October 1st 2017: 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

New to the Parish? Welcome!

You can register only 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.

Don’t forget we have a website that provides information about our parish.

Masses for the Week

Sat. Sept. 30

  • 9:00 am Intention of Michael Gracias
  • 5:00 pm † Michelina Cea

Sun. October 1

  • 9:00 am † Ercole Raponi
  • 11:00 am For the People of our Parish
  • 7:00 pm † Bruno Rizutto

Mon. October 2

  • 9:00 am Intention of Mario & Maria Simoa

Tues. October 3

  • 9:00 am † Gilbert Quenneville

Wed. October 4

  • 9:00 am St. Francis of Assisi  Intention of Angeles Viernes

Thurs. October 5

  • 9:00 am † Bayani T. Santos

Fri. October 6

  • 9:00 am
    • Intention of Aaliyah Santos
    • Intention of Gary Viernes
    • † Martin & Arnolta Raposo
    • † Alfred & Matilda Hannah
    • † Aguedo Millare Romano
    • 7:30 pm † Ciriaco Castro

Sat. October 7 Our Lady of the Rosary

  • 9:00 am Intention of Eleanor & Patrick Boyle
  • 5:00 pm † C.W.L. Member both living & dead

Reflection

When John the Baptist preached, the outcasts of society listened to his message and repented. Now Jesus is preaching, and these same unrespectable people respond to the Good News. The religious leaders object: Aren’t they the ones to determine who are the chosen? Is God’s mercy to be held out to everyone? After all, they know all the right words to address to God. The parable of the two sons challenges these assumptions, which can be temptations for any religious person. Actions speak to God more loudly than words, Jesus insists. What counts is doing God’s will, not empty promises. The first reading makes clear that God’s mercy is always available, but we have to accept it. Just as we can never count ourselves as justified in God’s eyes, it is never too late to be converted. It is in worshipping together that we become especially aware of God’s mercy. Since Christ is our life, we should be united in love and purpose, St. Paul tells us, sharing instead of competing for God’s bountiful mercy.

(Sunday Mass Book For Canada)

Live Christ Share Christ

This program resumes on Saturday, October 7 after the 9:00 a.m. Mass and every First Saturday of each month thereafter. Father Tony will continue to talk on the Catholic teaching. Everyone is welcome.

 

Archdiocese of Toronto 175 Anniversary

Eastern Pastoral Region Celebration

Wednesday October 4, 2017 @ 7:00 p.m.

St. Isaac Jogues Parish, 1148 Finch Avenue, Pickering

As we celebrate the 175th anniversary, Cardinal Thomas Collins, Archbishop of Toronto, extends an invitation for all to join him for Mass and a reception to commemorate this historic milestone.

For more information please visit www.archtoronto.org/175

Faith Enrichment

Weekly sessions resume on Thursday September 21st, downstairs in Room 2 after the 9:00 a.m. Mass.

These involve a 1 hour gathering for anyone interested in expanding their understanding and appreciation of our Catholic faith and consist of a video presentation on various topics, for example, lives of saints, Catholic conference talks, Scripture studies, seasonal mediations/teaching, etc.

Refreshments and good company are included.

No fees, no attendance commitment required.

Come see and hear!

Sacramental Ministry - Welcome to our 2017-18 season!

See the Reconciliation & First Holy Communion sacrament page for more details

See the Confirmation sacrament page for more details

Enrollment Mass: Tuesday November 14th @ 7:00 p.m.

Parent Volunteer Screening & Facilitator

Workshop: Sunday November 19th @ 12:30 p.m. in Church Hall

St Vincent de Paul Society "Bundle Up" Weekend Event

On the weekend of October 7th a S.S.V.P. container will be parked in St. Joseph's West Parking lot to collect your gently used clothing, footwear and linens.

Please NO furniture, appliances, dishes, DVDs or books will be accepted.

Drop off times are all day on Saturday and Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Volunteers will be on site to assist you.

Please see the parish bulletin boards for further information.

St. Michael's College School

The Office of Admissions of St. Michael’s College School is now considering applications for September 2018. St. Michael’s College School is the only independent Catholic school for boys from Grade 7 to Grade 12.

Open Houses for interested parents and their sons will be held on Thursday, October 19 and Tuesday, October 24 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

We are located at 1515 Bathurst Street (at St. Clair Avenue West).

We offer financial aid to qualified students

Sunday School

Sunday School is beginning on Sunday October 1st!

Registration packages are found in the Narthex this weekend.

We encourage children attending public school to join in.

For more information please contact Angela Bernard @ 416-283-8442 or angiejohn179@gmail.com

St. Joseph Youth Ministry

We are inviting all Grade 6, 7 and 8 youth to join EDGE. This is a program that provides a safe, fun place for youth to find a solid Catholic community and answers to questions about faith. We also explore the reasons why we exist and come to understand who we are through song, games, fellowship and challenges. Most importantly, our focus is to experience God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit in a profound and personal way. We are also accepting high school and post secondary volunteers. Youth can also join our new Ultimate Frisbee team! For more information and to register, Youth Ministry members will be in the Narthex after most masses this month. Forms are also downloadable at Youth EDGE

St. Joseph's Senior Choir

Our Sunday 11:00 a.m. Choir is looking for new members. Founded in 1955, we have a long tradition serving the parish community. Our repertoire includes both traditional and contemporary music, with up to four parts.

All are  invited - we are especially in need of men’s voices.

Previous musical training is not required. Rehearsals are held on Sunday after the 11:00 a.m. mass.

Please see our Choir Director, Jason Gotera for more information.

Legion of Mary - Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary

Please join us on Saturday, October 7 for one hour after the 9:00 a.m. Mass as we pray the Rosary in various languages. There will also be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament.

Pilgrim Virgin Statue

“Pray the Rosary every day in honour of Our Lady of the Rosary to obtain peace in the world.”(Our Lady, July 13, 1917).

The Rosary is “a biblically-inspired prayer, centered on meditation of the salvific mysteries of Christ in union with Mary, who was so closely associated with her Son in his redeeming activity” (Catholicculture.org)”.

To schedule a home visit of the Pilgrim Virgin Statue during October, the month dedicated to the Holy Rosary or any other time, contact Dawne (Legion of Mary) at 416-284-8699.

The Knights of Columbus

St. Joseph’s Chili Con Bingo Knight

Don’t miss out on the fun and food!

Saturday, October 14th 2017

6:30 p.m. in the Church Hall

Tickets: $5.00 admission; $5.00 per bingo card

Bingo cards good for all games

For tickets call Bryan @ 416-286-6631

Refugee-Outreach Committee

We would like to thank all the parishioners who very generously contributed to the food drive last week. The response was outstanding and thanks to you our shelves are once again filled. We truly appreciate your continued support in helping the needy of our community.

Canada needs Our Lady

Please join us on Saturday, October 14 between 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima and the three secrets which she revealed to the three shepherd children and the miracle of the sun which took place. We will all gather in front of St. Joseph’s Parish and publically pray the rosary. There is additional information in the Narthex on the bulletin board. All are welcome to attend.