Parish Bulletin – Solemnity of Christ the King – 22 November 2020
Masses for the Week of November 24th – November 29nd
TUESDAY:* 10 AM Grace Allard – Sandra Coghlan
WEDNESDAY:** 10 AM Theresa Pleau – Genevieve Keogh
THURSDAY:* 10 AM Donald Retty – Pauline Lepine
FRIDAY:*** 10 AM Ken & Mae Conroy – Henry & Joan Sallafranque
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 Iona Morris – Larry & Nancy Gleason
St. Joseph: (Sunday) 9 AM Fay Neville – St. Alphonsus Choir
Chapeau: (Sunday) 10:30 AM 1) Darrell Belland – Mom & Dad
2) Bill Keon – Lois & Barry
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: $ 855.00
St. Joseph’s: $1020.00
St. Alphonsus: $1424.00
Total Online Donations to Date: $ 8846.10
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 and via Zoom. 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.
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 (NOTE: St. Joseph’s 5 pm is now full) 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your cooperation and aid in disseminating this information throughout our communities.
6) We welcomed a new member into our Catholic family, Ruby Rose Vaillancourt who was baptised in St. Alphonsus Church last weekend. Ruby is the infant daughter of Kelsey McDonald and David Vaillancourt.
7) News from the Diocesan Office of Lay Formation:
i) Looking for ways for your child to get more out of Mass on Sundays? For ages 5-12, here is a simple option that takes no prep time! Sign up for Holy Heroes Mass Prep and receive an e-mail right in your inbox! Preparation contains all readings for Sunday Mass, colouring page, short video explaining the gospel by other children and a Mass Prep Quiz (with answers) to challenge your child’s comprehension of the readings and liturgical colours worn by the priest each Sunday. Check it all out at https://www.holyheroes.com/MassPrep-s/57.htm . (Watch last week’s Mass Prep and then scroll down and input your e-mail address to start receiving it each week). Questions? Please contact Yvette Bourque at 613 732-7933 ext. 208 or email@example.com.
ii) Looking for ways to bring Advent alive for your children this year? Go to https://www.holyheroes.com/Holy-Heroes-Advent-Adventure-s/48.htm and sign up for Holy Heroes ADVENT ADVENTURE. You will be glad you did! Questions? Please contact Yvette Bourque at 613 732-7933 ext. 208 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
iii) Best Advent Ever 2020! We’re excited to announce that sign-ups for Best Advent Ever 2020 are now open! This year, Matthew Kelly will be giving powerful daily video reflections on the Gospel readings all through Advent. And we’re calling it Let Your Soul Shine—because that’s what the world needs from you now more than ever! Do you want to have an incredible 2021? It starts right now—with you signing up for BEST ADVENT EVER.
iv) Diocesan Young Adult Ministry: Next gathering is Thursday, November 19th at St. Columbkille Cathedral for session #2 of NO GREATER LOVE – A biblical walk through Christ’s Passion. Holy Hour from 6-7 p.m. (optional). Session from 7-8:30 p.m.in the parish hall. Come join us and bring a friend.
9) “Advent Promises: A Women’s Morning of Reflection”, presented by the Women’s Fall Retreat Planning Team, will be held via Zoom on Saturday, December 5th, from 9:00 a.m. – noon. Laura O’Reilly, mother and faithful Catholic speaker, will give two inspirational talks reflecting on “Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her (Luke 1:45). “ All registrants will be invited to participate in a Liturgy of the Word, singing and small group discussions. Registration is $20. All women 16 years of age and over can register using this link. Registration deadline: Wednesday, December 2nd.
10) EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
Project Manager – Diocese of Pembroke: The Diocese of Pembroke is currently advertising for a full time Project Manager. To view the ad please visit: ca.indeed.com.
Scriptural Reflection of this Weekend’s Readings
Asked by the Pharisees when the Kingdom of God would come, Jesus said in reply, “The coming of the Kingdom of God cannot be observed, and no one will announce, ‘Look, here it is,’ or, ‘There it is.’ For behold, the Kingdom of God is among you.” Luke 17:20-21
The Kingdom of God is among you! What does that mean? Where is the Kingdom of God and how is it that it’s among us?
The Kingdom of God can be spoken of in two ways. At the final coming of Christ, at the end of time, His Kingdom will be permanent and visible to all. He will destroy all sin and evil and all will be made new. He will reign eternally and charity will govern every mind and heart. What a joyful gift to anticipate with much hope!
But this passage especially refers to the Kingdom of God that is already in our midst. What is that Kingdom? It’s the Kingdom present by grace living in our hearts and present to us in countless ways every day.
First, Jesus longs to reign in our hearts and rule our lives. The key question is this: Do I let Him take control? He is not the sort of King who imposes Himself in a dictatorial way. He does not exercise His authority and demand we obey. Of course this will happen in the end, when Jesus returns, but for now His invitation is just that, an invitation. He invites us to give Him Kingship of our lives. He invites us to let Him take full control. If we do that, He will issue commands to us which are commands of love. They are decrees that draw us into truth and beauty. They refresh us and renew us.
Second, Jesus’ presence is all around us. His Kingdom is present every time charity is present. His Kingdom is present every time grace is at work. It’s so easy for us to be overwhelmed by the evils of this world and to miss the presence of God. God is alive in countless ways all around us. We must always strive to see this presence, be inspired by it and love it.
Reflect, today, upon the presence of the Kingdom of God present among you. Do you see it in your heart? Do you daily invite Jesus to rule your life? Do you acknowledge Him as your Lord? And do you see the ways He comes to you through your daily circumstances or in others and in your daily situations? Seek Him out constantly and this will bring joy to your heart.
Lord, I invite You, today, to come reign in my heart. I give You complete control of my life. You are my Lord and my King. I love You and want to live in accord with Your perfect and holy will. Jesus, I trust in You.