March 5th 2017: First Sunday of Lent – Year A

Masses for the Week

Sat. Mar. 4

  • 5:00 pm †Rosario Calandra

Sun. Mar. 5

  • 9:00 am †Joan Martindale
  • 11:00 am For the People of the Parish
  • 7:00 pm †Deceased & Living members of the C.W.L.

Mon. Mar 6

  • 9:00 am †Deceased members of Furtado Family

Tues. Mar. 7

  • 9:00 am Vera Pavlin

Wed. Mar. 8

  • 9:00 am Intentions of Lei & Thomas Chu

Thurs. Mar. 9

  • 9:00 am †Maureen Noble

Fri. Mar. 10

  • 9:00 am
    • Intentions of Marlene Campbell
    • †Nicola Florio
    • †Allison DeSilva
    • †Deceased members of the Arca Family
    • †Xaxier Dennis Sampson

Sat. Mar 11

  • 9:00 am †Betty Stalteri
  • 5:00 pm †Michael J. Murphy


On this first Sunday of Lent we consider the human experience of temptation and sin through literary forms heavily conditioned by ancient Jewish culture. The story of man and woman in the garden is contrasted with the temptations of Jesus in the desert - described in symbolic language - and the relationship between sinner and saviour, Adam and Christ. Jesus, who was fasting as a sign of total dependence upon God, refused to rely on material things, count on miracles, or take the royal road to success. Our first parents relied on themselves; they refused responsibility for their sin and blamed someone else. But, St. Paul tells us, Jesus took the sin of all on his innocent shoulders. He experienced human weakness and yet remained fully open to God’s call. In his own body he reconciled us, making it possible to say no to temptations of materialism in lifestyle, showy rather than simple faith, domination of others. God can change our human failure into victory, just as he raised Jesus to lordship at Easter!

Sunday Mass Book For Canada

CWL Announcement

The Jean McCann Service Award for Youth recognizes and affirms the role played in our Parishes by our confirmed Catholic youth (ages 15 to 18) who take the gospel messages seriously, and are displaying dedication by their service to others. This award is a tribute to Jean McCann, an inspirational C.W.L. life member.

All forms and information for this award are available on-line at First click on RESOURCES then REFERENCE DOCUMENTS or Applications are available through your Parish C.W.L. Education and Health chair.

Please contact Hyacinth at or 416-287-1231

Closing date for applications is Monday March 12, 2017

Come and See Weekend

Fri. Mar. 17 beginning at 7:00 p.m. to Sun. Mar. 18th at St. Augustine’s Seminary.

This is an invitation for single Catholic men 18 years and older, to cultivate a deeper prayer life and relationship with Jesus Christ; leading to a better discernment of God’s call for their lives. Time for prayer, reflection and information on the process of becoming one of Christ’s disciples as a Catholic Priest.

Please contact Father Oliver or Father Tony or the Office of Vocations at: 416-968-0997 or email

Sacramental Preparation - Key Dates


*** NEXT WEEK ***

2nd Parent Meeting:

  • Sunday March 5th @ 1:00 the Church Hall
  • Or: Monday March 6th @ 7:00 the Church


Sunday April 23 @ 1:00 p.m.

  • Cardinal Leger
  • St. Dominic Savio
  • Sunday School
  • All other Candidates from associate schools

Sunday April 30 @ 1:00 p.m.

  • St. Brendan
  • St. Jean de Brebeuf


Classes have started. The next class takes place the week of February 19th. All class lists have been posted in the Narthex


Sunday May 7 @ 2:00 p.m.

  • Cardinal Leger
  • St. Dominic Savio
  • St. Jean de Brebeuf

Monday May 8 @ 7:00 p.m.

  • St. Brendan
  • Sunday School
  • All other Confirmandi from associated schools

Society of St. Vincent de Paul “Bundle Up” Weekend

On March 18th and 19th at St. Joseph’s a SSVP container will be in the church’s west parking lot to collect your gently used clothing, footwear and linens.

Drop off times are from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

St. Joseph's Parish Lenten Retreat

Our Parish Lenten Retreat is scheduled for Saturday March 18, 2017, beginning at 10:00 a.m. Please endeavour to attend this one-day retreat. It is designed to help us make the best of the wonderful opportunities for renewal which this Holy Season of Lent offers us. Rev.Fr. Pat Fitzpatrick CSSp will be our Retreat Moderator.

Couples For Christ Foundation for Family and Life

invites all of your to attend the Christian Life Seminar starting on Friday March 10, 2017 @ 7:00 p.m. in the church basement room. The C.L.S. intends to renew your personal relationship with God.

Everyone is welcome!

Child minding is available and refreshments will be served

Annual Manresa Weekend Retreat for Men

Taking place at the Manresa Jesuit Renewal Centre at 2325 Liverpool Rd. Pickering. Beginning Friday March 17 @ 7:00 p.m. (registration) to Sunday @ 1:00 p.m.

Suggested offering is $185.00, which includes room, meals and retreat.

Come to renew and be transformed.

Message from the CWL

Spiritual Bouquet for Ordinandi

The C.W.L.’s St. Joseph council would like to send a special thank you to all in our parish community, the various ministries, Schools and staff (esp. St. Brendan and St. Dominic Savio) for the overwhelming support of prayers for the Ordinandi Spiritual Bouquet. Our total pledges for this year were 8,415 Masses, 1,420 Communions, 1,902 Rosaries, 365 Eucharistic

Adorations, 249 Visit to the Blessed Sacrament, 244 Stations of the Cross, 436 Sacrifices, 54,193 Prayers and 165 Other. The grand total of 67,389 pledges.

Thank you so much for your participation of this annual offering of prayers.

Kim Deans (Christian Family Life Chair 2017-18)

St. Joseph’s Prayer Group

The Prayer Group of our Parish has organized Lenten Talks taking place every Thursday during the Lenten season, commencing from March 2 to April 6 in the Church Hall. The evening commences with Stations of the Cross (Mary’s Way) at 7:25 p.m. followed by Praise & Worship and the Lenten Reflections/Talks. For further information on the Speakers/Topics please refer to the flyer on the notice board in the narthex shortly. All Parishioners are invited with their family and friends.


As we begin our ShareLife campaign, we are encouraged to “Live the Gospel,” in all that we do. How do we demonstrate that in our community? Living the Gospel may mean helping single mothers to care for their newborn children, or being available to families facing difficulties, or welcoming refugee families to our community. Over the past forty years, countless individuals have experienced this compassionate care offered by our agencies; as an archdiocese we continue to demonstrate our Catholic commitment to serving the needs of the greater community and around the world.

Please help us celebrate our ShareLife’s 41st anniversary by supporting our annual Archdiocesan appeal during this Lenten season!

Thomas Cardinal Collins, Archbishop of Toronto

Development and Peace - Celebrating their 50th Anniversary!

Did you know that this organization was founded in 1967 by the Canadian Catholic Bishops after their participation in Vatican II where they listened to the concerns of the Bishops from the Global South about poverty, hunger, etc? To find out more about the work of this organization

Visit their website at