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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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.



  March 24th, 2019               Third Sunday of Lent

   Sunday Collection: $5,741.70


Stations of the Cross

Every Friday during Lent, St. Joseph’s parish prays the Stations of the Cross at 7:00 pm.  Each week the Stations are led by a different group of people.


pancakes   SUNDAY MARCH   24th……Knights of Columbus pancake breakfast                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

What’s on this Week: March 25 to March 31

Monday: No FFC – Spring Break

Tuesday: Prayer Cenacle 9:00 am – Room C

Wednesday: RCIA 5:30 pm – Room A    

Thursday: Anointing of the Sick @ 7:00 pm Mass

Friday: Adoration 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

            Stations of the Cross 7:00 pm – Church




Thank you – Lighthouse Shelter

Thanks to those who contributed casseroles for the Salvation Army this winter.  The shelter is closing at the end of March.  We were thanked personally by a person who is involved with the project.


Message from Bishop Joseph Nguyen regarding Share Lent 2019: Last year serious issues with some partner groups supported by Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace prompted the Canadian Bishops’ Conference (CCCB) to initiate a comprehensive review of the operations of this organization.  This review is ongoing with the guarantee that none of these monies be used to sponsor the partner groups questioned by the CCCB. In view of the corrections already put in place, the annual Share Lent collection will proceed in the diocese this year.



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. For information and registration please contact Madeleine Sevigny 833-3530 or Anna O’Hagan 833-9109.


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.


Vocation Live-In                                                              On the weekend of April 5 – 7, there will be a Vocation Live-In for young men interested in the priesthood or religious life, at the Seminary of Christ the King, Mission, BC. For more information call 604-826-8715. Financial assistance is available from the Vocations committee.


OLPH Parish Mission – Life Restoration

Heather and Jake Khym present Encountering the Real Jesus. Friday, April 5th (Evening) and Saturday, April 6th (Daytime Sessions) RSVP your attendance to Jackie at the parish office olphkamloops@shaw.ca or (250) 376-5541.  

To learn more about Heather & Jake check out their website at www.liferestoration.ca .


syrian feast          A Syrian Soiree

A Sponsorship fundraising dinner and live auction for Lokman Mustafa’s family.  Saturday, April 6th at Broadview Evangelical Free Church.  Doors open at 5 pm, dinner at 6 pm. Tickets are $60 each which includes a tax deductible donation. They are available at Shuswap Immigrant Services Society 371 Hudson Avenue NE 250-804-2726.


Share Lent – 2019 – Share the Journey

Facing persecution and violence, 723,000 Rohingyas have fled Myanmar since August 2017 and taken refuge across the border, in neighbouring Bangladesh. Development and Peace’s long-time partner Caritas Bangladesh is working hard to restore some dignity to these people who simply yearn to live in peace. Thanks to your donations, Caritas Bangladesh has been able to provide temporary shelters, access to clean water, safe latrines and showers for women and girls, and hygiene kits, and to raise awareness among refugees about safety issues. Your generosity makes a difference in the lives of the Rohingya! devp.org/give



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).


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choirChoir practices for the Easter Vigil 

March 18th at 5:30 PM

March 27th at 5:00 PM

April 1st at 5:30 PM

April 8th at 5:30 PM

April 15th at 5:30 PM

Practices are 60 to 90 minutes in length and will be held in the church. Music will be led by Jennifer Parker. Everyone is welcome to join.



  1.    JOSEPH’S  CWL SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS are now available.  Please contact Wendy Piccini at 250-804-0995. There are five scholarships available through the CWL and our diocese.

1)Kamloops Diocesasn Bursary awarded to a post secondary student that has been a CWL member for atleast 2 years. Deadline March 31, 2019.

 2) BC & Yukon Life Members Art & Culture Award for $500 awarded to children or grandchildren of CWL members.  Deadline March 31, 2019

3) Molly Bocher Bursary  for $500 awarded for a course to serve the church Parish life to a post secondary student that has been a CWL member for atleast 2 years.  Deadline March 31, 2019.

 4) 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 May 31, 2019

5) Two  ST. JOSEPH’S  CWL SCHOLARSHIPS  a) to a high school graduate of the current year b) to a student in post secondary studies.  Each for $1000.  Successful candidates should be practicing their faith and active in parish activities.  Deadline May 15, 2019.





Consider joining one of our Parish Groups in the New Year. 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



ASH WEDNESDAY: Salmon Arm – 8:15 am and 5:00 pm

                                     Blind Bay – 7:00 pm

ANOINTING OF THE SICK: Salmon Arm – Thursday, March 28 during mass 7 pm

                                                    Sicamous – Saturday, March 30 during mass 2:30 pm

                                                    Blind Bay – Wednesday, March 27 during mass 7 pm                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      


WAY OF THE CROSS:  St. Joseph’s, Salmon Arm – Fridays – 7:00 pm

                                           Our Lady of the Lake, Blind Bay – Fridays at 7:00 pm




Our Lady of the Lake, Blind Bay – Wednesday, April 3 – 7:00 pm


St. Joseph’s, Salmon Arm – Tuesday, April 2 – 7:00 pm Service

                                              Thursday, April 4 – 6:00 pm Reconciliation before mass

                                               Friday, April 5 – 6:00 pm before Way of the Cross


Our Lady of Fatima, Sicamous – Saturday, April 6 before mass





Holy Thursday, April 18

Our Lady of the Lake, Blind Bay  5:00 pm (Adoration until 10:00 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

          This service will be followed by a Poor Man’s Supper in the Parish Hall.


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



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!


 Knights of Columbus members Edwin Krieg & Eugene Casavant present a check to the 1st Salmon Arm Scouts. Disbursements to all charities was in excess of $17,000.   This is money raised through our Charity Appeal ticket sales and also the BC Lottery Grants.                                                                                                           

 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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