Parish Bulletin – Pentecost Sunday – 31 May 2020

Live Streamed Mass Schedule:

Tuesday:         10 am              Gilles Groulx Sr. – Sheila Stacey

Wednesday:    10 am              Darnell-James Roy – Emilia Belair

Thursday:          7 pm              David Aubin, Walter Yeo, and Lillian Moyle                                                                   – Ann Yeo

Friday:               7 pm              Trevor Lindley – Mary Teresa Kidd

Sunday:           10 am              Intentions of all parishioners of our                                                                                      parishes


Live Streamed Adoration Schedule:

Tuesday:         10:20 am to 2:00 pm

Wednesday:    10:20 am to 2:00 pm

Thursday:          7:20 pm to 8:00 pm (Benediction at 7:55 pm)

Friday:               7:20 pm to 8:00 pm (Benediction at 7:55 pm)



 1) Please join me in offering sympathy and condolences to Sheila Stacey upon the sudden death this week of her partner of 15 years,  Mr. Gilles Groulx.

I also ask you to pray for the repose of the soul of Mr. Darnell-James Roy, a cherished friend of Emilia Belair. He succumbed this week in hospital after a long battle with the COVID-19 virus. May God grant peace and comfort to both of their families and friends during their time of bereavement.

2) I am still open to receive Mass Intentions for our live-streamed Masses. You can either call me at 819-689-5232 or email me at with any specific intentions you might want to be offered on your behalf.

3) If there’s one question I get asked over and over again these days it’s: “When will the churches open their doors again?” I wish that I could give you a definite answer but unfortunately, that still isn’t possible. The Quebec Government’s latest information is that it might not happen until the final stages of a re-opening strategy for the Province. Because of this statement a coalition of Quebec religious leaders, including representatives of the Quebec Catholic Bishops, met this past week with the government to express the desire that we be allowed to open sooner rather than later. As a result, the government has entered into negotiations with them to first work out ‘how’ we can safely open up again and then once this process is agreed upon to work towards the earliest possible date. Stay tuned for further developments.

4) In the meantime, I am very pleased and surprised by the large number of people who have been taking advantage of tuning into our live-streamed Masses, Eucharistic Adorations and Benedictions. I sincerely hope and pray that once we get back to something closer to normal, when we can gather together in person as compared to virtually online as we are doing now, that some of those who are now watching on computer and tv screens will be inspired by the Holy Spirit to join with us in our celebrations of the Eucharist.

5) Fr. Joe O’Malley of our diocese sent me the following document on how you can make your participation in our live-streamed events a little more meaningful. Click on this link to download it.  2020 Mass

6) Here is a message from the Canadian Bishops to all Catholics on this Pentecost Sunday.
Message – 2020 Pentecost – EN

Voici un message des évêques Canadiens à tous les catholiques en ce dimanche de Pentecôte. Message – Pentecôte 2020 – FR


R.I.P. Trevor Lindley

Trevor Lindley

Peacefully at the Pembroke Regional Hospital on Monday, May 18, 2020, at the age of 83 years. Trevor Lindley of Pembroke, beloved husband of Mary Teresa Kidd and by first marriage the late Yolande Lindley. Loving father of Christine Bray (David), Calgary Alberta, Derek Lindley (Colleen), Pembroke and Marco Lindley (Pam), Calgary Alberta. Loved grandfather to Zach, Blayne, Noah, Kyle, Erica, Tyler, Benjamin, Lucas and 9 great-grandchildren. Dear step-father to Taren, Milton (Carole), Ian (Tanya), Kendra (Ian), Lori (Kalin) and Diedre (John). Brother of Irene Kent and the late Allan Lindley. Brother-in-law of Donna Lindley. Trevor has been cremated and due to the constraints of the Covid-19 regulations, a Funeral Mass and Interment will take place when permissible. In memory of Trevor, donations to the Pembroke Regional Hospital Foundation or the Charity of your choice would be appreciated. Arrangements entrusted to the MURPHY FUNERAL HOME, Pembroke.

