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Parish Bulletin – 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time – 8 November 2020

Parish Bulletin – 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time – 8 November 2020

Masses for the Week of November 10th – November 15th

STREAMED MASSES:

TUESDAY:*              10 AM             Theresa Gagnon – Lynn Laureaul & Family

WEDNESDAY:**      10 AM             Margaret Maloney – Betty Morris

THURSDAY:*           10 AM             Andrew Joseph Donnelly – Frank & Janet Retty

FRIDAY:***              10 AM             Ken & Mae Conroy – Rose & Paul Stebby

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 during Exposition

*** Includes public recitation of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy during Exposition

LIVE MASSES:

Sheenboro:      (Saturday)       5 PM  

Leo Downey & Deceased Parents & Family – Teresa Downey

St. Joseph:       (Sunday)         9 AM  

1) Iveagh & Harold Duff – Atje & Leonard Duff and Family

                                                             2) Molly Montgomery – Dennis and Family

Chapeau:         (Sunday)   10:30 AM 

1) Deceased CWL Members

                                                            2) Jack & Helen Hill

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.

Collections:

St. Paul the Hermit:   $  520.00

St. Joseph’s:                $1570.00

St. Alphonsus:             $2193.00

Total Online Donations to Date:  $ 8689.10

THANK YOU!

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1) The video course studying Jesus of Nazareth by Pope Benedict XVI continues on Tuesdays at 7 pm.  The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis course continues on Thursdays at 7 pm. Contact Fr. Tim for more information if you are interested in joining in.

2) “Are you called to join other Canadian Catholic women learning how your leadership has the power to transform where you work, volunteer, and live?  Applications are now available for the 2021-2022 Catholic Women’s Leadership Foundation Program. The in-person and online program, facilitated by the Providence School of Transformational Leadership and Spirituality at Saint Paul University (Ottawa) runs from April/21 to May/22. Visit www.cwlfcanada.ca Application deadline November 20, 2020″

3) Thank You: “Thank you for all your kindness and emotional support offered to us in the wake of our mother, Lorena Picard’s final illness and death. Your thoughtfulness and support were greatly appreciated.  The Picard Family

4) Our prayers and sympathies go out to the family of Brigitta Gottfried, wife of the late Andre Gottfried of Pembroke, and mother of Margo and Kathleen, whose funeral was celebrated in St. Joseph’s Church on Saturday. May God grant peace and comfort to her family and a merciful judgment for her soul.

5) Bishop +Desrochers is asking all Catholics of the Diocese to please write to your local Member of Parliament to express your concerns about the proposed changes to Canada’s euthanasia laws. The Federal government is proposing to expand those who may be killed beyond those who are facing an imminent death. Disabled groups and associations are deeply alarmed with this change as they believe it poses a particular danger to their members. There is a website you can go to which provides more information on this subject as well as a link to use to write and share your objection with the government which I have posted below. Please do what you can to ensure that the government does not enact these changes. http://www.canadiansforconscience.ca/federal_government

6) Celebration of Confirmation and First Communion: Due to the requirements of the COVID virus we are unable to hold any large celebrations, so Bishop + Desrochers is suggesting that each parish celebrate the sacrament at an evening Mass on a weeknight. He has extended the right for all the parish pastors to celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation for this year. We will take his advice and schedule such a Mass for those who were prepared last school year to be confirmed.

As regards those who are waiting for the celebration of their First Communion and Confession, I have been waiting to see if the arrival of a vaccine would come before the end of this school year so that we would be able to offer a celebration at one of our weekend Masses. Given that we should know in January 2021 if such a vaccine will be available, I intend to wait until then to make any decision as to when and how these sacraments will be offered. IF it becomes clear that a vaccine isn’t going to be widely available in time, then we will have to schedule a few smaller celebrations for a few students at a time on a school night as we are going to do for confirmation. Stay tuned for further developments. They will be posted here, on Facebook and on the parish blog (https://uppontiacparishes.com/) once it becomes clear how to best proceed.

7) There will be a meeting of the combined parishes Finance & Property Committee on Wednesday, November 25th at 7 pm in the St. Joseph’s Rectory. I ask the members to please confirm whether or not they will be able to attend. Thanks to those of you who have already RSVP’d your attendance.

8) Our chief Cookie Elf of Chapeau and Chichester (Bernie Hendry) has organized another year of Christmas treats to be delivered to the seniors and shut-ins of St. Alphonsus Parish. She is asking that you call her (819-689-5332) or the parish office to leave a message if you are either willing to become a cookie elf in your own right or if you know of someone who might appreciate a package from one of her delivery elves. The date for receiving the cookies, preparing them into packages, and delivering them is December 15th. Due to the restrictions demanded due to the COVID pandemic, all deliveries will be of the ‘non-contact’ variety and all the packages will be disinfected before they’re dropped off. Let’s all do our part to help make the Christmas season a little brighter after this year of hell we’ve all gone through in 2020.

