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26th Sunday in Ordinary Time
25 September 2016

“It is he who gives bread to the hungry, the Lord, who sets prisoners free.”


The texts that the Church offers for our consideration today are surprisingly forceful, and invite us to examine our conscience about prosperity and poverty.

Today’s Readings

First Reading: Amos 6:4-7

The prophet warns the self-indulgent rich people of his time.

Second Reading: 1 Timothy 6:11-16

St. Paul encourages his favourite disciple.

Gospel: Luke 16:19-31

Jesus has a pointed lesson for the Pharisees about excessive self-interest and neglect of poor people.


Monday, 26 September
9:00 a.m. Deceased Members of the Marsen Family – The Family
5:15 p.m. Guiseppe Cecchini – Rolando Cecchini
Tuesday, 27 September
9:00 a.m. John Worrall – Audrey Worrall
5:15 p.m. Intentions of Judy Dennee – The Family
Wednesday, 28 September
9:00 a.m. Intentions of Giorgio Sarzotti – Matilda Sarzotti
10:30 a.m. Extendicare – Elisio Ponte and Extended Family Members – Lidia Ponte
5:15 p.m. Isabel Palda – The Family
Thursday, 29 September
9:00 a.m. Forgotten Souls in Purgatory – Chris Jones & Family
5:15 p.m. Leon Dillon – Monica McKeown
Friday, 30 September
9:00 a.m. Florencio Estrada – Lorna Asuncion
5:15 p.m. Luisa Praticante – Rosa & Luis
Saturday, 1 October
9:00 a.m. Kim Grootjans – The O’Neil Family
5:15 p.m. Maureen Doyle – Bernard & Madeleine Reitz
Sunday, 2 October
9:00 a.m. Lucila Victorio – Godelia Velasco
11:00 a.m. People of the Parish

NEXT WEEK – 1-2 October 2016

Eucharistic Ministers

1 Oct.
5:15 p.m.
P. Scott
M. Cervenko
Sr. Kearney
E. Denham
D. Mazzolin
J. Garrah
A. Wilson
S. Peck

2 Oct.
9:00 a.m.
D. Tudin
A. MacKinnon
G. Goncalves
M. Tudin
S. Eves
T. McCue
K. Mulrooney
D. Neddow

2 Oct.
11:00 a.m.
M. Wojcik
N. Balla
Dcn. Wojcik
M. Foley
P. Greenwood
B. Krasna
J. McLaren
J. Scott

1 Oct.
5:15 p.m.
2 Oct.
9:00 a.m.
2 Oct.
11:00 a.m.

S. Sedore
O. Gowsell
I. Simoes
C. Watts
R. Watts
I. Watts
M. Sutton
P. Krasna
A. Krasna
M. Farrell
A. Hung

Junior Liturgy

K. Turkington
P. Bullock

S. Skebo
D. Deptuck

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; Kenneth Kehoe; Bertram Mapp; Alden Mapp; Maureen Lynch; Konner Curry; Danny Jamieson; Lee Plumpton.

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.


YEAR OF MERCY VOLUNTEER POSITIONS In this Year of Mercy, St. Joseph’s Parish will be showcasing volunteer possibilities:

THE SENIORS’ CENTRE – A not-for-profit, voluntary, and charitable organization specializing in recreation and leisure activities for today’s active, older adults is in need of volunteers in a variety of areas, including food services, instructors, special events, committees, and more. Contact Jean Lawson at 613-548-7810 x 225, or

RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION FOR ADULTS Are you someone, or do you know someone, who has an interest in becoming Catholic, or was baptized Catholic as a child, but has not celebrated the Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist? We offer an opportunity to come together in a small group to learn more about our faith. Sessions focus on the teachings and experience of Church and prepare individuals to celebrate the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist during the Easter season. You are welcome to participate in the process with your questions, your insights and your faith story in a warm accepting setting. For information, please contact the parish office at 613-547-5004. Sessions will begin in October.

HOSPITALITY SUNDAY will take place this Sunday, 25 September 2016, after the 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. Masses. Please join us for some refreshments and fellowship.

“JUST FOR LIFE” WEEKEND will take place this weekend of 24-25 September 2016. Our parish will be promoting the value of all human life by having a “Just For Life” information weekend. Masses will include a special message, and information on life and family will be provided by Priests for Life Canada.

