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Third Sunday of Advent

13 December 2015


The Lord your God is in you midst.




As the days now draw nearer to the celebration of our saviour’s birth, the scriptures call on us to rejoice that God is always close to us.


Todays Readings


First Reading: Zephaniah 3:14-18


After warning against the coming day of judgement, the prophet encourages the people to rejoice because God is among them and salvation is near.


Second Reading: Philippians 4:4-7


Paul is in prison because of his work for the Lord but concentrates only on his love and concern for the Christians in Philippi.


Gospel: Luke 3:10-18


John the Baptist teaches the people how to change their lives in preparation for the coming of Christ.



Monday, 14 December

9:00 a.m.     Mary Irene O’Hearn – Jim & Gladys Kenney

5:15 p.m.     Keith Turkington – Dwight & Grace Neddow

Tuesday, 15 December

9:00 a.m.     Frank Duff, Edel Quinn, Alfie Lamb – St. Joseph’s Presaedia

5:15 p.m.     Natalio San Pedro – Lolita & Joe Quintana

Wednesday, 16 December

9:00 a.m.    Maureen Doyle – Tom Ariss

10:30 a.m.     Extendicare – Sheila Fanjoy – Harold & Jean Doyle

5:15 p.m.      Frank Murphy – John & Janis Colangeli

Thursday, 17 December

9:00 a.m.     Sandra & Antonio Del Prete – Gennaro, Alberto & Maria Del Prete

5:15 p.m.     June Sears – The Family

Friday,  18 December

9:00 a.m.     Sheila & Jack Doyle – Thomas Doyle

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

Saturday, 19 December

9:00 a.m.     Joe & Nora Fenlon – Marian Meagher

5:15 p.m.     Mary Waters – The Family

Sunday, 20 December

9:00 a.m.      Maureen Doyle – Jim & Gladys Kenney

11:00 a.m.     People of the Parish

NEXT WEEK – 19-20 December 2015












19 Dec.

5:15 p.m.


T. Couto

H. Couto

Deacon Wojcik


J. Lachance


P. Scott

I. Stewart

A. Wilson

R. Lachance



20 Dec.

9:00 a.m.


M. McLaughlin

F. Walker


F. Lovie

C. Purcell


K. Mulrooney

D. Neddow

T. Raine

M. Turkington



20 Dec.

11:00 a.m.


C. Machado

F. Machado



S. Broekhoven

J. Bennett


S. Peck

F. Asuncion

M. Strong

P. Tetro



Please remember in your prayers the following: Kerry Kozak; Terry Kot; Gerald Levesque; Hermina Lawlor; Donald Jackson; Carolyn Curry; Neil Oosterman; Kevin Kimmett; Tony Deodato; Jean Wells; Ciara Ryckman; Eileen Garrah; June Emmons Church; Joe Verner; Donna Verner; John Light; David Tessier; Maureen McCarthy; Edward Courneya; Walter Boru; Charles Virgin; Anne Cadamuro; Helene Taillon; Irene Smith; Ian MacVicar; Giordana White.



You are asked to remember in prayer those recently deceased, especially Patricia Howorth; Martin Reeve.

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.





13 Dec.


*After 11:00 a.m. Mass – Christmas Pageant Practice



14 Dec.


*1:00 p.m. – Legion of Mary Curia Meeting

*6:30 p.m. – St. François d’Assise Advent Mass

*7:00 p.m. – Culture of Life Meeting



15 Dec.


*9:30 a.m. – Legion of Mary

*6:30 p.m. – St. Paul School Advent Mass



16 Dec.


*12:30 p.m. – Afternoon cards – CANCELLED

*7:00 p.m. – Choir Practice

*7:00 p.m. – Finance Committee Meeting



20 Dec.


*After 11:00 a.m. Mass – Christmas Pageant Practice






Thursday, 24 December – 5:15 p.m. (Children’s Mass)

Thursday, 24 December – 8:00 p.m.

Friday, 25 December – 9:00 a.m.

Friday, 25 December – 11:00 a.m.


INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES ACCESS AWARDS took place on 3 December 2015, at the Invista Centre. St. Joseph’s Parish was nominated for our work in creating a fully accessible washroom in the parish hall and for establishing a ramp to access the parish hall from the church and for installing powered doors at the East Entrance. Msgr. Lynch attended the award ceremony where St. Joseph’s received a certificate recognizing our efforts to make St. Joseph’s Parish as inclusive as possible.


MEDIA RESOURCES Would you like to grow in your understanding of the Catholic faith? We are happy to announce that we now have Catholic Lighthouse Media resources available in the St. Joseph Room. These books and audio CDs, by some of the most well known and engaging Catholic writers and speakers in the world today, cover many different topics of interest. Stop in to pick up something that interests you or that would make a good gift for someone else. If you’ve enjoyed the resource, be sure to share it with others! To help cover some of the expenses, the suggested donation for books and CDs is $5.00 each, while pamphlets are free.


CHRISTMAS BASKETS This weekend, 12-13 December, we will be collecting the decorated brown paper bags, which students from St. Paul and St. Thomas More schools have decorated.   The groceries will be used for the annual distribution of fifty Christmas baskets to families in need. Monetary donations will also be accepted. Thank you to the students who decorated the bags and to St. Joseph’s parishioners for filling them with much needed food.


BUILDING FUND The monthly collection of the Building Fund will take place this weekend, 12-13 December 2015. Your support continues to make a difference. Thank you.


2016 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 years envelopes as the number may be different. Thank you.


2015 DONATIONS St. Joseph’s Parish Year-End occurs on 31 December; therefore, we ask that all 2015 donations to the parish be received by the parish office by 31 December 2015. Donations received after this date will need to be recorded in 2016. If you wish to have a donation appear on your 2015 Tax Receipt, please ensure that the office has received it prior to 1 January. 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, 13 & 20 December 2015, after the 11:00 a.m. Mass. The pageant is narrated, and therefore the children do not have speaking roles; so even the shiest can participate. All are welcome!

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.


JUNIOR LITURGY will not be held on 27 December 2015. Junior Liturgy will resume on Sunday, 3 January 2016.


NEW YEARS 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 2016. 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.


WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON CARD PLAYING will resume on Wednesday, 6 January 2015.


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, 19 January 2016, 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 30-31 January 2016.




FUNDRAISER FOR ABIGAIL HEFFERNAN You are invited to join us tonight, Sunday, 13 December 2015, at 2:00 p.m., for a matinée movie “The Nativity Story (from Dec. 2006),” at the Regent Theatre, Picton Main Street. Fee is a monetary donation to assist the Heffernan family defray the costs for Abby’s long battle of treatments for high-risk B Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Abby, who is 13 years of age, is a graduate of St. Gregory School and began school this year at Prince Edward Collegiate Institute. The event is organized by the CWL of St. Gregory Parish, and members will be at the door to accept your donations of behalf of the family.


SEPARATED AND/OR DIVORCED The New Life Support Group meets on alternate Tuesday evenings at 390 Palace Road, Kingston. The next gathering will take place on 15 December 2015, at 7:30 p.m. This will be our Christmas Social. For information, contact the Family Ministry Office by calling 613-548-4461 or at


CHRISTMAS CD A Christmas CD has been produced by Fr. Di Rocco and the parishioners of Elgin and Westport. Soloists include Monique Marchand and Sr. Jeanne Marie, and Fr. Di Rocco. The cover photo is by Fred happy, who kindly gave permission to use it. The price is $20.00 plus postage, if mailed ($3.00 in Canada). Copies are available in Elgin and Westport and from Fr. Di Rocco. Please see posters on the bulletin boards at the church entrances.

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