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27 November 2016

“You do not know the day when your master is coming.”

Jesus tells us to remain awake for the coming of the Son of Man. In Advent, we prepare ourselves for his coming by living watchful lives.

Today’s Readings

First Reading: Isaiah 2:1-5

Isaiah has a vision in which all peoples will stream to the Temple of the Lord, and he will establish a kingdom where there will be no more war.

Second Reading: Romans 13:11-14

Paul urges the Romans to give up the ways of the night and to live sober lives in the light of the day.

Gospel: Matthew 24:37-44

Jesus urges his disciples to remain awake and ready for the coming of the Son of Man.

Monday, 28 November
9:00 a.m. Pina Murano – Murano Family
5:15 p.m. Pauline Dossou – Raymonde Degbey
Tuesday, 29 November
9:00 a.m. Edel Quinn – Legion of Mary
5:15 p.m. Cate Walsh – T. Mekarski
Wednesday, 30 November
9:00 a.m. Betty Mulville – Sr. Julia Hamilton & Sheila Alarie
10:30 a.m. Extendicare – John MacLean – Lorraine Bourque
5:15 p.m. Frank Murphy – Mary McConnell
Thursday, 1 December
9:00 a.m. Intentions of Sr. Dorothy Fournier & Marietta Marcial
5:15 p.m. Jamie Espana – Samahang Filipio Canadian Association
Friday, 2 December
9:00 a.m. Sandra & Antonio Del Prete – Gennaro, Alberto & Maria Del Prete
10:00 a.m. Kingsdale Château – Teresa Foster – Dave & Florence Gilhen
5:15 p.m. Maureen Doyle – Gerry & Jo-Ann Koster
Saturday, 3 December
9:00 a.m. Monique Hallé – Pat & Renée Murphy
5:15 p.m. Fr. Raymond Vickers – Eileen & Leslie Denham
Sunday, 4 December
9:00 a.m. Mary & Michael Farrell – Anne, Rob, Michael & Andrew Cooper
11:00 a.m. People of the Parish
NEXT WEEK – 3-4 December 2016

Eucharistic Ministers

3 Dec.
5:15 p.m.
H. Couto
T. Couto
Dcn. Wojcik
E. Denham
F. Carter
A. Kelly
R. Lachance
J. Garrah

4 Dec.
9:00 a.m.
M. McLaughlin
P. McCue
N. McCue
G. Goncalves
D. Dennee
R. Emmons
S. Eves
T. McCue

4 Dec.
11:00 a.m.
C. Machado
F. Machado
T. Donoghue
L. Donoghue

P. Tetro
F. Asuncion
J. Ferreira
L. Garrett

3 Dec.
5:15 p.m.
4 Dec.
9:00 a.m.
4 Dec.
11:00 a.m.

E. Drumm
M. Drumm
F. Jingsen Cao
T. Francis
B. Evaristo
A. Cantarutti
C. Cantarutti
K. Rances
K. Rances
K. Rances
M. Roque

Junior Liturgy

C. Dempster
T. Nguyen
A. Fraser
G. Goncalves

Please remember in your prayers the following: Willie Wylemans; Terry Kot; Kerry Kozak; Taylor Emond; Taryn Emond; Hermina Lawlor; Helen O’Brien; Teresa Tenuta; Marcus Hacault; Katherine Yager; Barbara Giff; Bertram Mapp; Alden Mapp; Konner Curry; Sue Hunter; Lee Plumpton; Joan Wray; Helen Taillon; Peter Solis; Yvonne Vickers.

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.


LEGION OF MARY Because of our inability to fill an executive roster of the Legion of Mary at St. Joseph’s Church, we are looking for additional members who might accept an executive position. Without new members, our praesidium, which has been active for over 60 years, may have to close. If you wish to volunteer, please call Karin at 613-547-4086, and leave a message.

NEWS FROM THE CATHOLIC WOMEN’S LEAGUE The CWL Potluck & Appreciation dinner will be held after the 5:15 p.m. Mass. Please drop off food before Mass, so that it can be kept hot, if necessary, and mark your food if it is vegetarian or gluten-free.

HOSPITALITY SUNDAY will take place this Sunday, 27 November 2016, after the 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. Masses. Please join us in the parish hall for fellowship and refreshments.

