Parish Bulletin – 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 11 October 2020
TUESDAY:* 10 AM Loella Meehan – Betty Morris
WEDNESDAY:** 10 AM Margaret Gleason – Sonia & Harry Duff
THURSDAY:* 10 AM Mary Lapierre – Margaret & Cecil Raymond
FRIDAY:*** 10 AM Brandon Perrault – Sheila Greenough
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 Victor Gagnon – Raymond Morris
St. Joseph: (Sunday) 9 AM Mary Spence – Sharon Spence & Family
Chapeau: (Sunday) 10:30 AM 1) Mike Allard – Patsy Allard & Family
2) Clora Fleury – Harold & Marilyn Morris
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: $ 1115.00
St. Joseph’s: $ 1040.00
St. Alphonsus: $ 1604.00
Total Online Donations to Date: $ 7,773.84
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. This second course will begin on Thursday October 30th. 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 either conversation.
2) Congratulations to Madeleine Lois Dawson, infant daughter of Mallorie Chartrand and Spencer Dawson who was baptized last weekend in Chapeau.
3) 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.
4) 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.
5) 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 mailing it via 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.
6) Please note that our offices will be closed this Monday for the long Thanksgiving weekend.
7) HAPPY THANKSGIVING! 2020 hasn’t really given us much to be thankful for, what with the COVID pandemic and all, but at least there’s one thing we can give thanks for this weekend: Thank God you weren’t born a turkey or a moose!
8) Don’t forget to pray for the safety of all our various hunters who have gone into the bush this weekend with the opening of the moose hunt. Let’s pray that everyone comes home safe and sound… and with a moose in the back of the truck!
9) Our prayers and sympathy go out to the families of Donald St-Cyr and Therese Gagnon whose funerals were celebrated in the Chapeau Church this past week.
Scriptural Reflection of this Weekend’s Readings
1. Accepting the Gift: God is never outdone in generosity. How consoling to know his generosity is not dependent upon what we deserve but rather on his abundant goodness, love, and desire for our happiness. No one who had been invited to the feast was there because of merit or status, but purely by decree of the king’s initiative. Christ himself is the banquet of divine life and abundant grace. We don’t deserve to receive him (“Lord, I am not worthy,” Matthew 8:8). It is his longing to share the joy of his existence with us that overflows in bountiful generosity. Our first duty in response to God’s loving generosity is to accept his gift of grace. Let us run forward, embracing the opportunity to receive grace through the regular reception of the Eucharist, frequent confession, and openness to his will.
2. Called and Chosen: Three times, the king dispatched servants to extend his invitation far and wide to anyone interested. We see that many were foolish and self-absorbed, preoccupied with their worldly pursuits. Attached to good things (work, well-being, and profitability), they sadly rejected the opportunity for something far better. Here lies the mystery and drama of our human freedom. We overlook admitting how indebted we are to God’s goodness as the cause and purpose of our very being. In our own lives, self-reliance, distraction, and busyness can lead us to consider God’s plans an interruption to our own, and forget that ours have no meaning if not centered and focused in his. The possibility that we could reject God’s invitation should motivate us to continually care for our life of grace in friendship with Christ and share with others an invitation to the feast.
3. Christian Joy: Wedding feasts are a time for great joy, celebration, and happiness. Jesus often used this favored image for heaven—for his kingdom. It describes what he longs to share and promises to us if we follow the way of faithful obedience to his will. The joy that awaits us will far exceed and outlast any suffering we may carry in this life. Hope in the Resurrection and life with God for all eternity should fill us with overwhelming joy and happiness. How does my faith and hope for heaven influence my witness to living as a joy-filled Christian before the challenges in this fallen world?
Conversing with Christ: My Lord, you want to offer me every good gift and grace I need to draw closer to you as the source of my happiness. You offer your intimate friendship to every single person. Your goodness, love, and mercy are for everyone, including me. Please forgive me for the moments I have rejected you out of foolishness over my own concerns. You know how hard it is for me to overcome attachments to seeking security in my achievements, in how others perceive me, and in worldly comforts. Help me to respond freely to seeking your grace and expressing my gratitude with a generous and joy-filled heart each day.
Resolution: Lord, today, by your grace, I will spend a moment contemplating and fostering my longing for heaven. With hope in the Resurrection, I will seek to give witness to living with Christian joy in responding to any challenge today.
For Further Reflection: The Kingdom Without End: A Retreat Guide on Christ the King (https://rcspirituality.org/retreat_guide/the-kingdom-without-end-a-retreat-guide-on-christ-the-king/).