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.

Thanks to all who made our Returning to Douro Doings! Such a great success. Beautiful weather, great crowds at the park and wonderful support at parish dinner and Quit raffle in the evening. 

It wonderful to have such a great supportive community! God Bless.

Learn More

Welcome Home

 My Dear Friends:

The purpose of this letter is to offer a special welcome to those who are not in regular attendance at the celebration of 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 happened, 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 

  1. Pastoral Plan Front Cover

Diocesan Pastoral Plan: Most Reverend Bishop Miehm’s Message

Join us in prayers of thanksgiving for all the blessings we have received through the intercessions of St. Joseph and to pray for our parish family.


Do you know that every month we average at least 300 rosary being prayed by parishioners for sick, the dying, and other needs of parishioners.   

Like to join your follower parishioners in praying for one another-simply offer a rosary for sick, shut-ins, hospital or for any parishioner and next time at church drop a small pebble in the gift page for each rosary said.  

Dear Isadore, you know how common it is to cultivate the land, for you were employed as a farm labour for the greater part of your life.  In your toils, you were bless to received  God’s help through Angles in the fields.

O Great Sant, help all farmers and gardeners spiritually to see the wonders God has strewn on this earth. Encourage them in their labours  and help them to feed numerous people. 


Remember our DON’T MISS EVENT

Douro Doings  September 2nd Labour Day

Games, Classic Car Show, Baseball, Douro Marathon Run and much more.  Big event is Roast Beef Dinner, music and draws for over 20 hand made Quilts.   Looking forward in seeing you at this event.

Cemetery Mass:   August 15 Feast of the Assumption held in our Parish Cemetery at 7p.m.  All are welcome bring your own lawn chairs.

This mass is for all our faithful departed even if they may not be buried in our parish cemetery.  


be celebrated by the Church over the next eighteen
months, to mark the 350th Anniversary of the
apparitions of the Sacred Heart of Jesus to St. Margaret
Mary Alacoque. The Jubilee runs from December 27,
2023, until the feast of the Sacred Heart in 2025, June
27. Plans are being put in place for various devotions
and activities at our three churches in the diocese
dedicated to the Sacred Heart: these are the parish
churches in Peterborough and Trout Creek and the
mission church in Harwood. Further information can be
found on our diocesan website, including the specifics
of the partial and plenary indulgence that I have
established for this jubilee year.


40 Days of Renewal

Lent 2024 Key Dates and Frequently Asked Questions

When does Lent begin in 2024?

Lent begins with Ash Wednesday on Wednesday, February 14, 2024.

Why is Lent 40 days long?

Lent lasts for 40 days because Christ suffered in the desert for 40 days.

How is the date of Ash Wednesday determined?

Ash Wednesday always falls six and half weeks before Easter.

When is Fat Tuesday?

Fat Tuesday is the final day before Lent. In 2024, it takes place on February 13. Fat Tuesday is known as Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Day in other parts of the world.

How is the date of Easter determined?

Easter is a moveable feast as opposed to a fixed date each year. Easter being celebrated on the Sunday following the first full moon of spring (March 21 or later) dates back to the Council of Nicea in 325.

How long is Lent?

Lent lasts 40 days from Ash Wednesday to Holy Thursday, excluding Sundays. Sundays are an important part of Lent, but we do not include them in the “40 days” because on every Sunday we remember and celebrate the Resurrection of Christ in the Mass.

Do Sundays count in Lent?

Technically, the Church does not obligate us to fast on Sundays. However, the Sundays during Lent are still part of the Lenten season. Choosing to continue your Lenten sacrifice on Sunday is a personal choice.

When is Palm Sunday?

Palm Sunday, the last Sunday during Lent, takes place on March 24 in 2024. It signifies Jesus’s triumphant return to Jerusalem after spending 40 days and nights in the desert. At Mass, we celebrate his return and our desire to follow him.

When does Lent end? Lent ends with the start of the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday. This year, Lent ends on March 28, 2024.

When is Good Friday?

Good Friday takes place between Palm Sunday and Easter, as part of the Easter Triduum. It will occur on March 29, 2024, one day after Holy Thursday (or Maundy Thursday in some traditions.)

When is Easter in 2024?

Easter falls on Sunday, March 31, 2024.

                                    We cordially welcome all of you to our parish website.

Here you can find relevant information about updates and activities going on in our Church.


Sacraments are visible rites seen as signs and efficacious channels of the grace of God to all those who receive them with the proper disposition. Find out more info on Sacraments and how you can receive it from this church.

Click here

liturgy of the hours

Liturgy of the hours

Liturgy of the hours is the official set of prayers “marking the hours of each day and sanctifying the day with prayer”. It consists primarily of psalms supplemented by hymns, readings and other prayers and antiphons.

Click here

daily mass readings

Daily Mass Bible Readings

Daily Mass Bible Readings are the set of verses taken from the word of God. It consists of readings from the Old testament and New Testament. For more information and accessing to everyday materials click below.

Click here

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 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.


Daniel Miehm

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)

Committee Members

Meet the committee members of our parish.

Finance Committee


Ministry Leaders

  • Music Ministry             – Tina McCarthy, & Amy Melanson         
  • Screening                        – Tom McInnis  
  • Ushers                              – Jim Holland
  • Altar Cleaners                – Rosemary Towns
  • Hospitality Ministry     – Marian Coughlin
  • Finance Committee       – 
  • Sacrament Preparation – JILL SCOTT & MARGARET MORRISSEY
  • Confirmation                   JILL SCOTT
  • Cemetery Board               – Bob Condon
  • Catholic Women’s League – Margaret Morrissey
  • Knights of Columbus      – Ray Johnston

“Joseph was a just man..” Matthew 1:19

Holy Mass Times Tues., Wed.,& Friday – 8:30 AM  Thursday 6:30 p.m.

Saturday – 5:00 PM

Sunday -10:00 AM


Vatican Official Site.

Click here

Mariiage Prep

Marriage Preparation

Click here

Peterborough Vocation Office

Click here

Saints of the Day.

Click here

Vatican News Service.

Click here

stjoseph's school

St Joseph’s School in Douro.

Click here


Click here


Click here

Catholic Organization For Life and Family

Click here


Connect with us

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

Email Address

[email protected]

Office Hours

Tuesday & Thursday: 9:00 am to 4 pm

Roman Catholic
Diocese of Peterborough

Connect | Bishop | Dona