Second Sunday of Lent
21 February 2016
“This is my Son, the Chosen One. Listen to Him.”
The mysteries of life surround us. If we live by faith, love, the greatest of all mysteries, is the bright cloud that keeps us safe; for, without faith, life is a darkness.
First Reading: Genesis 15:5-12, 17-18
Human beings make covenants out of mistrust. God makes a covenant out of love.
Second Reading: Philippians 3:17-4:1
We are measured by the standards of heaven, our true home, not by the standards of earth.
Gospel: Luke 9:28-36
We are perfected not just by our own love but by the love of others. Christ is perfect because he is the perfectly beloved.
MASSES FOR THE WEEK
Monday, 22 February
9:00 a.m. Jean Zmijak – Katherine Quinlan
5:15 p.m. June Sears – The Family
Tuesday, 23 February
9:00 a.m. Helen Wright – Legion of Mary
5:15 p.m. Ron Price – Nubelia Rosner
Wednesday, 24 February
9:00 a.m. Deceased Members of the Garofalo & Agostinelli Families – Josephine Saccon
10:30 a.m. Extendicare – Elisio Ponte & Extended Family Members – Lidia Ponte
5:15 p.m. Frank Murphy – Mr. & Mrs. Francis O’Reilly
Thursday, 25 February
9:00 a.m. Crisanto Manicat – Lorna Asuncion
5:15 p.m. Grace Vincent – Jan & Ed Vincent
Friday, 26 February
9:00 a.m. Joseph Spinelli – Jan & Ed Vincent
5:15 p.m. Antonio Goncalves – The Family
Saturday, 27 February
9:00 a.m. Gino Bidinost – The Family
5:15 p.m. Margaret McGarity – Côté Family
Sunday, 28 February
9:00 a.m. Betty Riopelle – Darlene Cassell & Family
11:00 a.m. People of the Parish
NEXT WEEK – 27-28 February 2016
Sr. L. Kearney
PRAYERS FOR THOSE WHO ARE ILL
Please remember in your prayers the following: Kerry Kozak; Terry Kot; Gerald Levesque; Hermina Lawlor; Donald Jackson; Carolyn Curry; Tony Deodato; Jean Wells; Ciara Ryckman; Eileen Garrah; June Emmons Church; Joe Verner; John Light; David Tessier; Maureen McCarthy; Edward Courneya; Charles Virgin; Helene Taillon; Irene Smith; Giordana White; Kelly Leclair; Rick Scott; Helen O’Brien; Audrey Lacey; Jane McGrath; Teresa Tenuta; Antoinetta Tenuta; Henk Ligtenberg; Corrie Van de Ven.
PRAYERS FOR THE DECEASED
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.
WEEK AT A GLANCE
Tues., 23 Feb. *9:30 a.m. – Legion of Mary
Wed., 24 Feb. *12:30 p.m. – Afternoon Cards
*7:00 p.m. – Choir
Thurs., 25 Feb. *7:00 p.m. – RCIA
Fri., 26 Feb. *1:00 p.m. – Social & Ecological Justice Meeting
Sun., 28 Feb. *After the 9:00 & 11:00 a.m. Masses – Hospitality Sunday
ALTAR SERVERS Altar server schedules are available in the sacristy, please pick-up your copy. In order to assist new servers, we will publish the serving schedule for the coming week in the bulletin. One beginning server will be matched with two more experienced servers at each Mass. If you are going to be unable to serve as you are scheduled, lease inform the parish office as soon as possible. Your are welcome to serve even if you are not one of those scheduled for a particular Mass.
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.
- VINCENT DE PAUL Food Bags will be collected this weekend, 20-21 February. Monetary donations are also gratefully accepted. Thank you for your continued support.
HOSPITALITY SUNDAY The next Hospitality Sunday will take place on Sunday, 28 February 2016, after the 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. Masses. If you are willing to bring squares, cookies or loaves for this event, please sign up on the sheets provided at the church entrances.
