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The Nativity of the Lord
25 December 2016

“Grace and truth have come through Jesus Christ.”

Introduction

The God and Father we cannot see reveals himself to us through his Son. On Christmas Day we rejoice in the faith that enlightens our life.

Today’s Readings

First Reading: Isaiah 52:7-10

Joyful news comes to a broken world.

Second Reading: Hebrews 1:1-6

In Jesus, born of Mary, God reveals himself to us.

Gospel: John 1:1-8

Jesus, Son of God, is the light of the world.

MASSES FOR THE WEEK

Monday, 26 December
9:00 a.m. Ugo Bianckini – Edvige Mazzolin
5:15 p.m. Ralf Murano – Pat Murano
Tuesday, 27 December
9:00 a.m. Larry and the Lamarche Family – Annetta & Gerry
5:15 p.m. Lourdes Dela Cruz – Samahang Filipino Association
Wednesday, 28 December
9:00 a.m. Mass of Thanksgiving – Amado & Marietta Marcial
10:30 a.m. Extendicare – Elisio Ponte & Extended Family Members – Lidia Ponte
5:15 p.m. Intentions of Johanna Klaassen – St. Joseph’s Choir
Thursday, 29 December
9:00 a.m. Kenneth Kehoe – Arthur Norris
5:15 p.m. Andrew Kearns – Grace & Dwight Neddow
Friday, 30 December
9:00 a.m. Manuel Casquilho (17th Anniversary) – Iria Casquilho
5:15 p.m. Maria Klante – Klante Family
Saturday, 31 December
9:00 a.m. Intentions of Theresa Raymond & David Fournier – Sr. Dorothy Fournier
5:15 p.m. Paul & Mae Coughlan & Morely Bennett – The Family
Sunday, 1 January
9:00 a.m. People of the Parish
11:00 a.m. People of the Parish
NEXT WEEK – 31 December 2016 – 1 January 2017

Date
Lectors
Eucharistic Ministers
Ushers

Saturday
31 Dec.
5:15 p.m.
R. Borges
M. Peck
B. Earle
J. Lachance
R. Lachance
I. Stewart
L. Garrett
T. McCue

Sunday
1 Jan.
9:00 a.m.
D. Tudin
P. McCue
M. Tudin
F. Lovie
D. Dennee
R. Audet
D. Neddow
R. Emmons

Sunday
1 Jan.
11:00 a.m.
Sr. D. Fournier
A. MacKinnon
J. Gerretsen
A. Gerretsen
F. Asuncion
P. Greenwood
D. Kurman
P. Scott

Date
Saturday
31 Dec.
5:15 p.m.
Sunday
1 Jan.
9:00 a.m.
Sunday
1 Jan.
11:00 a.m.

Altar
Servers
S. Sedore
O. Gowsell
F. Jingsen Cao
C. Watts
R. Watts
I. Watts
M. Sutton
P. Krasna
A. Krasna
M. Farrell
A. Hung

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: 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.

New Year’s Eve/Day Masses

New Year’s Eve – Saturday, 31 December 2016 – 5:15 p.m.
New Year’s Eve Vigil will begin following the 5:15 p.m. Mass and continue until Midnight. Then resume at 7:00 a.m. New Year’s Day and continue until 8:30 a.m.
New Year’s Day – Sunday, 1 January 2017- 9:00 a.m.
New Year’s Day – Sunday, 1 January 2017- 11:00 a.m.

OUR PARISH

2016 DONATIONS St. Joseph’s Parish Year-End occurs on 31 December; therefore, we ask that all 2016 donations to the parish be received by the parish office by 31 December 2016. Donations received after this date will need to be recorded in 2017. If you wish to have a donation appear on your 2016 Tax Receipt, please ensure that the office has received it prior to 1 January. Thank you.

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.

JUNIOR LITURGY will not be held on 25 December 2016 or 1 January 2017. Junior Liturgy will resume on Sunday, 8 January 2017.

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.

WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON CARD PLAYING will resume on Wednesday, 4 January 2017.

CHRISTMAS TREE PICK-UP St. Paul Catholic School Council will once again offer a Christmas tree pick-up. Trees will be picked up on 2 January 2017, and taken to the recycling depot for $10.00. Please support St. Paul Catholic School by emailing st.paul.school.council@hotmail.com or calling Dari Vecchio at 613-329-9642,with your address. Please have your tree out by 10:00 a.m. on Monday, 2 January. Your $10.00 donation will directly support the school council’s fundraising initiatives. Kindly leave your donation in your mailbox, or taped to the tree that morning.

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.

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.

OUR COMMUNITY

COAT DRIVE The Hotel Dieu Hospital – St. Mary’s Cathedral Coat Drive is in desperate need of men’s coats, particularly L-XXL sizes, plus warm hats, mitts and socks. Large-sized women’s coats are also welcome. We are accepting coats at the Sydenham Street entrance of Hotel Dieu until the first week of January.

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.

ATTEND THE 2017 STOP THE CENSORSHIP TOUR IN BELLEVILLE! Canada is the only country in the world that does not regulate abortion. We need a law in Canada! Attend the Stop Censorship Tour presentation at St. Michael’s Parish Centre in Belleville on Monday, 9 January 2017, at 7:30 p.m. Hear that the government of Ontario actively hides abortion statistics to frustrate advancing pre-born human rights. Featured speakers are lawyer John Sikkema, from the Association for Reformed Political Action; Mike Schouten, Director of WeNeedALaw.ca and Pat Maloney, an Ottawa based pro-life blogger. Contact Casey Knegt at info@weneedalaw.ca for information.

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.

FAITH DEVELOPMENT Beginning 26 January 2017, the parish of St. John the Evangelist, Gananoque (with the assistance of the Knights of Columbus) will be doing a six-week faith development study group every Thursday, at 6:45 p.m., at St. Joseph Catholic Elementary School, 235 Georgiana Street, Gananoque. Faith, being a gift from God, is not something that we are to stop developing once confirmed or out of school – but a life-long process. So please join us as we view short videos in which Bishop Robert Barron presents Biblical examples of conversion stories. Discussion will follow in small informal groups in which we will learn from each other. Refreshments available. Please contact St. John’s parish office at 613-382-2017 or by email at stjohnstphil@gmail.com. Hope to see you there!