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Second Sunday of Advent
10 December 2017

“Prepare a way for the Lord.”

 

Introduction

The Good News about Jesus Christ the Son of God is what draws us here today. We gather to give thanks for the healing and salvation that the Lord our God offers us in Jesus.

Today’s Readings

First Reading: Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11

Isaiah offers a message of hope: the people are to prepare for the coming of the Lord.

Second Reading: 2 Peter 3:8-14

God is patient, wanting nobody to be lost.

Gospel: Mark 1:1-8

The beginning of the Good News: Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God.

MASSES FOR THE WEEK

Monday, 11 December
9:00 a.m. Baltazara Quintana – Jose & Lolita Quintana
5:15 p.m. Dileta Mazzolin – Edvige Mazzolin
Tuesday, 12 December
9:00 a.m. Kay, Ed & Hugh Edgar – Sandra & Jerry Jackson
5:15 p.m. Frank Murphy – Brenda & Joe Dillon
Wednesday, 13 December
9:00 a.m. Charles Virgin – Therese Raymond
10:30 a.m. Extendicare – Dr. Max & Marion Miller – Blacklock Family
5:15 p.m. Alice & Josephine Ingoldsby & their family – Karen Ingoldsby
Thursday, 14 December
9:00 a.m. Intentions of Helen & Roger Taillon – Rosa Kwak
5:15 p.m. Anne McConnell-Strong – Elmer Strong
Friday, 15 December
9:00 a.m. Vicente Domingo – Amado & Marietta Marci
5:15 p.m. Special Intention – Anne Pickett
Saturday, 16 December
9:00 a.m. Florintina Pangilinan – Ester Masucol
5:15 p.m. Mary Waters – Laura Clare Waters
Sunday, 17 December
9:00 a.m. Noreen Kelsey – Paul & Mary Dowling
11:00 a.m. People of the Parish
NEXT WEEK 16-17 December 2017

Date
Lectors
Eucharistic Ministers
Ushers

Saturday
16 Dec.
5:15 p.m.

H. Pasko
C. Jones
M. Musiol
J. Lachance
I. Stewart
P. Scott
D. Mazzolin
R. Lachance

Sunday
17 Dec.
9:00 a.m.
M. McLaughlin
P. Kingston
B. Earle
G. Goncalves
D. Dennee
R. Emmons
S. Eves
T. McCue

Sunday
17 Dec.
11:00 a.m.
S. Broekhoven
M-A. Wojcik
C. Kavanaugh
M. Meagher
B. Krasna
L. Garrett
M. Strong
P. Tetro

 

Date
Saturday
16 December
5:15 p.m.
Sunday
17 December
9:00 a.m.
Sunday
17 December
11:00 a.m.

Altar
Servers
O. Gowsell
K. Gowsell
A. Gowsell
I. Watts
E. Foley
A. Doctolero
M. Doctolero
K. Soriano

Junior
Liturgy

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S. Hardwick
K. Turkington
A. Lorbetskie
K. Soriano

PRAYERS FOR THOSE WHO ARE ILL
Please remember in your prayers the following: Helen Taillon; Yvonne Vickers; Kathy Veley; Tony Deodato; Ciara Ryckman; Jean Wells; Danny Denham; Brigit Knott; Jack Coleman; Kim Emond; Freeman Shupe; Kathleen Forsyth; Evangeline Talens; Millie Lane; Jim McCarthy; George Wojcik; Candy Powell; Noah Bailey; Marie McNeil; Donna Casford; Keith Froats; Pauline Medora; Ron Teppett; Marcus Hacault.

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, Joan Wilson.

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

ADVENT PENANCE CELEBRATION The Advent Penance Celebration for St. Joseph’s will be held today, Sunday, 10 December 2017, at 2:00 p.m. Following a brief liturgy, all will have the opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. A number of visiting clergy will be present for this celebration, and all in the parish, and indeed from outside the parish, are most welcome to attend.

BUILDING FUND The monthly collection of the Building Fund will take place this weekend, 9-10 December 2017. Your support continues to make a difference. Thank you.

CHRISTMAS BASKETS Students from St. Paul and St. Thomas More schools will, again this year, be handing out decorated brown paper bags this weekend of 9-10 December 2017. You are invited to take one home, fill it with non-perishable groceries and return it to St. Joseph Church next weekend, 16-17 December 2017. The groceries will be used for the annual distribution of Christmas baskets by our parish. Monetary donations will also be accepted. Thank you to the students for decorating the bags and giving them a personal touch.

