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.

Father Dale

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.

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February 23, 2020         Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday Collection: $ 4,223.65

For our Liturgy Schedule for Lent and Easter, click on the PRAY & CELEBRATE key at the top of the page. 

Lent  begins with Ash Wednesday, February 26          Masses on Ash Wednesday are at 8:15 am and 7:00 pm at St. Joseph’s in Salmon Arm and at 5:00 pm at Our Lady of the Lake in Blind Bay.    Every Friday during Lent, St. Joseph’s parish prays the Stations of the Cross at 7 pm.   Each week, the Stations are led by a different group of people.        Ash Wednesday and Fridays in Lent are days of fasting and of abstinence from meat. Fasting is a penitential discipline intended to open our hearts to God and others, a means of purification and spiritual liberation, a witness of the depth of our faith. Our Parish Mission will be led by Deacon Paul on March 2nd, 3rd and 4th. More details to follow.                    Our Parish Mission:                                                                                                                                                                             Have you ever wondered about the depths of God’s love, forgiveness, and mercy.  Ever wondered why God chooses to love us so completely, forgive us so readily, and share His mercy so abundantly.      For the answers to these questions and others, come to the Parish Lenten Mission being held on March 2, 3, and 4. Deacon Paul from Vernon will be here to personally invite you when he shares his homilies at all Masses on the weekend of Feb. 29 and March 1.  The Mission will take place at 7 pm each evening, preceded by Mass at 6:30 pm; this Parish Mission will warm your heart and soul with stories and development of New Testament Scripture. So, save these dates and make your plan to attend; bring your entire family and invite your friends as well.

The Share Lent 2020 Workshop                                                                                                                                                            Sunday March 1, at Holy Family Parish, Kamloops                              Schedule: 8:30 am for muffins and coffee   9:00 am for meeting start .10:30 am Mass with Holy Family Parish   .11:45 am Lunch ,(provided)   12:30 pm meeting resumes…… Please join us and bring some friends to learn about Share Lent and the work Development and Peace does.   

 World Day of Prayer                                                                                                                                                                          Rise! Take Your Mat and Walk. The World Day of Prayer will be celebrated on Friday, March 6th at 1:30 pm at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church (next to the bowling alley). This is an Ecumenical Worship Service written by the Women of Zimbabwe. For more information call 250-833-0485.


Spiritual Adoption Program                                                                                                                                                           Would you like to adopt an unborn baby who is in danger of abortion? Once a day say this prayer “Jesus, Mary and Joseph I love you very much.  I beg you to spare the life of the unborn baby that I have spiritually adopted who is in danger of abortion.” Prayer of Archbishop Fulton Sheen. Say this prayer for nine months and then start again.  You may give the baby a name. Pray also for the mother. See the bulletin board for monthly posting starting with month one, ending with month nine. The little prayer cards “This must stop” are available in the vestibule.  The spiritual adoption prayers start March 1st. God bless everyone for caring for life in the womb.

We would like to thank the parishes of St Joseph’s Salmon Arm, St. Joseph’s Armstrong, and St Ann’s Enderby for the generous support of our Valentines Event and our fundraising efforts. We are blown away by the grace of God throughout all of this, and by your generosity. Thank you for making our attendance of the women’s retreat in April possible. You will be in our prayers. Yours, Maria Casta, Judith Pelletier, Rosemarie Heffernan, Kyla Ouillette, Kelsey Ouillette, and Emily Burchat 

Kamloops Diocesan CWL Retreat at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Shrine & Centre in Cache Creek on Friday, March 20 to Sunday March 22. Retreat Theme: Women of Faith-Beautifully Rooted. Cost for the weekend is $200, this includes 2 nights accommodation, 3 meals Saturday, breakfast and bag lunch on Sunday and snacks. Registration Deadline is Saturday, February 29. If you have any questions please contact Anne Fox annefox23@yahoo.ca or 250-372-3348.

Advance Directive: The Health Care (Consent) and Care Facility (Admission) Act of BC, is a simple and legal way to protect yourself if you become incapable of making medical decisions for yourself.  For example, you can request that your life is NOT to be ended by euthanasia or assisted suicide. You can direct that your life not be intentionally shortened or intentionally overdosed or be dehydrated to death.  Now that euthanasia is legal in Canada the Health Care Act will protect you from those who might question your right to live. The most important thing is to be assured that ethical decisions will be made in your time of need and to appoint a trusted family member to be your power of attorney.  It is advisable that it be witnessed by a Lawyer or Notary Public. I received my Advance Directive through the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition. Rather than google, which can be confusing, I will gladly forward you the documents. Hildegard 250-832-8352 or hilda@tleus.net


churches thrift shopChurches Thrift Shop AGM                                                                                                                                                              The Annual General Meeting will be held at the Churches Thrift Shop Upstairs in the coffee room on Monday, February 24th at 1:30 pm.

Franciscan Fine Arts & Poster Contest                            Please see more details on the bulletin board in the vestibule of the church. Entry deadline is March 20th.


Looking for Rental ……..We have just been notified that the Syrian families that we are helping sponsor will be arriving within three weeks. In preparation for their arrival they are needing a 3 bedroom rental of some kind. These two families, two couples and two children under three, are currently living together in Iraq and they intend to continue to live together here in Salmon Arm.  If you have any leads on a rental or other support to offer please call Brian Ayotte 250-803-9045.



