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Fourth Sunday of Lent
26 March 2017

“Blind? If you were, you would not be guilty, but since you say, ‘We see,’ your guilt remains.”

Introduction

Light and darkness; sight and blindness; forgiveness of sin and the fullness of life. All of these are major Lenten themes, and are to be found in the Gospel for today, with which we continue our Lenten journey.

Today’s Readings

First Reading: 1 Samuel 16:1, 6-7, 10-13

Many of Jesse’s sons would have looked the part of king to succeed the disgraced Saul. Yet David, the youngest and almost forgotten, is anointed by Samuel as God’s choice of king.

Second Reading: Ephesians 5:8-14

A people once in darkness are now light in the Lord. As such, we are called to live as children of the light, shunning sin and darkness.

Gospel: John 9:1-41

Jesus cures a man born blind, but, in the discourse that follows, it becomes apparent that those with physical sight can still be in total darkness in terms of awareness of God.

MASSES FOR THE WEEK
Monday, 27 March
9:00 a.m. Deceased Members of the Payne and Halligan Families – Mary Halligan
5:15 p.m. Gino Bidinost – Mrs. Bidinost
Tuesday, 28 March
9:00 a.m. Lucy Circelli & Deceased Members of the Garofalo Family – Josephine Saccon
5:15 p.m. Jerome McHenry – Georgina Langille
Wednesday, 29 March
9:00 a.m. Mass of Thanksgiving – Jose & Lolita Quintana
10:30 a.m. Extendicare – Aileen Reeves – Irvin Albertson
5:15 p.m. Joe Melo – Joe & Grace Pacheco
Thursday, 30 March
9:00 a.m. Bill Walker – Sheila Alarie
5:15 p.m. Frank Murphy – Judith Carty
Friday, 31 March
9:00 a.m. Guy Roy ( 2nd Anniversary) – Gervais Roy
5:15 p.m. Jesus de la Fuente – Romy & Lily Ramos
Saturday, 1 April
9:00 a.m. Special Intention – Gerry & Annetta Pattenden
5:15 p.m. Gianni Toffolo – Sandra & Peter Skebo
Sunday, 2 April
9:00 a.m. Mary Kavanaugh – Claire Kelly
11:00 a.m. People of the Parish
NEXT WEEK – 1-2 April 2017

Date
Lectors
Eucharistic Ministers
Ushers

Saturday
1 Apr.
5:15 p.m.
T. Couto
H. Couto
J. Lachance
C. McBride
D. Mazzolin
I. Stewart
A. Wilson
S. Peck

Sunday
2 Apr.
9:00 a.m.
A. MacKinnon
M. Cervenko
Deacon Wojcik
G. Goncalves
S. Eves
D. Neddow
T. Raine
M. Turkington

Sunday
2 Apr.
11:00 a.m.
G. Lesperance
J. Gerretsen
R. Kwak
A. Gerretsen
P. Greenwood
B. Krasna
J. McLaren
J. Scott

Date
Saturday
1 April
5:15 p.m.
Sunday
2 April
9:00 a.m.
Sunday
2 April
11:00 a.m.
Altar Servers
E. Drumm
M. Drumm
A. Cantarutti
C. Cantarutti
T. Francis
B. Evaristo
M. Sutton
A. Doctolero
K. Soriano
A. Hung

Junior Liturgy
*******
M. Downey
T. Nguyen
A. Fraser
A. Lorbetskie

PRAYERS FOR THOSE WHO ARE ILL
Please remember in your prayers the following: Willie Wylemans; Taylor Emond; Taryn Emond; Hermina Lawlor; Marcus Hacault; Katherine Yager; Sue Hunter; Joan Wray; Helen Taillon; Yvonne Vickers; Margaret Pilcher; Kathy Veley; Tony Deodato; Ciara Ryckman; Jean Wells; Cathy Campbell; Marie McNeil; June Emmons; Pauline Ducharme; Mario Lebrun; Yvon Drouin; Terry Kot.

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 Kelly Leclair.

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
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.

OUR PARISH

ST. JOSEPH’S VISITOR PROGRAMME We have not had as much response as anticipated regarding parishioners who are now confined to their home or an institution and would appreciate a visit from our team of visitors. We are therefore extending our outreach to former parishioners who are living in the community still, who are perhaps living alone and would appreciate a visit in their home. Sometimes seeing a friendly face, having a nice chat or interacting in other ways makes the day pass more quickly.

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.

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.

