September 10th 2017: 23rd 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. 9

  • 9:00 am † Bina Lobo
  • 5:00 pm † Joaquim & Mary Sequeira

Sun. Sept. 10

  • 9:00 am † Luigie & Felicita Cornacchia
  • 11:00 am For the People of our Parish
  • 7:00 pm † Rosario Calandra

Mon. Sept. 11

  • 9:00 am Intention of Caitlyn Santos

Tues. Sept. 12

  • 9:00 am † Teresa Alberqueque

Wed. Sept 13

  • 9:00 am † Ashley Hamilton

Thurs. Sept 14

  • 9:00 am † Benjamin Martinez

Fri. Sept. 15

  • 9:00 am Mass of Reparation
    • † Margaret Mattachini
    • † Aida Guya-Arcon
    • † Jack Pais
    • † Mr. & Mrs. Gnapragasam

Sat. Sept. 16

  • 9:00 am † Alberto Franchi
  • 5:00 pm † Michael, Eliza & Lucy Travasso


Prophets live a hard life. If they struggle with their vocation, it is because of its demands. Speaking God’s word can make us unpopular; not to speak it gives us responsibility for our neighbour’s bonds as members of the human family. In the gospel, Jesus calls on the individual Christian and then the community, to win back the person who has erred. The entire community shares the responsibility of witnessing to the gospel, and it is the disciples together who must decide when a member is to be excluded from their communion. Yet this is not to be done without heartfelt prayer for the sinner’s repentance – a prayer for which Jesus promises an answer. He is in our midst when we gather in his name. The second reading presents the attitude which must govern the Church’s decisions regarding its members. Each of us toward all God’s children, to keep the commandments. Love of our neighbour is the key and the answer to all God’s commands. It is much easier to win over a wrongdoer to repentance if we seek out that person in love.

(Sunday Mass Book For Canada)

Good Shepherd Provide-A-Meal Program

Refugee Outreach

Parish Food Drive on September 23rd and 24th

The St. Joseph’s Refugee Outreach Committee is in need of replenishing food supplies for the parish food bank and asks for your help.

On the last Saturday of each month from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. we distribute 40 plus bags of food to needy families in our community.

White food bags will be distributed after all the masses on the weekend of September 16 – 17th. Please take one and return the filled bag with the suggested items for the following weekend mass. Committee members will be at all the masses to accept your generous donations.

You’re welcome to stop in on our monthly welcoming meetings on the last Saturday of every month.

Thank you in advance for your support!

Speak Up! Calling all Young People (ages 16-29)

September 19 @ 7:00 p.m.

St. Isaac Jogues Parish 1148 Finch Avenue, Pickering

As the Synod on Youth, Faith and Vocational Discernment approaches, we want to hear from you! Faith Connections and the Office of Catholic Youth will be hosting Live Listening Session with the Toronto Bishops. You will have the opportunity to respond to Pope Francis’ questions in preparation for the Synod! Your voice is important!

Visit for more information.

Catholic Moms Group

Looking for Leaders!

Do you want to make a difference at St. Joseph’s Parish? Have you considered becoming a Mother’s Group Leader? We have exciting volunteer opportunities for moms with big hearts who will host a monthly meeting for moms here at the parish.

At we provide the training, resources and support you’ll need.


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

Prayer Group

Our prayer group will resume on Thursday, September 14th with Holy Mass beginning at 7:30 p.m. Our celebrant will be Father Oliver.

Old Tyme Square Dancing Night

50 + Club Sponsoring a Games Night

On Friday September 15th at 7:00 p.m.

Tickets are $10.00

Along with the games there will be refreshments, cash prizes and a 50/50 draw!

For tickets please call Gloria Moniz, 416-286-4878 or Maureen van Pinxteren, 416-284-4213

Registration will begin at 6:30 p.m. night of the event

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St. Bernadette's Parish in Ajax

On Sunday September 18, guest speaker, Rose Heron will conduct a talk on the connection between Humanae Vitae and Theology of the Body, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the church hall.

In these sessions the group will also study the Catholic Catechism.

Please join us for this interesting discussion. This parish is located at 21 Bayly Street East, Ajax. Call Tom Kennedy @ 905-427-6137 for more info.

From: Inside the Vatican

Reflecting on the theme of this year’s Liturgy Week “A living Liturgy for a living Church” Pope Francis dwelt on three points

1) The liturgy is “living” in virtue of the living presence of Christ; Christ is at the heart of the liturgical action.

2) The liturgy is life through the whole people of God. By its nature, the liturgy is “popular” rather than clerical; it is an action for the people, but also by the people.

3) The liturgy is life, and not an idea to be understood. It brings us to live an initiatory experience, a transformative experi-ence that changes how we think and act; it is not simply a means of enriching our own set of ideas about God.

The Church, Pope Francis said, “is truly living if, forming one single living being with Christ, it is a bearer of life, it is maternal, it is missionary, going out to encounter the neighbour, careful to serve without pursuing worldly powers that render it sterile.”