CHRISTMAS MASS ATTENDANCE
This year, due to the COVID-19 restrictions limiting numbers at St Joseph Church, we will be issuing tickets for parishioners to attend the Christmas Masses. Tickets will be available by calling the Parish Office during office hours - Tuesday to Friday from 9am to 5pm.
Attendance at each Mass will be limited to 150 people so that we stay under our socially distanced number for occupancy. Christmas Masses will be celebrated on Christmas Eve at 4:00pm, 6:00pm, 8:00pm, 10pm and at Midnight. On Christmas Day Masses will be at 8:30am, 10:15am and 12noon.
Please note that, in accordance with public health guidelines, we are only able to issue you tickets for people who live in your home. Family members and friends who do not live in your household will have to obtain their own tickets. Tickets are free of charge, but will be mandatory for entrance into St Joseph Church on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. We will not be able to accommodate anyone without a ticket or someone using at ticket slotted for a different time.
We sincerely thank you for your understanding and cooperation to make our Christmas celebrations safe for everyone.
Return for prayer and worship:
The Premier of Ontario recently announced that all churches in the Province of Ontario are permitted to open for prayer and worship, effective June 12, 2020. The Diocese of Hamilton has stated that Masses with a congregation will begin on Tuesday, June 16th, and weekend Masses with a congregation will begin on June 20/21. There will be no Masses with the congregation this weekend.
A reminder that weekday Masses are at 8 am and 7 pm and Saturday at 9am. Weekend Masses will be at the usual 5 pm Saturday, 8:30; 10:15 and 12 noon on Sundays. For those who are unable to attend Mass we will still have Mass provided on our website. As well you are invited to participate in televised Masses on:
Salt and Light (each day at 6:30am, 11:00 am, 3:00pm, and 10:30 pm EST). Mass is also available online: https://saltandlighttv.org/mass.
Vision TV broadcasts Mass on Sunday at 8:00 am.
Daily and Sunday Mass is also available on EWTN: https://www.ewtn.com/tv. (Sunday 8:00 am; Monday – Friday 8:00 am & 12:00 pm; Saturday 8:00 am & 9:30 am.)
Volunteers needed: After each Mass, the Church will be wiped down and disinfected before the next Mass. We are looking for two or three people to help with this after each weekend Mass. Please contact Tracy. If you can help, we will provide the gloves and all that you need.
For more guidelines on what you can expect when returning to church please click here
My Dear Friends:
Welcome to our Catholic faith community.
Our parish community is involved in many aspects of service. Our many volunteers truly help to make our Church a welcoming place to worship God and enter a profound experience with Jesus. There are many groups and activities in our parish, we hope you can join one.
We are grateful to parents who bring their child(ren) to our Masses, it is nice to hear life in the Church. If you have a child in JK to grade 2 we offer a children’s liturgy at our 10:15 Mass throughout the school year.
We always strive to bring the message of love and mercy of Jesus to all who come to our parish. If you are a long-time parishioner or a new parishioner or a visitor, we welcome you with open arms and hope you truly have a wonderful encounter with Jesus at St Joseph.
Yours in Christ,
Fr. Jeff Bergsma
Pastor – St. Joseph Parish
Each ministry is committed to making a difference for Christ and improving the lives of others. If you need the services of one of our ministries or if you would like to volunteer…
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All meetings and events that have been held in the church will not be permitted until further direction from the Diocese of Hamilton and the Government of Ontario.
"So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."