Parish Bulletin – 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 9 February 2020

Masses and Celebrations for the Week

Day Time and Place Celebration Intention
Monday Chapeau   No Mass
Tuesday Chapeau

10:00 a.m.

  Denis Venne

By:  Sally & Paul Romain

Wednesday Chapeau

10:00 a.m.

  Kitty & Marie Mercier

By:  Catherine D’Arcy

Thursday St. Joseph

10:00 a.m.

  James Labelle & Mary Coghlan Labelle

By:  The Cahill Family

Friday St. Joseph

10:00 a.m.

  Mary Lapierre

By:  Linda Lapierre

Saturday Sheenboro

5:00 p.m.

  Missa Pro Populo
Sunday St. Joseph

9:00 a.m.

  Loretta Reid

By:  Derek, Karolann, Kolton & Kendrik Fleming

Sunday Chapeau

10:30 a.m.

  Alphire Bechamp

By:  His Family

Zita Demers Mainville & Elida Chaput

By:  Madeleine Chaput & Family

 

Parish Collection                      Counter
Sheenboro $   485.00                         Toonie  $    70.00 Martin Flood, Monday, February 10th
St. Joseph $ 1415.00                        Toonie  $    65.00  
Chapeau $ 1897.00                        Toonie  $ 200.00 Donna Gagnon, Monday, Feb. 17th

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 Patty Hansen Peter, Jerry
St. Joseph Lawrence Duff Paul, Ron
Chapeau Marlene Adam André, 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.

2019 INCOME TAX RECEIPTS:  Your 2019 income tax receipts will be ready and available at the back of the churches next weekend.  If by chance your receipt is not there.  Please call the office (689-5757or 689-5232) and we will issue you one.  Thank you.

 Jesus proclaims to all who wish to follow him that they are to be light to the world, and salt of the earth. These are powerful images, as powerful today as they were when Christ first proclaimed them. For disciples of every time and place, these images are not mere ego boosters. No, they are a constant challenge to dare to become for God and others that which Jesus was, himself, so clearly willing to be.

 To be a light to the world is to illumine others with God’s truth and mercy. Likewise, that same light must expose the sins of pride, envy, meanness, indifference, injustice and anything else that blinds us from the divine truth and mercy that Christ has gained for us. Insofar as sin is anything that makes it more difficult to see in ourselves and one another the light and love of Jesus Christ, exposing such sin not only frees us from darkness but also better enables us to do all that is good and life-giving.

 To be salt is to accept the fact that our efforts – or lack thereof – to follow Christ do have an impact upon others, regardless of whether we are always aware of that impact or not. There are times in our lives when we lose our taste for God and/or the things of God: more frequently than not this is displayed by our own feelings of inadequacy and/or indifference when it comes to practicing virtue. We all have our moments when we are tempted to believe that our day-to-day efforts at following Christ simply don’t make a positive difference in the lives of others, let alone in God’s overall plan for salvation.  Unlike salt, however, we can regain that taste for doing what is righteous and good through prayer, the sacraments and, perhaps most practically, by doubling – even tripling – our efforts at practicing those very virtues that we are tempted to cease pursuing.

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.

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.

St. Alphonsus C.W.L:

1) Thank you to all C.W.L. members who have already sent in their membership ($20).  We would appreciate receiving the others ASAP as it makes it much easier for all concerned when they can all be sent in at one time.

2) C.W.L will sponsor a CARD PARTY on Sunday, February 16th at Harrington Community Centre.  Registration at 12:30 and cards begin at 1 p.m.  Proceeds will go to 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.

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.

Chrism Mass: All are invited to participate in the celebration of the Chrism Mass at St. Columbkille Cathedral, Pembroke, on Monday of Holy Week, April 6th, at 10:30 a.m. During the ceremony, the Oil of Catechumens and the Oil of the Sick will be blessed, and the Holy Chrism will be consecrated.

Marriage Preparation Program: The next marriage Preparation program is coming up on March 7 and March 28, 2020, in Renfrew at St. Francis Xavier parish. The deadline to register is February 28, 2020. Registration is available online at http://www.pembrokediocese.com or a form can be obtained from any parish and mailed in. Inquiries can be directed to Yvette Bourque at 613 732-7933 ext. 208 or yvettebourque@pembrokediocese.com.

Fr. Tim Notes:
1) As I write this, I am still at the Seminary in Baltimore where I’ve been making my annual priest retreat as there is a major snowstorm that’s closing roads between here and home. Hopefully, the worst of it will be over by tomorrow morning and I will be able to hit the road early and make it home in time to celebrate the weekend Masses! Until then, I guess God and/or Mother Nature wants me to spend at least one more day in quiet prayer and study before I can depart. (UPDATE: It took more than a few hours longer than the trip down… but I made it home!!)

2) This week we will start a new video series in St. Joseph’s (Tuesday at 7 pm) and Chapeau (Wednesday at 10:20 am) on the subject of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Given the prominent role she plays in our faith, it would be a great idea to try to attend and learn just how important she is to us.

3) Don’t forget that on Sunday, February 16th we will be having our ‘make-up’ Catechism classes for the children of our parishes.

4) Inspired by this weekend’s Gospel, can you answer the question as to how you will bring the light and salt of your faith forward to help build the Kingdom of God in our present time? Remember that one essential point of this weekend’s readings is that it isn’t enough for us to use our faith only for our own personal salvation. We are expected to use it to help save others too. This is the task of evangelization and it is the responsibility of all baptized Christians, not just the work of Clergy and Religious communities!

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