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.



 March 25th, 2018         Palm Sunday

pancakes (1)Pancake Breakfast this Sunday ( knights of Columbus)

What’s on this Week?–March 26 to April 1

Monday: No FFC or Chosen – Spring Break

Tuesday: No Mass

 Sacrament of Reconciliation 7:00 pm – Church



Holy Thursday Mass 7:00 pm with Adoration until 10 pm

Friday: Good Friday Service 3:00 pm followed by

 Poor Man’s Supper in the Parish Hall

Saturday: Blessing of the Easter Baskets 11 am

Easter Vigil 8:00 pm

Sunday: Easter Sunday Mass 9:00 am

March 17/18th  Collection: $2,844.00

Share Lent Collection CCODP: $2,727.75

Mass of the Chrism

The mass is celebrated by Bishop Joseph and all priests of the diocese on Tuesday, March 27th at 10:00 am at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Kamloops.  At this mass the holy oils are blessed and the priests renew their commitments.  Parishioners are invited to attend this special liturgy.  There will be no mass at St. Joseph’s on that day.


Tuesday, March 27 – 7:00 pm

Ladato Si – Discussion Group

This group meets on Tuesdays at 7:00 pm in Room G in the parish centre.  No meetings until Tuesday, April 2nd. Newcomers are welcome to join in the discussion.

askews gift cardsAskew’s Grocery Card Program

Proceeds during Lent will be going to the Food Bank. Thank you for your continued support of this program.   Grocery cards continue to be available after mass on Saturday evening and Sunday morning in the parish lounge. We are in need of another seller for the Saturday evening masses, on the 4th Saturday of each month.  Should you be able to assist, please contact Bruce at 250-832-3313.  Training provided!  Thank you for your consideration.

Franciscans Retreat

Hosted by the San Damiano Secular Franciscan Fraternity at the IHM Shrine in Cache Creek. April 20 – 21. Presenter is Fr. Joseph Glaab ofm. Cost is $85 starts with supper on Friday. To register contact Madeleine Sevigny 250-833-3530 mado.sevigny@gamil.

Diocesan Youth Retreat: Stand Firm

For Youth from Grades 7 to 12 on  Friday, April 27 (6:15 pm) – Sunday, April 29 (10:00 am) at St. John Vianney in Kamloops.  Registration available online at www.rcdk.org. Please pay registration fee at the parish office.

our-lady-of-fatima-01    Recently, a new faith-group, dedicated to Our Lady’s call at Fatima, has been established. They have weekly adorations, as well as a mass on the first Saturday of each month. The times for these events sometimes fluctuate, so if you are interested and wish to be updated on the events of this group, you can contact Mary Ouillette at ‘ouillettemary@yahoo.ca’. She will then send you weekly updates.

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.


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The Annual General Meeting will be on Monday, March 26th at 1:00 pm upstairs in the Churches Thrift Shop.


Divine Mercy Novena

Reminder that the Novena to Divine Mercy begins on Good Friday and continues for 9 days until Saturday, April 7th. Prayer cards are available in the vestibule.

The Novena concludes with the Divine Mercy Service on Sunday, April 8th at 3:00 pm.


Poor Man’s Supper

There will be a Poor Man’s Supper in the Parish Hall after the Good Friday Service.  Soup and Bread will be served up by loving hands. Donations for this meal will go to serve the needy in our community.

Organizers are still looking for donations of home-made soup or bread for this parish event. If you are interested please call Caroleina 250-832-6785.  


Seminar of Hope – How to Pray for Your Sons, Daughters & Loved Ones 

St Joseph’s Parish, 3335 Patterson Street, Armstrong

Friday, April 20th from 7pm to 9pm and Saturday, April 21st from 9am to 3pm. Have your loved ones stopped practicing the faith? Do they no longer believe in God? Are you feeling dismayed or unsure what to do? If so, then this FREE Seminar of Hope by Vernon Robertson (as seen on EWTN) is for you. If possible, but not necessary, please register at stjoearm@gmail.com or call 250-546-8215 ext 2.  Bring a bag lunch. A love offering will be taken to cover the speaker’s costs. 


Grief to GraceGrief to Grace Retreat

Grief to Grace is a four to five day psychological and spiritual journey providing safety and support for anyone who has suffered degradation or violation through physical, emotional, or sexual abuse or neglect  It is a pilgrimage to discover the love, tenderness, belonging, safety, joy and peace that are often missing from the stories of abuse victims. Register now for the upcoming Grief to Grace Retreat in Kelowna at Seton House of Prayer, April 19-22. For more information contact Pam Swoboda  at 250-255-7223   www.GrieftoGrace.org


Good Friday Collection:

On Good Friday there will be a Pontifical Collection for the Holy Land in support of the Christian communities, the work of the Holy Land, the upkeep of the Holy Sites and formation of future priests.


What’s on this Week?–March 26 to April 1

Monday: No FFC or Chosen – Spring Break

Tuesday: No Mass

                Sacrament of Reconciliation 7:00 pm – Church



Holy Thursday Mass 7:00 pm with Adoration until 10 pm

Friday: Good Friday Service 3:00 pm followed by

            Poor Man’s Supper in the Parish Hall

Saturday: Blessing of the Easter Baskets 11 am

                 Easter Vigil 8:00 pm

Sunday: Easter Sunday Mass 9:00 am

Forever in our hearts.

                                elsie Deboer

Elsie de Boer

January 10th 1930 – March 7th 2018



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Lenten schedule 

ANOINTING OF THE SICK: Salmon Arm – Thursday, March 15 during mass 7 pm

Sicamous – Saturday, March 17 during mass 2:30 pm

Blind Bay – Wednesday, March 14 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, March 21 – 7:00 pm

St. Joseph’s, Salmon Arm – Tuesday, March 20 – 7:00 pm Service

Thursday, March 22 – 6:00 pm Reconciliation before mass

Friday, March 23 – 6:00 pm before Way of the Cross


Our Lady of Fatima, Sicamous – Saturday, March 24 before mass



 Holy Thursday, March 29

          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, March 30

           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, March 31 – Blessing of Easter Baskets – 11:00 am at St. Joseph’s

Easter Vigil, March 31

                    St. Joseph’s, Salmon Arm               8:00 pm

Easter Sunday, April 1

          St. Joseph’s, Salmon Arm                          9:00 am

Our Lady of the Lake, Blind Bay              11:15 am




St.  Josephs  parishioners  in  action!

        SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES   Catherine Kroetch is one of St. Josephs inspiring musicians. She enhances  the “mens” choir on the first Sunday mass of each month, providing musical accompaniment and leadership. She is magic on the keyboard and her  talents are an inspiration to the congregation.      Catherine is one of 10 children ( 7 brothers) born and raised near Strome, Alberta. and, YES, she rode the bus to school !  She moved to Salmon Arm in 1997 ( after spending a few years in Sorrento ,  where  Catholic mass was celebrated at St. Marys  Anglican church ) .  She also  belongs to the local choir group ,the Revellers, who hold sing-a-longs at Senior residences and also Christmas caroling at  the Mall. She loves the Salmon Arm community & St. Josephs parishioners . Her music ministry  is greatly appreciated by all of us. And  sadly ……….she is retiring from this music ministry.    She says  the Men’s  Choir was a very faith-filled, cooperative and spirited group to lead. Thanks so much. Catherine!  Happy retirement!


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