COLLECTION FOR THE NEEDS OF THE CHURCH IN CANADA An invitation to support the faith and evangelization mission of the Church. The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) is mandated by the Holy See and the Bishops of Canada to assist dioceses and their bhshops in a number of areas of pastoral life: faith formation, doctrinal questions, ecumenical dialogues, inter-religious communication, liturgy, relations with indigenous peoples, social justice, and building a culture of life and family. The Collection will be taken up at all Masses this weekend, 24-25 September 2016..

SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION will take place on Sunday, 20 November 2016, at 2:00 p.m. If you have a child in grade 8 who wishes to receive this Sacrament, please contact the parish office at 613-547-5004 to register by 26 September 2016. If your child attends one of the parish schools, you will receive a registration form from the school. The Enrollment Ceremony will take place on the weekend of 15-16 October 2016. There will be a parents’ meeting on Monday, 26 September 2016, at 7:00 p.m. in the parish hall regarding Confirmation.

FALL CONCERT On Thursday, 6 October 2016, we will be entertained in the church from 1:00-3:00 p.m., by the local talents of Chris Murphy, Jon McClurg and Brian Flynn. Please come, bring a friend or two, and enjoy two hours of music and fellowship. Light refreshments will be served. A free-will monetary offering would be appreciated.

“At the Heart of the Action” – DEVELOPMENT & PEACE Catholics are mobilizing with Development & Peace ( to support communities around the world affected by Climate Change. Last year, this region sent over 25,000 postcards to Ottawa, asking for support to those most affected by Climate Change – the poor! At COP21, Canada committed to investing 2.65 billion by 2020 to support people in the Global South. This fall we present our vision for how those funds can best be used to benefit the poor and our planet. Join us on Saturday, 1 October 2016, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at St. Joseph’s parish hall, to learn more, as we celebrate 50 years of solidarity. For information, contact Susan Kennedy at or by calling 613-549-2621.

SOAP DRIVE A warm thank you to all parishioners for their generous support of our “soap drive” for the Youth Conference “Shine Like the Son.” In particular, St. Joseph’s Youth Group members would like to acknowledge the Catholic Women’s League and Knights of Columbus for their continued encouragement and help with our events and activities throughout the year!


BILLINGS LIFE CLINIC The Billings Ovulation Method is empowering, non-invasive, economical, device and drug-free, 100% environmentally friendly and simple to use. The next clinic will take place on Monday, 26 September 2016, from 7:00-8:00 p.m., at St. Paul the Apostle Church (patio entrance). Email, or call 613-544-8495, for information.

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS ANNUAL FISH FRY will take place on Friday, 30 September 2016, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. For tickets, call Scott Sanderson of St. Mary’s at 613-453-0850; Dan Lewis of St. John’s at 613-545-7876; or Dennie O’Donnell of Holy Family at 613-542-8949. Cost is $15.00 per person, or Family of 4 – $35.00. Fish & Chips prepared by Lizzy’s Tall Fry.

ST. ANTHONY OF PADUA’S ANNUAL PARISH BAZAAR will take place on Saturday, 1 October 2016, from 9:30 a.m.-noon, at Newburgh Hall. Come in for your morning coffee or tea & delectable goodies, and check out our crafts, touch and take, fish pond, silent auctions, baked goods, preserves, etc. Many door prizes & ticket draws. Our Lottery Raffle Ticket draw will take place at noon. Come and join us. A great opportunity to pick up some baked goods for Thanksgiving. Admission is $3.00.

40-VOICE CHOIR Coro San Marco will sing at St. John’s Church, 270 Stone Street South, Gananoque, on Saturday, 1 October 2016, at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are available at the door, or Monday-Friday, from 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., at the church office. Tickets: $10.00 each; $25 for families of 3+; Free for 10 & under.

CORO SAN MARCO from Toronto will visit St. Edward Church, Westport, on Sunday, 2 October 2016. At a special Mass at 11:00 a.m., they will sing a Mass setting composed by Fr. Louis Di Rocco, entitled Missa Divinae Misericordiae. They will also sing some sacred music before Mass, starting at 10:30 a.m. At 2:30 p.m., they will give a Sacred Music Concert in St. Edward Church, joined by the choirs of St. Edward and St. Columbanus parishes. This promises to be a very enjoyable day of music.