Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
29 January 2017
“Theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
News often needs some explaining. Our task is not only to hear the Good News proclaimed by Jesus but to make clear its meaning to others.
First Reading: Zephaniah 2:3, 3:12-13
Like many prophets, Zephaniah stresses the need for people to seek out the Lord, to heed his word and to become a humble people.
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:26-31
God chose those who are deemed weak in the eyes of the world to be God’s own.
Gospel: Matthew 5:1-12
Jesus outlines those to whom the kingdom of God belongs, including those who are poor in spirit, the merciful, those who mourn and those who hunger and thirst for what is right.
MASSES FOR THE WEEK
Monday, 30 January
9:00 a.m. Maria Oh – Rosa Kwak
5:15 p.m. Margaret McDonald – Paul & Mary Dowling
Tuesday, 31 January
9:00 a.m. Rodolfo Quintana – Jose & Lolita Quintana
5:15 p.m. Jose Melo – Herman & Mary Overvelde
Wednesday, 1 February
9:00 a.m. Dianne Dutcher – Gerry & Annetta Pattenden
10:30 a.m. Extendicare – Edward Kennedy – Lorna & Roger Castro (moved from 4 January 2017)
5:15 p.m. Carlo Mazzolin – The Family
Thursday, 2 February
9:00 a.m. Sandra & Antonio Del Prete – Gennaro, Alberto & Family
5:15 p.m. Frank Murphy – Zita Fisher
Friday, 3 February
9:00 a.m. Mary McLean – Kathy & Bryan Heximer
10:00 a.m. Kingsdale Château – Jerome McHenry – Georgina Langille
5:15 p.m. John MacLean – Lorraine Bourque
Saturday, 4 February
9:00 a.m. Gregorio de la Fuente – Romy & Lily Ramos
5:15 p.m. Teresinha Medeiros – Herminio & Liseta Medeiros
Sunday, 5 February
9:00 a.m. Betty Riopelle – Jamie, Darlene & Monica Cassell
11:00 a.m. People of the Parish
NEXT WEEK – 4-5 February 2017
Sr. D. Fournier
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; 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; Gloria Bonello.
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.
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.
HOSPITALITY SUNDAY will take place this Sunday, 29 January 2017, after the 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. Masses. Please join us in the parish hall for fellowship and refreshments.
SPIRITUAL INQUIRY The first 2017 gathering of the Spiritual Inquiry will be held on Wednesday, 1 February 2017, from 7:00-8:30 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.
FIRST FRIDAY DEVOTION On Friday, 3 February 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.
ST. BLAISE – BLESSING OF THE THROATS will take place on Friday, 3 February 2017, at the 9:00 a.m. and 5:15 p.m. Masses.
CATHOLIC MISSIONS IN CANADA COLLECTION A special Diocesan collection for Catholic Missions in Canada will be taken up next weekend, 4-5 February 2017. This collection will be forwarded to the Archdiocese no later than 6 March 2017; please ensure that you have made your donation by this date.
CATHOLIC WOMEN’S LEAGUE If you wish to become a member or to renew your membership, please place your $20.00 fee in an envelope and write your name, address, telephone number and “CWL” on the envelope, and drop in the collection basket by 5 February 2017. The Executive will meet on Monday, 6 February 2017, at 7:00 p.m. in the parish hall.
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.
CURSILLISTAS You are invited to an ULTREYA this 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. All Cursillastas are invited to come out to renew old friendships and meet fellow Cursillastas. Call Diane & Mike at 613-546-6224 for information, or email email@example.com.
DEVELOPMENT & PEACE – CELEBRATING 50 YEARS Did you know that 2017 will be the 50th Share Lent campaign for Development & Peace? For over 50 years we have been working to end global poverty. 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 theme, “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.
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? Would you like the Sacred Scriptures to be opened up in a new and exciting way? Do you want to experience His Mercy? Do you want your family to be converted? Do you expect a healing for you or someone you love? 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or attend the orientation meeting on Tuesday, 28 February 2017, at 7:00 p.m., at St. Francis Xavier Parish, Belleville. 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.