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First Sunday of Lent
5 March 2017

“Adam prefigured the One to come, but the gift itself considerably outweighed the fall.”


The season of Lent summons us to turn our faces to the Lord and allow the gaze of his mercy to touch our hearts. We pray that, through the generosity of our Lenten observances, our hearts may be more loving towards our neighbours.

Today’s Readings

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

Adam and Eve succumb to the temptation of the serpent and eat of the tree forbidden to them by God.

Second Reading: Romans 5:12-19

Jesus Christ gives the utterly free gift of salvation to all people.

Gospel: Matthew 4:1-11

Jesus fights the temptation of the devil and reminds us to worship God alone.


Monday, 6 March
9:00 a.m. Floriana Second Panetta – Natalina Panetta
5:15 p.m. Jeffrey Conley – Carole Conley
Tuesday, 7 March
9:00 a.m. Michael Leo Jewitt & Deceased Members of the Jewitt Family – The Estate
5:15 p.m. Joe Melo – Prayer Group
Wednesday, 8 March
9:00 a.m. Forgotten Souls in Purgatory-Chris Jones & Family
10:30 a.m. Extendicare – Frank Catlin – Margaret Jewitt (moved from 11 January 2017)
5:15 p.m. Rosa Giunta – Rolando Cecchini
Thursday, 9 March
9:00 a.m. Rose Koen – Karen Ingoldsby
5:15 p.m. Maureen Gilbert – Joan Adam
Friday, 10 March
9:00 a.m. George Cotnam – The Family
5:15 p.m. John Attley – Audrey Worrall
Saturday, 11 March
9:00 a.m. Susan Lamorre – George & Ella Stoparczyk
5:15 p.m. Colette Cecchini – Rolando Cecchini
Sunday, 12 March
9:00 a.m. Celso Odorico – Anna Odorico
11:00 a.m. People of the Parish
NEXT WEEK – 11-12 March 2017

Eucharistic Ministers

11 March
5:15 p.m.
S. McGrath
C. Pitts
Deacon Wojcik
L. Bickerstaffe
F. Carter
A. Kelly
R. Lachance
J. Garrah

12 March
9:00 a.m.
M. McLaughlin
P. Kingston
F. Lovie
M. Cervenko
R. Audet
F. Carter
D. Dennee
R. Emmons

12 March
11:00 a.m.
M. Meagher
C. Kavanaugh
T. Donoghue
L. Donoghue
M. Strong
D. Kurman
F. Asuncion
J. Ferreira

11 March
5:15 p.m.
12 March
9:00 a.m.
12 March
11:00 a.m.
Altar Servers
S. Sedore
O. Gowsell
I. Simoes
F. Jingsen Cao
C. Watts
R. Watts
I. Watts
P. Krasna
A. Krasna
M. Farrell

Junior Liturgy
March Break
No Junior Liturgy
March Break
No Junior Liturgy

Please remember in your prayers the following: Willie Wylemans; Terry Kot; Kerry Kozak; Taylor Emond; Taryn Emond; Hermina Lawlor; Teresa Tenuta; Marcus Hacault; Katherine Yager; Barbara Giff; Bertram Mapp; Alden Mapp; Sue Hunter; Lee Plumpton; Joan Wray; Helen Taillon; Peter Solis; Yvonne Vickers; Margaret Pilcher; Kathy Veley; Tony Deodato; Ciara Ryckman; Jean Wells; Cathy Campbell; Josh Witjes; Marie McNeil; June Emmons; Pauline Ducharme; Mario Lebrun.

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.


ST. JOSEPH’S VISITOR PROGRAMME A number of parishioners of St. Joseph’s may find it increasingly difficult to get out much, particularly in these winter months. Even getting to church may be a challenge, and yet you would like to keep contact with your parish. You may be living in your own home, a seniors’ residence or a nursing home.

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.

BUILDING FUND The monthly collection of the Building Fund will take place this weekend, 4-5 March 2017. Your support continues to make a difference. Thank you.
SPRING BAKE SALE, hosted by St. Joseph’s Catholic Women’s League, will take place this weekend, 4-5 March 2017, after each Mass. We will be offering cakes, pies, cookies, bars, squares, brownies, fudge, etc. that will easily freeze until after Lent, if need be! Come check it out and support your CWL ladies as they strive to emulate the good works of our Lord throughout the year with the help of the Holy Spirit that lives within each of us.

CATHOLIC WOMEN’S LEAGUE MEETINGS The Executive meeting will take place on Monday, 6 March 2017, at 7:00 p.m., in the parish hall. The General Meeting is on Monday, 13 March 2017, at 7:00 p.m., in the parish hall. Our speaker will be Carolyn Quinn, from Ten Thousand Villages. All ladies 16 and up are welcome to join us and learn how we can help third-world countries just by shopping!
MUSICAL AFTERNOON On Thursday, 16 March 2017, 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 (of Turpin’s Trail), 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 served in the parish hall. Come and bring a friend or two! A free-will monetary offering would be appreciated.

LENTEN PENANCE CELEBRATION The Lenten Penance Celebration for St. Joseph’s will be held on Sunday, 19 March 2017, 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.

6th 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.

ARCHDIOCESAN CELEBRATION OF THE RITE OF ELECTION AND RITE OF CALLING BAPTIZED CANDIDATES TO LENTEN RENEWAL This Sunday, 5 March 2017, at 4:00 p.m., at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Archbishop O’Brien will celebrate the Rite of Election with Catechumens from the Archdiocese of Kingston. At the same celebration, all Baptized Candidates seeking full communion with the Catholic Church will be called to Lenten renewal. All parishioners are welcome to attend this special event and to support our new brothers and sisters in faith. Refreshments will be served afterwards at St. Mary’s Parish Centre.

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, this 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.

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,14 March 2017, at the Francis J. Spence Pastoral Centre, 390 Palace Road, and the topic will be “Healing Through Laughter.”