St Josephs is a Roman Catholic Parish located in Salmon Arm, British Columbia.  We are part of the Diocese of Kamloops.


Announcement: Retirement for Fr. George

Fr. George will be leaving St. Joseph’s Parish and Salmon Arm sometime in the week of October 21st.  The Parish would like to have a potluck supper for him on Sunday October 20th starting at 5:00 pm in our parish hall.

He will be celebrating 51 years of Ordination to the priesthood.

More than three hundred families are part of our parish community.Newcomers and visitors are always welcome to St. Joseph’s. At St. Joseph’s we are blessed to have excellent staff and volunteers dedicated to proclaiming the truth about God to the world. We offer a variety of opportunities to discover or deepen your relationship with God and to grow in knowledge of Him and His church.  Our Pastor is Father George LaGrange, OMI. Corrine Smith is our secretary and can be reached at 250-832-3021 during the week. Sharon Geiger is our FAITH formation leader for children and adult education.




OctoberOctober ...2

 October 13th, 2019   Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time



Sunday Collection: $4,133.85

Faith in Action Campaign 29

Parish Assessment:$31,961 Collection to Date:$ 19,940

Number of Households: 329      Number of Pledges: 43

faith in action    Thank you to all of those who have pledged to the FIA Campaign.  There is still time to send in your donation. Money received over our goal goes directly back to our Parish.

What’s on this Week?–October 14 to Oct. 20

Monday: No Faith Formation for Children

                 Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday: Prayer Cenacle 9:00 am – Room C

               Crazy Crafter’s Group 1:30 pm – Hall

Wednesday: Sew n Sew’s 9:00 am – Hall


Friday: Adoration 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

     Friday Morning Bible Study 9:30 am – Room G


Sunday: Secular Franciscans Meet 10:30 am Rm G

   Farewell Potluck for Fr. George 5:00 pm – Hall

Come Celebrate with Fr. George on his Retirement

The parish will be having a pot luck supper for Father George on Sunday, October 20th starting at 5:00 pm in the parish hall.  Please bring your favourite dish to share salad, main course or dessert.  Enough to feed 10 people. 


Announcement: Retirement for Fr. George

As most of you have heard by now, Father George is retiring and moving to the Coast.  His last weekend in Salmon Arm will be the 19th/20th of October.  We thought it would be a nice gift for Father George if parishioners wrote him a letter or a card (maybe the young children could draw a picture?) telling him how he has positively influenced or affected their life.  We’d like to collect as many of these as possible, so please write them as an individual, not as a couple or family.  Also please spread the word! We will compile them in a nice box and they will be presented to him before he leaves.  Please hand your letter/card/drawing in to the office or to Chris or Kathryn Weicker by October 18th. Retirement will likely be a big adjustment for Father George.  Let’s help him through the tough days by letting him know how much we appreciate him! 


Secular Franciscan Meeting

The Secular Franciscans will be having their monthly meeting on Sunday, October 20 at 10:30 am after mass in Room G of the parish centre.


Parish_Bazaar    CWL Annual Fall Bazaar

Thank you to all who worked so hard to make the bazaar such a success and thank you to all who came and supported it. Congratulations to raffle winners: 
First Prize – Quilt: Wendy Piccini
2nd Prize – Cedar Chest: Joan Tomyn
3rd Prize – Induction Cook Top: Loreen McKay
4th Prize – Askew’s $50 Card: Doreen New
Door Prize – Garden Lantern: Mickey Townsend

 Thank You to the parishioners who contributed to the Lucky 7.  Due to your generosity, it was a most successful booth. 



Are you a 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 4th generation Catholic in the Kamloops Diocese? Invite your family members to the 75th Anniversary of the Kamloops Diocese May 30, 2020.  Mass at 1pm, Reception at 6pm and Gala Banquet at 7pm, all at Thompson Rivers University Grand Hall.   Banquet tickets ($50 each) will be available Nov. 1 and they will make a great Christmas present for family members.  Watch your upcoming bulletins for information on how to purchase tickets, and more information about the anniversary celebration activities.

Diocese of Kamloops Family Retreat

Everyone is welcome, families with all ages of children including babies, single parents and couples. Friday, November 8th to Sunday, November 10, 2019 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Shrine in Cache Creek.  You may bring your RV or campers to the site. Please contact Mia Rosario at 250-644-2567 or johnandmia09@gmail.com or see the registration form. 


UnPlanned-Movie-Review-700x438        UNPLANNED

The movie UNPLANNED has returned to Salmon Arm, sponsored by Shuswap Pro-Life Society. Unplanned is the inspiring true story of one woman’s transformation.  Abby Johnson was the youngest Planned Parenthood Clinic Director ever. All she wanted to do was help women. Through the eyes of one woman who once believed she was doing good, we see the horror of abortion for what it is.  We learn of the lies and deception of PP. We see the power of prayer changing minds and hearts. Don’t miss this showing even if you have seen it before, come again. Bring your friends. Sunday October 27 at 6:30 pm. at the Salmar Classic.


Friday Morning Bible Study

Friday Morning Bible Study resumes on October 18th at 9:30 am in Room G.  This year we are studying “The Eucharist in Scripture” and beginning in January, “The Passion and Resurrection Narratives of Jesus”.  For more information, please call Barbara Hillary at 250-832-4755.


