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 Sean Wenger. 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.
May 29th, 2022 The Ascension of the Lord
Sunday Collection: $4,744.50
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.
To celebrate Pentecost, the descent of the Holy Spirit on the Church, we invite you to pray the Holy Spirit Novena! It is a powerful and moving novena that is meant to help us open ourselves up to the third person of the Holy Trinity.
Even though we pray this novena as a preparation for the feast of Pentecost, you can also pray a novena to the Holy Spirit any time that you want.
So, let us pray with great confidence and trust in our God who is all Good and Loving.
Carmelite Sisters: Thank you for answering our request for specific items. They are still in need of
Garden hoses – prefer 100 ft. but 50 ft. are good too.
Grief to Grace – Healing the Wounds of Abuse
Retreat Program. Wed, May 25, 2022 – Sun, May 29.
We pray for those attending and for those facilitating this program. With the help of mental health
professionals and centered on Jesus Christ for those who have endured physical, emotional, sexual,
and/or spiritual abuse find healing.
Parish Prayer for Healing
Father, we your children at St. Joseph’s, recognize that we are one family under you.
Your son, Jesus, by Baptism and our sharing of the Eucharist, unites us despite our
human differences. Forgive us for not guarding the fragile treasure of our unity.
You have given us all, of the one Spirit. May that same Spirit heal us and lead us through
the work of reconciliation. We want our parish to give you glory in all we say and do.
In your mercy, restore our joy and hope and multiply our love for each other. We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Prayer for Our Community
Loving God, you fill all things with a fullness and hope that we can never comprehend. Thank you for leading us into a time where more of reality is being unveiled for us all to see. We pray that you will take away our natural temptation for cynicism, denial, fear and despair. Help us have the courage to awaken to greater truth, greater humility and greater care for one another. May we place our hope in our hearts’ longing for the healing of our suffering world. Amen.
The Month of May is dedicated to Our Lady, The Blessed Virgin Mary.
The live-stream masses Sunday’s Mass will be at https://youtu.be/VaWOIpWVAMA
Recorded Masses are listed at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJwk8IG3iD5BvRkdLEhGvyg/featured
Office Hours…… Tuesday to Thursday 8:30 am to noon and 1 to 3:00 pm.
SCAM WARNING – GIFT CARDS
Here are a few reminders to keep you safe:
- Never purchase gift cards as a form of payment.
- If you receive a phone call, email or text message instructing you to purchase gift cards, this is a scam.
- If you purchase the gift cards and are told to scratch the backside and send codes, this is a scam.
- Remember that scammers are able to “spoof” the phone number on the Caller ID, so it may appear that the caller is your friend, relative etc….
- Talk to someone you trust before making any decisions related to purchases of this nature.
There has been a request to the Totus Tuus Rosary makers to provide 10,000 rosaries by May 31, 2022.
We have been asked to help with as many rosaries as our small group can make. These rosaries will be
distributed with the traveling Shrine of Our Lady of the Cape. We are asking for more hands to help
make these rosaries so this request can be fulfilled. Please join us Thursdays 1-3, in the Parish Hall or
Room G. Help us help our Lady spread her message. The Month of May is dedicated to Our Lady, The
Blessed Virgin Mary.
The Holy Father’s Intentions for the month of May
We pray for all young people, called to live life to the fullest; may they see in Mary’s life the way to listen, the depth of discernment, the courage that faith generates, and the dedication to service.
Please contact Michel Saab to discuss receiving communion from the pastoral care group.
- May 27 – Repose of the soul of Lawrence Filiatrault
- Sat. May 28 – Repose of the soul of Charity Claffey
- Sun. May 29 – For the intentions of all parishioners
- Tuesday, May 31 – Intentions of Alice Wed.
- June 1 – Repose of the soul of Gail Ayotte
- Thursday, June 2 – The intentions of Bishop Joseph
- Friday, June 3 – Intentions of Mike and Pam Swoboda
- Saturday, June 4 – Repose of the soul of Daniel Chamberlain
- Sunday, June 5 – For the intentions of all parishioners
Confirmation at St. Joseph’s Parish …..Bishop Joseph Nguyen is coming to confirm our
confirmands on Thursday, June 2 at 6:30 pm. There will be a reception in the hall after Mass. Please pray
for those preparing for Confirmation. There will not be reconciliation before Mass. Please note, Mass will
begin at 6:30 pm and not at 7:00 pm.
Coffee after Mass:
Everyone is invited to coffee and fellowship downstairs following the 9:00 am Mass on
Sunday. Hot drinks and snacks will be provided. Hope to see you all there.
The Knights of Columbus are proud to announce their selection for Family of the Month. Family of the Month is selected from a parish family who has contributed by action or example to the parish or community in a significant way. The family selected for this month is the Weicker family. This whole family has been major contributors to parish life for many years with all members of the family being involved in ministries across many sectors of parish life. Pictured are Chris, Kathryn, Kirsten, Annamarie & Justin. The presentation was made by Knights Eugene Casavant & Craig Haliburton.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THE PARISH PICNIC – Sunday, June 19th (FATHERS DAY)! Fr. Dale Normandeau will be celebrating Masses on
that weekend and will be attending the Picnic. This will be our opportunity as a Parish to say goodbye
to Fr. Dale and wish him well as he continues to serve in the Kamloops diocese.