R.I.P. Gilles Groulx Sr.

Gilles Groulx Sr.

Groulx, Gilles Sr. – passed away suddenly, yet peacefully, at the Pembroke Regional Hospital on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at the age of 76 years.

Gilles Groulx Sr. of Petawawa, husband of the late Jocelyne Groulx (nee Dufour) and partner of Sheila Stacey, Chapeau.  Father of Gilles Groulx Jr. (Nancy Dunbar) and Ginette Richardson (Joe Medeiros).  Pépère to Taylor Bjornstad-Groulx, Andrew Dunbar, Logan Martin, Andrew Vandette & Nicole Richardson.  Arrière grand-père de Lilith, Callaghan, Jackson & Roch.  Son of the late Gaston & Annie Groulx (nee Lunam).  Gilles Sr. is 1 of 13 children: 8 brothers & 4 sisters.  Also remembered by Sheila’s children Bruce Noelle (Elaine) and Bonnie Phillipe and their families.

Respecting Gilles Sr. wishes, cremation has taken place.  A Memorial Service will be announced at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to the Malcolm, Deavitt & Binhammer Funeral Home, Pembroke.  Interment of ashes in St. Pierre’s Cemetery, Fort Coulonge, QC at a later date.  (As an expression of sympathy, donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or the Lung Association would be appreciated.)  Online condolences & donations are available at

Parish Bulletin – Feast of the Ascension – 24 May 2020

Parish Bulletin.  – Feast of the Ascension –  24 May 2020

Live Stream Schedule for the Week:

Tuesday:  10 am:  Mass followed by Eucharistic Adoration until 2 pm

Wednesday: 10 am:  Mass followed by Eucharistic Adoration until 2 pm

Thursday:   7 pm:  Mass with Eucharistic Adoration until 8 pm

Friday:   7 pm:  Mass with Eucharistic Adoration – Benediction at 7:55 pm.

Sunday: 10 am. Florence Dunn – requested by Daughter, Dorothy.


  1. Our sympathy and condolences go out to the families of the following who died this past week:

Joan Bolger – sister of Joe Bolger and Gail Sullivan

Bradley Fleury– son of the late Elwood Fleury

Trevor Lindley – husband of Mary Teresa Kidd-Lindley (née Berrigan)

Rudi Goring – father of Rev. Michael Goring (Pembroke Diocese)  and Rev. Mark Goring (Companions of the Cross)

May God grant their souls a merciful judgment and their families peace in their time of bereavement.

2) I am celebrating this week’s Masses for personal intentions that have been asked of me to pray for. If you want to have a Mass offered for a specific intention please just let me know. You can call me at either 819-689-5232 or on my cell at 613-281-0872. You can also email me your request at The $15 offering can be sent via the ‘Donate’ Widget on our parish blog. (

3) Our new Bishop, +Guy Desrochers C.Ss.R. will be installed as our local Ordinary on July 3rd in a private ceremony which will be broadcast online. Once the COVID restrictions are behind us, there will be a public Mass to welcome him personally into our Diocese at the Cathedral in Pembroke. Once details are announced, they will be posted online here.

4) The farmers are asking us to pray for rain to soon fall to water their fields. We also need it to help lower the dry state of our forests. There is a complete and total ban on all outside fires until this happens. Remember too that this ban also serves to prohibit the setting off of fireworks. The fine for violating this ban starts at $1000 if the Fire Services get called out to make you extinguish any fire pits or campfires.

5) Thank you to those who are donating to help with the expenses of our parishes both online or via the mail. Your support is VERY MUCH needed given that we have no other means of collecting or generating revenue until our churches are allowed to reopen for public weekend Masses.

