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Third Sunday of Lent

24 March 2019


“Unless you repent, you will al perish as they did.”




Today we are asked to see tragic events as opportunities for reflection.  They are not occasions for us to apportion blame or discern the finger of fate.  Rather, we are asked to renew our sense of dependence on God and strengthen the commitment of our lives to God.


Todays Readings


First Reading: Exodus 3:1-8, 13-15


The Lord reveals himself to Moses as the one who will always be with his people.


Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 10:1-6, 10-12


We are asked to learn from the lessons of the past.


Gospel: Luke 13:1-9


Tragic events are not signs of God’s punishment for us, but spurs for us to change our ways.




Monday, 25 March

9:00 a.m.  George Teves – Parents

5:15 p.m.  Richard Pinard – Tetro Family

Tuesday, 26 March

9:00 a.m.    Deceased Members of te Pattenden, Black & Riley Families – Gerry & Annetta

5:15 p.m.  James Kelly – Thomas Coulter

Wednesday, 27 March

9:00 a.m.    Intentions of Stuart McLaren – Gloria McLaren

10:30 a.m. Extendicare – Constance Wright – Miriam Van Vlymen

5:15 p.m.  Sheele Yousaf – Usha Roy & Abida Samson

Thursday, 28 March

9:00 a.m. Teodorico de Matos & Parents – Natalia & Family

5:15 p.m. Elisio Ponte & Extended Family Members – Lidia Ponte

Friday,  29 March

9:00 a.m. Guy Roy (4th Anniversary) – Gervais Roy

5:15  p.m.  Flora Mundacruz – The Family

Saturday, 30 March

9:00 a.m. Ventura & Angelica Dos Santos – Elena & Venancio Dos Santos

5:15 p.m. Mary Ellen Jefferies – Mary Sampica & Family

Sunday, 31 March

9:00 a.m.  Jesus de la Fuente – Romy & Lily Ramos

11:00 a.m.     People of the Parish

NEXT WEEK 30-31 March 2019






Eucharistic Ministers





30 Mar.

5:15 p.m.


C. Jones

J. Saunders

Deacon Wojcik


M. Marcial


F. Carter

A. Kelly

R. Lachance

D. Mazzolin



31 Mar.

9:00 a.m.


M. Addai

M. Cervenko


N. Haunts

Sr. Kalchbrenner


R. Emmons

S. Eves

T. McCue

D. Neddow



31 Mar.

11:00 a.m.


A. Doctolero

M. Farrell


C. Kavanaugh

N. Balla


L. Garrett

P. Greenwood

B. Krasna

D. Kurman






30 Mar.

5:15 p.m.



31 Mar.

9:00 a.m.



31 Mar.

11:00 a.m.





R. Canning

M. Drumm


B. Evaristo

M. Castro

C. Udovc


A. Hung

E. Samson

K. Soriano


Junior Liturgy





A. Baxby

J. Williams


H. Ottenhof-              Duncan

M. Mussari



Please remember in your prayers the following: Alex C.; Matthew Hennessey; Rosa Macedo; Marie MacNeill; Judy Dowling; Ossie Fisher; Millie Lane; Chandra Gibson; Joe Saccon; Brian Coffey; James Parsons; Trudy Potvin; Marcus Hacault; Rob Hurst; Jane Meeks.


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.




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 invited to this beautiful prayer of the Church.


SPIRITUAL INQUIRY The next gathering will be held on Thursday, 28 March 2019, from 7:00-8:30 p.m.  The topic will be, “The Freedom of Forgiveness.”  Although a core belief of our Catholic faith and promised by God to His people, extending forgiveness to others can be emotionally challenging, yet so spiritually rewarding.


LENTEN PENANCE CELEBRATION The Lenten Penance Celebration for St. Joseph’s will be held on Sunday, 31 March 2019, 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 The next Hospitality Sunday will take place on Sunday, 31 March 2019, after the 9:00 & 11:00 a.m. Masses.  Our gracious host will be St. Paul Catholic School. Please join us for fellowship and refreshments.


SOCIAL & ECOLOGICAL JUSTICE MEETING will take place on Wednesday, 3 April 2019, at 7:00 p.m., in the sacristy.


