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Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
19 November 2017

“Come and join in your master’s happiness.”


Does God make unnecessary demands on us? A famous parable from near the end of Jesus’ ministry tells us that we are asked to do no more than use what we have been given.

Today’s Readings

First Reading: Proverbs 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31

This book’s depiction of the perfect wife may cause eyebrows to rise nowadays, but the principle always applies: virtue entails our doing exactly what we are supposed to be doing – no more and no less.

Second Reading: 1 Thessalonians 5:1-6

This second reading reinforces the message of the first. If we live as we should, we need not fear what lies ahead, and certainly not the return of the Lord.

Gospel: Matthew 25:14-30

The famous parable of the talents has a surprising twist to it. People are rewarded for using what they have been given, not for the return they make.

Monday, 20 November
9:00 a.m. Ted Dubec – Joe Saccon
5:15 p.m. Aileen Lunn – Samahang Filipino Canadian Ng Kingston
Tuesday, 21 November
9:00 a.m. Mary Sue Rankin & Holohan Family – Gayle Johnstone
5:15 p.m. Catherine (Cathy) Ircha (18th Anniversary) – The Family
Wednesday, 22 November
9:00 a.m. Richard Kearns – Mary & Steve Ottenhof
10:30 a.m. Extendicare – Elisio Ponte & Extended Family Members – Lidia Ponte
5:15 p.m. Gino Bidinost – Mrs. Bidinost
Thursday, 23 November
9:00 a.m. George Teves – Parents
5:15 p.m. Roy, Bill, Tim & Don Hatt – Studsrud Family
Friday, 24 November
9:00 a.m. Candelaria Gonzalez – The Family
5:15 p.m. Luisa Praticante – Maria & Max
Saturday, 25 November
9:00 a.m. Angelica & Ventura Dos Santos – Elena & Venancio Dos Santos
5:15 p.m. Pat Jones – Chris Jones & Family
Sunday, 26 November
9:00 a.m. Peter Music – Elena Music & Family
11:00 a.m. People of the Parish
NEXT WEEK 25-26 November 2017

Eucharistic Ministers

25 Nov.
5:15 p.m.

S. Ottenhof
C. Pitts
J. Bennett
E. Denham
J. Garrah
A. Kelly
R. Lachance
I. Stewart

26 Nov.
9:00 a.m.
D. Balemba
P. McCue
S. Balemba
N. McCue
M. Turkington
R. Audet
F. Curvelier
D. Dennee

26 Nov.
11:00 a.m.
A. Doctolero
C. Kavanaugh
Deacon Wojcik
R. Kwak
F. Asuncion
J. Ferreira
L. Garrett
P. Greenwood


25 November
5:15 p.m.
26 November
9:00 a.m.
26 November
11:00 a.m.

E. Drumm
M. Drumm
S. Drumm
B. Evaristo
A. Krasna
M. Farrell


A. Baxby
J. Williams
A. Lorbetskie
P. Krasna

Please remember in your prayers the following: Helen Taillon; Yvonne Vickers; Kathy Veley; Tony Deodato; Ciara Ryckman; Jean Wells; Danny Denham; Brigit Knott; Jack Coleman; Marcus Hacault; Kim Emond; Freeman Shupe; Kathleen Forsyth; Evangeline Talens; Millie Lane; Jim McCarthy; Joan Wilson; George Wojcik; Candy Powell; Noah Bailey; Marie McNeil; Donna Casford.

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, especially Johanna Van Kessel Veenendaal.

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.


SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION Please pray for the children receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation this Sunday, 19 November 2017, at 2:00 p.m. We welcome Archbishop O’Brien and congratulate the students, thank the parents and family for their cooperation, and express appreciation to the teachers and members of the team who helped prepare for this milestone.

FOOD BAGS will be collected this weekend 18-19 November 2017, for the Christmas food hampers that volunteers from St. Joseph’s put together for fifty families in need.

BUILDING FUND The monthly collection of the Building Fund will take place this weekend, 18-19 November 2017. Your support continues to make a difference. Thank you.

SALVATION ARMY KETTLE DRIVE 2017 As a community outreach endeavour, St. Joseph’s Parish and the Salvation Army Kettles drive are partnering in a first-time project to supervise a kettle at the Loblaws Kingston Centre store each Monday that the drive operates during the months of November & December. Shifts would be for one hour each, from noon until 8:00 p.m. If you wish to volunteer during these weeks of operation, contact either Sharon Lillis, at 613-549-0559, or Bill Allen, at 613-547-3267, as soon as possible, to get in on the schedule. The Wednesday slots have been successfully filled, thank you.

