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Second Sunday of Advent

9 December 2018


“Prepare a way for the Lord.”




Perhaps it is because St. Luke travelled so much with St. Paul that he speaks so much about journeys in his Gospel.  His Gospel is the story of Jesus making his way to Jerusalem.  From there, in his Church, Jesus travels through all the world.


Todays Readings


First Reading: Baruch 5:1-9


When we sin, we build up mountains of separation between ourselves.


Second Reading: Philippians 1:4-6, 8-11


Prayer is a sort of movement out into the world, filling it with joy.


Gospel: Luke 3:1-6


From the empty spaces of the desert, a voice is heard through all the world.  John the Baptist still speaks to us.




Monday, 10 December

9:00 a.m.  Alfonso Sandino – Claudia Sandino

5:15 p.m.    Joe Melo – Dorathy Stanley

Tuesday, 11 December

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

5:15 p.m. Giuseppe Reda – Reda Family

Wednesday, 12 December

9:00 a.m.  Gordon Costello – Noreen Holmes

10:30 a.m.   Extendicare – Mr. & Mrs. P.J. Fowler & Family – Elizabeth Haymans

5:15 p.m.  Vincent & Florine Rochefort – Pat, Larry & Boys

Thursday, 13 December

9:00 a.m. Denis Crowe – Trish Crowe

5:15 p.m. Intentions of Chandra Gibson – Rika Blakslee

Friday,  14 December

9:00 a.m. Living & Deceased Members of the McCambridge & Mulrooney Families – Kevin & Dorothy Mulrooney

5:15  p.m.  Michael Garrett – Leon & Anne Garrett

Saturday, 15 December

9:00 a.m. Giovanni Vecchio – The Family

5:15 p.m. Eileen Murphy – Bob & Adele Bezaire

Sunday, 16 December

9:00 a.m.  Mary Ellen Jefferies – Caroline Hensman

11:00 a.m.    People of the Parish

NEXT WEEK 15-16 December 2018






Eucharistic Ministers





15 Dec.

5:15  p.m.



P. Scott

A. Paquin


J. Lachance

Sr. L. Kearney


I. Stewart

F. Carter

R. Webb

R. Lachance



16 Dec

9:00 a.m.


P. McCue

Sr. Kalchbrenner


N. McCue

C. Purcell


D. Neddow

T. Raine

M. Turkington

R. Audet



16 Dec.

11:00 a.m.


E. Okoduwa

C. Kavanaugh

Deacon Wojcik


K. Colwell


L. Garrett

P. Greenwood

B. Krasna

J. McLaren






15 Dec.

5:15 p.m.



16 Dec.

9:00 a.m.



16 Dec.

11:00 a.m.





M. Drumm

R. Canning


C. Davison

A. McCaugherty

C. Udovc


M. Stabback

E. Samson

A. Hung


Junior Liturgy





A. Baxby

J. Williams


A. Fraser

A. Lorbetski




Please remember in your prayers the following: Alex C.; Matthew Hennessey; Rosa Macedo; Marcus Hacault; Murray MacNeil; Judy Dowling; Ossie Fisher; Millie Lane; Mark Heeler; Chandra Gibson; Shirley Kearns; Wayne Murray.


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.



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.




CHRISTMAS BASKETS Students from St. Paul and St. Thomas More schools will, again this year, be handing out decorated brown paper bags this weekend, 8-9 December 2018.  You are invited to take one home, fill it with non-perishable groceries and return it to St. Joseph Church next weekend, 15-16 December 2018.  The groceries will be used for the annual distribution of 50 Christmas baskets by our parish.  Monetary donations will also be accepted.  Thank you to the students for decorating the bags and giving them a personal touch.


BUILDING FUND  The monthly collection of the Building Fund will take place this weekend, 8-9 December 2018. Thank you for your support.


CATHOLIC WOMENS LEAGUE The POTLUCK & APPRECIATION DINNER will take place on Monday, 10 December, at 6:00 p.m. in the parish hall.  Bring your favourite dish and join us.  We are asking all members coming, to please support the project for the homeless, and bring a jar of peanut butter, a box of crackers, or a pair of socks, to the potluck.  All items will be given to the Kingston Street Mission.  If you can’t come to the potluck, drop off donations to the parish office prior to 10 December.  Thank you for your generosity.


