The Epiphany of the Lord
8 January 2017
“We saw his star as it rose and have come to do him homage.”
We come together on the feast of the Epiphany to celebrate the revelation of Jesus as saviour of all people, represented by the wise men who were guided to him by the light of the star.
First Reading: Isaiah 60:1-6
Israel will return from exile in Babylon, and Jerusalem will be restored. God’s presence in the new Jerusalem will radiate such a light that it will attract all nations through faith.
Second Reading: Ephesians 3:2-3, 5-6
Paul announces the hidden mystery revealed to him through the Spirit: Jewish and non-Jewish people are no longer divided but united in the body of Christ.
Gospel: Matthew 2:1-12
Matthew recounts the quest of the wise men to find the infant king of the Jews and pay him homage. It then compares their courage and faith as Gentiles with the fear and falsity of King Herod.
MASSES FOR THE WEEK
Monday, 9 January
9:00 a.m. Ken Lillis (2nd Anniversary) – Sharon, Scott & Andrea
5:15 p.m. Manuel Carquez – Cecilia Melo
Tuesday, 10 January
9:00 a.m. Ken Kehoe – Mary McLean
5:15 p.m. Bernard Crossley – Cathy Mihalic & Family
Wednesday, 11 January
9:00 a.m. Sandra & Antonio Del Prete – Gennaro, Alberto & Family
10:30 a.m. Extendicare – Frank Catlin – Margaret Jewitt
5:15 p.m. Patricia Coulter – Coulter Family
Thursday, 12 January
9:00 a.m. William Murphy – Theresa Murphy
5:15 p.m. Annunziata Evangelista – The Family
Friday, 13 January
9:00 a.m. Gerard Levesque (10th Anniversary) – Fran Levesque
5:15 p.m. Bill Melenhorst – Leon & Anne Garrett
Saturday, 14 January
9:00 a.m. Carlo Mazzolin -The Family
5:15 p.m. Marie de Bouter – Rika Blaksley
Sunday, 15 January
9:00 a.m. Guiseppe Ranieri – Susan Overvelde
11:00 a.m. People of the Parish
NEXT WEEK – 14-15 January 2017
F. Jingsen Cao
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.
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, especially Rose Koen.
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 DONATIONS St. Joseph’s Parish Year-End occurred on 31 December; therefore, donations received after this date will need to be recorded in 2017. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.
2017 ENVELOPES are available for pick-up at the back of the church. If you are currently not using envelopes but wish to do so, please contact the parish office at 613-547-5004 to request them, or complete the sign-up sheet on the table beside the envelopes. Once the New Year arrives, please do not use the previous year’s envelopes, as the number may be different. Thank you.
JUNIOR LITURGY Junior Liturgy will resume this Sunday, 8 January 2017.
NEWS FROM THE CATHOLIC WOMEN’S LEAGUE The General Meeting will take place on Monday, 9 January 2017, at 7:00 p.m., in the parish hall. Our featured speaker is Bev Burns, who will tell us all about self-love, self-esteem, self-awareness and self-defense. Any female parishioners 16 and older are welcome to join us!
BUILDING FUND The monthly collection of the Building Fund will take place this weekend, 7-8 January 2017. Your support continues to make a difference. Thank you.
PARTNERS IN MISSION FOOD BANK Food Bags will be distributed this weekend, 7-8 January 2017, for return on the weekend of 14-15 January. Thank you for your continued support.
ST. JOSEPH’S YOUTH GROUP will gather on Friday, 13 January 2017, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. This meeting will include Stations of the Cross pageant planning and assignment of roles; so students desiring to be involved with the Stations’ presentation are strongly encouraged to attend. All students are welcome. For further information, contact Alison Bogle at email@example.com or Angela Lorbetskie at 613-547-8116.
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.
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.
ATTEND THE 2017 STOP THE CENSORSHIP TOUR IN BELLEVILLE! Canada is the only country in the world that does not regulate abortion. We need a law in Canada! Attend the Stop Censorship Tour presentation at St. Michael’s Parish Centre in Belleville on Monday, 9 January 2017, at 7:30 p.m. Hear that the government of Ontario actively hides abortion statistics to frustrate advancing pre-born human rights. Featured speakers are lawyer John Sikkema, from the Association for Reformed Political Action; Mike Schouten, Director of WeNeedALaw.ca and Pat Maloney, an Ottawa based pro-life blogger. Contact Casey Knegt at firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER If you would like to improve your marriage, deepen your love, live more happily together, and draw closer to each other, the Marriage Encounter program can help. It is an experience which focusses on communication between husband and wife. It is an opportunity to spend a weekend together away from the distractions and the tensions of everyday life and to concentrate on each other as a couple. The next weekend will take place in Ottawa on 20-22 January 2017. To register, please call Sally & Wayne Fink at 613-777-0262 or email email@example.com. Information may be found at www.wwmw.org.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.