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First Sunday of Lent

1 March 2020


You must worship the Lord your God.




The beginning of every cure is the diagnosis.  Find out what is wrong; then find a way to fix it.  Lent is the diagnosis, and Easter is the cure.


Todays Readings


First Reading: Genesis 2:7-9, 3:1-7


A way to lie is to tell people what they want to hear, for pride makes us gullible.


Second Reading: Romans 5:12-19


Death entered the world through sin; God’s life entered the world through Jesus.


Gospel: Matthew 4:1-11


Friends do not use each other; but, if he cannot make us deny God, Satan wishes us to use God, so that we will not be friends with God.



Monday, 2 March

9:00 a.m.  Nicola Balumbo – Josephine Saccon

5:15 p.m.    Herminio Medeiros – Joe & Lucy Meireles

Tuesday, 3 March

9:00 a.m.  Beverly Catlin – Pat Catlin

5:15 p.m.  Luisa Praticante – The Family

Wednesday, 4 March

9:00 a.m.  Joseph & Victoria Vidovic – Neda Radic

10:30 a.m. Extendicare – Theresa Matthews – John & Geraldine Stewart

5:15 p.m.  Armand Godin – Tanya Millan

Thursday, 5 March

 9:00 a.m. Isagani Briñoza – Marietta & Amado Marcial

5:15 p.m.  Clair Kearns – Wilma Kearns

Friday,  6 March

9:00 a.m.  Donald Phelan – Estelle Walsh

10:00 a.m. Kingsdale Château – Ted McCue – Elaine Hamilton

5:15  p.m.   Hector & Jeanette Ranger – Krasna Family

Saturday, 7 March

9:00 a.m.  Jose Quintana – Lolita Quintana & Family

5:15 p.m.  Manuel Medeiros – Larry & Pat Rochefort

Sunday, 8 March

9:00 a.m.  Alexander, Isabelle Elwood & Dell Potter & Shirley & Leon Dillon – Audrey Lacey

11:00 a.m.  People of the Parish

NEXT WEEK 7-8 March 2020






Eucharistic Ministers





7 Mar.

5:15 p.m.


V. Gowsell

M-A. Wojcik

Deacon Wojcik


P. Gowsell


F. Carter

A. Kelly

R. Lachance

R. Webb



8 Mar.

9:00 a.m.


A. Baker

M. Cervenko

Deacon Wojcik


M. Muise


S. Eves

T. McCue

D. Neddow

T. Raine



8 Mar.

11:00 a.m.


N. Balla

C. Kavanaugh

Deacon Wojcik


F. Levesque


F. Asuncion

J. Ferreira

L. Garrett

P. Greenwood






7 Mar.

5:15 p.m.



8 Mar.

9:00 a.m.



8 Mar.

11:00 a.m.





S. Drumm

A. Lett


B. Baker

M. Castro

A. Watt

A. McCaugherty


A. Hung

M. Taylor

K. Soriano


Junior Liturgy





P. Bullock

M. Downey


A. Doctolero

A. Lorbestski



Please remember in your prayers the following: James Parsons; Judy Dowling; Millie Lane; John Dowling; Desmond Dowling; Steve Bruce; Laure Unger; Joe Fonseca; Marc M;  Rob Hurst; Teresa Khidir; Angeli Asenci; Kathleen Forsyth; Diane Lavery; Pat Gilmartin; Donna C.; Eileen Teppett; Jordyn Haunts Geddes; Erin Sullivan; Lu Raposo; Jill Jodoin; Ken Linseman; Marcus Hacault; Annie Mastorakos; Natalie Malenfant; Trudy Potvin; Vivian Blacklock.




You are asked to remember in prayer those recently deceased, especially Mary Appiah; Steve Cervenko; Jeffrey Spencer; Giovanna Repetti; Santo Carfa.


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.



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.


CATHOLIC WOMEN LEAGUE will hold their Executive Meeting on Tuesday, 3 March 2020, at 2:00 p.m., in the parish hall.  The General Meeting will take place on Monday, 9 March 2020, at 7:00 p.m., in the parish hall.  The guest speaker will be Martha Beach, Developmental Services Ontario Housing Coordinator, as part of the services by Extend-A-Family.  Operating in Kingston since 1981, it is a not-for-profit organization that provides services to individuals with a developmental disability and their families.  All parishioners welcome.


