Cardinal Thomas Collins has promulgated (made known/proclaimed) the Pastoral Plan of the Archdiocese of Toronto.  To coincide with the launch of the Plan, an insert will be included in next weekend’s bulletin which summarizes the document and provides a guide to this faith journey.  All Catholics are encouraged to pray and discern how each one of us can contribute to the overall goals of the Plan, living a faith that acts in all that we do.  To access the full Plan, please visit (available in many languages). 

…here at St. Joseph Parish begins this coming Friday, February 1, 2013.  Let us pray for these young people preparing for marriage.

>>click on image to visit Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre website
Good marriages – like dependable cars – need tune-ups.  Refresh and rekindle your love for each other by treating yourselves to (or give as a gift) a weekend retreat at Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre, February 8 – 10, 2013.  The Centre offers comfort, excellent cuisine and an inspiring program.  For more information, please call Fr. Tomy at 905-278-5229 Ext. 225.  To register, call the Centre at 905-278-5229.


On Saturday, January 26, 2013, we will once again host Dr. Maselle Virey here at St. Joseph Parish in the Hall from 10:00 am to 12 noon who will be speaking on Alzheimer’s and Dementia.  Dr. Virey is a consultant psychiatrist at the Trillium Health Centre/Credit Valley Hospital, and a lecturer at the University of Toronto, Dept. of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine.  


Reminder that parents are required to attend meetings:

For Reconciliation:    January 22, 2013 at 7:30 pm
For Eucharist:     February 19 or 26, 2013 at 7:30 pm


Please join our priests as we break open the Apostles’ Creed. After a break for the Christmas season, we are resuming our series. Each talk begins at 7:30 pm.  The schedule for this catechetical journey is below:

February 19
Catholic Q &A: Submit your questions to our priests in advance
March Parish Mission
He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried
April 23
He descended into hell; on the third day He rose again from the dead
May 21
He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty
June 18
I believe in the Holy Spirit
September 17
The holy catholic Church; the communion of Saints
October 15
The forgiveness of sins
November 19
The resurrection of the body, and life everlasting

This special year of grace concludes with the solemnity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Universal King, on Sunday November 24, 2013.  More events, activities and liturgical celebrations will be announced as they are confirmed.

The Epiphany of Our Lord

The word ‘epiphany’ itself means manifestation or revelation.  In the Christian tradition, it is the story of the revelation of God and of God’s love in the child born in Bethlehem.  The revelation is meant for all people, as symbolized by the arrival of the visitors from far, far away.

The journey of the wise men from the East is just the beginning of a great procession that continues throughout history. With the Magi, humanity’s pilgrimage to Jesus Christ begins – to the God who was born in a stable, who died on the Cross and who, having risen from the dead, remains with us always, until the consummation of the world (cf. Mt 28:20).
 The wise men from the East lead the way. They open up the path of the Gentiles to Christ. What kind of people were they? The experts tell us that they belonged to the great astronomical tradition that had developed in Mesopotamia over the centuries and continued to flourish. But this information of itself is not enough. No doubt there were many astronomers in ancient Babylon, but only these few set off to follow the star that they recognized as the star of the promise, pointing them along the path towards the true King and Saviour. They were, as we might say, men of science, but not simply in the sense that they were searching for a wide range of knowledge: they wanted something more. They wanted to understand what being human is all about.
 They were men with restless hearts, not satisfied with the superficial and the ordinary. They were men in search of the promise, in search of God. And they were watchful men, capable of reading God’s signs, his soft and penetrating language. But they were also courageous, yet humble: we can imagine them having to endure a certain amount of mockery for setting off to find the King of the Jews, at the cost of so much effort. For them it mattered little what this or that person, what even influential and clever people thought and said about them. For them it was a question of truth itself, not human opinion. Hence they took upon themselves the sacrifices and the effort of a long and uncertain journey. Their humble courage was what enabled them to bend down before the child of poor people and to recognize in him the promised King, the one they had set out, on both their outward and inward journey, to seek and to know.
        gPope Benedict XVI