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.



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  September 23, 2018          Twenty-Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time

What’s on this Week: Sept . 24 to Sept. 30 

Monday: FFC (K1,2,3) Registration 5:45 pm Tuesday: Prayer Cenacle 9:00 am – Room C



Friday: Adoration 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Saturday: CWL Bazaar 12:30 pm – Hall

Sunday: Life Chain 2:15 pm – Fletcher Park

Sunday, September 15/16 Collection: $3,500.00


Faith Formation for Children (FFC) program.

The FFC program will begin on Monday, September 24th  starting with registration at 5:45 pm in the parish lounge: for Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2 and Grade 3 classes.

We are still looking for Catechists for Grade 4/5 and the Grade 6/7 confirmation class.

If you are interested or want more information, please contact Sharon Geiger at 250-832-3021.


pancakes      Pancake Breakfast  this Sunday

The Knights of Columbus will be serving up pancake breakfast on Sunday, September 23rd in the parish hall after morning mass.


Alpha Program

Starting Monday, September 24th at 6:30 pm which is being hosted at a private residence.  Alpha is the most common evangelising tool in Canadian Churches, some say.  Its success may be partly due to how Alpha encourages open and honest discussion through its dinner-and-a-movie approach. For more information call Lorne Lazzarotto at 250-833-8014 (cell).


Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults:

RCIA will begin this fall on October 10th.  If anyone is interested, please contact Sharon Geiger at 250-832-3021.

Public Program: Kairos Sponsored

The Land, the Water, and Indigenous Peoples: The Struggle for Mining Justice.  Featuring, ‘Flin Flon Flim Flam’, a documentary expose of the human rights & environmental abuses of Hudbay Minerals Inc. in its worldwide operations. John Dougherty, the producer and director of the film will introduce it and lead discussion afterward. Monday, September 24 at 7 pm.  Green Space at First United Church.


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By now you should have received a Faith in Action envelope in the mail.  If you did not and would like a pledge form they are available on the table at the back of the church or from the parish office.


life chain                                                                           LIFE CHAIN – Sunday, September 30th

Life Chain is a peaceful and prayerful public witness of pro-life individuals standing for one hour praying for an end to abortion, for women faced with difficult pregnancies, for the conversion of abortion providers and for our Nation.  It is a visual statement by the Christian community across the world affirming the sanctity of all human life from conception to its natural end.  Salmon Arm Life Chain, Sunday September 30th 2:30 – 3:30 pm.  Meet at Fletcher Park at 2:15 to pick up your sign, “Abortion Kills Children, Adoption a Loving Option, Choose Life, Jesus Heals and Forgives”.   Proceed to the TCH. For more info call Daniel 250-832-7762


     church_wedding_flowers_14.jpg                   Call to Ministry:

The Art & Environment Committee is looking for new people to help out with flowers in the church. No experience is necessary, training will be provided. Please take the time to fill out the ministry form and return it to the parish as soon as possible.  You can drop the forms in the box on the table in the vestibule. 


Educational Materials FREE!

The parish has a large amount of educational resources, books, tapes, cds etc.  We are clearing out the resources on cassette tape.  They are available to pick up on the table in the vestibule of the church for the next three weeks. After which they will go into recycling.


rosary       MMP Rosary Cenacle, Tuesday, September 25

Fr. Laurent Larroque, the international director for the worldwide Marian Movement of Priests, is traveling throughout Canada in September.  He will celebrate Mass and conduct a prayer cenacle at Immaculate Conception Church, 839 Sutherland Ave. in Kelowna on Tuesday, September 25 at 5:00 PM.  A potluck will follow.  All are welcome to attend.



carmelitesSolemn Profession and Veiling of Sister Cecilia of Our Lady of the Trinity, O.C.D. (Anita Tremblay from OLPH Kamloops) on Saturday October 13 at 11am at the Carmelite Monastery in Armstrong, BC.  Most Reverend Joseph Phuong Nguyen will be the principal celebrant at the Eucharistic Celebration.


CWL Country General Store Bazaar & Tea

The Bazaar seemed so far away and now it is just around the corner, Saturday, September 29 between 12:30 and 3:30 pm in the parish hall.  There is no admission charge to the Bazaar.  The cost of the Tea is $5.00 per person, children 10 and under are free for tea.  There will be hand-crafted items, baking, Lucky 7, religious articles, bazaar jars, produce, plants and preserves. New for this year are frozen Apple Pies and the Eclectic Wonders table. Be sure to stop by the Popcorn station to snack on while browsing. The parish hall will be open for donations on Friday afternoon at 2 pm and on Saturday morning from 9 am to 11:30 am at the main doors to the Parish Hall.

