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Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
22 January 2017

“Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”


Jesus took ordinary and humble people and made them heralds and apostles of the kingdom of God. He can empower us all to become workers in the vineyard of the Lord.

Today’s Readings

First Reading: Isaiah 8:23-9:3

The prophet foresees the great day of liberation when the Lord will visit his people.

Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:10;13, 17

Paul reminds the Corinthians that the person of Christ and his sacrificial death and resurrection are the basis of their unity.

Gospel: Matthew 4:12-23

Jesus proclaims that the prophecy of Isaiah is being fulfilled in his own person, and he begins to gather the apostles about him.


Monday, 23 January
9:00 a.m. Intentions of Raymond Degbey
5:15 p.m. Maureen Lynch – Mike & Diane Foley
Tuesday, 24 January
9:00 a.m. Ernest & Bernie MacEachen – Anne MacEachen
5:15 p.m. Terri Lynn Wilson – Anne & Leon Garrett
Wednesday, 25 January
9:00 a.m. Joe Melo – Doris & Joe Nielissen
10:30 a.m. Extendicare – Elisio Ponte & Extended Family Members – Lidia Ponte
5:15 p.m. June Sears – The Family
Thursday, 26 January
9:00 a.m. Anne McConnell-Strong – Claire Kelly
5:15 p.m. Margaret Radley – The Family
Friday, 27 January
9:00 a.m. William Bernardi – Brenda Murphy
5:15 p.m. Christopher Nicholas Edwards – The Family
Saturday, 28 January
9:00 a.m. Flora Mundacruz – Millie Mundacruz
5:15 p.m. Harry Ottenhof – Herminio & Liseta Medeiros
Sunday, 29 January
9:00 a.m. Those Suffering from War & Violence – Yeshi Redda
11:00 a.m. People of the Parish
NEXT WEEK – 28-29 January 2017

Eucharistic Ministers

28 Jan.
5:15 p.m.
R. Coughlan
M-A. Wojcik
Dcn. Wojcik
T. Murphy
S. Peck
A. Kelly
R. Lachance
P. Scott

29 Jan.
9:00 a.m.
M. McLaughlin
F. Walker
Dcn. Wojcik
F. Lovie
S. Eves
T. McCue
D. Kurman
D. Neddow

29 Jan.
11:00 a.m.
F. Machado
C. Machado
Dcn. Wojcik
S. Fragoso
J. Ferreira
L. Garrett
P. Greenwood
B. Krasna

28 Jan.
5:15 p.m.
29 Jan.
9:00 a.m.
29 Jan.
11:00 a.m.
Altar Servers
S. Sedore
O. Gowsell
I. Simoes
F. Jingsen Cao
C. Watts
R. Watts
I. Watts
D. Fernandes
T. Fernandes
M. Brooks

Junior Liturgy
K. Turkington
P. Bullock
P. Krasna
G. Goncalves

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; Marie McNeil; Rosemarie McUen.

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.


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.

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 this weekend, 21-22 January 2017, here at St. Joseph’s. CWL members will be at 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.

FIRST RECONCILIATION AND FIRST COMMUNION ENROLMENT CEREMONY will take place next weekend, 28-29 January 2076 at all the Masses. All parents of grade two students who wish that their children celebrate the Sacrament of First Holy Communion and First Reconciliation here at St. Joseph’s are asked to contact the parish office, at 613-547-5004, as soon as possible if you have not already registered.

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.


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, 31 January 2017, at the Francis J. Spence Pastoral Centre, 390 Palace Road, and the topic will be “Our Response to Difficult People.” All 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 Hope to see you there!

CURSILLISTAS You are invited to an ULTREYA on Sunday, 29 January 2017, at 2:00 p.m., at St. John the Apostle Church hall, 88 Patrick Street. This consists of a witness talk, response, small groups, music and prayer. This will be followed by a potluck at 4:00 p.m.. All Cursillastas are invited to join us. Please bring something for the potluck. Call Diane & Mike at 613-546-6224 for information, or email

DEVELOPMENT & PEACE – CELEBRATING 50 YEARS Did you know that 2017 will be the 50th Share Lent campaign of the Catholic Church in Canada for Development & Peace? For over 50 years we have been working to end global prverty. You are invited to join us for a special 50th Anniversary Celebration and Mass with Archbishop O’Brien on Sunday, 5 February 2017, at 10:30 a.m., at St. Mary’s Cathedral. Come and see our special solidarity quilt as it makes its pilgrimage across Canada with every diocese contributing a patch, including ours! Please join us, following Mass, for a short Share Lent workshop and lunch from 12:30-2:00 p.m., at St. Mary’s Parish Centre, on the 2017 campaign entitled, “Women at the Heart of Change.” Help us make our 50th Share Lent the best one ever in your parish.

REGIOPOLIS-NOTRE DAME CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL will host a Grade 8 Information Night on Thursday, 16 February 2017. General Information Session is from 6:00-7:00 p.m., with the International Baccalaureate Programme Information Session from 7:00-7:30 p.m., in the Cafetorium, 130 Russell Street. There will be an open house from 7:00-8:00 p.m. For information, call 613-545-1907.

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.

PILGRIMAGE TO BARCELONA, LOURDES & ROME Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Kingston is celebrating their 50th anniversary by hosting a Pilgrimage to Barcelona, Lourdes & Rome, from 10-20 October 2017. For information, contact Anne Routhier at Maritime Travel at 613-389-8170.