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Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time

4 November 2018


“Which is the first of all the commandments?.”




What is the first commandment of God’s Law?  To love God with all our heat and soul, mind and strength, and to love our neighbour as ourselves.  Let us be mindful during this Mass that this is exactly what we are doing.


Todays Readings


First Reading: Deuteronomy 6:2-6


Moses presents the people with the commandment that sums up the Law of the covenant.


Second Reading: Hebrews 7:23-28


Christ is the perfect high priest who remains forever to intercede for all who come to God through him.


Gospel: Mark 12:28-34


Jesus highlights the commandments from Deuteronomy as the first of all the commandments, with love of neighbour as the second.  There is no law greater than this.



Monday, 5 November

9:00 a.m.  Gordon Costello – Mary Goetz

5:15 p.m.  Deceased Members of the Doyle & Fowler Families – Raymond & Family

Tuesday, 6 November

9:00 a.m.    June Mullen – Josephina Saccon

5:15 p.m. Joe Melo – Cecilia Melo

Wednesday, 7 November

9:00 a.m.    Tony Mason – Claire Kelly

10:30 a.m. Extendicare – Deceased Members of the Haymans Family – Elizabeth Haymans

5:15 p.m.  Vince Joyce – Helen Hunt

Thursday, 8 November

9:00 a.m. John Mekarski – Lorna Asuncion

5:15 p.m. Muriel Madden – Angus & Marguerite Grant

Friday,  9 November

9:00 a.m. Michael Walsh (18th Anniversary) – Estelle Walsh

10:30 a.m. School Mass – Michael Little – Sandra & Robert Murray

5:15  p.m.  Clair Kearns – Wilma Kearns

Saturday, 10 November

9:00 a.m. Paul & Gerard Gilmartin – Pat Gilmartin

5:15 p.m. Dot Cowan – Mike & Kathy Turkington

Sunday, 11 November

9:00 a.m.  Eileen Murphy – Bea Costello & Cathy Strauss

11:00 a.m.     People of the Parish

NEXT WEEK 10-11 November 2018






Eucharistic Ministers





10 Nov.

5:15  p.m.



Sr. Kalchbrenner

S. McGrath


J. Lachance

P. Scott


D. Mazzolin

I. Stewart

P. Greenwood

A. Kelly



11 Nov.

9:00 a.m.


P. McCue

M. McLaughlin


N. McCue

F. Lovie


S. Eves

T. McCue

D. Neddow

T. Raine



11 Nov.

11:00 a.m.


C. Kavanaugh

J-A. Koster

Deacon Wojcik


M. Foley


M. Strong

P. Tetro

D. Kurman

G. Velasco






10 Nov.

5:15 p.m.



11 Nov.

9:00 a.m.



11 Nov.

11:00 a.m.





M. Drumm

F. Cao


R. Gumboc

C. Udovc

A. McCaugherty

C. Davison


A. Hung

M. Stabback

R. Canning


Junior Liturgy





A. Baxby

J. Williams


H. Ottenhof-Duncan

T. Van de Ven




Please remember in your prayers the following:  Helen Taillon; Yvonne Vickers; Kathy Veley; Tony Deodato; Ciara Ryckman; Jean Wells; Evangeline Talens; Pauline Medora; Ron Teppett; Sheila Alarie; Millie Lane; Marie McNeil; Lauren Redwood; Judy Dowling; Harriet Hill; Jessica Gaulin; James Parsons; Robert Shaw; Taylor Emond; Steve Bruce; Theresa Nhidir;  Marcus Hacault; Candy Powell; Chandra Gibson; Alex C.; Matthew Hennessey.




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.





We are looking for donated crafts for our Craft & Bake Sale in December.  Knitted articles, aprons, Christmas crafts, etc., will be gratefully accepted.  Please drop off at parish office and mark it, “CWL.”  Thank you.


The next CWL Executive meeting will take place on Monday, 5 November 2018, at 7:00 p.m. in the parish hall.


The CWL invites all members to celebrate a Mass for Deceased Members on Monday, 12 November 2018, at 5:15 p.m.  Bring a brown bag lunch and stay for the General Meeting, to be held at 6:16 p.m.  Our speakers will be Angela Lorbetskie, talking about the Youth Group, and Jane Watts, talking about Grandmother Connection.