6) My heartfelt thanks go out to Sylvia Dungeon who has donated a beautiful Queen-size quilt for us to use for a fundraiser. I was inspired by her gift into thinking that one way we could generate needed funds would be to hold an online auction for this quilt and other items that people might be willing to donate. How about talking with your friends and fellow craft-lovers and together work on other items we could include in such an auction? Carpenters might donate woodcraft big and small, from pieces of hand-made furniture to wooden toys and signs. Quilters, knitters, crochet-lovers, artists… each can contribute something to the event according to their talents. Businesses could also participate by donating gift certificates or gift cards. Contractors and tradesmen can offer service packages that people can put towards various projects or repairs to their homes, cottages, or cars. The options are virtually endless. Give it some thought and let me know if you would like to participate. 

Parish Bulletin – 6th Sunday of Easter – 17 May 2020


The Gospel is from St. John 14:15-21. In this discourse at the Last Supper, which was His last will and testament, our divine Lord promised His Church, through the Apostles, that the Holy Spirit would be with it until the end of time. The Spirit of truth will be directing it and effectively aiding it to preserve the faith, the doctrine, and the morals which Christ taught His Apostles.

Looking back now over almost 2,000 years of the Church’s history we can see how this promise has been fulfilled. There were heretics and schismatics who threatened the very continuance of the Church as God’s faithful people on earth. There were crises and near catastrophes caused by the human weaknesses of its heads and its members, yet the Church survived and spread and continued to send saints to heaven because of the direct and active aid of the Holy Spirit.

During those two thousand years, great empires have risen and fallen. They had large armies and vast wealth and earthly resources at their disposal, yet they disintegrated like all things human. The names of one-time mighty men who ruled over millions are now nothing more than a nuisance for children in their history classes. The large tracts of our globe which they ruled are now divided and known by other names. This was, is, and will be the lot of all merely human enterprises. Today’s despots, where they rule with an iron hand, will share the same fate.

In the midst of all these upheavals, the Church of Christ has continued to flourish because it was directed and sustained by the Holy Spirit, who abides within it. How can we ever show enough gratitude to the three Divine Persons of the Blessed Trinity who planned so lovingly and so efficaciously for our safe journey to heaven? The Father sent His Son as man among us so that we men could become His brothers, and adopted sons of the Father. The Son suffered hardships, insults and misunderstandings during His temporary stay on earth, and ended like a crucified malefactor because of the sins of mankind. But He rose triumphantly from the dead and set up the Church as a society which would bring to men of all races, ages and colours the salvation and exaltation of mankind, which His life and death had won for us.

Knowing only too well the weaknesses and waywardness of human nature, He and the Father sent the Holy Spirit to remain with His Church as its infallible guide until the last man has entered heaven.

This is a very brief summary of what the Blessed Trinity has done, and is continuing to do for us, through the Church. We, the people of God, the chosen race of the New Testament are God’s Church on earth. It is for you and me that the Holy Spirit is at work this very day. When He guides the steps of Peter’s successor, the Pope, or the deliberations of the bishops, the heirs of the apostolic college, it is for us and for our salvation that He is acting. While we are faithful members of the Church, and of Christ’s mystical body, while we remain live branches safely attached to the vine who is Christ, we have nothing to fear; we are on the sure road to heaven, to enjoy eternal happiness with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit whom we shall thank and glorify forever.

Excerpted from The Sunday Readings by Fr. Kevin O’Sullivan, O.F.M.

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICKLisa Lariviere, Dan Kelly, Barbara Coventry, Leonard Duff, Fran Flavelle, Earl Lepine, Annie Gaudette, Sandra Fletcher- McGuire, Roseanne Gagnon, Viola Fleury, Joanne Souliere, Patsy Lariviere, Ida-Mae Turner, Kerry Kelly, Kim Warren, Paul Dennie, and Judy Sullivan. Don’t forget to add a prayer or two for those suffering in any way from the COVID-19 virus and for those people tasked with helping to make them well again.


