Parish Bulletin – 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 4 October 2020
TUESDAY:* 10 AM Mary Lampkin – Angie Retty
WEDNESDAY:** 10 AM Sharon Sullivan – Peggy Nadeau & Brenda Collver
THURSDAY:* 10 AM Loella Meehan – Betty Morris
FRIDAY:*** 10 AM Mary Lapierre – Margaret & Cecil Raymond
SUNDAY: 10:30 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.
** Includes public recitation of the Rosary during Exposition
*** Includes public recitation of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy during Exposition
Sheenboro: (Saturday) 5 PM 1) Lloyd Parsons – Doreen & Brennan Family
2) Miles & Willis Venasse – Dianne Mainville
St. Joseph: (Sunday) 9 AM Glenn Lapierre – Heather Lapierre
Chapeau: (Sunday) 10:30 AM 1) Patsy Gagnon – Mike & family
2) Jack & Helen Hill – The Family
ATTENTION: The Québec government has changed the rules once again. We can once again have up to 50 people attend Mass in Sheenboro and St. Joseph’s and 140 people in Chapeau. However, you now need to provide either an email address or a phone number when you sign in at Church. PLEASE REMEMBER… 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. Here is a list of common symptoms of the COVID19 virus.
Fever greater or equal to 37.8 Celsius,
- new or worsening cough,
- Shortness of breath.
- Sore throat,
- difficulty swallowing,
- changes in sense of smell or taste,
- abdominal pain,
- runny nose or nasal congestion (different than usual allergy symptoms).
Atypical signs and symptoms of COVID-19 should be considered, particularly in children:
- Unexplained fatigue,
- malaise or muscle aches,
- delirium (acutely altered mental status),
- unexplained falls or functional decline,
- exacerbation of chronic conditions, chills,
If you have any of the above symptoms, please stay home! God will understand!!
St. Paul the Hermit: $ 260.00
St. Joseph’s: $ 660.00
St. Alphonsus: $ 690.00
Total Online Donations to Date: $ 7,581.33
1) The video course studying Jesus of Nazareth by Pope Benedict XVI continues on Tuesdays at 7 pm. No one has registered for the The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis course so I am going to move it to Thursday evenings at 7 pm. It’s never too later to register! Please email me at email@example.com so that I can send you the link required to join in the conversation.
2) Congratulations to Johnathan Duff and Stephanie Rosien who were married this weekend in our St. Joseph’s Church. Please pray for them to have many happy and healthy years together as a married couple.
3) Congratulations also go out to Charles Michael Carroll, infant son of Cody & Andrea (England) Carroll (in Chapeau) and to Claire Darcy Pasch, infant daughter of Josh and Molly (McGuire) Pasch (in St. Joseph’s) who were both baptized last Sunday. Again, I ask your prayers for these newest members of our Catholic community.
4) On behalf of the parishioners of St. Paul the Hermit Parish in Sheenboro I wish to extend our thanks and appreciation to Fr. Tom Fitzpatrick who has offered Mass there on Saturday evenings since our churches came out of the lockdown. We are very fortunate to have access to Fr. Tom whenever the need arises so please remember to pray for his health and welfare. I will be resuming the celebration of the Saturday evening Mass in Sheenboro effective this weekend.
5) MOVING SALE: 11 Rochon Street in Chapeau (home of Sheila Stacey) this Saturday, October 3rd from 9 am to 4 pm.
6) CHAPEAU R.A.: Annual General Meeting on Wednesday October 21st at 7 pm. This meeting will be held virtually this year due to the COVID19 virus on Zoom. Anyone who wants to join into the meeting can contact Karie Bissonnette (613-401-2850) and she will send you an invitation link to the meeting via your email address.
7) I’ve been giving a lot of thought to how we can still offer Catechetical Instruction for the youth of our parishes and have concluded that we need to take a page out of the new protocols followed by schools and offer it online. So, we require the assistance of a few Catechists who would be willing to work with me in putting the material they traditionally use online so that they can be distributed electronically to the students. These are uncharted waters for us but there is a wealth of material online that we can use to create our own program to meet our local needs. If you are at all interested in helping either to prepare or teach these video sessions with our Catholic children, please contact me as soon as possible so we can decide whether or not to proceed this way or simply take a year’s pause and wait for the pandemic to finally pass us by and in-person classes can resume as before. Thank you.