ROSARY IN THE CEMETERY will take place this Sunday, 4 November 2018, at 2:00 p.m.  We will carry on the tradition of saying the Rosary at St. Mary’s Cemetery to remember the “Holy Souls.”  This will be the 34th  consecutive year, and all members of the congregation, families and friends are invited to join us at the Statue of the Angel of Mercy (northwest corner of St. Mary’s Cemetery) to reflect and pray for the deceased.


SOCIAL & ECOLOGICAL JUSTICE MEETING will take place on Wednesday, 7 November 2018, at 7:00 p.m., in the sacristy.


PRIESTS RETIREMENT FUND supports the Archdiocesan program which provides elderly and infirm priests with the financial support they have earned after many years of service.  The Fund currently provides monthly pensions and health benefits for our retired priests.  We thank you for the generosity you have shown in the past, and we hope that you will generously support this year’s collection to be held next weekend , 10-11 November 2018.


CAMPAIGN LIFE COALITION CHRISTMAS CAKES will be on sale after all Masses on 17-18 and 24-25 November 2018.  Deluxe cakes are $25.00; Bar cakes are $18.00.  They make great gifts!


CELEBRATION OF MEMORY AND NEW LIFE A service for the bereaved will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, 25 November 2018, 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.


HOSPITALITY SUNDAY The next Hospitality Sunday will take place on Sunday, 25 November 2018, after the 9:00 & 11:00 a.m. Masses.  Please join us for fellowship and refreshments.  Our gracious hosts will be St. Joseph’s Hockey Team of the Church Athletic League.


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, 13 December 2018, from 1:00-3:00 p.m.  Refreshments will be served in the parish hall; a free-will offering would be gratefully appreciated.


PENANCE CELEBRATION The Advent Penance Celebration for St. Joseph’s will be held on Sunday, 16 December 2018, 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.


BIRTHRIGHT We are so grateful for your generosity during our Baby Bottle Campaign.  St. Joseph’s parishioners donated $1594.03.  If you have a bottle at home, please return it for our 2019 campaign.


COINS FOR LIFE Campaign Life Coalition wishes to thank the parishioners of St. Joseph’s Parish for your generous donations to our Coins for Life Collection.  We appreciate your generosity.  For information, call 613-389-4472 or 613-382-1084.




SEPARATED AND/OR DIVORCED Are you, or is someone you know, experiencing the trauma of a Separation and/or Divorce?  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 Tuesday, 6 November 2018, at the Francis J. Spence Pastoral Centre, 390 Palace Road, from 7:30-9:00 p.m.


PARENTING: NAVIGATING EVERYTHING RND Catholic School Council is hosting an important presentation for parents on Tuesday, 6 November 2018, at 6:30 p.m., in the Cafetorium.  Brett Ullman will speak about how we can best help our kids navigate the world.  Don’t miss it.


JAMAICA FISH FRY will be held on Friday, 9 November 2018, from 3:30-6:30 p.m., at Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School.  Tickets are $15.00 ($10 for children 10 and under).  Take-out is available.  See you there!


PEACE QUEST is hosting a number of events 9, 10 and 11 November.  A Sponsor’s Wine and Cheese and Dinner, on Friday, 9 November 2018, at Providence Motherhouse Auditorium and dining room, at 5:00 p.m.  Cost is $25.00.  Imagining Peace: A Vision for Canada Conference, on Saturday, 10 November, at Memorial Hall, City Hall, from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.  Cost is $40.00.  The World Remembers, A Remembrance Day Concert on Sunday, 11 November, at The Isabel Performance Hall, at 2:30 p.m.  Cost is $29.00.   For information or to order tickets, check the website,


BLESSED SACRAMENT SNOWFLAKE BAZAAR 3 Briscoe Street, Amherstview, on Saturday, 17 November from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., in the parish hall.  Silent auction, bake table, craft items, ready-to-bake frozen pies and lunch in our tea room.  No admission.  For information, call Donna at 613-389-2009.


JOURNEYS TO JUSTICE: SOCIAL JUSTICE – RESPONDING TO THE CALL The Justice & Peace Commission of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Kingston and the Anglican Diocese of Ontario invites you to an evening of shared experiences.  Speaker, and author of the book, Journeys to Justice, Joe Gunn, will share stories of social justice struggles across Canada.  Join us on Tuesday, 20 November 2018, 6:30-8;30 p.m., at St. Luke’s Anglican Church, 236 Nelson Street.  There will also be a panel discussion on local human trafficking, refugee sponsorship and social housing models.


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