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Third Sunday of Lent

15 March 2020


The water that I shall give will turn into a spring, welling up to eternal life.




As we approach the halfway point of our Lenten journey, we hear in today’s Gospel how Jesus was also in the middle of a journey.  He knew what it is to feel helpless, parched and weary.  Understanding human need, Jesus offers an experience of God’s Spirit to quench our deepest longings.


Todays Readings


First Reading: Exodus 17:3-7


The Israelites, dying of thirst in the desert, begin to doubt God’s love for them.  At God’s command, Moses strikes the rock with his staff.  Out gushes water.


Second Reading: Romans 5:1-2, 5-8


God’s love is overflowing.  That is why Christ came to save us, and not because we deserve it.  Trusting in God’s love, we face the future with hope.


Gospel: John 4:5-42


The conversion of Samaria begins when Jesus stops by a well, where he meets a woman coming to draw water.  She gives him a drink; he, in turn, offers her the living water of God’s Spirit.



Monday, 16 March

9:00 a.m.  Msgr. Clement – Chris Jones

5:15 p.m.  Giovanni Circelli – Circelli Family

Tuesday, 17 March

9:00 a.m.    Angelita Bagtas – Amado & Marietta Marcial

5:15 p.m.  Joe Kelly – The Bennett Family

Wednesday, 18 March

9:00 a.m.    Jerome & Eileen McHenry – Patty McHenry & Family

10:30 a.m. Extendicare – Souls in Purgatory

5:15 p.m.  Rhand Nantel – Judite Castro

Thursday, 19 March

 9:00 a.m. Elizabeth McLaren – Estelle Walsh

5:15 p.m.  Jane Meeks – Natalia, Gloria, Luis De Matos Family

Friday,  20 March

9:00 a.m.  Special Intentions

5:15  p.m. Deceased Members of Ben, Menjoy & Vidal Families – Genevieve Vidal

Saturday, 21 March

9:00 a.m.  Wilfred Slater – Jeanette Jardine

5:15 p.m.  Catherine Joyce – Carol Kavanaugh

Sunday, 22 March

9:00 a.m.  Liliana Gemignani (1st Anniversary) – Paula Genignani

11:00 a.m.    People of the Parish

NEXT WEEK 21-22 March 2020






Eucharistic Ministers





21 Mar.

5:15 p.m.


H. Pasko

B. Greigson

Deacon Wojcik


J. Bennett


I. Stewart

A. Kelly

R. Webb

P. Greenwood



22 Mar.

9:00 a.m.


M. Tudin

M. Cervenko


N. Haunts

Sr. Kalchbrenner


R. Emmons

S. Eves

T. McCue

D. Neddow



22 Mar.

11:00 a.m.


Sr. M. Gerretsen

K. Burbank


L. Donoghue

T. Donoghue


I. Stewart

I. Mackenzie

F. Asuncion

J. Ferreira






21 Mar.

5:15 p.m.



22 Mar.

9:00 a.m.



22 Mar.

11:00 a.m.





R. Canning

S. Drumm


H. Watt

B. Baker

A. McCaugherty

O. Muise


E. Samson


A. Hung


Junior Liturgy





March Break

No Junior



March Break

No Junior




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; Kathy Macera.




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.




THE FLU SEASON continues!!  For that reason, some may prefer not to shake hands at the Sign of Peace.  So please understand, if the person beside you chooses to exchange a smile, a nod or a wave instead of the traditional handshake. KFL&A Public Health recommends the following ways to help stop the spread of the flu: wash your hands frequently with soap and water, or use hand sanitizer; avoid touching your face; cover your coughs and sneezes with your arm, not your hand; if you are sick, stay at home.  Thank you.


FREE BOOKS There are a number of books that have been donated to the church that you are free to take.  You may find a few of them in the St. Joseph’s Room and the remainder are in the bookcase in the sacristy.  Please feel free to take what interests you home to read.


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.


PARTNERS IN MISSION FOOD BANK Food Bags will be collected this weekend, 14-15 March 2020.  Thank you for your continued support.


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 Novena 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.


NINTH ANNUAL PRESENTATION OF THE STATIONS OF THE CROSS will take place on Monday, 6 April 2020, at 7;00 p.m., in the church.  All parishioners are invited to pray the Stations of the Cross with a dramatic presentation by St. Joseph’s Youth Group.  Refreshments will follow in the parish hall.  For information, contact Alison at bogle@alcdsb.onlca, or Angela at 613-547-8116.


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.  Masses at St. Josephs will be cancelled to allow parishioners to attend.


WORLD YOUTH DAY 2020 Pope Francis’ Message for the 35th World Youth Day has been published and is available at Vatican: This year’s WYD will be held at the diocesan level on the theme; “Young man, I sat to you, ‘Arise’.” (Lk 7:14)




BIRTHRIGHT KINGSTON is looking for compassionate, non-judgmental individuals who desire to bring hope and encouragement to pregnant women and their pre-born children.  Call 613-546-5433, or email for information.


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, 17 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, “Healing Through Laughter.”


SOLEMN SUNG VESPERS will be sung for the Solemnity of St. Joseph on Wednesday, 18 March 2020, at 7:00 p.m., at St. Mary’s Cathedral.  The St. Mary’s Cathedral Choir will be joined by members of the Ecclesiastical Schola of Our Lady Seat of Wisdom College, Barry’s Bay.  For information, call 613-546-5521.


PASSION OF JESUS ACCORDING TO THE SHROUD OF TURIN The Secular Franciscan Fraternity of Kingston invites you to share in the Passion of Jesus according to the Shroud of Turin.  Friar Ed Debono, OFM Conv., will preside at this Ecumenical event on Tuesday, 24 March 2020, from 7:00-8:30 p.m., at the Salvation Army Citadel, 818 Centennial Drive.  Major (Retired) Patrick Lublink, OEF, will be the presenter.  A full-size replica of the Shroud will be on display, starting at 6:30 p.m.  A free-will offering will be gratefully accepted, and all proceeds will go to the Salvation Army.  All are welcome.


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.  The topic will be, “The Temperament God Gave You.”  For information, contact


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