Listen to our Jennifer Parker ,Bridget Dougherty & Milvia Haymen sing GIVE THANKS  & COME BACK TO ME…….from their CD Chorus St Ann

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

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESMore 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.

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April 21st, 2019              Easter Sunday


Sunday Collection: $ 3,758.05

Share Lent CCODP Collection: $5,611.65


There will be a Poor Man’s Supper in the Parish Hall after the Good Friday Service.  Soup and Bread will be served up by loving hands. Donations for this meal will go to serve the needy in our community.


Good Friday Collection: There will be a collection for the Holy Land in support of the Christian communities, the work of the Holy Land, the upkeep of the Holy Sites and formation of future priests.

Divine Mercy Novena

Reminder that the Novena to Divine Mercy begins on Good Friday and continues for 9 days until Saturday, April 28th. Prayer cards are available in the vestibule.  bishop.jpg


Holy Thursday, April 18

Our Lady of the Lake, Blind Bay – 5:00 pm

St. Joseph’s, Salmon Arm – 7:00 pm

(Adoration until 10:00 pm)

Good Friday Services, April 19

Our Lady of the Lake – Blind Bay- 1:00 pm

St. Joseph’s – Salmon Arm – 3:00 pm

Holy Saturday, April 20 – Blessing of Easter Baskets – 11:00 am at St. Joseph’s

Easter Vigil, April 20

St. Joseph’s, Salmon Arm- 8:30 pm

Easter Sunday, April 21

St. Joseph’s, Salmon Arm – 9:00 am

Our Lady of the Lake, Blind Bay – 11:15 am

Our Lady of Fatima, Sicamous – 2:00 pm

Are you Celebrating a Significant Wedding Anniversary in 2019? Couples with a significant wedding anniversary (25, 40, 50, 60 etc.) will be recognized in our parish during the National Week for Life and Family.  Please submit your names as well as the date, church and location of marriage to the parish office by May 4th.

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If you are interested in doing the lawn maintenance for the coming season for the Church property please leave your name at the parish office or contact John Pickard at 250-517-7482 for more information.

Science & Faith – Catholic Enrichment Series

Starting Tuesdays, at 6:30 pm (May 7th to June 11th) a 6 week series of presentations on “Science & Faith” will be given downstairs in the Parish Hall.  Tickets are $3/person or $5 family at the door. Topics will include: Evolution, physics, logic, atheism, and how to use science to defend the Catholic faith.  More information can be found on posters located in the vestibule and downstairs. Beverages & snacks provided.


San Damiano Fraternity of Secular Franciscans

Parishioners are invited to the Secular Franciscans day of reflection on Spiritual Poverty. Presenter is Father Raphael Boansi. Saturday, April 27th from 9 am to 4 pm in St. Joseph’s parish hall.  Cost is $20 and includes lunch. There will be mass celebrated at 11:00 am that day. For information and registration please contact Madeleine Sevigny 833-3530 or Anna O’Hagan 833-9109.



Vocation Weekend at the Carmel

Are you discerning God’s call to a religious vocation?  You may be interested in spending a weekend of Prayer and Discernment at the Carmel of St. Joseph in Armstrong May 17th to 19th.  Please see the bulletin board for more details.



youth4th Annual Diocesan Youth Retreat – May 3 – 5, 2019 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Kamloops.  For youth in grades 7 – 12.  For more information visit www.rcdk.org


spare-change            Change for Change

This is a local anti-poverty project of the Catholic Women’s League asking the Parish Community to dig into their pockets for a handful of change and drop it into the designated cans on the weekend of April 27/28 after Mass.  The monies collected will go to support a needy individual or family in our Parish Thank you in advance for your generosity.


2nd Annual Vocations Dinner

Bishop Joseph invites you to join him at the Second Annual Vocations Dinner Wednesday May 22nd at Colombo Lodge in Kamloops.  Social/Cocktails at 5:30 Dinner at 6:30 PM. Ticket are $50.00 each and are available through your Parish office or the Diocesan Chancery office.  Get your tickets early as this event sells out quickly. Thank you for supporting Diocesan vocation programs and seminarians

Compassionate Community Care               The Compassionate Community Care (CCC) helpline, 1-855-675-8749 is a national service for people who are seeking advice, help & support regarding euthanasia & assisted suicide prevention, &/or end-of-life treatment issues or concerns. http://www.compassionatecommunitycare.org/


Grief to Grace-Reclaiming the Gift of Human Dignity – is a psychological and spiritual journey providing safety and support for anyone who has suffered degradation or violation through physical, emotional, or sexual abuse or neglect. It is a pilgrimage to discover the love, tenderness, belonging, safety, joy and peace that are often missing from the stories of abuse victims. Applications are now being accepted for the next Grief to Grace Program in Kelowna, BC, May 2-5, 2019. To register or more information call 250-878-7603 or email g2gkelowna@gmail.com or grieftograce.org

Bishop Thomas J. Lobsinger, OMI Memorial Bursary

The annual BC and Yukon Bursary Program is receiving applications for thirty bursaries of $500 each to Catholic students across the Province of BC. These bursaries are made available on a one-time-only basis to young practicing Catholic students who are in their second or subsequent year of post-secondary education at a recognized institute of higher learning within the Province. For more info please see the bulletin board. Deadline is June 30th.


st john vianney   St. John Vianney Parish Kamloops 40th Reunion: Inviting all past, present and future parishioners! May 5th, 2019. Please check the bulletin board for more details.

