Father Jacob Chelamootil

175 Windsor Drive, Brockville, ON, K6V 3H8

tel: (613) 342-5095

 

KEEP LOVE FOR YOUR PARISH ALIVE

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Welcome to all who worship with us!
May the Lord Bless you!

SUNDAY MASSES
Saturday: 5:15 p.m.
Sunday: 8:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.

CONFESSIONS
Saturday: 4:15 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 7:45 a.m. to 8:15 a.m.
Other times by appointment.

WEEKDAY MASSES
Tuesday: 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 9:00 a.m.
Thursday 9:00 a.m.
Friday: Varies (Please check this week's bulletin to confirm the Mass schedule.)

ADORATION BEFORE THE BLESSED SACRAMENT AND BENEDICTION
Wednesday 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

CHILDREN'S LITURGY
From September until June, Children's Liturgy is offered at the Sunday 10:00 a.m. Mass. We encourage all children to join in! Prayers, readings, gospel and handouts are geared towards the different age levels of the children and mirror what the adults hear in the main worship area. By participating, children gain a better understanding of the gospel and feel more part of our parish community.

MASS REQUESTS
Please complete a Mass Request Form and submit the completed form and payment to the office.

SACRAMENTS
Baptism: By appointment, in addition to Baptismal Preparations.
First Communion & Reconciliation information is available here.
Confirmation information is available here.
Marriage Preparation Course info (click here). Contact the parish priest 6 months prior to the marriage.
Sacrament of the Sick: Please call the Parish office at (613) 342-5095.

VISITS TO THE SICK
Holy Communion is brought regularly to the sick, elderly and shut-ins. Please notify the Parish Office.

DEATH OF A LOVED ONE
Please e-mail or call the Parish Office by Friday morning to have a family member or friend who has died included in the Prayers of the Faithful at our Sunday Mass.

PARISH BEQUESTS
Please remember St. John Bosco Parish in your will. A gift to the Parish will help to carry on the Lord's work you so generously supported during your lifetime.

BULLETIN ANOUNCEMENTS
Bulletin announcements should be submitted by Tuesday morning by e-mail or by calling the Parish office.

GROCERY CERTIFICATES
Grocery certificates are available before & after weekend Masses and at the Parish office during the week.

Contact Information


175 Windsor Drive
Brockville, ON
K6V 3H8


tel: (613) 342-5095
fax: (613) 342-5243


email: sjbparish@bellnet.ca


Parish Office Hours


Monday - Wednesday:
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Thursday:
9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Friday:
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

 
 

 

Our Patron, John Bosco

John Bosco was born of a poor family in northern Italy on August 16, 1815. His mother was widowed when John was only two years old. His education became sporadic as he worked to assist his mother and family. Later, his mother remarried, but his stepfather did not believe in much education. Through much sacrifice and determination, John completed his education and was ordained a priest in 1841.

The hardship of his life gave him a special love for the youth of his day, especially the orphans and those who were homeless due to harsh economic times. John Bosco, or "Don" (Father) Bosco as he was known, not only housed these young people, but also gave them an education and a trade. He founded a Salesian Congregation and is known as the "Apostle of Youth". Don Bosco died January 31, 1888 and was declared a saint of the Church in 1934.

Our Church

St. John Bosco Parish was officially established on September 1, 1979 with Father J. Phillip Horrigan as its first pastor. In 1984, the architectural firm of Ala-Kantti Associates of Ottawa was chosen with Vince Colizza as the project architect. In October of that year, plans began to take shape. Tenders were called by April 1985 and the sod was turned on June 8, 1985. The parish celebrated the Eucharist in the parish centre on the feast of St. John Bosco (January 31, 1986). The Centre was still incomplete: the floor was concrete, the lights were temporary and the walls were unpainted. Finally, on Sunday, June 8, 1986 (exactly one year after turning the sod), Archbishop Francis J. Spence dedicated the building to the glory of God.

Our Leaders

We have had many dedicated priests lead us over the years:

Father J. Phillip Horrigan
(1979 to 1994)

Our first priest was Father Phil. He guided our first steps and watched the parish grow for 15 years before leaving us in 1994 to pursue further studies.

Father John Hibbard
(1994 to 2003)

Father John Hibbard succeeded Father Phil, and led the parish for nine years. Under his leadership, St. John Bosco had three seminarians complete their internships: Fred Happy, Tom MacDonald and Stéphane Pouliot. Father John left us on July 15, 2003.

Father Timothy Harrison
(2003 to 2010)

We welcomed Father Timothy Harrison in 2003. Unlike the previous two pastors, Father Tim's priesthood could be considered a second vocation. Prior to his ordination on August 4, 1990, Father Tim was a professional accountant for a large corporation in the business world.

Father Stéphane Pouliot
(2010 to 2013)

On July 14, 2010, Archbishop Brendan O'Brien of Kingston installed Father Stéphane Pouliot as pastor of St. John Bosco parish. Father Stéphane was ordained on May 24, 2003 and served as Associate Pastor at St. Paul the Apostle Parish in Kingston from 2003 to 2005. In 2005, he became the pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Parish (Frankford, Stirling, Batawa) before coming to St. John Bosco in Brockville in 2010.