Scriptural Reflection of this Weekend’s Readings

Encountering Christ:

1. Prudence: “The first of the four cardinal virtues, and the rule for the other three, is prudence. Now it goes against the grain of present-day thinking [as of 1951] to see in prudence a virtue, let alone the first of the four cardinal virtues. The reason for this is that we often have an entirely wrong idea of the virtue of prudence. “Prudence as virtue has nothing to do with […] the timorous attitude of undue caution […]. Prudence is the quality of clearsightedness. The prudent man approaches each decision with his eyes open, in the full light of knowledge and faith. He discerns reality objectively, sizes up a factual situation for what it is, and weighs the real value of things. Only after careful consideration does the prudent man make his decision” (Josef Pieper, What Catholics Believe, 73).

2. Foolishness: Today’s Gospel passage weighs prudence against foolishness. At first glance, the mishap that befell the five foolish virgins might seem coincidental. However, in the light of the explanation of prudence above, we can appreciate that the situation around the virgins’ shortage of oil was preceded by two sets of behavior, by two decision-making processes, and two ways of approaching reality: “Whoever follows the impulse of his will before appraising the facts and the circumstances of a situation accurately and objectively is imprudent and unwise” (idem).

3. “Behold, the Bridegroom!”: “Virtue is the utmost of what a man can be; it is the realization of the human capacity for being” (Josef Pieper, A Brief Reader on the Virtues of the Human Heart, 9). If the clear-sighted virtue of prudence is imperative in daily life in order to “realize the human capacity,” in today’s Gospel, Jesus teaches us that it is even more imperative for the spiritual life. Much like the maids-in-waiting, we know that the Lord will come. To be prudent in our spiritual life means that today we “size up this situation for what it is, and weigh the real value of things” in its light.

Conversing with Christ: My Lord, today you invite me to grow in prudence. Help me to approach each situation with my “eyes open, in the full light of knowledge and faith.” Give me the grace to discern proper actions and then follow through for your glory.

Resolution: Lord, today by your grace I will practice the cardinal virtue of prudence by taking a minute before making a decision to consciously discern its implications in the light of faith and reason.

Parish BUlletin – 22nd Sunday in Ordinary times – 30/08/2020

PARISH BULLETIN: 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time – 30/08/2020

Streamed Masses:

Monday: 10 am. NO MASS

Tuesday: 10 am. Brandon Perrault – Gene & Eddy O’Brien

Wednesday: 10 am. In Thanksgiving to God/St. Theresa – Marilyn

Thursday: 10 am. Mary Lapierre – Stanley, Diane, Sheen, & Christian McGuire

Friday: 10 am. NO MASS

Sunday:   9 am. Missa Pro Populo

Live Masses:

Chapeau: Friday at 11 am: Funeral for Mr. Gilles Groulx

Sheenboro Saturday 5 pm. John (Jack) Jennings – Janet & Frank Retty

St. Joseph Sunday   9 am. Merrill Allard – Leonard & Ate Duff & family

Chapeau Sunday     10:30 am. Lucille Vaillancourt – St. Alphonsus CWL

Rhea Vaillancourt – St. Alphonsus Choir

Collections:

Sheenboro: $ 745 St. Joseph: $860 Chapeau: $535

Thank you / Merci

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

  1. This week will be the last week of my summer vacation so I will stream weekday Masses from my cottage at 10 am on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Because of the funeral scheduled for Friday morning in Chapeau (for Gilles Groulx, recently deceased companion of Sheila Stacey) there won’t be a streamed Mass on that day.
  2. Well, last Sunday we live streamed our Mass from St. Joseph’s via YouTube and Facebook. Unfortunately, the quality of the internet stream has been problematic lately as Picanoc seems to having some difficulty. If you have trouble viewing at 9 am. The complete video will be available for uninterrupted viewing at 10:30 am on YouTube. Just search for my channel (Fr. Tim Moyle) and you will find the Mass there. Hopefully Picanoc will soon resolve their service issues and everyone will be able to watch in real time asap.
  3. The funeral services for Gilles Groulx will be celebrated in Chapeau on Friday September 4th at 11 am. Again, we extend our sympathy and prayers to his family and friends.
  4. It is my intention to continue to livestream weekday Masses exclusively on Facebook from St. Joseph’s Church rather than resuming their celebration in Chapeau. This will permit us to maintain social distancing for those who want to attend in person while simultaneously serving those who prefer not to venture into a public gathering. Each Mass will be integrated into a Holy Hour with Eucharistic Adoration, Benediction, the recitation of the Rosary (Wednesdays), and the Divine Mercy Chaplet (Thursdays). 
  5. We will also be starting two online course offerings via zoom.com that will be offered on Tuesday evenings (7 pm) and Friday afternoons (2 pm) beginning on the week of September 14th. On Tuesdays we will study ‘Jesus of Nazareth’ by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger and on Fridays we will begin a journey through ‘The Screwtape Letters’ by C.S. Lewis. Please email me with your interest in registering in either program and I will forward you a link which will permit you to participate online at the appointed time.
  6. Here are the MAXIMUM numbers of parishioners who can attend in each of our churches to comply with the requirements of social distancing.  Chapeau:  150;  St. Joseph’s: 65; Sheenboro: 50. If people from the same household sit together in the same pew, it will sometimes be possible to accommodate a few more.

