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First Sunday of Lent

18 February 2018


“‘The time has come, he said and the kingdom of God is close at hand.’”




As we begin Lent together, we are made aware of how we too are tested and meet God and God’s adversaries in the wilderness of our lives.  We hope for the same angelic support that Jesus found as he began his public calling to the proclamation of the Good News from God.


Todays Readings


First Reading: Genesis 9:8-15


God gives us the rainbow as a sign of God’s everlasting covenant with humankind.


Second Reading: 1 Peter 3:18-22


God’s will is to save us all.  Baptism is God’s pledge to us of this desire.


Gospel: Mark 1:12-15


After being tempted in the wilderness by Satan, Jesus begins his proclamation of the Good News from God.




Monday, 19 February

9:00 a.m. Sandra & Antonio Del Prete – Gennaro, Alberto & Family

5:15 p.m.  Jack Coleman – Ann Turcotte & Garrah Family

Tuesday, 20 February

9:00 a.m.    Joyce O’Connor – Angie Black & Annetta Pattenden

5:15 p.m.    Deceased members of the Fenlon Family – Marian Meagher

Wednesday, 21 February

9:00 a.m.    Mavis Bracken – Tony Bracken

10:30 a.m. Extendicare – Vincent van Vlymen – Miriam van Vlymen

5:15 p.m.  Alice & Josephine Ingoldsby & Families – Karen Ingoldsby

Thursday, 22 February

9:00 a.m. Mass of Thanksgiving – Yeshi Redda

5:15 p.m.    June Sears – The Family

Friday,  23 February

9:00 a.m.    Charles & Lorna Kelliher – Shirley Kelliher

5:15 p.m.    Gene Dewey – Anne & Leon Garrett

Saturday, 24 February

9:00 a.m. Mary Roy – Gervais Roy

5:15 p.m. Art Kelly – Jane & Kevin Kelly

Sunday, 25 February

9:00 a.m.  John Cammalleri – Carol Keeler

11:00 a.m.   People of the Parish

NEXT WEEK 24-25 February 2018






Eucharistic Ministers





24 Feb.

5:15 p.m.



B. Greigson

G. Pattenden


T. Murphy

J. Lachance


R. Lachance

J. Garrah

D. Mazzolin

I. Stewart



25 Feb.

9:00 a.m.


W. Cunningham

D. Balemba

Deacon Wojcik


S. Balemba


D. Neddow

T. Raine

M. Turkington

R. Audet



25 Feb.

11:00 a.m.


M. Farrell

J. Gerretsen


A. Gerretsen

S. Fragoso


B. Krasna

J. McLaren

M. Strong

P. Tetro






24 February

5:15 p.m.



25 February

9:00 a.m.



25 February

11:00 a.m.





E. Drumm

M. Drumm

S. Drumm


O. Gowsell

E. Foley


M. Roque

C. Davison

A. Krasna








K. Turkington

T. Nguyen


M. Farrell

P. Krasna

G. Goncalves



Please remember in your prayers the following:  Helen Taillon; Yvonne Vickers; Kathy Veley; Tony Deodato; Ciara Ryckman; Jean Wells; Danny Denham; Brigit Knott; Kim Emond; Freeman Shupe; Kathleen Forsyth; Evangeline Talens; Jim McCarthy; George Wojcik; Candy Powell; Noah Bailey; Donna Casford; Keith Froats; Pauline Medora; Ron Teppett; Marcus Hacault; Sheila Alarie; Millie Lane; Marie McNeil; Lauren Redwood; Judy Dowling; Harriet Hill; Jessica Gaulin; Luigi Nuvoloni; James Parsons; Robert Shaw.



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.




FINANCIAL REPORT TO ST. JOSEPHS PARISH – 2017 Finance Committee Member Eric Bennett will present the “Financial Report for St. Joseph’s – 2017,” this weekend, 17-18 February 2018.  You will find a copy of the 2017 Financial Report in the bulletin.  If you would like a printed copy of the “Financial Report for St. Joseph’s – 2017,” please leave your name and telephone number or email on the sign-up sheets at one of the entrances, and one will be made available to you.


BLESSING BAGS St. Joseph’s Parish Youth Group will be assembling ‘Blessing Bags’ for local shelters/food banks to share with their clients.  We are requesting donations of toiletries, such as deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, shampoo, hand lotion, chapstick, razors, etc.  Items may be dropped off before all Masses on the weekend of 17-18 February, and up to Thursday, 22 February.  Youth members will assemble bags at the next meeting on 23 February.  Boxes for your donations will be at the church entrances.  For information, call Alison at


STATIONS OF THE CROSS During the weeks of Lent, the Stations of the Cross will be said on Friday evenings, following the 5:15 p.m. Mass.  All are warmly welcomed to this beautiful prayer of the Church.


