Parish Bulletin – 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 27 September 2020

Parish Bulletin – 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 27 September 2020

STREAMED MASSES:

TUESDAY:*              10 AM             Rose Mary Gaudette McKay – Alice Roy

WEDNESDAY:**      10 AM             Margaret Maloney – Lorne & Vince Agnesi

THURSDAY:*           10 AM             Yvonne O’Brien – Sharon Gribbon

FRIDAY:***              10 AM             Carl Bowers – The Lapierre Family

SUNDAY:            10:30 AM             Missa Pro Populo

*These Masses will be streamed online, but all parishioners are welcome to attend. All weekday Masses are celebrated in St. Joseph’s Church.

** Includes public recitation of the Rosary during Exposition

*** Includes public recitation of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy during Exposition

LIVE MASSES:

Sheenboro:      (Saturday)       5 PM   Teresa McDonald – Harold & Marilyn Morris

St. Joseph:       (Sunday)         9 AM   Lorette Reid – Mike & Lise Gallagher

Chapeau:         (Sunday)   10:30 AM  1) M/M Carmen Keon – Lois & Barry Ferguson

                                                            2) Lucille Vaillancourt – Eric, Lorraine Demers & family

Please remember to call the Parish Offices to reserve a space at any live Masse for all three Churches as attendance is capped at 25 people (including priest). If you are sick or have a cough, please do not attend. Remember, the Bishop has suspended our obligation to attend a Sunday Mass until further notice so please stay home so as to not make others sick. Here is a list of common symptoms of the COVID19 virus.

Fever greater or equal to 37.8 Celsius,

  • new or worsening cough,
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Sore throat,
  • difficulty swallowing,
  • changes in sense of smell or taste,
  • nausea,
  • vomiting,
  • diarrhea,
  • abdominal pain,
  • runny nose or nasal congestion (different than usual allergy symptoms).

Atypical signs and symptoms of COVID-19 should be considered, particularly in children:

  • Unexplained fatigue,
  • malaise or muscle aches,
  • delirium (acutely altered mental status),
  • unexplained falls or functional decline,
  • exacerbation of chronic conditions, chills,
  • headaches,
  • croup,

If you have any of the above symptoms, please stay home! God will understand!!

Collections:

St. Paul the Hermit:   $  802.00

St. Joseph’s:                $  915.00

St. Alphonsus:             $  618.00

Total Online Donations to Date:  $ 7,458.08

THANK YOU!

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1) The video courses studying Jesus of Nazareth by Pope Benedict XVI (Tuesdays at 7 pm) or The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis (Fridays at 2 pm) begin this week. It’s not to later to register! Please email me at frtimmoylepp@gmail.com so that I can send you the link required to join in the conversation.

2)  Message from Bishop Desrochers to the clergy and faithful in the Quebec sector of the diocese: 

This afternoon, the Quebec Minister of Health advised people to avoid voluntarily all “social gatherings” as a means of stemming the spread of COVID-19.  

I would personally encourage you to keep the churches open, unless there is some future directive to the contrary. The Mass and the other Sacraments are not “social gatherings” where people are sitting closely together and talking loudly. Hand-sanitizing, physical distancing, and the wearing of masks at least when physical distancing is a challenge have been effective in ensuring that no outbreak has occurred in Quebec as the result of a church service.  

The dispensation from the Sunday obligation remains in effect. Please exercise your good judgment. If you feel sick, please stay home.  

At this time, I repeat the urgent request that you receive Communion in the hand rather than on the tongue.  

Let us pray that a safe and ethical vaccine will soon be found. 

With the Lord’s help, we will get through this.  

+ Guy Desorchers, C.Ss.R. 

Bishop of Pembroke 

Message de Mgr Desrochers aux membres du clergé et aux fidèles du secteur québécois du diocèse : 

Cet après-midi, le ministre de la Santé du Québec a conseillé aux gens d’éviter volontairement tout « rassemblement social » afin d’endiguer la propagation de la COVID-19.  