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, 13 December 2018, from 1:00-3:00 p.m.  Refreshments will be served in the parish hall; a free-will offering would be appreciated.


YOUTH GROUP St. Joseph’s Parish Youth Group will be gathering on Friday, 14 December 2018, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., at St. Joseph’s Church.  Youth will have fun making a long lasting mini-Advent wreath with accompanying prayer card for each week of Advent.  For information, contact Alison at, or Angela, at 613-547-8116


PENANCE CELEBRATION The Advent Penance Celebration for St. Joseph’s will be held on Sunday, 16 December 2018, 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.



by Frank Cosentino.  The Flying Fathers Hockey Club began in 1964, “a bunch of priests playing hockey,” developed into a spiritual and spirited journey for players, coaches and especially “hockey fans” – fans of the Canadian pastime.  This easy-flowing narrative brings together the passion for God with the passion for hockey.  The book will be available for sale at the parish office, during office hours.  Sales at the church entrances will take place 8-9 and 15-16 December.  Cost is $30.00.  This is a project of the St. Joseph’s Knights of Columbus.  A great gift for all ages!


KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS COAT DRIVE for Hotel Dieu Hospital will take place until 31 December 2018.  Warm, washable winter coats (especially large sizes for men and women) are needed.  Ski jackets in all sizes are also needed.  We will also accept washable thermal socks, mitts, hats, blankets and winter boots.  We will pick up items if needed, or they may be dropped off.  Call Dwight at 613-544-6738 to make arrangements.  Items will be distributed at St. Mary’s Parish Centre, Brock Street, from 2-18 January 2019.


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.


PRIEST RETIREMENT FUND Please have all donations submitted by 16 December, as we will be forwarding St. Joseph Parish contributions to the Archdiocese on 17 December.  Thank you again for your continued generosity to our retired priests.


NEW YEARS 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 2019.  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 available at the church entrances.




SEPARATED AND/OR DIVORCED Are you, or is someone you know, experiencing the trauma of a Separation and/or Divorce?  Come to the New Life Group Meeting, a Catholic Ministry for the Separated and Divorced on alternate Tuesday evenings.  The next meeting will take place Tuesday, 4 December 2018, at the Francis J. Spence Pastoral Centre, 390 Palace Road, from 7:30-9:00 p.m.  The topic will be, “Our Ashes: God Becomes Intimately Close to Us,” with Sr. Denise Berube, CND.


JUBILATE SINGERS presents “Christmas, Together in Song,” this Sunday, 9 December 2018, at 2:30 p.m., at Cooke’s-Portsmouth United Church, 200 Norman Rogers Drive.  Freewill offering will support a local charity.


COMMEMORATIVE MASS in honour of St. Oscar Romero, will be held at St. John the Apostle Parish, Patrick Street, on the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, on Wednesday, 12 December 2018, at 6:30 p.m.  Refreshments will follow.  All are welcome.


ROCK N ROLL-A-THON All boby-soxers are welcome to join us to clap, sing, and move-along to the jukebox tunes in support of Clothes for Kids, on Friday, 14 December 2018, from 11:00 a.m.-noon, at St. Paul the Apostle, Taylor-Kidd Blvd.  For information, call Dee at 613-389-6540.  Bring along $$$$ to share warmth, or a new snowsuit for infants or children up to 13 years old.


PROVIDENCE CARE & PROVIDENCE MANOR are looking for volunteers for a number of activities.  Please call Danielle Preston, Coordinator of Recreation & Volunteer Services at 613-548-7222 ext. 3160 or email


HOTEL DIEU HOSPITAL Kingston Health Sciences Centre is recruiting volunteers to spend time with patients and families in clinic and post-surgical areas, at the Information Desk in the main lobby, and in their Boutique, Café and Snack Cart.  Every interaction improves the patient and family experience.  If you can commit to a 2-3 hour shift every week, please call 613-548-2359, or visit

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