The Parish Bulletin for the Third Sunday in Ordinary time includes the first installment of a new series entitled Ask the Executive Director. Chris offers a response to a question that we have received, which reads: “Do we know what attracts people to St. Joe’s and why some choose to leave?”
In upcoming issues of the Bulletin, the ED will answer additional questions, as will the Pastor, under a similar series entitled Ask the Pastor.
This issue of the Bulletin includes a wealth of news from our parish community and further afield, including a call for a Coordinator of Sunday Mass Collections.
There’s a wealth of information in the Parish Bulletin for Sunday, January 15, 2023. This includes an update on Synodality, an invitation to a young adult retreat organized by St. Joe’s at Galilee, the second installment of our history series, information on an upcoming Mardi Gras dinner in support of the St. Joe’s Supper Table and more. Please access the Bulletin in pdf format here: Bulletin – January 15, 2023
As always, printed copies are available at all Masses.
Happy New Year! Please find attached the Bulletin for Sunday, January 8th, 2023. In this issue you will find a write-up on a piece of fascinating (and mysterious) St. Joe’s parish history from the 1880s, as well as a reflection on the legacy of the late Pope Benedict XVI, and other news. You can access the Bulletin in pdf format here: Bulletin – January 8, 2023
For a child, the anticipation of Christmas is a time of excitement and joy as they count down the days for the up coming feast. All of this excitement slows down to a quiet whisper as the child experiences the ‘not yet’ moment. Getting up early on Christmas morning and tiptoeing to the front room to see the Christmas tree which outstretches its arms in a protective gesture of the many gifts waiting to make a child’s delight.
All of these sights and sounds of Christmas are not for everyone. Our world still hungers for peace and a sense of belonging. Our Lord, like many people today, has experienced being a refugee in the land of Egypt. Climate change, political unrest and wars have forced people to flee their country of origin –becoming refugees and migrants as they journey towards an uncertain future.
On the night Our Lord was born, angles came to bring news of great joys to shepherds tending their sheep in the dark of the night. Their message was about the arrival of the Messiah, the one who is to lead the people of Israel through the troubled times they were experiencing. In our modern world we need to recognize this announced savior who comes to save and liberate. The role of a true leader is to gather people not only in good times but also in times of darkness, uncertainty, and trials. These are individuals, who do not loose they focus in times of confusion but are able to lead with conviction. For these leaders the needs of the people come first. Our Lord is such a leader.
The Lord tells us over and over again that he will not abandon us in our time of need. In Scripture the words, “BE Not Afraid” is re-stated many times. How is the Lord present today? He makes his presence felt through the disciples he sends to give witness of his love and concern. I can see this in the people who are struggling with either crushing heat during the summer or the bitter cold being experienced by Canadians in the western part of the country. Although the situation can seem dire, the Spirit of the Lord continues to inspire people, ordinary people, who reach out to those in need in bringing hope in times of darkness. This year, more than ever, we are all called to be pilgrims of hope in communion with one another. May the star of Bethlehem be your guide to the Christ Child this night and always giving you strength to be authentic witnesses to the Gospels we live.
Fr. Robert Laroche, OMIContinue reading Fr. Robert’s Christmas Reflection & The Parish Bulletin→
The snowstorm didn’t stop the St. Joe’s Women’s Centre from hosting a Christmas lunch for clients today. More than 50 women and children shared a traditional turkey meal, dessert, hot chocolate, coffee and tea today in the Parish Hall. And we had live music too, thanks to a volunteer. Our staff member, Jane Tenthorey, brought her cousin Ryan, who played the keyboard and sang Christmas songs. Each guest left with a Christmas gift and good cheer was enjoyed by all. Thanks to all volunteers and staff who stepped in to help!
Recently, we’ve shared information on the on-going reconstruction of the church’s front entrance. This weekend, however, we’re excited to share with our parish community a replica of St. Joseph’s Church made not from stone and mortar – but from gingerbread and candy!
The St. Joe’s gingerbread church is the work of Christina Dansereau, and it forms part of the silent auction at the Supper Table’s Christmas dinner on Saturday, December 10th spearheaded by Sue-Anne Hess. We’re excited to see who will get to take home this tasty replica of our church for Christmas! Thank you to all who purchased tickets or supported the St. Joe’s Supper Table fundraising event through donations!
Please find the Parish Bulletin for the Second Sunday of Advent here: 4 December 2022. We’ve included the full Advent and Christmas schedule, as well as lots of news from our parish community. You’ll also find an update on the construction at the entrance of the church and an invitation to a pre-Christmas dinner for students and young adults organized by the Parish’s Faith Formation & Young Adult Ministry Coordinator, Paul Dansereau, and his partners at Sacré-Coeur and the Christian Reformed Chaplaincy.
Please find the Parish Bulletin for the First Sunday of Advent here: 27 November 2022 . There’s still time in the coming days to register for the St. Joe’s Supper Table’s Christmas Dinner on December 10th. The evening includes a catered meal, live music and more. Please see the front page of the bulletin for details. This is a great way to support the social justice work of our parish’s community meal and food bank programme. This weekend you’ll also learn more about a new campaign at St. Joseph’s Parish entitled Step Up: Living Our Faith & Building Our Future.
Please find the Parish Bulletin for the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe here: November_20,2022 . You’ll find news from around our parish community, including on the construction at the 174 Wilbrod St. entrance and information on the upcoming Supper Table Christmas dinner. This week we also welcomed Olivia Harvey to our staff team!