July 3rd, 2022
ROC: Extraordinary Action at St. Joe’s
Monday, June 20th was a very exciting day for St. Joseph’s Parish – it was the launch of a new book published by the University of Ottawa Press entitled Ordinary People, Extraordinary Actions: Refuge Through Activism at Ottawa’s St. Joe’s Parish. Standing and sitting on the sunny lawn of Tabaret Hall, with representatives of the University and partner NGOs, we celebrated the prophetic work of so many parishioners who have helped welcome newcomers to Canada for over 30 years. We’re grateful for your dedication, works of justice and mercy, St. Joe’s Refugee Outreach Committee! The University of Ottawa is donating the proceeds of the book to St. Joe’s.
St Joe’s Supper Table Update
Volunteers are slowly returning to the kitchen, with some familiar and new faces. It is a joy to welcome them back, and to connect with new members of the community as well!
In recent weeks, we have completed a major cleanout of our storage and working spaces, and our food storage locations look sparkling clean! We will be making some minor adjustments to the dates and times of our two food bank services, but the feedback has been very positive!
We are now serving two meals per weekday, offering a hot breakfast and supper service. This equals approximately 40 breakfasts and 50 suppers per day. We have noticed the demand increasing as the days grow warmer, and we continue to evaluate our service to ensure that we are meeting the community needs as best we can.
It is a testament to the generosity and patience of the parish and the Supper Table Community that this service has managed to thrive and flourish, despite trying circumstances. It continues to provide much needed meals and company to those in our community.
St Joe’s Women’s Centre 2022 School Supply Drive
We are asking for donations of individual school supplies and/or school bags filled with supplies for students in either elementary or high school. We are requesting that the school supplies be dropped off no later than Friday August 12th, 2022.
For drop-offs at the Women’s Centre, our hours are from Monday to Friday, 9:30 am to 3:30 pm. You also have the option of leaving the school supplies at the front desk of the Parish Office.
School Supplies Needed:
- School Bags (Elementary & High School)
- Lunch Bags
- Pencil Cases
- Pencil Crayons
- Glue Sticks
- Loose-Leaf Paper
- 3-Ring Binders
- Scientific Calculators
- French/English Dictionaries
- * Staples Gift Cards
Did you know?:
St. Joe’s Women’s Centre has a wonderful partnership with Staples! Each dollar donated (monetary or gift card) is approximately doubled!!
For more information please contact:
Jane Tenthorey, Program Coordinator,
St. Joe’s Women’s Centre.
613-231-6722 or [email protected]
Thank you very much for all your support!
New Children’s Choir and a New Staff Member
St Joe’s is happy to announce the launch of a new children’s choir program! Starting September 2022, all children ages 6 to 15 are invited to join the choir. No experience necessary! Fun-filled rehearsals will take place weekly after the 9:30am mass, and the choir will sing during 9:30am mass one Sunday per month.
The choir will be directed by Andrea MacWilliams who completed her Bachelor of Music in Composition at the University of Ottawa in 2017. In addition to her participation in St. Joe’s Music Ministry since 2012, she has sought choral leadership opportunities with positions such as Assistant Conductor of the Ottawa Catholic School Board children’s choirs and Apprentice Conductor of the Capital Chamber Choir. She is delighted to join the staff at St. Joe’s as Associate Music Director, to launch the brand new Children’s Choir in September 2022, and to continue developing the Young Adult Music Ministry at the University Mass. Reach out to her at [email protected] to ask questions or get involved.
YOUNG FAMILIES LOOKING TO SUPPORT ONE ANOTHER
Young families in our parish are hoping to get to know one another. Over the past 2 years many young families have not been able to attend in person events at St Joe’s for many reasons. People are talking about moving forward together and would like to meet other families. If you are interested in meeting other young families, please contact Kathleen Strader at [email protected] and leave your name and contact information with her.
Offering for Sunday May 31, 2022: $4665
June 26, 2022 – Library books about the TRINITY include – Bourgeault, C. Holy Trinity and the love of three: discovering the radical truth at the heart of Christianity (BT111.3.B68 2013), Rohr, R. Divine dance: the Trinity and your transformation (BT109.R58 2016), Stirling A. ed., Trinity: an essential for faith in our times (BT111.2.T75 2002) & Moltmann, J. History and the triune God (BT111.2.M5813 1992).
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 Night Christion Meditation will return to the Oblate Lounge September 9, 2022. If you have any questions, please contact Beth Smith at [email protected].
St Vincent de Paul: Catch the Ace Lottery is Back!
The Ottawa Central Council (OCC) of the Society of St- Vincent de Paul is pleased to announce the return of the Catch the Ace lottery. The first draw will take place on July 12 and every Tuesday after that until the Ace of Spades is drawn again. Tickets are $10 each, purchase online only, and they are good for the draw on the Tuesday after the purchase. This lottery supports the Anchor Housing project with which the Ottawa Central Council hopes to provide safe, secure, permanent housing for 4-6 Indigenous families. For details and to start playing, go to https://ssvpottawa.ca/
Volunteers Needed — English Conversation Circle
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]
Pastoral Volunteers wanted: Garry J. Armstrong Home, 200 Island Lodge Rd
The pandemic is slowing down, and our residents are looking forward to returning to some sense of normalcy. We are looking for Pastoral Volunteers that would be interested in visiting our Roman Catholic residents and enrich their spirituality.
Join our volunteer team here at Garry J. Armstrong Home and help make a difference in the lives of the residents! Orientation/training opportunities will be provided. Please contact Julien Roberge at 613 580 2424 ext. 22950 or [email protected] for more information.
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].
Mass intentions are available on Wed., Thur., and Fri. during Noon Mass for a $15.00 donation. Please notify the Front Desk, [email protected] for arrangements. Thank you!
Wed. July 6th, 2022: Leokadia, Sr Chistiana
Thur. July 7th, 2022: Halina, Barabara, Alina & Magda
Fri. July 8th, 2022: Leokodia & Yolis & Family
Prayers for those who are ill: Colleen O’Meara
Prayers for those who have died: Maureen Pinsonneault, Huges Jean, Cyril Winters, Dan Handfield,
To add a name to the prayers for Sick or those who have died: Email Kathleen in the Front Office, [email protected]. We pray for those who are listed during the Prayers of the Faithful.