Je vous encourage personnellement à garder les églises ouvertes, à moins d’une directive contraire à l’avenir. La messe et les autres sacrements ne sont pas des « rassemblements sociaux » où les gens sont assis ensemble et parlent fort. La désinfection des mains, la distanciation physique et le port de masques, au moins lorsque la distanciation physique est un défi, ont permis de s’assurer qu’aucune éclosion ne s’est produite au Québec à la suite d’un service religieux.  

La dispense de l’obligation du dimanche reste en vigueur. Veuillez exercer votre bon jugement. Si vous vous sentez malade, veuillez rester à la maison.  

Je vous réitère la demande urgente que vous receviez la communion dans la main plutôt que sur la langue.  

Prions pour qu’un vaccin sûr et éthique soit bientôt trouvé. 

Avec l’aide du Seigneur, nous nous en sortirons.  

+ Guy Desorchers, c.ss.r. 

Évêque de Pembroke 

 3) The following is a report explaining the repair work that has been done of St. Paul the Hermit Church in Sheenboro. Our deepest thanks and gratitude to Martin Flood for generating this report as well as overseeing the entire project from start to finish. His efforts saved our parish literally tens of thousands of dollars!

St Paul the Hermit Church Repairs

September 2020

Summary

Total Expenditures to 20/09/2020                 $28,968.79

Additional to be expended (approximately)     1,000.00

                                                                                                       _________

Total Cost of Repairs                                               $29,968.79

Total Funds Collected to 20/09/2020 $24,662.35                   

Total Funds Still Needed to be raised             $5,306.44

Details of Expenditure

Re-glaze and paint exterior window frames              $ 2,056.39

Repair & paint ceiling & ductwork on ceiling $3,736.69                                    

Repair and paint wall inside front entrance.                                                               

Outside updating & Repairs                                   $4,354.50                                                  

Purchase and installation of new fire door

Purchase and installation of ice guard on roof to protect

 electrical stack

            Repair of framing and soffit under electrical stack

            Repair of soffit at front door

            Install aluminum cladding on one outside window frame to

            Prevent further rot

Rebuild retaining wall & installation of outside stairs                   $10,025.84

Purchase of outside stairs and railing                                                        $ 1,958.65

Repointing of exterior walls of Church                                                     $ 6,837.56

Repointing yet to be completed                                                                    $ 1,000.00

                                                                                                                       ________

Total                                                                                                            $29,968.79

Funds Collected to September 20, 2020                                                    

Toonie Collection                                                                            $  8,662.35

Special Donations in memory Hayes Estate                   $10,000.00

Teresa & Elmer Hayes and parents                                          

Parish Wood Lot                                                                               $ 6,000.00

            ($4,800.00 sold and paid plus $1,200.00

            Cut and waiting on landing as of June 2, 2020)      _________

Total                                                                                                  $24,662.35

Toonie Collection as Reported in Parish Bulletin

October 6, 2019                                                          $ 122.00

October 15, 2019                                                        $ 143.00

October 20, 2019                                                        $ 158.00

October 27, 2019                                                      $ 1,101.00

November 3, 2019                                                      $   20.00 

November 10, 2019                                                    $   93.45

November 24, 2019                                                     $  94.00

December 1, 2019                                                       $ 119.00

December 8, 2019                                                       $   74.00

December 15, 2019                                                     $ 235.00

December 22                                                               $   87.90

January 12, 2020                                                    $  5,798.00

January 19, 2020                                                         $  61.15

February 2, 2020                                                         $  69.10

February 9, 2020                                                         $  70.00

February 16, 2020                                                       $ 91.00

February 23, 2020                                                       $ 77.30

March 1, 2020                                                             $ 70.70

March 13, 2020                                                           $ 87.75

March 20, 2020                                                           $ 90.00

Total                                                                       $8,662.35

4) We will be publishing a financial report for all three parishes in a couple of weeks. Watch for it here in the bulletin as well as an individual post on the parish blog. A couple will also be put up on the bulletin board of each church. Unfortunately, we cannot print out copies for people to take home from church as we still don’t have permission in Québec to distribute paper items in Church due to the COVID restrictions.

