Parish Bulletin – 2nd Sunday of Advent – 6 December 2020
Masses for the Week of December 7th to December 13th
TUESDAY:* 10 AM NO MASS
WEDNESDAY:** 10 AM Burke Family – Anna-Mary & Don Grattan
THURSDAY:* 10 AM Marie Rochon – Bob Meehan
FRIDAY:*** 10 AM Edgar Downey – Vince & Lorna Agnesi
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 Teresa Jennings – Angie Retty
St. Joseph: (Sunday) 9 AM Danny Allard – Mary Kate & Allan Duff
Chapeau: (Sunday) 10:30 AM 1) Lennox & Jacqueline St. Cyr –
Gaetan, Lise, Patrick, & Annabelle St.Cyr
2) Andrew Keon – Lois & Barry Ferguson
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: $ 350.00
St. Joseph’s: $ 925.00
St. Alphonsus: $1464.00
Total Online Donations to Date: $ 9279.45
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) An Advent Message from our Bishop: The time of Advent (from the Latin “adventus” meaning “coming, dawn“) has just begun. For the next four weeks, we have a golden opportunity to prepare ourselves inwardly for the Saviour’s first coming at Christmas. To do this, through the Bible readings of each Sunday in Advent, the Church will propose to us to do penance, to be converted by flattening the mountains of our pride, to undertake a deep inner cleansing in order to invite the Divine Child into our hearts and to rest in the depths of our souls. By doing penance, praying more and doing acts of charity, our poor hearts will then become true mangers where the Newborn can rest peacefully. By preparing ourselves in this way, we will send a clear signal to God that we long to unite ourselves with the Spirit of the One who has humbled himself, to the point of taking our poor human condition and to accept eventually to die on the Cross, in order to save us from our sins and evil inclinations.
The purple liturgical vestments that members of the clergy wear when they celebrate the liturgy during Advent, as well as the colour of the tablecloths and other accessories, symbolize precisely this essential dimension of joyful penance that we must adopt if we are to enter into the mystery of love and communion that God proposes to us.
Without this spirit of penance and loving conversion to God, without this spirit of sincere contrition for our sins (accompanied by the desire to please Him in everything), we risk missing the great mystery of Christmas! Christmas will then be reduced to a secular holiday where there are certainly moments of excitement and emotion linked to the shopping frenzy and the preparation of family gatherings during the holiday season. But Christ will certainly not come into our hearts under these conditions alone. For this to happen, we need to pray more; we need to desire him more, because desire always precedes love, all love. This is the signal that God expects from us before coming down from heaven to dwell and reign in our hearts. By doing so, he will be able to free us from the fears, anxieties, guilt and insecurities that so often invade us. Let us pray together, dear faithful, so that all may take advantage of this time of Advent to prepare inwardly for the coming of Emmanuel in the cradle of our hearts.
+ Guy Desrochers, C.Ss.R., Bishop of Pembroke
Les vêtements liturgiques violets que les membres du clergé portent lorsqu’ils célèbrent la sainte liturgie durant le temps de l’Avent, ainsi que la couleur des nappes ou autres accessoires, symbolisent justement cette dimension essentielle de pénitence joyeuse que nous devons adopter si nous voulons entrer dans le mystère d’amour et de communion que Dieu nous propose.
Sans cet esprit de pénitence et de conversion amoureuse envers Dieu, sans cet esprit de contrition sincère de nos péchés (accompagné du désir de vouloir Lui plaire en tout), nous risquons de passer complètement à côté du grand mystère de Noël! La fête de Noël sera alors réduite à une fête profane où l’on vit certes des moments d’excitations et d’émotions liées à la frénésie du magasinage d’emplettes et à la préparation de rassemblements familiaux du temps des fêtes. Mais le Christ ne parviendra jamais à naître dans nos cœurs dans ces seules conditions. Pour ce faire, il nous faudra prier davantage; le désirer davantage. Le désirer, car le désir précède toujours l’amour, tout amour. C’est le signal que Dieu attends de nous avant de descendre du ciel pour venir habiter et régner en nos cœurs. Ce faisant, il pourra alors nous libérer des peurs, des anxiétés, des culpabilités et des insécurités qui nous envahissent si souvent. Prions ensemble, chers fidèles, afin que tous profitent du temps de l’Avent pour préparer intérieurement la venue de l’Emmanuel dans le berceau de nos cœurs.
