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November 14th 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 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 people

Monday, November 15th 

8:00am - Daily Mass in the church

for the soul of Claude Fournier

Tuesday, November 16th

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

Wednesday, November 17th

8:00am - Daily Mass in the church

for the celebration of Teresa Ariss's Birthday

Thursday, November 18th

8:00am - Daily Mass in the church

Friday, November 19th

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

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

Saturday, November 20th

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 Robert Hogan

Sunday, November 21st

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

for the soul of Javier Tapang

10:30am - Rosary in the church

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

for the soul of Werner Ruthard

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

for the people

Welcome to the Table of the Lord!

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We congratulate those children
who receive their First Holy Communion this Sunday!

Luke, Ellen, Gabriel, Filip and Georgina

They've worked hard to prepare for this Sacrament and we are very happy to welcome them to the Table of Our Lord!

Lakeridge Heath Bowmanville

Toiletry Drive

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Drive-thru Toiletry Drive for Lakeridge Health Bowmanville

For the past number of years Lakeridge Health has deemed toiletry items as non-essential, which can often leave patients in the hospital without the necessary items for personal hygiene. Often, patients end up in our hospital after suffering some emergency, and are admitted without having the ability to pack a bag. We are appealing to you to help us fill this need. Our local hospital is in need of toiletry items for our patients, anything from shampoo, conditioner and body wash, to denture tablets, lip balm, and deodorant. 

There are 2 ways to donate:

Drive-thru drop off of donations Saturday,
November 13th from 1-3pm at St Joseph Church, Bowmanville
(assisted by a local Girl Guide unit).

Drop off box inside the front doors of the church this weekend and next

(Saturday, November 13th - 21st)

Your generosity and kindness are greatly appreciated.

    What a wonderful way to start off the Advent Season, by spreading your love for neighbour. God Bless, from staff and patients of Lakeridge Health Bowmanville

    Advent Wreath Making

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    Last Chance to signup!

    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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    Council 6361 Membership Drive

    If you’re interested in helping those in need, serving our parish, growing in faith or obtaining exclusive access to top-rated insurance protection for your family, then the Knights of Columbus is the organization for you.

    St. Joseph Council 6361 will conduct a membership drive after each Mass on November 20/21.

    Please consider joining our council. 

    For more information, visit kofc.org or contact Grand Knight: Kas Watroba at [email protected] or 705-607-6467.

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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.

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    The Sanctuary Candle 

    The Sanctuary candle burning in our church for the week of

    Sunday November 14th

    is in memory of

       Lawrence Byrne

    Please keep in your thoughts and prayers...

    those who have died, especially...
    Christopher Montgomery,
    Kaye Ellies,
    Howie Methot,
    Gerard van den Wildenberg

    & John Lawson

    and those who are sick, especially...

    Catherine O'Connell, Yvonne Herdsman
    Margaret Jamieson, Kelly Smigielski
    Mary Hofbauer, Annie Maas & Ruth Lawson

    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

    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

    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

    Now, more than ever, moms are feeling isolated and are craving connections. A Catholic moms’ group allows women to connect with other moms, topics of interest, topics that impact their personal selves and God; it provides both support and encouragement. Beyond that, moms’ groups help develop friendships with other moms providing proven mental health benefits and is a way of drawing women together to form a stronger sense of parish community.

    Join us for a Zoom session on Tuesday November 30, at 7pm to learn more about what, where, when and why of starting a moms’ group and hear information on the material available to provide support.


    We will welcome Mrs. Dorothy Pilarski, who spearheaded this ministry in the Archdiocese of Toronto in 2015, to this gathering and she will share with us the excellent detailed online website she has created to provide support. This is a chance to see the website and hear the overview of all the materials and support available from her Catholic Moms Groups website.


    This session will be an information sharing session open to anyone interested in starting a parish mom's group.

    Ministering to Moms in Your Parish


    November 30th @ 7pm

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    Register for the webinar
    Check out Catholic Moms' Group Online
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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

    Toolkit for Palliative Care

    Horizons of Hope: A Toolkit for Catholic Parishes on Palliative Care, will be launched on 15 November 2021. The launch marks the culmination of a four-year process whereby the CCCB partnered with experts from Pallium Canada, Dominican University College, the Canadian Catholic Bioethics Institute, Catholic Health Alliance of Canada, and the Congregation of the Sisters Saint Joseph in Canada. This partnership ensured the development of a high-level resource that will benefit Catholic parishioners eager to grow in their understanding of palliative care and Church teaching on end-of-life questions.

    Employment Opportunities with the CCCB

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    The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops is searching to fill the following three positions:

    • Lead, Communications Service
    • Advisor, Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations
    • Information Systems Technician

    The application deadline is Friday, 19 November 2021.

    Please note these positions require that the successful candidates work from the CCCB offices located in Ottawa.

    Learn more about these opportunities
    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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