40 Days for Life: The 40 Days for Life prayer campaign started Wednesday, October 2 and ends Sunday, November 10.  Our faith community joins in prayerful spirit and solidarity with those who witness in front of abortion clinics and hospitals.  Please add your prayers for the next 40 days for one hour between 8 am and 8pm. Sign-up sheets are provided in the vestibule.  With confidence join hands and hearts to bring about an end to abortion.  40 Days for Life will conclude with an afternoon prayer service at 2 pm on November 10th.  Sponsored by the Catholic Women’s League.


Looking for Rental: Contact George Zorn 832-9335

Wanted for rent accommodation for two Syrian Refugee families (6 people) arriving this fall. 3 Bedroom house, townhouse or apartment, close to City bus routes, max 15 minutes walking distance to College & downtown English classes and grocery store.  (~ $1500 – $1600 per month + utilities) 



Consider joining one of our Parish Groups as things start up again in September. They gather for prayer, study, socialization and works of charity

Prayer Cenacle – Tuesdays 9:00 am – Marianne Pelletier 250-833-4682

St. Joseph’s Crazy Crafters – 1st, 3rd & 5th Tuesdays 1:30 pm – Cathie McNie 250-832-6442

Sew N Sew’s – 1st, 3rd & 5th Wednesdays 9:00 am – Marilynne Bealey 250-832-3446

Knights of Columbus – 1st Wednesdays 7:00 pm – Craig Haliburton 250-253-2862

Catholic Women’s League 3rd Thursdays 7:30 pm – Linda Faust 250-833-4608

Bible Study – Fridays 9:15 am – Barb Hillary 250-832-4755 (starting in October)

Secular Franciscans – 2nd Sundays – 10:00 am – Anna O’Hagan 250-833-9109


adoration 2     Adoration: Come spend an hour with the Lord in the cool comfort of the Church.  Fridays from 9:00 to 1:00 pm. Starting in September 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. I encourage Christians regularly to visit Christ present in the Blessed Sacrament, for we are all called to abide in the presence of God. (St. John Paul II)




Ministry Contacts

Parish Pastoral Council: Teresa McKerral 832-6447 (Social Justice), John Pickard 250-517-7482  (Maintenance),    Kathryn Weicker 803-0103(Liturgy),     Michel Saab 833-5575(Pastoral Care),Linda Painchaud 832-8937 (CWL),  Craig Haliburton 250-253-2862(K of C)

Finance Council: Barry Delaney 250-517-7841, Steve Holmes 832-8556, Andrea Pickard 250-517-0110, Jessica Wan 514-463-1751

Catholic Women’s League: Linda Faust 833-4608

Knights of Columbus: Craig Haliburton 250-253-2862 or Pat Harford 250-833-4580

Secular Franciscans: Anna O’Hagan 833-9109, Madeleine Sevigny 833-3530

Music Ministry: Jennifer Parker 803-0181

Faith Formation for Children: Sharon Geiger 832-9189

R.C.I.A. and Adult Education: Sharon Geiger 832-9189

Baptisms: Fr. George, by appointment

Marriages: Fr. George, contact six months in advance of wedding

Caring Community: If you have any family members in the hospital or sick at home who would like a visit or to receive Holy Communion, please contact the parish office


Gordon David Brown

November 5, 1938 – September 23, 2019
It is with deep sadness we announce Gordon’s passing after a long struggle with health issues. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Halina, his son Aaron and grandson Seth. He also leaves his brother Richard (Adeline), sisters, Ruth (Roy) Eldridge, Norma Brown, Cheryl (Mike) Rogers and sister-in- law Marilynn Brown and several nieces and nephews.
Gordon is predeceased by his son Warren, his brother Vern and sister and brother-in-law Linda and Mike Vermette.
Gordon was the third child of Richard and Mary Brown. He was born and raised in Mission and attended Mission High School. Upon graduation, he enrolled in Nanaimo Vocational School completing a heavy duty mechanics course and apprenticeship. He worked in this field for a number of years before returning to school to earn a B.Sc. and Teaching Degree from UBC. He spent the next 35 years teaching math and science in Coquitlam and Maple Ridge School Districts. He always made time for extra-curricular activities, coaching sports both in the school and in the community.
Gordon and Halina moved to Salmon Arm in 2002 after he retired and very much enjoyed the community. He was an active member of the Knights of Columbus. Hobbies included gardening, bridge, chess and golf.
A hard working, kind gentle soul, he was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle who will be forever loved and missed.
Funeral Mass will be at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church on October 2, 2019 at 11 am, Father George LaGrange, OMI, officiating. Refreshments following.
Donations may be made to the Shuswap Hospital Foundation, Box 265, Salmon Arm, BC V1E 4N3 or to a charity of your choice.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at http://www.bowersfuneralservice.com


 CWL store   

Our CWL store is located downstairs in the hall. It is managed by Johanna Coates & Tina Horsthuis for the CWL. Religious articles are sold at a reasonable price with the popular items being rosaries, cards & crucifixes. The store is open after Sunday mass, during the CWL bazaar and also the craft fair. Everyone is welcome to come in and have a look around!

st josephs

(click to get directions)