’s Youth Group. Refreshments will follow in the hall. For information, please contact Alison at 613 536 5771, or Angela at 613 547 8116.

THE CHRISM MASS will be celebrated on Tuesday, 11 April 2017, at 7:30 p.m., at St. Mary’s Cathedral. All are invited as Archbishop O’Brien presides and blesses the Oils for the sacramental life of the Church. Reception will follow at École Cathédrale. The 5:15 p.m. Mass at St. Joseph’s will be cancelled that day.

DEVELOPMENT & PEACE – CARITAS CANADA (D&P) – SHARE LENT 2017 Solidarity Sunday! Thank you for your generosity! Since the founding of D & P in 1967, money annually donated by Canadian Catholics during Share Lent provides essential support to the poorest populations of Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle Ease. Currently, D & P supports 173 partners and 194 projects in 46 countries around the world. When we act together, change is possible!

HOSPITALITY SUNDAY will take place on Sunday, 30 April 2017, after the 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. Masses. Please join us in the parish hall for fellowship and refreshments. St. Joseph’s Catholic Women’s League will be hosting and providing the refreshments.

BIRTHRIGHT – “CHANGE FOR LIFE” baby bottle drive on Mother’s Day weekend. Last year, St. Joseph’s Parish donated $2252.00 to help our pregnant moms and babies. Out of 128 bottles which were distributed, 58 were returned, that means there are still 67 bottles left to be returned. If you have a baby bottle from last year, we would love to get it back so that we can use it this year, as each one costs $2.00, and we are hoping not to have to purchase many replacement bottles. Thank you.

OUR COMMUNITY

THE MAN OF THE SHROUD Educational exhibit, 4-11 April 2017, at St. Isidore Catholic Church, 1135 March Road, Kanata. Come experience and learn what science and theology have to offer about the world’s most famous and mysterious religious relic. A life-sized replica of the Shroud will be on display. Free admission; donations appreciated. Visit www.TheShroud.org for information.

SEPARATED AND/OR DIVORCED Are you, or someone you know, experiencing the trauma of a Separation and/or Divorce? Where do you turn for help? Come to the New Life Group Meeting, a Catholic Ministry for the Separated and Divorced, on alternate Tuesday evenings. The next meeting will take place on Tuesday, 11 April 2017, topic and place is to be determined. For information, call 613-548-4461.

CAMPAIGN LIFE COALITION’S – KINGSTON MEETING will take place on Tuesday, 18 April 2017, from 7:00-9:00 p.m., at the Isabelle Turner Public Library, Gardiner’s Road. Mr. Jim Hughes, National President of CLC, and Vice-President of International Right to Life, will be our guest speaker. For information, call 613-389-4472.

BLESSED SACRAMENT GARAGE & BAKE SALE hosted by Knights of Columbus & Catholic Women’s League, will be held at Blessed Sacrament Church Hall, 3 Briscoe Street, Amherstview, on Saturday, 22 April 2017, from 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. All donations in good condition are gratefully accepted (no tvs or computers, please). For information and pick-up, call Paul at 613-384-2671 or Theresa at 613-389-5312. Donations drop off is 21 April, from 7:00-9:00 p.m.

SCHOOL RETIREMENT CELEBRATIONS The Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board is looking forward to the opening of Kingston’s newest Catholic elementary school in the fall of 2017. St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School will consolidate the school communities of Holy Family, St. Patrick and St. Peter Catholic Schools. To celebrate and recognize past and current staff and students, each of these schools will host a school retirement celebration: St. Patrick on 28 May; St. Peter, on 4 June; Holy Family, on 11 June. Please share pictures of schools, students, events and items such as yearbooks, etc. Please send memorabilia to the school principals; all items will be returned. More information will follow.