Easter Homily & Bulletin

Fr. Jim Bleackley OMI offers a video recording of his Easter Sunday homily, available here:



‘Today we begin the Sundays of Easter. For the next 50 days, we will be encouraged in deepening our grasp of the Paschal Mystery and making it a part of our lives. Our celebration of easter is a challenge to look deeply into the empty tomb and consider what it really means. Not just for Jesus but for us.  He is risen, but are we? He is no longer to be found among the dead but the living. Is it the same for us?’

Bulletin: Easter Sunday

Easter Lilly & Flower Donations: Easter Lilly donations

Liturgical Resources

Vocation Reflection: The silence of death https://omilacombe.ca/the-silence-of-death/

By Jarek Pachocki, OMI, OMI Lacombe Canada – Vocation Director
[email protected]

Supporting Ukraine

LAST CHANCE * T-Shirts in support of the Canadian Red Cross Ukrainian Humanitarian Crisis Appeal

Parishioner Michelle Hess, in collaboration with the Canadian Red Cross, has designed a unique t-shirt as a fundraiser to support the people of Ukraine in this time of war. T-shirts featuring Michelle’s art are available for $25.00 in benefit of the Canadian Red Cross Ukrainian Humanitarian Crisis Appeal. If interested, please contact the Parish Front Office: 613-233-4095, ext. 251. [email protected] please include your size (S, M, L, XL).  The front office will be taking order until Easter weekend.

Thank you!

T-shirt design:


Catholic Near East Welfare Association:


Development and Peace:

Red Cross:

Lacombe MAMI:


Kateri Native Ministry Mass at St. Joe’s

On the weekend of April 23-24, we will have the 5pm Saturday Mass and only one Sunday Mass at 10:30 am.

The Kateri Native Ministry of Ottawa will be leading our 10:30 am Sunday Mass on April 24.

After Mass there will be beverages and refreshments available.  All are welcome.

If you can help the Social Committee, please email Kathleen Allan at [email protected]


Update on the Reconciliation Discussion Series

Our St Joe’s Reconciliation Discussion Series met for the fourth time this past week where we were blessed to be joined by Fr Peter Bisson, SJ. His fascinating presentation about his personal, and his community’s experience with Indigenous relations was an important reminder that change begins from within. It was also an encouragement for us that, though it may be uncomfortable, there is hope. The evening was rounded out by a time of prayer, intercession, and thanksgiving. We look forward to our next gathering on April 25th when we will be discussing the importance of Indigenous catholic spirituality in the church today.  Once again, we will meet via zoom at 7pm. If you have not yet attended, you can register at the link below.


For any questions or comments, please contact [email protected] or 613 233 4095 ext.: 235.

Update on the Synodal Process of the People of God

Apr 17, 2022

The first half of St. Joe’s Synodal Journey Process is ending and after Easter we will move into the 2nd half which is to gather together the essence that you have shared.


My heart is full as I look back on the past month and a half during which we came together in small groups using Zoom to experience a process of praying, discerning, sharing and listening to our experiences of living our faith at St. Joe’s and as part of the larger Church.

In that time, we planned and met with 20 groups in all for a total of more than 50 parishioners and a volunteer force of  12+ (who met with multiple groups and sessions).

After Easter we will come together, to try to capture the essence of all that has been shared with us and prepare to send that to Archdiocese as well as to the Synod office in Rome.

And then we will rest…

In the fall we will start to gather with the parish so that we can share the gifts that were shared with us, and hopefully look at how we might move forward as a parish to try and realise the dreams that were captured. We ask you to keep us in your prayers are our work continues.

For those of you who were not able to join us via zoom, we invite you to share your thoughts and your experiences of life and God at St. Joe’s Parish by going to the Diocesan website to use their online form using the following link: https://en.archoc.ca/individuals-1

Your participation in this process has been a gift of life and joy and we thank you for sharing that with all of us.

Let me take this opportunity to wish all of you a grace-filled Triduum and a very Happy Easter.

Eleanor Rabnett

St Joe’s Supper Table Update

Happy Easter to you and your family from St. Joe’s Supper Table! We hope everyone is doing well. As the warm weather slowly begins to arrive, we have begun to see more faces at the window. On average, we have been serving around 80-100 meals over our breakfast and dinner service. St. Joe’s Supper Table is need of ground coffee, snack items, baking supplies, sugar and oil. If you are unsure as to what to donate, but would like to partake in donating, money is always an acceptable and appreciated donation.

 St Joseph’s Women Centre Update

On 14 April, the Women’s Centre hosted a catered Easter Lunch in the Parish Hall, attended by 50 participants of the Centre and others in the neighbourhood. It was good to see lots of engagement and interaction from participants, volunteers and staff. Happy Easter to everyone engaged in the Women’s Centre!


