Eleanor Rabnett’s Reflection, History with Terry Byrne and a Parish Update on the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear St. Joe’s parishioners,

This Sunday, when our church remains closed for weekend Masses, we offer a video reflection from Eleanor Rabnett, the first part of a new video series with Terry Byrne on our Parish’s history, liturgical resources and the weekly Parish Update.

Terry Byrne has been St. Joe’s volunteer historian for many years. In this video, find out what happened when former Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King, a devout Presbyterian, decided to marry a parishioner from St. Joseph’s and began attending a mandatory six-part course in our Parish on what it means to live with a Catholic.

In her reflection for the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Eleanor Rabnett shares: “God does not force monologues on anyone who is unwilling. He simply invites: “Come.” When Samuel was ready to tell God that he was willing to listen, that was the beginning of the real connection between God and Samuel. When I sat at the foot of cross at a small altar in the cemetery I was ready to listen. The voice of God can be anywhere, in any guise… it is the willingness to listen, to trust and obey, that makes the Lord known to us.”

See the full video reflection or read the text version here: Second Sunday in Ordinary Time Jan 16, 17 2021f

Liturgical Resources

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time – January 17 2020 – Liturgy of the Word for use at home


READINGS FOR CHILDREN – 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time – 2021 – Prayers of the Faithful

Mission Prayer

Music — Performed by Parish Organist Tom Fagan

Parish Update

Mass Registration for Announced Weekday Noon Masses

According to the guidelines from the Archdiocese of Ottawa-Cornwall and Provincial regulations, religious services may continue with a maximum capacity of 10 people, including the Presider. As such, Fr. Jim continues to offer regular weekday Masses on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in the church. Attendance is by online advance registration. We have intentions registered for each Mass next week. Please use the link below to register for the Mass of your choice. When a Mass has reached capacity, registration is automatically closed.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021 Noon — Marion Keyes (Requested by John Mark Keyes) Register Here

Thursday, January 21, 2021 Noon — Philip Merton (Requested by Julie McLaughin) Register Here

Friday, January 22, 2021 Noon — Judith Elliston (Requested by Marie Boudle) Register Here

Pastoral Visiting Ministry

Although we cannot visit with you in person, our pastoral care volunteers are wondering if they could call you to see how you are doing. If you or a loved one would like a phone call – to check-in, chat and see how you are doing – please reach out. You can contact Andrew at ext. 235 or apump@st-josephs.ca, who will then forward your information to our ministry. Our prayers are with you all at this time.

Lectio Divina over Zoom on Sunday, January 17, 2020 at 1:30PM – Lectio Divina is a reflective exercise centered around the reading of scripture. Starting next Sunday, January 17th at 1:30PM we will be meeting virtually over Zoom to reflect on the Sunday’s Gospel and share with each other our insights and what the scriptures are calling us to look at in our lives and where they are leading us. Please join us by registering using the following link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwvdeispjktHdJUgB4GMpiZTrGrhYvHfAvv

After you register a link will be sent to your email that you will use to join in. This link is personal to you and cannot be shared with others. If you need help registering just reach out to Andrew at apump@st-josephs.ca.

We will publish the direct link to the following Sunday’s Lectio Divina next week.

Fratelli Tutti Discussion Series on Zoom

Join us at St. Joseph’s Parish for a Discussion Series on the Encyclical Letter Fratelli Tutti of Pope Francis. This initiative will be offered entirely through Zoom and is open to the community at large. Beginning Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at 7pm we will offer an open discussion of the encyclical, chapter-by-chapter, with the discussion occurring bi-weekly until April 28th, 2021. These sessions will be facilitated by Eleanor Rabnett and are open to all. For more information on these sessions, dates and how to register, please click here.

Church Offering for January 10, 2021: $4,380. Thank you for your continued generosity, including during this period of lockdown. We are grateful for your support, especially as most of our expenses continue during the lockdown. If you would like to continue giving in this period, you can mail in your offering envelopes/cheques to the parish front office, donate through Canada Helps or call us at 613-233-4095, ext. 251 to donate through credit card.

Vocation Reflection: “Encounters – A Journey of Faith”
By Jarek Pachocki OMI – Vocation Director

“In the Gospel this weekend we witness the first meeting between Jesus and three of the men who later became his Apostles – Peter, Andrew and John. It’s clear that they had a wonderful encounter. (…) One meeting with Jesus, and they were captivated by him. He gave them as much time as they wanted. They found him warm, friendly, welcoming and very compassionate. They knew they had met a remarkable person, and an extraordinary friendship was born.”
Read the reflection here: https://omilacombe.ca/become-an-oblate/

World Day of Prayer for Christian Unity:

You might appreciate a “short-course” on Christian Unity found in the attached “Ecumenical Vademecum.”  Although it is addressed to bishops, it is clearly written for every Catholic and indeed every Christian. Do not let the 50 pages overwhelm you: Ecumencial Vademecum-EN

Thank you for staying in touch with the Parish as we continue to navigate the so frequently changing pandemic realities and restrictions. We will continue to produce original material each week and distribute these through email and on this site.

Take Care,



Christopher Adam
email: cadam@st-josephs.ca

One thought on “Eleanor Rabnett’s Reflection, History with Terry Byrne and a Parish Update on the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time”

  1. Congratulations and thank you Terry for all the work you have been doing over the years! Excellent entertaining interview.

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