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St Josephs is a Roman Catholic Parish located in Salmon Arm BC Canada..We are part of the Diocese of Kamloops  .  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  Fred Weisbeck..  Corinne Smith is our secretary and can be reached at 250-832-3021 during the week. 


 60 First Street SE, Salmon Arm, BC, V1E 4H4  

March 26th, 2023 Fifth Sunday of Lent

An Act of Spiritual Communion My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.  I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart.  I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.

The Holy Fathers Intentions for the Month of March:                                                                                                                 MARCH FOR THE NEW MARTYRS: We pray that those who risk their lives for the Gospel in various parts of the world inflame the Church with their courage and missionary enthusiasm.

Sunday Collection: $3,582.05

This Solidarity Sunday, Development and Peace ― Caritas Canada’s Stand for the Land campaign invites you to give generously and thanks you warmly for your generosity. Your donation transforms the lives of some of our most vulnerable sisters and brothers across the world. Our solidarity rests on your generosity. Such is the difference you can make by giving to your Share Lent parish collection or at devp.org/give. Prayer cards, mini-magazines and donation envelopes are available in the vestibule. Thank you for helping us build a world of justice.

Parish Office Hours: Tuesday to Friday 8:30 am to noon and 1:00 to 3:00 pm
Reconciliation: Thursdays, 6:15 – 6:45 pm and Saturdays 4:15 – 4:45 pm
You 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. Fridays between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm.

birthday gif   Prayerful wishes to Fr Fred who celebrates his birthday on Wednesday, March 29 th . God’s Blessings in the year ahead.

Mass Intentions for March 25 to March 31
Sat. March 25 –        Repose of the soul of Dorothy Bustin (pm) – For the intentions of Mathew O’Hagan
Sun. March 26 –      For the intentions of all parishioners
Tuesday, March 28 – The intentions of Yenny Connor
Wed. March 29 –    For the intentions of Lloyd Levine
Thurs. March 30 – For the intentions of Mary Scherr
Friday, March 31– For the intentions of Rob Dubois

The Video stream link for Mar 26th https://youtube.com/live/dxksY0Xtp28?feature=share

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stationsReflections on the Stations of the Cross will occur on each Friday of Lent at 7 pm. All parishioners are invited to participate in this ancient devotion.  Volunteers are required to lead Stations each week, to read, to be candle and cross bearers and to provide music.  Stations can be led by an organized group or by a small group of individuals who wish to contribute their time and energy.  Booklets of the Stations are available.  Please contact Kathryn Weicker by phone or email (250 803 0103 or weickerfam@telus.net)  for more
information or to sign up.


Easter Vigil Choir Practise: Interested singers are invited to attend the Easter Vigil music practices at the parish on Monday evenings at 5:30 PM on March 20th, 27th and April 3rd. Jennifer Parker is leading the music for this celebration.

Liturgy Sign-up for Palm Sunday and Easter Triduum Readers, Ushers and Eucharistic Ministers of Holy
Communion there is a sign-up sheet in the parish lounge. Please sign up for one ministry per liturgical celebration and indicate your availability for other times if needed.

Lenten Reconciliation St. Joseph’s Church
There will be an opportunity for Reconciliation on Thursday, March 30 th at 6:30 pm. The Mass that day will be in the morning at 8:15 am. There will be four priests available to celebrate this sacrament with you.


The CWL General meeting in April will be held on Thursday, April 13 th at 7:30 pm in the Parish Hall.



  Religious Articles Store Open Sunday Morning After Mass: Books and More New Items have just arrived! Also selling Carmelite Sister’s jams and jellies.

Parish Faith Formation:  Are you wondering about your faith?  Do you have questions?  Does your faith formation need a refresher?  Please join us starting Wednesday, March 1 st  from 7pm – 9pm.  We’ll be viewing and discussing the 10 part series, Catholicism by Bishop Barron.  All ages welcome! For more information contact Marc Dansereau at 250-253-2314 or Patti Dansereau at 778-489-5046  for further info go to the MINISTRIES tab at the top of this page and click on Adult Education


EASTER SCHEDULE  2023                                                                                                                                                         Holy Thursday, April 6 

Our Lady of the Lake, Blind Bay          4:00 pm with Adoration until 6:00 pm 

 St. Joseph’s, Salmon Arm                      7:00 pm (Adoration until 9:00 pm) 

Good Friday Services, April 7 

Our Lady of the Lake – Blind Bay         12:00 pm 

 St. Joseph’s – Salmon Arm                     3:00 pm           

 Holy Saturday, April 8 – Blessing of Easter Baskets – 11:00 am at St. Joseph’s 

 Easter Vigil, April 8 – St. Joseph’s, Salmon Arm                7:00 pm  

 Easter Sunday, April 9 

 St. Joseph’s, Salmon Arm                          9:00 am 

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

 Our Lady of Fatima, Sicamous                    1:30 pm      

greif to graceThrough a retreat program facilitated by mental health professionals and centered on Jesus Christ, Grief to Grace helps those who have endured physical, emotional, sexual, and/or spiritual abuse find healing.  The next retreat is May 23 – 27, 2023 in Kelowna. For more information make a confidential call to 250-808-6403 or email grieftogracekelowna@gmail.com

Grocery Cards
Askew Grocery cards are now available after mass in the coffee room.  Cards are available in denominations of  $50, and $100.  The proceeds from the sale of the cards will go to food banks in Salmon Arm.  Please note cards are no longer available at the Parish Office during the week.  This program is a simple way to support those in need when you do your own grocery shopping.  Thank you for caring for the needy in our community.

