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Third Sunday of Advent

15 December 2019


Happy is the one who does not lose faith in me.




John the Baptist again takes centre stage, but in a different mood from last week.  In prison, he wants to know if Jesus is the one they are awaiting.  Jesus’ answer is enigmatic.  John is told to read the signs for himself.


Todays Readings


First Reading: Isaiah 35:1-6, 10


The prophet looks forward to a day when those who are blind will see, those who are deaf will hear and those who are lame will “leap like a deer.”


Second Reading: James 5:7-10


“Be patient,” says the writer.  Take the example of a farmer waiting for the crop to ripen. Impatience will not hasten the Lord’s return.


Gospel: Matthew 11:2-11


In prison and nearing death, John sends messengers to ask who Jesus is; Jesus replies that John must read the signs for himself.



Monday, 16 December

9:00 a.m.  Intentions of Anne Pickett

5:15 p.m.    Walter Marchetti – Nuvoloni Family

Tuesday, 17 December

9:00 a.m.  Lois McKeown – Hopkins Family

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

Wednesday, 18 December

9:00 a.m.  Aida Matabang – Rowena & Michael Strong

10:30 a.m. Extendicare – Don Petersen – Finlay Family

5:15 p.m.  Raffaele Murano – Ortensia Murano

Thursday, 19 December

 9:00 a.m. Anthony Sarzotti – Matilda & Family

5:15 p.m.  Wilf & Judi Garrah – The Family

Friday,  20 December

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

5:15  p.m. Nunziata Gencarelli & Nunciata De Giacomo – Ortenzia Murano

Saturday, 21 December

9:00 a.m.  Candida Powell – Espie & Marilou

5:15 p.m.  Howard Pitts – Craig Pitts

Sunday, 22 December

9:00 a.m.  Michael & Mary Farrell – Rob, Anne, Michael & Andrew Cooper

11:00 a.m.  People of the Parish

NEXT WEEK 21-22 December 2019






Eucharistic Ministers





21 Dec.

5:15 p.m.


S. Ottenhof

J. Saunders

Deacon Wojcik


J. Bennett


A. Kelly

F. Arruda

P. Scott

R. Webb



22 Dec.

9:00 a.m.


M. McLaughlin

A. MacKinnon


G. Goncalves

N. Haunts


D. Dennee

R. Emmons

S. Eves

T. McCue



22 Dec.

11:00 a.m.


M. Farrell

S. Broekhoven


K. Colwell

C. Kavanaugh


J. McLaren

M. Strong

P. Tetro

G. Velasco






21 Dec.

5:15 p.m.



22 Dec.

9:00 a.m.



22 Dec.

11:00 a.m.





F. Cao

C. Lee


B. Evaristo

A. McCaugherty

C. Udovc


A. Doctolero

R. Canning


Junior Liturgy





Christmas Break

No Junior



Christmas Break

No Junior Liturgy


Please remember in your prayers the following: James Parsons; Marie McNeill; Judy Dowling; Millie Lane; John Dowling; Desmond Dowling; Marcus Hacault; Steve Bruce; Laure Unger; Joe Fonseca; Annie Mastorakos; Marc M;  Rob Hurst; Trudy Potvin; Teresa Khidir; Angeli Asenci; Kathleen Forsyth; Diane Lavery; Pat Gilmartin; Donna C.; Eileen Teppett; Jordyn Haunts Geddes; Erin Sullivan; Natalie Malenfant.


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, especially Jane Meeks, Paul Coffey, George Alexandrowicz.


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.

2019 DONATIONS St. Josephs Parish Year-End occurs on 31 December; therefore, we ask that all 2019 donations be forwarded to the parish office by 31 December 2019.  Donations received after this date will need to be recorded in 2020.  If you wish to have a donation appear on your 2019 Tax Receipt, please ensure that the office has received it prior to 1 January.  Thank you.


DECEMBER BULLETINS Because Liturgical Publications are closed between 25 December – 2 January, they are requiring early submission of the bulletins in December.  Therefore, it is necessary to have the bulletin material a little earlier than usual.  We apologize if you have submitted an announcement that does not appear in the bulletin during that time.


2020 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.


CHRISTMAS EVE PAGEANT We are looking for children to fill various roles in the Christmas Eve Pageant and Christmas Eve Children’s Choir.  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 upcoming practices at the church.  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! Children, grade 3 and up, are also invited to rehearse for the Children’s Choir on Christmas Eve.  There are two rehearsals left, 15 and 22 December, from noon until 1:00 p.m. (immediately following the 11:00 a.m. Mass), for both the pageant and the choir in the church.  For information, contact


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.


MINISTRY FAIR On 18-19 January 2020, after all Masses, the Parish Engagement Group will host a Ministry Fair in the parish hall.  The various Parish Ministries will be highlighted, indicating how they each enrich the daily life of St. Joseph’s.  When you volunteer for a Ministry, you show what kind of parish you want to belong to!


PRAYER BOOK A book has been placed in a place of honour near the Blessed Sacrament.  You are invited to write in it those needs and concerns for which you would like our St. Joseph’s family / community to pray.  Wishing to respect everyone’s privacy, please keep all entries anonymous.


NEW YEARS EVE VIGIL St. Joseph’s annual New Year’s Adoration Vigil will commence after the 5:15 p.m. Mass on New Year’s Eve and continue until midnight.  It will then resume at 7:00 a.m. until 8:30 a.m., 1 January 2020.  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 available at the entrances.


CHRISTMAS TREE PICK-UP  St. Paul Catholic School Council will once again offer a Christmas Tree pickup fundraiser in Kingston.  Trees will be picked up on Saturday, 4 January 2020,  and taken to the recycling depot. Your $15.00 donation will directly support the School Council’s fundraising initiatives, which includes playground renewal projects.  Kindly leave your donation in your mailbox, in an envelope marked St. Paul’s, or taped to your door before 10:00 a.m. that morning.  Please email:, or call Dari at 613‑329‑9642 to leave your name and your address to schedule a pick up.  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the St. Paul Catholic School Council.


PROVIDENCE CARE HOSPITAL SITE VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES Providence Care needs volunteers from parishes in the Archdiocese of Kingston to help the Roman Catholic patients and clients attend Sunday Mass held at 2:00 p.m.  Responsibilities include pushing wheelchairs and walking alongside persons who require assistance/supervision.  If you feel God is calling you to this ministry, please contact, Chris O’Connor, Volunteer Coordinator for Inpatient Activities & Youth Volunteer Programs, at 613-544-4900 x 53058, or, or register though




Christmas Eve – Tues., 24 December 2019 – 5:15 p.m.

Christmas Eve – Tues., 24 December 2019 – 8:00 p.m.

Christmas Day – Wed., 25 December 2019 – 9:00 a.m.

Christmas Day – Wed., 25 December 2019 – 11:00 a.m.

New Year’s Eve – Tues., 31 December 2019 – 5:15 p.m.

New Year’s Day – Wed., 1 January 2020 – 9:00 a.m.

New Year’s Day – Wed., 1 January 2020 – 11:00 a.m.

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