1) I am continuing to live stream our weekend Mass (Sunday 10 am) as well as daily times of Eucharistic Adoration (Tuesday/Wednesday 10:30 am to 2 pm; Thursday/Friday 7 to 8 pm). Please help spread the word!

2) Many thanks to those who have been contributing to the financial needs of our three churches via the Donate Widget on our Parish Blog. ( Over the past four weeks, we have received just in excess of $3,800 for all of the parishes combined through the widget. Be assured that your individual donation has been put into the parish account of your choice. However, this process would be simpler if you would please include either your collection envelope number or the name of your parish in the comment box. Right now, Pauline is manually verifying which parish each person normally supports and calculates what needs to be transferred from Chapeau to either the St. Joseph’s or Sheenboro account. Using either your envelope number or name of your parish when you make an online contribution will make that process much simpler for her.

3) The Government of Canada has offered quite a few financial support programs for citizens who are suffering financial hardships as a result of this extended period of quarantine and social distancing. Our Diocese, which legally is one federally incorporated institution has made an application for all of the parishes to participate in the Payroll Support Program so that we can receive up to 75% of our salaried costs which will greatly alleviate the financial pressure on them. Given the complexity of applying on behalf of over 60 parishes in one application, the Diocese has engaged the services of KPMG to shepherd our request through the various hoops and hurdles we need to surmount to qualify for this program. We have been assured though that even given the length of time such a complex application requires, the government has told us that it will pay the full amount we qualify from March through to the end of August.

4) So, the big question remains: When will be able to reopen the Churches once again? I wish that I could give you an easy or quick answer, but this just isn’t yet possible. We priests have been informed by the Chancery Office in Pembroke that the Bishops Conferences of both Ontario and Quebec are in discussions with the Provincial governments to get approval for our gradual resumption of services. I will keep every apprised of any developments as soon as I hear anything definitive.

5) I am confronting another mystery, however. I offered at the end of last Sunday’s Mass to begin to live stream my private weekday Masses if there was any interest. No one contacted me to say that they wanted me to do so. I am still both willing and able to start celebrating Mass for your public intentions to be streamed online if people want me to do it. Please let me know by either calling me (819-689-5232), via email (, or with a text message (613-281-0872). Thank you.

6) Thank you to all the folks who extended their best wishes to me on the occasion of the 31st anniversary of my ordination as a priest! Your kind words were much appreciated.

7) Happy Victoria Day Weekend to one and all!



Parish Bulletin – 5th Sunday of Easter – 10 May 2020

Reflection of this weekend’s readings:

On the Fifth Sunday of Easter Our Lord reminds that that we are called to continue his work and to achieve even greater things than he accomplished during his earthly ministry. He built his Church with growth in mind, generation after generation, founded on him and the Apostles.

In today’s First Reading the Twelve are faced with more work than they can handle, and people are starting to complain.

  • The Twelve cannot take care of everyone.
  • This is no surprise. Our Lord didn’t just appoint one person to carry on his work; he appointed Twelve, and, soon after, the Twelve needed helpers, and other apostles, like Paul and Barnabas, to continue the work in the face of the Church’s explosive growth.
  • The Twelve asked for candidates, but they were also clear that those who would help them in the ministry needed to be “filled with the Spirit and wisdom.”
  • These men would become known as the Seven, and, according to tradition, may have been the first deacons in the Church.
  • The Church’s mission is not just for the clergy. Everyone is called to help according to their possibilities and state of life.
  • As needs increase, each member of the Church must be dedicated to doing his or her part: bishops shepherding their dioceses, helped by priests and deacons; consecrated persons contributing according to their charism; and laity, ordering the world’s affairs in accordance with the Gospel and helping the Church in matters where they may have more expertise.
  • The Holy Spirit kept the apostles faithful to the work Christ wanted them to do, and the Spirit continues to do so for all of us.

In today’s Second Reading St. Peter reminds us that through Baptism we have been incorporated into the Church and are now living stones in an edifice constructed with a spiritual and priestly purpose.

