Masses and Celebrations for the Week
|Day||Time and Place||Celebration||Intention|
|Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time||Missa Pro Populo|
|Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time||Fr. Lapierre
By: St. Alphonsus C.W.L
By: Kempton Smith
|St. Joseph||Sharon Fitzpatrick||Margaret Tallon|
|Chapeau||Mariette Sallafranque||Mariette, Gail|
PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK: J.P. Lariviere, Judy Bechamp, Andrew Bechamp, Billy Brennan, Lauretta Reid, Donald Retty, Ashton Godin, Ida-Mae Turner, Herman Morin, Kerry Kelly, Paul Dennie, Judy Sullivan, Teresa Gaston, Norma Ranger.
|St. Joseph||$1,162.00||Monday, February 13th, Sharon Fitzpatrick|
|Chapeau||$1,691.00||Monday, February 6th, Donna Gagnon|
2017 BOXES OF ENVELOPES: are now available in the churches for pick up. If you are new to the Parish or if your name is not on any of the boxes, please feel free to take a blank box and put your name and address on your first couple of envelopes so we can enter it into the system. Thank you so much.
CWL MEMBERSHIP FEES ($20.00) will be due early in the New Year. Kindly use the envelope in your box or a regular one marked “CWL FEES” with your name on it. It can be put in the collection basket or given to a member.
ST. ALPHONSUS C.W.L: will sponsor a CARD PARTY this Sunday, February 5 at Harrington Community Centre. Registration at 12:30 and cards at 1:00 p.m. Proceeds will go to the Coady Institute (St. Xavier’s University) which helps people worldwide to overcome poverty and build their own future. Light lunch will be served and everyone is welcome.
YOUNG AT HEART NEWS: In order to celebrate St. Valentines there will be a pot luck dinner on Wednesday, February 15th at noon followed by cards at 1 p.m. Please try to attend. Wear red & bring a friend.
CHILDREN’S CATECHISM CLASS: The next Catechism class will take place on Sunday, March 5th at 9:15 a.m. Dr. Wilbert Keon School.
UPPER PONTIAC SPORTS COMPLEX: We would like to thank all of our sponsors. If you would like to sponsor a Friday night skating please contact Dave Vaillancourt at (613) 401-6953.
The Office of Faith Formation of the Diocese of Pembroke invites you to join them for an Informative Session on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide with Father Ryan Holly and Deacon Adrien Chaput. “Say No to Euthanasia” will be held; Renfrew, Tuesday, February 7th, 529 Baume Street, Fort-Coulonge, QC and Wednesday, February 8th St. Lawrence O’Toole Parish Hall 19450 Opeongo Line, Barry’s Bay, ON . For more information please contact Deacon Adrien Chaput at 613-732-7933 ext. 206 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS: The next regular meeting of Bishop N.Z. Lorrain council 1531 of the Knights of Columbus is set for Tuesday, Feb. 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the K of C Hall on Ellis Avenue.
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS: will host its annual sliding party at the Carefor hill on MacKay Street this Sunday, February 5 as part of Snow Spree. Hot dogs and hot chocolate available for the children.
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS: are having a meeting on Feb. 28 meeting of the Knights of Columbus. The meeting is set for 7 p.m. in the K of C hall on Ellis Avenue in Pembroke. Tina Belanger and the board of directors at Columbus House will give an update on the organization. Everyone is welcome.
REMINDER: The deadline for the upcoming marriage preparation being held on February 25th and March 4th is February 17th.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS MARCH 26, 2017
ST. ALPHONSUS FUNDRAISER – SPRING CONCERT AND DINNER
– Reserve your ticket(s) – $20 – Dinner and Concert and
– $10 Concert only. Limited 200 dinner tickets. Also, planning a Silent Auction – If you are interested in donating a prize or to purchase ticket(s), please contact Gene O’Brien at 819-689-2410 and Helen Davis 819-689-5271. COME AND SUPPORT YOUR CHURCH!
|Notes from Fr. Tim|
|1) Attention Chapeau parishioners: I’ve had some questions come my way about the construction and repair projects so I’ve decided to answer them here.
i) Why do we need to raise at least $800,000 over the next few years? Well, first off the cost of the side entrance project is $400,000 plus taxes. We are obliged to pay all of this amount as it did not qualify for any government support – save for one small amount that will be announced later. We had $200,000 in the bank from the sale of the properties in Desjardinsville and Nichabeau so that leaves us with $300,000 to raise right there. Next, the repair to the stonework on the church has been estimated to cost no less than $1,300,000. Thankfully the provincial government is picking up approximately 70% of that cost. That means that we will have to pay at least $390,000 to have the work completed. Then you need to add the architect’s fees, engineering fees, government permits, all of which will run well north of $20,000. Finally, there are the repairs to sidewalks and parking lot, electrical work, and other assorted items demanded by our insurance company. These have already cost more than $15,000 and we are only about half-way through the list of required work needed to keep our fire and liability coverage. So if we are lucky, we will be able to get everything done over the next four or five years at a cost to the parish of no less than the $800,000 figure I quoted in Church with the province picking up the balance.
ii) Why didn’t we hire local contractors for the side entrance project? EVERY LICENCED LOCAL CONTRACTOR was invited to bid on this project. None of them chose to do so. That’s why the contract went with a company from Bryson, QC. as they were the least expensive tender we received.
iii) Why didn’t we use volunteers to do the work in building the new side entrance? That’s simple to answer. It’s illegal to do so in the province of Quebec unless every volunteer holds the required trade permit to do the job. Since that was a practical impossibility we had to go with a licensed contractor for the job.
Hope these answer help to give you the information people were looking for.
2) We welcome Bishop Mulhall to celebrate Mass this weekend. I am very grateful for his willingness to step in at the last minute as my replacement so that I could go on my scheduled retreat. Please remember that Fr. Tom and Fr. Costello had been engaged to replace me but due to health problems, they could not do it. I have been able to change my flights so that I will get back home at 4 am next Sunday morning. So you will have a bleary-eyed, jet-lagged priest as a celebrant… but at least there will be Mass in both St. Joseph’s and Chapeau next weekend. (P.S. You can look forward to a very short homily!!)
3) The 2016 Tax receipts will be available in two weeks. Pauline is printing them up while I am gone and I will sign then once I’m back to work after the retreat.
4) Don’t forget to say a prayer for me during my retreat week. I promise to remember you each time I celebrate Mass and pray every day that I’m gone for everyone’s intentions.