Dear St. Joe’s parishioners,
John Rietschlin offers us a reflection this weekend, on the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time, which is also the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi. John touches on the feast day and how it marks the end of the Season of Creation in the Church. He notes: “Social justice and environmental justice are two sides of the same coin. If we destroy the land or the forests or pollute the water which people need to have food, clothing and a decent livelihood we are violating both social and environmental justice.” This reflection is available as a video below, in full-text format and live at Mass this weekend.
- As you likely already heard, our Parish AGM of Sunday, October 4, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. has moved to Zoom, due to the rising number of new Covid–19 infections in Ontario. For information on how to attend, and for the draft minutes of the 2019 AGM, as well the 2020 AGM Report please click here.
- St. Joseph’s Parish gratefully acknowledges the $25,000 grant received from the Canadian Women’s Foundation for the St. Joe’s Women’s Centre. Thank you for this generous contribution.
- On November 19, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. the St. Joe’s Women’s Centre is hosting a virtual Quality of Life fundraiser and will honour two groups that have made a real difference in the community during the pandemic, namely Operation Ramzieh and Food For Thought. The $70 ticket includes the delivery of Hors d’oeuvres and cocktails to your home the evening of the event. For more information, please see the invitation: Invitation-Quality-of-Life-2020.
- We offer our prayers for Kathleen Kot (née Bull), mother of parishioner Mary Ellen and mother-in-law of parishioner Patrick Shaughnessy, who died on September 29, 2020. Please see the obituary here.
- Sunday Offering for September 27, 2020: $6,212. Thank you for your continued generosity! If you are attending Mass this weekend and would like to make a donation, you will find a Sunday offering basket near the main entrance of the church. You can leave your donation here at either the beginning or the end of Mass. If you are not yet returning to St. Joe’s for Mass this weekend or will be away, please consider using Canada Helps. You may choose the Parish fund of your choice through this form: http://www.st-josephs.ca/about/donations/.
- This Sunday’s Oblate Vocations reflection is offered by Fr. Susai Jesu OMI. You can read it here.
- Mission Sunday on October 18th: The Oblates of Mary Immaculate have served in Canada for more than 175 years and established the Catholic Church in the Canadian West. They continue to do missionary work in Canada and abroad. The Oblates are proud of the daring spirit of our early missionaries and our perseverance in difficult missions today. We invite you to accept and read the “Oblate Spirit” booklet that will be handed out in a sanitized manner after Mass on October 18th. You may desire to become a missionary associate and partner with the Oblates in their compassionate humanitarian work. We invite you to receive a copy of this publication on a regular basis (free of charge) by contacting the MAMI office at 601 Taylor Street West, Saskatoon, SK S7M 0C9 or by Toll Free phone: 1-866-432-6264 or by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org The Oblate Spirit publication is available on-line in both English and French at: www.omilacombe.ca/mami/oblate-spirit