Raphael Amato’s Reflection, a Parish Update and Zoom Registration for Sunday Liturgy of the Word and Weekday Masses

Dear St. Joe’s parishioners,

The reflection for the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time is offered by Raphael Amato. This Sunday at 10:30 a.m., we are also holding a live Liturgy of the Word through Zoom. Please see the weekly Parish Update below for the registration link.

In his reflection, Raphael shares:

“Jesus, rather than telling others how to live, called those around him to discover the fundamental truth about God’s love. God’s laws were not meant to overpower and dominate, but rather to acknowledge our fundamental relationship with God. For Jesus not only spoke with authority but was authentic; grounded in the knowledge of being a beloved of God…”

You can read the full-text of the reflection here (Jan31-2021-reflection-RA ) or watch the video below:

Liturgical Resources

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time – January 31 2021 – Liturgy of the Word for use at home


READINGS FOR CHILDREN – 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time

4th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 2021 – Prayers of the Faithful

Organ Music Performed by Tom Fagan

St. Joseph’s Parish History with Terry Byrne (Part 3)

Terry Byrne shares artefacts and an anecdote from the history of St. Joseph’s Parish. What happened when an Oblate priest’s friendly and unleashed dog decided to visit the CWL’s coffee hour in the Parish Hall?

Parish Update:

Live Liturgy of the Word on Sunday, January 31, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. via Zoom

Join us on Sunday, January 31st, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. for Liturgy of the Word. Please register with Zoom here. Once you register, you will receive by email a link to participate.

Lectio Divina over Zoom each Sunday at 1:30 p.m.

Lectio Divina is a reflective exercise centered around the reading of scripture. 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 using the following link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/2906781332?pwd=VWUvMUtXVlFzUjlSME9velZHRWcrZz09

Fostering Hope and Meaning During the Pandemic: Skills for Getting Through

The St. Joseph’s Parish Health and Wellness Working Group is offering a series through Zoom with Clinical Psychologist Dr. Phil Ritchie. To register for the first session on February 1st, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. click here.

Fratelli Tutti Discussion Series 

The St. Joseph’s Parish Fratelli Tutti Discussion Series continues on Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. To register, click here.

Prayers for Chung Wu

We hold Chung Wu, who passed away on January 26th, in our prayers.

Announced Weekday Masses

The maximum capacity at all weekday Masses during the period of the stay-at-home order is 10, including Fr. Jim. Please register online for the Mass you would like to attend. Registration is automatically closed once capacity is reached. (Weekend Masses remain suspended until further notice.)

  • Wed., February 3: Philip Murton (Requested by John Kathleen Strader) Register here
  • Thurs., February 4: Theresa Wolack (Requested by Joe and Doris Michniewicz) Register here
  • Fri., February 5: Vito Tassone (Requested by Julie McLauglin) Register here


Adoration is held on Friday, February 5, 2021, following Noon Mass. Maximum capacity is 10. Please register here, if you would like to attend.

Free Breakfast/Snack Kits Available

The Ottawa Network for Education has partnered with our Parish to offer families with school age children breakfast and snack kits. We have 30 such kits available for our community beginning February 2, 2021. If you would like a kit, which includes healthy snack items, please contact the front office: frontdesk@st-josephs.ca or telephone: 613-233-4095, ext. 251.

St. Joe’s Meditation on Zoom each Friday evening at 7 p.m. Please visit here

Development & Peace / Share Lent, Share Love!

Fratelli Tutti: Share Lent, Share Love! Come and virtually explore with us Pope Francis’ latest encyclical on fraternal love and how we can put it into concrete action in our lives. Workshop will be interactive and include space for dialogue with Catholics from all over Eastern and Northern Ontario already practicing this important work! Thursday, February 4, at 6:30 pm. Register in advance for this workshop.

Church Offering for January 24, 2021: $5,497. Thank you for your generosity, including during this period of lockdown. We are grateful for your support, especially as most of our expenses continue. 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.

2020 Tax Receipts

The Parish will be mailing out 2020 tax receipts at the end of this coming week for all those who donated through envelopes and auto-debit. Thank you for supporting us during a difficult year.

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.

Vocation Reflection: “Discerning the Call of God”
By Serena Shaw – Vocation Team – Oblate Associate

“Was it because Jesus had taken the time to really listen, that he had an understanding of what God wanted for him; that he understood his vocational call? This is the ultimate achievement for Christians. What can be more important than getting to the point where we have discerned what God is wanting for us, and of what we are being called to?”
Read the reflection here (published on Friday January 29): https://omilacombe.ca/become-an-oblate/

Wishing you a restful weekend,


Christopher Adam
email: cadam@st-josephs.ca

2 thoughts on “Raphael Amato’s Reflection, a Parish Update and Zoom Registration for Sunday Liturgy of the Word and Weekday Masses”

  1. Thank you Terry for the all the research you have done to uncover significant historical information about St. Joe’s Parish and recovering remarkable artifacts. Well done Terry, your tireless efforts are much appreciated.

    1. I whole-heartedly agree. Fascinating hearing about our history and seeing the treasures you’ve uncovered, Terry. Thank you so much.

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