CELEBRATION OF MEMORY AND NEW LIFE A service for the bereaved will be held at 2:00 p.m. this Sunday, 27 November 2016, 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 in the parish hall.

SPIRITUAL INQUIRY The next gathering of the Spiritual Inquiry will begin on Wednesday, 30 November 2016, from 7:00-8:30 p.m., in the parish hall. It is an opportunity for parishioners, and others, to talk about matters of religion, faith and spirituality, in a very relaxed, informal and accepting environment. There is no agenda, and participants bring with them for discussion whatever is on their mind at the time. You are most welcome and encouraged to participate in ths unique session. Coffee and tea will be offered.

FIRST FRIDAY DEVOTION On Friday, 2 December 2016, adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will commence at 9:00 a.m. and continue until 5:00 p.m. You are encouraged to spend an hour with the Lord.

YOUTH GROUP meeting will take place on Friday, 2 December 2016, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., in the parish hall. This meeting will be a practice for the singing of Christmas carols for the group’s upcoming carolling event at Extendicare on 13 December 2016, at 7:00 p.m. All youth are welcome.

ANNUAL CWL BAKE & CRAFT SALE will be held on 3-4 December 2016, after each Mass. Anyone wishing to donate homemade aprons with bibs, knitted or crocheted dishcloths and hand towels that hang up is asked to bring them to the parish office. We will have “speciality diet” goodies, along with other delicious items, including lots of pies. Craft tables will include ornaments for our feathered friends, and inexpensive gifts for kids to buy; as well, we will feature homemade tablecloths, runners, scarves, pillow shams, etc. Themed Raffle Baskets will again be on display for lucky participants!

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, 4 and 11 December 2016, 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!

PENANCE CELEBRATION The Advent Penance Celebration for St. Joseph’s will be held on Sunday, 4 December 2016, 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.

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, 8 December 2016, from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served in the parish hall; a free-will offering would be gratefully appreciated.

SACRAMENTS OF FIRST RECONCILIATION AND FIRST COMMUNION All parents of grade two students who wish that their children celebrate the Sacrament of First Holy Communion and First Reconciliation here at St. Joseph’s are invited to attend a Parent Information Meeting on Tuesday, 17 January 2017, at 7:00 p.m. in St. Joseph’s parish hall. Since this is the first planning meeting for the celebration of these Sacraments, it is particularly important that the parents of all children attend. The Enrollment Ceremony will take place on the weekend of 28-29 January 2017.


HOLY CROSS CATHOLIC SECONDARY SCHOOL Report cards were distributed on Thursday, 24 November 2016. If you have questions, please contact Student Services at 613-384-2023.

CURSILLISTAS You are invited to an ULTREYA this Sunday, 27 November 2016, at 2:00 p.m., at St. John the Apostle Church hall, 88 Patrick Street. This consists of a witness talk, response, small groups, music and prayer. This will be followed by a potluck at 4:00 p.m.. All Cursillastas are invited to join us. Please bring something for the potluck. Call Diane & Mike at 613-546-6224 for information, or email

CHRISTMAS CRAFT & BAKE SALE will be held at Holy Family School, 114 Wiley Street, on Saturday, 3 December, from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., and Sunday, 4 December, from 10:00 a.m-1:00 p.m. Free admission – item for Food Bank appreciated. Home-baked goods and special treats. Shop for gifts & decorations. Enjoy lunch and relax with neighbours. See you there!

LES MISERABLES will be performed at Holy Cross 30 November-3 December 2016, at 7:00 p.m., with a matinée at 1:30 p.m., on 3 December. Tickets are $20.00 for adults; $15.00 for students/children. Tickets are on sale in the main foyer at lunch or may be purchased at the door. Call 613-384-1919 for information.

THE LITTLE MERMAID – will be performed at Regiopolis-Notre Dame Catholic High School 7-10 December 2016, at 7:00 p.m., with a matinée at 2:00 p.m., on 10 December. Tickets are $20.00 for adults; $12.00 for students/children, with discounted prices for matinée. Tickets are available at the end of November at the school.

ARCHDIOCESE OF KINGSTON SOLEMNITY OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION All parishioners are invited to the Archdiocesan Liturgical Celebration of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, at St. Mary’s Cathedral, on Thursday, 8 December 2016, at 730 p.m. Reception to follow at École Cathédrale.