SHEENBORO CHURCH NEWS:

Please be advised that the Church will be open for people to enter on Saturday afternoon at 4:40 pm. We ask everyone to please wait until then before entering as it gives time for the screeners who need to take temperatures and ensure other required procedures are completed to get everything in place.

We are looking for two or three more volunteers to step forward to help with wiping down the pews after each Mass. Please contact either Joann McCann, Rosemary Brisson, or Janet Retty  if you are willing and able to assist with this necessary work if we want to keep our building open during these pandemic times.

ST. PAUL THE HERMIT MEMORIAL WALL: The Celtic cross at the back of the church forms part of the memorial wall to commemorate donations made in memoriam and proceeds have and will continue to pay for the church repairs. Beautiful individual wood shamrocks will be placed around the Celtic cross and each shamrock will  have the name of the person honoured by  the donation.   If you made a donation in the past year towards the capital repairs,  a member of parish council will contact to confirm the name of the person that you are honouring.  There is no deadline for your donation as we can continue to add shamrocks to our memorial wall. We are hoping for a minimum donation of $250 per shamrock. If you have any questions, please contact Rosemary Flood at 613 433-4891.

ST. JOSEPH’S NEWS:

It seems almost criminal to use this word, but we are looking for someone who would be interested in shovelling the snow off of the walks for this coming winter. The walks and doorways must be cleared of snow and sanded at least one hour before Masses. Please contact Fr. Tim if you are interested in this position. We are willing to pay up to $20 per hour to have this work done. Thank you.

GOSPEL REFLECTION:

Jesus as a TRUE FRIEND

Jesus Christ loves us enough to tell us the truth about ourselves. 

  • Those who selfishly use other people instead of seeking their authentic good rarely tell them hard truths.
  • It’s too risky.
  • Pointing out their failings may result in offense and rejection – like the parents who are afraid to discipline their child.
  • But love will take the risk, because love always goes after what is best for the beloved.
  • true friend will tell you when you’re wrong, so that you can straighten out.

            Christ is a true friend, and he shows it in this conversation with St Peter. 

  • Jesus just finished elevating Peter to a position of prominence in the coming Kingdom (the passage we just listened to follows immediately the one where Christ dubs him the “rock” upon which he will build his Church).
  • But then Jesus makes the shocking announcement that he is going to suffer greatly and be killed – he predicts his passion.
  • Peter, puffed up with naïve self-importance, takes the Lord aside and disagrees with him.
  • That’s when Christ comes down hard on him – very hard, calling him “Satan” and telling him that he is thinking like a pagan, not like a Christian.
  • Only a true friend would do something like that.

Not everyone liked Jesus.

  • Many Pharisees and Scribes positively hated him and had been plotting his death almost since the beginning of his ministry.
  • When Jesus made his speech about the importance of the Eucharist (John 6), of eating his flesh and drinking his blood in order to receive eternal life, most of his followers walked out on him.
  • Here too, by being so firm with Peter, he was risking a walk-out.
  • But in every case, Jesus cared less about personal popularity than about the saving truth.

He is a friend we can count on.

Parish Bulletin – 3rd Sunday in Lent

Novena to Our Lady of Monte Berico

O Most Holy Virgin, Mother of God and my Mother Mary, I thank you that you have deigned to appear on Monte Berico and I thank you for all the graces you grant here to those who turn to you. Nobody ever prayed to you in vain. I, too, resort to you and beg you for the Passion and Death of Jesus and for your pains: welcome me, o’ merciful Mother, under your mantle, which is a maternal mantle; grant me the particular grace that I ask of You [your petition here] and protect me from all evil and especially from sin which is the greatest evil.

Oh make, oh Mary, my Mother, that I always enjoy your loving protection in life and even more in death and then come to see you in heaven and to thank and bless you forever. Amen.

Madonna of Monte Berico, pray for us. O sweet Virgin, pious mother of love, like this Ave rising from the heart.

Ave, ave, ave, Maria

Ave, ave, ave, Maria

O Virgin, shine as a star in the sky, Motherly defend your faithful children.