5) I’ve been giving a lot of thought to how we can still offer Catechetical Instruction for the youth of our parishes and have concluded that we need to take a page out of the new protocols followed by schools and offer it online. So, we require the assistance of a few Catechists who would be willing to work with me in putting the material they traditionally use online so that they can be distributed electronically to the students. These are uncharted waters for us but there is a wealth of material online that we can use to create our own program to meet our local needs. If you are at all interested in helping either to prepare or teach these video sessions with our Catholic children, please contact me as soon as possible so we can decide whether or not to proceed this way or simply take a year’s pause and wait for the pandemic to finally pass us by and in-person classes can resume as before. Thank you.

Scriptural Reflection of this Weekend’s Readings

“What do you think? A man had two sons; he went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work in the vineyard today.’ He answered, ‘I will not’; but later he changed his mind and went. The father went to the second and said the same; and he answered, ‘I am on my way, sir’; but he did not go. Which of the two did the will of his father?” They said, “The first.” Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are going into the kingdom of God ahead of you. For John came to you in the way of righteousness and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes believed him; and even after you saw it, you did not change your minds and believe him.

Introductory Prayer: In you, Lord, I find all my joy and happiness. How could I offend you by chasing after fleeting success and lifeless trophies? I believe in you because you are truth itself. I hope in you because you are faithful to your promises. I love you because you have loved me first. I am a sinner; nevertheless, you have given me so many blessings. I humbly thank you.

Petition: Lord, help me to follow you, regardless of circumstances and times.

1. A Higher Authority: Jesus is in Jerusalem, exchanging words with the Pharisees. They have tried to trap our Lord by asking him where he gets his authority. Our Lord, in his wit, turns it back to them. He asks them a question which brings them to accuse themselves of lacking fidelity to God. Jesus is looking for faith. Faith is the attitude that searches for authority in life higher than one’s own. When God calls us to live his will, we should in faith accept it and live it. Even if it seems inconvenient or uncomfortable to us, we should not look for ways to live outside it. It is very important that we bypass inauthentic outlooks on life.

2. Christ’s Mentality: If we are to understand this Gospel passage, we must make an effort to rid ourselves of the “modern mentality.” In the modern mentality, we do whatever we please as long as we don’t step on anyone else’s toes. Jesus proposes a different mentality. Jesus suggests that we not only listen to but also do the will of God in our lives. Neither son in this parable was perfectly in tune with Christ’s suggestion, but at least one of the sons came to his senses and repented for his stubbornness of heart.

3. An Apparent Defeat: Many of us reading through this scene would congratulate Jesus for putting down his enemies and winning the debate. We would toss confetti at the Lord for his wisdom and knowledge in getting out of this predicament. This, though, wasn’t the case. Jesus felt it as a loss. He did not care about appearing better than the others. He left this encounter saddened because he truly desired that the Pharisees believe him and accept his saving message. We ought not to try to shine over our foes. Instead, we should work hard to help them see the light.

Conversation with Christ: With even a little of your charity, I could certainly be a son of two “yeses.” Help me to say “yes” when you ask me something and also to do it immediately – without hesitating for even a moment. Lord, may your will be done!

Resolution: This week, when the alarm goes off early to start my day, I will make an effort to be diligent and punctual for love of God’s will. 

New COVID Restrictions Imposed on Parish Churches

ATTENTION: TO ALL PARISHIONERS OF CATHOLIC CHURCHES IN PONTIAC COUNTY – The Quebec government has raised our COVID level from Yellow to Orange. This means that effective immediately, there can only be 25 people (including the priest) in any Church at one time. So if you are planning to attend Mass in either Chapeau, Sheenboro, or St. Joseph’s please call the parish office to reserve a spot.

Trying to Decide If you are too sick to come to Church? If you Have ANY of These Symptoms, the answer is, You’re Not!


Common symptoms of COVID-19 include:

  • Fever greater or equal to 37.8 Celsius,
  • new or worsening cough,
  • Shortness of breath.

Other symptoms can include:

  • Sore throat,
  • difficulty swallowing,
  • changes in sense of smell or taste,
  • nausea,
  • vomiting,
  • diarrhea,
  • abdominal pain,
  • runny nose or nasal congestion (different than usual allergy symptoms).