Refugee Outreach Committee UPDATE

Margie Cain, who many of you will know through the Supper Table, Food Bank and the ROC, is returning to PEI at the end of the month.
Margie has been an outstanding volunteer within the St Joes community. She has been on the ROC leadership team for the last 4 years and her departure leaves a big hole. We will miss her compassion, energy and laugher. We send Ron and Margie on their way with our thanks and love.

English Conversation Circles Volunteer Update

The English Conversation Group enables participants to have a one on one conversation with a volunteer who speaks English fluently. The Group’s goal is to enable English language skills to be improved in a supportive , friendly and enjoyable way. We hold Zoom and in person sessions each Wednesday from 7pm to 8:30 pm. We welcome any parishioners who would like to be a volunteer or a participant. For further info contact [email protected]

Galilee Centre – Open House

Sunday, May 1 9:00 AM-1:00 PM, 398 John Street North, Arnprior
9 am – Eucharist
10 am – Garden Clean Up and Open House
12 pm – BBQ Lunch $5

Tours of the historic building and grounds, learn about Galilee’s programs, hosting options, library, and Friends of Galilee volunteer program. Visit http://www.galileecentre.com for more information.

Parish Updates

Rod Bourgeois Funeral

The funeral for Rod Bourgeois, a parishioner since 1980, will be held on Saturday May 7 at 2 PM. Although Rod passed on last year, the funeral service was delayed due to Covid. A proud Acadian, Rod was known for his dry wit, patience and generosity. For many years he volunteered at the Supper Table with Jean and faithfully collected offerings at the 11:30 Mass. The family requests that those attending please wear a mask. Thank you.

Financial Stewardship

Offering for Sunday April 10, 2022: $6879.00

Triduum Schedule:

Holy Thursday: Mass of the Lord’s Supper
April 14, 2022 — 7:30pm

Good Friday: Celebration of the Passion of the Lord
April 15, 2022 — 3:00pm

Easter Vigil: Resurrection of the Lord
April 16, 2022 — 8:00pm
Easter Sunday: Resurrection of the Lord
April 17, 2022 — 9:30am & 11:30am

Library News

Library News — April 12, 2022 – St. Joe’s Library is located on the main floor of the Parish Office near the Sacristy and is open: Weekdays 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Sundays 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Did you know the Library now contains over 2,800 titles? Most have been donated but we continually welcome relevant books. Topics range from church history, prayer, scripture, spirituality, teaching materials and much more. Borrowing is on a self-serve honour basis, with a one month loan period. The Library Catalogue, where you can search the latest version of the collection (March 2022) can be found in print format in a binder in the Library or online (go to Facilities/Library). You can search by Title, Author and Subject.

Have a wonderful Easter! See you soon.


Community News

A survey on poverty

We are inviting you to participate in the Localizing Canada’s Commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals survey to share your perspectives and knowledge of poverty in your community. What does ending poverty mean to you? What would that feel and look like in your community? The survey results will contribute to a greater understanding of public knowledge of the Sustainable Development Goals and poverty and will also be used to inform the Localizing Canada’s Commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals project’s approach to engaging communities in a series of community conversations.  By participating in the survey, you have the chance of winning 1 of 3 $50 Gift Cards.  To take the survey, visit this link: https://tinyurl.com/campaign2000survey

Thank you: HANNAH BARRIE (Family Services Toronto)

Christian Meditation

Monday Christian Meditation Sessions have resumed in person at 9:30am in the Sacristy Library.

Wednesday Christian Meditation Sessions have resumed in person at 3pm in the Main Floor Meeting room. Please contact Chaplain Rick at 613-265-1652 for more information.

Friday Christian Meditation Sessions have resumed in person at 7pm in the Oblate Lounge. Please contact Beth at [email protected] for more information.

The Canadian Christian Meditation Community 2022 National Conference is taking place the 10th & 11th June 2022 at Saint Paul University, 110 Hazel Street, Ottawa. For mor information and Registration: National Conference Registration

Front Office

If you have questions or require, 2021 Tax Receipts, 2022 Church Envelopes, or 2022 Missals, [please contact the Front Office at 613-233-4095 or [email protected].

Prayers for those who are sick: Louis Gascon, Bēatē Bernhardt, Marie Budden, Loretta Doherty, David Friday, Ethel Garrett, Catherine McDaid, Don O’Shaughnessy

Prayers for those who have died: Dan Leeman, Lucille Muldoon, Donna Andrew, Kwesi Baffoe, Pat Barr, Paul Chamberlain, Christine Crawford, Gail Ford, Sister Patricia McCarney CND, Nina McCullough

Mass Intentions
Wed. April 20th, 2022: Carol Ringuette
Thur. April 21th, 2022:  Mr & Mrs Taylor
Fri. April 22th, 2022: Salvalaggio Family

Please contact Kathleen in the Front office ([email protected]) for questions, bulletin submissions or to add a name to the prayers for the sick & deceased.



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