Parish Bulletin – 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 12 July 2020
TUESDAY:* 10 AM Mickey Conroy – Betty Harkins
WEDNESDAY:* 10 AM Mike & Danny Allard – Adele & Robert Varner
THURSDAY:* 7 PM Herman Morin – wife, MaryLou
FRIDAY:* 7 PM Alphire Bechamp – St. Alphonsus Choir
SUNDAY: 9 AM Missa Pro Populo
*These Masses are followed by Exposition and Benediction
Immediate family members and/or the person requesting the Mass can attend these Masses in St. Joseph’s Church. You can enter by the Church side door closest to the rectory. Masks and social distancing are requirements to attend any Mass.
SATURDAY: 7 PM Annus Lapierre – Marie Corriveau & Mary Rabishaw
SUNDAY: 10:15 AM Myles & Willis Venasse – Marlyne Turner
11:15 AM Ian Picard – Mom & Dad
Please remember to call the Parish Offices to reserve a space at the live Masses as attendance is capped at 50 people. If you are sick or have a cough, please do not attend. Remember, the Bishop has suspended our obligation to attend a Sunday Mass until further notice so please stay home so as to not make others sick.
1) Folks… Pray for rain! Our farmers need a couple of days of a good steady rain so let’s help them out with our prayers. Here’s a good prayer that we can all offer up:
O God, our Creator, you are the source of all life. It is through your divine providence and infinite power, that the wonder and splendour of all creation surround us. “How majestic is your name in all the earth.” We pray to you who calms the raging waters and commands the wind, to provide us with sufficient rain to meet our needs. During this time of drought, we are mindful of our dependence on you for all that sustains our body and soul. We pray for the cooling, gentle rain that will once again bring life to the fields and crops that feed us, restore the colourful rainbow of flowers and the cooling shade of the trees. We also pray for all those who are suffering from natural disasters. May they look to you for the strength to restore their lives and heal their wounded land. Help us to always be good stewards of your creation and care for the many resources of this earth. May your grace refresh our souls. We ask for these blessings through the intercession of Mary, Queen of Heaven and Earth. Amen.
2) We have a number of very ill parishioners these days in all three of our parishes. Please remember to pray for the sick in your daily prayers.
3) Our crowds at each of the Masses are slowly starting to build so it’s becoming more important than ever for you to call and reserve a spot at the time of your choosing. Beginning on the first weekend of August we will resume the celebration of Mass in both St. Paul the Hermit (Sat evening at 5 pm) and St. Joseph’s (Sunday morning at 9 am). I will continue to celebrate two Masses in Chapeau (Saturday evening at 7 pm and Sunday Morning at 10:30 am) until the restrictions on the number of participants is lifted. The obligations to call and reserve a spot at in Sheenboro and St. Joseph’s will be enforced as will all the other protocols of social distancing, mandatory masks, temperature taking, etc. We thank you for your cooperation.
4) Don’t forget that as of Midnight on Sunday, it is mandatory to wear a mask every time you enter any public building throughout all of Renfrew County. It is anticipated that the Quebec government will issue a similar order covering the entire province within the next week or two so we all might as well get used to wearing them. They will no doubt be required until there’s an effective vaccine to protect us. If you have younger children, now would be a good time to start getting them used to wearing a mask before they start school at the end of August. Having them wear one for an hour or two each day will make it much easier for them come the start of the school year. This is especially true for those who are heading off to school for the first time!
5) Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is becoming more and more evident that we will have to cancel our Parish Suppers this year in both Chapeau and St. Joseph’s. Given the importance of these events to the financial health of both parishes we are asking every family to consider making at least a one-time donation equal to the amount they would have paid to purchase tickets for the meal if it had occurred. This equates to $15 for each adult in the family and $5 for each child under 10 yrs of age. Please make the effort to fulfill this commitment as we rely on the proceeds of those parish suppers to pay our heating and insurance bills. God willing, we’ll be able to put on these delicious events next year. Thank you.
P.S. If you feel the itch to still bake a pie or two, I’m always open to accepting them at the rectory!! I wouldn’t want anyone to feel deprived of demonstrating their baking prowess just because the parish suppers have been cancelled Never let it be said that I wasn’t willing to ‘take one for the team’. (grin!)
6) One fundraising event that will be going ahead is a draw for a beautiful Queen-sized Quilt donated to the Chapeau Parish by Sylvia Dudgeon. Watch here for details to be published shortly.
7) Speaking of fundraisers, Emilia Belair is selling cloth masks and offering to donate a portion of the proceeds to the church. Here’s the text she sent me this week: “What I was thinking is to sell them 10$ each and donate 1/2 to the church. My 1/2 would be to keep getting the materials. I will also get regular patterns and sell them for 5$ each and donate 1/2 to the church as well. I can be reached Via Facebook, at my cell number 613-401-2701, or at my mom’s 819-689-2006.”
Thank you Emilia! Watch for me to soon be sporting the ‘Ottawa Senator’s Mask’ she made for me to wear as I jaunt around town. I’m sure she would be willing to make some honouring the Hab’s as well. I suspect though that she’ll draw the line at making ones with a Maple Leaf emblem as she intends to stick to just making them with the logo of professional hockey teams!!