Parish Bulletin – 4th Sunday of Lent – 14 March 2021
Masses for the Week of 15 March to 21 March
TUESDAY: 10 AM Grace Allard – Sandra Coghlan
WEDNESDAY:** 10 AM In Thanksgiving – A Parishioner
THURSDAY: 10 AM Kevin Harrington – Peter Smith
FRIDAY:*** 10 AM Special Intentions of Rita & Family – Genevieve Bresseau
SATURDAY 5 PM (SH) Special Intention for Health of Ruth Doran & Family – Ruth Doran
SUNDAY 9 AM (SJ) Colin MacDonald – Leonard & Atje Duff
10:30 AM (CH) Paul Keon – Jerry & Marie Paule Muldoon
Alvin Lepine – Bert & Jackie Collin
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
GREAT NEWS! Effective Monday March 8th, the government will permit up to 100 people to attend religious services so long as the requirements of social distancing, masks, etc. are maintained. Thus we can now accommodate 100 people in Chapeau, 75 people in St. Joseph’s, and 40 people in Sheenboro while respecting these obligations. We are still obliged to take names of those who attend in case contact tracing is required should someone who contracts the COVID virus attends and exposes fellow Mass goers. You can either call in advance to have your name put on the list or give it at the door when you show up for Mass. I eagerly look forward to seeing as many as possible in Church once again!
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 have begun our Tuesday evening sessions on Zoom at 7 pm. as we work our way through Learning to Pray: A Guide for Everyone by Fr. James Martin, s.j. 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 undoubtably help you to deepen your prayer relationship with God. The author, 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!
4) The Stations of the Cross: Will be celebrated each Friday during Lent in St. Alphonsus Church at 7 pm. Our thanks go out to Michael Mainville who has accepted to lead this devotion for the community.
5) Thank You: We would like to thank everyone for their prayers, sympathy cards, food, and donations given in Jérôme’s memory. Thank you to family and friends for their phone calls and short visits, all of which enabled the family to better heal from their loss. A special thank you to +Bishop Guy Derochers and the clergy for honoring my husband and our father by celebrating his funeral Mass. Thank you to Fr. Moyle for the beautiful homily depicting Jérôme as a great role-model. Thank you to Louis Schryer, Maureen Belland, and Pauline Lepine for providing beautiful music and hymns. Thank you to all who viewed his funeral online. Despite COVID, he had a beautiful ‘send-off’. Thanks so much to everyone.
Françoise Sallafranque & Family
In today’s Gospel we read about how Jesus overturned the tables of the merchants and the moneychangers in the Temple at Jerusalem. In order to understand the relevance of Jesus’ action, we must learn more about the activities that were going on in the temple area. Worship at the Temple in Jerusalem included animal sacrifice, and merchants sold animals to worshipers. Moneychangers exchanged Roman coins, which bore the image of the Roman emperor, for the temple coins that were needed to pay the temple tax.
Jesus’ action at the Temple in Jerusalem is recorded in all four Gospels and is often understood to be among the events that led to Jesus’ arrest and Crucifixion. The Gospel of John, however, places this event much earlier in Jesus’ public ministry than do the Synoptic Gospels. In John’s Gospel this event occurs at the very beginning of Jesus’ ministry, after his first miracle at the wedding feast at Cana.
We must read the Gospel of John carefully, especially in its presentation of Jesus’ relationship to Judaism. The Gospel of John tends to reflect greater tension and animosity between Jesus and the Jewish authorities than the Synoptic Gospels. The Gospel of John was the last of the four Gospels to be written, and its narrative reflects the growing divide between the Jewish community and the early Christian community. Thus, greater emphasis on the distinction between Christianity and Judaism is found in John’s Gospel.
Reflecting upon the destruction of the Temple of Jerusalem (A.D. 70), John recalls Jesus’ cleansing of the Temple and uses that story to interpret this later event. John explains to his audience, an early Christian community, that temple worship would no longer be necessary because it was surpassed in the passion, death, and Resurrection of Jesus. With greater frequency than the other Evangelists, John intersperses post-Resurrection reflections of this Christian community in his narrative.
After clearing the Temple of the merchants and the moneychangers, John’s Gospel tells us that the people asked for a sign of Jesus’ authority to do such an audacious act. In response, Jesus predicted his death and Resurrection. Throughout John’s Gospel, the language of signs is distinctive. Jesus’ miracles are called signs, and the people look to these signs for proof of his authority. Here we learn that the sign par excellence will be Jesus’ passion, death, and Resurrection.
During Lent we reflect upon the meaning of this sign for us and for our world. We might take this opportunity to consider the quality of our prayer and worship. In our prayers we seek to deepen our relationship with the person of Christ. In our worship with the community, we gather to experience anew the passion, death, and Resurrection of Jesus and its significance in our lives. Christ promises to be present with us when we gather for prayer.