Ave, ave, ave Maria

Ave, ave, ave, Maria

Young at Heart News:  Day tour Wednesday, May 13th, 2020 with Suzanne Dubeau.  Join us for an exciting and fund day tour to the “Ottawa Tulip Festival” and a luncheon/theatre at “Oh Canada Eh!”  Departure from Chapeau at 8:00 a.m. with a later afternoon arrival home.  Cost is $162.00 per person, payable in full on registration by March 11th for members only.  After this date, it will be open to the public.  Deadline to register is April 2nd, 2020.  Contact persons:  Jerome Sallafranque 689-2208 or Ron Price 613-639-0292

Knights of Columbus – Council 1531:  Tickets are now on sale for the annual Irish play, sponsored by Bishop N.Z. Lorrain council 1531 of the Knights of Columbus. Dates this year are March 8 and 15 starting at 1:30 p.m. and March 13 and 16 starting at 7:30 p.m. All shows will be at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Ellis Avenue in Pembroke. Tickets are available at all Mulvihill pharmacies in Pembroke, the CNIB outlet at Wal Mart in Pembroke and O’Grady’s Flowers and Gifts in Eganville. Tickets are $15 in advance at $18 at the door.

The Chapeau Agricultural Society will hold its annual general meeting at the Harrington Community Center on March 26th, 2020 at 7pm.  As we are spearheading a project to build a farmer’s market (to replace the old barn) and redesigning the community garden, we welcome new people to join our board. If you are interested and need more information, please contact Gene O’Brien 819-689-2410 or Edith Lair at 819-689-2950.

Parish Collection                     
Sheenboro $  572.00  $655.00   Toonie   $87.75  $   90.00
St. Joseph $1159.00 $1177.00  Toonie   $74.30  $102.00  
Chapeau $2104.00 $1196.00  Toonie  $174.65 $234.00  

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK: Lisa Lariviere, Dan Kelly, Barbara Coventry, Leonard Duff, Fran Flavelle, Earl Lepine, Annie Gaudette, Sandra Fletcher- McGuire, Roseanne Gagnon, Viola Fleury, Joanne Souliere, Patsy Lariviere, Ida-Mae Turner, Kerry Kelly, Kim Warren, Paul Dennie, and Judy Sullivan.

Thank you:  Thank you to the St. Alphonsus C.W.L. for their generous donation of $1,500 to help defray the costs of heating the parish church.

Thank you:  Lorna Conway and her children Charlie, Shirley, Christopher and Mary Lou, would like to thank Neville’s Funeral Home and Father Tim Moyle for his Beautiful Eulogy at Charlie’s funeral.  Thank you, Roger and members of the choir for the lovely music.  Thanks to everyone who contributed food and to the C.W.L who prepared and served the delicious lunch.  Thank to everyone who brought good to the house.  It was all so much appreciated.  We are so grateful for your thoughtfulness at our time of sorrow.  Thanks again.

Fr. Tim Notes:
Well, folks, we’re sure living in troubled times. Effective immediately, all weekend Masses are cancelled until further notice in all Quebec Catholic churches. This step is taken because of the REAL RISK to the health of primarily our seniors. People 60 and up are dying at a rate of 1 in 5 on the younger end of the range, and up to 1 in 3 for people 80 yrs of age and over. Younger folks have a very low mortality rate (probably under 1%), but they can quickly become carriers of the virus for up to 10 days before they display any symptoms. We do not want them to unwittingly become agents of death to the senior members of their families.

There are still activities happening in our churches, though. Our program of Eucharistic Adoration continues in all three parishes. We insist though, that the following regime be respected:

1) Please use the alcohol rub available at every door when you enter and leave the church.

2) We will be washing down the pews in our churches with bleach after each day.

3) If you are sick in any way, PLEASE STAY AT HOME. This means that if you are coughing, sneezing, have a runny nose, or chills, you MUST NOT come into the buildings.

We will do what we can to limit the risk to anyone with these steps. You must do your part to help keep your friends and neighbours safe.

We will continue to celebrate funerals during this period, but they will not be open to the general public. ONLY THE DECEASED’S FAMILY MEMBERS and close friends will be welcome to participate in any church service. If you need further instruction on this matter, feel free to call our local funeral directors (Hayes Funeral Home 1-844-647-2221), and they will explain what is and isn’t allowed.

Your local clergy stand ready to attend to anyone in need of the Sacrament of the Sick. Just call me or any other priest and we will schedule a time when we can come. Please understand though if we don’t stick around for a social visit if anyone is found to be suffering from this virus as we must take strict measures to remain virus-free.

At least for this week, there won’t be any Masses during the week. However, this might change as we investigate the possibility of allowing these celebrations during this crisis. I will post whatever answer we receive both here and on Facebook once we know what we can offer. What is clear is that there will not be any weekend Masses until further notice.

Finally, let me add one more request: PRAY! Pray for the sick. Pray for healthcare professionals who are caring for them. Pray for we clergy who will be ministering to them. And pray that this time of crisis will pass as soon as possible without killing any of our parishioners.

Thank you.

