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Second Sunday of Advent

6 December 2015


“Take off your dress of sorrow and distress; put on the beauty of the glory of God.”




Eagerness to receive the Good News is a strong theme in today’s liturgy. We gather to hear the proclamation of the Good News of Jesus Christ and to celebrate its reality for our lives in our Eucharist.


Todays Readings


First Reading: Baruch 5:1-9


The Lord reaches out to his people, who are challenged to welcome the Lord with joy and remove every barrier to his presence in their lives.


Second Reading: Philippians 1:3-6, 8-11


When Paul calls the people of Philippi to mind and prays for them, he does so with joy. He urges them to increase in love for one another.


Gospel: Luke 3:1-6


John the Baptist is firmly rooted in human history and geography as he is about to begin his ministry.



Monday, 7 December

9:00 a.m. Kathleen, Ed & Hugh Edgar – Sandra Jackson

5:15 p.m. Michael Leo Jewitt & Deceased Members of the Jewitt Family – The Estate

Tuesday, 8 December

9:00 a.m. Ken Lillis – Gerry & Annetta Pattenden

5:15 p.m. Lisa & Stelio Giugovaz – The Family

Wednesday, 9 December

9:00 a.m.        Dr. Natalio San Pedro – Amado & Marietta Marcial

10:30 a.m.        Extendicare – Gerard Waters -Ashley Kirkpatrick (moved from 11 November)

5:15 p.m. Victoria Rodriguez – Victoria Zegarra

Thursday, 10 December

9:00 a.m. Suzanne Pettie

5:15 p.m.         Jean Finn – Ray Doyle

Friday,  11 December

9:00 a.m. Baltazara Quintana – Joe & Lolita Quintana

10:30 a.m.        School Mass – Gerard Waters – Eleanor & Joe Fahey

5:15 p.m. Sheila Fanjoy – Doyle Family

Saturday, 12 December

9:00 a.m.         Intentions of Sr. Joan Kalchbrenner – Pat Murray

5:15 p.m.         Forgotten Souls in Purgatory – Chris Jones & Family

Sunday, 13 December

9:00 a.m.  Dr. Natalio San Pedro – Malou & Espie Torres

11:00 a.m.        People of the Parish

NEXT WEEK – 12-13 December 2015












12 Dec.

5:15 p.m.


E. Bennett

T. Phelan


E. Denham

T. Murphy


F. Carter

J. Garrah

A. Kelly

D. Mazzolin



13 Dec.

9:00 a.m.


A. MacKinnon

M. Tudin


S. Balemba

D. Balemba


D. Dennee

R. Emmons

S. Eves

T. McCue



13 Dec.

11:00 a.m.


G. Lesperance

J. Fraser

Deacon Wojcik


S. Fragoso


L. Garrett

J. McLaren

P. Greenwood

J. Scott



Please remember in your prayers the following: Kerry Kozak; Terry Kot; Gerald Levesque; Hermina Lawlor; Donald Jackson; Carolyn Curry; Neil Oosterman; Kevin Kimmett; Tony Deodato; Jean Wells; Ciara Ryckman; Eileen Garrah; June Emmons Church; Joe Verner; Donna Verner; John Light; David Tessier; Maureen McCarthy; Edward Courneya; Walter Boru; Charles Virgin; Anne Cadamuro; Helene Taillon; Irene Smith; Ian MacVicar.


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.




Mon. 7 Dec.


*After 5:15 p.m. Mass – CWL Potluck


Tues., 8 Dec.


*9:30 a.m. – Legion of Mary

*7:30 p.m. – Archdiocesan Feast of the Immaculate Conception – St. Mary’s Cathedral


Wed., 9 Dec.


*12:30 p.m. – Afternoon cards

* 6:00 p.m. – Pastoral Council Potluck & Meeting

*7:00 p.m. – Choir Practice

*7:00 p.m. – Baptism Preparation Course


Thurs., 10 Dec.


*1:00 p.m. – Christmas Concert

*7:00 p.m. – RCIA


Fri., 11 Dec.


*10:30 p.m. – School Mass


Sun., 13 Dec.


