PARISH BULLETIN: 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time – 23/08/2020
Monday: 10 am. NO MASS
Tuesday: 10 am. NO MASS
Wednesday: 10 am. Brandon Perrault – Gene & Eddy O’Brien
Thursday: 10 am. Larry Patrick Lapierre – Patsy Allard
Friday: 10 am. Raymond Gleason – Jim & Carmel Harrington
Saturday: 10 am. Florian Allard – Linus Sullivan
Sunday: 9 am. Missa Pro Populo
Sheenboro Saturday 5 pm. John Stunt – Jerry & Marie-Paule Muldoon
St. Joseph Sunday 9 am. Lester Gaudette – Kempton Smith
Chapeau Sunday. 10:30 am. Kevin Harrington & deceased parents & brothers –
Sheenboro: $ 910 St. Joseph: $1365 Chapeau: $1055
Thank you / Merci
- Please note that I won’t be live-streaming a Mass on Monday or Tuesday as I will be entertaining friends at my cottage. They will be bringing their three children and two dogs so it is very unlikely that there will be a corner quiet of my place where I could celebrate the Mass properly. For this reason, I will be live-streaming a Mass on Saturday morning at 10 am to accommodate the intentions requested for this coming week.
- On this same subject of live-streamed Masses, thanks to Hydro-Quebec I was unable to celebrate the Mass scheduled for this past Friday. The Mass was celebrated and streamed on Saturday at 9 am.
- To conclude this topic of the streamed Masses, beginning this weekend the Sunday Mass streamed from St. Joseph’s at 9 am will be available on YouTube. Going forward we will post a link on my Facebook Timeline and the Catholic Parishes of the Upper Pontiac Facebook page which will bring you to the YouTube site. You can also subscribe to my YouTube Channel to receive notification each weekend if you want to join virtually in that Eucharist celebration. Our heartfelt thanks to Louis Schryer for setting up our streaming equipment and establishing the YouTube stream.
- The funeral services for Clora Fleury will be celebrated in Chapeau next Saturday, August 29th at 11 am. Again, we extend our sympathy and prayers to Clora’s family and friends.
- As we approach the Labour Day weekend our thoughts turn to the resumption of our regular parish activities and how we can offer them in the COVID-19 times. With your patience and understanding, it is my intention to continue to live-stream weekday Masses from St. Joseph’s Church rather than resuming their celebration in Chapeau. This will permit us to maintain social distancing for those who want to attend in person while simultaneously serving those who prefer not to venture into a public gathering. Each Mass will be integrated into a Holy Hour with Eucharistic Adoration, Benediction, the recitation of the Rosary (Wednesdays), and the Divine Mercy Chaplet (Thursdays).
- We will also be starting two online course offerings via zoom.com that will be offered on Tuesday evenings (7 pm) and Friday afternoons (2 pm) beginning on the week of September 14th. Details as to the subject matter of each course and the steps needed to register to take place will be published in next weekend’s bulletin.
Who Do You Say That I Am?
Even today there are lots of opinions on who Jesus is or who he was, but today’s readings remind us that the most important opinion is our own: who do I say that Christ is?
Today’s First Reading shows the contrast between the faithful steward entrusted with the keys to everything and the steward stripped of them due to his infidelity.
- The palace to which Isaiah refers today is the royal palace, an important responsibility.
- The master of the palace, a steward, represented the king’s interests in many ways and in the king’s name.
- When Isaiah refers to the house of Judah and the House of David he is referring to much more than a building: he is referring to the royal family and the kingdom. A good steward to the king serves him, his family, his servants, and his people.
- This level of responsibility brings an incredible pressure from all sides trying to curry the steward’s favour or bring about his downfall. It requires a solid acknowledgment on his part of who is truly in charge: the king.
- We don’t know what Shebna did to get fired, but Isaiah sees in Eliakim, a man who will stand firm in his service to all.
- This reading is a Scriptural foundation for the Church’s faith on what it meant to have Christ, Our King, entrust the keys of the kingdom of Heaven, his keys, to Peter and his successors
In today’s Second Reading, St. Paul reminds us that an even greater treasure and responsibility has been entrusted to Peter and his successors.
- God came in Person in his son to reveal the treasures of Our Father: “the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God.”
- The Church has faithfully watched over this treasure through the centuries, but not just collectively.
- Our Lord entrusted Peter and his successors with what we call today the deposito fidei: the deposit of faith. Our treasure is the truth about God, about who Our Lord is and what he said and did, about the path to holiness and happiness.
- The greatest treasure the Church watches over and communicates is the truth about who Jesus is.
In today’s Gospel Our Lord starts quizzing his disciples about the rumour mill regarding him but then hits them with a pop quiz.
- Who did people think Our Lord was? Simply a prophet, and, for most, not even a new prophet: one back from the dead.
- Little did the disciples realize as they rattled off the theories that they’d have to answer for themselves too.
- Peter taught us how we should respond to the question: “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
- Peter’s profession of faith in today’s Gospel was bolstered by grace, not just his own sleuthing. The Father revealed something about his Son in Peter’s response, and Peter’s faith should be our faith.
- Peter’s faith in Christ was rewarded by Christ’s trust in him. Just as Eliakim was entrusted with the keys to all the House of David’s possessions, Peter was entrusted with the keys to the kingdom of Heaven.
- Our Lord promised him that the gates of the netherworld would not prevail against the Church that the Lord would found upon him as the Rock.
- Who is Christ to you? If your response lacks any element of Peter’s response, it is time to reexamine and deepen your faith.