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November 7th eBulletin

St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church

127 Liberty Street South, Bowmanville, Ontario  L1C 2P5

stjoeschurch.ca  |  [email protected]  |  Facebook  |  905-623-3233

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*** Special Notes for those worshiping with us in person ***

Face masks must be worn inside except for those with a medical exemption

Proof of COVID 19 vaccination will not be required to worship with us

Those joining us are asked to keep a 2m distance from other households

See all our current policies and practices during the pandemic
Celebrate Sunday with your Children at home. Click here to enjoy a child's version of Sunday's Scriptures.

Saturday, November 6th

8:00am - Daily Mass in the church and online

9:00am - Parish Work Day

3:45pm to 4:15pm - Confessions in the church

4:30pm -Sunday Mass in the church and online

for the people 

Sunday, November 7th

9:00am - Sunday Mass in the church and online

for the special intentions of the Masters Family

10:30am - Rosary in the church

11:00am - Sunday Mass in the church and online

for the deceased members of the Jeronimo Family

7:00pm - Sunday Mass in the church and online

for the the deceased members of the Knights of Columbus #6361

Monday, November 8th 

8:00am - Daily Mass in the church

for the soul of Antonio Iantomasi

Tuesday, November 9th

6:15pm to 6:45pm - Confessions in the church

6:30pm - Devotions in the church and online

7:00pm - Daily Mass in the church and online

for the soul of Neil Brown

Wednesday, November 10th

8:00am - Daily Mass in the church

for the soul of Paulette Volgyesi

Thursday, November 11th

8:00am - Daily Mass in the church

for the soul of Evelyn Thomas

Friday, November 12th

8:00am - Daily Mass in the church and online

8:30am to 9:30am - Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in the Church

Saturday, November 13th

8:00am - Daily Mass in the church and online

3:45pm to 4:15pm - Confessions in the church

4:30pm -Sunday Mass in the church and online

for the soul of Ian Hope

Sunday, November 14th

9:00am - Sunday Mass in the church and online

for the soul of Ronald David Gamble

10:30am - Rosary in the church

11:00am - Sunday Mass in the church and online

for the special intentions of the Rodrigues Family

7:00pm - Sunday Mass in the church and online

for the the deceased members of the Knights of Columbus #6361

O God of truth and justice,
we hold before you those whose memory we cherish,
and those whose names we will never know.
Help us to lift our eyes above the torment of this broken world, and grant us the grace to pray for those who wish us harm. As we honour the past,
may we put our faith in your future;
for you are the source of life and hope,
now and for ever. Amen.

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Freedom is not free

I watched our flag pass by one day, it fluttered in the breeze,

A young soldier saluted it and then he stood at ease.

I looked at him in uniform, so young, so tall, so proud,

With hair cut square and eyes alert, a patriot in the crowd.

I thought, how many men like him had fallen through the years,

How many dies on foreign soil? How many mother's tears?

How many pilot's planes shot down? How many died at sea?

How many fox holes a soldiers grave? "Freedom is not free!"

I heard the "Last Post" sound one night, when everything was still,

I listened to the bugler play and felt a sudden chill.

I wondered just how many times the "Last Post" meant "Amen",

When our flag had draped a casket of a brother or a friend.

I thought of all the children, of mothers and of wives,

Of father's, sons and husbands, with interrupted lives.

I thought about the grave yard at the bottom of the sea,

And our "Unknown Soldier" in Ottawa, "Freedom is not free!"

Saturday - Can you Help? 

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Winter is coming. But before it arrives, there's much work to be done to make sure our church grounds and buildings are ready for the season.

Join on November 6th at 9am and bring some yard tools from home (shovel, rake, etc.). Most of the work is outdoors: gardening, painting, general cleanup.

Lunch will be provided 

Students are welcome, a great way to earn your community/volunteer hours

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REMINDER to turn your clocks back one hour before you go to bed on Saturday night...

 Saturday, November 6th & Sunday, November 7th

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All railings are being painted!

For your safety you may be directed to use the side entrance to enter and exit the church this weekend.

The Chapel will not be available for Adoration on Saturday and Sunday. Exterior railings are being painted and some minor repairs of the interior floor require drying time.

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Memorial Mass for

Deceased Members of

Knights of Columbus Council 6361

Sunday, Nov 7th at 7pm.