Fr. Tim

Parish Bulletin – 2nd Sunday of Lent – 8 March 2020

Masses and Celebrations for the Week

Day Time and Place Celebration Intention
Monday Chapeau   No Mass
Tuesday St. Joseph

11:00 a.m.

  Funeral Mass of Leo Spence
Wednesday Chapeau

10:00 a.m.

  Tim Sullivan

By:  Gail & Cecil Sullivan

Thursday St. Joseph

10:00 a.m.

  Patricia McGuire

By:  Mr. & Mrs. Jim Harrington

Friday Chapeau

11:00 a.m.

  Funeral Mass of Reneld Chaput
Saturday Sheenboro

5:00 p.m.

  Brandon Perrault

By:  Steve and Cathy Downey

Sunday St. Joseph

9:00 a.m.

  Stanley Bresseau

By:  Genevieve Keogh-Bresseau

Sunday Chapeau

10:30 a.m.

  Missa Pro Populo

 

Parish Collection                      Counter
Sheenboro $                                    Toonie   $  
St. Joseph $                                   Toonie   $ Sharon Fitzpatrick, Monday, March 10th
Chapeau $                                   Toonie   $    

Last week’s collections will be included in the next Bulletin.  Thank you for your understanding!

 PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK: Lisa Lariviere, Dan Kelly, Barbara Coventry, Leonard Duff, Fran Flavelle, Earl Lepine, Annie Gaudette, Sandra Fletcher- McGuire, Roseanne Gagnon, Viola Fleury, Joanne Souliere, Patsy Lariviere, Ida-Mae Turner, Kerry Kelly, Kim Warren, Paul Dennie, and Judy Sullivan.

Parish Lectors Communion
Sheenboro Francis Downey Marie-Paule, Peter
St. Joseph Carol Price Rita, Elaine
Chapeau Nicole Bertrand Nicole, André

Children’s Catechism Class:  The next Children’s Catechism class will be held on Sunday, April 5th.

Thank you:  To J.P. Allard Sand & Gravel for the $200 donation he made to each church to put towards the cost of Fuel.

Harrington Community Centre Hall Committee– Annual General Meeting:  Will be held at Harrington Community Centre on Tuesday, March 31st, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.  Everyone Welcome.

Chrism Mass: All are invited to participate in the celebration of the Chrism Mass at St. Columbkille Cathedral, Pembroke, on Monday of Holy Week, April 6th, at 10:30 a.m. During the ceremony, the Oil of Catechumens and the Oil of the Sick will be blessed, and the Holy Chrism will be consecrated.

Al-Anon:  is a mutual support program for people whose lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking. By sharing common experiences and applying Al-Anon principles, families and friends of alcoholics can bring positive changes to their individual situations, whether or not the alcoholic admits the existence of a drinking problem.  Is someone else’s drinking causing you to worry?  Are you feeling helpless about what to do?  Come to an Al-Anon meeting, a safe place to talk, every Monday evening from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the sacristy of St. Joseph’s Church, 7 rue St. Joseph, QC.

Résidence Meilleur du Haut Pontiac – An apartment complex for autonomous seniors serving Chichester, L’Isle-aux-Allumettes, Rapides des Joachims, Sheenboro and Waltham. A two-bedroom apartment will become available on April 1. If interested, phone 819-689-2360 and leave a message with your name and phone number. Thank you!

Résidence Meilleur du Haut Pontiac – The Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday, March 12, at 7 pm, at 111 rue Notre Dame, Chapeau. The public is invited to attend! All welcome!

Knights of Columbus – Council 1531:  Tickets are now on sale for the annual Irish play, sponsored by Bishop N.Z. Lorrain council 1531 of the Knights of Columbus. Dates this year are March 8 and 15 starting at 1:30 p.m. and March 13 and 16 starting at 7:30 p.m. All shows will be at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Ellis Avenue in Pembroke. Tickets are available at all Mulvihill pharmacies in Pembroke, the CNIB outlet at Wal Mart in Pembroke and O’Grady’s Flowers and Gifts in Eganville. Tickets are $15 in advance at $18 at the door.

The Chapeau Agricultural Society will hold its annual general meeting at the Harrington Community Center on March 26th, 2020 at 7pm.  As we are spearheading a project to build a farmer’s market (to replace the old barn) and redesigning the community garden, we welcome new people to join our board. If you are interested and need more information, please contact Gene O’Brien 819-689-2410 or Edith Lair at 819-689-2950

This momentary vision of Christ in his glory that we heard in today’s Gospel, was given in order to strengthen the three principal Apostles to face the trials to their faith, which the sufferings and crucifixion of their beloved master would bring on them. For the very same reason, it is retold to us today, in the early part of Lent, to encourage us to persevere in our Lenten disciplines. It reminds us that, very soon, the Easter bells will be ringing out their message of joy once more. If we are sharers with Christ in his sufferings, we shall be sharers with him in his glory as St. Paul reminds us.

