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 Dale Normandeau.  Corinne 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.

Father Dale Dec 6 2020

*******Members of the Kamloops Diocese remain dispensed from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass during the initial reopening phase…………….


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.


HAPPY NEW YEAR                                           holy family     Diocese of Kamloops – On-Line Masses   Due to new Covid-19 directives, there will be No public celebration of Weekday or Sunday Masses to midnight FEBRUARY 5th, 2021. The faithful in the Diocese of Kamloops remain dispensed from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass as of present. Some of our Diocesan priests are providing online Masses they are celebrating through social media. Please check our website at      https://www.rcdk.org/    click streaming masses....      All Masses are cancelled until  further notice.     We are blessed to have Father Dale continue to say private masses for our intentions. St. Joseph’s Church is open for private prayer during office hours. There will be Adoration on  Fridays from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Please wear a mask when entering the church buildings, sanitize your hands and maintain social distancing. Please follow these directives to keep our doors open. Reconciliation and Anointing of the Sick are available by appointment.

January 17th, 2021 Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

St. Joseph’s Parish Collections:
January 1st: $ 875.00
January 3rd: $ 5,730.00
January 10th: $ 975.00

Jan 17th
Donation Receipts have been printed and will be mailed out at the end of January. If you happen to be
at the Church during the week you can pick up your receipt at that time. If you have not picked up your
envelope box for 2021 please let the office know if you want a few envelopes mailed to you. We will
keep the rest of the box at the church in storage.

Prayers: Please pray for Fr. Dale Normandeau this coming week as he goes for some minor surgery.
Msgr Jerry Desmond will be serving in our parish while Fr. Dale is recovering.

The Parish Office is open Tuesdays to Fridays from 8:30 am to noon and 1:00 to 4:00 pm. The Church is open for private prayer during office hours. Please wear a mask when entering the church buildings, sanitize your hands and maintain social distancing. Please follow these directives to keep our doors open. Adoration on Fridays from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Reconciliation is available by appointment.


January 15 –           For the intentions of Marita Pukas
January 16 –           For the intentions of Michelle Higgins
January 17 –          For all Parishioners                                                                                                                                  January 19 –         For the intentions of Dorothy Saunders

January 20-            Repose of the soul of Joe Sternberg
January 21 –          For the intentions of Ryan Turner
January 22 –          Repose of the soul of Gail Ayotte
January 23 –          For the intentions of Terry O’Hagan
January 24 –          For all Parishioners

St. Joseph’s Live-Stream Mass
The Mass starts at 9:00 am, there is a 3 or 4 minute delay before it begins. The distribution of communion will be from 10 – 10:30 am All other Masses are listed at     https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJwk8IG3iD5BvRkdLEhGvyg/featured    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJwk8IG3iD5Bv

st josephs parking lot   Receiving the Eucharist .   Fr. Dale would like to distribute communion after live-streaming the Sunday Mass. Here are the directions for the drive-through distribution of communion. Gather at home to watch the live- streamed Mass or choose an earlier Mass for that Sunday. Then get in your vehicle and drive down to the church to receive communion. Fr. Dale would be available from 10:00-10:30 am. Please stay in your vehicle, use  2nd street  parking lot entrance (upper) ……Look for Edwin…. stop, roll down your window and reach your hands out to receive communion. After  communion, Leave by the laneway

St. Josephs is pleased to announce the availability of the program LIVING WITH LIMITS – LIVING WELL.
This is a Jesuit Forum for Social Faith and Justice program published by the Canadian Conférence of
Catholic Bishops.  It’s objective is to create dialogue with small groups on the interconnectedness of
poverty, inequality, globalization, ecology and spirituality.  Living with Limits ….. is a seven week
program of sharings and discussions.  Each session is about one and a half hours in length. A resource
booklet is available free of charge in a PDF format for computers or may be purchased for $15.00 per
copy.  This program is offered to all parishioners beginning February 2nd and concluding March 16,
two weeks before Holy Week.  Sessions will be held on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 using Zoom technology.  For more information or to register, please contact Bruce Weicker at 250.833.8971 or bweicker10@gmail.com  There is no charge for this program.

Thank you to everyone who supported the Carmelites by buying a Christmas Arrangement.
Special Thank you to Evelyn and Darren Ramstad who picked all the greens for this fundraiser. GOD
Bless you all Brandy Turner.

The Carmelite Sisters at the Carmel of St. Joseph Monastery are no longer looking for a treadmill, one
has already been donated and it was received today! Thank you.

prolife    Kamloops PROLIFE Scholarship
$1000 Scholarship opportunity for grade 12 and post secondary students. Requirements include an essay,
references, and pandemic-appropriate volunteering. Due date is April 1st, 2021. For more info. access our
website …       voices4life.com    under Events

Bishop     Heart Talk with Bishop Joseph Nguyen from Shalom World TV/Shalom Media Shalom World TV aired the Episode of Heart Talk  ; with His Excellency Bishop Joseph Nguyen on 20th December, Sunday. Below is the link to watch the episode. https://www.shalomworld.org/episode/heart-to-heart-bishop-joseph-nguyen