  • Our Lord described himself to the Pharisees and scribes as the stone rejected by the builders that would become the cornerstone (see Matthew 21:42). They had rejected him, but the Father build the Church on him, and he made the Apostles the foundation for his Church.
  • The Lord continues to build the Church through us, on the solid foundations of those living stones who have preceded us and our own efforts at holiness.
  • A living stone is not just edified but edifying. We are inserted into this spiritual and social structure and helped to support it and to remain solid.
  • If our works are edifying, it will attract even those who don’t know Our Lord to see where that special something we have comes from and to seek it out as well.

In today’s Gospel Our Lord, at the Last Supper, prepares his disciples for the moment when he’ll be separated from them on earth, and they’ll be expected to carry on his mission.

  • He reminds them that they have a place waiting for them in Heaven, just as they have a place in his Church.
  • He tells them today that they know where he is going. They know the way to the Father’s House too and don’t need him to show them.
  • When the moment was right, Our Lord returned and led every one of them to the Father’s House, just as he will lead us one day.
  • In the meanwhile, we have to stay the course he has taught us, and, if we get turned around, ask for directions to get back on track.
  • Helping people get back on track to the Father’s House is what we’re all called to do as Christians, but to do that we must know how to get to the Father’s House.
  • Christ describes himself as the “way”: we show others the way to the degree that we imitate him.
  • Our Lord became flesh and put some believers on the right track, and those believers have helped him guide us ever since.
  • He sent apostles to the four corners of the world, and they still carry out their mission through us.
  • This is the work he said would be even greater than his ministry on earth. It spread to the entire Roman empire, then beyond its borders to the whole world.
  • We’re called to continue these “greater works” that he encouraged his first disciples to do. The key is having faith in him.


1) After weeks of trial and error, we’ve finally managed to get all the equipment working together and will be live-streaming a Mass from St. Joseph’s Church every Sunday at 10 a.m. The quality of our signal should be far superior to previous weeks when we were just streaming using my iPhone. For this weekend, you can find the Mass streamed on my personal Facebook timeline. Hopefully, by next weekend, we will have things set up so that it can be seen on Facebook, YouTube, as well as on this blog. Thank you to Louis Schryer who stepped in and finally got us over the hump and on to the internet. Thanks too to a parishioner who stepped up and provided the funds needed to purchase the equipment needed to get this initiative up and running.

2) Now that we have finally got ourselves set up, I wish to put a proposition forward for your consideration. Would there be any interest in our streaming a regular weekday schedule? If you want to be able to partake in such an online offering please send me an email (, text message (613-281-0872), or call the office (819-689-5232) and let me know. We would publish the intentions for each Mass here in the bulletin.

3) One of the services that we intend to begin broadcasting this week is a time of Eucharistic Adoration. The Blessed Sacrament will exposed and shown online on Tuesday and Wednesday from 10:30 am to 2:00 pm and on Thursday and Friday evenings from 7:00 pm to 8 pm. I am able to see how many people are taking advantage of these times of exposition and, if necessary, am open to changing this schedule. Again, let me know if you would prefer to have this opportunity to adore digitally at a different time by contacting me using the contact information above.

4) Do you have a love of the Rosary? I am looking for such a person to lead the rosary throughout the balance of May that will be broadcast from St. Joseph’s. If at all possible, I would like if someone bilingual would step forward to take on this ministry so that we can together ask our Blessed Mother to aid us, particularly during these difficult times as we are dealing with the deadly COVID-19 virus.

5) Karl’s Bakery has asked us to inform people that effective immediately, the bakery will be open for business on Sundays. This will continue throughout the summer months.