Atypical signs and symptoms of COVID-19 should be considered, particularly in children:

  • Unexplained fatigue,
  • malaise or muscle aches,
  • delirium (acutely altered mental status),
  • unexplained falls or functional decline,
  • exacerbation of chronic conditions, chills,
  • headaches,
  • croup,

Parish Bulletin – 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 20 September 2020

Parish Bulletin – 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 20 September 2020

STREAMED MASSES:

TUESDAY:*              10 AM             NONE

WEDNESDAY:**      10 AM             In Thanksgiving to God & St. Teresa for a Favor Received

THURSDAY:*           10 AM             Loella Meehan – Norman & Heather Lempke

FRIDAY:***              10 AM             Mary Lampkin – Raymond Morris

SUNDAY:            10:30 AM             Missa Pro Populo (Note time change)

*These Masses will be streamed online, but all parishioners are welcome to attend. All weekday Masses are celebrated in St. Joseph’s Church. Each Mass is followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament with Benediction at 10:55 am.

** Includes public recitation of the Rosary during Exposition

*** Includes public recitation of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy during Exposition

LIVE MASSES:

Chapeau:         (Tuesday)     11 AM   Funeral Mass for Cathie Fleury Davidson

Sheenboro:      (Saturday)       5 PM   Rhea Vaillancourt – Betty Morris & Family

St. Joseph:       (Sunday)         9 AM   Merrill Allard – Jerry & Louise Gallagher

Chapeau:         (Sunday)   10:30 AM  1) Deceased Family Members of the Mercier Family – Art & Frances Fleming

                         2) Theresa & Florian Allard, Laurette & Rene Picotte – Annette & Roger Allard & Family

Please remember to call the Parish Offices to reserve a space at the live Masses for St. Joseph’s and Sheenboro only as attendance is capped below the new government limits due to the constrictions of social distancing and the size of the buildings. We will be able to accommodate 150 people in the Chapeau Church. If you are sick or have a cough, please do not attend. Remember, the Bishop has suspended our obligation to attend a Sunday Mass until further notice so please stay home so as to not make others sick.

Collections:

St. Paul the Hermit:   $  260.00

St. Joseph’s:                $  870.00

St. Alphonsus:             $  995.00

Total Online Donations to Date:  $ 7,331.08

THANK YOU!

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1) The video courses studying Jesus of Nazareth by Pope Benedict XVI (Tuesdays at 7 pm) or The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis (Fridays at 2 pm) begin this week. It’s not to later to register! Please email me at frtimmoylepp@gmail.com so that I can send you the link required to join in the conversation.

2) Did you know that there have now been eight new cases of COVID infection in the Pembroke region over the past seven days with an outbreak being declared at Fellows High School? Please be certain to practice all of the requirements as requested by our Public Health officials (hand hygiene, masks, limiting time in the public square, avoiding large crowds, etc.) both for your own safety and for the safety of those you love. Don’t let your guard down now. If we fail to stop this most recent rise in the virus’ spread in our area, we will face another government ordered shut down of our parishes once again. Let’s all do our part to ensure this doesn’t happen again.

3) Congratulations to Beau Fredrick Paul Morin, infant son of Ali Chalmers and Eric Morin who was baptised in St. Alphonsus Parish last Sunday.

4) Please remember to pray for the repose of the soul of Cathie Fleury Davidson whose funeral will be celebrated in Chapeau this week. Cathie is the wife of Sheldon Davidson and mother to Kyle Davidson. She is the sister to Mariette Sallafranque Fleury, Wayne Fleury, Kevin Fleury, Carl Fleury, and Brenda Fleury Wescome.

5) Our weekend Streamed Mass from St. Joseph’s is now available on both Facebook (on my timeline and the Catholic Parishes of the Upper Pontiac Page) and on my YouTube channel (Search Fr. Tim Moyle to find the channel on YouTube) as of 10:30 am on Sunday morning. Our continued thanks to Louis Schryer for his help in providing this service for all our shut-ins.

