Parish Bulletin – 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 13 September 2020
TUESDAY:* 10 AM Raymond Gleason – Sheila Greenough
WEDNESDAY:** 10 AM Florian Allard – Michel and Roma
THURSDAY:* 10 AM Brandon Perrault – Earl Lepine
FRIDAY:*** 10 AM Mary, Dave, Judin & Family – Gen Keogh
SUNDAY: 9 AM Missa Pro Populo
*These Masses will be streamed online, but all parishioners are welcome to attend. All weekday Masses are celebrated in St. Joseph’s Church. Each Mass is followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament with Benediction at 10:55 am.
** Public recitation of the Rosary during Exposition
*** Public recitation of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy during Exposition
Sheenboro: (Sat) 5 PM Iona Morris – Teresa Downey
St. Joseph: (Sun) 9 AM Dean & Diane – Sharon & Helen Fitzpatrick
Chapeau: (Sun) 10:30 AM 1) Tom & Mary Carroll – The Family
2) Alvin Lepine – Andy & Bev Fleury
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: $ 864.00
St. Joseph’s: $1020.00
St. Alphonsus: $ 955.00
Total Online Donations to date: $ 7,138.58
1) If you are interested in participating in the video courses studying Jesus of Nazareth by Pope Benedict XVI (Tuesdays at 7 pm) or The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis (Fridays at 2 pm), please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to register. This is necessary so that I can send you the link required to join in the conversation.
2) Did you know that there have been four new cases of COVID infection in the Pembroke region over the past seven days? Please be certain to practice all of the requirements as requested by our Public Health officials (hand hygiene, masks, limiting time in the public square, avoiding large crowds, etc.) both for your own safety and for the safety of those you love. Our region was basically spared from the virus’ first wave across our country. We won’t be so fortunate if we let down our guard now. If we fail to stop this most recent rise in the virus’ spread in our area, we may face another government ordered shut down of our parishes once again. Let’s all do our part to ensure this doesn’t happen again.
3) Congratulations to Theo Michael Donnelly, infant son of Stephanie Gagnon and Jeremy Donnelly who was baptised in St. Alphonsus Parish last Sunday.
4) We continue to battle with our internet provider to address the issues that have been hampering our live streamed Masses. Your patience is appreciated. If we cannot soon rectify the situation, we will explore other options and services that might better suit our needs. If you too are having issues with the service you are receiving from Reseau Picanoc, especially since their sale to Maskatel, I encourage you to contact both Andre Fortin (MNA) and Will Amos (MP) and register your complaint with them. We deserve far better service than we have been receiving and they are the two individuals who can be of the most assistance in obtaining it in our corner of the province.
5) Our sympathies and consolations go out to Pauline Lepine Godin (our parish secretary) and her children upon the death of her brother-in-law, Murray Godin this past week. Please keep Murray’s soul and the consolation of those who loved him in life in your prayers.
Scriptural Reflection of this Weekend’s Readings: Encountering Christ:
1. A Priceless Debt: We could never pay back the debt on our own for our sins. Some sin can cost us our very lives, “for the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). This is why God the Father sent his beloved Son to ransom us. Christ literally paid the price for our sins with his own blood: “…you do not belong to yourself. You have been purchased at a price” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). None of us are exempt from the need for God’s mercy: “…all have sinned and are deprived of the glory of God. They are justified freely by his grace through the redemption in Christ Jesus, whom God set forth as an expiation, through faith, by his blood” (Romans 3:23-25). How cognizant are we of the price Christ paid for our sinfulness?
2. Justice and Mercy: Because God is love, the Justice we deserve is overcome by his mercy. Pope Francis said, “Justice and mercy in God are one thing. Mercy is just, and Justice is merciful.” There at the cross, justice and mercy met in the person and sacrifice of Christ. Jesus endured the punishment we deserve and paid every ounce of the penalties we deserve to pay. Because we all have sinned, we have therefore received the gift of God’s mercy; we are called to act accordingly by being merciful and compassionate, like God (see Psalms 103).
3. Choose to Forgive: When we forgive others, even and especially when they cannot make amends for how they have hurt us, we are acting in imitation of Christ: “[And] be kind to one another, compassionate, forgiving one another as God has forgiven you in Christ” (Ephesians 4:32). We must choose to forgive whoever has wronged us. Forgiveness is not a feeling; it is an act of the will. What happens when we do not choose to forgive? We run the risk that our own sins will be held against us. Our first reading for Mass today considers this point: “Forgive your neighbor the wrong done to you; then when you pray, your own sins will be forgiven. Does anyone nourish anger against another and expect healing from the Lord? Can one refuse mercy to a sinner like oneself, yet seek pardon for one’s own sins?” (Sirach 28:2-4).
Conversing with Christ: Dear Jesus, thank you for paying the price for my sins with your own precious body and blood. Help me to remember that I belong to you, and to live with gratitude for that fact. Help me to choose to forgive others, as you have forgiven me.
Resolution: Lord, today, by your grace, I will choose to forgive someone for a wrong they have done to me. I will pray and ask God to help me to forgive that person fully and with my whole heart.