St Josephs is a Roman Catholic Parish located in Salmon Arm, British Columbia. 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.
Fr. Dale Normandeau
Pastor – St. Joseph’s, Salmon Arm / Parochial Administrator – Our Lady of Fatima, Sicamous and Our Lady of the Lake, Blind Bay
We welcome father Dale Normandeau, as our new pastor. He comes to us from Our Lady of the Mountains Parish in Whistler…having previously been rector at Vernon, Coldstream,Chase & Kamloops.
THIRD WEEK OF ADVENT: JOY
Hot pink, pale pink, rose pink are all shades of pink painted into a sunrise. Like the various shades of pink, our expressions of joy can be so different. Joy can be exuberant when we experience the faithfulness of God, it can be calm confidence in His sovereignty, or pure delight as He expresses His love.
Joy has many shades. It should never be determined by how we feel, but on who God is. The joy of the Lord can thrill us or make us resolute in the secure knowledge of God’s presence. Paul tells us in 1 Thessalonians 5:16 to be joyful always. Jesus tells us “With God all things are possible.” Mark 9:24 This combination of truth should help us be joyful each day.
December 15th, 2019 Third Sunday of Advent
Sunday Collection: $4,331.30
Faith in Action Campaign 29
We are so close to our Parish Goal! There is still time to contribute to our Faith in Action Campaign. If you did not receive your donation form or have lost it, there are extra forms available in the vestibule. Let’s meet our goal and pass it! Our parish project is a vertical lift for our church.
Parish Assessment:$31961 Collection to Date:$30505
Number of Households: 329 Number of Pledges: 80
Anointing of the Sick
Thursday, December 19th during the 7:00 pm mass
Support our Carmelite Sisters
Pierre & Marguerite Tremblay are having a craft sale every Sunday during Advent at Our Lady of the Lake in Blind Bay. All sale proceeds goes to the Carmelites. The craft items are all homemade by them.
THANK YOU! THANK YOU! The Carmel of St. Joseph’s Guild and the Carmelite Sisters wish to express their sincere appreciation for your support of the parish fundraiser held December 8th. Another successful event, we raised about $2500.00 for the Sisters! Thanks to everyone who donated auction items and food; those who volunteered to help in any way, and special thanks to all who attended. God bless you all.
Faith in Action donations must be received by Friday, December 27 before the parish office closes to be eligible for 2019 tax receipt. All donations received after this will go toward 2020 Tax Receipt.
CUT-OFF IS NOON SUNDAY
Knights of Columbus & CWL Christmas Party
Sunday, December 15 at 5:30 pm, doors open at 5 pm in the parish hall. Tickets are $15 each and are available up until noon on Sunday. Door prizes, refreshments and entertainment. Chinese food by Jade Buffet. Tickets are available at the office or from CWL & Knights members.Please buy your tickets early. call Ken 250-833-1475
MASS AT SUN PEAKS RESORT
Regular weekend Mass will be offered at Sun Peaks during the ski season on Saturdays at 4 pm.
Askew’s Grocery Cards
With the Christmas season fast approaching, have you considered giving the gift of food for your friends and relatives? Always needed – always appreciated! Then use the Askew Gift card program. $25.00 cards will soon be available for the Christmas season. What an ideal gift and it is simple to use!
Love in a Box (Formerly Clothes Line of Love)
This year’s project initiated by the CWL has special requests. Men’s underwear, long and short. Socks, mainly men sizes and mittens, big and small but NO hats. The recipients at the Salvation Army are very appreciative of these warm items. The collection starts December 1st and ends on the 21st. Any questions call 250-832-8352. Please only NEW items. Thank you.
Everyone is Welcome…HOME FOR CHRISTMAS!
Christmas feast on December 25th at 1:00 pm in the Parish hall. Free tickets at the Churches Thrift Store. Enjoy turkey dinner, live entertainment and activities for kids. All are Welcome!
Want to volunteer? Meet in the hall on Saturday, December 14th at 7:00 pm. Donations also gratefully accepted. Contact Ken & Erin Fraser 250-832-4663.
Canada Post Christmas Stamps – Please be sure to purchase the “Christmas – The Magi” Permanent Domestic Stamp from Canada Post this year for your Christmas cards and parcels!
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.
2020 Calendars and missals are available downstairs after mass. Please support our CWL store.They have brought in 100 missals.
Kamloops Diocese 75th Anniversary
Anniversary Mass May 30, 2020 at 1pm, Reception at 6pm and Gala Banquet at 7pm, all at Thompson Rivers University Grand Hall. Banquet tickets ($50 each) are now available. Please contact Sharon Geiger to reserve your tickets. There are a limited number of tickets available. For those travelling any distance, we would suggest the TRU Conference Centre in Kamloops. They have 2 bedroom suites for $104.95 or 4 bedroom suites for 169.95. This facility, on campus, is less than a 5 minute walk from the TRU Grand Hall. View it at www.stayrcc.com/kamloops. The promo code for booking is 9571.
Consider joining one of our Parish Groups as things start up again in September. 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 9:15 am – Barb Hillary 250-832-4755 (starting in October)
Secular Franciscans – 2nd Sundays – 10:00 am – Anna O’Hagan 250-833-9109
Adoration: Come spend an hour with the Lord in the cool comfort of the Church. Fridays from 9:00 to 1:00 pm. Starting in September 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. I encourage Christians regularly to visit Christ present in the Blessed Sacrament, for we are all called to abide in the presence of God. (St. John Paul II)
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 Painchaud 832-8937 (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 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
FROM THE ARCHIVES…………….The late Ron Pettitt and is that Jerry Emmel on the accordian? Making music!!!
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!