Scriptural Reflection of this Weekend’s Readings

Encountering Christ:

1. Gratitude: In this passage the workers became jealous when they saw that others who worked a shorter shift received the same daily wage. This passage is an invitation to grow in personal gratitude for the work we are called to do. It is a blessing to have a job, to be chosen for a task and to contribute to a cause. Work is gratifying, even though it can also be tiring and hard. In the words of St. John Paul II, “Work is a good thing for man–a good thing for his humanity–because through work man not only transforms nature, adapting it to his own needs, but he also achieves fulfilment as a human being and indeed, in a sense, becomes “more a human being”(Laborem Exercens). Let us thank God for the work he places in our hands and accomplish it to the best of our ability for his glory.

2. Freedom from Comparison: Our hearts can easily move from gratitude to indignance when someone receives more than we judge is his or her due. Let’s look at the situation of the latecomer to the vineyard. Did he spend anxious hours looking for work before he was hired? Was he passed by earlier because he was older, handicapped, or dealing with a sick child at home? We can never fully comprehend the plight of another. In addition to personal gratitude for our own situation, we are called to have empathy for others. Comparing ourselves to others blocks our ability to see things from their perspective—the basic requirement for empathy.

3. Rejoicing in Another’s Good Fortune: Blessed be God, who distributes gifts according to a purpose (see Romans 12:6). We can always trust God’s good judgment. Only when we are firmly grounded in the knowledge that we are loved by God can we truly rejoice at another’s good fortune. If we labor all day as faithful disciples in his vineyard, blessed be God. If we find our meaning and purpose in God later in life, blessed be God. Either way, our reward for a job well done far surpasses our human efforts. We will never deserve heaven. It is God’s free gift given to those who know, love, and serve him in this world.

Conversing with Christ: Dear Lord, I am grateful for the ability to work in your vineyard, spreading the good news to the souls you place in my life. Please help me to grow in compassion and empathy for those in need of conversion. I want to be your emissary in this suffering world and reach out to meet the spiritual, emotional, and physical needs of others. 

Resolution: Lord, today by your grace I will practice gratitude for the work you have given me to do.  

For Further Reflection: Laborem Exercens, by St. Pope John Paul II.

Apostolate for Family Consecration

For Families – Apostolate for Family Consecration (AFC.org): Now more than ever before, families need guidance on how to help themselves and their children find true peace and happiness that they long for. Check out this website to find out more about Family Consecration with a commitment to live the 6 principles for God-Centered Family Living: 1. Prayer life 2. Sacramental Life 3. Living the virtues 4. Learning the Faith 5. Sharing the Faith 6. Serving others.

Parish Bulletin – 24th Sunday In Ordinary Time – 13 September 2020

Parish Bulletin – 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 13 September 2020

STREAMED MASSES:

TUESDAY:*              10 AM           Raymond Gleason – Sheila Greenough

WEDNESDAY:**   10 AM           Florian Allard – Michel and Roma

THURSDAY:*           10 AM           Brandon Perrault – Earl Lepine

FRIDAY:***                10 AM           Mary, Dave, Judin & Family – Gen Keogh

SUNDAY:                     9 AM             Missa Pro Populo

*These Masses will be streamed online, but all parishioners are welcome to attend. All weekday Masses are celebrated in St. Joseph’s Church. Each Mass is followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament with Benediction at 10:55 am.

** Public recitation of the Rosary during Exposition

*** Public recitation of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy during Exposition

LIVE MASSES:

Sheenboro:      (Sat)   5 PM   Iona Morris – Teresa Downey

St. Joseph:       (Sun)   9 AM   Dean & Diane – Sharon & Helen Fitzpatrick

Chapeau:         (Sun) 10:30 AM  1) Tom & Mary Carroll – The Family

                                                            2) Alvin Lepine – Andy & Bev Fleury

Please remember to call the Parish Offices to reserve a space at the live Masses for St. Joseph’s and Sheenboro only as attendance is capped below the new government limits due to the constrictions of social distancing and the size of the buildings. We will be able to accommodate 150 people in the Chapeau Church. If you are sick or have a cough, please do not attend. Remember, the Bishop has suspended our obligation to attend a Sunday Mass until further notice so please stay home so as to not make others sick.

Collections:

St. Paul the Hermit:   $  864.00

St. Joseph’s:                $1020.00

St. Alphonsus:                $  955.00

Total Online Donations to date:  $ 7,138.58

THANK YOU!