Prolife Sunday in the Diocese of Kamloops

This is a reminder that the Annual Prolife Sunday in the Diocese of Kamloops is Sunday May 5. 2019.  


Resurrecting Democracy

Mike Schouten, Director of Advocacy, Association for Political Reform and We Need A Law Campaign will speak on our Diminishing Democracy.  The Christian voice is dismissed as irrelevant and is being suppressed in the public square.  Engaging in politics requires putting relationships first, to show love to our neighbours and those in authority,  He will help us to understand that political participation and action requires a long view, an eternal perspective.  The ultimate goal is for Canada to have full protection for all pre-born children and to renew our country to godly wisdom.  The presentation is for everyone young or old. Thursday, May 16th at 7:00 pm at Five Corners Pentecostal Church, 3160-10 Ave SE.  Free admission, refreshments will be served. Sponsored by Shuswap Pro-Life Society 250-832-8352.

Knights-of-Columbus-LogoKnights of Columbus Scholarships

The Knights of Columbus will offer two scholarships ($750 each) for students graduating from high school in June 2019 and pursuing further education and two scholarships ($1000 each) for students who will be returning to university/college in the fall. Applications are available at the Church office or call Bruno Geiger (250-832-9189) Deadline is May 15th.



cwl-logoSt. Joseph’s CWL Scholarships

The CWL of St. Joseph’s parish is offering two scholarships: each for $1000. One is for a high school graduate of the current year and one is for a student in post secondary studies. Successful candidates should be practicing their faith and active in parish activities.  Application forms are on the bookshelf in the vestibule of the church. Deadline is May 15.

There is also the CWL National Bursary for $500 for CWL members in a faith formation course i.e. Palliative or Senior Care, Parliamentary Procedure, or tutoring in literacy.  Deadline is May 31. Please contact Wendy Piccini at 250-804-0995 for more information.


St. Joseph’s Reusable Bags: Due to popular demand the Social Justice Committee has ordered some more reusable bags. These bags are available for sale after mass at a cost of $5 each.  Please see Debbie or Teresa.


4th Annual Diocesan Youth Retreat – May 3 – 5, 2019 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Kamloops.  For youth in grades 7 – 12.  For more information visit www.rcdk.org


Camp Grafton SocietyParish Family Camp.

Our 1st annual Parish Family Camp will take place on the weekend of June 21st – 24th on the North Shuswap.  We have booked all of Camp Grafton, close to Celista, has 48 acres, is on the water, has five bunk houses, fire pits, commercial kitchen and a hall. Two priests will be joining us and mass will be celebrated Saturday evening. There will be campfires, sing-alongs, community rosary, and much more. Please contact Barry Delaney (barrydelaney44@gmail.com) or Dave Ramsay (davernmtc@icloud.com).

Parish 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), Bruno Geiger 832-9189 (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 832-3021.



Consider joining one of our Parish Groups . 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 9:30 am

Barb Hillary 250-832-4755

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

Mom’s Group – 2nd  Tuesdays 2:00 pm, Room G – Judith Pelletier 902-818-3019

Faith Formation for Children – Mondays starting January 14 – 6:00 pm – Sharon 250-832-9189

Youth Group – Tuesdays 7:00 pm, Room G

Judith Pelletier 902-818-3019


The value of an hour spent before the Blessed Sacrament is beyond all that we can imagine. You will experience a peace of heart that the world cannot give, a peace that only Jesus can give you.  Please sign up for an hour of adoration on the white board in the vestibule.  Fridays between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm.adoration

      St.  Josephs  parishioners  in  action!

Adrian & judith& son    Judith and Adrian Pelletier have been married for about two and a half years , have 1 son ( Isaac) and are expecting their second child on May sixth.   They have been members of Saint Joseph’s parish for as long as they have been married. Last spring they were able to buy a house in Salmon Arm and so were able to settle down and grow some roots in the community. It was during the summer that they found out the parish was desperately in need of teachers for the confirmation class. Judith, having 5 years experience in Halifax as a youth minister and confirmation teacher, was an ideal candidate for the task. And Adrian  joined her! Shortly after accepting that role, they were asked if they could take on the youth group as well. Fast forward and here they are now teaching the confirmation class Monday nights, youth group Tuesday nights, and each separately attending men’s and women’s groups within the parish throughout the week.We thank them for their commitment and are certainly glad that they chose to be such a wonderful part of our Parish! Thank you……………..

 April 7/2019  Grand Knight Craig Haliburton hands over a check for $1500 from the Knights to help with Church restorations.Each year the knights help fund specific projects.DSCF3225

 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!

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