FIRST FRIDAY DEVOTION On Friday, 6 March 2020, 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.


YOUTH GROUP will gather on Friday, 6 March, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., and Saturday, 7 March, from 1:00-4:00 p.m., to practice for the 9th Annual Lenten Presentation.  Students wishing to participate in the Lenten presentation must make the commitment to attend all practices.  For information, contact Angela at 613-547-8116, or Alison at


CATHOLIC WOMEN’S LEAGUE ANNUAL SPRING BAKE SALE will take place on 7-8 March 2020, after all Masses.  There will be pies, cookies, squares, loaves, scones and many other delicious goodies.  Be sure to visit the Parish Hall to see all that is available.


BUILDING FUND  The monthly collection of the Building Fund will take place next weekend, 7-8 March 2020. Thank you.


FIRST RECONCILIATION &  FIRST HOLY COMMUNION.  The Enrollment Ceremony will take place at the Masses on 28-29 March 2020.  First Reconciliation will be held on Tuesday, 14 April 2020, at 7:00 p.m., and First Communion will take place on Sunday, 3 May 2020, at the 11:00 a.m. Mass.  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 fill out a registration form at either parish school, or visit the office to complete a Registration Form by 13 March 2020.


MUSICAL AFTERNOON On Thursday, 12 March 2020, 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, 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.  Come and bring a friend or two!  A free‑will monetary offering would be appreciated.


DAY OF PRAYER FOR CANADA will take place on Thursday, 19 March 2020, from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.  Parishes of the Central Deanery will offer a Day of Prayer.  Regular Masses will be held at 9:00 a.m and 5:15 p.m.  Each hour, on the hour, between these Masses, volunteers will pray the rosary of St. Joseph, sing the new hymn ‘St. Joseph our Patron,’ and the Litany of St. Joseph.  All are welcome and urged to participate.  Those who are unable to attend are asked to pray that in our beloved country, “He shall have dominion, from sea to sea.”


LENTEN PENANCE CELEBRATION The Lenten Penance Celebration for St. Joseph’s will be held on Sunday, 22 March 2020, 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.  

With absolution, we are reconciled to God and the Church.


HOSPITALITY SUNDAY Hospitality Sunday will take place on 29 March 2020, after the 9:00 & 11:00 a.m. Masses.  If you are able to provide snacks, please sign up at the entrances.  Please join us for fellowship and refreshments.


CHRISM MASS 2020 Celebrated by Archbishop Michael Mulhall and the Clergy of the Archdiocese.  This Mass is a manifestation of the communion of the clergy with their Archbishop.  All priests and deacons will renew their ordination promises, and the oils used for the Sacramental life of the Church will be blessed and distributed.  All parishioners are invited to attend on Tuesday, 7 April 2020, at 10:30 a.m., at St. Mary’s Cathedral.  Reception to follow.




FLOURISH WOMENS MINISTRY aims to provide women (21+) with a forum for fellowship & faith formation according to the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church.  Please join us every 4th Thursday, the next one will be held on 26 March 2020, from 7:30-9:00 p.m., at St. Mary’s Parish Centre, 260 Brock Street.  For information, contact  The topic will be, “The Temperament God Gave You.”


SEPARATED AND/OR DIVORCED Come to the New Life Group Meeting,  a Catholic Ministry for the Separated and Divorced, on alternate Tuesday evenings.  The next one will take place on Tuesday, 3 March 2020, from 7:30-9:30 p.m., at the Francis J. Spence Pastoral Centre, 390 Palace Road.  For information, call 613-548-4461.  All faith denominations are welcome.  The topic will be, “God Chose What Is Weak in this World.”


BUS TRIP FROM ST. MARY’S CATHEDRAL TO THE “LIFT JESUS HIGH RALLY” on Saturday, 7 March 2020. Bus leaves St. Mary’s Cathedral at 5:00 a.m. and returns to Kingston approximately 9:00 p.m. Cost of round trip transportation (dinner not included) is $80. Tickets to the rally are available (Adults $25, Youth $15).   For information or tickets, contact Ann Lyng at 613‑546‑5521 Ext 5 or at


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