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1) If you are interested in participating in the video courses studying Jesus of Nazareth by Pope Benedict XVI (Tuesdays at 7 pm) or The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis (Fridays at 2 pm), please email me at frtimmoylepp@gmail.com to register. This is necessary so that I can send you the link required to join in the conversation.

2) Did you know that there have been four new cases of COVID infection in the Pembroke region over the past seven days? Please be certain to practice all of the requirements as requested by our Public Health officials (hand hygiene, masks, limiting time in the public square, avoiding large crowds, etc.) both for your own safety and for the safety of those you love. Our region was basically spared from the virus’ first wave across our country. We won’t be so fortunate if we let down our guard now. If we fail to stop this most recent rise in the virus’ spread in our area, we may face another government ordered shut down of our parishes once again. Let’s all do our part to ensure this doesn’t happen again.

3) Congratulations to Theo Michael Donnelly, infant son of Stephanie Gagnon and Jeremy Donnelly who was baptised in St. Alphonsus Parish last Sunday.

4) We continue to battle with our internet provider to address the issues that have been hampering our live streamed Masses. Your patience is appreciated. If we cannot soon rectify the situation, we will explore other options and services that might better suit our needs. If you too are having issues with the service you are receiving from Reseau Picanoc, especially since their sale to Maskatel, I encourage you to contact both Andre Fortin (MNA) and Will Amos (MP) and register your complaint with them. We deserve far better service than we have been receiving and they are the two individuals who can be of the most assistance in obtaining it in our corner of the province.

5) Our sympathies and consolations go out to Pauline Lepine Godin (our parish secretary) and her children upon the death of her brother-in-law, Murray Godin this past week. Please keep Murray’s soul and the consolation of those who loved him in life in your prayers.

Scriptural Reflection of this Weekend’s Readings: Encountering Christ:

1. A Priceless Debt: We could never pay back the debt on our own for our sins. Some sin can cost us our very lives, “for the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). This is why God the Father sent his beloved Son to ransom us. Christ literally paid the price for our sins with his own blood: “…you do not belong to yourself. You have been purchased at a price” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). None of us are exempt from the need for God’s mercy: “…all have sinned and are deprived of the glory of God. They are justified freely by his grace through the redemption in Christ Jesus, whom God set forth as an expiation, through faith, by his blood” (Romans 3:23-25). How cognizant are we of the price Christ paid for our sinfulness?

2. Justice and Mercy: Because God is love, the Justice we deserve is overcome by his mercy. Pope Francis said, “Justice and mercy in God are one thing. Mercy is just, and Justice is merciful.” There at the cross, justice and mercy met in the person and sacrifice of Christ. Jesus endured the punishment we deserve and paid every ounce of the penalties we deserve to pay. Because we all have sinned, we have therefore received the gift of God’s mercy; we are called to act accordingly by being merciful and compassionate, like God (see Psalms 103).

3. Choose to Forgive: When we forgive others, even and especially when they cannot make amends for how they have hurt us, we are acting in imitation of Christ: “[And] be kind to one another, compassionate, forgiving one another as God has forgiven you in Christ” (Ephesians 4:32). We must choose to forgive whoever has wronged us. Forgiveness is not a feeling; it is an act of the will. What happens when we do not choose to forgive? We run the risk that our own sins will be held against us. Our first reading for Mass today considers this point: “Forgive your neighbor the wrong done to you; then when you pray, your own sins will be forgiven. Does anyone nourish anger against another and expect healing from the Lord? Can one refuse mercy to a sinner like oneself, yet seek pardon for one’s own sins?” (Sirach 28:2-4).

Conversing with Christ: Dear Jesus, thank you for paying the price for my sins with your own precious body and blood. Help me to remember that I belong to you, and to live with gratitude for that fact. Help me to choose to forgive others, as you have forgiven me.

Resolution: Lord, today, by your grace, I will choose to forgive someone for a wrong they have done to me. I will pray and ask God to help me to forgive that person fully and with my whole heart.

For Further Reflection: Read St. Thomas Aquinas’s writing on justice and mercy here: Summa Theologiae I, q. 21. Or, read all of Psalm 103, meditating on God’s kindness, mercy, and compassion.

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