REMINDER: SHARE THE JOURNEY WALK On Saturday, 6 April 2019, the 5km walk will depart at 10:00 a.m., from Holy Family Church, 130 Wiley Street.  We hope that many will join us and raise funds in solidarity with the 68.5 million children, women, and men who have been forced to flee their homes.  For all questions, please contact Alice Gazeley, at 613-544-0485.  Those who cannot join us are invited to walk on an individual basis, with family and/or friends.  To find out about other ways you can act in solidarity with forced migrants, please go to




LOSS, GRIEF & QUEST FOR MEANING Wednesday, 27 March 2019, from 7:00-9:00 p.m., at the Octave Theatre, École secondaire catholique Marie-Rivier, 711 Dalton Avenue.  Dr. Robert Neimeyer, Ph.D., one of the foremost authorities on grief and bereavement, will discuss how individuals and families negotiate loss as they strive to manage emotional challenges of mourning and reconstruct a continuing bond with a loved one who is physically absent but psychologically present.  Cost is $10.00 per person.  Register at, call 613-542-5013 X 9, or contact  Tickets available at the door.


REGIOPOLIS-NOTRE DAME CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL Parent-Teacher interviews will take place on Thursday, 28 March, and may be booked on-line on the RND website, beginning 20 March at 8:00 a.m.


HOLY CROSS CATHOLIC SECONDARY SCHOOL Parent-Teacher interviews will take place on Wednesday, 27 March, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. and 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Visit HCToday website for instructions on booking interviews.


NEW FAITH ON FIRE PRAYER GROUP You are warmly welcome to join upcoming events of Praise, Worship, Prayer, and Fellowship, on Tuesdays, 26 March, 2 & 9 April, from 7:30-9:00 p.m. (following Adoration, 6:00-7:30 p.m.), at St. Paul the Apostle Church.  On Thursday, 4 April, 7:00-9:00 p.m., Tom Edwards, International Lay Evangelist, will share his teaching ministry to proclaim the promise and power of the Holy Spirit, at St. Paul the Apostle Parish Centre. Free-will offering will be accepted.


SEPARATED AND/OR DIVORCED Are you, or someone you know, experiencing the trauma of a Separation and/or Divorce?  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, 2 April 2019, from 7:30-9:00 p.m., at Francis J. Spence Pastoral Centre, 390 Palace Road, Kingston.  For information, call 613-548-4461.  All faith denominations are welcome.


EUCHRE Come join us for Euchre at St. Patrick’s Parish Centre, 179 West Street, Napanee, on Saturdays, 6 April, 4 May and 1 June, starting at 7:00 p.m.  Cost is $5.00 per person; this includes ten games, prizes and light snacks.  Call 613-539-9489 for inquiries.


ARE YOU IN YOUR 20s OR 30s? The Salve Regina society is a Catholic fellowship group for young adults in Kingston, centered on faith, fun and fellowship.  The next event, “Living the Faith Amidst Pop Culture,” will be held on 11 April 2019, at 7:30 p.m., at The Keg (King Street).  For information contact


PROVIDENCE SPIRITUALITY CENTRE is offering a number of Lenten retreats:  “I believe in Jesus Christ,” 4-8 April; Holy Week Directed Retreat, 14-21 April; Spring Seniors’ Christian Spirituality Series “Canticles in Scripture,” 2-26 May.  Please contact the office at 613-542-8826, at least 2 weeks prior to the retreat to register, or for more information.


SPRING DINNER & DANCE on Saturday, 27 April 2019, from 5:00-11:00 p.m., with music by Odette, and catering by Karawana Fine Dining, at Rideau Acres, in support of Neeje Assoc for Women & Family, a charity inspired by St. Josemaria Escriva. Tickets on‑line at  Call Irene at 613‑549‑7421 for info. All are welcome.


PURSUIT OF GLORY CATHOLIC MENS CONFERENCE Put on the Armor of Christ.  This conference will be held on Saturday, 27 April 2019, from 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m., at the Donald Gordon Conference Centre, Queen’s University.  International Catholic speaker, Greg Wasinski, will join us from Illinois.  There will be Holy Mass, three conferences, a gourmet lunch and snacks.  Cost is $55.00.  Registration is limited.  Please call Kyle Grace at 613-544-9227, or contact Fr. Shawn Hughes at, or online at


ONE MILLION ROSARIES FOR UNBORN BABIES a multinational pro-life prayer event is scheduled for 3, 4 and 5 May 2019.  Persons participating will pray at least one Rosary for the protection of the unborn.  For details and to register, visit website


TOTUS TUUS CATHOLIC SUMMER CAMP Registration is open for youth in the Archdiocese of Kingston.  A faith-based week-long camp that includes faith activities, skits, sports, crafts, music and outdoor fun.  Visit for information and to register.  Financial contributions to sponsor children are welcome.  Call Nadia at 613-484-2446 for information

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