26 April 2020
“They had recognized him at the breaking of the bread.”
The Church gathers us together once again to hear the story of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, how lives are turned around when the story of our fear and disappointment is shared with a stranger on the road to Emmaus.
First Reading: Acts 2:14, 22-33
Peter gives witness to the Resurrection of Jesus from the dead, in fulfilment of the prophecy of David that God’s holy one would not be allowed to experience corruption.
Second Reading: 1 Peter 1:17-21
We are freed from a useless way of life by the ransom paid in the precious blood of the lamb that is Christ.
Gospel: Luke 24:13-35
The disciples’ hearts burn within them as they talk with the stranger on the road to Emmaus and they recognize the Lord Jesus in the breaking of bread.
And this is where we find the two disciples on the road to Emmaus today. They are disappointed and afraid. They have witnessed the public humiliation and execution of their friend and leader, Jesus of Nazareth. Their hopes have been crushed and they are returning home to safety and to pick up the pieces of their lives. They have heard stories that Jesus is alive, but they don’t believe them. They are unable to put all the pieces of the puzzle together until the stranger on the road to Emmaus helps to put their story into the context of the whole story of Israel. They should have expected that the Christ would suffer and so enter into his glory. However, their doubts are not resolved until the stranger blesses and breaks the bread as he shares a meal with them. Then their eyes are opened and they recognize the Lord, only to find that he has disappeared from their sight. Now they have faith; they no longer need to see him. They know that he continues to be present with them, as they return to Jerusalem to share the Good News,
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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.
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 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 deceased, especially, Vivian Blacklock.
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.