“WELL DONE MY GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVANT” Sadden our faithful community of the pasting of one our beloved former Pastors Fr. Ray Heffernan
St. Joseph’s church, Douro
As a caring and trusting Christian community we, the parishioners of St. Joseph’s Douro strive to follow Christ through the sharing of His Word, the sharing of Jesus in the Eucharist and in serving God and humanity through prayer and action.
We are excited to announce that the Historic Douro Doings are back! Labour Day Monday Sept 5, 2022! Watch for more details to come but meanwhile book the date.
My Dear Friends:
The purpose of this letter is to offer a special welcome to those who are not regular attendance at the celebration at the Eucharist. We’re glad you’re here…welcome back home.
This is one of those time when what ought to be said is difficult to say. There are a lot of feelings involved and feelings aren’t easy captured in words. For instance…I want to say we miss you. We’re sorry for anything we might have done to hurt you. I don’t know when it happens, or how it happened, but I know the kinds of hurts that can happen in the Church. You may have felt unwelcome because of separation or divorce. You may have felt angry because of all the changes in the Church, or the way they are implemented. Perhaps you had a bad experience at the time of a baptism or a wedding, or a funeral. You may have gotten into an argument with a Priest over just about anything. Well, whatever, the cause, whoever was at fault we’re sorry. The Lord taught us that we never have to be victims of our past. His gift of forgiveness and healing set us free – free to be a peace despite bad memories – free to love again –free to laugh.
So far I’ve been writing mostly about people who have been hurt. There are others, I know, who more or less just drifted away. Welcome back! We hope you find what we’ve found…a community whose beliefs, prayers, and sacraments give life and death more meaning – not answers for everything, just meaning and strength as we journey toward the ultimate answer…God.
To all who are here to this celebration, let me admit that this Church of ours is not perfect Church…it never was…and never will be. Sometimes people have the impression that we claim perfection or that we come together because we have a better-than –thou attitude. That’s not the case the Church Christ founded. He was accused of eating and drinking with sinners and that was true. We come together because we are sinners who need to be forgiven, supported, and challenged…not because we are perfect. We come together precisely because we are not perfect. The first thing we do at Mass – whether we are the Pope or a 3rd grader – is acknowledge our sinfulness, “Kyrie Eleison – Lord have mercy”. In any language it means the same. It means that we are sinners who have come together because we believe in the Lord’s mercy. The prayer we say after the Our Father says it all; “Lord Jesus Christ, You said to Your apostles; I leave you peace, My peace I give you. Look not on our sins, but on the faith of Your Church, and grant us Your peace”.
Your return need not be complicated. I’d suggest simply coming to Mass next Sunday and picking it up from there. If there is a problem with marriage outside of the Church or divorce, there have been some changes over the past years, and most of these situations can be resolved. Please don’t hesitate to talk to me. I’m here most of all to minister the Lord’s love and forgiveness.
Welcome Home Fr. Randy Foster pastor
ST. JOSEPH’S ANNUAL CEMETERY MASS: Our annual cemetery mass will be celebrated on the Feast of the Assumption Aug. 15, 2022. Mass at 7p.(bring a lawn chair). This mass is for all our faithful departed not just those buried in St. Joseph Cemetery
HISTORICAL DOURO DOINGS! Are back!
Returning this coming Labour Day Monday Sept. 5th is the famous fun exciting Douro Doings. Something for all ages. During the day events happening at the Douro Park-from Marathon Run, Classic Car Show, Baseball Torment, kids activities and much more. Later in the day join us at St. Joseph’s Parish Hall for a wonderful delish Roast Beef Dinner with musical entertainment (out door back of the hall), bring your lawn chair and of course the famous raffle of handmade beautiful quiets by our Parish Quitters and other prizes… Come meet new/old friends and experience Douro down home hospitality!
You are invited to have your say! An online survey is open from July 30 until September 16, 2022.
In the Fall of 2022, in-person sessions will be held in each Deanery to sort through the input received through the Now What? Survey and the Deanery sessions will culminate in a Diocesan gathering.
If you have provided your input, thank you. Please continue to do so. And if you haven’t had the chance to participate, please access the Survey link for Now What?
Let us not forget- Reconciliation and Healing
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St Joseph’s Parish, Douro, Ontario
At St. Joseph’s Parish, it’s our mission to help you explore your relationship with God and improve those meaningful relationships in your family life. Join us each Sunday and experience the warmth of faith and the strength of our Douro Community.
FR. RANDY FOSTER
Fr. Randy was born and raised in Wallaceburg, Ontario. He comes
from a family of 4 children and has 2 older sisters and a younger brother. His parents are deceased.
Fr. Randy was the first vocation to come from his home parish of Holy Family. He studied at St. Peter Seminary in London.
Fr. Randy has been in the diocese since 1978. He was ordained a deacon in 1988 at St. Peter in chains Cathedral and ordained a priest in 1989 at St. Joseph’s Parish in Chatham, Ontario.
Parishes he served in: Deacon at St. Anne’s Peterborough, Associate Pastor at Immaculate Conception Parish Peterborough; Pastor at St. Francis of Assisi, Newcastle; Our Lady of Mercy at Port Hope, St. Thomas Moore at Millbrook; and prior coming here to St. Joseph’s Douro, St. Anne’s Parish, Peterborough.
Bishop of Peterborough
Bishop Daniel Miehm was born in 1960 in Kitchener, Ontario. He was ordained to the Priesthood in 1989. He was ordained Bishop at the Cathedral on May 7, 2013. He also serves on the Education Commission for the Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario (ACBO)
Meet the committee members of our parish.
- FR. RANDY FOSTER
- DAN F. MOLONEY
- MARY MCKEIVER
- LORETTO COONES
- RAY JOHNSTON
- Paul Meade
- Music Ministry – Tina McCarthy, & Amy Melanson
- Screening – Tom McInnis
- Ushers – Jim Holland
- Altar Cleaners – Rosemary Towns
- Hospitality Ministry – Marian Coughlin
- Finance Committee –
- Sacrament Preparation – Michelle Towns (HOLY COMMUNION)
- Confirmation – Marcell Mundell & Catherine McInnis
- Cemetery Board – Bob Condon
- Catholic Women’s League – Mary McKeiver
- Knights of Columbus – Dan F. Moloney
“Joseph was a just man..” Matthew 1:19
Holy Mass Times
Tuesday to Friday – 8:30 AM
Saturday – 5:00 PM
Sunday -10:00 AM
Vatican Official Site.
Peterborough Vocation Office
Saints of the Day.
Vatican News Service.
St Joseph’s School in Douro.
EWTN – TV
Catholic Organization For Life and Family
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Matthew 25:40 – “.. whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.'”
300 County Road 8 Douro-Dummer ON
K0L 2H0 Canada
+1 705 652 3231
Tuesday & Thursday: 9:00 am to 4 pm