Masses and Celebrations for the Week
|Day||Time and Place||Celebration||Intention|
By: Verna and Pat Mercier
|Kenneth Conroy Sr.
By: Joan and Henry Sallafranque
|James & Mary Lavelle
By: The Cahill Family
By: Linda Lapierre
By: Teresa Downey and Family
|Intentions of our sick parishioners
By: A Parishioner
|Missa Pro Populo|
|Sheenboro||$ 484.00 Toonie $ 91.00||Janet Retty, Monday, Feb. 24th|
|St. Joseph||$ 941.00 Toonie $ 70.65|
|Chapeau||$ 1301.00 Toonie $ 113.20||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, Charlie Conway and Judy Sullivan.
|Sheenboro||Karen Shea||Jerry, Doris|
|St. Joseph||Sam McGuire||Ron, Margaret|
|Chapeau||Mariette Sallafranque||Mariette, Meril|
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 are ready and available at the back of the churches this 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.
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 this 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.
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.
CAREGIVING: The challenges, the positives, planning and available resources! A Presentation by the Connexions Resource Centre. Thursday, February 20, 11:00 am. At Résidence Meilleur du Haut Pontiac, 111 Notre Dame, Chapeau. ALL WELCOME: Seniors, family members, friends and the public!
|The Gospel this weekend is from St. Matthew 5:17-37. In this Sermon on the Mount, we have various sayings of Christ, actually spoken on different occasions. Matthew, in his systematic manner, has gathered these sayings into one continuous discourse here. This makes it easier for his readers, who were Jewish converts, to grasp the new order of salvation as inaugurated by Christ. They knew the ten commandments, but they knew them as their rabbis had taught them. These rabbis, for the most part Pharisees, put all the stress on the letter of the law and on its external observance. Christ’s opening statement, that the attitude of his followers towards the commandments (and other precepts of the law) must be different, and superior to that of the scribes and Pharisees, clearly indicates how Christianity must differ from, and supersede, Judaism.
True and loyal service of God therefore begins in the heart and has its value from this interior disposition. Keeping the ten commandments is our way of proving to God that we are grateful, obedient and loyal to him who gave us all we have and who has promised us future gifts infinitely greater still. And just as our love for God is proved by our true love for our neighbour, so the last seven of the commandments impose on us obligations regarding our neighbour. It is only by fulfilling these seven that we can fulfill the first three which govern our relations with God.
This truth is expressed by our Lord in the words: If you are offering your gift at the altar, and remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there . . . first, be reconciled to your brother and then come and offer your gift.
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: 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 Chapeau Agricultural Society will hold its annual general meeting at the Harrington Community Center on February 27th, 2020 at 7pm. As we are spearheading a project to build a farmers market (to replace the old barn) and redesigning the community garden, we welcome new people to join our board. If you are interested and need more information, please contact Gene O’Brien 819-689-2410 or Edith Lair at 819-689-2950
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. Inquires can be directed to Yvette Bourque at 613 732-7933 ext. 208 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Fr. Tim Notes:|
| 1) Our sympathy and prayers go out to the family of Tim Sullivan whose funeral was celebrated in Chapeau this week. Please remember to say a prayer for their consolation and the repose of Tim’s soul. Pray too for Mr. Reneld Chaput who passed away. His funeral will be celebrated in Chapeau on Friday, March 13th at 11 am.
2) Our video series on Mary has started. It continues this week on Tuesday evening in St. Joseph’s at 7 pm and in Chapeau Wednesday morning following the 10 am Mass. Each video is 30 minutes long but teaches a great deal about the role that the Blessed Virgin plays in our beliefs as Catholics.
3) Now is the time for couples who have completed their marriage prep course to contact me for their second interview. Please do not delay in setting up these appointments if you are getting married this year so that we have sufficient time to complete the paperwork and register your upcoming wedding with the government.
4) This weekend’s readings challenge us to ‘make a choice’ for God in our life. Choices confront us every day as we are forced to choose whether to do the ‘right (moral) thing’ or choose instead to sin. I will be preaching on sin this weekend, making a distinction between venial and mortal sins. Both are corrosive and dangerous to our souls and deserve our constant attention, but clearly, the latter is far more grievous than the former since by itself it breaks our relationship with God.
5) So, if you find that you have accumulated some sins, either venial or mortal in your life, you can always go to confession either before Mass or during the Thursday/Friday Holy Hours in St. Joseph’s Church. Why not come out and participate in any of our Eucharistic Adorations in any of our three churches whether you find the need to go to confession or not? It is always beneficial to spend some quality time with Christ if we are serious about growing in our relationship with him!