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11 December 2016
“Be patient…until the Lord’s coming.”

Introduction

As we draw ever closer to Christmas, today’s readings teach us that waiting has its own special value.

Today’s Readings

First Reading: Isaiah 35:1-6, 10

The prophet assures his people in exile that the Lord will come, the desert will bloom and human disabilities will be healed.

Second Reading: James 5:7-10

The farmer, who plants his seeds in autumn and, after early and late rains, sees the first shoots appear, is an example of patient waiting.

Gospel: Matthew 11:2-11

John’s disciples assure him that his waiting is rewarded: the Messiah has come, the words of the prophet are fulfilled.

MASSES FOR THE WEEK

Monday, 12 December
9:00 a.m. Lourdes Dela Cruz – Lorna Asuncion
5:15 p.m. Antonio Rodriguez – Carlos & Maria
Tuesday, 13 December
9:00 a.m. Martina Ragay – Mabuhay Pilipino Canadian Association of Kingston
5:15 p.m. Isabel Palda – The Family
Wednesday, 14 December
9:00 a.m. Johannes Peter – Maureen Murphy
10:30 a.m. Extendicare – Frank Catlin – Colleen & David Downey
5:15 p.m. Lyle St. Peter – Ray Doyle
Thursday, 15 December
9:00 a.m. Mae Hrehriak – Rika Blakslee
5:15 p.m. Frank Murphy – Betty Warmington
Friday, 16 December
9:00 a.m. Philomena & Guiseppe Agostinelli – Josephine Saccon
10:30 a.m. School Mass – Deceased Members of the Cosgrove & Barrett Families – Nancy & Brian Cosgrove
5:15 p.m. June Sears – The Family
Saturday, 17 December
9:00 a.m. Alexander & Isabelle & Ellwood & Dell Potter – Audrey Lacey
5:15 p.m. Mary Waters (2nd Anniversary) – Waters Family
Sunday, 18 December
9:00 a.m. Giovanni Circelli – The Family
11:00 a.m. People of the Parish

NEXT WEEK – 17-18 December 2016

Date
Lectors
Eucharistic Ministers
Ushers

Saturday
17 Dec.
5:15 p.m.
R. Coughlan
A. Paquin
Deacon Wojcik

T. Murphy
F. Carter
A. Kelly
R. Lachance
P. Scott

Sunday
17 Dec.
9:00 a.m.
D. Tudin
M. Tudin
Deacon Wojcik
M. Cervenko
R. Audet
F. Cuvelier
D. Dennee
R. Emmons

Sunday
18 Dec.
11:00 a.m.
C. Kavanaugh
Sr. D. Fournier
Deacon Wojcik
R. Kwak
M. Strong
J. McLaren
F. Asuncion
J. Ferreira

Date
Saturday
17 Dec.
5:15 p.m.
Sunday
17 Dec.
9:00 a.m.
Sunday
18 Dec.
11:00 a.m.

Altar
Servers
E. Drumm
M. Drumm
F. Jingsen Cao
T. Francis
B. Evaristo
A. Cantarutti
C. Cantarutti
A. Doctolero
K. Soriano
M. Brooks

Junior Liturgy

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A. Baxby
B. Kasaboski
P. Krasna
B. McCrea

PRAYERS FOR THOSE WHO ARE ILL
Please remember in your prayers the following: Willie Wylemans; Terry Kot; Kerry Kozak; Taylor Emond; Taryn Emond; Hermina Lawlor; Helen O’Brien; Teresa Tenuta; Marcus Hacault; Katherine Yager; Barbara Giff; Bertram Mapp; Alden Mapp; Konner Curry; Sue Hunter; Lee Plumpton; Joan Wray; Helen Taillon; Peter Solis; Yvonne Vickers; Margaret Pilcher; Kathy Veley.

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.

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

2017 ENVELOPES are available for pick-up at the back of the church. If you are currently not using envelopes but wish to do so, please contact the parish office at 613-547-5004 to request them, or complete the sign-up sheet on the table beside the envelopes. Once the New Year arrives, please do not use the previous year’s envelopes, as the number may be different. Thank you.

