Parish Bulletin – 1st Sunday of Advent – 29 November 2020
Masses for the Week of December 1st to December 6th
TUESDAY:* 10 AM Laurette Schryer – Bobby & Viola Romain
WEDNESDAY:** 10 AM George Sullivan – Roy & Penny Perrault
THURSDAY:* 10 AM Mass for Healing – A Parishioner
FRIDAY:*** 10 AM Gordon Conroy – Catherine D’Arcy
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 Donald Rettu – Teresa Downey & Family
St. Joseph: (Sunday) 9 AM Danny Kelly – Mrs. Fern Harvey
Chapeau: (Sunday) 10:30 AM 1) Edward Carroll – Janie, Patsy, and Francis
2) Theresa Gagnon – St. Alphonsus Choir
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: $ 940.00
St. Joseph’s: $1205.00
St. Alphonsus: $ 777.00
Total Online Donations to Date: $ 9231.45
1) 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.
2) 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
3) Christmas Schedule: St. Joseph’s: 5 pm (Full), 7 pm.
Chapeau: 5 pm, 7 pm.
Sheenboro: 8:30 pm
On Christmas Day, there will be one Mass celebrated in Chapeau at 10:30 am. Please call the parish office to reserve a space as we must control the number of people attending to conform to the COVID regulations of the province.
4) We welcomed a new member into our Catholic family, Liam Timothy Ranger who was baptised in St. Joseph’s Church last weekend. Liam is the infant son of Darren Ranger and Lindsay Sheppard.
5) 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.
6) “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.
7) 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.
8) THANK YOU to the Young at Heart Club for their very generous donations to our three parishes this past week. Their big-hearted donations will go a long way in helping all three communities pay their heating bills throughout the winter. We a very grateful for their wonderful kindness.
9) Please be advised that with the arrival of snow and the colder Winter weather, we have officially closed all of our cemeteries for ash burials until the arrival of Spring effective 1 December 2020. We will only continue to bury coffin burials throughout the Winter months.
Scriptural Reflection of this Weekend’s Readings
Jesus said to his disciples: “Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy from carousing and drunkenness and the anxieties of daily life, and that day catch you by surprise like a trap. For that day will assault everyone who lives on the face of the earth. Be vigilant at all times and pray that you have the strength to escape the tribulations that are imminent and to stand before the Son of Man.”
Opening Prayer: Lord, as we begin this new season of Advent, awaken my spirit within me so that I may be ready at every moment to recognize your presence in my life today and every day.
1. Pay Attention: Jesus had just given his discourse on what seemed to be the end of times, and his own passion and death. He does not intend to frighten us, but to call us to repentance and spiritual alertness. Jesus knows we can grow tired very easily….not just physically tired, but spiritually tired. Prayer can become routine–not a heartfelt conversation with him. As we go through the motions of our prayer, we might miss the movements the Lord wants to make in our soul. Jesus is inviting us during the season of Advent to regroup and “pay attention” when we pray.
2. Make Time for Christ: The Lord is always speaking with us, but because of our fallen nature, we are not always paying attention. We busy ourselves with the day-to-day worries and allow ourselves to be distracted over and over again. Jesus is asking us to be intentional in our prayer time, to cultivate an interior and exterior silence. For any task that requires our complete attention, including prayer, we need to create an environment that is conducive and aids our focus. Do you have a designated place and/or time for prayer?
3. Expect the Unexpected: Every day is full of opportunities to watch for signs of Our Lord’s presence in our lives. As we strive to live according to his will, he shows us the way. Let’s prepare in this special season of Advent to encounter him in small moments: in prayer, in contact with others he places in our path, and in those unexpected moments he provides for us, so as to prepare a heart worthy of him for Christmas.
Conversing with Christ: Jesus, thank you for calling me into relationship with you. Help me to use this time of Advent well, so that I can be prepared, stay awake, and be attentive when you make your presence known to me.
Resolution: Lord, today by your grace I will examine my day to make note of all the times you spoke to me in prayer and through the circumstances and people I met today. Then, I will say a short prayer of gratitude.