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Holy Family of Jesus, Mary & Joseph
31 December 2017

“The child grew to maturity, and he was filled with wisdom.”


Eternal life is a shared life, and we are called to prepare for that. The family, a place of natural sharing, becomes, by grace, a place of supernatural sharing, where there begins the eternal belonging which is heaven.

Today’s Readings

First Reading: Genesis 15:1-6, 21:1-3

Abraham’s faith meant nothing without Sarah. Faith is personal but not solitary.

Second Reading: Hebrews 11:8, 11-12, 17-19

Faith bears fruit by merging with the faith of other believers.

Gospel: Luke 2:22-40

Love is never without sorrow in this world. Mary rejoiced in the love of her child; but she would also know sorrow.


Monday, 1 January – New Year’s Day
9:00 a.m. People of the Parish
5:15 p.m. People of the Parish
Tuesday, 2 January
9:00 a.m. Sr. Rita Dimberline – Marietta & Amado Marcial
5:15 p.m. Sharon Cuvelier – Frank Cuvelier
Wednesday, 3 January
9:00 a.m. Fr. Charles Gazeley – Patricia & George Hamilton
10:30 a.m. Extendicare – Doris McAvoy – The Estate
5:15 p.m. Walter Nuvoloni – Walter & Alba Marchetti
Thursday, 4 January
9:00 a.m. Sheila & Jack Doyle – Thomas Doyle
5:15 p.m. Maryanne Brady – Beverley & Colleen
Friday, 5 January
9:00 a.m. Yared Redda – Yeshi Redda
10:00 a.m. Kingsdale Château – Rita McAvoy – Elaine Hamilton
5:15 p.m. Luisa Praticante – The Family
Saturday, 6 January
9:00 a.m. Mr. Anibal Pereira – Venancio & Elena Dos Santos & Family
5:15 p.m. Msgr. Donald Clement – Catharine Hawkins
Sunday, 7 January
9:00 a.m. Frank, Grace & Vince Garofalo – Josephine Saccon
11:00 a.m. People of the Parish

NEXT WEEK6-7 January 2018

Eucharistic Ministers

6 Jan.
5:15 p.m.

R. Borges
Sr. L. Kearney
J. Bennett
J. Lachance
P. Scott
A. Kelly
R. Lachance
I. Stewart

7 Jan.
9:00 a.m.
S. Eves
P. McCue
N. McCue
F. Lovie
T. McCue
D. Neddow
T. Raine
M. Turkington

7 Jan.
11:00 a.m.
A. Doctolero
K. Burbank
Deacon Wojcik
T. Donoghue
F. Asuncion
J. Ferreira
L. Garrett
P. Greenwood


6 January
5:15 p.m.
7 January
9:00 a.m.
7 January
11:00 a.m.

O. Gowsell
K. Gowsell
A. Gowsell
B. Evaristo
R. Gumboc
A. Doctolero
K. Soriano
M. Doctolero


A. Baxby
J. Williams
D. Deptuck
A. Doctolero
A. Scott


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.


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.


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.

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 2-12 January, Monday-Friday, 1:00-4:00 p.m., at St. Mary’s Parish Centre, on Brock Street. To donate and/or have your donation picked-up, please contact Knight Dwight Neddow, at 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.

FIRST FRIDAY DEVOTION On Friday, 5 January 2018, adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will commence at 9:00 a.m. and continue until 5:00 p.m. You are encouraged to spend an hour with the Lord.

JUNIOR LITURGY will not be held this Sunday, 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 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 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.

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, or call Dari at 613-329-9642, to leave your name and address to schedule a pick-up.

CATHOLIC WOMEN’S LEAGUE 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 2018. New members, women from age 16 and up, are always welcome! Transfers from other churches are also accepted.

ANNUAL SHARE LENT LAUNCH will be held at St. Joseph’s Parish Hall, 392 Palace Road, Kingston, on Saturday, 20 January 2018, from noon-3:00 p.m. A light lunch will be included. For information, or to register, call Jan Sosiak, Belleville, at 613-968-9659, or Sr. Helen Russell, Kingston, at 613-766-2376.


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 for details.

ST. JOHN THE EVANGELIST FUNDRAISER Be among 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.

BAND OF CHRISTIAN BROTHERS MEN’S CONFERENCE will take place on 24 February, at Canada Christian College in Toronto. It is a one-day intensive men’s retreat, consisting of spiritual talks, Mass, Adoration, Confession, fraternity and prayer. For information and tickets email, or call 1-888-522-2070.

CURSILLO WEEKEND FOR MEN Pope Francis encourages us to encounter Jesus. The Cursillo Weekend offers a short and profound opportunity to encounter Jesus. A Men’s Cursillo weekend is scheduled for 8-11 March 2018, at Providence Spirituality Centre, Kingston. For information, contact Lionel Ryan at 613-634-9588,, or Friar Ed Debono at or 613-546-6900 x 204.