*After 11:00 a.m. Mass – Christmas Pageant Practice





PENANCE CELEBRATION The Advent Penance Celebration for St. Joseph’s will be held this Sunday, 6 December 2015, 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.


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.


BUILDING FUND The monthly collection of the Building Fund will take place next weekend, 12-13 December 2015. Your support continues to make a difference. Thank you.


2016 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 years envelopes as the number may be different. Thank you.


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 5-6 December 2015. You are invited to take one home, fill it with non-perishable groceries and return it to St. Joseph’s Church next weekend, 12-13 December 2015. 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.


CATHOLIC WOMENS LEAGUE CHRISTMAS POTLUCK DINNER & APPRECIATION EVENING will be held on Monday, 7 December 2015, at 6:00 p.m., in the parish hall. Bring your favourite dish and join us.


CHRISTMAS MUSICAL AFTERNOON The Entertainment Committee of the St. Joseph’s Pastoral Council is sponsoring an afternoon of musical entertainment, featuring the local talent of Chris Murphy, Jon McLurg and Brian Flynn, in the church on Thursday, 10 December 2015, from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served; a free-will offering would be appreciated.


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, 13 & 20 December 2015, after the 11:00 a.m. Mass. The pageant is narrated, and therefore the children do not have speaking roles; so even the shiest can participate. All are welcome!


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.


CATHOLIC WOMENS LEAGUE BAKE & CRAFT SALE Many thanks to all of those who helped make the CWL Bake & Craft Sale such a great success.




ARCHDIOCESE OF KINGSTON FEAST OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION & THE INAUGURATION OF THE JUBILEE YEAR OF MERCY Archbishop O’Brien invites all the faithful to celebrate the Archdiocesan Feast of the Immaculate Conception on Tuesday, 8 December 2015, at 7:30 p.m., at St. Mary’s Cathedral. On this day, the Holy Father, Pope Francis, will inaugurate the Jubilee Year of Mercy and open the Holy Door of Mercy in the Basilica of St. Peter in the Vatican. The Holy Father is asking that, in every diocese, there also be a celebration of the Rite of Opening of the Holy Door in unity with the Universal Church, so that all can participate and obtain the indulgences promised in the Jubilee Year. St. Mary’s Cathedral will open the Holy Door on Sunday, 13 December 2015, at the 10:30 a.m. Mass. All are cordially invited to celebrate and take advantage of this Extraordinary Year of Mercy.


DISNEYS MARY POPPINS THE BROADWAY MUSICAL Regiopolis-Notre Dame Catholic High School production will take place in the school Cafetorium, 130 Russell Street, on 9-12 December, at 7:00 p.m., (Adults $20; Students $12) and 12 December, at 2:00 p.m., (Adults $15; Students $8). Call 613-545-1902 for tickets.


FUNDRAISER FOR ABIGAIL HEFFERNAN You are invited to join us, Sunday, 13 December 2015, at 2:00 p.m., for a matinee movie “The Nativity Story (from Dec. 2006),” at the Regent Theatre, Picton Main Street. Fee is a monetary donation to assist the Heffernan family defray the costs for Abby’s long battle of treatments for high-risk B Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Abby, who is 13 years of age, is a graduate of St. Gregory School and began school this year at Prince Edward Collegiate Institute. The event is organized by the CWL of St. Gregory Parish, and members will be at the door to accept your donations of behalf of the family.


SEPARATED AND/OR DIVORCED The New Life Support Group meets on alternate Tuesday evenings at 390 Palace Road, Kingston. The next gathering will take place on 15 December 2015, at 7:30 p.m. This will be our Christmas Social. For information, contact the Family Ministry Office by calling 613-548-4461 or at


“COOKING WITH THE SAINTS” COOKBOOK LAST CALL Looking for a great Christmas gift? Hostess gift? As a fundraiser for the upcoming World Youth Day 2016 in Krakow, Poland, the pilgrims from the Archdiocese of Kingston compiled a cookbook.   Contact Nadia Gundert at or at 613-484-2446 for your copy. Cost is $25; and there are only 75 copies left, with over 550 sold.

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