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Fourth Sunday of Advent
24 December 2017

“Let what you have said be done to me.”

Introduction

Jesus will be born into the House of David, the fulfilment of all that the prophets have foretold. Yet his Good News will be not only for the people of Israel but for everyone.

Today’s Readings

First Reading: 2 Samuel 7:1-5, 14-16

The prophet Nathan assures David that his kingdom will be protected, but it will not be his task to build the Temple.

Second Reading: Romans 16:25-27

God’s plan is for the Good News of Jesus to reach out to the pagans as well.

Gospel: Luke 1:26-38

Mary is chosen and she consents to be the mother of the son whose throne will be established for ever, as foretold in the book of Samuel.

MASSES FOR THE WEEK

Monday, 25 December – Christmas Day
9:00 a.m. People of the Parish
5:15 p.m. People of the Parish
Tuesday, 26 December
9:00 a.m. Fr. Paul McAvoy – Mary Queen of Peace OCDS Kingston
5:15 p.m. Thanksgiving for Organ Donor
Wednesday, 27 December
9:00 a.m. Charles Stanley – Pauline Jorgensen
10:30 a.m. Extendicare – Elisio Ponte & Extended Family Members
5:15 p.m. June Sears – The Family
Thursday, 28 December
9:00 a.m. Intentions of Amado Marcial – Marietta Marcial
5:15 p.m. Frank Murphy – Keenleyside Family
Friday, 29 December
9:00 a.m. Gilda Basso & Deceased Family Members – Joe Saccon
5:15 p.m. Mavis Bracken (2nd Anniversary) – Tony Bracken
Saturday, 30 December
9:00 a.m. Leslie Denham – Paulette MacLean
5:15 p.m. Manuel Casquilho – Iria Casquilho
Sunday, 31 December – New Years Eve
9:00 a.m. Salvatore Agostinelli – Giuseppina Agostinelli
11:00 a.m. People of the Parish
5:15 p.m. Dr. Max & Marion Miller – Blacklock Family
Monday, 1 January – New Year’s Day
9:00 a.m. People of the Parish
11:00 a.m. People of the Parish

NEXT WEEK 30-31 December 2017 & 1 January 2018

Date
Lectors
Eucharistic Ministers
Ushers

Saturday
30 Dec.
5:15 p.m.

S. Ottenhof
C. Jones
P. Rosales
L. McKeown
I. Stewart
P. Scott
A. Kelly
R. Lachance

Sunday
31Dec.
9:00 a.m.
M. Cervenko
A. MacKinnon
Deacon Wojcik
N. Haunts
F. Cuvelier
D. Dennee
R. Emmons
S. Eves

Sunday
31 Dec.
11:00 a.m.
M. Meagher
J-A. Koster
L. Carfa
L. Donoghue
B. Krasna
J. McLaren
M. Strong
P. Tetro

Sunday
31 Dec.
5:15 p.m.
S. Ottenhof
M-A. Wojcik
F. Lovie
J. Lachance
I. Stewart
A. Kelly
L. Garrett
R. Lachance

Monday
1 Jan.
9:00 a.m.
S. Balemba
P. McCue
D. Balemba
N. McCue
S. Eves
I. Stewart
P. Scott
D. Neddow

Monday
1 Jan.
11:00 a.m.
Sr. D. Fournier
A. MacKinnon
L. Donoghue
T. Donoghue
F. Asuncion
D. Kurman
B. Krasna
P. Tetro

 

Date
Saturday
30 December
5:15 p.m.
Sunday
31 December
9:00 a.m.
Sunday
31 December
11:00 a.m.

Altar
Servers
E. Drumm
M. Drumm
S. Drumm
I. Watts
E. Foley
K. Rances
M. Roque
D. Fernandes
T. Fernandes
D. Fernandes

Junior
Liturgy

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No Junior Liturgy
No Junior Liturgy

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; Helen Santos; Sheila Alarie.

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.

OUR PARISH

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.