The 10th World Meeting of Families
will take place from 22-26 June 2022 this year. It has been organized by the
Diocese of Rome and the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life. This year,
the event itself will be celebrated in all dioceses and eparchies across the world and not just in Rome. To help bring the theme to life for dioceses and eparchies in Canada, the CCCB Standing Committee
on Family and Life has produced and released “Family Love: Vocation and Path to Holiness,” a short
promotional video. View the full press release and access the video on the CCCB’s website:
Support to Ukrainians
A parishioner from OLOL, Blind Bay has started the process required to support a family from Ukraine. If you are interested in helping in this endeavor please pick up an information sheet on the table in the
Prayer for Ukraine: God of peace and justice, We pray for the people of Ukraine today. We pray for
peace and the laying down of weapons. We pray for all those who fear for tomorrow, that your Spirit of comfort would draw near to them. We pray for those with power over war or peace, for wisdom,
discernment, and compassion to guide their decisions. Above all, we pray for all your precious
children, at-risk and in fear, that you would hold and protect them. We pray in the name of Jesus, the
Prince of Peace. Amen
Al and Mary Bianco have been living at Piccadilly Terrace. However, due to declining health, other
arrangements will now need to be made. Mary recently had a fall and will be recovering in hospital
for many months. Their daughter, Heather, is making a home for her parents at her townhouse. Heather
has asked if anyone has a room divider (approx.. 5 ft in length) they are not using, and could donate, this
would be much appreciated. Please call Mary Sinhuber, 250 832-7494 . She also asks that you remember the Bianco family in your prayers.
Pope Francis to Visit Canada in July 2022 – A Visit of Healing, Hope & Reconciliation: Pope Francis will make a pastoral visit to Canada from July 24 to 29. The Pope’s visit will provide an opportunity for him to listen and dialogue with Indigenous Peoples, to express his heartfelt closeness and to address the impact of residential schools in Canada. The papal visit will also provide an opportunity for the shepherd of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics to connect with the Catholic community in Canada. Given the vast landscape of our country, the limited time period for the visit and considering the health of the 85 year old Pontiff, the Vatican has announced that Pope Francis will adopt three communities as a base for his Canadian visit: Edmonton, Quebec City, and Iqaluit. The locations will limit travel for the Holy Father while still allowing an opportunity for both intimate and public encounters, drawing on participation from all regions of the country. For updated information check out www.papalvisit.ca
Religious Articles Store is open after weekend Masses: There are a number of children’s books that were donated and will be available until the end of the month.
St. Marguerite Bourgeoys came from France to Canada in 1653. She started the order of sisters called the Congregation of Notre Dame. The CNDs are a teaching order. At the heart of their congregation is the Charism of Visitation Pentecost spirituality. I am so blessed to be an Associate to the CNDs. When I think about St. Marguerite, I take a moment to think of a woman who crossed the ocean seven times Why? To tell the world that they are loved. St. Marguerite Bourgeoys heard the words Go, I will not abandon you” Urged on by the words of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Marguerite gave her all,
knowing she was never alone. “I always felt that besides all the other gifts of life I still had another
recourse which God was kind enough to give me: the help of the Blessed Virgin” (Little Book of Marguerite Bourgeoys) If you would like to learn more about Visitation Pentecost spirituality and Associate relationship please contact: Teresa McKerral firstname.lastname@example.org or 250 515-1978
Family of the Month Program The Knights of Columbus are pleased to announce
that they are re-activating a Family of the Month Program. The purpose is to recognize and honour a
parish family who have contributed to the parish or community in a significant way ether by action or
example. Family is defined broadly, as large, small, old, young, even single person. The hope is to honour such a family every couple of months. Special recognition will be at the parish coffee after Sunday Mass or at some other appropriate occasion.
CWL Baby Bottle Campaign for ‘Live Well Clinic’ in Vernon, (previously pregnancy care centre). Please
pick up a ‘baby bottle’ on Mother’s Day weekend to collect donations and return Father’s Day weekend.
Thank you for your support of this pro-life organization!
Grief to Grace – Healing the Wounds of Abuse
Through 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. Grief to Grace has served thousands across the United States and around the world since
2005. Grief to Grace Retreat | Kelowna Wed, May 25, 2022 – Sun, May 29, 2022
For more information, and or to register Call: 250-255-7223 or Email: G2GKelownabc@gmail.com
St. Joseph’s Crazy Crafters: Anyone interested in crafting or social time is welcome to attend. The 1 st
and 3 rd Tuesdays of the month in the Parish Hall downstairs. For more information contact Nellie
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.
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/
Dan Smith (Maintenance ) Bruce Weicker . (Social Justice & Knights of Columbus) Kathryn Weicker (Liturgy), Michel Saab (Pastoral Care), Linda Faust (CWL), Adrian Pelletier (Vocations)
Finance Council: Barry Delaney , Andrea Pickard , Jeri Myers
Catholic Women’s League: Linda Faust .-Terry- Mae Sinclair Meetings are held in the parish hall, every 3rd (third) Thursday of the month, following the 7 pm Mass
Knights of Columbus: Bruce Weicker or Pat Harford
Secular Franciscans: Anna O’Hagan , Madeleine Sevigny
Music Ministry: Jennifer Parker
Faith Formation for Children: Sharon Geiger
R.C.I.A. and Adult Education: Sharon Geiger
Baptisms: Fr. Sean, by appointment
Marriages: Fr. Sean, 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
Faith Formation for Children – Mondays starting January 13th – 6:00 pm – Sharon
Prayer Cenacle – Tuesdays 9:00 am – Marianne Pelletier
St. Joseph’s Crazy Crafters – 1st, 3rd & 5th Tuesdays 1:30 pm – Nellie Rasmussen & Cathy McNie
Sew N Sew’s – 1st, 3rd & 5th Wednesdays 9:00 am – Marilynne Bealey
Little Rock Scripture Study – Fridays 9:30 am – Michel Saab
Secular Franciscans – 2nd Sundays – 10:00 am – Anna O’Hagan