St. Joseph’s Parish Year in Review 2020
Adelaiza Marcelino – January 11
Finnlee Snow – January 18
Jerruz Alcasid – February 22
Mariah Heffernan – August 3
Julien Main – October 31
Emmett Pelletier – November 29
Imogen Anhel – December 2
Kruz Hansen – December 13
1 st Communion:
Thomas Anhel – June 19
Sophia Mitchell – June 19
Hudson Parada -June 26
Victoria Watson – August 7
Charlotte Allan – April 8
Chris Delaney – June 22
Mary Jane Akus – June 23 (RCIA)
Rebecca Johnston – June 29
Maria Anhel – June 29
Noah Dollack – June 29
Annalee Ramsay – June 29
Kirsten Weicker – June 29
Shane Lambert   &   Ellen Pelletier – April 15
Cody Meikle &  Monica McFarlane – December 12
Gail Ayotte(78), Bruno Holenstein(90), Chuck Johnson(90), Cecilia Roy, Joe Munro(98), Tom
Higgins(58), Julian Gajewski (80), Nancy Holman(90), Gloria Appel(79), Marie Klimczak(85), Romaine
Green(93), Hee Ja Lee, Ron LaGrange(80), Margaret Keehn(98), Elizabeth Montgomery(89), Marg


CWL Religious Articles Store: The Religious Articles Store has a fresh clean look. Thank you to those who
were able to help with sorting, cleaning, painting and sales. There will be more hours available for shopping
in the New Year.

Knights    Leave No Neighbor Behind
The Knights of Columbus national program “Leave No Neighbor Behind” is an effort to connect with anyone
feeling isolated due to Covid-19. Please phone the parish office. You will be referred to a Knight who will
follow up and all calls will be treated as confidential.


prolife                                                                                                                                                                                                           Click on the PRO-LIFE button at the top of this page for NEW information 

donation boxes

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.


. askewslogo  Askews cards continue to be available at the parish office during regular office hours. We have $50 cards available again as well as $100.              


charity appeal 2020Last 2 weeks before the draw!      https://kofcdraw.net/C7107 …. to purchase tickets click on this link & then once the poster pops up …click on it!





Parishioners in Action

 Coats for kids 2020 HUGE SHOUT OUT  &  thanks  to Randy & Wendy Piccini,  who donated a dozen teen boys winter coats  to the Knights of Columbus COATS FOR KIDS 2020 project. The gracious donation was given on behalf of Wendys 95 year old mother , who passed away recently. The coats have been given to the SAFE HOUSE, along with a dozen girls coats from your local Knights of Columbus council 7107.The SAFE house will distribute them according to need.  This is part of our Knights Global Community project, (in BC it is in its 11th year.)

In response to restrictions around COVID-19, Home for Christmas community dinner hosts Ken and Erin Fraser, pictured with their children Josiah, Eilidh, Lachlan, Rowan and Miriam, are hosting an afternoon event at McGuire Lake on Christmas. (Leah Blain photo)
In response to restrictions around COVID-19, Home for Christmas community dinner hosts Ken and Erin Fraser, pictured with their children Josiah, Eilidh, Lachlan, Rowan and Miriam, are hosting an afternoon event at McGuire Lake on Christmas. (Leah Blain photo) (Leah Blain photo) In response to restrictions around COVID-19, Home for Christmas community dinner hosts Ken and Erin Fraser, pictured with their children Josiah, Eilidh, Lachlan, Rowan and Miriam, are hosting an afternoon event at McGuire Lake on Christmas.   COVID-19 may prevent the Fraser family from preparing a community meal this Christmas, but it isn’t stopping them from serving one. Last Christmas, Ken, wife Erin and a team of volunteers were busy in the kitchen at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, working to prepare the first Home For Christmas dinner. This was the replacement to the cancelled Friends at Christmas meal that had taken place for about 17 years. The Frasers decided to step up and fill its place with an event that offered carolers, crafts and a huge feast. With the pandemic and the related provincial health order prohibiting gatherings of more than 50, the determined Frasers came up with a different way to serve this year’s Home for Christmas meal. From noon to 2 p.m. on Dec. 25, they are welcoming people to stop by at McGuire Lake Park for a stroll, to maintain a safe distance while listening to carolers, and to enjoy a cup of cocoa, fresh baking and pizza.  Salmon Arm Observer.. Lachlan Labere 


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Balazs, Margaret Leona  July 17, 1927 – December 31, 2020 at the age of 93 years

