December 22, 2019 Fourth Sunday of Advent Year A

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Masses for the Week

Sat. Dec 21

  • 9:00 am † Martin Coyle
  • 5:00 pm † Dorothy & Samuel Johns

Sun. Dec 22

  • 9:00 pm † Peter Tordy
  • 11:00 am The People of the Parish
  • 7:00 pm † Sean Noble

Mon. Dec 23

  • 9:00 am † Peter Banks

Tues. Dec 24

  • 9:00 am † Celine Pinto

Wed. Dec 25

  • Blessings for Christmas Day

Thurs. Dec 26

  • 9:00 am † Joan Williams

Fri. Dec 27

  • 9:00 am
    • Intention of Clifford D’Silva
    • † Denis Pinto
    • † Cristino & Anita Balin
    • † Deceased member of Pinto and D’Souza families
    • † Maria Sequeira

Sat. Dec 28

  • 9:00 pm † Michael&Margaret Mullane
  • 5:00 pm † Pascalia Rodrigues

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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St. Joseph’s Church is Wheelchair Accessible; ramps are available at the North and South exits of the church

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God, Emmanuel, is with us. The promise made long ago to King Ahaz is fulfilled. That king lacked trust in God, and feared to ask for a sign. Matthew applies this ancient prophecy to Jesus; birth of a virgin who at last put total faith in God. But what was Mary’s predicament? We must not let false piety obscure what an earlier age saw clearly. Matthew tells the story from Joseph’s point of view. We hear of an angel’s visit to him rather than to Mary, for she was misunderstood and Joseph faced a dilemma. As a just man, he must obey the Law and repudiate his pregnant fiancée; as compassionate, he did not want to expose her to disgrace or punishment. He was about to divorce Mary quietly when God revealed his design. This child to be born, who will save from sin, shares with those closest to him the uncertainties and anguish of human life. Even his parents must learn to trust God and completely. As Christmas nears, let us pray for trust like Mary’s and Joseph’s, that God may work out his plan in each of us.

(Sunday Mass Book)



  • Tuesday December 24th
    • 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday December 25th
    • Closed
  • Thursday December 26th
    • Closed
  • Tuesday December 31st
    • 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday January 1st
    • Closed


See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you.

Are you one to be sent? I God  is calling you to be a priest, deacon, brother or sister, contact  Fr. Chris Lemieux, Vocation Director at the
Archdiocese of Toronto at 416-968-0997


New Bible Study for 2020!

Matthew – The King and His Kingdom
24 Sessions, January 7 to June 23, 2020

Weekly Small Group discussions and DVD teaching
Taking place in the Parish’s Hall on Tuesdays,  7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Please contact Pat Wilson for information and to register

Contact Info: or 416-997-8303


The time before Christmas calls us to ask ourselves: What is the great desire of my heart? It is God Himself who puts this “thirst” in our hearts. And He comes to meet us by this route, wherever there is hunger and  thirst for peace, hunger and thirst for justice, freedom and love. (Dec. 13)


Thank you for all your support during 2019! You’re contributions have help many who are in need.

To participate in this program here is how it works:

  1. We provide the casserole container and recipe.
  2. You prepare the same meal once a month.
  3. Drop off the casserole on the dates below between 9:30 and 10:00 the west lot.
  4. Pick up an empty container during drop off.
  5. You’re done!

If you’re interested in participating in the program  please contact Annie Alkins at 416-283-7420

2020’s drop off schedule is as follows:

Jan. 4; Feb. 1; Mar. 7; Apr. 4; May 2; June 6; July 11; Aug. no pick up; Sept. 12; Oct. 3; Nov. 7; Dec. 5


St. Gertrudes’s Parish Hall
690 King St. E., Oshawa

This is an 11 week Bible study that will explore how the words of the Psalms captivate the imagination and draw us into a deeply personal encounter with God. Video presentation by Dr. Tim Gray followed by group Discussions.

No charge but the study guide for $40.00 is highly recommended. Call 905-433-0828 for more info.



The Youth Ministry thanks God for loving humanity so much that “He gave His only begotten Son, Jesus, so that everyone who believes in Him might not perish but might have eternal life.”

John 3:16

Have a blessed and holy Christmas Season


Next HS Foundations is on Jan.5th 4:00 to 6:30 p.m.
Come Holy Spirit. Come high school students.
Includes free supper. Registration is also free.

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


The Nativity Play will be presented from 4:20 to 4:45 p.m. on Dec. 24th (before the 5:00 p.m. Christmas Mass) IF your child is between 3 and 13 years old, s/he can still participate by dressing as an angel or a shepherd and arriving at 4:00 p.m. For more info. Please call Angie: 647-242-8429