Parish Bulletin – 3rd Sunday of Advent – 13 December 2020
Masses for the Week of December 15th to December 20th
TUESDAY:* 10 AM Mike Sullivan – Eulalia Ryan
WEDNESDAY:** 10 AM Yvonne O’Brien – Pat Hynes
THURSDAY:* 10 AM Lillian Smiley – Joanne Gagnon & Tommy Marcotte
FRIDAY:*** 10 AM Doreen Dubeau – Laetitia Tardiff Peacock
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 Patricia Smith – The Family
St. Joseph: (Sunday) 9 AM Danny Kelly – Marilyn Miller (Hynes)
Chapeau: (Sunday) 10:30 AM 1) Jacqueline Mainville – Gaetan, Lise, Patrick, & Annabelle St. Cyr
2) Lorna 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: $2880.00
St. Joseph’s: $1095.00
St. Alphonsus: $ 894.00
Total Online Donations to Date: $ 9356.65
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) 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.
3) We welcomed a new member into our Catholic family, Lennox Joseph Michaud who was baptised in St. Alphonsus Church last weekend. Lennox is the infant son of Carly McDonald and Jonathan Michaud.
4) The Offertory Envelopes for 2021 are now available in each of the Churches.
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 / firstname.lastname@example.org.
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) The Parish Offices will be closed for the Christmas holidays from December 24th through to January 3rd inclusive.
Scriptural Reflection of this Weekend’s Readings
1. Ready the Way: This is Gaudete Sunday, the day when we remember to rejoice as we prepare our hearts for the joy that Christ brings on Christmas morning. St. John the Baptist was sent to prepare the hearts of the people for Christ, to “make straight the way of the Lord” (John 1:23). He is the embodiment of Advent. He came in righteousness (Matthew 21:32) to help the people prepare for the joy that they would receive when the Messiah arrived. We can truly experience the joy of Christmas when we have become righteous by conforming ourselves to God’s will. This is the reason for the penitential cleansing of this season: We shed all of the sinful clutter in our hearts to make a straight path for Christ to come and reign in us.
2. Sent from God: God the Father sent Jesus on his mission: “I came down from heaven not to do my own will but the will of the one who sent me” (John 6:38). St. John the Baptist was also “sent from God” (John 1:6) on his own mission: to prepare the way for Christ. When the priests questioned John about his identity–“Who are you?”–what they really wanted to know was his purpose. Jesus has sent us on our own missions as well. Just before his passion–the culmination and fulfillment of his mission–he prayed to the Father for us, to help prepare us for our missions: “As you sent me into the world, so I sent them into the world” (John 17:18). We can ask ourselves this Advent if we have truly discerned our own mission. How has Jesus specifically sent me into the world to serve him?
3. Prepare Your Heart: We help St. John the Baptist fulfill his mission when we immerse ourselves in Advent rather than skipping ahead to the Christmas celebrations. When we enjoy these last days of Advent, really relish them, Christmas will be so much brighter and more joyful. We could use this week to meditate on Christ’s divine mission and how he comes to reign in our hearts. We could meditate on Our Lady, remembering her holy pregnancy and how she and St. Joseph were likely on their journey to Bethlehem about a week before Christmas. Or we can meditate on the “O Antiphons” within the Divine Office that begin this Thursday. These antiphons are traditionally sung at Vespers and focus on a specific name of Christ: “O Wisdom,” “O Morning Star,” and so on. The focus of these meditations is to center our hearts on Christ and his coming in order to prepare the way to receive the gift of him. When our hearts are purified and prepared, they can receive the Holy Spirit, rejoice, and be strengthened for our unique missions.
Conversing with Christ: Jesus, please help me discern and embrace my mission. How are you sending me into the world to serve you, in ways both large and small? Help me to prepare my heart in order to fully embrace and become strong for my unique mission. Please help me to tune out all the distractions of this week and focus on you and your birth.
Resolution: Lord, today by your grace I will pray about how you are sending me into the world and take one tangible step to fulfill my mission.