6) The Province of Quebec is lifting the roadblocks that have been in place for the last 5 or 6 weeks on the bridge to Pembroke. But this does not mean that the danger has entirely passed, and I would encourage everyone who travels into Ontario to shop to continue to practice social distancing and wearing a mask when going someplace where people gather (ie: grocery store, etc.). While the roadblocks were a bit of an inconvenience to many, it has been instrumental (and successful!) in keeping the virus out of the Pontiac. Let’s not throw this hard-won gain away by acting irresponsibly now that we can travel freely back and forth between provinces. Remember, the virus cannot travel on its own. It requires people to carry it to new places. Now is not the time to let down our guard and inadvertently bring it into our midst.

7) Many of us owe a great debt of gratitude to our local merchants who stepped up to ensure that we were able to purchase what we needed during the time that the bridge was closed. People like the staff of Conroy’s Grocery and L’Ancienne Banque Restaurant in Chapeau or the Metro Grocers in Fort Coulonge along with other local merchants went the extra mile to deal with a massive increase in demand for their products. Their implementation of delivery services and curbside service allowed us all to get what we needed without having to expose ourselves unnecessarily to the COVID-19 virus. THANK YOU to each and every merchant who went that extra mile to serve us in our time of need! Please remember to continue to support them in appreciation for the support they offered us going into the future. Our communities would be far worse off without their presence.

8) Want to offer your financial support for our parishes during this time of quarantine when our Churches are closed? You can do so via the Donation widget on the left-hand side of this page. Some people have expressed concern that a percentage of their donation will be taken by the CanadaHelps organization though. There really is no reason for their concern. A very modest surcharge of 1.5% is taken from each donation. This is far less than other crowdsourced funding services such as GoFundMe. This is because CanadaHelps is a creation of exclusively Canadian charities and non-profit organizations and is itself run on a non-profit basis. Of course, you always have the option of mailing us a cheque if you prefer. Just address your donation to: Parishes of the Upper Pontiac, P.O. Box 40, Chapeau, QC. J0X1M0. Please remember to include either your regular donation envelope number or a note indicating which parish your donation is to be directed to. You can include that information in the message box section of the online option if you choose to go that route instead of using the mail.

9) Now, saving the best news for the last: WE HAVE A NEW BISHOP!! Bishop Guy Desrochers, C.Ss.R., an auxiliary bishop of Ottawa who was serving in the Alexandria-Cornwall diocese was named by Pope Francis as our new Diocesan Bishop on May 6th. His biographical information and photo have been posted elsewhere on our parish blog ( Welcome Bishop Desrochers to our Pembroke Diocese. We look forward to your first visit to our parishes!



A letter from our new Bishop!

Bishop Guy Desrochers

May 6, 2020

On the feast day of Saint François de Laval, patron saint of the Bishops of Canada, Pope François made public his decision to appoint me Bishop of Pembroke.

I gave my “yes” without hesitation and wholeheartedly when the Apostolic Nuncioinformed me of the decision taken by the Holy See. Having lived more than thirty years in the Redemptorist community, I have learned to trust the decisions of my superiors when I am asked to move or take on new challenges.
I had had the opportunity to travel the roads of your beautiful region several times when I was preaching or when I celebrated ‘Evenings with Saint Anne’ in several churches to make her known and loved. And these trips have already allowed me to meet some priests, religious men and women, and laypeople living in this diocese for which I have recently been given responsibility.

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, I know that you have been waiting for a long time for the announcement of the appointment of your new Bishop. Being a native of the Gatineau Valley, I can at least reassure you that I will not feel like a stranger in your midst. I am looking forward to getting to know you and having the opportunity to fraternize with you as time goes by. But above all, I look forward to working with you, hand in hand despite COVID-19, in the great work of evangelization that the
Lord has entrusted to us, each according to his own vocation and according to the talents and riches that he has deposited in each one of us to build up his Church.

The next few weeks will be spent preparing for my insertion into my new diocese. In the near future, I’ll give you more details about the date of my official installation. Until then, I look forward to meeting you soon and to celebrate together, in a modest way no doubt, this joyful and family-friendly event. Receive my blessing †

+Guy Desrochers C.Ss.R

Bishop-Designate Diocese of Pembroke

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