Parish Bulletin – 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 20 September 2020
TUESDAY:* 10 AM NONE
WEDNESDAY:** 10 AM In Thanksgiving to God & St. Teresa for a Favor Received
THURSDAY:* 10 AM Loella Meehan – Norman & Heather Lempke
FRIDAY:*** 10 AM Mary Lampkin – Raymond Morris
SUNDAY: 10:30 AM Missa Pro Populo (Note time change)
*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.
** Includes public recitation of the Rosary during Exposition
*** Includes public recitation of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy during Exposition
Chapeau: (Tuesday) 11 AM Funeral Mass for Cathie Fleury Davidson
Sheenboro: (Saturday) 5 PM Rhea Vaillancourt – Betty Morris & Family
St. Joseph: (Sunday) 9 AM Merrill Allard – Jerry & Louise Gallagher
Chapeau: (Sunday) 10:30 AM 1) Deceased Family Members of the Mercier Family – Art & Frances Fleming
2) Theresa & Florian Allard, Laurette & Rene Picotte – Annette & Roger Allard & Family
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: $ 260.00
St. Joseph’s: $ 870.00
St. Alphonsus: $ 995.00
Total Online Donations to Date: $ 7,331.08
1) 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) begin this week. It’s not to later to register! Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org so that I can send you the link required to join in the conversation.
2) Did you know that there have now been eight new cases of COVID infection in the Pembroke region over the past seven days with an outbreak being declared at Fellows High School? 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. Don’t let your guard down now. If we fail to stop this most recent rise in the virus’ spread in our area, we will 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 Beau Fredrick Paul Morin, infant son of Ali Chalmers and Eric Morin who was baptised in St. Alphonsus Parish last Sunday.
4) Please remember to pray for the repose of the soul of Cathie Fleury Davidson whose funeral will be celebrated in Chapeau this week. Cathie is the wife of Sheldon Davidson and mother to Kyle Davidson. She is the sister to Mariette Sallafranque Fleury, Wayne Fleury, Kevin Fleury, Carl Fleury, and Brenda Fleury Wescome.
5) Our weekend Streamed Mass from St. Joseph’s is now available on both Facebook (on my timeline and the Catholic Parishes of the Upper Pontiac Page) and on my YouTube channel (Search Fr. Tim Moyle to find the channel on YouTube) as of 10:30 am on Sunday morning. Our continued thanks to Louis Schryer for his help in providing this service for all our shut-ins.
Scriptural Reflection of this Weekend’s Readings
1. Gratitude: In this passage the workers became jealous when they saw that others who worked a shorter shift received the same daily wage. This passage is an invitation to grow in personal gratitude for the work we are called to do. It is a blessing to have a job, to be chosen for a task and to contribute to a cause. Work is gratifying, even though it can also be tiring and hard. In the words of St. John Paul II, “Work is a good thing for man–a good thing for his humanity–because through work man not only transforms nature, adapting it to his own needs, but he also achieves fulfilment as a human being and indeed, in a sense, becomes “more a human being”(Laborem Exercens). Let us thank God for the work he places in our hands and accomplish it to the best of our ability for his glory.
2. Freedom from Comparison: Our hearts can easily move from gratitude to indignance when someone receives more than we judge is his or her due. Let’s look at the situation of the latecomer to the vineyard. Did he spend anxious hours looking for work before he was hired? Was he passed by earlier because he was older, handicapped, or dealing with a sick child at home? We can never fully comprehend the plight of another. In addition to personal gratitude for our own situation, we are called to have empathy for others. Comparing ourselves to others blocks our ability to see things from their perspective—the basic requirement for empathy.
3. Rejoicing in Another’s Good Fortune: Blessed be God, who distributes gifts according to a purpose (see Romans 12:6). We can always trust God’s good judgment. Only when we are firmly grounded in the knowledge that we are loved by God can we truly rejoice at another’s good fortune. If we labor all day as faithful disciples in his vineyard, blessed be God. If we find our meaning and purpose in God later in life, blessed be God. Either way, our reward for a job well done far surpasses our human efforts. We will never deserve heaven. It is God’s free gift given to those who know, love, and serve him in this world.
Conversing with Christ: Dear Lord, I am grateful for the ability to work in your vineyard, spreading the good news to the souls you place in my life. Please help me to grow in compassion and empathy for those in need of conversion. I want to be your emissary in this suffering world and reach out to meet the spiritual, emotional, and physical needs of others.
Resolution: Lord, today by your grace I will practice gratitude for the work you have given me to do.
For Further Reflection: Laborem Exercens, by St. Pope John Paul II.