Parish Bulletin – Presentation of the Lord – 2 February 2020

Masses and Celebrations for the Week

Day

Time and Place

Celebration

Intention

Monday

Chapeau

No Mass

Tuesday

Chapeau

10:00 a.m.

No Mass

Wednesday

Chapeau

10:00 a.m.

No Mass

Thursday

St. Joseph

10:00 a.m.

No Mass

Friday

St. Joseph

10:00 a.m.

No Mass

Saturday

Sheenboro

5:00 p.m.

Patricia Smith

By:  Marilyn & Harold Morris

Donny Wasney

By:  Sheila Stacey

Sunday

St. Joseph

9:00 a.m.

Missa Pro Populo

Sunday

Chapeau

10:30 a.m.

Michael Allard

By:  Staff & Friends at Jean Lajoie

Lorenzo Fleury

By:  Michael & Rosa Maria Mainville

Parish

Collection                            

Counter

Sheenboro

$   580.00                     Toonie  $ 69.10

Martin Flood, Monday, February 10th

St. Joseph

$1,171.55                    Toonie  $ 78.45

Chapeau

$   991.35                    Toonie  $ 88.65

Suzanne Lapierre Monday, February 3rd

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK: Jimmy Gallagher, 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.

Parish

Lectors

Communion

Sheenboro

Kaleigh Gleason

Marie-Paule, Peter

St. Joseph

Andre Bouchard

Elaine, Paul

Chapeau

Lise Mainville

Meril, Peter

Harrington Community Centre Hall Committee– Annual General Meeting:  Will be held at Harrington Community Centre on Tuesday, March 31st, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.  Everyone Welcome.

C.W.L Membership Fees ($20.00) will be due early in January.  An envelope is provided in your box or a regular one marked “C.W.L Fees” with your name on it.  It can be put in the collection basket or given to a member. 

Organist for Hire!   Catherine Helferty is available to play organ for Masses (Sundays, weddings, funerals, etc.). She has a level eight organ certificate with the Royal Conservatory of Music. Please contact Catherine directly at catherinehelferty@hotmail.com for more details.

Tuesday Social Club: we are asking for new and gently used adult t-shirts to be made into boy’s shorts. These are then sent to the Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) warehouse in Winnipeg through Smitty’s Home Hardware free of charge. CLWR then sends them to missions all over the world.

We are always happy to welcome new guests for a cup of tea and a chat. We meet from 1 to 3 pm on Tuesdays at Harrington Community Centre.

Young at Heart News:  On Wednesday, February 12th at 11:30 a.m. there will be a lunch of Chicken & Dumplings (Free for members).  For reservation call Jerome 689-2208 or Jeannette before the 5th of February.  Thank you.

Knights of Columbus – Council 1531: 

1.The next meeting of Bishop N.Z. Lorrain council 1531 will be Tuesday, Feb.11. It will be held at the Knights of Columbus Hall, Ellis Avenue, starting at 7:30 p.m.

2. Bishop N.Z. Lorrain council 1531 will host its annual Shrove Tuesday supper Feb, 25 at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Ellis Avenue, Pembroke. It starts at 5 p.m. and is open to everyone.

The presentation of Jesus in the Temple was a bit like our baptisms. This was the formal dedication of a firstborn boy to the God who gave him life. Like baptism, it symbolized the child’s consecration as part of a people of faith moving toward God.

In our traditions, some families bring the baby dressed in a gown that has passed through the clan, symbolizing ties of faith that link families and generations. Beginning with that gown, the signs of light, the anointing, and passing through the water all symbolize dimensions of the Christian life into which the child is being introduced. The family gathered round may not fully grasp the meaning of each sign, but everybody gets in on the act and somehow understands that every member of the community has been changed and their responsibilities have grown because this new person has been brought into their circle.

That’s the dynamic of sacrament: It does what it symbolizes; it changes us in ways we may not fully comprehend.

Luke’s depiction of what happened when Joseph and Mary brought Jesus to the Temple is likewise full of symbol and mystery. Prophets like Malachi had promised that the Lord would one day come to the Temple with a power no one could withstand. Luke’s story reveals that only saintly seniors recognized the divine visitation in the guise of the infant child of poor, simple parents.

Luke put everything together in this one scene: The parents were fulfilling the law; God appeared in the Temple; the prophets had predicted the coming; the elders celebrated the event. The scene summarized the mystery of God’s presence among us: the law, the prophets, tradition and the Temple. And none of it looked like most people would have anticipated.

Fr. Tim Notes:
1) One of the books I brought to read during my retreat is ‘The Spirit of the Liturgy’, authored by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, perhaps best known as Pope Benedict XVI, in which he makes the following point connecting Eucharistic adoration with Communion.

“So let no one say, The Eucharist is for eating, not looking at.” It is not “ordinary bread”, as the most ancient traditions constantly emphasize. Eating it – as we have just said – is a spiritual process, involving the who man. “Eating” it means worshiping it. Eating it means letting it come into me, so that my “I” is transformed and opens up into the great “we”, so that we become “one” in him (cf. Gal 3:16). Thus adoration is not opposed to Communion, nor is it merely added to it. No, Communion on reaches its true depths when it is supported and surrounded by adoration.”

So, if you want to receive the complete grace and benefit of the Eucharist when you consume it in Communion you should add an element of adoration into your life too. It sounds like a great reason for spending some time participating in our Adoration programs in either Chapeau, St. Joseph’s or Sheenboro.

2) We welcomed young Wyatt John Monette, son of Lindsay McGuire and Ivan Monette who was baptized in St. Joseph’s Church last Sunday. Please lift up a prayer for him and his family as he begins life as a member of our Catholic faith.

3) It’s now official that the make-up Catechism Classes will be held on Sunday, February 16th. Please mark this date on your calendar to ensure that your child or grandchild attends. This class replaces the January class that was canceled due to bad weather.

4) Beginning on Tuesday, February 11th in St. Joseph’s (7 pm) and Chapeau of February 12th (10:25 am), we will begin a few weeks of videos teaching us about who Mary was and why she is so important to us as Catholics. I strongly recommend these videos to everyone who wants to learn more about our Catholic faith.

5) As I continue to spend these days of retreat and quiet study down here in Baltimore, please be assured that you share a prominent place in my prayers. I appreciate your prayers for me too! Thank you.

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