Parish Bulletin – 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time – 15 November 2020
Masses for the Week of November 17th – November 22nd
TUESDAY:* 10 AM Theresa Gagnon – Wayne & Linda Bertrand
WEDNESDAY:** 10 AM Grace Allard – Willis Carroll
THURSDAY:* 10 AM Mary Lapierre – Betty Morris
FRIDAY:*** 10 AM Gordon Conroy – Rose & Paul Stebbins
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
*** Includes public recitation of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy
Sheenboro: (Saturday) 5 PM Elizabeth Donnelly – Mary Paule & Jerry Muldoon
St. Joseph: (Sunday) 9 AM Danny Kelly – M/M Bruce Tallon
Chapeau: (Sunday) 10:30 AM 1) Theresa Gagnon – Carl, Betty Jean Gagnon & Family
2) Marion Fleury – St. Alphonsus CWL
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.
St. Paul the Hermit: $ 345.00
St. Joseph’s: $1190.00
St. Alphonsus: $1161.00
Total Online Donations to Date: $ 8846.45
1) The video course studying Jesus of Nazareth by Pope Benedict XVI continues on Tuesdays at 7 pm. The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis course continues on Thursdays at 7 pm. Contact Fr. Tim for more information if you are interested in joining in.
2) St. Alphonsus Church Christmas cards featuring artwork of the late Maurice Bissonnette are available for sale at a cost of $20 for four cards. The proceeds from these cards are being donated by his family to the Chapeau Parish. Cards will be available for sale at the entrance to the church before and after the Sunday Mass, during the week from the parish offices, and from Karie Bissonnette-Sullivan. Our sincere thanks to Karie and the Bissonnette family for this generous initiative in support of St. Alphonsus Parish.
3) Bishop +Desrochers is asking all Catholics of the Diocese to please write to your local Member of Parliament to express your concerns about the proposed changes to Canada’s euthanasia laws. The Federal government is proposing to expand those who may be killed beyond those who are facing an imminent death. Disabled groups and associations are deeply alarmed with this change as they believe it poses a particular danger to their members. There is a website you can go to which provides more information on this subject as well as a link to use to write and share your objection with the government which I have posted below. Please do what you can to ensure that the government does not enact these changes. http://www.canadiansforconscience.ca/federal_government
4) There will be a meeting of the combined parishes Finance & Property Committee on Wednesday, November 25th at 7 pm in the St. Joseph’s Rectory. I ask the members to please confirm whether or not they will be able to attend. Thanks to those of you who have already RSVP’d your attendance.
NOTE: Most of the members of this committee would prefer to meet via Zoom. To accomplish this, I require their email addresses so that I can send them an invitation to the meeting. While I have most of them, I am missing one or two. If you have yet to send me that piece of contact information, please send me a message to firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can connect digitally. IF your internet isn’t strong enough for you to participate in a Zoom meeting, you are still welcome to come to the St. Joseph’s and join the conversation from here.
5) Christmas Schedule: At this point in time, we have been able to obtain the services of one additional priest to permit the celebration of two Christmas Eve Masses in both St. Joseph’s and St. Alphonsus Churches. The time for each will be 5 pm and 7 pm. The only Mass right now for St. Paul the Hermit on Christmas Eve will be celebrated at 8:30 pm. However, I continue to cast a wide net in search of one more priest which would allow for the celebration of an earlier Mass at 7 pm. Alas, I cannot yet guarantee that this will be possible.
On Christmas Day, there will be one Mass celebrated in Chapeau at 10:30 am.
However, if you plan to attend a Christmas Mass in any of the parishes you need to reserve a seat in advance so that we can meet the requirements of the COVID19 restrictions imposed on us by the Province. The earlier Masses in both Chapeau and St. Joseph’s are rapidly filling up and people should not delay in calling or emailing the office to reserve your spot. We will not be permitted to allow people who haven’t called in advance to enter any of the Churches to participate in the Christmas celebrations so that we can ensure compliance with the government’s regulations. The telephone numbers for the offices are 819-689-5757 (Chapeau) and 819-689-5232 (St. Joseph’s). The parish email address is email@example.com. Thank you for your cooperation and aid in disseminating this information throughout our communities.
Scriptural Reflection of this Weekend’s Readings
1. Share Your Master’s Joy: We could easily read this parable as a story about the servant who buried his talents and was punished. We might mistake this as a warning— as if God was saying, “This is what happens when we don’t live up to expectations.” But what a poor human conception we would have of God! The first two servants did what they could with their talents and so shared their master’s joy. Let’s not forget that we can actually make God happy! God is not like a judge who decides that someone is guilty, but like a father or a friend who is genuinely pleased when we succeed! God says, “You are my servant; I chose you, I have not rejected you—Do not fear: I am with you; do not be anxious: I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand (Isaiah 41:9-10).
2. The Fearful Servant: The servant who hid his talents was afraid—afraid of investing them, afraid of failure, and ultimately afraid of God himself. In his fear, he neglected to look for help in the one place he could have found it: by praying to God. How often we find ourselves worrying! What is your antidote to worry? Distraction? Shopping? A glass of wine? Or do you spend some time reading and praying with the Scriptures? As the Psalmist said, “O Most High, when I am afraid, in you I place my trust” (Psalm 53:3-4).
3. Using Our Talents: The servant who received ten talents was also given the talent that had been hidden. When we “have, more will be given” and we can grow rich. Jesus is revealing not a temporal truth, but a spiritual one. Almighty God never tires of showering graces on those who receive them gratefully and share the fruits with others. We can truly grow ever-richer in grace, because God is so very generous. Everything we experience is a chance to grow in grace and in holiness. Every moment is a “talent.” Let’s not waste our opportunity to love God more and more, and so enter into his joy.
Conversing with Christ: Lord, show me your loving face. I often see you as a taskmaster; someone I need to satisfy rather than a Father I long to please. I love you, and I want to love you more. Help me to follow you more closely today
Resolution: Lord, today by your grace I will take time in prayer to make a list of the talents you’ve given me and pray about how you are asking me to put them in practice.
For Further Reflection: This video from Bishop Barron gives a different twist to the parable of the talents.