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4 December 2016

“If you are repentant, produce the appropriate fruits.”
Introduction

Today John the Baptist calls us to repentance. He preaches judgement so that we may be saved and find Christ.

Today’s Readings

First Reading: Isaiah 11:1-10

The messianic rule of justice overflows into a vision of a peace amidst the animal creation.

Second Reading: Romans 15:4-9

Scripture gives us examples of tolerance and hope, which we are invited to follow.

Gospel: Matthew 31:1-12

John the Baptist preaches repentance and challenges those who are complacent with the coming judgement of God.

MASSES FOR THE WEEK

Monday, 5 December
9:00 a.m. George Teves – Parents
5:15 p.m. Frank Murphy – Clarence & Rose Marie Kennedy
Tuesday, 6 December
9:00 a.m. Fr. Raymond Vickers – Fran Price
5:15 p.m. Bill Redmond – Joan William
Wednesday, 7 December
9:00 a.m. Michael Leo Jewitt & Deceased Members of the Jewitt Family – The Estate
10:30 a.m. Extendicare – Arnold Jurkovic – Mary & Family
5:15 p.m. James Kenney – Sheila Alarie
Thursday, 8 December
9:00 a.m. Forgotten Souls in Purgatory – Chris Jones & Family
5:15 p.m. Eileen Garrah – Günter & Lidwien Gräfe
Friday, 9 December
9:00 a.m. Ricardo Gumboc Sr. – Maguhay Pilipino Canadian Association of Kingston
5:15 p.m. Victoria Rodriguez & Deceased Members of the Family – Victoria Zagarra
Saturday, 10 December
9:00 a.m. Pina Murano – Murano Family
5:15 p.m. Teresinha Medeiros – Antonio Medeiros
Sunday, 11 December
9:00 a.m. Baltazara Quintana – Joe & Lolita Quintana
11:00 a.m. People of the Parish
NEXT WEEK – 10-11 December 2016

Date
Lectors
Eucharistic Ministers
Ushers

Saturday
10 Dec.
5:15 p.m.
C. Pitts
C. Jones
J. Lachance
P. Rosales
D. Mazzolin
I. Stewart
J. Garrah
S. Peck

Sunday
11 Dec.
9:00 a.m.
F. Walker
D. Balemba
S. Balemba
N. Haunts
S. Eves
D. Neddow
T. Raine
M. Turkington

Sunday
11 Dec.
11:00 a.m.
J. Koster
G. Lesperance
K. Colwell
J. Bennett
P. Greenwood
B. Krasna
J. McLaren
J. Scott

Date
Saturday
10 Dec.
5:15 p.m.
Sunday
11 Dec.
9:00 a.m.
Sunday
11 Dec.
11:00 a.m.

Altar
Servers
S. Sedore
O. Gowsell
I. Simoes
C. Watts
R. Watts
I. Watts
M. Sutton
D. Fernandes
T. Fernandes
C. Jeewoo Lee

Junior Liturgy

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N. Riley
K. Turkington
A. Fraser
A. Lorbetskie

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.

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, especially Helen Murphy O’Brien; Edith Greene.

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.
OUR PARISH

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.

THANK YOU FROM ARCHBISHOP O’BRIEN I want to thank all those who supported The Archbishop’s Dinner to feed the hungry, which was held on 17 November 2016. Through the generosity of those who attended the dinner, as well as donors and sponsors, $60,000 was raised for food banks throughout the Archdiocese of Kingston. My sincere gratitude to all of you.

THE LEGION OF MARY of St. Joseph’s Church will no longer function as of 13 December 2016, but we may be assured that our prayers to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus will still be heard.

“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.

CHRISTMAS BASKETS Students from St. Paul and St. Thomas More schools will, again this year, be handing out decorated brown paper bags this weekend of 3-4 December 2016. You are invited to take one home, fill it with non-perishable groceries and return it to St. Joseph Church next weekend, 10-11 December 2016. The groceries will be used for the annual distribution of Christmas baskets by our parish. Monetary donations will also be accepted. Thank you to the students who are decorating the bags and giving them a personal, festive touch.

NEWS FROM THE CATHOLIC WOMEN’S LEAGUE The CWL Potluck & Appreciation dinner will be held on Monday, 5 December 2016, after the 5:15 p.m. Mass. Please drop off food before Mass, so that it can be kept hot, if necessary, and mark your food if it is vegetarian or gluten-free.

CHRISTMAS BAKE & CRAFT SALE TODAY! Come get your Christmas baked goods and lovely craft gifts after Mass! Special ornaments have been crafted for feathered friends, as well as a section for children to buy gifts for parents & grandparents. Themed Raffle Baskets will again wow you with their variety! See you there after Mass…….

CHRISTMAS EVE PAGEANT 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 practices at the church on Sunday, 4 and 11 December 2016, after the 11:00 a.m. Mass, as the pageant participants will be practising with the Christmas choir at that time. 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!

PENANCE CELEBRATION The Advent Penance Celebration for St. Joseph’s will be held this Sunday, 4 December 2016, 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.

CHRISTMAS CONCERT Join us for an afternoon of Christmas music, featuring the local talent of Chris Murphy, Jon McLurg and Brian Flynn, (three members of the band, Turpin’s Trail) in the church on Thursday, 8 December 2016, from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served in the parish hall; a free-will offering would be gratefully appreciated.

BUILDING FUND The monthly collection of the Building Fund will take place next weekend, 10-11 December 2016. Your support continues to make a difference. Thank you.

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.

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.

OUR COMMUNITY

HAM SUPPER will be held by the St. John the Apostle CWL, on Wednesday, 7 December 2016, at 5:30 p.m. Cost is $10.00 per ticket; $5.00 for 5-10 year olds; and free for under 5. Everyone welcome! Please contact Mary Amodeo at 613-544-2305 or Theresa Miller at 613-542-3177.

THE LITTLE MERMAID – will be performed at Regiopolis-Notre Dame Catholic High School, 7-10 December 2016, at 7:00 p.m., with a matinée at 2:00 p.m., on 10 December. Tickets are $20.00 for adults; $12.00 for students/children, with discounted prices for matinée. Tickets are available at the end of November at the school.

ARCHDIOCESE OF KINGSTON SOLEMNITY OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION All parishioners are invited to the Archdiocesan Liturgical Celebration of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, at St. Mary’s Cathedral, on Thursday, 8 December 2016, at 730 p.m. Reception to follow at École Cathédrale.
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.