Christmas & New Year Liturgy Schedule

Posted by on Dec 20, 2017 in Liturgy | 0 comments

Saturday, Dec. 23rd (4th Sunday of Advent) 5:00pm Sunday, Dec. 24th (4th Sunday of Advent) 10:30am (Christmas Eve) 5:00pm – Family Service 8:15pm – Choral Prelude & Carol-Sing 9:00pm – Christmas Eve Mass 11:15pm – Choral Prelude & Carol-Sing 12:00am – Midnight Candle-Light Mass Monday, Dec. 25th (Christmas Day) 11:00am – Christmas Day Mass Saturday, Dec. 30th (Holy Family) 5:00pm  Sunday, Dec. 31st (Holy Family) 9:30am & 11:30am (Mary, Mother of God) 5:00pm Saturday, Jan. 1st (Mary, Mother of God) 11:00am   ***Please note that the last Sunday for the 7:00pm University Mass is Dec. 10th. It resumes on Sunday, Jan. 7th....

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St. Joseph’s 2017 Holy Week Mass Schedule

Posted by on Apr 11, 2017 in Liturgy | 0 comments

Holy Thursday, April 13th –No noon Mass –Mass of the Lord’s Supper & washing of feet (bring a towel if you can) –  7:30 pm Good Friday, April 14th –No noon Mass –Children’s Pageant – 10 am –Passion Service & Veneration of the cross – 3 pm Holy Saturday, April 15th –Easter Vigil  – 8:30 pm –Put-Luck Reception (bring something to share…to help with cleanup-please take home what you bring) – 11 pm Easter Sunday, April 16th –Masses – 9:30 & 11:30 am –No 7 pm University...

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St. Joseph’s 2016 Christmas & New Year Mass Schedule

Posted by on Dec 18, 2016 in Liturgy, Seasonal Planning | 0 comments

Christmas Eve: Saturday, Dec. 24 4:40 pm – Organ Prelude 5 pm – Christmas Eve Mass & Pageant 8 pm – Organ/Choral Prelude and Carol-sing 9 pm – Christmas Eve Mass 11 pm – Choral Prelude 12 am – Midnight Candlelight Mass Christmas Day: Sunday, Dec. 25 6:45 am – Organ Prelude 7 am – Christmas Day Mass at Dawn 9:30 am & 11:30 am – Christmas Day Mass *no 7 pm University Mass Feast of Mary, Mother of God (New Year’s Eve) Saturday, Dec. 31 – 5 pm Mass Feast of Mary, Mother of God (New Year’s Day) Sunday, Jan. 1 – 9:30 am and 11:30 am Mass Epiphany of the Lord Saturday, Jan. 7 – 5 pm Mass Sunday, Jan. 8 – 9:30 am and 11:30 am Mass   ** University Mass resumes on Sunday, Jan 8th. **The Parish Office is closed between Dec. 24th-Jan.2nd.  ...

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Sunday Homily for November 6, 2016

Posted by on Nov 11, 2016 in Featured, Liturgy | 0 comments

Sunday, November 6, 2016 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Often we need to know the rest of the story in order for the readings proclaimed at our celebration to speak to us in a meaningful way. What is the rest of the story in today’s readings, in particular the readings from Maccabees and the Gospel of Luke? The story of the Maccabean Revolt, which is at the heart of today’s first reading, takes place about 200 years before the time of Jesus, but has roots even further back. With the death of Alexander the Great, who had conquered Asia Minor, the Middle East and had even moved into India, the vast territory he conquered was divided among his generals, who established separate kingdoms. Israel came under the rule of the kingdom centred in Syria. The king at the time referred to in the first reading, Antiochus Epiphanes IV decided that his whole kingdom would become Hellenized – that all people would adopt Greek culture, the Greek language and Greek religion. His decree was enforced under pain of torture and death. While many tribes and peoples accepted the king’s decrees, there were many in Israel who chose to defy the king. They realized that adopting much of the trappings of Greek culture would require that they abandon many of the practices of their religious faith, especially around ritual purity, food and the other requirements of the law. Accepting the Greek religious beliefs and gods would require abandoning their faith and religious practice and breaking the covenant that God had made with Israel. The seven brothers and their mother who are featured in this passage from Maccabees choose to remain faithful to the covenant with God – they will live their faith and their relationship with God even in the face of punishment or death. They do that because they believe in resurrection and eternal life. Those who joined in the revolt against the king and his new laws shared that belief in eternal life, which was a relatively new development in the faith of Israel. This belief in eternal life and resurrection continued to grow within Israel until the time of Jesus, and was held strongly by the Pharisees. The Sadducees, who question Jesus in today’s Gospel passage did not have a belief in resurrection and eternal life. They held only the first five books of the Hebrew Scripture as authentic teaching, and that teaching does not include resurrection. Rather, they believed that a person lives on through one’s children. Hence the importance of having offspring, and the law that says that someone must marry one’s brother’s widow if the brother dies without children. To die without having children means...

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Reconciliation

Posted by on Nov 3, 2016 in Liturgy | 0 comments

Our Pastor, Fr. Richard Beaudette, offers Reconciliation by appointment or during the following times: After Weekday Masses (Noon, Wed-Fri) Between 4:00pm-4:45pm each Saturday Between 8:00am-8:45am and 10:45am-11:15am each Sunday To schedule Reconciliation, please contact Fr. Richard directly at rbeaudette(at)omilacombe.ca or Ext. 222    

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