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.
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
This Sunday we begin the beautiful month of May, a time that invites us to continue to rejoice. We see the nature rejoicing adorned with beauty. But in a special way we celebrate the Blessed Mother’s rejoicing with her Son risen from the dead. Mary is joining us in celebrating the triumph of Jesus. The victory of Christ is her victory as well.
There is a beautiful prayer to the Blessed Mother during the Easter season, Regina Coeli. Queen of Heaven, rejoice, alleluia. The Son whom you merited to bear, alleluia. Has risen, as He said, alleluia. Pray for us to God, alleluia. Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, alleluia. For the Lord has truly risen, alleluia.
Mary is inviting us to continue to rejoice. She is rejoicing with Jesus and with us. She is most joyful in the victory of her Son also because she was most sorrowful in HIs suffering and death. She, who loves Jesus the most, rejoices the most, rejoices in His Resurrection.
During this month of May let us turn again to Mary. Let’s make every day a day of rejoicing with her.
People redeemed by God, rejoice! Alleluia!
Remembering our mom’s!
If you would like to memorialize and honor your mother/grandmother, either living or deceased this coming Mother’s Day, your welcome to bring in flowers with their names attached to them and place them on the table near the Statue of Mary. They will be remembered during the month of May.
We are also excited that the Historical Great Event of Douro Doings will be returning this Fall Labour Day 2022! Watch for more details to come but meaning while booked the date.
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Liturgy of the hours
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Daily Mass Bible Readings
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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 Thursday – 8:30 AM
Friday noon followed by Station of the Cross (during Lent)
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