Father Jacob Chelamootil
(August 2013 - Present)

Fr. Jacob was ordained to the priesthood in India on April 22, 1993. He came to Canada to serve in the Archdiocesse of Kingston in February of 2002. Beginning as the Associate Pastor of St. Mary's Cathedral in Kingston, Fr. Jacob has since served the parishes of Lansdowne, Rockport, Tweed and Stoco before moving to St. John Bosco parish in Brockville.

OUR STAFF

Parish Priest: Father Jacob Chelamootil

Deacon: Shawn Souder

Support Staff

Bookkeeper: Susan Visneski
Custodian: Roger Wooller
Volunteer Office Staff: Shan Warder & Debbie Zabloski


Parish Groups

Catholic Women's League President: Mary MacDermott
Knights of Columbus Grand Knight: John McGeough
Prayer Group Coordinator: Mary Roughton

Parish Committees

Parish Pastoral Council Chair: TBA
Finance Committee Chair: Doug Roughton
Liturgical Committee Chair: Irene Leeder
Decoration Committee Chair: Josie Bracamonte

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Baptism Preparation

 

Your child has already joined a community of faith: your family. Through baptism, your child will be born into a new and broader community of faith.
St. John Bosco parish regularly offers a 'Baptism Preparation' program to help you and your family prepare for the baptism: to help you to better appreciate the rich meaning of the words and symbols of the liturgy, to make the ceremony more meaningful, and to understand the commitment you are making when you have your child baptized.
To book your baptism preparation meeting, contact the office by email or at (613) 342-5095

Sacraments of First Communion & First Reconciliation

Religious education in the Catholic schools for the Sacraments of First Communion and First Reconciliation occurs in Grade Two. Reception of the Sacraments should take place in the parish to which you belong and where you regularly attend Mass.

Important Information

Families are encouraged to regularly participate in the Sunday Eucharist.

Baptismal certificates (copies) are needed for each candidate not baptized at St. John Bosco Parish. If there are problems with the certificate or if your child is not baptized Catholic, please bring it to our attention.

You MUST register your child at the church so your child can receive this Sacrament.

Register Now

Here is the current Sacrament Calendar.

Parent Meetings

Parents must attend a preparatory meeting on October 17, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. in St. John Bosco Church.

Enrollment Ceremony

Attendance at an enrollment ceremony is compulsory. These Masses are on February 17, 2018 at 5:15 p.m. and February 25, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.

First Reconciliation

Candidates will have their First Reconciliation celebration with the parish on March 4, 2018 at 3:00 p.m.

First Communion Retreat

Candidates must participate in a one-day retreat on May 11, 2018.

First Communion Mass

Candidates and their entire family are invited to attend this celebration of the Eucharist. The First Communion Mass will be held May 13, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. in St. John Bosco Church.

For more information about the celebration, enrollment, preparation and participation of children and their families, contact the office by email or at (613) 342-5095.

Sacrament of Confirmation

Religious education in the Catholic schools for the Sacrament of Confirmation occurs in Grade 6. Reception of the Sacraments should take place in the parish to which you belong and regularly attend Mass.

Here is the current Sacrament Calendar.

Registration

You MUST register your child at the church so your child may receive this Sacrament.

Baptismal certificates (copies) are needed for each candidate not baptized at St. John Bosco Parish. If there are problems with the certificate or if your child is not baptized Catholic, please bring it to our attention.

Read this Confirmation Sponsor Selection Notice with your proposed Confirmation Sponsor.

Notes

Parent Meetings

Parents must attend a preparatory meeting on November 7, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. in St. John Bosco Church.

Enrollment Ceremony

Attendance at an enrollment ceremony is compulsory. These Masses are on March 3, 2018 at 5:15 p.m. and March 11, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.

Confirmation Retreat

Candidates must participate in a one-day retreat on May 10, 2018.

Confirmation Mass

Candidates and their entire family are invited to attend this celebration of the Eucharist. The Confirmation Mass will be held on June 3, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. in St. John Bosco Church.

For more information, contact the office by email or at (613) 342-5095.

Marriage Preparation

Couples planning to be married in the Catholic Church are required to attend a Marriage Preparation Course sponsored by a Catholic Church. St. John Bosco Parish offers a two day weekend course. This course is facilitated by our marriage preparation team members. Our goal is to provide a meaningful vision of Christian marriage and to provide an opportunity to engaged couples to explore topics of interest to further discern their basic readiness to accept the responsibilities of marriage.

Some topics of discussion include:

  • Communication
  • Finances
  • Sacrament of Marriage
  • Spirituality
  • Natural Family Planning
  • Parenting
  • Expectations/Extended Family

Course Dates

The next Marriage Preparation course will take place February 22 & 23, 2019. Our sessions will be on Friday, February 22 from 6:30 - 9:00 p.m. and Saturday, February 23 from 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

All couples are expected to be present at all sessions scheduled during Friday and Saturday.

Registration

Cost is to be determined. We welcome payment at time of registration or at the door. Payment must be either cash or cheque. This fee covers the handouts, books, continental breakfast, lunch, and all snacks.

Deadline for Registration is February 1, 2019.

To register, please complete the registration form and submit it in person or email it to the parish office.

Questions? If you have any questions or if you accidentally missed the registration deadline, please contact the parish office at 613-342-5095.

 

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