HOSPITALITY SUNDAY will take place this Sunday, 26 March 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 Lenten session of “Spiritual Inquiry” will be held on Wednesday, 29 March 2017, from 7:00-8:00 p.m., in the parish hall. It is an opportunity for parishioners and others to talk about matters of faith, religion and spirituality in a very relaxed, informal and accepting environment. There is no agenda and participants can put forth thoughts which are on their mind at the time. Over the past years, many interesting topics have been presented with a variety of enlightened responses. You are most welcomed and encouraged to participate in this engaged gathering. Coffee & tea are offered.

ST. JOSEPH’S YOUTH GROUP will meet in the parish hall and church, on Sunday, 2 April 2017, from 1:00-4:00 p.m., and on Friday, 7 April 2017, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., for a get-together and Stations of the Cross presentation practice. These practices are important; students wishing to be involved in the Stations’ presentation must attend. All students are welcome. For information, contact Alison at bogle@alcdsb.on.ca, or Angela at 613-547-8116.

SIXTH ANNUAL PRESENTATION OF THE STATIONS OF THE CROSS will take place on Sunday, 9 April 2017, at 7:00 p.m., in the church. All parishioners are invited to pray the Stations of the Cross with a NEW FORMAT dramatic presentation by St. Joseph’s Youth Group. Refreshments will follow in the hall. For information, please contact Alison Bogle at 613 536 5771, or Angela Lorbetski at 613 547 8116.

AT THE HEART OF THE ACTION WITH DEVELOPMENT & PEACE FOR ECOLOGICAL JUSTICE At the COP21, Canada committed to investing $2.65 billion by 2020 to support countries of the Global South that are severely affected by climate change. While there are many ways to respond to climate change, we believe that agriculture must be at the heart of proposed solutions. Let us support an agricultural model that enables these stewards of the earth to live in dignity and feed their communities in a way that respects our common home, the Earth.

In this weekend’s bulletin, you will find information on the D&P action campaign. This year’s campaign asks the Prime Minister to take into account the vital role of small family farmers in feeding and cooling the planet and to ensure that their voices are heard. We invite you to sign the D&P Action Card. Or, if you prefer, you can sign online at www.devp.org/en/education/fall2016/action.

OUR COMMUNITY

HOLY CROSS CATHOLIC SECONDARY SCHOOL Early Progress Report Cards were sent home on Wednesday, 22 March 2017. Parent/Teacher interviews will be held on Wednesday, 29 March, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. and 6:30-8:30 p.m. Please go to the HCToday website for instructions on how to book an interview.

REGIOPOLIS-NOTRE DAME CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL Early Diagnostic Reports for semester two were distributed on Friday, 24 March 2017. Interviews are on Thursday, 30 March, from 3:00-5:00 p.m. and 6:30-8:30 p.m., and may be scheduled by going to the RND website, starting 25 March, at 8:00 a.m.

TWENTY FOUR HOURS WITH THE LORD will be held at St. Mary’s Cathedral, beginning at 1:00 p.m., after the noon Mass, on Friday, 31 March 2017, and concluding before the 5:00 p.m. Saturday Vigil Mass, on 1 April. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will take place in the cathedral throughout this time. Confessions will be heard by priests from parishes throughout the Kingston area. Please come, day or night, and receive this great gift of the Lord’s Loving Mercy. If you know someone who has been away for awhile perhaps they also might like to accompany you. Please pass on the word.

THE MAN OF THE SHROUD Educational exhibit, 4-11 April 2017, at St. Isidore Catholic Church, 1135 March Road, Kanata. Come experience and learn what science and theology have to offer about the world’s most famous and mysterious religious relic. A life-sized replica of the Shroud will be on display. Free admission; donations appreciated. Visit www.TheShroud.org for information.

HOLY WEEK DIRECTED RETREAT 9-16 or 13-16 April 2017, at Providence Spirituality Centre. Call for information, or to register, by 27 March 2017, at 613-542-8826.

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, 28 March 2017, at the Francis J. Spence Pastoral Centre, 390 Palace Road. The topic will be, “Effects of Separation and Divorce on Family.”

ORGAN SCHOLARSHIP Each year the Kingston Centre of the RCCO has scholarships available for talented pianists of all ages who would like to be introduced to the pipe organ, and develop their playing skills. It receives financial support from the National RCCO office, local individuals and parishes, and raises funds by sponsoring events. Application deadline is 31 March 2017. Forms are available at www.rcco-kingston.org.

PILGRIMAGE to Our Lady of the Cape Shrine, Cap-de-Madeleine, Quebec, hosted by St. Patrick’s, Napanee, will take place 5-7 June 2017. Cost is $365/single; $315pp/double; $310pp/triple. Includes transportation, accommodation, most meals, admissions to sites, and abundant blessing! Contact Alphonse Poitras at 613-347-7643, or at alphonse.poitras@gmail.com.