Father Jacob Chelamootil

175 Windsor Drive, Brockville, ON, K6V 3H8

Phone: (613) 342-5095



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Our Parish

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

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

Tuesday: 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 9:00 a.m.
Thursday 9:00 a.m.
Friday: Varies (Please check this week's bulletin.)

Wednesday 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

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.

Please complete a Mass Request Form and submit with payment to the office.

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

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 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!


Check the bulletin for additional last minute events.

Celebrate St. John Bosco Feast Day (Parish Celebrations):   January 17 - 19, 2020
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!

Date: October 19, 2019
(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:

  • Soups
  • Chili
  • Sandwiches
  • Squares

Attention vendors:  Ensure you read and adhere to the Requirements for Vendors.

ANNUAL ST. JOHN Bosco  Harvest Supper

Take-out available.

Date: November 10, 2019
(4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.)

Bring your family and friends to enjoy a complete meal including:

  • Turkey
  • Ham
  • Mashed potatoes & gravy
  • Dressing
  • Salads
  • Choice of pie for dessert
  • Beverage

Tickets are available at the door:

Adults: $14.00
Children (ages 6-12): $6.00
Children under 6 eat free

To all of our volunteers, thank you for your continued support!

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.

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

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.


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 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.


Parish Priest: Father Jacob Chelamootil

Deacon: Shawn Souder

Support Staff

Secretary: Jill Heffernan
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: Neil Cameron
Finance Committee Chair: Doug Roughton
Liturgical Committee Chair: Irene Leeder
Decoration Committee Chair: Josie Bracamonte

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Many people hear the word Catechism in relation to the Catholic Church, but don't know what it means or how to apply it.                    We encourage you to watch these four modern videos about the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

Every Catechism Question Answered - CCC Series Part 1

The 5 Best Ways to Study the Catechism - CCC Series Part 2

The Best Way to Pray With the Catechism CCC Series Part 3

Top 4 Ways to Apply the Catechism in Your Life - CCC Series Part 4


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.

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.

Baptism Preparation

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.

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.  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.

Parent Meetings

Parents must attend the preparatory meeting on November 5, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. at St. John Bosco Church.

Enrollment Ceremony

Attendance is compulsory during this Mass on March 1, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.

Confirmation Retreat

Candidates must participate in a one-day retreat on June 4, 2020.

Confirmation Mass

Candidates and their entire family are invited to attend this celebration of the Eucharist.  The Confirmation Mass will be held on June 7, 2020 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 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 our 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:

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

Marriage Preparation Course Dates

Friday, February 28 from 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 29 from 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Registered couples must attend all sessions scheduled on Friday and Saturday.

Registration is open.

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.

Sacrament of First Communion

Important Information

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.

Register Now

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 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.

Parent Meetings

Parents must attend a preparatory meeting on October 29, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. in St. John Bosco Church.

Enrollment Ceremony

Attendance at an enrollment ceremony is compulsory.  These Masses are on February 22, 2020 at 5:15 p.m. and February 23, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.

First Communion Retreat

Candidates must participate in a one-day retreat on April 30, 2020.

First Communion Mass

Candidates and their entire family are invited to attend the First Communion Mass on May 3, 2020 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 First Reconciliation

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.

First Reconciliation

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 March 8, 2020.  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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