Parish Bulletin – 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time – February 19, 2017

Masses and Celebrations for the Week

Day Time and Place Celebration Intention
Monday     No Mass
Tuesday

 

10:00 AM

St. Joseph

  For the intentions of Fr. MacRae

By: Maria DeSouza

Wednesday

 

10:00 AM

St. Joseph

  Pat Ranger

Bobby & Viola Romain

Thursday 10:00 AM

St. Joseph

  Special intention of favour received

By: A Parishioner

Friday 10:00 AM

St. Joseph

  Valmond Audet & Ethan Allard

By: Gerard & Gilles Audet

Saturday 5:00 PM

Sheenboro

  George & Lucy Sullivan

By: Teresa Downey & Family

Sunday 9:00 AM

St. Joseph

Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time Missa Pro Populo
Sunday 10:30 AM

Chapeau

Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time Andrew Keon

By: Mado & Family

Therese Allard

By: St. Alphonsus C.W.L

 

Parish Lectors Communion
Sheenboro Kaleigh Gleason Doris Ranger
St. Joseph Lawrence Duff Margaret Tallon
Chapeau Nicole Bertrand Nicole, Merril

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK: Joanne Souliere, 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.

Parish Collection Counter
Sheen  
St. Joseph $1,451.00  
Chapeau $1,570.00 Suzanne Lapierre Monday, February 27th

 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.

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 on Tuesday, February 28th, 529 Baume Street, Fort-Coulonge, QC For more information please contact Deacon Adrien Chaput at 613-732-7933 ext. 206 or at dcadrienchaput@pembrokediocese.com.

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS: The annual Shrove Tuesday pancake supper, sponsored by Bishop N.Z. Lorrain council of the Knights of Columbus, will be held Tuesday, Feb 28 in the Knights of Columbus Hall, Ellis Avenue, Pembroke. It starts at 5 p.m.

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS: The annual Irish Play, sponsored by the Columbus Drama Club, will be held March 12 (1:30 p.m.) and March 15, 16 and 17 (all at 7:30 p.m.) in the Knights of Columbus Hall, Ellis Avenue, Pembroke. Tickets are available at all three Mulvihill Pharmacy locations, CNIB Corner Store at WalMart, and O’Grady’s Flowers and Gifts in Eganville. Cost is $15 in advance and $18 at the door.

 CHILDREN’S CATECHISM CLASS: The next Catechism class will take place on Sunday, March 5th at 9:15 a.m. Dr. Wilbert Keon School.

HELPING HANDS CRAFT SHOW: will be held on Saturday, March 11th at Harrington Community Centre from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. All proceeds raised at this Event, will be donated to the Robbie Dean Family Counselling Centre.

COLLECTION COUNTERS: Looking for a few more volunteer counters from each Parish for Monday’s. If interested please contact the office to give your name 819-689-5232. Thank you.

Upper Pontiac March Break Day Camp sponsored by the Chapeau R.A: What: Days of activities: swimming Monday(Pembroke)skating, bowling, outdoor activities, movie, cooking workshop, and a visit to the sugar bush (Fort-Coulonge),snowshoeing Who: Children 4 to 12 years Where: Harrington Community Centre When: February 27-28, March 1-3 from 7:00am to 4:30pm Cost: $10.00/day first child , 5$/day second child, third child free (Only children registered by February 22th will be accepted) What to bring: Skates, helmet, warm clothes, healthy lunch, healthy lunch, snacks and healthy drinks, bathing suit, towel)We will be accepting a maximum of 30 children. It is a first come, first serve. To register call Mariette at 819-689-2448, please leave a message and I will call you back or by e-mail at francosucre77@hotmail.com . Please present this registration form on the first day of camp. Fees required on first day of camp.

 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!

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Fr. Doug Morris of our diocese who died this week. Fr. Doug was a PROUD son of Sheenboro.

The Chapeau Lion’s Club is having the monthly pancake breakfast next Sunday, February 26th from 8 am to 12 pm in the Harrington Community Hall.

The 2016 Income Tax receipts are available in all the churches this weekend. Thank you for your generous support of our parishes.

Notes from Fr. Tim
1) A follow-up to my message to the parishioners of Sheenboro who are upset by last week’s announcement. Here are some facts for your consideration.

a) Since 2013, the annual collection total of Sunday collections has dropped by $6,620 per year while costs for things like oil, hydro, religious articles (hosts, wine, etc.) salaries, insurance etc. have gone up from $48K to $67K. This trend is unsustainable. That’s why I posted the announcement in the bulletin. It wasn’t to pose a threat. I don’t have the authority to either close or keep open any Church! That power rests exclusively with the Bishop and his consulters. It was to make you aware of the gravity of the situation St. Paul the Hermit faces as we go forward.

b) Here’s another point for your information. Some folks took offense at my statement that Sheenboro has been subsidized for years by the other two parishes. Here are the facts that prove my point. Prior to 2016, St. Paul the Hermit Parish only contributed 10% towards ‘shared expenses’. These include salaries, office and rectory expenses, government remittances etc. St. Joseph’s and Chapeau paid 90% of these costs. Given the fact that both of those churches are undergoing major repair and renovation programs, they cannot afford to continue to contribute so much more than Sheenboro. That’s why the representatives of the finance council for all three parishes decided at last year’s meeting to split these costs equally between the three parishes. So while I understand that many believed that Sheen was paying its fair share, the facts say otherwise. Paying 1/10th the amount of the other two parishes does not constitute an equal sharing of costs and thus Chapeau and St. Joseph’s have in fact been subsiding Sheenboro for years.

c) I appreciate that some folks will want to argue that given the population levels of the three communities it is unfair to expect St. Paul the Hermit to pay an equal share. But that is an argument for changing the status of the church from that of a parish into a mission of the other two larger communities. It’s not an argument for remaining open as a separate parish. Such a decision would strip Sheen of its own parish council as it would only have one or two positions on a larger pastoral council. I sincerely doubt that this is a decision that would go over well with the majority of the residents of Sheenboro and it is one that I am trying to avoid being made in the future.

So how should we proceed? Simple. We need to increase our revenues. You can be assured that all expenses are being kept to a minimum required to keep each parish and the office open. There are three ways that we can do this. 1) People can increase their weekly offerings in support of the parish. 2) We can bring people to church who will put money in the collection basket. 3) We will have to begin organizing major fundraising events such as a parish supper to augment our declining donations. Failure to successfully do one or all of these will inevitably result in a change of status by the diocese for St. Paul the Hermit in the near future. Again I state clearly… this is not a threat! It is not something that I want to see happen any more than you. I had to close the churches in Desjardinsville and Nichabeau when I was the pastor at the time due to a decision made by the diocese. It’s not something I want to have to endure again!! IT WAS NOT FUN for me or those parishioners who lost their church. But it is the reality of our situation that if we don’t balance our books, we will face the same fate. So let’s work together to ensure the long-term viability of St. Paul the Hermit so that it will continue as a parish for years to come

2) Bible Study continues on Thursday evenings at 7 pm in the Parish Rectory.

3) Confirmation class is to be held following the 10:30 am mass this Sunday in Chapeau.

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