Parish Bulletin – 2nd Sunday of Lent – 8 March 2020

Masses and Celebrations for the Week

Day Time and Place Celebration Intention
Monday Chapeau   No Mass
Tuesday St. Joseph

11:00 a.m.

  Funeral Mass of Leo Spence
Wednesday Chapeau

10:00 a.m.

  Tim Sullivan

By:  Gail & Cecil Sullivan

Thursday St. Joseph

10:00 a.m.

  Patricia McGuire

By:  Mr. & Mrs. Jim Harrington

Friday Chapeau

11:00 a.m.

  Funeral Mass of Reneld Chaput
Saturday Sheenboro

5:00 p.m.

  Brandon Perrault

By:  Steve and Cathy Downey

Sunday St. Joseph

9:00 a.m.

  Stanley Bresseau

By:  Genevieve Keogh-Bresseau

Sunday Chapeau

10:30 a.m.

  Missa Pro Populo


Parish Collection                      Counter
Sheenboro $                                    Toonie   $  
St. Joseph $                                   Toonie   $ Sharon Fitzpatrick, Monday, March 10th
Chapeau $                                   Toonie   $    

Last week’s collections will be included in the next Bulletin.  Thank you for your understanding!

 PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK: Lisa Lariviere, 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 Francis Downey Marie-Paule, Peter
St. Joseph Carol Price Rita, Elaine
Chapeau Nicole Bertrand Nicole, André

Children’s Catechism Class:  The next Children’s Catechism class will be held on Sunday, April 5th.

Thank you:  To J.P. Allard Sand & Gravel for the $200 donation he made to each church to put towards the cost of Fuel.

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.

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.

Al-Anon:  is a mutual support program for people whose lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking. By sharing common experiences and applying Al-Anon principles, families and friends of alcoholics can bring positive changes to their individual situations, whether or not the alcoholic admits the existence of a drinking problem.  Is someone else’s drinking causing you to worry?  Are you feeling helpless about what to do?  Come to an Al-Anon meeting, a safe place to talk, every Monday evening from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the sacristy of St. Joseph’s Church, 7 rue St. Joseph, QC.

Résidence Meilleur du Haut Pontiac – An apartment complex for autonomous seniors serving Chichester, L’Isle-aux-Allumettes, Rapides des Joachims, Sheenboro and Waltham. A two-bedroom apartment will become available on April 1. If interested, phone 819-689-2360 and leave a message with your name and phone number. Thank you!

Résidence Meilleur du Haut Pontiac – The Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday, March 12, at 7 pm, at 111 rue Notre Dame, Chapeau. The public is invited to attend! All welcome!

Knights of Columbus – Council 1531:  Tickets are now on sale for the annual Irish play, sponsored by Bishop N.Z. Lorrain council 1531 of the Knights of Columbus. Dates this year are March 8 and 15 starting at 1:30 p.m. and March 13 and 16 starting at 7:30 p.m. All shows will be at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Ellis Avenue in Pembroke. Tickets are available at all Mulvihill pharmacies in Pembroke, the CNIB outlet at Wal Mart in Pembroke and O’Grady’s Flowers and Gifts in Eganville. Tickets are $15 in advance at $18 at the door.

The Chapeau Agricultural Society will hold its annual general meeting at the Harrington Community Center on March 26th, 2020 at 7pm.  As we are spearheading a project to build a farmer’s 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

This momentary vision of Christ in his glory that we heard in today’s Gospel, was given in order to strengthen the three principal Apostles to face the trials to their faith, which the sufferings and crucifixion of their beloved master would bring on them. For the very same reason, it is retold to us today, in the early part of Lent, to encourage us to persevere in our Lenten disciplines. It reminds us that, very soon, the Easter bells will be ringing out their message of joy once more. If we are sharers with Christ in his sufferings, we shall be sharers with him in his glory as St. Paul reminds us.

This is a truth we all too easily forget, namely, that we cannot and do not get to heaven in a limousine. Our spell on earth is the chance given to us by our heavenly Father to earn an eternal reward. This reward surpasses even the wildest imagination of man. We could never earn it, but God accepts the little we can do and provides the balance of his infinite mercy. And yet there are many, far too many, who refuse even that little bit that is asked of them, and are thus running the risk of not partaking in God’s scheme for their eternal happiness.

And are they any happier during their few years on this earth by acting thus towards the God of mercy? Can they, by ignoring God and their duties towards him, remove all pain, all sorrow, all sufferings, from their daily lives? Death, which means total separation from all we possessed and cherished in this world, is waiting around the corner for all of us. Who can face it more calmly and confidently —he man who is firmly convinced that it is the gateway to a new life, and who has done his best to earn admission through that gateway, or the man who has acted all his life as if death did not exist for him, and who has done everything to have the gate to the new life shut forever in his face?

Fr. Tim Notes:
1) I hate being sick! Suffering from a chest cold as I am now, really knocks me off my feet. My sincere thanks to Fr. Tom Fitzpatrick for filling in for me again this weekend. Given the spate of funerals to be celebrated, it was just too much for me also to take the regular weekend schedule. Hopefully, I’ll finally get back working at something closer to peak efficiency by the time next weekend rolls around. Any spare prayers offered for that intention will be most gratefully appreciated.

2) We’ve been walloped with multiple deaths among the parishes. Our sympathy and prayers go out to the families of Jim Gallagher and Charlie Conway of St. Joseph’s, whose funerals were celebrated there on Friday and Saturday. The funeral for Mr. Leo Spence, also of St. Joseph’s, will be held in that Church on Tuesday at 11 am. The funeral for Mr. Reneld Chaput will be celebrated this coming Friday at 11 am. in St. Alphonsus Church. We also extend our sympathy and prayers to the Sisters of St. Joseph and the members of the Berrigan family of Sheenboro following the accidental death in Pembroke of Sr. Betty Berrigan on Friday. As of the time of publication for this bulletin, her funeral arrangements have not yet been made public. Once they become known, we will post them on the parish blog.

3) Thank you to the Chapeau CWL for their generous donation of $1,500 to help defray the costs of heating the parish church. This is just another example of how the CWL is a true blessing for our parish community. If you are a woman in either Chapeau or St. Joseph’s, why not give some thought to signing up and becoming a member of either Council?

4) Our Eucharistic Adoration program continues in each of our churches. Spending some time before Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament is a most worthy Lenten prayer activity.

5) Want to learn more about the Blessed Virgin Mary? Our video course continues in St. Joseph’s at 7 pm and again on Wednesday in Chapeau immediately following the 10 am. Mass.

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