Care for Our Common Home Tips

Unplug electronics not in use. 

 Stand-by power does cost!

Watching TV for the evening? Put on a sweater or grab a blanket and turn down the heat.

Turn off the water when shaving, washing hands or brushing your teeth. Saves energy and water!


 St Joseph’s CWL, Armstrong – Italian Dinner, February 29th:  St Joseph’s hall in Armstrong, bar opens 4:30, dinner 5:30. Lasagna, Caesar salad, garlic bread & tiramisu mousse. Adults $18, 7-12 $10, 6 & under free.                  Please contact Pat Weninger 250-546-3276, Monique Grossman 250-546-5037 or the office 250-546-8215 ext 2 to purchase tickets. 


75th anniversary white75th Anniversary of the Diocese of Kamloops                      The Anniversary Mass will be at 1 pm and gala celebration banquet will begin at 6 pm, both at the TRU Grand Hall. Activities between Mass and the gala banquet: A free narrated bus tour and stops at the four Kamloops Catholic parishes and the Catholic schools. A free ride on the 2141 Heritage Steam Train from Downtown to St. Joseph’s Church on the Kamloops Indian Reserve – entertainment and displays TBA. Closer to the event we will need to know number of people interested so we can make free tickets available. There will also be musical entertainment and parish displays at TRU.



Donation Receipts for 2019                                          The donation receipts have been printed and are ready to pick up in Room A of the Parish centre on the weekend or stop in at the parish office during the week. Please save the parish the cost of mailing these   out.

The Marian Movement of Priests

We would like to extend an invitation to all those who would like to come closer to Our Blessed Mother and hear more about her messages given at Fatima. Come to our Prayer Cenacle and hear her promise of peace and protection through these times of tribulation and chastisement, through the rosary and consecration to her Immaculate Heart.  There is also a short time of discussion concerning her messages to Father Gobbi and her reasons for requesting these Cenacles. Please come and join us on Tuesday mornings after mass 9:00 am – 10:00 am in room C of the parish centre.



men-s-group_origMen’s Prayer Group                                                                                                                                This group meets weekly, Monday nights at 7:15 pm in the Parish class room downstairs. If you are interested in  learning more about our Faith, meeting other Men, then please join us. To ensure that there is common ground, the men are Catholic, married and have children.  Please contact Barry Delaney (250) 517 7841or Dave Ramsay (250) 253 6899.

Save the Date: St. Patrick’s Dinner on Sunday, March 15th. A parish event sponsored by the Knights.         hiclipart.com (1)                                                                       

Retrouvaille Vancouver Spring Program

 Is Your Marriage in Crisis? – Repair your marriage, rediscover romance and gain the tools you need for healthy, loving communication! Retrouvaille is a Catholic peer ministry which offers a three-phase program for married couples with difficulties of all kinds, including years of misery, infidelity, separation, or even divorce. It is not too late!  For confidential information or to register for the program beginning the weekend of April 17 -19, 2020, call Marc and Candice at 604-530-6710 and leave a message, or email us at vancouverbc@retrouvaille.org. More information also available on our website http://www.retrouvaille.org

askewslogo     Askew’s Grocery Cards continue to be sold after mass in the Parish Lounge.  The parish receives a 7% profit from all sales which is used to support special projects such as food banks, CCO, and others. Thank you to those who purchase cards regularly.



   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

Bible Study – Fridays 9:30 am – Barb Hillary 250-832-4755

Secular Franciscans – 2nd Sundays – 10:00 am – Anna O’Hagan 250-833-9109

    Bishop Thomas J Lobsinger, OMI;  ……. 30 x $500…   Memorial  Bursary Program

What you need to know before you apply for this bursary:   This process starts with the applicant writing to the State Bursary Chairman for the application package. You will find the information to do this in the Terms of Reference PDF file.However, before you write to request the application package, you must satisfy the following conditions:

  1. Only the applicant for the bursary may apply for the application package.

  2. The applicant must be a practicing Catholic, active in his/her parish.

  3. The applicant must be a resident of British Columbia.

  4. The applicant must be registered (or about to register) at a post-secondary institution in British Columbia.

  5. The applicant must be entering the 2nd year or later in the term for which the bursary funds will be used. In other words, 1st-year students are not eligible.

  6. The applicant must be under 25 years of age as of June 30, 2020.

  7. The applicant is not eligible if he/she has received this bursary in a previous year. In other words, you may only receive this bursary once.

If you, the applicant, comply with all the conditions listed above, you may write to the State Bursary Chairman, requesting an application package. The deadline to send in the completed application package to the Bursary Chairman is June 30, 2020. Therefore, it is recommended that you start this process as soon as possible since it can take some time for you to complete and gather all the information required.Please be sure to include your phone number and email address when you write to request the application package.   Terms of Reference.PDF


Knights of Columbus step up for Shuswap community groups

Organizations from Shuswap, Thompson regions receive $15,000

 St Josephs Knights of Columbus council 7107 are very pleased to be able to offer funding to the following groups, through the Lottery Corporation Community Grants.2020 grants                                                                                                                 

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DID YOU KNOW?                                                 our nearby churchs.

Sicamous churchOur Lady of Fatima….Sicamous

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Our Lady of the Lake …Blind BayVernon churchsAlso St Theresa (seen below)….a small church on the head of the lake road ,near Spalumcheen golf course,used along with St Benedicts

                                                                        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 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:

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

 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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