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Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

18 August 2019


“I have come to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were blazing already!”




Jesus came to set the earth ablaze with the purifying fire of God’s Holy Spirit, and in today’s Mass we glimpse his vision of a world transformed.  We, too, like the saints who have gone before us, are called to be a stirring, sometimes disquieting, presence in the world in which we live.


Todays Readings


First Reading: Jeremiah 38:4-6, 8-10


People resisted the uncomfortable truths spoken by Jeremiah and threw him into an empty well.  He was rescued, not by someone of his own faith, but by a man, like him, who was prepared to speak out for what was right.


Second Reading: Hebrews 12:1-4


Inspired by the saints who have gone before us, and especially by the sacrifice of Jesus, we persevere in the living out of our faith, however much people may oppose us.


Gospel: Luke 12:49-53


Before he could baptize the world with the purifying fire of the Holy Spirit, Jesus knew he must undergo the ordeal of crucifixion.  In people’s responses to him, many a household will be divided.




Monday, 19 August

5:15 p.m.    Giovanni Circelli – The Family

Tuesday, 20 August

9:00 a.m.  Paul Coughlan – Bennett Family

Wednesday, 21 August

9:00 a.m.  Alice Gaudet – Mark Gaudet

10:30 a.m. Extendicare – Barry Bolton – Shannon Murphy & Family

Thursday, 22 August

 9:00 a.m. Sandra (7th Anniversary) & Antonio Del Prete – Gennaro, Alberto & Family

Friday,  23 August

5:15  p.m.  Luisa Praticante – The Family

Saturday, 24 August

5:15 p.m. Charles Vidal (9th Anniversary) – Genevieve Vidal

Sunday, 25 August

9:00 a.m.  Sean James – The Family

11:00 a.m.  People of the Parish

NEXT WEEK 24-25 August 2019






Eucharistic Ministers





24 Aug.

5:15 p.m.


C. Jones

S. McGrath


J. Lachance

Sr. L. Kearney


I. Stewart

A. Kelly

R. Lachance

D. Mazzolin



25 Aug.

9:00 a.m.


J. Watts

A. MacKinnon

Deacon Wojcik


C. Purcell



F. Cuvelier

D. Dennee

R. Emmons

S. Eves



25 Aug.

11:00 a.m.


N. Balla

Sr. D. Fournier


T. Donoghue

L. Donoghue


P. Tetro

G. Velasco

F. Asuncion

J. Ferreira






24 Aug.

5:15 p.m.



25 Aug.

9:00 a.m.



25 Aug.

11:00 a.m.





F. Cao

A. Lett


B. Evaristo

A. Watt

C. Udovc


E. Samson

A. Doctolero

A. Krasna




Please remember in your prayers the following: Joe Saccon; James Parsons; Jane Meeks; Marie McNeill; Judy Dowling; Ossie Fisher; Millie Lane; John Dowling; Desmond Dowling; Marcus Hacault; Steve Bruce; Laure Unger; Joe Fonseca; Tom Loughheed; Lise Loughheed; Annie Mastorakos; Marc M;  Rob Hurst; Trudy Potvin; Teresa Khidir; Angeli Asenci; Irene Smith.


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.




You are asked to remember in prayer those recently deceased.


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 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.




WEDNESDAY CARD PLAYERS will commence on Wednesday, 4 September 2019, at 12:30 p.m.  If you have a group of four card players who wish to join, please call Johanna at 613-389-5265.


MASS AT ST. MARYS CEMETERY St. Joseph’s Parish will celebrate Mass at St. Mary’s Cemetery on Sunday, 22 September 2019, at 2:00 p.m., at 718 Division Street, Kingston.  This will be an excellent opportunity to remember, and to commend to God, family members, friends and former parishioners who have gone before us.  Please invite others who might wish to join you; and bring a hat and lawn chair for your comfort and convenience.  In the event of rain, Mass will be celebrated at St. Joseph’s.


RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION FOR ADULTS Do you know someone who has expressed an interest in becoming Catholic, or was baptized Catholic as a child, but has not celebrated the Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist?  We offer an opportunity to come together in a small group to learn more about our faith.  Sessions focus on the teachings and experience of Church and prepare individuals to celebrate the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist during the Easter season.  You are welcome to participate in the process with your questions, your insights and your faith story in a warm, accepting setting.  For information, please contact the parish office at 613-547-5004.  Sessions will begin in late September.


JUNIOR LITURGY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED We are in need of volunteers for the 2019-2020 school year and invite anyone wishing to assist to call the parish office at 613-547-5004.  We particularly need volunteers 18+ to assist with the 11:00 a.m. Masses.  If any parents of children attending Junior Liturgy, or other parishioners, wish to help out, please let us know, so that we can continue this Sunday service.  You will be trained and will always have another volunteer with you.





The Sacristan’s position is a 75% position, with additional parish duties to make up the other 25%.  The duties require the laundering and upkeep of all vestments, linens used for Mass, altar cloths,  altar servers’ robes, choir members’ robes, sacred vessels and everything required for the upkeep of the sanctuaries of the Cathedral and St. James’ chapel.  Other duties would involve setting up for Sunday Masses and being present at the 10:30 am Sunday Mass at the Cathedral, at any celebration for which the Archbishop is present, and for funerals and weddings.  Applicants should have good physical stamina, be pleasant to the public and have a certain degree of versatility, which dealing with the public requires.   Interested applicants should understand the practice of the Catholic Faith.  Applicants must be very particular about cleanliness. For further information please contact Father Shawn Hughes, at or 613‑546‑5521 ext. 4 or drop your application off at the parish office, 279 Johnson St, Kingston.


LEGION OF MARY If you are interested in starting a Legion of Mary at your church, or you know someone who would like to join us, please contact Cheryl Power, Legion of Mary Curia President at, or contact me at 613-929-0777.


ANNUAL CEMETERY MASS will be held on Saturday, 24 August 2019, at 10:30 a.m., at St. Charles Borromeo Parish, Read (across from cemetery at 473 Enright Road), with a light lunch following in the parish hall.  Everyone Welcome!  For more information, please contact the Parish Office at 613‑396‑2846.


RELIC OF ST. ANDRÉ BESSETTE is coming to Holy Rosary Church, 169 North Park Street, Belleville, on Thursday, 29 August 2019.  Private prayer in the chapel, 4:30-5:25 p.m.; Solemn Procession with the Relic to the Church, 5:30 p.m. Presentation of the Life of Brother André and Veneration of the Relic.  Celebration of the Mass, followed by anointing with the Oil of St. Joseph.


AN EVENING OF TASTING Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Kingston, will be hosting its annual fundraising event, on Saturday, 21 September 2019.  This event will feature a variety of wine, scotch and craft beer, along with a variety of tasty appetizers from our parish kitchen.  Tickets are $45.00 per person.  For information, contact Elaine Clark at 613-389-1276, or Marianne Murphy at 613-888-4368.


WOMENS FALL RETREAT  Women of any age are invited to join us at our 10th annual Catholic Women’s Fall Retreat at Glen House Resort, Gananoque, on 20-22 September 2019.  The theme is, “Taste and See the Goodness of the Lord!” with speaker Dr. Anne Jamieson.  Break-out sessions, musical entertainment, delicious meals, accommodations and access to resort activities.  For information, or to register, call 613-989-5348, or go to, or contact Anne Caza.


  1. FRANCIS DE SALES – BLESSED SACRAMENT PARISH PRESENTS The Toronto Welsh Male Voice Choir at St. Francis de Sales Church, 19 Elmsley St. N., Smith Falls, on Saturday, 28 September 2019, at 7:00 p.m. Advance ticket sales only. Tickets available at Rideau River Music, 11 Main St. W., Smiths Falls, 613-283-1410, or contact the parish office at 613-283-0220. Cost is $20.00/person before 31 August; $25.00/person after 31 August.


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