Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
15 January 2017
“I saw the Spirit coming down on him from heaven and resting on him.”
At his baptism, Jesus was proclaimed God’s beloved Son and anointed with the Holy Spirit. We who are baptized into life with Jesus are also called to serve as God’s instruments in the world, co-creators with Jesus in bringing about God’s kingdom.
First Reading: Isaiah 49:3, 5-6
God’s servant is called to bring all people to God, to be “the light of all nations so that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.”
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:1-3
Paul prays that the people of Corinth will experience the grace and peace of Christ, and be called into communion with one another and with Christ.
Gospel: John 1:29-34
John the Baptist saw the Spirit of God come down upon Jesus in the form of a dove and identifies Jesus as “the Chosen One of God” and “the lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world.”
MASSES FOR THE WEEK
Monday, 16 January
9:00 a.m. Michael Cowan – Sandra & Peter Skebo
5:15 p.m. Michael Callaghan – The Family
Tuesday, 17 January
9:00 a.m. Lena Gleason – Marylou Staddon
5:15 p.m. Frank Murphy – Ron & Karen Dillon & Family
Wednesday, 18 January
9:00 a.m. George Teves – Parents
10:30 a.m. Extendicare – Jerome McHenry – John & Carol Dwyre
5:15 p.m. Ugo Bianckini – Edvige Mazzolin
Thursday, 19 January
9:00 a.m. Forgotten Souls in Purgatory – Chris Jones & Family
5:15 p.m. Mavis Bracken – Tony Bracken
Friday, 20 January
9:00 a.m. Anne McConnell Strong – Maggie, Peter & children of Stevens Family
10:30 a.m. School Mass – Teresa Foster – Cotnam Family
5:15 p.m. Socorro Linsangan – Roger & Lorna Castro
Saturday, 21 January
9:00 a.m. Giovanni Circelli -The Family
5:15 p.m. Rita Monk (13th Anniversary) – Anna Monk
Sunday, 22 January
9:00 a.m. Deceased Members of the Fabbro & Chiandotto Families – Dino & Regina Fabbro
11:00 a.m. People of the Parish
NEXT WEEK – 21-22 January 2017
PRAYERS FOR THOSE WHO ARE ILL
Please remember in your prayers the following: Willie Wylemans; Terry Kot; Kerry Kozak; Taylor Emond; Taryn Emond; Hermina Lawlor; Helen O’Brien; Teresa Tenuta; Marcus Hacault; Katherine Yager; Barbara Giff; Bertram Mapp; Alden Mapp; Konner Curry; Sue Hunter; Lee Plumpton; Joan Wray; Helen Taillon; Peter Solis; Yvonne Vickers; Margaret Pilcher; Kathy Veley; Tony Deodato; Ciara Ryckman; Jean Wells; Todd O’Handley; Cathy Campbell; Josh Witjes.
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.
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.
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.
2016 INCOME TAX RECEIPTS are available for pick-up in the parish office until 31 January 2017, at which time they will be placed at the back of the church for pick-up after Mass.
ST. JOSEPH’S VISITOR PROGRAMME A number of parishioners of St. Joseph’s may find it increasingly difficult to get out much, particularly in these winter months. Even getting to church may be a challenge, and yet you would like to keep contact with your parish. You may be living in your own home, a seniors’ residence or a nursing home.
If you, or someone whom you know, would appreciate having someone visit on behalf of the parish, please phone the parish office at 613-547-5004, and make arrangements for a visit. We look forward to hearing from you.
PARTNERS IN MISSION FOOD BANK Food Bags will be collected this weekend 14-15 January. Thank you for your continued support.
CATHOLIC WOMEN’S LEAGUE MEMBERSHIP DRIVE The Catholic Women’s League of Canada is a national organization rooted in Gospel values, calling its members to holiness through service to the people of God. The Annual Membership Drive will take place 14-15 & 21-22 January 2017 here at St. Joseph’s. CWL members will be at the church entrances at all Masses to receive your membership renewal fees of $20.00 for 2017. New members, women from age 16 and older, are always welcome! Transfers from other church are also accepted at this time.
SACRAMENTS OF FIRST RECONCILIATION AND 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, 17 January 2017, 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 the weekend of 28-29 January 2017.
HOSPITALITY SUNDAY will take place on Sunday, 29 January 2017, 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.
SPIRITUAL INQUIRY The first gathering of the Spiritual Inquiry will be held on Wednesday, 1 February 2017, from 7:00-8:00 p.m. in the church hall. It is an opportunity for parishioners and others to talk about matters of religion, faith and spirituality in a very relaxed, informal and accepting environment. There is no agenda, and participants can put forth for discussion whatever is on their mind at the time. Over the past years, many enlightening topics have been introduced with a variety of interesting responses. You are most welcome and encouraged to participate in this unique session. Coffee & tea will be offered.
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.
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, 17 January 2017, from 7:30-9:30 p.m.. The topic will be “Shattered Dreams: Finding Healing – DVD Guided Discussion.” The topic for 31 January 2017 is “Our Response to Difficult People.” Meetings take place at the Francis J. Spence Pastoral Centre, 390 Palace Road. All faith denominations are welcome.
TAIZÉ PRAYER A time of Taizé prayer will be held on Tuesday, 24 January 2017, at 6:30 p.m., in the Chapel of Mary, Mother of Compassion, Providence Motherhouse. Taizé prayer incorporates song, scripture and silence. It is a time to rest in God. All are welcome.
FAITH DEVELOPMENT Beginning 26 January 2017, the parish of St. John the Evangelist, Gananoque (with the assistance of the Knights of Columbus) will be doing a six-week faith development study group every Thursday, at 6:45 p.m., at St. Joseph Catholic Elementary School, 235 Georgiana Street, Gananoque. Faith, being a gift from God, is not something that we are to stop developing once confirmed or out of school – but a life-long process. So please join us, as we view short videos in which Bishop Robert Barron presents Biblical examples of conversion stories. Discussion will follow in small informal groups in which we will learn from each other. Refreshments available. Please contact St. John’s parish office at 613-382-2017 or by email at email@example.com. Hope to see you there!
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 would appreciate donations; so please keep this in mind. Drop-off locations and dates will be announced at a later date. Everyone is welcome. Join in the fun and excitement.
PILGRIMAGE TO BARCELONA, LOURDES & ROME The year 2017 marks the 50th Anniversary of the founding of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Kingston. As part of the celebrations for this important milestone, the Parish is hosting a Pilgrimage to Barcelona, Lourdes & Rome, from 10-20 October 2017. Seats are available, and may be reserved with a deposit of $250.00, which is fully refundable until 11 April 2017. This Pilgrimage of thanksgiving will take us to Lourdes, the very place where Our Blessed Mother appeared to St. Bernadette. Please join us, as we offer gratitude to Almighty God for the great blessings of the first fifty years of our beloved Parish. For information, please contact Anne Routhier at Maritime Travel at 613-389-8170.