This is a truth we all too easily forget, namely, that we cannot and do not get to heaven in a limousine. Our spell on earth is the chance given to us by our heavenly Father to earn an eternal reward. This reward surpasses even the wildest imagination of man. We could never earn it, but God accepts the little we can do and provides the balance of his infinite mercy. And yet there are many, far too many, who refuse even that little bit that is asked of them, and are thus running the risk of not partaking in God’s scheme for their eternal happiness.

And are they any happier during their few years on this earth by acting thus towards the God of mercy? Can they, by ignoring God and their duties towards him, remove all pain, all sorrow, all sufferings, from their daily lives? Death, which means total separation from all we possessed and cherished in this world, is waiting around the corner for all of us. Who can face it more calmly and confidently —he man who is firmly convinced that it is the gateway to a new life, and who has done his best to earn admission through that gateway, or the man who has acted all his life as if death did not exist for him, and who has done everything to have the gate to the new life shut forever in his face?

Fr. Tim Notes:
1) I hate being sick! Suffering from a chest cold as I am now, really knocks me off my feet. My sincere thanks to Fr. Tom Fitzpatrick for filling in for me again this weekend. Given the spate of funerals to be celebrated, it was just too much for me also to take the regular weekend schedule. Hopefully, I’ll finally get back working at something closer to peak efficiency by the time next weekend rolls around. Any spare prayers offered for that intention will be most gratefully appreciated.

2) We’ve been walloped with multiple deaths among the parishes. Our sympathy and prayers go out to the families of Jim Gallagher and Charlie Conway of St. Joseph’s, whose funerals were celebrated there on Friday and Saturday. The funeral for Mr. Leo Spence, also of St. Joseph’s, will be held in that Church on Tuesday at 11 am. The funeral for Mr. Reneld Chaput will be celebrated this coming Friday at 11 am. in St. Alphonsus Church. We also extend our sympathy and prayers to the Sisters of St. Joseph and the members of the Berrigan family of Sheenboro following the accidental death in Pembroke of Sr. Betty Berrigan on Friday. As of the time of publication for this bulletin, her funeral arrangements have not yet been made public. Once they become known, we will post them on the parish blog.

3) Thank you to the Chapeau CWL for their generous donation of $1,500 to help defray the costs of heating the parish church. This is just another example of how the CWL is a true blessing for our parish community. If you are a woman in either Chapeau or St. Joseph’s, why not give some thought to signing up and becoming a member of either Council?

4) Our Eucharistic Adoration program continues in each of our churches. Spending some time before Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament is a most worthy Lenten prayer activity.

5) Want to learn more about the Blessed Virgin Mary? Our video course continues in St. Joseph’s at 7 pm and again on Wednesday in Chapeau immediately following the 10 am. Mass.

Parish Bulletin – 1st Sunday of Lent – 1 March, 2020

Masses and Celebrations for the Week

Day Time and Place Celebration Intention
Monday Chapeau

11:00

  Funeral Mass for Helen Donlan
Tuesday Chapeau

10:00 a.m.

  Florian Allard

Laurier & Dianne Mainville

Wednesday Chapeau

10:00 a.m.

  Deceased Relatives

By:  Ron & Carol Price

Thursday St. Joseph

10:00 a.m.

  Annus Lapierre

Marie Corriveau & Mary Rabishaw

Friday St. Joseph

10:00 a.m.

  Patricia McGuire

Mr. & Mrs. Jim Harrington

Saturday Sheenboro

5:00 p.m.

  Missa Pro Populo
Sunday St. Joseph

9:00 a.m.

  Lloyd Manders

Mr. & Mrs. Leo Spence

Sunday Chapeau

10:30 a.m.

  Lorenzo Fleury

By:  Joanne & Tommy

Judy Bechamp

By:  Poncho, Andre, Naomi & Nathan

 

Parish Collection                      Counter
Sheenboro $   529.00                    Toonie   $  70.70  
St. Joseph $1,116.00                   Toonie    $110.00 Sharon Gribbon, Monday,  March 2nd
Chapeau $1,755.00                   Toonie    $145.75   

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK: Lisa Lariviere, Jimmy Gallagher, Dan Kelly, Barbara Coventry, Leonard Duff, Fran Flavelle, Earl Lepine, Annie Gaudette, Sandra Fletcher- McGuire, Roseanne Gagnon, Viola Fleury, Joanne Souliere, Patsy Lariviere, Ida-Mae Turner, Kerry Kelly, Kim Warren, Paul Dennie, Charlie Conway, and Judy Sullivan.

Parish Lectors Communion
Sheenboro Francis Downey Peter, Jerry
St. Joseph Carol Price Ron, Elaine
Chapeau Nicole Bertrand Nicole, André

                                                                 St. Alphonsus C.W.L:

Thank you to all C.W.L. members who have already sent in their membership ($20).  We would appreciate receiving the others ASAP as it makes it much easier for all concerned when they can all be sent in at one time.