Addendum: I have received two responses so far to help to offer this important service online. We need at least four more people to be able to offer the course for all the students from Gr. 1 to Gr. 6. Please consider helping out with this initiative so that the children of our parishes can receive their Sacraments this year together with those who missed out on last year’s due to the COVID19 lockdown at the start of 2020.
8) We’ve come up with a plan to help recoup some of the revenues we’ve lost with the cancellation of our parish suppers in Chapeau and St. Joseph’s. We’re calling it our ‘Staying Warm this Winter Initiative. We are going to ask every household on the Island to consider making a one-time donation to the parish equal to the amount they would have spent if we could have held them this year. (ex: $15 for each adult and $7.50 for each child under the age of 10 years of age living at home. Of course, people are always welcome to add more if they would normally have spent money on our various draws, silent auctions and games of chance too!) Every family that makes such a donation will have their name thrown into a drum for a chance to win a handmade quilt! We thank Sylvia Dungeon for donating one to St. Alphonsus and Ethel Jones for donating one for St. Joseph’s. The draws will be held in each respective Church on the last Sunday of November (29/11/2020) at the end of Mass. You can make your donation either through the parish blog at http://uppontiacparishes.wordpress.com, by Canada Post (P.O. Box 40, Chapeau, QC. J0X1M0) or by dropping it off during business hours at either of the two parish offices. Or, you can drop your donation in a separate envelope in the collection basket at any Sunday Mass up to 22 November 2020. PLEASE JUST DO NOT INCLUDE IT IN YOUR REGULAR SUNDAY OFFERING ENVELOPE as 10% of those funds go to our diocese. If it comes separately, we can keep all 100% to help in paying our winter heating bills for the rectory and both Churches. Thank you for your anticipated participation and support to help us get through these difficult and chilly financial times.
Scriptural Reflection of this Weekend’s Readings
In this section of the gospel, which follows directly from last week’s parable of the two sons sent to tend their father’s vineyard, Jesus is again caught up in controversy with some of the Jewish leaders. He offers them a much more pointed story that the previous one. It begins like Isaiah with the planting and fencing of a vineyard and building a ‘tower’ as a winepress. Jesus then goes in a different direction from Isaiah, not focusing on the failures of the vines. New actors are the tenants to whom the owner gives the care of the vineyard. This agricultural practice would have been a recognisable situation at the time, and he seems to have had no trouble drawing the listeners into his story.
To work on the land at that time, arrangements were made for the sharing the proceeds of a successful harvest. So far, so expected. But when the owner sends his servants to collect his share, the tenants refuse to pay up and mistreat the servants. Such a case of injustice leads the listeners to feel indignant. Finally, the owner sends his son, whom he expects will be respected as his personal representative. Instead the son is thrown out and then killed. Their hope of inheriting seems odd by legal practices of our times, but there is historic evidence that then land left without heirs could be taken over by the tenants.
The listeners have been drawn into the story and pass the obvious judgment that the tenants should be dismissed, and the land given to others. Jesus does not directly tell the Jewish leaders of the time that they are the ‘wretches’ who have not been worthy of trust. Instead he quotes Psalm 118/119 which speaks of God choosing what people have rejected, something totally unexpected. (The ‘keystone’ is the one that holds the whole stone building together.) The prediction is that a new people will become God’s chosen community, based on Jesus as its foundation.
This is a more of an allegory than many of Jesus’ parables, with a precise meaning for the various details. The servants who come to the tenants are the prophets and teachers God has sent in the past – like Isaiah – to warn and counsel. ‘The son’ is a veiled indication that Jesus is God’s son who will be rejected and killed. Some commentators also see the reference to ‘outside the vineyard’ foreshadowing the crucifixion outside the city of Jerusalem.
At least some of the point was taken by those to whom the story was directed, for immediately following the story, there is the conclusion which is not read in the liturgy: ‘When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his parables, they saw that he was speaking about them, but when they tried to arrest him, they feared the crowds who considered him a prophet.’
The Christian reader already knows that eventually the enemies will find a way around the ‘crowds’ who supported Jesus and carry out the death foretold in the parable. But we also know God will bring the reversal of the Resurrection and the new community he predicted.