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Third Sunday of Advent

16 December 2018


“There were many things he said to exhort the people and to announce the Good News to them.”




John the Baptist calls us to repent and to prepare for the coming of Christ by examining how we use our money and possessions.


Todays Readings


First Reading: Zephaniah 3:14-18


The prophet tells the people of Israel to rejoice for the Lord will save them and be in their midst.


Second Reading: Philippians 4:4-7


Paul tells his congregation to rejoice always for the Lord is at hand.


Gospel: Luke 3:10-18


In the face of the coming judgement, John the Baptist explains how his questioners must behave.




Monday, 17 December

9:00 a.m.  Mary Ellen Jefferies – Mary Sampica & Family

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

Tuesday, 18 December

9:00 a.m.    Mass of Thanksgiving – Donald & Helen Kurman

5:15 p.m. Leonard Hinch – Leon & Anne Garrett

Wednesday, 19 December

9:00 a.m.    George Teves – Parents

10:30 a.m. Extendicare – Haydon Bullen – Marney & Terry Whalen-Mau

5:15 p.m.  Rita Jessome – Katherine Quinlan

Thursday, 20 December

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

5:15 p.m. Intentions of Mike & Kim Dedore (25th Wedding Anniversary) – Kevin & Dorothy Mulrooney

Friday,  21 December

9:00 a.m. Christopher Jones – The Family

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

Saturday, 22 December

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

5:15 p.m. Teresinha Medeiros – Antonio Medeiros

Sunday, 23 December

9:00 a.m.  Victoria Rodriguez & Deceased Family Members –                       Victoria Zegarra

11:00 a.m.    People of the Parish


NEXT WEEK 22-23 December 2018






Eucharistic Ministers





22 Dec.

5:15  p.m.



R. Webb

M-A. Wojcik

Deacon Wojcik


J. Lachance


D. Mazzolin

P. Scott

I. Stewart

R. Webb



23 Dec

9:00 a.m.


W. Cunningham

M. Cervenko


B. Earle

G. Goncalves


T. McCue

D. Neddow

T. Raine

M. Turkington



23 Dec.

11:00 a.m.


S. Broekhoven

A. Doctolero



M. Foley


M. Strong

P. Tetro

D. Kurman

G. Velasco






22 Dec.

5:15 p.m.



23 Dec.

9:00 a.m.



23 Dec.

11:00 a.m.





A. Lett

F. Cao


E. Foley

B. Baker

R. Gumboc


A. Krasna

M. Doctolero

K. Soriano


Junior Liturgy







Resume 6 Jan


Christmas Break

Resume 6 Jan



Please remember in your prayers the following: Alex C.; Matthew Hennessey; Rosa Macedo; Marcus Hacault; Murray MacNeil; Judy Dowling; Ossie Fisher; Millie Lane; Mark Heeler; Chandra Gibson; Shirley Kearns; Wayne Murray.


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.





2018 DONATIONS St. Josephs Parish Year-End occurs on 31 December; therefore, we ask that all 2018 donations be forwarded to the parish office by 31 December 2018.  Donations received after this date will need to be recorded in 2019.  If you wish to have a donation appear on your 2018 Tax Receipt, please ensure that the office has received it prior to 1 January.  Thank you.


PENANCE CELEBRATION The Advent Penance Celebration for St. Joseph’s will be held this Sunday, 16 December 2018, 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.



by Frank Cosentino.  The Flying Fathers Hockey Club began in 1964, “a bunch of priests playing hockey,” developed into a spiritual and spirited journey for players, coaches and especially “hockey fans” – fans of the Canadian pastime.  This easy-flowing narrative brings together the passion for God with the passion for hockey.  The book will be available for sale at the parish office, during office hours.  Sales at the church entrances will take place this weekend, 15-16 December.  Cost is $30.00.  This is a project of the St. Joseph’s Knights of Columbus.  A great gift for all ages!


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.


PRIEST RETIREMENT FUND Please have all donations submitted by 16 December, as we will be forwarding St. Joseph Parish contributions to the Archdiocese on 17 December.  Thank you again for your continued generosity to our retired priests.


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 2019.  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 church entrances.


2019 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 TREE PICK-UP St. Paul Catholic School Council will once again offer a Christmas Tree pick-up fundraiser in Kingston.  Trees will be picked up on Sunday, 6 January 2019, and taken to the recycling depot.  Your $15.00 donation will directly support the School Council’s fundraising initiatives, which include 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, phone number and address to schedule a pick-up. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the St. Paul Catholic School Council.

DECEMBER BULLETINS Because Liturgical Publications are closed between 25 December – 2 January, they are requiring early submission of the bulletins in December.  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.


THANK YOU The Catholic Women’s League are very grateful to all who helped make our recent Craft & Bake Sale a huge success.  We thank all the bakers, those who made or gave crafts, those who donated the raffled theme baskets, and all those who worked so hard.  A special thank you to Kelly Canning, her students at St. Thomas More Catholic School, and Carly Francke for their very generous support.  Lastly, we thank the parishioners for their unfailing support.




SEPARATED AND/OR DIVORCED Are you, or is someone you know, experiencing the trauma of a Separation and/or Divorce?  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 Tuesday, 18 December 2018, at the Francis J. Spence Pastoral Centre, 390 Palace Road, from 7:30-9:00 p.m.  This will be a Christmas Social.


FEAST OF THE HOLY INNOCENTS MASS will be celebrated on Friday, 28 December 2018, at 7:00 p.m., at St. Mary’s Cathedral.  On this particular day of the Christmas Season, we remember the Holy Innocents.  Please join us.  For further information, contact Campaign Life Coalition, at 613-389-4472, or 613-382-1084.


PROVIDENCE CARE & PROVIDENCE MANOR are looking for volunteers for a number of activities.  Please call Danielle Preston, Coordinator of Recreation & Volunteer Services at 613-548-7222 ext. 3160 or email


HOTEL DIEU HOSPITAL Kingston Health Sciences Centre is recruiting volunteers to spend time with patients and families in clinic and post-surgical areas, at the Information Desk in the main lobby, and in their Boutique, Café and Snack Cart.  Every interaction improves the patient and family experience.  If you can commit to a 2-3 hour shift every week, please call 613-548-2359, or visit


PILGRIMAGE TO POLAND Divine Mercy Centre and Prague, Wroclaw, Krzeszow, Krakow, Lagiewniki, Czestochowa, Salt Mine Wieliczka, Aakopane, Wadowice and more, 5-15 May 2019.  Cost is $3200.00 CAD (taxes & gratuities included).  Under the spiritual guidance of Fr. Joseph Machaj.  The pilgrimage is being organized by a Polish travel agency, Ivotrans, in Poland.  For information, contact Fr. Joseph at 613-962-1092, or  Deadline for registration is 31 January 2019.


2019 WOMENS LENTEN RETREAT will be held 11-13 March 2019, at Manresa Jesuit Spiritual Renewal Centre, Pickering.  Retreat Director is Fr. Henk van Meijel.  Cost is $339.00, with transportation from Belleville, or $299.00 without transportation.  Retreat is organized and escorted by Fr. Don Oberwarth, Pastor of St. Francis of Assisi, Frankford.  To book, please call 613-929-8390, or email

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