THE LEGION OF MARY of St. Joseph’s Church will no longer function as of 13 December 2016, but we may be assured that our prayers to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus will still be heard.

“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.

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 practice at the church on Sunday, 11 December 2016, 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!

BUILDING FUND The monthly collection of the Building Fund will take place this weekend, 10-11 December 2016. Your support continues to make a difference. Thank you.

ST. JOSEPH’S PARISH YOUTH GROUP will be holding its third annual Christmas Caroling event at Extendicare, on Bath Road, on Tuesday, 13 December 2016, at 7:00 p.m. Youth and their families are encouraged to come share this exciting occasion to provide entertainment for, and socialize with, residents of this facility. For information, you may contact Alison Bogle at bogle@alcdsb.on.ca, or Angela Lorbetskie at 613-547-8116.

SCHOOL MASS The next school Mass will take place on Friday, 16 December 2016, at 10:30 a.m.

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 2017. Please take advantage of this opportunity to begin the New Year by spending an hour with the Messiah. For information, please contact the parish office at 613-547-5004. Sign-up sheets are at the entrances to the church.

SACRAMENTS OF FIRST RECONCILIATION AND FIRST COMMUNION All parents of grade two students who wish that their children celebrate the Sacrament of First Holy Communion and First Reconciliation here at St. Joseph’s are invited to attend a Parent Information Meeting on Tuesday, 17 January 2017, at 7:00 p.m. in St. Joseph’s parish hall. Since this is the first planning meeting for the celebration of these Sacraments, it is particularly important that the parents of all children attend. The Enrollment Ceremony will take place on the weekend of 28-29 January 2017.

OUR COMMUNITY

ONCE IN ROYAL DAVID’S CITY A Christmas Celebration in Song, on Sunday, 18 December 2016, at 2:00 p.m., at St. John the Evangelist Church, 270 Stone Street, Gananoque. Featuring choirs from St. John the Evangelist, Gananoque; St. Columbanus, Elgin; St. Paul the Apostle, Kingston; St. Andrew’s Presbyterian, Gananoque; Gananoque Youth Choir – Gananoque Choral Society Carpe Musica. Adults: $10.00; Children 12 & under: $5.00. See posters on bulletin boards at entrances for details.

CAMPAIGN LIFE COALITION Holy Innocents Candlelight Vigil will be held on Wednesday, 28 December 2016, from 7:00-8:00 p.m., in front of Kingston General Hospital. Please join us at 6:45 p.m. across from KGH (Stuart Street) for prayers and hymns. You may bring your own candle, and we will have some on hand as well.

A sincere thank you for your support for our Coins for Life and Christmas Cake fundraisers. Your financial support, and most importantly, your prayers fuel our pro-life efforts. For more information call Campaign Life Coalition at 613-389-4472 or 613-382-1084.

MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER If you would like to improve your marriage, deepen your love, live more happily together, and draw closer to each other, the Marriage Encounter program can help. It is an experience which focusses on communication between husband wife. It is an opportunity to spend a weekend together away from the distractions and the tensions of everyday life and to concentrate on each other as a couple. The next weekend will take place in Ottawa on 20-22 January 2017. To register, please call Sally & Wayne Fink at 613-777-0262 or email wslovers98@gmail.com. Information may be found at www.wwmw.org.

THE ALGONQUIN AND LAKESHORE CATHOLIC EDUCATION FOUNDATION (ALCEF) is a registered charity that raises funds to assist families within our schools during times of poverty or crisis. This assistance may include the provision of eye glasses, medical supplies, accommodation, food, clothing, and transportation. For information please visit http://www.alcdsb.on.ca/Board/Pages/Foundation.aspx.

BIRTHRIGHT needs volunteers who are committed to the spirit of nurturing life as well as caring and being helpful to our women facing an unplanned pregnancy in a positive and tangible way. For information, contact us at 613-546-5433 or at info@kingston.birthright.ca.