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First Sunday of Advent

29 November 2015


“And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.”




Jesus reminds us that one day he will return in glory to judge the living and the dead.


Todays Readings


First Reading: Jeremiah 33:14-16


Through the prophet Jeremiah, the Lord assures his people that he will bring salvation and restoration to the land.


Second Reading: 1 Thessalonians 3:12-4:2


Paul reminds the Thessalonians of the instructions he gave them on the authority of Jesus the Lord. If they continue to follow them, their hearts will be confirmed in holiness.


Gospel: Luke 21:25-28, 34-36


Jesus looks to the time when he will come again, and tells his disciples to be ready.



Monday, 30 November

9:00 a.m. Dr. Natalio San Pedro – Marciel & Edna Quintana

5:15 p.m. Maureen Doyle – Bob Mallette

Tuesday, 1 December

9:00 a.m. Intentions of Marietta Marcial & Sr. Dorothy Fournier

5:15 p.m. Frank Murphy – Joe & Monique Dillon

Wednesday, 2 December

9:00 a.m.        Raymundo Tabon – Zenaida Mendoza & Family

10:30 a.m.        Extendicare – Gerard Waters – Frank & Monica McKelvie

5:15 p.m. Marla Reia – Peter & Elena Music

Thursday, 3 December

9:00 a.m. William Hemrock – Kay Stewart

5:15 p.m.         Jack Pattenden – Gerry & Annetta

Friday,  4 December

9:00 a.m. Intentions of Kelly & Ann Leclair – Krasna Family

10:00 a.m.        Kingsdale Château – Walter Kay – Kevin Krzyanowski & Family

5:15 p.m. Luisa Praticante – Maria & Max

Saturday, 5 December

9:00 a.m.         John Klaassen (17th Anniversary) – Johanna & Family

5:15 p.m.         Marg & Michael Farrell – Rob, Anne, Michael & Andrew Cooper

Sunday, 6 December

9:00 a.m.  Betty Riopelle – Bonnie & Doug Stockwell

11:00 a.m.        People of the Parish

NEXT WEEK – 5-6 December 2015












5 Dec.

5:15 p.m.


P. Rosales

S. McGrath

Deacon Wojcik


M. Downey


P. Scott

I. Stewart

A. Wilson

R. Lachance



6 Dec.

9:00 a.m.


P. Kingston

M. Wojcik

Deacon Wojcik


B. Earle


T. Raine

M. Turkington

R. Audet

F. Cuvelier



6 Dec.

11:00 a.m.


B. Adamson

B. McIver

Deacon Wojcik


R. Kwak


S. Peck

J. Ferreira

M. Strong

G. Goncalves




Please remember in your prayers the following: Kerry Kozak; Terry Kot; Gerald Levesque; Hermina Lawlor; Donald Jackson; Carolyn Curry; Neil Oosterman; Kevin Kimmett; Tony Deodato; Jean Wells; Ciara Ryckman; Eileen Garrah; June Emmons Church; Joe Verner; Donna Verner; John Light; David Tessier; Maureen McCarthy; Edward Courneya; Walter Boru; Charles Virgin; Anne Cadamuro; Helene Taillon; Irene Smith.


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.





Mon. 30 Nov.


*7:00 p.m. – Spiritual Inquiry


Tues., 1 Dec.


*9:30 a.m. – Legion of Mary

*7:00 p.m. – Knights of Columbus General Meeting


Wed., 2 Dec.


*12:30 p.m. – Afternoon cards

*7:00 p.m. – Choir Practice


Thurs., 3 Dec.


*7:00 p.m. – RCIA


Sun., 6 Dec.


*2:00 p.m. – Advent Penance Celebration




HOSPITALITY SUNDAY There will be Hospitality Sunday this Sunday, 29 November 2015, after the 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. Masses.   Your hosts for this Hospitality Sunday will be the St. Joseph’s Hockey Association. Please join us for refreshments and fellowship.


SPIRITUAL INQUIRY The next “Spiritual Inquiry” gathering will be held on Monday, 30 November 2015, from 7:00-8:30 p.m., in the parish hall. Those in attendance will be able to pose questions, offer reflections or make comments regarding religion, faith or spirituality and respond to the queries/comments raised by others. Previous gatherings have been insightful, inspiring and well-attended. Join us in this unstructured and informal evening of conversation and casual reflection. Tea and coffee will be offered.


FIRST FRIDAY DEVOTION On Friday, 4 December 2015, adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will commence following the 9:00 a.m. Mass and continue until 5:00 p.m. You are encouraged to spend an hour with the Lord.