                                                                   YOUNG AT HEART

1) Day tour Wednesday, May 13th, 2020 with Suzanne Dubeau.  Join us for an exciting and fun day tour to the “Ottawa Tulip Festival” and a luncheon/theatre at “Oh Canada Eh!” Departure from Chapeau at 8:00 a.m. with a late afternoon arrival home.  Cost is $162.00 per person, payable in full on registration by March 11th for members only.  After this date, it will be open to the public.  The deadline to register is April 2nd, 2020.  Contact persons:  Jerome Sallafranque 689-2208 or Ron Price 613-639-0292.

 2) On Wednesday, March 11th the Club will serve “Irish Stew” for members only at 11:30 a.m.

 

1st Sunday of Lent Gospel Reflection:

 The scene of the temptation, which opens the public life of Jesus, declares in the Gospels in a very forceful manner the great change in our lives that He introduces into the world by His work of redemption. Where Adam fell, Christ, the new Head of humanity, triumphs over the power of Satan: at the time of His passion “the prince of this world” will be cast out. The Gospel of the temptation heralds Christ’s victory in advance.

By appointing this Gospel for the beginning of Lent the Church proclaims that this victory should be ours also. In us, as all around us, it is Christ’s temptation, Christ’s struggle, Christ’s victory which is prolonged; our effort is His and so is our strength; His will be our victory at Easter.

2019 INCOME TAX RECEIPTSYour 2019 income tax receipts are ready and available at the back of the churches this weekend.  If by chance your receipt is not there.  Please call the office (689-5757or 689-5232) and we will issue you one.  Thank you.

Harrington Community Centre Annual General Meeting:  Will be held on Tuesday, March 31st, 2020 at 7:00p.m.  Everyone Welcome

Knights of Columbus – Council 1531:

1) Tickets are now on sale for the annual Irish play, sponsored by Bishop N.Z. Lorrain council 1531 of the Knights of Columbus. Dates this year are March 8 and 15 starting at 1:30 p.m. and March 13 and 16 starting at 7:30 p.m. All shows will be at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Ellis Avenue in Pembroke. Tickets are available at all Mulvihill pharmacies in Pembroke, the CNIB outlet at Wal Mart in Pembroke and O’Grady’s Flowers and Gifts in Eganville. Tickets are $15 in advance at $18 at the door.

2)The next regular meeting of Bishop N.Z. Lorrain Council 1531 will be held Tuesday, March 10 at 7:30 p.m. It will be at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Ellis Avenue in Pembroke.

3) Bishop N.Z. Lorrain council 1531 of the Knights of Columbus will host its annual Lenten retreat on Tuesday, March 24 at the K of C Hall on Ellis Avenue. It starts at 7 p.m. and is open to everyone. The retreat will be led by Father Mike Smith of St. Jean Baptiste Church.

4) The Knights of Columbus has made it easier for prospective members to join the ranks and serve the community. Under the old system, a person would have to go through various stages to become a full-fledged member. Now a candidate goes through one initiation to get the first, second and third degrees. Application is also easier in that you can apply online. Contact Maurice Levesque or any member of the executive. Membership is open to men over the age of 18.

Fr. Tim Notes:
1) We offer our sympathy and condolences to the families of David Gagnon of Chichester and Helen Donlan of Chapeau who have both died this week. The funeral for Mr. Gagnon was held on Friday afternoon while Mrs. Donlan’s services will be held in Chapeau on Monday morning at 11 am. Please pray for the repose of their souls and the consolation of their families in this time of personal grief.

2) I remind everyone once again that our Eucharist Adoration program is a great addition to add to your Lenten prayer activities. It happens Saturday morning in Sheenboro between 9 am and 11 am. In Chapeau it occurs on Tuesday and Wednesdays from 10:20 am to 4 pm, while on Thursday and Friday evenings from 7 pm to 8 pm it takes place in St. Joseph’s. I am also available in St. Joseph’s on both evenings to hear confessions for anyone who desires it.

3) Our video program on Mary continues on Tuesday evening (7 pm) in St. Joseph’s and Wednesday morning (10:20 am) in Chapeau. This is a wonderful opportunity to grow in our knowledge and love of the Blessed Virgin as we see the many roles she plays in our salvation story. Why not dedicate an hour a week throughout Lent to learning more about the glories and wonders of what God has done for us? It’s a productive and enjoyable way of giving God that extra attention we promised as our Lenten discipline.

4) We are welcoming Mya Charlotte Loella Meehan, infant daughter of Jessie Meehan and Bethany Evans through baptism into our Catholic family. Please keep Mya and her family in your prayers.

