Fr. Jim has prepared a video homily for the Baptsim of the of the Lord and we are also sharing with you resources for this Sunday.
”This epiphany which was so vital for Jesus’ life and mission is the gift every baptized person received as they affirm God’s presence, word and love abiding within their hearts. An affirmation and identity we only recognize when we allow the Holy Spirit to lead and guide us to what is right and good.
Too often when people talk about the reasons for baptism, they often focus so much on the need for a fallen people to make themselves worthy by washing away original sin that they fail to recognize the affirmation and identity God gives when people receive this sacrament.
Often when I was preparing parents to share the Sacrament of Baptism with their young children, I would begin by asking the following questions. Why are you here? What gift do you want to share with your children? What are you asking of the Church?”
Continue reading Fr. Jim’s homily & liturgical resources for the Baptism of the Lord
On World Refugee Day, the reflection at our weekend liturgies is offered by members of the St. Joe’s Refugee Outreach Committee. The Committee shares:
“Perhaps we do have power to calm the seas and winds that drive people from their homes, as well as to provide a more welcoming place to those who make it here safely. Whether as a country, as a community, or one to one, we need to stay awake, to care for and support one another…” Continue reading A Reflection from the St. Joe’s Refugee Outreach Committee and a Parish Update
Good evening. My name is Donna Rietschlin; I am the Chair of St. Joe’s Parish Pastoral Council.
Thank you for being part of this evening of prayer, silence and reflection. We have come together for so may reasons and with so many thoughts, feelings and intentions. Some of us are angry, some of us want immediate action, some of us are confused, some of us are sad, some of us are ashamed . . . when we are faced with the pain of our indigenous sisters and brothers, we respond in many ways. Ways that often reflect our own pain and past hurts. Since May 27th I have spoken with many of you and received your emails, Chris Adam and Fr Jim have heard from you, too. Thank you for reaching out and for sharing your stories, your frustrations, your anger, and your ideas about how to move forward as a parish community.
Last night the parish pastoral council met to pray, to listen to some of the responses and reflections available online from our indigenous sisters and brothers, and to listen to one another. Our listening and conversations have begun again. The harm done to the first peoples of this land began more than 400 years ago with the arrival of European explorers and settlers. The harm continues today, much of it caused by institutions and cultures of which we are a part. Many of the indigenous people speaking today are asking us to listen to them, to learn their history and ensure justice prevails. They will lead the way forward.
Our indigenous sisters and brothers ask that we become educated. Continue reading A message from the Chair of Parish Pastoral Council
The following questions and answers regarding Indian residential schools and the role of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate are provided by OMI Lacombe Canada, the Province that administers St. Joseph’s Parish. Continue reading Questions & Answers: Indian Residential Schools and the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate
On Wednesday, June 9th, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. St. Joseph’s Parish will host a gathering for reflection and prayer in light of the discovery of the remains of 215 children on the site of the former residential school in Kamloops, BC. All are welcome to join this Zoom gathering. Please register here. Oblates will be joining us in prayer, along with parishioners from our sister Oblate parish, Holy Canadian Martyrs. Continue reading A Gathering for Reflection and Prayer in Light of the News from the Kamloops Residential School
On Sunday, May 16, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. we once again invite you to attend our Liturgy of the Word service on Zoom. Please register here. Eleanor Rabnett offers the reflection for Ascension Sunday in video format, as well as in full-text version here: Ascension Sunday May 15, 16 2021. In her reflection. Eleanor shares:
“Paul’s letter to the Ephesians reminds us how we have been called to live and maintain a new relationship of peace; by invoking the qualities of deep humility, gentleness, enduring patience, and love. He speaks of the unity of the Christian community with Christ as the head and the Church as the body. One God, one faith, one baptism. Different gifts are given to different people; some are to be apostles, prophets, preachers, pastors, teachers, parents just to name a few: all to build up the Body of Christ. All to serve God, the Church and each other.” Continue reading Eleanor Rabnett’s Reflection, Zoom Liturgy of the Word and a Parish Update on Ascension Sunday
On Sunday, April 25, 2021 at 10:30 a.m., we will be holding a Liturgy of the Word service live over Zoom. While the current provincial restrictions do not make it possible for us to gather on weekends, we look forward to seeing you each Sunday during this period on Zoom. Please register here to receive the Zoom link. We are also offering weekday noon Mass on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday with a reduced capacity of 10 people. If you would like to attend, please register here.
Andrew Pump offers the reflection for this weekend, exploring the concept of the good shepherd. He references Fratelli Tutti, where Pope Francis reminds us that we are called to meet people wherever they are; to be with them in their lives, no questions asked. Francis notes that our communities still have a problem with Pharisees, yet as members of the Church, we are always called to seek out the lost and injured. Continue reading Andrew Pump’s Reflection, Live Zoom Liturgy of the Word and a Parish Update for the Fourth Sunday of Easter
The third Provincial Emergency Order in Ontario came into effect April 8, 2021. During this period, capacity at Mass is set at 15 percent. At St. Joseph’s Parish, 15 percent capacity allows for 50 people in total at our public liturgies. As such, our Mass schedule for both weekday and weekend Masses is unchanged, but we ask all those who would like to attend to register in advance. Continue reading Masses during the Provincial Emergency Order
We are looking forward to seeing you during the Easter Triduum. In this time of pandemic, the maximum capacity in the main body of the church is 90 people. This capacity limit does not include the presider, the lector, the organist, the pianist and cantor, as they are seated outside the main body of the church. Please register using the links below for the Easter Triduum services that you would like to attend. Continue reading Registration for the Easter Triduum
Dear St. Joe’s parishioners
Fr. Jim offers us the reflection for the 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time. As we explore the readings, Fr. Jim looks at God’s presence in times of suffering; particularly the power of that divine presence when reason seems to suggest God’s absence. Continue reading Fr. Jim’s Reflection, Liturgical Resources, a Parish Update & Online Registrations