Please hand your raffle ticket stubs in to Lorrette or the parish office as soon as possible. Raffle tickets will be sold at the bazaar until draw time at 3:30 pm.

Come see us at the Country General Store Bazaar & Tea! Convener:  Linda Painchaud 250-832-8937.

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Call to Ministry Forms:

We ask you to prayerfully consider where you can best share your ministry talents within our Parish.  Please take the time to fill out the form and return it to the parish as soon as possible.  You can drop the forms in the box on the table in the vestibule.  Aside from signing up for various Ministries, we also update our address register from this form.


carmelitesSolemn Profession and Veiling of Sister Cecilia of Our Lady of the Trinity, O.C.D. (Anita Tremblay from OLPH Kamloops) on Saturday October 13 at 11am at the Carmelite Monastery in Armstrong, BC.  Most Reverend Joseph Phuong Nguyen will be the principal celebrant at the Eucharistic Celebration.


eucharistic-adoration-quotesYou are invited to Adoration on Fridays

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.


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      St.  Josephs  parishioners  in  action!


bazaar 2018.jpgBazaar and tea signals onset of autumn in the Shuswap

Friends & Neighbours    /   Leah Blain

There are the usual tell-tale signs that herald autumn: the weather is a little crisper and the leaves turn their vibrant yellows and reds. The omnipresent ‘back-to-school’ sales and fall sign-up registrations remind everyone the summer holiday is really and truly over.

But Salmon Arm has a long-standing tradition that many use as their official marker of the fall season – the Catholic Women’s League (CWL) bazaar and tea.

The bazaar has been a popular event for more than 40 years and, over time, acquired the status of the harbinger of fall.

“It’s a social outing for ladies from the different churches,” says Jeri Meyers. “It’s quite truthfully the start of the new fall season. Summer is over, and you get together with your friends for tea and get into the fall routine.”

Linda Faust and Linda Painchaud mention other groups from neigbouring communities that have been coming to the bazaar for years, including the Armstrong Women’s Institute members.
It’s a lot of planning and preparation for the CWL but, as they all agree, it’s not really work when they get together to do something.

“When you’re in the kitchen making sandwiches, you have time to learn about somebody else,” says Jeri. “The new friendships – that’s been a real joy.”

She jokes that it cost her a bit of money to join the group.

“I had to buy a new oven. I couldn’t bake in my old one and baking seems to be a prerequisite. If you can’t bring goodies, you can’t cross through the door.”

They all laugh at this.

Linda Painchaud joined the group after she retired for a couple of reasons. Primarily it was important for her to be part of something that would make a difference.

“In my younger days I travelled and I’ve seen extreme poverty and it concerns me. We live in conditions with everything we could want. It’s important to help the disadvantaged, and young people with their education.”

It also helped her fill that social gap that people can feel at retirement.

“When you retire from work you become a non-person. And when you don’t work you become a little more invisible.”
Now between the CWL and local branch of the Okanagan Historical Society she is very busy. In fact, she is blending her interest in both for this year’s bazaar, giving it an old-fashioned country general store theme.

As usual, there will be a fun mix of things to buy, ranging from handmade crafts, potted plants, produce, raffles, tasty treats, an eclectic table with items like costume jewelry and LPs, and, of course, the popular tea room.

“We’re noted for our tea service,” says Linda Faust who is president of the Salmon Arm CWL chapter.

There is a special ambiance when the room is full of people getting together, relaxing, and laughing. It’s a bringing together of community as in the old days when people would gather to celebrate after the harvest. And all the money raised goes to good causes, locally and around the world.

“We support Shuswap Hospice,” Linda Faust gives as an example. “We give scholarships and we are involved in Save A Family – it’s a program for families in Third World countries. We support a family and when they become self-sufficient they give us the name of another family. We’re not just community oriented, we’re world oriented.”

The Country General Store Bazaar & Tea takes place Saturday, Sept. 29, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at St. Joseph’s parish hall, 90 First St. SE. Everyone is welcome.



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 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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