December 8, 2019 Second Sunday of Advent Year A

Masses for the Week

Sat. Dec 7

  • 9:00 am † Mark & Daphne Footman
  • 5:00 pm † Rosario Calandra

Sun. Dec 8

  • 9:00 am Members of the CWL both Living and Deceased
  • 11:00 am The People of the Parish
  • 7:00 pm † Kent Taylor

Mon. Dec 9

  • 9:00 am † Deceased members of the Panigutti Family

Tues. Dec 10

  • 9:00 am † Alison De Silva

Wed. Dec 11

  • 9:00 am † Carl Mary Wagner

Thurs. Dec 12

  • 9:00 am † John Wallner

Fri. Dec 13

  • 9:00 am
    • † Michael & Margaret Mullane
    • † Souls in Purgatory
    • † Catherina Cozza
    • † Cecelia Menon
    • † Mary Stequeira

Sat. Dec 14

  • 9:00 pm Intention of Debbie  Fernandes
  • 5:00 pm † Mary Sequeira

New to the Parish? Welcome!

You can register by filling in this online Registration Form.

If you would prefer to fill in a paper Registration Form, these can be found at the Church’s entrances. You can drop off your completed form in an offertory basket.

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REFLECTION

Something very important is about to happen. Solemnly Luke situates the preaching of John the Baptist, last of the prophets, within secular and religious history. John begins to speak the word he heard in the wilderness: people must change radically the landscape of their hearts, in Isaiah’s powerful image, and be washed in the waters of baptism, the sign of cleansing from sin. Only then will they be ready to welcome the Lord, only then will the world see the salvation promised by God. We find Isaiah’s imagery also in the first reading, but now it is God who levels the land to make easy and safe his people’s journey toward the new Jerusalem. Today, tears; one day, jubilation! God the Eternal One will live with us, and we will share the glory of his holiness. What delight God will take in us! Already the Good News of Jesus’ ministry brings joy to those who share it; St. Paul prays for the continued growth of Christians’ love of one another. Love above all prepares us for Jesus’ coming on the great Day.

(Sunday Mass Book)

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

December 8th

O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.

SOCIETY OF ST. VINCENT de PAUL Our 2019 Christmas Appeal

We are beginning our annual Christmas Appeal.Through your generous support, our neighbours in need will have a blessed and joyful Christmas.If you or your workplace would like to sponsor a family, please give us a call for details on a family.Please try to contact us before December 1st, which is the date that we aim to have our Christmas list completed.

Your donation and other donations are combined to buy gift cards from No-Frills and Wal-Mart to match the needs of the eligible families.Early donations are greatly appreciated.Income Tax receipts are provided for all donations received and they will be mailed out in late January.Store receipts are required for donated gift baskets but not required for gift cards.

If you know of any family in the Parish who could use some help this Christmas or for further information, please contact us at 416-282-0370 ext. 217.

SACRAMENTAL MINISTRY

To the families who will have a child scheduled to receive Holy Communion or Confirmation in 2020.

Details for the sacraments can be found here

ST. JOSEPH’S CHRISTMAS BELLS

Family Christmas party on  Saturday December 14th at 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.  in the Church Hall.

Food, caroling, face painting, Ugly Christmas sweater  contest, Arts & Crafts, Entertainment.
AND……..
A visit from Santa Claus!

Get your family photo taken with Old Saint Nick!

Fun for the whole family!

ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CAROLING

Sunday December 15th

We’re meeting at the Parish Hall at 6:00 p.m. sharp!
Come join us to bring some cheer to those in our Community Long Term Care Facilities!

ADVENT CONFESSION SCHEDULE

Archdiocesan Day of Confessions:

  • Monday, December 16th 10:00 to 2:00 p.m.

Parish Christmas Confessions:

  • Monday, December 16th beginning at 7:00 pm

ADVENT PARISH RETREAT

Here at our Church Hall On Saturday, December 7th, 9:30 p.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Pray, Sing, Hear, Contemplate

Deacon Andy Kemp and Fr. Deniel Sehlapelo explain “Advent: The Return to God”

BIBLE STUDY

New Bible Study for 2020!

If you are interested in registering for the 2020 Bible Study—Matthew—the King and His Kingdom. 24 Sessions, January 7 to June 23, 2020.Weekly Small Group discussion and DVD teaching St. Joseph’s Parish Hall, Tuesday 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Please contact Pat Wilson for information to register
Contact Info: pwils435@gmail.com
416-997-8303

VOCATION SEEDS

They shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks.”

If God is calling you to ministerial service, contact Fr. Chris Lemieux, Vocation Director, Archdiocese of Toronto at 416-968-0997

FAMILY NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATION WITH GOD

December 31st at 6:30 to 11:00 p.m.

This is a family friendly, potlock, alcohol free event
Tickets are $5.00 and children under  5 years of age are free.

  • 7:00 p.m. the Potluck begins followed by fun games
  • 9:00 p.m. Rosary
  • 9:30 p.m. Early Countdown

And after that until 11:00 p.m. DANCING!

Dance Like David (1 Sam 6:3,5)

Net proceeds will benefit our Youth Ministry

*Children in grade 8 and under must be accompanied by a parent

KORO PILIPINO

In true Filipino culture and tradition, there will be light  refreshments after Mass. Everyone is welcome!

Date Time Location

  • Dec. 15 8:00 p.m. St. Martin de Porres
  • Dec. 16 8:00 p.m. St. Martin de Porres
  • Dec. 17 8:00 p.m. St. Martin de Porres
  • Dec. 18 7:30 p.m. St. Joseph’s Church
  • Dec. 19 7:30 p.m. St. Joseph’s Church
  • Dec. 20 7:30 p.m. St. Joseph’s Church
  • Dec. 21 7:30 p.m. St. Joseph’s Church
  • Dec. 22 8:00 p.m. St. Martin de Porres
  • Dec. 23 7:30 p.m. St. Joseph’s Church
  • Dec. 24
    • 9:00 p.m. Caroling at St. Joseph’s
    • 9:30 p.m. Misa de Gallo at St. Joseph’s Church

There is a celebration of the Pilipino Mass at 7:00 p.m.  every first Saturday of the month at St. Joseph’s Church.

If you are interested in sponsoring our Masses,  please contact the following:

YOUTH MINISTRY CORNER

EDGE

On Dec. 6, EDGE families prepared our hearts for Jesus’  coming by celebrating the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass,  followed by activities in the Hall.

HS FOUNDATIONS

Next meeting is on Jan. 5th 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Come  Holy Spirit. Come High School Students.

Includes free supper and registration.

 

NATIVITY PLAY

This will be presented Christmas Eve 4:20-4:45 p.m. All children between 3 and 13 years of age are invited to participate.

  • First rehearsal: Sat. Dec. 14, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Second Rehearsal: Sat. Dec. 21, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.

Questions? Call Angie: 647-242-8429

More information about the Youth Ministry is available on the Youth Pages or contact Angie Bernard at 647-242-8429