Parish Bulletin – 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 9 August 2020
TUESDAY:* 10 AM Gordon McCrae – Emile & Jean Lebel
WEDNESDAY:* 10 AM Wilfred Lariviere – Ruth Stewart
THURSDAY:* 10 AM In Thanksgiving – A Parishioner
FRIDAY:* 10 AM Victor Gagnon – Nora & Peter Smith
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.
Sheenboro: (Saturday) 5 PM Mike Sullivan – Tony Dunn
St. Joseph: (Sunday) 9 AM Sherry-Lee Maria Fleury – Rita Keogh
Chapeau: (Sunday) 10:30 AM 1) Helen Donlan – Chapeau CWL
2) Lennox & Jacqueline St. Cyr – Gaetan, Lise, & Annabelle
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.
St. Paul the Hermit: $975
St. Joseph’s: $1430
St. Alphonsus: $775
Total Online Donations for August: $356
Total Online Donations to date: $6350.00
1) 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.
2) 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.
3) 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 at the Chapeau office (819-689-5757) and in St. Joseph’s on Thursdays (819-689-5232) if you require something from the parish. The offices will be closed every Friday in August. 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.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR VARIOUS MINISTRIES DURING THESE PANDEMIC TIMES
4) We STILL 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 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.
5) Please pray for the repose of the soul of Mr. Michael J. (M.J.) Tallon who passed away this week. His funeral Mass will be held in the Chapeau Church on Monday at 11 am. Please remember that all of the obligations of social distancing etc. (including restricting the number of people allowed in the church) will apply to anyone who chooses to attend. M.J. will be interred in the Nichabeau cemetery immediately following the funeral. My thanks to Fr. Tom for celebrating this funeral in my absence.
6) Congratulations to Benjamin Robert Badger, infant son of Mark Badger and Amber Regier who was baptized into our Catholic faith last weekend. Please keep his family in your prayers.
Scripture Reflection on this weekend’s Gospel:
When There are Storms, Go Inside Yourself and Seek the Quiet
- Unless you’re a weatherman on assignment, you probably don’t like sitting out in a storm.
- That rule goes for the interior storms that plague us too. When life seems overwhelming, it’s time to seek some silence and solitude to help you take shelter from the interior storms as well.
- That means leaving the boat sometimes and taking a leap of faith with Our Lord.
- He’ll catch you if you get in trouble, but you must let him.
- Lifeguards sometimes need to subdue a drowning person before they can help him. Form the habit of subduing yourself, and you’ll save yourself a lot of pain.
- This week, when you’re having “one of those days,” try not to flail… and ask the Lord to help you regain your footing and get back into the boat.