Masses for the Week of 2 March to 7 March
TUESDAY: 10 AM Laurette Schryer – Guy & Rejeanne Fournier
WEDNESDAY:** 10 AM Teresa Jennings – Angie Retty
THURSDAY: 10 AM Mary Spence – Zita Donnelly
FRIDAY:*** 10 AM Evelyn Larochelle – The Morris Family
SATURDAY 5 PM (SH) Mike Sullivan – Betty Morris
SUNDAY 9 AM (SJ) Gerald Spence – Harry & Liz Gribbon
10:30 AM (CH) Nora Smith – Chrisita Dupuis
Lily Sullivan & Deceased Family – M.J. Sullivan
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
All Live Masses will resume effective this coming weekend. We are limited to 25 people at each one. Please call the Parish Offices to reserve your spot. Looking forward to seeing you there!
1) Tax receipts for 2020 donations (excluding the online donations which produce receipt at time of donation) are available in the Churches now that the government has allowed us to reopen our offices for business. We thank you for your patience.
2) We will be starting a new book on Tuesday March 3rd at 7 pm. Entitled Learning to Pray: A Guide for Everyone by Fr. James Martin, s.j. published by HarperOne Publishers c.2021. It can be purchased online from Amazon.ca or Chapters.ca in either a hardcover or ebook version, or it can be ordered through the bookstore in the Pembroke Mall. If you are interested in joining in, please call or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send you a link to be able to join in the discussion. Learning to Pray is accessible for even novices to prayer to grasp and will undoubtedly help to deepen your prayer relationship with God. Fr. Jim has even offered to ‘pop in’ for a visit during one of our sessions to answer questions so I hope that many folks will take advantage of this opportunity to join the group.
3) Chapeau CWL News: CWL membership fees ($20) are due early in the new year. Kindly use the envelope in your box or a regular one with your name on it and marked “CWL Fees”. It can be put in the collection basket if you are attending church during these “different times” or given to a member (Gail, Pauline, Janie). Thank you in advance for doing so whenever possible. Stay well and stay safe!
Scripture Reflection For This Weekend
Today’s Gospel: Second Sunday of Lent – Mark 9:2-10
The Transfiguration is one of the better-known stories about Jesus. It is told in all three of the synoptic Gospels. We can learn a lot about Christ in this passage. However, let’s look at how this story teaches us about the Trinity.
First we see that there are three persons on the “high mountain”: Jesus, Moses, and Elijah. We see the priest, prophet, and King, the three offices of Jesus, embodied here by three physical persons. They seem to be in consultation and complete harmony, just as the Holy Trinity is three Persons in complete accord.
Next are the three witnesses, hand-picked by Jesus: Peter, chosen to be the “Rock” on which Jesus would build His Church; John, the youngest and the “beloved” disciple; and James, who would lead the Church in Jerusalem. This reminds us that the Father created and nurtured man and He would build a Church using through his “beloved Son,” Jesus; and the Spirit would breathe life into the Church on the day of Pentecost.
We can also see each Person of the Holy Trinity in this passage: God the Father in the voice saying, “This is My beloved Son. Listen to Him;” God the Son in physical form; and the cloud representing the Holy Spirit — just as He appeared in the desert in the Old testament. This is not something that would have been understood by the disciples, who “kept the matter to themselves.”
The use of the number three here is very intentional. The three on the mountain, the three witnesses, the indication of the three Persons, all point to the truth of the Trinity. This concept of God was completely foreign up to this point. What a mystery for the disciples, and us, to ponder!
Ponder: Could the Transfiguration change my view of God?
Pray: Dear Lord, help me better understand You in the story of the Transfiguration. May I love the Trinity even more today than I did yesterday. Amen.