Father Jacob Chelamootil
175 Windsor Drive, Brockville, ON, K6V 3H8
Phone: (613) 342-5095
Regular Mass schedule now in effect.
Masks MUST be worn over nose and mouth at all times.
All health unit regulations will be observed.
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Saturday: 5:15 p.m.
Sunday: 9:30 a.m.
By appointment only due to pandemic.
Tuesday - Thursday: 9:30 a.m.
ADORATION BEFORE THE BLESSED SACRAMENT AND BENEDICTION
Cancelled until further notice due to pandemic.
CHILDREN'S LITURGY - CANCELLED due to pandemic
From September until June, Children's Liturgy is offered at the 10:00 a.m. Mass on the second and fourth Sundays of each month. 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.
Please complete a Mass Request Form and submit with payment to the office.
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.
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 announcements should be submitted by Tuesday morning by e-mail or by calling the Parish office.
GROCERY CERTIFICATES - AVAILABLE only at the office during the pandemic
Grocery certificates are available before & after weekend Masses and at the Parish office during the week.
Welcome to all who worship with us!
May the Lord Bless you!
Celebrate St. John Bosco Feast Day (Parish Celebrations): Date TBA
Come and share with us during the Feast of the Patron Saint of our Parish – St. John Bosco.
For more information, click the "Feast Day" button or contact the Parish office by email or call (613) 342-5095.
Annual St. John Bosco Craft Show
- Free parking!
- Wheelchair accessible!
- Door prizes!
(9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.)
Join us for our annual craft show. Start your Christmas shopping locally in a warm and friendly environment. You will find a wide selection of unique and handcrafted items.
Admission = $2.00 at the door.
Children under 12 = Free with an adult.
Enjoy a nice lunch at Marguerite's Kitchen. Choose from their inexpensive selections:
Attention vendors: Ensure you read and adhere to the Requirements for Vendors.
ANNUAL ST. JOHN Bosco Harvest Supper
(4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.)
Bring your family and friends to enjoy a complete meal including:
- Mashed potatoes & gravy
- Choice of pie for dessert
Tickets are available at the door:
Children (ages 6-12): $6.00
Children under 6 eat free
To all of our volunteers, thank you for your continued support!
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. "Don" Father Bosco, as he was known, housed these young people and 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 in 1934.
Our DEDICATED Leaders
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 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. He then became the pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Parish (Frankford, Stirling, Batawa) before being asked to serve here at St. John Bosco Parish in Brockville.
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 Archdiocese 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 here to St. John Bosco.
St. John Bosco Parish, with Father J. Phillip Horrigan as its first Pastor, was officially established on September 1, 1979. In 1984, the architectural firm of Ala-Kantti Associates of Ottawa was chosen with Vince Colizza as the project architect. Plans began to take shape in October of that year. Tenders were called by April 1985 and the sod was turned on June 8, 1985.
The parish celebrated the Eucharist in the parish center on the feast of St. John Bosco on January 31, 1986. The parish center was still incomplete as 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.
Parish Priest: Father Jacob Chelamootil
Deacon: Shawn Souder
Secretary: Jill Heffernan
Custodian: Roger Wooller
Volunteer Office Staff: Shan Warder
Catholic Women's League President: Mary MacDermott
Knights of Columbus Grand Knight: John McGeough
Prayer Group Coordinator: Mary Roughton
Parish Pastoral Council Chair: T.B.A.
Finance Committee Chair: Doug Roughton
Liturgical Committee Chair: Irene Leeder
Decoration Committee Chair: Josie Bracamonte
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Many hear the word Catechism in relation to the Catholic Church, but don't know what it means or how to apply it. These four educational videos offer insight into the Catechism.
Bishop Barron on Not Dumbing Down the Faith - Questions Answered
Introduction to the Catechism of the Catholic Church (Anders 2014)
The Creed - Don't Be A Robot
Magisterium - What do Catholics mean by authority?
Read the The Table of Contents for the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Click any link in the table to read more about it.
Click here to see the Vatican's home page. Look in the upper right hand corner of the home page to change languages if you wish.
Click here to access the many resources available to all from the CCCB (Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops).
The Seven (7) Sacraments of the Catholic Church can be defined easily as an outward sign instituted by Christ to give grace. Watch these Busted Halo videos to learn more.
Have you ever contemplated becoming a Catholic priest? Watch this video about Holy Orders.
Watch this video about the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick. Contact the office if you or someone you know requires this Sacrament.
Wanting to know more about Catholicism and the Catholic Church? Enjoy more educational videos below.
Your child has 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. This program will 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.
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. Should this not be possible for any reason, you should speak with the parish priest at the time of registration. Here is the current Sacramental Calendar.
You MUST register your child at the church office for your child to receive this Sacrament in our parish.
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.
Parents must attend the preparatory meeting in St. John Bosco Church on (Date TBA).
Attendance is compulsory for the Enrollment Ceremony during the Mass on (Date TBA).
Candidates must participate in a one-day retreat on (Date TBA).
Registered candidates and their families will be notified of their Confirmation Mass date and time.
For more information, contact the office by email or at (613) 342-5095.
Couples planning to be married in the Catholic Church MUST contact the parish priest six (6) months prior to the marriage and are required to attend a Marriage Preparation Course sponsored by a Catholic Church.
St. John Bosco Parish offers a two day weekend course that is facilitated by a marriage preparation team. Our goal is to provide a meaningful vision of Christian marriage and to provide an opportunity to engaged couples to explore topics of interest in order for them to further discern their basic readiness to accept the responsibilities of marriage.
Some topics of discussion include:
- Sacrament of Marriage
- Natural Family Planning
- Expectations/Extended Family
Marriage Preparation Course Dates
Cancelled in 2021 due to pandemic
REGISTRATION IS closed.
ALL Registered couples must attend sessions scheduled on Friday and Saturday.
We welcome payment by cash or cheque at the time of registration. This fee covers the handouts, books, continental breakfast, lunch, and all snacks. Please complete the registration form and submit it to the office.
Questions? Please email or phone the parish office at 613-342-5095.
Religious education in the Catholic schools for the Sacrament of First Communion occurs in Grade Two. Normally, your First Communion should take place in the parish to which you belong and where you regularly participate in the Eucharist at Sunday Mass with your family.
You MUST register your child at the church for your child to be able to receive this Sacrament. Baptismal certificates (copies) are needed for each candidate not baptized here 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. Here is the current Sacrament Calendar.
Parents must attend a preparatory meeting at St. John Bosco Church on (Date TBA).
Attendance is compulsory at an enrollment ceremony to be held during weekend Masses on (Dates TBA).
First Communion Retreat
Candidates must participate in a one-day retreat on (Date TBA).
First Communion Mass
Candidates and their entire family are invited to attend the First Communion Mass on (Date TBA).
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.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation (known commonly as Confession) is one of the seven sacraments recognized by the Catholic Church. As Catholics, we believe that all of the sacraments were instituted by Jesus Christ himself. In the case of Confession, that institution occurred on Easter Sunday, when Christ first appeared to the apostles after his Resurrection. Breathing on them, he said: “Receive the Holy Spirit. For those whose sins you forgive, they are forgiven; for those whose sins you retain, they are retained” (John 20:22-23). Reconciliation stresses the action of God, who uses the sacrament to reconcile us to Himself by restoring sanctifying grace in our souls.
Religious education in the Catholic schools for the Sacrament First Reconciliation occurs in Grade Two. Candidates will have their First Reconciliation celebration with the parish at 3:00 p.m. on (Date TBA). 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.
Read this Guide for Children to assist in better understanding the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
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