Ron Lagrange.1Ronald Albert LaGrange was born September 04, 1940 in New Westminster, BC to Albert and Theresa LaGrange and was the eldest of five children. His childhood home was filled with deep faith, music and the love of a large extended family. In 1958, Ron enlisted with the Royal Canadian Air Force and began what would  ecome a 33-year life of service to his country. In 1961, while posted in Gimli, Manitoba, Ron met the love of his life, Gail Sveinsson, on a blind date. He told his
friend that night, “That’s the girl I’m going to marry” and so he did, after a brief delay caused by the Cuban Missile Crisis necessitating an emergency posting to Germany. In May 1963, he flew back to Canada, married Gail and whisked her away for four years to Germany where the first two of their five children were born. They returned to Canada in 1966 and added another son to the family in 1967, and sadly lost another, Joseph, in 1969. In 1970, Ron became an original member of the
ground crew of The Snowbirds, the aerobatic flying team. In fact, he designed the smoke system used in ‘sky-writing’ that is still in use today. In 1973, he accepted a commission from the ranks and was posted to Ontario, later followed by Cold Lake, Alberta, where a daughter was added to his family. He was posted to Comox, BC and then to Winnipeg, Manitoba where he retired after the Gulf War as a Lt.-Colonel. Ron had a very happy retirement in Tappen, BC where he was chiefly occupied by never-ending renovations. He loved to design and build and was meticulous in his handiwork. He and Gail loved to travel, particularly by car, and drove across Canada several times. Having a son and his family in Prague, they also flew to Europe many times to watch their grandchildren grow and to sample
the excellent Czech beer. They also made a trip to Gail’s ancestral homeland, Iceland, to meet extended family and take in the magnificent landscapes.
Ron was predeceased by his father, Albert, his son, Joseph and his grand-daughter, Renee. Left to mourn his passing are his mother, Theresa, his loving wife of 57 years, Gail, his children: Michelle (Steve) Holmes, Allan (Stepanka) LaGrange, Richard (Wendy) LaGrange and Heather (Fred) Squires and his grandchildren: Shayna, Isaac, Jacob, Kristian, Vanessa, Alyssa, Julianna, Allan and Laura.
Also deeply feeling his loss are his siblings: Fr. George LaGrange, omi, Lorraine (Maurice) Hurtubise, Dianne (Bert) LeChasseur and Mark (Lola) LaGrange, along with many nieces and nephews. Like his father before him, Ron was an honourable man. He was honest, hard-working and loyal. He loved his family with all that was in him, and he will be profoundly missed. A Memorial Mass will be held at some point in the future when travel and gathering restrictions have been lifted.
Share memories and condolences through Ron’s obituary at http://www.fischersfuneralservices.com   

Montgomery, Elizabeth Thersia

August 25, 1931 – December 29, 2020
at the age of 89 years   It is with profound sadness that we, the family of Elizabeth Thersia Montgomery (Gaschler) of Salmon Arm announce to you her family, friends, congregation, and community of her peaceful passing on December 29, 2020 at Salmon Arm Hospital.  She is survived by her children and grandchildren Patricia Pappas – Rebecca & Christy, Michelle Easterbrook – fur babies Mickey & Chicklet, Sandra Montgomery – Bowen, Genie & Joy, Larry Montgomery (Jo Anne) – Cody, Evan & Matthew, Debra Bowles (Michael)- Bridgit, Trinity, Garhett and six delightful great grandchildren.  She is also survived by her brother John Gaschler, sister Frances Menzies and numerous nieces and nephews.  She is predeceased by her husband of 39 years Kenneth and granddaughter Stephanie. 2020, unlike any other in her prior 89 years was a challenging year for her, as it was for so many others as well.  But it was a good life for mom. She was born in Regina on August 25th, 1931. In her 12th year, her family relocated to North Vancouver to make it home where she flourished. At 20 she embarked on an adventure of her own to the big city of Toronto to work for Pitney Bowes.  While back home on vacation in BC, she went to the Clinton Dude Ranch where she met her handsome knight in shining armour (sort of) and a new adventure began for the two of them. It was a whirlwind romance and he whisked her away to California where they married and started their family.  Five years later they returned to BC to a whole host of new challenges.  Together life took them to all four corners of this beautiful province before retiring to their favourite spot – Salmon Arm – where they finally planted their permanent roots.  She enjoyed and found strength in her Faith based family and friends throughout her lifetime. The many deeply profound friendships she forged with her creative sisters in her quilting group and the raucous fun she had with her Churches Thrift Store buddies…we’ve seen pictures!! We are grateful for the care she received these past months, both at Bastion Place and Shuswap Lake Hospital.  A special thank you to her nurse Carissa for her hugely compassionate heart while caring for mom and us in these last few trying days.  Our heartfelt thank you to all the Doctors from Shuswap Family Practice.  Words cannot convey how very grateful we are for your many kindnesses, helpful advice and outstanding medical care. In lieu of flowers, donations to your local SPCA would be gratefully appreciated. Mom always loved the fur friends, she is no doubt walking Dudley this very minute meeting and greeting all his new friends. Prayers welcomed anytime by any denomination. A celebration of life will be planned at a later date.

Consider joining one of our Parish Groups in the New Year. They gather for prayer, study, socialization and works of charity

Faith Formation for Children – Mondays starting January 13th – 6:00 pm – Sharon 250-832-9189

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 Tuesdays 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

                                                                        Ministry Contacts

Parish Pastoral Council:  Bruce Weicker   832-3313 (Social Justice), John Pickard 250-517-7482  (Maintenance),    Kathryn Weicker 803-0103(Liturgy),     Michel Saab 833-5575(Pastoral Care),Linda Faust 250-833-4608 (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 250-833-4608

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. Dale, by appointment

Marriages: Fr. Dale, 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



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