We extend a special invitation to all families of our deceased members to join us for our annual Memorial Mass. Each deceased member’s family will be invited at the end of Mass to pick up a rose from the Altar in memory of their loved one. All brother Knights are asked to make a special effort to attend this Mass.

Celebrating New Life through Baptism
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Congratulations to Levi and Miguel who will be Baptized at St. Joseph Church this weekend!

Keep them in your prayers

Advent Wreath Making

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Come join us in the Parish Hall on

Saturday November 20th

at 10:00am

for our annual

Advent Wreath Making Day**

Cost is $20 per group 

We provide the greenery,

candles, candle ring, and music!

You are welcome to bring additional decorations

Space is limited, so click on the link below and register today!

**Proof of vaccination and masks required.

Click to register


Reflection Group

Join us every each week after the Thursday Mass  

WELCOME reminder to previous and new parishioners who wish to join us after morning mass every Thursday for coffee as we reflect on the Gospel.

These gatherings are an opportunity to read the Gospel for the coming week, reflect upon it, and share personal insights, reflections from the heart, and your life experiences that tie in with the weekly readings.

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Knights of Columbus

2021 Ontario Charities

50/50 Online Raffle

In support of the Ontario Charities Foundation and the charitable works of Knights of Columbus Councils

Jackpot draw: December 31, 2021

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Message on Synod


+Most Reverend Bishop Miehm

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Pope Francis has announced that in preparation for the next Synod of Bishops, there will be a worldwide conversation in the Church or a "synod" about community, engaged participation, and the mission of evangelization. This conversation will follow a two-year path and involve the People of God - everyone, everywhere. All are invited to join in prayer as we begin this synodal conversation and unite it with the Diocesan Pastoral Planning Process.

Through a survey inviting input from all the People of God, an ongoing conversation will help form pastoral priorities within our Church.

Help out and have your say by participating in the survey

Join the conversation!

Pope Francis also hopes that the synod will inspire conversation and discussion over some topics and challenges relevant to the life of the Church in the world today. For each of the next eight weeks, all are invited to join the discussion online by contributing to three questions that change week to week.

This week's synod questions...

Who is part of the Church?

Are any persons or groups left on the margins, expressly or in fact?

How do we listen to the laity, especially to young people and women, to consecrated men and women, to the minorities, or to the excluded?

Have some thoughts?

See what others have to say and share your thoughts
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Some great news for our nation & Church!

The Holy Father has accepted the invitation of the Bishops of Canada to visit the Church in Canada in the context of a pilgrimage of healing and reconciliation with our Indigenous sisters and brothers.

See the Vatican News Release

It's been nearly twenty years since the Holy Father last made a visit to Canada. So, this is an exciting moment for our nation! We also pray that this visit will guide our efforts in seeking reconciliation with indigenous communities of Canada.

Please keep in your thoughts and prayers...

those who have died, especially...
Eddy Al-Makdesy
Christopher Montgomery
Kaye Ellies
Howie Methot 
and Gerard van den Wildenberg

and those who are sick, especially...
Ruth Lawson

John Lawson

Pat Pantin
Yvonne Herdsman
Margaret Jamieson
Kelly Smigielski
Mary Hofbauer

Jesus, Our Lord, we ask you to have mercy on all who are sick. Give them your strength and love and help them carry this cross with faith. May their sufferings be one with yours, overcome the power of evil and lead others to our Father in Heaven. Lord Jesus, hear our prayer, for you are Lord forever and ever. Amen.

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Have a name to add to this list?

Request Prayers

Upcoming special collection for the Priests' Benefit Fund

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Through the Priest Benefit Fund, we ensure that the needs of retired and sick priests are met.

Please give generously to assist those who have spent their life serving.

Learn more about the fund
Download the promotional brochure
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Upcoming retreats

Understanding Grief
Surviving Separation and Divorce

Both led by Anna Racine

at Mount Carmel Spirituality Centre, Niagara Falls

Learn More
Supporting our parish

Regular offerings for our parish can be put in the mail slot of the parish office.

Parish Office Hours:

Tuesday 2:00-7:00pm

Thursday 8"30am-1:30pm

See more ways to support our parish at give.stjoeschurch.ca!

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