Greetings from the pastoral staff at St Joseph. We miss you! Unfortunately at this time, we are unable to gather in the Church. However, our faith community is not defined as a building; we are the Church. We are people of God, and our hope is in the Lord!
At this time the parish office is closed. However, our pastoral staff are all available via phone and email. We are checking our voicemails regularly, and still answering emails. Please do not hesitate to reach out with questions, concerns, prayer requests, or ways that we can support you during this time.
This is a strange year for Christians. In our most important week of the Church year, we cannot be together. However, while public celebrations are suspended, Easter will still come! Jesus has risen from the dead, and the Church will celebrate and proclaim the good news of Christ’s conquering sin and death. Out of charity and concern for the vulnerable around us, we will celebrate this year in our households.
To help keep our local Church community connected, we will be celebrating some of Holy Week online. Go to facebook.com/stjosephkitchener for livestreams and watch events over the next week:
Sunday, April 5 at 11 am – Blessing of the Palms for Palm Sunday
Friday April 10 at 11 am – Online Good Friday Prayer Liturgy
Sunday April 12 at 11 am – Mass for Easter Sunday
Staying Together in Prayer
Even though we cannot be together in person, our priests are saying Mass every day for our intentions. We are invited to pray from our homes.
To help us pray together and reflect on scripture, we send out reflections on the readings of the day. Father Brian sends out written reflections and parish updates from his email account, and a video reflection is posted at facebook.com/stjosephkitchener. These are a lovely way to have a ‘mini homily’ from your own home.
If you would like to receive Father Brian’s emails with the reflections and updates from the parish, please contact us and we will happily add you to the list.
Online and televised Masses are available from a variety of sources, including Salt and Light TV (online at saltandlighttv.org and on cable/satellite TV), and from local parishes (online) including St Anthony Daniel and St Mary.
The St Joseph and St Anne Youth Group – now known as the Book of Youth – have moved our meetings online. Tuesdays and Fridays at 7 pm, we’re meeting via Zoom for prayer, games, and discussion. These sessions are open to grades 5-9.
Participation in these calls is free, and can be accessed from any computer or mobile device with internet access. Parent permission is required. For more information, and a link to the zoom calls, please email firstname.lastname@example.org Our youth group is also on Instagram @stjosephkitcheneryouth
For those looking for new and different ways to engage with their faith and family, I highly recommend the blog “Look to Him and be Radiant.” This post in particular has a wide variety of resources and links. Some will work for families of many ages and stages, and other sections are broken down into age categories from Kindergarten through High School. https://www.looktohimandberadiant.com/2020/03/ideas-for-learning-and-praying-at-home.html
If your younger ones need new songs to sing and dance to (and burn off some energy!) Check out the Lifetree Kids YouTube channel. The songs we use for Vacation Bible School are posted there, as well as an archive of past years.
While many students at St Joseph were looking forward to receiving First Eucharist and Confirmation this spring, these events have had to be postponed. At this time, we do not have any estimates of when we may hold them, but we encourage families to continue praying and preparing at home. Retreats and rehearsals will be rescheduled when it is safe for us to gather again as a community.
May God continue to bless you and keep you safe,
St Joseph Pastoral Staff
Father Brian, Father Tom, Father Mussie, and Mary Forcier
St Joseph Parish
148 Madison Avenue South
P: 519-745-9302 ext 218