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. Corrine 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.



August 18, 2019

Last Week’s Collection: $4,981.70

CWL Bazaar – Lucky 7 Donations

Once again it is time to ask our generous parishioners to contribute items for the Lucky 7.  This year we are including Wine Baskets. We are requesting donations of a white, red or rose valued at $15 or more.  These need to be purchased bottles of wine. Other baskets include bath/spa, coffee/tea/hot chocolate, baby, and games/crafts for children. Items may be dropped off in the vestibule from Aug 17th until Sept. 14th.  Any questions please call Jeri Myers at 250-832-4112.

UnPlanned-Movie-Review-700x438Movie Night: Shuswap Pro-Life is very happy to announce the showing of UNPLANNED, the movie everyone has been waiting for, after it was cancelled because of opposition.  UNPLANNED is the true story of one woman’s journey of transformation. Abby Johnson was the youngest Planned Parenthood Clinic Director. All she ever wanted to do was help women.  Through the eyes of one woman who once believed she was doing good, we see the true face of abortion. We see the power of prayer. Even if you have seen the movie in Vernon, please come.  Let’s show that there was a demand, and the free choice to see UNPLANNED was denied. Please pray that hearts and minds will be opened to the pro-life message that all human life is precious.  

Salmar classic, Saturday, August 24 – Matinee at 2 pm, and again in the evening at 6:30 pmSunday, August 25, 6:30 pm.   Admission $5.00  Rated PG

The Interior Provincial Exhibition (IPE) is rapidly approaching!  (August 28th – September 1st) Please come out and support Armstrong’s St Joseph’s Parish food booth.  If you’d like to volunteer in the booth, please contact Mary @ 403-507-9214 ASAP.  Working a shift or maybe two, will ensure a free entry in to the grounds! What a great deal!!


Countdown to 75th Celebration Weekend of our Diocese –

285 Days to go –    Weekend of May 30, 2020



Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday – 8:15 a.m.

Thursday – 7:00 p.m.


Saturday – 5:00 p.m.

Sunday – 9:00 a.m.


Adoration on Fridays  9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 


Thursday – 6:15 to 6:45 p.m.

Saturday – 4:00 to 4:30 p.m.



Sunday – 11:15 a.m. 


Saturday – 2:30 p.m.


Tuesday to Friday – 8:30 am to 1:00 pm

  Closed on Mondays

There is NO mass in Celista this summer


Month of the Immaculate Heart

month of August


                                                                                                                                                                                                            Listen to our Jennifer Parker ,Bridget Dougherty & Milvia Haymen sing   Peace     from their CD Chorus St Ann                                                                                                



holylandPILGRIMAGE ANNOUNCEMENT: Fr. Paul Simms of the Diocese of Kamloops will be leading a once-in-a-lifetime pilgrimage to the Holy Land with the Global Pilgrim, J.P. Sonnen of the B.C. Catholic (January 19-30, 2020).  All meals included.  Special dates have been selected to avoid the summer heat and crowds.  $200 early bird discount.  Limited seating.  Call John or Natalie for more info and flight details: 1-800-675-9088 / info@oc-travel.comhttps://oc-travel.com/holy-land-jan-2020/

Job Opportunity: The Roman Catholic Bishop of Kamloops is looking for an individual who will assist in the management of the temporal goods of the Diocese of Kamloops.  This individual must have a professional accounting CPA designation. 

 Other job opportunities in the Diocese can be found on the bulletin board in the vestibule and online at www.CISKD.ca under the Careers tab.    If you are looking for employment, check them out!


The value of an hour spent before the Blessed Sacrament is beyond all that we can imagine. You will experience a peace of heart that the world cannot give, a peace that only Jesus can give you.  Please sign up for an hour of adoration on the white board in the vestibule.  Fridays between 9:00 am and 1:00 pm.during the summer.


plastic bags  The city of Salmon Arm has banned the use of single use plastic bags.  This will be law in January 2020. 

St. Joseph’s parish has Reusable Cloth Bags available in the Religious Articles Store downstairs in the parish hall at a cost of $5 each or 3 for $10. Visitors might want to take some home. The Store is open after mass on Sunday morning. 



  1. Consider joining one of our Parish Groups . 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 9:30 am

Barb Hillary 250-832-4755

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

Mom’s Group – 2nd  Tuesdays 2:00 pm, Room G – Judith Pelletier 902-818-3019

Faith Formation for Children –  Sharon 250-832-9189

Youth Group – Tuesdays 7:00 pm, Room G

Judith Pelletier 902-818-3019


Ministry Contacts

Parish Pastoral Council: Teresa McKerral 832-6447 (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. George, by appointment

Marriages: Fr. George, 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…….Ernie Arsenault 2007

    St.  Josephs  parishioners  in  action!

DSCF4119  Rumour has it that parishioner Ernie Schan never sits still! Here he is pictured working at the monthly GOOD FOOD BOX preparations.The Good Food Box is a volunteer non-profit, produce buying cooperative for those people who are finding it difficult to stretch their food dollars to include fresh fruits and vegetables.  Anyone can purchase a Good Food Box.Pay $12.00 by the second Thursday of the month and pick up your box the following Thursday. (Always the third Thursday of the month for pick-up.  Your box will be available at the basement of the Catholic church, St. Joseph’s Church, 60 1st St, SE, Salmon Arm. Payment is made when you order your Good Food Box.

DSCF4120    The value of the box is close to double the value at a regular supermarket, depending on the store and the time of year.  Every box contains the same items.  If you don’t like an item you can exchange it.  We also include a newsletter, which gives you preparation and food storage tips, recipes for more unusual items, and nutritional information.

The low cost of the Good Food Box is made possible because of group buying.  By pooling their money, Good Food Box participants can buy food wholesale and get better prices.  Volunteer labour for sorting and packing also keeps the prices down.  The selection of produce in the box changes according to the season, but basic items such as potatoes, carrots, and onions are always included.  Items are chosen according to what is good quality, in season, and affordable at the time.  The Good Food Box buys direct from farmers when possible.  It works in cooperation – not competition – with local food producers and retailers.  When you order your box in advance, we can minimize waste by buying the right amount of food.    DSCF4121




 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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