Parish Bulletin – 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 2 August 2020

Parish Bulletin – 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 2 August 2020

STREAMED MASSES:

TUESDAY:*                  10 AM             Lily Sullivan and Deceased Family – M.J. Sullivan

WEDNESDAY:*            10 AM             Carmelita Doyle – Mary & Ed McCann

THURSDAY:*               10 AM              Gordon McCrea – Helen & Maureen Morris

FRIDAY:*                     10 AM             Bernice Battis – Colleen Gribbon

SUNDAY:                        9 AM             Missa Pro Populo

*These Masses will be streamed online, but there will not be any exposition or benediction following as they will be celebrated privately at my cottage during the month of August.

LIVE MASSES:

Sheenboro:     (Saturday)        5 PM    Donald Retty – Rosemary & Martin Flood

St. Joseph:       (Sunday)          9 AM   Merrill, Mike, & Danny Allard – Patsy & Family

Chapeau:         (Sunday)   10:30 AM   Trevor Lindley – Jerry & Marie-Paule Muldoon

Please remember to call the Parish Offices to reserve a space at the live Masses for St. Joseph’s and Sheenboro only as attendance is capped below the new government limits due to the constrictions of social distancing and the size of the buildings. We will be able to accommodate 150 people in the Chapeau Church. 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.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1) Bishop Guy Desrochers C.Ss.R, has announced the following moves to take effect on 1 September 2020:

Rev. William J. Kenney is retiring from active full-time ministry. He will be in residence at St. Francis Xavier Parish, Renfrew. Sincere thanks to Father Kenney for his years of dedicated service.

Rev. G. Ryan Holly is appointed Chancellor. In addition, he is appointed Pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Pembroke; Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, La Passe; and Our Lady of Grace Mission, Westmeath. The Bishop confirms Father Holly in the role of Judicial Vicar.

Rev. Michael A. Smith is appointed Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia. He remains Pastor of Paroisse St-Jean-Baptiste, Pembroke.

Rev. Scott J. Murray is appointed Director of the Liturgy Office and Diocesan Master of Ceremonies. He remains Pastor of St. Anne Parish, Mattawa.

Rev. John P. Lacey is appointed Pastor of Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Renfrew, and St. Patrick Parish, Mount Saint Patrick.

Rev. Justin B.J. Bertrand is appointed Administrator of Holy Canadian Martyrs Parish, Combermere, and St. Francis de Sales Mission, Latchford Bridge.

Rev. Réal Ouellette is appointed Administrator of Paroisse St-Thomas-d’Aquin, Astorville; Paroisse Ste-Bernadette, Bonfield; and Sacred Heart Parish, Corbeil.

Rev. Cyril Okebanama, S.M.M.M., is appointed Pastor of St. Theresa Parish, Temiscaming, and Our Lady of the Lake Mission, Kipawa.

Rev. Peter G. Proulx is appointed Parochial Vicar at St. John Chrysostom Parish, Arnprior. Father Proulx will also be available to replace priests in parishes.

Rev. Peter T. Do is appointed Parochial Vicar at Paroisse St-Pierre, Fort-Coulonge; Paroisse St-Charles-Borromée, Otter Lake; St. Elizabeth Parish, Vinton; and Our Lady of Perpetual Help Mission, Waltham.

Rev. Mr. Michael F. Coyne, at the time of his ordination to the priesthood on September 8, 2020, will become Parochial Vicar at St. Francis Xavier Parish, Renfrew, and Most Precious Blood Parish, Calabogie.

2) We have a number of very ill parishioners these days in all three of our parishes. Please remember to pray for:

-Rosemary Ryan who is recovering from a stroke and expects to soon return home

-Jerome Sallafranque, Leonard Duff, Leo Beaulieu, and Dan Kelly (cancer).

If you know of someone who is in need of prayers, please call either parish office and we will include them in the weekly bulletin.

3) The Quebec government has mandated that everyone 12 years of age and older is to wear a mask in all public interior places. Remember though that it isn’t our local merchants that are requiring this of anyone so please don’t give them any grief if they ask you to put one on to shop in their establishment. The benefit of wearing a cloth mask is that it stops the vapour droplets that we all exhale when we breathe from infecting other people. This is important as one can be spreading the COVID-19 virus without having any symptoms themselves. So as annoying and uncomfortable as wearing one might be, please remember that doing so is a way of fulfilling the commitment God laid on our shoulders when we were baptized to love our neighbour.

4) As I mentioned above, I am taking my vacation during the month of August, but I will be available to celebrate weekend Masses and funerals and will stream my private Mass Tuesday to Friday at 10 am from my cottage. I thank Fr. Tom Fitzpatrick who has stepped in to assist by celebrating the Sheenboro Masses for the next 10 weeks. You can always reach Pauline Monday to Wednesday as well as Fridays at the Chapeau office (819-89-5757) and in St. Joseph’s on Thursdays (819-689-5232) if you require something from the parish. I will return to work fulltime on Tuesday September 8th and we will resume our regular office schedules at that time. I appreciate your understanding in letting me rest peacefully, free from parish business during the August weekdays.

5) Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is becoming 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 before the end of the Summer 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 again next year. Thank you.

 VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR VARIOUS MINISTRIES DURING THESE PANDEMIC TIMES

6) We continue to search for volunteers to help serve in the parishes during these unusual times. In particular, we are looking for people to help distribute communion to those folks who do not feel comfortable yet attending Mass with a group of people. You will be asked to take the Blessed Sacrament to these people in their homes immediately following whichever Mass you attend. Please call the parish office if you are willing. I have also had one couple step forward to help initiate a live streaming of either the Rosary or the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. But we need at least two or three more people to get this project off the ground. Hopefully, we’ll be able to have everything in place to begin this spiritual initiative immediately after Labour Day.

7) This Saturday, August 1st is the Feast Day of St. Alphonsus of Ligouri. Not only is he the patron of the Chapeau Parish, but he was also the founder of the Redemptorist Order of which our Bishop, +Guy Desrochers, is a member. Please lift up special prayers on our Bishop’s behalf this weekend as well as for all the other members of the Redemptorist Order in Canada and around the world. Good St. Alphonsus… Pray for us!

8) Congratulation to Koralie Marie Sharon Roussell-Fleming who was baptized after Mass in Chapeau last Sunday. Koralie is the daughter of Derek and Karolann Fleming. Please remember to pray that she has a long, happy, and blessed life as a Catholic member of the Roussell-Fleming family.

9) Please pray for the repose of the soul of Mr. Donald Reid, formerly of Waltham who passed away this week. Donald was the widower of the late Loretta Desrochers. I also ask you to pray for the repose of the soul of Mrs. Rhea Vaillancourt whose funeral was celebrated in Chapeau on Tuesday. Rhea was the widow of the late Jean Vaillancourt and mother of Andre, Louise, and Charlie Vaillancourt. May God grant comfort and consolation to both of their families and friends.

Spiritual Reflection From This Weekend’s Readings:

Jesus Is a Team Player

Let’s put ourselves in this scene.

  • After a long day, the exhausted and exasperated disciples try to get Jesus to send away the hungry throng.
  • But Jesus looks at them, so preoccupied with their own selfish concerns, and says, “Feed them yourselves.”
  • Imagine their shock.
  • Five thousand men, with another few thousand women and children, and the Master wants the apostles to give them a meal.
  • They look at each other in confusion and apprehension.
  • They point out that they have barely enough food even for themselves, let alone to feed thousands of hungry hangers-on.
  • But Jesus insists, and finally they hand over their little stash, and Jesus works wonders.

The most obvious lesson hidden in this scene is about Christ’s heart.

  • Jesus’ compassion leads him to put aside his own plans for the sake of the needy crowds.
  • And then it overflows in a miracle so awe-inspiring that it is the only miracle recorded in all four Gospels.
  • This is our God! He is always thinking of us! He fills us with good things and is preparing even better things for us in heaven.

But there are other lessons here too – like the lesson about how Jesus works.

  • After blessing and breaking the bread, he gave it to his apostles and told them to distribute it, and the miracle only occurred when they obeyed him.
  • This is still how Jesus works today. He’s a team player, not a solo act.
  • He feeds each one of us with his Word and his sacraments through the Church.
  • And he feeds those outside the Church with the light of his truth through each one of us.

At least, he wants to – but it’s up to us to let him.

Being a Good Member of Christ’s Team

Jesus is a team player, and we are on his team.

The goal of Christ’s team is nothing less than eternal life and everlasting happiness.

To achieve that goal, each of us needs to fulfill three basic team responsibilities.

First, we need to keep our eye on the ball – on Christ, that is.

  • We need to stay close to our team leader, getting to know him better every day, learning to see all things as he sees them.
  • This we do by prayer, by reading and studying Church teaching, and by conversations with other people who know Christ well.

Second, we need to play good defense.

  • Good defense means avoiding unnecessary temptations.
  • We are all vulnerable to temptations that come from our own selfish tendencies, from the devil, and from the self-centered world around us.
  • God gives us enough grace to resist temptations, but we cut ourselves off from that grace when we purposely put ourselves in dangerous situations,
  • like wasting time surfing the Internet,
  • going to parties centered on destructive behavior,
  • distancing ourselves from family relationships and healthy friendships,
  • or even just being lazy.

Third, we need to play good offense.

  • Good offense is simply doing God’s will.
  • 90% of the time, God’s will is easy to identify.
  • It means following the commandments,
  • obeying our conscience,
  • fulfilling well our normal responsibilities,
  • and striving to love our neighbor as ourselves.
  • 10% of the time, God’s will is hard to see – then we need extra prayer, patience, and the advice of a priest or other wise person.

Jesus is eager for us to discover the joy and satisfaction that comes from being more active members of his team.

If we keep our eye on the ball, play good defense, and play good offense, we won’t let him down.

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