CATHOLIC WOMEN’S LEAGUE Potluck & Appreciation Dinner will take place on Monday, 11 December 2017, following the 5:15 p.m. Mass. Please drop off your contributions of food before the Mass, so they can be kept hot if necessary, and note if your food is vegetarian or gluten-free, for those who need to know. (For those coming just for dinner, it will start around 6:15 p.m.) Thank you!

CHRISTMAS EVE PAGEANT If your child is age 4 or older, and would like to participate in this year’s Nativity pageant at the 5:15 p.m. Christmas Eve Mass, please plan to attend practices at the church on Sunday, 10 and 17 December 2017, after the 11:00 a.m. Mass, as the pageant participants will be practising with the Christmas choir at that time. The pageant is narrated, and therefore the children do not have speaking roles; so even the shiest can participate. Older students are encouraged to take part, as we always need readers for Narrator, Lector and Prayer of the Faithful. All are welcome!

CHRISTMAS CONCERT Join us for an afternoon of Christmas music, featuring the local talent of Chris Murphy, Jon McLurg and Brian Flynn, (three members of the band, Turpin’s Trail) in the church on Thursday, 14 December 2017, from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served in the parish hall; a free-will offering would be gratefully appreciated.

“BIRDS & FLOWERS” COLLECTION Each year, St. Joseph’s attempts to provide for those who are in need at this Christmas season. If you are in a position to assist those who require extra help, you are encouraged to place your contribution in an envelope, and to write your name and envelope number on it. This will enable the parish to continue to help others in the spirit of this season. Thank you for your assistance.

NEW YEAR’S EVE VIGIL St. Joseph’s annual New Year’s Adoration Vigil will commence after the 5:15 p.m. Mass New Year’s Eve and continue until midnight. It will then resume at 7:00 a.m. until 8:30 a.m., 1 January 2018. Please take advantage of this opportunity to begin the New Year by spending an hour with the Messiah. For information, contact the parish office at 613-547-5004. Sign-up sheets are at the entrances to the church.

OUR COMMUNITY

JOB OPENING The Archdiocese of Kingston is seeking a full-time receptionist for the offices of the Pastoral Centre in Kingston. Please see our website, www.romancatholic.kingston.on.ca, for details.

THE BIRTH OF JESUS – A FRANCISCAN CHRISTMAS will be presented on Sunday, 10 December 2017, at 6:00 p.m. at St. John the Evangelical Church, Stone Street, Gananoque. This is not a Christmas pageant, but attempts to portray the events surrounding the Lord’s birth as realistically as possible, from the birth to the slaughter of the innocents. Recommended for ages 10+; because of the realistic content, it may not be suitable for small children.

ADVENT VIGIL FOR PEACE will take place on Monday, 11 December 2017, at 7:00 p.m., at Holy Family Church, 200 Weller Avenue. There will be silence, Scripture, music and prayer. Sponsored by the Kingston Archdiocesan Development & Peace Committee.

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, 19 December 2017, from 7:30-9:30 p.m., at the Francis J. Spence Pastoral Centre, 390 Palace Road, Kingston. This will be our Christmas Social. For information, call Sr. Lucy Kearney at 613-548-4461. All faith denominations are welcome!

CANTABILE CHOIRS OF KINGSTON – THE ANGELS SING will take place on Friday, 22 December 2017, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 23 December 2017, at 2:00 and 7:30 p.m. Cantabile’s extraordinary candle-lit concerts are the jewels of the holiday season. Traditional carols and favourite holiday songs are performed by over 250 voices, surrounding audiences with the music of the holidays. Tickets are available at the Church Bookroom, Long & McQuade Music, cantabilechoirs.ca, 613-549-0099 or info@cantabilechoirs.net.

THE SULTAN & THE SAINT Franciscans collaborated with Unity Productions Foundation, a Muslim film company dedicated to interfaith dialogue and education through media, to produce a new documentary/drama. This film tells the story of St. Francis of Assisi and Sultan Al-Kamil of Egypt, using both Christian and Muslim sources. Broadcast on PBS on Tuesday, 26 December, at 8:00 p.m.

CURSILLO WEEKEND FOR MEN Pope Francis encourages us to encounter Jesus. The Cursillo Weekend offers a short and profound opportunity to encounter Jesus. A Men’s Cursillo weekend is scheduled for 8-11 March 2018, at Providence Spirituality Centre, Kingston. For information, contact Lionel Ryan at 613-634-9588, RyanLionel07@gmail.com, or Friar Ed Debono at eddebono@aol.com or 613-546-6900 x 204.