PENANCE CELEBRATION The Advent Penance Celebration for St. Joseph’s will be held on Sunday, 6 December 2015, 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 WOMENS LEAGUE CHRISTMAS POTLUCK DINNER & APPRECIATION EVENING will be held on Monday, 7 December 2015, at 6:00 p.m., in the parish hall. Bring your favourite dish and join us.


CHRISTMAS MUSICAL AFTERNOON The Entertainment Committee of the St. Joseph’s Pastoral Council is sponsoring an afternoon of musical entertainment, featuring the local talent of Chris Murphy, Jon McLurg and Brian Flynn, in the church on Thursday, 10 December 2015, from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served; a free-will offering would be appreciated.


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, 13 & 20 December 2015, after the 11:00 a.m. Mass. The pageant is narrated, and therefore the children do not have speaking roles; so even the shiest can participate. All are welcome!


BIRDS & FLOWERS COLLECTION Each year, St. Joseph’s attempts to provide for those who are in need at this Christmas season. If you are in a position to assist those who require extra help, you are encouraged to place your contribution in an envelope, and to write your name and envelope number on it. This will enable the parish to continue to help others in the spirit of this season. Thank you for your assistance.


DEVELOPMENT & PEACE We wish to thank you, the members of our parish, for your support of the 2015-2016 Development & Peace education fall campaign, Create a Climate of Change. We especially thank those who returned, or sent in, their action cards. Please continue to pray for our global leaders before, during, and after the Paris Conference; they are tasked, on our behalf, with the grave decision to act resolutely in defence of the health of our common home, our planet Earth.                 Social & Ecological Committee of the Parish Council



URGENT NEED FOR GENTLY USED WINTER COATS The Hotel Dieu Hospital/St. Mary’s Cathedral Coat Drive is in urgent need of gently used winter coats (especially down-filled/ski jacket styles) after an unexpected surge of requests in the early days of distribution. In particular, men’s large/extra-large sizes are needed, plus mitts, gloves, hats and socks. All items may be dropped off in the collection bin at the Sydenham Street entrance of Hotel Dieu Hospital. For information, please call 613-544-3400 x 4204.


SEPARATED AND/OR DIVORCED The New Life Support Group meets on alternate Tuesday evenings at 390 Palace Road, Kingston. The next gathering will take place on 1 December 2015, at 7:30 p.m. The topic will be “Realistic Preparation/Adjustment for Christmas Season.” For information, contact the Family Ministry Office at or by calling 613-548-4461.


THE SOUNDS OF CHRISTMAS CANDLELIGHT SERVICE will be held at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, Westport Road, on Sunday, 29 November 2015, at 6:00 p.m. A free-will offering will be accepted. Refreshments to follow.


BE PART OF OUR CLIMATE VIGIL As part of Development and Peace’s campaign, Create a Climate of Change, prayer vigils are being organized all across Canada. Through prayer, silence and music, our Kingston vigil will be a moment to pray and be in solidarity with our sisters and brothers in the Global South who are currently experiencing the worst impacts of climate change. We will also pray for our leaders who will be at the COP21 negotiations in Paris, so that they come to an agreement that will address climate change. The Vigil will take place at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 490 Days Road, on Monday, 30 November 2015, from 7:00-8:00 p.m.


OPEN HOUSE INVITATION The Cursillo Movement of the Archdiocese of Kingston invites you to join us for an evening of fellowship, food, song, and laughter as we approach this spiritual season. All former COR or Challenge participants and spouses are welcome to attend a Pot Luck Christmas gathering on Saturday, 5 December 2015, at 6:00 p.m., at St. John’s Church Hall, 88 Patrick street. Bring your favourite dish and invite a friend. Contact Carol Tapp at, no later than Monday, 30 November for further information.


ARCHDIOCESE OF KINGSTON FEAST OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION & THE INAUGURATION OF THE JUBILEE YEAR OF MERCY Archbishop O’Brien invites all faithful to celebrate the Archdiocesan Feast of the Immaculate Conception on Tuesday, 8 December 2015, at 7:30 p.m., at St. Mary’s Cathedral. On this day, the Holy Father, Pope Francis, will inaugurate the Jubilee Year of Mercy and open the Holy Door of Mercy in the Basilica of St. Peter in the Vatican. The Holy Father is asking that, in every diocese, there also be a celebration of the Rite of Opening of the Holy Door in unity with the Universal Church, so that all can participate and obtain the indulgences promised in the Jubilee Year. St. Mary’s Cathedral will open the Holy Door on Sunday, 13 December 2015, at the 10:30 a.m. Mass. All are cordially invited to celebrate and take advantage of this Extraordinary Year of Mercy.

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