+ Guy Desrochers, C.Ss.R., Évêque de Pembroke
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, Brecken Michael Filippi who was baptised in St. Alphonsus Church last weekend. Brecken is the infant son of Tony Filippi and Shauna Quirk.
5) News from the Diocesan Office of Lay Formation:
Vivre et aimer – Worldwide Marriage Encounter: Wordlwide Marriage Encounter, mouvement catholique appelé Vivre et Aimer dans la francophonie est au Québec depuis 45 ans pour promouvoir le mariage et le sacerdoce dans l’Église et dans le monde. Ils ont aidé des millions de couples et des milles de prêtres dans près de 100 pays, à faire grandir leur amour.
Les Thèmes abordés:
- Explorer nos styles de personnalité
- Apprécier nos différences
- Écouter d’une nouvelle façon
- Dialoguer en profondeur
- Découvrir le désir de Dieu pour nous
- Continuer de s’épanouir ensemble
- En ce temps de pandémie, des week-ends virtuels se sont ajoutés. Au début de 2021, un week-end virtuel aura lieu du 12 au 14 février (date limite d’inscription: 12 janvier). Ainsi un rencontre est disponible en contactant: Marc Beaudoin & Ghislaine Rigolt Beaudoin, Père Roger Landry, s.m. – Trio responsable pour le Québec., Tél: 819 566-6638 / email@example.com.
6) 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.
7) Congratulations to Philip Montgomery (St-Joseph’s Quilt), Janie Carroll (St-Alphonsus’ Quilt), and Barry & Lois Ferguson (Firewood), the winners of the ‘Keep Warm this Winter’ fundraising projects for Chapeau and St. Joseph’s. Special thanks to Ethel Jones, Sylvia Craise-Dudgeon, and J.P. & Jennifer Allard for donating the prizes and to everyone who contributed with donations of cash to the parishes.
Scriptural Reflection of this Weekend’s Readings
There is something beautiful about all the lights that we now see around us in the streets and shops windows. As they shine and sparkle they are trying to catch our eye and get our attention.
In our gospel this Sunday, John the Baptist is trying to do the very same thing; he too is trying to get our attention because he has a message for us as we take another step on our Advent journey.
John comes as a messenger in the wilderness not just with any news, but with ‘good news’ for all to hear. He comes to us with a message of hope. John tells us that someone (Jesus) is coming and that he is far more powerful than John. The first reading from the Prophet Isaiah describes the arrival of this person; ‘Here is you God.’ Here is the Lord coming with power.’ John reminds us today as he did in the desert that God has not forgotten us or the promise that was made to generations before us; Jesus the Messiah is coming. Jesus is coming not just into our world, but into our homes, lives and our very hearts. This most definitely is ‘good news.’
John came with a new message in a new place. Normally people went to the temple or the synagogue to hear the word of God. But John is in neither of these places. He appeared and spoke in the wilderness of the desert and as the gospel tells us all the people of Judea and all the people of Jerusalem made their way to him. Through John, God is proclaiming a new message in a new way. As the Prophet Isaiah reminds us, Yahweh says, ‘look I am doing something new, it is already happening. Can you not see it? I will make a path in the wilderness.’
What is this new thing God is doing? Through the words and actions of Jesus, God breaks into our world and lives in a new, life-giving and personal way. Our God is God of surprises and God’s ways are not our ways.
John asks us to ‘prepare a way for the Lord and make his paths straight.’ What does mean for us today? When the people heard John speak, ‘they were baptised and confessed their sins.’ An important aspect of our Advent journey and preparation is acknowledging that there are parts of our lives that need straightening!
Perhaps one way we could prepare away for the Lord during these weeks of Advent is to consider celebrating the sacrament of reconciliation. As we focus our attention on so many other things during the lead up to Christmas, let us not forget to prepare a place in our hearts to welcome Jesus.