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Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time
26 February 2017

“Will he not much more look after you, you men of little faith?”


The birds of the air and the flowers of the field flourish under God’s watchful eye. Our lives, too, in God’s grace can be lived in tranquillity of spirit.

Today’s Readings

First Reading: Isaiah 49:14-15

God’s love for us is like a mother’s love for her child.

Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 4:1-5

Let us be merciful to one another. The Lord alone is the true judge.

Gospel: Matthew 6:24-34

The birds of the air and the flowers of the field have lessons for us.

Monday, 27 February
9:00 a.m. Gino Bidinost – Mrs. Bidinost
5:15 p.m. Frank Murphy – Austin & Jane McGrath
Tuesday, 28 February
9:00 a.m. Bill Bruder – Annetta & Gerry
5:15 p.m. Jose Melo – Antonio & Maria Costa
Wednesday, 1 March
9:00 a.m. Lisa Dunn – Miriam Van Vlymen
10:30 a.m. Extendicare – Arnold Jurkovic – Mary & Family
10:30 a.m. School Mass – Trinity Van Heddegem – Paul, Carolyn, Amanda & Lisa
5:15 p.m. Jean Gray – Rusty Gray & Family
Thursday, 2 March
9:00 a.m. Intentions of Mary Jordan – St. Joseph’s Choir
5:15 p.m. Barbara Mallette – The Family
Friday, 3 March
9:00 a.m. Sandra & Antonio Del Prete – Gennaro, Alberto & Family
10:00 a.m. Kingsdale Château – Jerome McHenry – Colleen & David Downey
5:15 p.m. Rosalyn Koen – Dale & Mary Lynn Hall
Saturday, 4 March
9:00 a.m. Jerome McHenry – Ann & Leon Garrett
5:15 p.m. Mario Castro – John & Pat Murray
Sunday, 5 March
9:00 a.m. Clair Kearns – Wilma Kearns
11:00 a.m. People of the Parish
NEXT WEEK – 4-5 March 2017

Eucharistic Ministers

4 March
5:15 p.m.
J. Saunders
R. Coughlan
Deacon Wojcik
L. McKeown
D. Mazzolin
I. Stewart
A. Wilson
S. Peck

5 March
9:00 a.m.
C. Purcell
A. MacKinnon
Deacon Wojcik
B. Earle
S. Eves
D. Neddow
T. Raine
M. Turkington

5 March
11:00 a.m.
C. Machado
F. Machado
Deacon Wojcik
J. Bennett
P. Greenwood
B. Krasna
J. McLaren
J. Scott

4 March
5:15 p.m.
5 March
9:00 a.m.
5 March
11:00 a.m.
Altar Servers
E. Drumm
M. Drumm
A. Cantarutti
C. Cantarutti
T. Francis
B. Evaristo
M. Sutton
A. Doctolero
K. Soriano
A. Hung

Junior Liturgy
A. Baxby
B. Kasaboski
D. Deptuck
C. McCabe

Please remember in your prayers the following: Willie Wylemans; Terry Kot; Kerry Kozak; Taylor Emond; Taryn Emond; Hermina Lawlor; Teresa Tenuta; Marcus Hacault; Katherine Yager; Barbara Giff; Bertram Mapp; Alden Mapp; Sue Hunter; Lee Plumpton; Joan Wray; Helen Taillon; Peter Solis; Yvonne Vickers; Margaret Pilcher; Kathy Veley; Tony Deodato; Ciara Ryckman; Jean Wells; Cathy Campbell; Josh Witjes; Marie McNeil; June Emmons; Pauline Ducharme; Mario Lebrun.

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.


HOSPITALITY SUNDAY will take place this Sunday, 26 February 2017, after the 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. Masses. Please join us in the parish hall for fellowship and refreshments.

ASH WEDNESDAY MASSES Ashes will be distributed at the 9:00 a.m. and 5:15 p.m. Masses, and at the 10:30 a.m. School Mass on Wednesday, 1 March 2017.

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.

FIRST FRIDAY DEVOTION On Friday, 3 March 2017, adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will commence at 9:00 a.m. and continue until 5:00 p.m. You are encouraged to spend an hour with the Lord.

BUILDING FUND The monthly collection of the Building Fund will take place next weekend, 4-5 March 2017. Your support continues to make a difference. Thank you.