CHRISTMAS CAKES Delicious custom-baked Christmas Cakes will be sold after all Masses on 18-19 & 25-26 November 2017. For a donation of $25.00 to Campaign Life Coalition’s Pro-life work, you will receive a beautiful boxed deluxe cake. We also have bar cakes for $18.00 each. They make great Christmas gifts. Contact CLC at 613-389-4472 for information.

SOCIAL & ECOLOGICAL JUSTICE GROUP MEETING will be held on the 4th Friday of the month at 9:30 a.m. Please join us on Friday, 24 November 2017, in the parish hall. Please join us.

CELEBRATION OF MEMORY AND NEW LIFE A service for the bereaved will be held at 2:00 p.m. next Sunday, 26 November 2017, here at St. Joseph’s Church. There will be a particular remembrance of loved ones who have died in the past year. All are welcome, and you are especially encouraged to attend, if you have recently lost a close friend or member of your family. Light refreshments will follow.

ANNUAL CWL CHRISTMAS BAKE & CRAFT SALE will be on the weekend of 2-3 December, after each Mass. Those wanting to donate homemade aprons with bibs (kid-sized too!), knitted or crocheted dishcloths and hand towels that hang up, are asked to bring them to the Parish Office. The Themed Raffle Baskets for the sale will again be displayed on Hospitality Sunday, with tickets available for purchase there, and at the sale itself. Thank you in advance for your generosity and Christian spirit!

SPIRITUALITY INQUIRY The next session of the Spiritual Inquiry gatherings will be held on Wednesday, 6 December 2017, from 7:00-8:30 p.m., in the parish hall. This is an excellent opportunity to discuss our Catholic faith, religious practices and spiritual beliefs. In a relaxed environment, participants will have the opportunity to express thoughts, raise questions or simply listen to the responses of others in attendance. Light refreshments will be served.

PENANCE CELEBRATION The Advent Penance Celebration for St. Joseph’s will be held on Sunday, 10 December 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.

CATHOLIC WOMEN’S LEAGUE The Annual CWL Retreat will be held on 25 November 2017, at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. The focus will be “Working With Young Mothers,” with a guest speaker and treats!

The CWL Potluck & Appreciation Dinner will take place on Monday, 11 December 2017, following the 5:15 p.m. Mass. Please drop off your contributions of food before the Mass, so they can be kept hot if necessary, and mark if your food is vegetarian or gluten-free, for those who need to know. (For those coming just for dinner, it will start around 6:15 p.m.) Thank you!

CHRISTMAS EVE PAGEANT If your child is age 4 or older, and would like to participate in this year’s Nativity pageant at the 5:15 p.m. Christmas Eve Mass, please plan to attend practices at the church on Sunday, 10 and 17 December 2017, after the 11:00 a.m. Mass, as the pageant participants will be practising with the Christmas choir at that time. The pageant is narrated, and therefore the children do not have speaking roles; so even the shiest can participate. Older students are encouraged to take part, as we always need readers for Narrator, Lector and Prayer of the Faithful. All are welcome!

CHRISTMAS CONCERT Join us for an afternoon of Christmas music, featuring the local talent of Chris Murphy, Jon McLurg and Brian Flynn, (three members of the band, Turpin’s Trail) in the church on Thursday, 14 December 2017, from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served in the parish hall; a free-will offering would be gratefully appreciated.

“KEEP CHRIST IN CHRISTMAS” CARDS are being sold by the Knights of Columbus Council 728. Contact Danny Lewis at 613-545-7876, to purchase them. Prices range from $6.00-$11.00.


WINTER COAT DRIVE Distribution of Hotel Dieu Hospital & St. Mary’s Cathedral Coat Drive will take place until 15 December 2017, and 2-12 January 2018, Monday-Friday, from 1:00-4:00 p.m., at St. Mary’s Parish Hall (corner of Brock & Clergy Streets).

KINGSTON INTERFAITH CELEBRATION & POTLUCK will be held on 23 November 2017, at 6:00 p.m., at Kingston City Hall-Memorial Hall. The event is free. We will be catering the main meal, so please register at Please bring a dessert or salad to share. Email, or call Jolene at 613-583-2569, for information.

HOLY CROSS ARTS DEPARTMENT PRESENTS GODSPELL 29 November-2 December, at 7:00 p.m. and 2 December, 1:30 p.m., at Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School. Tickets are $15.00, and available by going to, or by calling 613-384-1919.