PARISH LENTEN PENANCE CELEBRATION “The Sacrament of Penance is an experience of the gift of God’s boundless mercy. Not only does it free us from our sins, but it also challenges us to have the same kind of compassion and forgiveness for those who sin against us. In confession, we have the opportunity to repent and recover the grace of friendship with God. It is a holy moment in which we place ourselves in His presence and honestly acknowledge our sins. With absolution, we are reconciled to God and the Church.” ‑From the US Catholic Catechism for Adults. Please take time to join the parish in the Lenten Penance Celebration on Sunday, 6 March 2016, at 2:00 p.m.
MUSICAL AFTERNOON On Thursday, 10 March 2016, 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, for those who are Irish and for those who “wish they were.” You are welcome to 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.
SHARE LENT – WORKING TO END INEQUALITY IN PARAGUAY The Share Lent Mini-magazine is in the bulletin today. This is your pilgrimage guide. Last week, we met Adonis Medjine from Haiti. This week, our pilgrimage travels to Paraguay where we meet Liz Benitez. Her country is one where 1% of the landowners hold 77% of arable land. Liz’s family are part of a peasant movement supported by Development and Peace who work to gain access to land for the poorest farmers in the country, the campesinos. They have been threatened by the state and police because of their work. “I just want to live peacefully with my family,” she says. The Share Lent collection will take place on 12-13 March, Solidarity Sunday.
NEWS FROM THE CATHOLIC WOMEN’S LEAGUE Those participating in the Pornography Hurts postcard campaign should address and mail their cards to the attention of one of the following officials: 1) Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, Jody Wilson-Raybould; 2) Kingston MP, Mark Gerretsen; or 3) Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau. Postage is free. If you like, pen a few lines about how pornography has harmful effects on children, adults, families and society.
St. Joseph’s CWL wishes to thank the parish for helping to make the collection of personal care items such a success. Eight full laundry baskets of items were gratefully received by St. Vincent de Paul.
Our Spring Bake Sale is on 13-14 March 2016, after all Masses, in the parish hall. We will be offering cakes, pies, cookies, bars, squares, brownies, fudge, etc., plus savoury items such as soup and biscuits. Come check us out!
BILLINGS LIFE CLINIC Getting married in 2016? Come learn about the Billings Ovulation Method which is 99% effective, and based on a woman’s naturally occurring signs of fertility. The next clinic is on Monday, 22 February 2016, at St. Paul the Apostle Church, Room D, from 7:00-8:00 p.m. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 613-544-8495.
PURSE AUCTION Sunday, 28 February 2016, at 2:00 p.m., at St. Joseph’s Parish Centre, Belleville. New and gently used purses to bid on with surprises inside. Join in on the fun and excitement. Everyone welcome. If you wish to donate a new or gently used purse, or a gift item for these purses, contact Judy at 613-962-6025 or email@example.com. All proceeds go to our Parish Refugee Sponsorship Fund.
SEPARATED AND/OR DIVORCED You are welcome to attend the New Life Support Group on alternate Tuesday evenings at 390 Palace Road, Kingston. The next meeting will take place on Tuesday, 1 March 2016. The topic will be “Legal Issues,” with presenter Deborah Swartz. For further information, contact the Family Ministry Office at 613-548-4461 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TWENTY-FOUR HOURS WITH THE LORD Once again, and especially during the Jubilee of Mercy, 24 Hours with the Lord will be held at St. Mary’s Cathedral, beginning at 1:00 p.m., after the noon Mass, on Friday, 4 march 2016, and concluding before the 5:00 p.m. Saturday Vigil Mass on 5 March. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will take place in the cathedral through this time. Confessions will be heard by priests from parishes throughout the Kingston area. Please come, day or night, and receive this great gift of the Lord’s Loving Mercy. If you know someone who has been away for awhile, perhaps they also might like to accompany you. Please pass the word.
25TH ANNIVERSARY Mother Teresa Catholic School will be celebrating their 25th Anniversary on Saturday, 16 April 2016. Events planned include a Family Fun Run at 10:00 a.m. at the school, Mass at 2:30 p.m. at St. Paul the Apostle Church, and an Open House at the school beginning at 3:30 p.m. Please spread the word, as we look forward to seeing past staff, graduates and parents.