Sixth Sunday of Easter

On the Sixth Sunday of Easter,  Fr Jim Bleackley offers the Homily.


“When Jesus leaves his disciple peace, he is leaving them both the revelation of the non-abandoning love of God and the task of restoring peace on the war-torn earth. It should be noted that these two dimensions of peace are intimately related. As the beatitude says, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. This is the peace that arises from the very presence of God in our midst. This is the peace that enable the community at Jerusalem to discover ways for reaching harmony within its widening diversify of backgrounds. This is the peace that is still very much alive and active within our own community here and now today. Our coming together is a miracle of grace.”

Printable Bulletin 

May 21


 St. Joe’s Supper Table 

Hello!  Kathleen Strader and I (Sue-Anne Hess) will be taking over as interim coordinators of the Supper Table. Now that COVID restrictions are easing, we are hoping to rebuild the volunteer base, and return to usual operations. So that we can start to think about moving forward, please send your name, best contact (phone or email) and availability to We will be in touch in the coming weeks to talk about our plans! Thank you once again for your support of this important ministry.

The St. Joe’s Supper Table received $2,420 in new funding this week from the Ottawa Food Bank to assist with our local fund bank operations, particularly with our use of the Link2Feed database. The funds can be used to purchase equipment related to the St. Joe’s food bank, as well as to help cover staffing costs. We are grateful for this contribution!

Upcoming change in Pastor

Fr. Jim’s appointment at St. Joseph’s Parish will conclude on August 1, 2022. A few weeks ago, Fr. Jim received a new obedience from the Provincial and will be moving to British Columbia. We’re grateful for his pastoral leadership over the course of nearly three years – especially in the difficult environment of the on-going pandemic. Fr. Robert Laroche OMI has been appointed as the new Pastor of St. Joseph’s Parish beginning August 1, 2022. Fr. Robert comes to us from Manitoba, where he is currently completing his appointment as Pastor of St-Pierre-Jolys Parish, near Winnipeg. In the coming weeks, we’ll share more information on both Fr. Jim’s departure and on Fr. Robert’s arrival.

Invitation to St Joe’s 2022 Annual General Meeting

St Joe’s Annual General Meeting will be held on June 15, 2022 at 7pm in the Parish Hall.  Please plan to attend.  We will review last years minutes, our annual report, the financial report and appoint the auditor for the upcoming year.  It will be a wonderful time to gather and to speak with one another about parish life. Please rsvp to Kathleen Strader by Sunday, June 13th.





May 22-29th, 2022

“Pope Francis invites Catholics to celebrate Laudato Si’ Week 2022

This weeklong global event marks the seventh anniversary of Pope Francis’ landmark encyclical on creation care and unites the world’s 1.3 billion Catholics to listen and respond to the cry of God’s creation.  Here is the link to the calendar of events: . The events bring the message of Laudato Si’ to everyday Catholics, helping bring this global celebration to life and changing countless communities around the world.  Topics include: Catholic teaching on biodiversity, responding to the cry of the poor, divestment, education, and eco-spirituality.

Catholics can rejoice in the progress we have made in bringing Laudato Si’ to life, and intensify our efforts through the Vatican’s new Laudato Si’ Action Platform, which is empowering Catholic institutions, communities, and families to fully implement Laudato Si’.  More on the platform will soon be coming from the Association of Catholic Bishops of Ontario’s approved Care for Creation 7-year Plan. The Archdiocese of Ottawa-Cornwall will launch its Care for Creation Action Platform during the Season of Creation (Sept. 1st to Oct. 4th 2022).

Comprising nearly one-fifth of the world’s population, organized in 220,000 parishes worldwide, the Catholic Church can play a powerful role in solving the dual challenges of the climate emergency and the ecological crisis.  The theme for the week is “Listening and Journeying Together.” The eight-day global event will be guided by the following quote from Laudato Si’: “Bringing the human family together to protect our common home” (LS 13).

Parish Updates

Memories of St Joe’s

Parishioners Joanne Kellerman and Michael McBane have been members of St. Joseph’s Parish for decades. In this installment of the parish history series, they share their memories of the community.

Financial Stewardship

Offering for Sunday May 8, 2022:$5,062.

Obituary – Ann Young

Ann Young was a regular parishioner at the 5pm Mass, and a faithful lector.  Ann passed away in Toronto. Her celebration of life will take place here at St Joe’s Friday May 27, 2022, at 12pm

Library News  — May 22, 2022 – May 22, 2022 – Miller, L. 25 Questions about the Bible (BS536 M56) 2012, Cooper, N. Language of the heart, how to read the Bible (BS587.C66) 2017, Lewis, S. How not to read the Bible (BS587.L49) 2019.

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 for more information.

English Conversation Circles

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

Community News

Canadian MarTyrs: Employment opportunity

Canadian Martyrs Parish is looking for to fill the position of Parish Life Coordinator. The Parish Life Coordinator works closely with the Parish’s ministries, committees, and Pastoral Team to guide and facilitate virtually all facets of the life and organization of the Parish. This person will need to have strong communications skills: oral, written and presentation. The candidate must demonstrate leadership ability and be able to work with others collaboratively, independently, and in team situations, by both delegating and accepting delegation with an attitude of welcome, openness and approachability. Please email for a complete job description.

St. Basil’s parish presents    “Conversations for Our Times” 

Listening to the Cry of Creation: Fashioning an Ecological Spirituality for Our Time Sunday, May 29th at 2:30 p.m. via Zoom.

Our current environmental crisis is a manifestation of “the cry of creation” according to Simon Appolloni, Assistant Professor with the School of the Environment at University of Toronto and author and editor with Novalis Publishing.  In this “down to earth” conversation, he will lay out how Creation is at the heart of Christian spirituality, as he encourages us to take up Pope Francis’ urging for us to listen to the cry and to embrace this understanding of our faith.  We invite you to participate in this uplifting discussion about one of the most crucial issues facing our world today.

Register in advance for this meeting: 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Please see our website  for further details about “Conversations for Our Times”.

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  for more information.

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


Catholic Near East Welfare Association:

Development and Peace:

Red Cross:

Lacombe MAMI:

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

Prayers for those who have died: Ann Young, Jake Kutarna, Louis Gascon, Dan Leeman, Lucille Muldoon, Donna Andrew, Kwesi Baffoe

Mass Intentions
Wed. May 25th, 2022: Marion McCloud
Thur. May 26th, 2022: Brian Watson
Fri. May 27th, 2022:  Daniel Robin


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

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