Pro-life $1000 Scholarship. Completed application due April 1st, 2023. Requirements … Grade 12 completion by June 2023 (or in previous years), essay, volunteering in pro-life/life-affirming activities, references, acceptance by a postsecondary
institution in the fall of 2023.  Applicants should begin their volunteering now, if not before. For details , and to download the application form, access our website :        https://www.voices4life.com

Bishop Thomas J. Lobsinger, OMI Memorial Bursary Program:                                                                                                             The annual British Columbia and Yukon Bursary program known as the Bishop Thomas J. Lobsinger, OMI Memorial Bursary Program is underway. The 2023 program is now receiving applications. We are privileged to offer fourteen bursaries of $1,000.00 each to Catholic students across the Province of British Columbia. These bursaries are made available on a one-time only basis to young practicing Catholic students who are in post secondary education at a recognized institute of higher learning within the Province of British Columbia. Applications are accepted until June 30, 2023 with the bursaries being awarded in the fall. The Terms of Reference may be found on our web site (kofcbc.org). Requests for application should be addressed to: Knights of Columbus BC  Yukon, 2809 Mara Drive, Coquitlam, BC V3C 5T9, Attn: Herb Yang, Bursaries Chairman Or email: herbykofc@gmail.com Deadline for requests for application is June 1, 2023. We would like to congratulate the many recipients once again over the past years and look forward to the opportunity to assist many more young people in the advancement of their education.

  ST. JOSEPH’S CWL SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS are now available. Please contact Wendy Piccini at 250-804-0995, the Parish Office, or the SASS counselling office for an application. There are two ST. JOSEPH’S CWL SCHOLARSHIPS: a) to a high school graduate of the current year b) to a student continuing in post secondary studies. Each for $1,000. Successful candidates should be practicing their faith and active in parish activities. Deadline May 15, 2023.   


 The Carmel of St. Joseph Sisters are so thankful for donations received from St. Joseph’s in Salmon Arm. Currently, they are looking for tealight candles.

Pastoral Care: Please contact Michel Saab 250-833-5575 or saabmichel@gmail.com) if you know someone who would like to receive communion from the pastoral care group.

Don’t forget the Donation Boxes   There are two donation boxes in our church vestibule, one  for the Carmelite Sisters in Armstrong and one for our local Salvation Army Food Bank. As a parish you have been very generous in the past and these groups continue to welcome your donations of non-perishable food items.  The Salvation Army is  very thankful to our parish for the continued weekly donations.


worldwide marriage encounter                                World-Wide Marriage Encounter is hosting a weekend retreat April 14-16, 2023 in Kamloops!
Come join us to live your best life in love, renew your marriage and rekindle romance. For more information and to register visit: Behold Vancouver RCAV website: https://beholdvancouver.org/events/virtual-worldwide-marriage-encounter-8#overview
Registration closes Mar 28, 2023 check out the WWME video on YouTube:  https://youtu.be/VvQUEZ35Ufg

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 Eugene Casavant,   Jennifer Parker,   Catherine Kroetch,  Frances Kostiuk and Michel Saab

This Family (group) of the Month is best described as a trio  and not a traditional Family. The Knights of Columbus wanted to recognize these three individuals who have and continue to contribute to parish life in an outstanding way. Their contribution overlaps in time and each is  equally deserving. The First of these has contributed to parish life in many ways not the least of which  was to foster development of the music ministry She more than four decades ago at the request of Father Shefield, pastor at the time, learned to play the organ in the parish and became a leader in activating  what became known as the Sunday Choir. She provided the music for other choirs over years. Hers was a dedicated service.  The second of this trio has spent many hours in Shepparding  many choirs over the decades. She introduced piano music to the parish. She has organized schedules for weekend masses, as well as making herself available for special occasions, funerals and the like   Her voice though now showing the beauty of aging has led the congregation in holy song over decades The junior of the trio has in more recent years taken up the mantle of scheduling the various choir groups. She herself with her angelic voice, with the benefit her professional qualification in speech therapy, leads both at the keyboard and with voice the singing at many weekend masses and at other events.  

All three of this trio have been instrumental to the Music Ministry over the decades both in their talent and their untiring work in performing and scheduling many parish choirs. 

Please join us in this Tribute to this trio of individuals, as we call forward  Frances Kostiuk, Catherine Kroetch and Jennifer Parker 



St. Joseph’s Parish Contacts 

Parish Finance Committee: Barry Delaney 250-517-7841, Andrea Pickard 250-517-0110,  Jeri Myers 832-4112 

Pastoral Care: 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 Michel Saab, 250-833-5575 

Liturgy: Kathryn Weicker, 250-803-0103 

Music Ministry: Jennifer Parker 803-0181 

Catholic Women’s League:   Judith Pelletier

Knights of Columbus: Bruce Weicker, Grand Knight 250-832-3313 

Secular Franciscans: Anna O’Hagan 833-9109 

Faith Formation for Children, R.C.I.A. and Adult Education: contact the Parish office sastjoseph@rcdk.org 250-832-3021 

Baptisms, Marriages and Funerals: Contact the Parish office to make an appointment to meet with the Pastor sastjoseph@rcdk.org 250-832-3021