WINTER COAT DRIVE The Knights of Columbus of St. Joseph’s will be co-ordinating the “Winter Coat Drive” for our Parish in conjunction with Hotel Dieu Hospital. The 2018 distribution will be be 2-12 January, Monday-Friday, 1:00-4:00 p.m., at St. Mary’s Parish Hall, on Brock Street. To donate and/or have your donation picked-up, please contact Knight Dwight Neddow, at bigd.kingston@sympatico.ca or 613-544-6738. Adult coats in good condition are requested. Thanks for your support.

2018 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.

JUNIOR LITURGY will not be held on 24 or 31 December 2017. Junior Liturgy will resume on Sunday, 7 January 2018.

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.

CATHOLIC WOMEN’S LEAGUE wishes to thank all who made and donated crafts and baked goods, who set-up and then cleaned up the Hall to make our event successful. The next Executive Meeting will take place on Monday, 8 January 2018, at 7:00 p.m. The monthly General Meeting will take place on Monday, 15 January 2018, at 7:00 p.m., at which time the Election and Installation of New Officers will take place.

CATHOLIC WOMEN’S LEAGUE MEMBERSHIP DRIVE The Catholic Women’s League of Canada is a national organization rooted in Gospel values, calling its members to holiness through service to the people of God. The Annual Membership Drive will take place 13-14 & 20-21 January 2018 here at St. Joseph’s. CWL members will be at the church entrances at all Masses to receive your membership renewal fees of $20.00 for 2017. New members, women from age 16 and up, are always welcome! Transfers from other church are also accepted .

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 Saturday, 6 January 2018, 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 st.paul.school.council@hotmail.com, or call Dari at 613-329-9642, to leave your name and address to schedule a pick-up.

2017 DONATIONS St. Joseph’s Parish Year-End occurs on 31 December; therefore, we ask that all 2017 donations to the parish be received by the parish office by 31 December 2017. Donations received after this date will need to be recorded in 2018. If you wish to have a donation appear on your 2017 Tax Receipt, please ensure that the office has received it prior to 1 January. Thank you.

OUR COMMUNITY

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. Mark your calendar. It will be broadcast on PBS on Tuesday, 26 December 2017, at 8:00 p.m.

FEAST OF THE HOLY INNOCENTS Mass for the Feast of the Holy Innocents will be celebrated on Thursday, 28 December 2017, at 7:00 p.m., at St. Mary’s Cathedral. Please join us. For further information, contact Campaign Life Coalition at 613-389-4472 or 613-382-1084.

GIFT SHOP VOLUNTEERS are needed at Hotel Dieu and Kingston General Hospital. Do you have 3-4 hours once a week that you can give to your community? If you are interested in making a difference in 2018, and can commit to one shift a week, please call 613-544-3400 x 2311 (Hotel Dieu Site), or 613-548-2359 (Kingston General Site).

ST. FRANCIS XAVIER RELIC VISIT A famous relic of St. Francis Xavier – his right forearm and hand, with which it is thought he baptized over 100,000 people – is coming to Canada. This is an extraordinary opportunity; the relic rarely leaves Rome. Everyone is welcome to come venerate this great saint. There will be events in 14 cities across Canada, including at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Kingston, on Wednesday, 10 January 2018. Go to cco.ca/relic for details.

CHILAWEE TRAILS has overnight week-long camps for girls ages 9-14 in August. Located in Barry’s Bay, it offers sports, daily Mass, swimming, rosary, crafts, confessions, canoe, and drama – a week of fun, friendship and faith awaits. Registration opens in March. Consider helping campers from low-income families. Contact chilaweetrails.ca for information.

ST. JOHN THE EVANGELIST FUNDRAISER Be part of the Toronto Maple Leafs fans at the Air Canada Centre, watching the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday, 6 January 2018. Cost is $210.00, which includes your ticket, coach transportation, dinner in our own Gondola Suite, plus a $40 tax receipt. Bus leaves St. John’s Church parking lot, Gananoque at 2:00 p.m.; Kingston Toys R Us lot at 2:30 p.m. Contact Mary Elizabeth at 613-382-9876 or Lise at the church office at 613-382-2017, for tickets and information.