November 27 2016: 1st Sunday in Advent – Year A

Masses for the Week

Sat Nov 26

  • 9:00am Joan Williams
  • 5:00pm Elsie & Francis Mathias

Sun Nov 27

  • 9:00am Abelardo Belmonte
  • 11:00am For the People of the Parish
  • 7:00pm Erlinda Escobilla

Mon Nov 28

  • 9:00am Gerardo Laberinto

Tues Nov 29

  • 9:00am Intention of Andrew Fan


  • 9:00am Consuelo Calayag


  • 9:00am Intention of Joanne Cline

Fri Dec 2

  • 9:00am
    • Souls in Purgatory
    • Martin & Arnolta Raposo
    • Alfred & Matilda Hannah
    • Maurice Tucker
    • Mervyn Welch & Deceased Members of the Welch Family
  • 7.30pm
    • Lydia Padua
    • Jack Paes
    • Ann Almeida
    • Hubert Naraine
    • Mr & Mrs Gnanagrapasam


  • 9:00am Daniel Sheehan
  • 5:00pm Deceased and Living Members of the Catholic Women’s League


The first Sunday of Advent alerts us to the season of Christmas, when we celebrate God’s climactic breaking into time and space. But it also reminds us how unexpectedly God appears in our midst. We must be ready. In today’s gospel Jesus cautions us that he will come suddenly - as unexpectedly as a burglar! In our day-to-day concerns we may for-get that now is the time to be converted from sin and to put on the Lord Jesus who saves us. For the Day of the Lord (symbolized by light) is dawning. Isaiah’s prophecy looks toward that final day when all peoples will stream to God in worship and rejoicing. In the presence and light of the Lord the world will finally know the peace for which it yearns. Christ’s coming in glory at the end of time will surprise all of us. But the peace and joy of those who have welcomed Christ into their hearts can prepare the world to experience the joy of God’s presence. Then the whole human community will recognize the Prince of Peace and discover their Father’s house.

Sunday Mass Book

Welcome To St. Joseph's Prayer Group

St Joseph’s Prayer Group meets every Thursday in the Church Hall for Prayer Service. We commence with the Rosary at 7.25 p.m. This is followed by Praise & Worship, Reflection/ Teaching. During the Intercession time, through powerful and strong invocation to the Holy Trinity, we lift to God prayer re-quests received from members, parishioners as well as the community. We end the service with sharing and fellowship. It has been gratifying to note the many answered prayer requests. Praying together and for one another is a beautiful gift, which not only comforts but, strengthens our faith and hope in our earthly trials and journey. We welcome all Parishioners/Guests. Come experience God’s peace and healing embrace.

Contact: Patricia Furtado (416-724-8570) or Eral Zong (416-283-0559).

Campaign Life Christmas Cakes

Cakes will be on sale in the Narthex after Mass on Saturdays at 5:00pm and Sundays after the 9:00am and 11:00am Masses.

There will be no sales on Sunday evenings. Also, please that there will be no sales on Saturday December 3.

For special orders, please call Roy Fox at 416-286-5798

2016 Advent, Christmas & New Year Season Schedule

The Archdiocesan Day of Confession

  • Thursday, December 15, 2016
    • 10.00am - 2.00pm

Parish Advent Reconciliation Service

  • Monday, December 19, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.
    • A number of priests will be available at this time.

Christmas Eve Masses

Saturday, December 24, 2016

  • 5:00p.m. Nativity Play & Carol singing begins at 4:25p.m.
    • (Sunday Celebration Group)
    • Children can bring their teddy bears and stuffed animals for blessing 
  • 7:30p.m Carol singing begins at 7:00p.m.
    • (Saturday Folk Group)
  • 9:00p.m. Pilipino Mass
    • Carol singing begins at 8.30 p.m.
  • 12:00a.m. Midnight Mass
    • Carol singing begins at 11:15 p.m.
    • (Choir led by Jason Gotera)

Christmas Day Masses

Sunday, December 25, 2016

  • 9:00a.m. (Choir led by Isis Rebello)
  • 11:00a.m. (Choir led by Jason Gotera)

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New Year’s Day/Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God & World Day of Peace

Saturday, December 31, 2016

  • Masses:
    • 9:00a.m.
    • 5:00p.m.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

  • Masses:
    • 9:00a.m.
    • 11:00a.m.
    • 7:00p.m.

The Epiphany of the Lord

Saturday, January 7, 2017

  • Masses:
    • 9:00am
    • 5:00p.m.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

  • Masses:
    • 9:00a.m.
    • 11:00a.m.
    • 7:00p.m.

Line Dancing Classes

cwlCome one, come all and have some fun!


St. Joseph’s Parish Hall (200 Morrish Road)

Start Time 7:00p.m. $2.00 per class

Refreshments & Snacks


  • Wednesdays: October 12, 19, 26
  • Wednesdays: November 9, 16, 23, 30
  • Wednesdays: December, 7, 14, 21 (Room 2)

We invite all members, parishioners and friends.

For more information contact: Ingrid Hart at 416-282-8775

Sacramental Preparation - Key Dates 2016 - 2017


  • Confirmation Classes: January - May 2017
  • Class Lists will be posted in December on the Narthex Bulletin Boards
  • Confirmation Retreats: To be hosted by each elementary school

Share Life

The ShareLife office has released a Report to Donors sharing the results of the 2016 campaign and demonstrating how our support has made a difference. Copies of the report are available at the parish, or can be downloaded from the ShareLife website at

Euthanasia / Assisted Suicide - Did You Know?

The Government of Canada passed legislation in June 2016, legalizing euthanasia/assisted suicide. Despite wording in-tended to protect doctors and facilities, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario is forcing health care workers to arrange for the killing of their patients. No other country does this. Provinces across Canada do not do this. Yet, Ontario refuses to protect doctors who object to ending the life of their patients.

Please visit to learn more and write directly to your Member of Provincial Parliament.

Thank You!

cwlThe Catholic Women’s League of St. Joseph’s Parish would like to thank the Parish Community, friends and the many CWL Sisters in The League who contributed to the success of the 2016 Fall Bazaar. It was great fun for all and your show of support is truly appreciated. It is because of your contributions and hard work that we are able to serve our Parish and support our many charities.

Thank you once again and God Bless

St. Vincent De Paul Christmas Appeal

Vincent De Paul - Christmas AppealAll donations, large or small, are appreciated. They can be placed in the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Poor Box after Mass or dropped off at the Parish Office.

If you or your workplace would like to sponsor a family, give us a call for details on a family. Please contact us before December 4th which is the date that we would like to have our Christmas list completed.

Your donation and other donations are combined to purchase gift cards from No-Frills and Walmart to match the needs of the families on our Christmas List. Early donations are greatly appreciated.

Income Tax receipts are given for all donations received. These receipts will be mailed out in late January 2017. Store receipts are required for donated gift cards/baskets.

If you know of any family in the parish who could use some help this Christmas or if you need further information, contact us through the Parish Office at 416-282-0370 Ext. 217.