Parish Bulletin – Palm Sunday – 28 March 2021
Masses for the Week of 30 March to 4 April
TUESDAY: 10 AM Kevin Harrington – Dianne Boudens
WEDNESDAY:** 10 AM Special Intentions of priests who served in St. Joseph’s Parish – Genevieve Keogh
HOLY THURSDAY: 7 PM Iona Morris – Pat Hynes and family (St. Joseph’s)
GOOD FRIDAY: 3 PM Good Friday Service (Chapeau)
7 PM Stations of the Cross (Chapeau)
SATURDAY: 5 PM (SH) Carmelita Doyle – Larry and Nancy Gleason & Family
EASTER SUNDAY: 9 AM (SJ) M/M Victor Gagnon – Ruth Doran
10:30 AM (CH) Teresa McDonald – Brenda And Rene Lavigne
Michael Dunn – Colleen and Family
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
Collections: Sheenboro: $260.00 St. Joseph’s: $772.00
GREAT NEWS! Effective Monday March 29th, the government will permit up to 250 people to attend religious services so long as the requirements of social distancing, masks, etc. are maintained. Thus, we can now accommodate 150 people in Chapeau, 75 people in St. Joseph’s, and 40 people in Sheenboro while respecting these obligations at any regular Mass. 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.
**Now for the BAD NEWS: Effective immediately, only 25 people are allowed to attend any funeral or a wedding ceremony. Why? I have no idea. It makes no sense to me. But this new restriction/exemption was made by the government for these two particular services when they announced the increase in numbers allowed for regular Mass attendance this week. You would have to ask them for the reason behind this decision.
In either case, 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 is legally permissible 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) St. Alphonsus CWL News: Thank you to all CWL members who have already send in their membership ($20). We would appreciate receiving others ASAP as it makes it much easier for all concerned when they can be sent in at one time.
3) 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.
4) MESSAGE FROM THE BISHOP/ MESSAGE DE L’ÉVÊQUE
Share Love, Share Lent Campaign under way!
Dear Lay Faithful,
Inspired by Pope Francis’s newest encyclical, Fratelli Tutti, this year Development and Peace’s Lenten campaign, Share Love, Share Lent, invites us into a global solidarity. Pope Francis writes, “All of us have a responsibility for the wounded, those of our own people and all the peoples of the earth. Let us care for the needs of every man and woman, young and old, with the same fraternal spirit of care and closeness that marked the Good Samaritan” (79).
This Fifth Sunday of Lent, or ‘Solidarity Sunday’ is designated by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops for a collection for Development and Peace – Caritas Canada. Now into our second year of the global pandemic, there is much upheaval in many of our lives – and even more so for our brothers and sisters in the Global South. I invite each according to their means to give generously in your parish or online at www.devp.org (choosing the “Give Now” tab) or by calling 1 888 234-8533. Thank you in advance for promoting the fraternity and social friendship of which Pope Francis speaks. Wishing you and yours continued blessings in this Lenten season.
Sincerely yours in Christ our Redeemer,
Bishop Guy Desrochers, C.Ss.R.
Bishop of Pembroke
5) Chrism Mass: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chrism Mass scheduled for Tuesday, March 30th will be held privately.
Messe chrismale : La messe chrismale prévue le mardi 30 mars aura lieu en privé en raison de la pandémie de COVID-19.
6) Next Diocesan Marriage Preparation program – April 17th and May 1st: This program will be ONLINE only. To register click here or go to https://pembrokediocese.com/flymo/marriage-and-family/ . Deadline to register is April 1st. All couples will be mailed a package with the materials needed for the program.
7) First Step Options Pregnancy Resource Centre – Annual General Meeting: The FSO Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday, March 29th, starting at 6 p.m. via Zoom. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org to receive the link to join.
8) A NOTE TO ALL PARISHIONERS FROM FR. TIM
This weekend, our Jewish elder brothers and sisters are celebrating their great feast of Passover. Alas for me, this year I don’t get to celebrate this feast as our Bishop has decided not to ‘Passover’ my name in deciding the latest clergy moves. He has asked me to return to St. Anne’s Parish in Mattawa, effective 1 May 2021, to take up once again the position of pastor of that parish. At the same time, he is transferring Fr. Scott Murray from Mattawa to replace me here as pastor of our Upper Pontiac Parishes.
It’s hard for me not to believe that you are getting the better end of this deal. While I have become quite physically limited following my stroke a few years back, Fr. Scott is in the prime of health and full of energy and spirit being barely half my age. The fact that he is one of the priests who have resurrected the “Flying Fathers” Hockey team once again is proof positive of this!! And if there’s one thing I know for sure about him, it’s that Fr. Scott possesses the Catholic faith in abundance! He brings those gifts with him as he begins to take up his ministry as your parish priest, and I have no doubt that with your support and guidance he will succeed in bringing new life to all three of the parish communities here in the Pontiac.
I’ll offer my good-bye comments and thank you(s) in a future bulletin before departing at the end of April, but I do ask for your prayers in the coming weeks that I will be successful in my new assignment as I know Fr. Scott will be here with you.
Opening Prayer: Lord, help me to pray well in order to be able to accept the kingdom you offer instead of the kingdom I desire.
1. The Moment of Triumph: Jesus entered Jerusalem as a Jewish king arriving for his coronation. Passover was the traditional day for Jewish kings to be crowned. When entering a city, the king would ride a donkey—the traditional royal mount (horses were only ridden by a conqueror entering a vanquished city). According to tradition, the Messiah would come from the east, from the direction of the Mount of Olives. Jesus entered Jerusalem with a large crowd of pilgrims coming from Galilee for the feast of Passover. Many in Galilee already considered Jesus to be the Messiah and when they saw all this, they began to proclaim him Messiah and cover the road with palm branches and their cloaks for him to ride over. Jesus clearly entered Jerusalem as the Messianic king riding to his coronation.
2. What Kind of King?: The Apostles were excited. Things were finally working out as they had hoped! Almost everyone expected the Messiah to begin a new Jewish empire. He would come in, be crowned as king, raise an army and drive out the Romans—perhaps even conquer the whole Roman Empire and establish a Jewish Empire in its place. They knew Jesus was the Messiah and they were the ones closest to him. They would have the top posts in the new empire! Everything was going great! They had forgotten Jesus’s triple warning about his impending death in Jerusalem. They had forgotten what he said in the beatitudes. They were not prepared for what would happen this week. When Jesus needed them the most, all except John would come up short.
3. It’s Hard to Be a Citizen of Jesus’s Kingdom: Unlike the Apostles, I know what kind of kingdom Jesus is preparing. In spite of the glory of his entrance into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, it will be a kingdom of struggle and sacrifice. It will be a kingdom that will never be fully accepted by this world. In spite of its many members, it will remain invisible without borders or territory, because it is a kingdom that exists in peoples’ hearts. The Apostles weren’t ready for this, so they failed when Jesus was crowned on Good Friday. If I am looking for a kingdom of this world, I will fail too.
Conversing with Christ: Jesus, it would be great to remain in the glory of Palm Sunday, to enjoy being a citizen of a kingdom of this world. But that is not the kind of kingdom you offer. Your kingdom opposes the glory of this world and so it will always be opposed. Please help me to love and desire to be a member of your kingdom because, in the end, your kingdom is much better than the world’s, in spite of the difficulties I encounter.
Resolution: Lord, today by your grace I will make some small sacrifice as a sign that I belong to your kingdom, a kingdom of sacrifice and struggle, and not one of glory, comfort, and fame.