Masses and Celebrations for the Week
|Day||Time and Place||Celebration||Intention|
|For the intentions of Fr. MacRae
By: Maria DeSouza
By: Maureen & Helen Morris
|Missa Pro Populo|
|Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time||Diane McCann
By: Hazel & Chuck Chassie
|Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time||Maurice Bissonnette
By: Terry & Margaret Bissonnette
Edouard & Solange Mainville
By: Royale & Jacqueline Mainville
|Sheenboro||Francis Downey||Peter Gleason|
|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.
|Chapeau||$1,588.00||Mariette Sallafranque – Feb. 20th|
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: Thank you to all who attended and/or supported our card party for the Coady Institute last Sunday. These donations help students become strong global citizens hoping to take on the challenges of a changing world.
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.
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: 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|
|As I write these few notes, I am sitting on a balcony in California, listening to the surf pound up against the shore, spending my time in silent prayer and spiritual reading. And while the weather has proven that old song which claims it ‘never rains in Southern California’ to be a lie (it’s rained every day I’ve been here) at least there’s nothing that needs to be shoveled so I have no ground to complain. You have all been remembered each day at Mass and in my prayer and I thank you for returning the favour. I know that you’ve done so because my time here has been physically and spiritually refreshing. By the time some of you get to read these few words, I should be beginning the long series of flights that will (eventually) I hope land me in Ottawa shortly after 1 am on Sunday morning.
1) NOTE to the Confirmation candidates: Our next class is immediately following the 10:30 am mass next Sunday in Chapeau.
2) Here’s a bit of information for the folks in Sheenboro who are alarmed at the appearance of a significant deficit in the 2016 Financial Statement. Since each church has wanted to maintain its status as a parish in their own right, the shared expenses have been split equally. (The shared expenses are: salaries, rectory, office, board.) In 2016, we had to put a new roof on the parish rectory as well as on the Chapel in Fort William. There were also repairs that were required in the Parish Hall. Taken all together, these resulted in St. Paul the Hermit running a substantial deficit for the year ending December 31, 2016. In past years, Sheen has been heavily subsidized by St. Joseph’s and Chapeau which bore the lion’s share of the shared expenses. Given the large expenditures required in both those churches over this year (and for the next five or six years at least), St. Paul the Hermit was and is being asked to carry its own share. Clearly, this is beyond its capabilities. For this reason the members of the Finance Committee will be soon meeting to revisit the decision made last year to see if there is some way that this problem can be addressed. This said, please know that it will fall to the parishioners in Sheenboro to significantly increase their revenues if they want to remain open as a parish. Failing to do this will result in either being reduced to a church that closes in the winter months (other than for funerals etc.) or potentially closing entirely. Such a decision will not be made at the parish level but will be made by the Bishop and his consultors. I say this not as any form of threat, but as an acknowledgment that solutions must be found to address this shortfall in revenues if St. Paul the Hermit wants to remain as an independent parish. As always, I am open to your suggestions.
3) St. Joseph’s: So what are these anticipated expenditures that I reference above in my note to Sheenboro? Here’s what we are facing in 2017. a) The completion of the bathroom in the Church; b) Structural repairs to the Bell Tower to finally solve the problem of water leaking into the Church; c) New front steps and sidewalks required to keep our insurance coverage; d) Repair to the Sacristy roof and vent to stop a leak. These projects will run into many thousands of dollars! So it’s time to start thinking of ways to generate some extra revenue in St. Joseph’s as in the other two parishes as these are not repairs that we can actually afford to ignore any longer.