  1. VINCENT DE PAUL Food Bags will be collected this weekend, 17-18 February. Thank you for your continued support.


SACRAMENTS OF FIRST RECONCILIATION &  FIRST COMMUNION All parents of grade two students who wish that their children celebrate the Sacraments of First Holy Communion and First Reconciliation here at St. Joseph’s are invited to attend a Parent Information Meeting on Tuesday, 20 February 2018, 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 7-8 April 2018.


  1. JOSEPHS PARISH YOUTH GROUP will be holding the February get-together on Friday, 23 February 2018, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., in the parish hall. Parish youth are invited to come out to share camaraderie, assemble ‘Blessing Bags,’ and commence planning and roles for the Annual Stations of the Cross presentation. For information, contact Alison at or call Angela at 613-547-8116.


HOSPITALITY SUNDAY The next Hospitality Sunday will take place on Sunday, 25 February 2018, after the 9:00 & 11:00 a.m. Masses.  If you are able to provide snacks, please sign up at the entrances.  Please join us in the parish hall for fellowship and refreshments.


MUSICAL AFTERNOON On Thursday, 8 March 2018, from 1:00-3:00 p.m., the Social Committee of the St. Joseph’s Pastoral Council will provide an afternoon of musical entertainment, featuring Chris Murphy, Jon McLurg and Brian Flynn (of Turpin’s Trail), for those who are Irish, and for those who “wish they were.”  Please join us in the church for an opportunity to enjoy local musicians.  Light refreshments will be served in the parish hall.  Come and bring a friend or two!  A free-will monetary offering would be appreciated.


CWL SPRING BAKE SALE Mark 3-4 March on your calendars, and come check out the Bake Sale in the parish hall after each Mass: cakes, pies, cookies, bars, squares, brownies, fudge, etc., that will easily freeze until after Lent, if need be!  Help support your CWL ladies as they strive to emulate the good works of our Lord throughout the year, with the help of the Holy Spirit that lives within each of us.


CATHOLIC WOMENS LEAGUE Executive Meeting will be held on Monday, 5 March 2018, at 7:00 p.m., in the parish hall.  We would like to thank our new, and renewed, members who signed up, as well as the volunteers who worked during the Membership Drive.  If you wish to pay your 2018 dues, please place it in an envelope marked “CWL Membership,” and place it in the collection basket.  Also, we are still accepting toiletries for St. Vincent de Paul until the end of February.  Please drop them at the parish office.  Thank you for helping.


LENTEN PENANCE CELEBRATION The Lenten Penance Celebration for St. Joseph’s will be held on Sunday, 11 March 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.  

With absolution, we are reconciled to God and the Church.




HOLY CROSS CATHOLIC SECONDARY SCHOOL Semester One Report Cards were distributed on Friday, 9 February 2018.


PROVIDENCE SPIRITUALITY CENTRE is hosting a number of Lenten Retreats in February and March.  Please call 613-542-8826, to inquire as to dates, fees and registration.


ARCHDIOCESAN CELEBRATION OF THE RITE OF ELECTION & RITE OF CALLING BAPTIZED CANDIDATES TO LENTEN RENEWAL This Sunday, 18 February 2018, at 4:00 p.m., at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Archbishop O’Brien will celebrate the Rite of Election with Catechumens from the Archdiocese of Kingston.  At the same celebration, all Baptized Candidates seeking full communion with the Catholic Church will be called to Lenten renewal.  All parishioners are welcome to attend this special event and to support our new brothers and sisters in faith.  Refreshments will be served afterwards at St. Mary’s Parish Centre.


GRADE 8 INFORMATION NIGHT at Regiopolis-Notre Dame Catholic High School, 130 Russell Street, will take place on Thursday, 22 February 2018.  International Baccalaureate Programme Information Session will take place 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Upper Room, and the General Information Session will take place at 6:30 p.m., in the Cafetorium, followed by an Open House of classrooms and displays in the school until 8:30 p.m.  For information, call 613-545-1902.


PARISH MUSICIAN WORKSHOP for music directors, instrumentalists, cantors, psalmists, choir member and anyone interested in liturgical music, at St. Paul the Apostle Church, 1111 Taylor-Kidd Boulevard, on Saturday, 24 February 2018, from 9:30 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.  For information, and to register, visit or call Gorett or Mariola at 613-548-4461.


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 on Tuesday, 27 February 2018, at the Francis J. Spence Pastoral Centre, 390 Palace Road.  The topic will be, “Assuming New Responsibilities, Recognizing Our Strengths,” a DVD/Guided Discussion.

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