SPRING BAKE SALE, hosted by St. Joseph’s Catholic Women’s League, will take place on 4-5 March 2017, after each Mass. We will be offering cakes, pies, cookies, bars, squares, brownies, fudge, etc. that will easily freeze until after Lent, if need be! Come check it out and 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 WOMEN’S LEAGUE EXECUTIVE MEETING will take place on Monday, 6 March 2017, at 7:00 p.m., in the parish hall.

MUSICAL AFTERNOON On Thursday, 16 March 2017, 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.

LENTEN PENANCE CELEBRATION The Lenten Penance Celebration for St. Joseph’s will be held on Sunday, 19 March 2017, 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.


CURSILLISTAS You are invited to an ULTREYA on Sunday, 26 February 2017, at St. John the Apostle Church Hall, 88 Patrick Street, at 2:00 p.m.; it will consist of a witness talk, response, small groups, music, prayer and refreshments. All Cursillistas are invited to come out to renew old friendships and meet fellow Cursillistas. For information, contact Mike & Diane Foley at 613-546-6224,,

BILLINGS LIFE CLINIC Getting married in 2017? Already married? 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, 27 February 2017, at St. Paul the Apostle Church, room D, from 7:00-8:00 p.m. (patio entrance). Call 613-544-8495 or email for information.

HOLY LAND PILGRIMAGE Have you ever longed to visit the Holy Land during your lifetime, to follow in the footsteps of Our Blessed Lord, to pray, kneel and kiss the soil where his sacred feet trod? Do you desire to make atonement for your past sins? Or simply to give thanks to God for all the blessings He’s given you? Well, all these and more are good reasons to make a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, and Fr. Justin is leading this, 15-24 November 2017. For information, email Fr. Justin at, or attend the orientation meeting on Tuesday, 28 February 2017, at 7:00 p.m., at St. Francis Xavier Parish, Brockville. Cost is $3290 CDN per person, based on double occupancy. Fr. Justin personally designed the pilgrimage, and hopes you will prayerfully consider joining a once in a lifetime spiritual journey.

SEPARATED AND/OR DIVORCED Are you, or someone you know, experiencing the trauma of a Separation and/or Divorce? Where do you turn for help? 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, 28 February 2017, at the Francis J. Spence Pastoral Centre, 390 Palace Road, and the topic will be “Co-Dependency: Breaking the Cycle,” with presenter, Fr. Mac Burke.

ANNUAL LENTEN FISHFRY Friday, 3 March 2017, 4:30-6:30 p.m., 7288 Old Hwy #2, Marysville. Sponsored by Read, Marysville & Deseronto Knights of Columbus, proceeds will to go Steubenville Toronto 2017 Youth Event and Marlow Ploughman SickKids Fundraising Initiative. Adults: $15.00; Children 12 & under: $7.00; Under 6: Free. Family Price (Max) $45.00.

LIFT JESUS HIGHER RALLY Be inspired, encouraged and healed. Come celebrate your faith at the largest Catholic rally in Canada on Saturday, 4 March 2017, from 9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m., at the Toronto Convention Centre. Adult rally: $25.00; Youth rally: $15.00 (ages 13-18). Travel in comfort on our Deluxe Bus: $40.00 per person. Contact Miriam at 905-979-1189,, or Ann at 613-546-5521 ext. 5,

ARCHDIOCESAN CELEBRATION OF THE RITE OF ELECTION AND RITE OF CALLING BAPTIZED CANDIDATES TO LENTEN RENEWAL On Sunday, 5 March 2017, 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.

THE BIG SHOEBANG is a fundraising event that shoe divas will not want to miss. All proceeds will be going to United Syrian Family Support (Belleville) Sponsorship Group. St. Joseph’s Parish, Belleville is sponsoring a family through this group. It will be held in the parish centre, 399 Victoria Avenue, Belleville, on Sunday, 5 March 2017, from 1:30-4:00 p.m. New and almost-new ladies shoes and boots, in every colour of the rainbow, in sizes 5-10+ will be organized by size for easy access. Admission is $5.00, and every pair of boots or shoes will be priced at $5.00 We appreciate donations; so please keep this in mind. Drop-off locations and dates will be announced at a later date.