5) I’ve just been informed that Mr. Leo Spence of St. Joseph’s Parish has died. Funeral arrangements are in the care of the Neville Funeral Home in Pembroke. The tentative date for the funeral is Monday, March 9th. A confirmation of date and time will be posted in next weekend’s bulletin.

Parish Bulletin – 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 23 February 2020

Masses and Celebrations for the Week

Day Time and Place Celebration Intention
Monday Chapeau   No Mass
Tuesday Chapeau

10:00 a.m.

  Marie Drapeau

By:  Peter Smith

Wednesday Sheen

9:00 a.m.

Ash Wednesday Donald Retty

By:  Donat & Doris Ranger

Wednesday St. Joseph

11:00 a.m.

Ash Wednesday Merrill Allard

By:  Leonard & Atje Duff

Wednesday Chapeau

7:00 p.m.

Ash Wednesday Michael Dunn

By:  Danny & Judy Isabelle

Thursday St. Joseph

10:00 a.m.

  Helen Hynes

By:  Paul & Sue Kelly

Friday St. Joseph

10:00 a.m.

  Frances Giroux

By:  Jim Cook

Saturday Sheenboro

5:00 p.m.

  Brandon Perrault

By:  Jim & Maureen Gallagher

John “Jack”Jennings

By:  Teresa Downey & Family

Sunday St. Joseph

9:00 a.m.

  Missa Pro Populo
Sunday Chapeau

10:30 a.m.

  Joe Turcotte

By:  St. Alphonsus C.W.L

Catherine Marcotte

By:  Pat & Verna Mercier & Family

 

Parish Collection                      Counter
Sheenboro $   927.00                    Toonie   $   77.30 Janet Retty, Monday, Feb. 24th
St. Joseph $   898.00                   Toonie    $ 112.40 Sharon Gribbon, Monday,  March 2nd
Chapeau $1,319.00                  Toonie    $ 170.55    

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK: Lisa Lariviere, Jimmy Gallagher, Dan Kelly, Barbara Coventry, Leonard Duff, Fran Flavelle, Earl Lepine, Annie Gaudette, Sandra Fletcher- McGuire, Roseanne Gagnon, Viola Fleury, Joanne Souliere, Patsy Lariviere, Ida-Mae Turner, Kerry Kelly, Kim Warren, Paul Dennie, Charlie Conway, and Judy Sullivan.

Parish Lectors Communion
Sheenboro Sandra Brennan Doris, Marie-Paule
St. Joseph Andre Bouchard Margaret, Rita
Chapeau Helen Nephin Gail, Nicole

St. Alphonsus C.W.L:

1) Thank you to all C.W.L. members who have already sent in their membership ($20).  We would appreciate receiving the others ASAP as it makes it much easier for all concerned when they can all be sent in at one time.

2) St. Alphonsus C.W.L and the Coady Institute thanks everyone who attended and/or gave donations of money, food and prizes for last Sunday’s card party

3)  C.W.L. will meet at Joan Sallafranque’s on Monday, February 24th at 1:30 p.m.  Members are welcome.

Lion’s Club Pancake Breakfast:  Will be held this Sunday, February 23rd at Harrington Community Centre.  Adults:  $6.00 and Children $4.00

The lesson we have to learn from today’s gospel hardly needs any emphasizing. We must, if we are truly Christian, forgive those who offend or injure us. We must love all people, whether they be friends or enemies. G. K. Chesterton says: “We are commanded to love our neighbours and our enemies; they are generally the same people.” This is very true for all of us. It is very easy for me to love (in a theoretical way) all Japanese, Chinese, Russians and most Europeans–they never come in contact with me and never tread on my corns. But it is my neighbours, those among whom I live and work, who are liable to injure me and thus become my enemies.

Charity begins at home because it is here that it can and should be learned and practiced. It is first and foremost necessary for Christian peace in the home. Husband and wife must learn to understand and tolerate each other’s imperfections and faults. If one offends in what the other would regard as something serious, the offended one should not demand an apology but should show forgiveness before the other has humbly to apologize. No two persons in the world, not even identical twins, can agree on all things, so it is vain and unrealistic to expect even one’s married partner to agree with one in all points. Christian charity alone can cover the multitude of faults of both partners.

Next Children’s Catechism Class will be held on Sunday, March 1st.  Classes begin at 9:15 a.m.  Thank you.

2019 INCOME TAX RECEIPTSYour 2019 income tax receipts are ready and available at the back of the churches this weekend.  If by chance your receipt is not there.  Please call the office (689-5757or 689-5232) and we will issue you one.  Thank you.

 Knights of Columbus – Council 1531:

1) Bishop N.Z. Lorrain council 1531 will host its annual Shrove Tuesday Supper Feb, 25 at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Ellis Avenue, Pembroke. It starts at 5 p.m. and is open to everyone.

2) Tickets are now on sale for the annual Irish play, sponsored by Bishop N.Z. Lorrain council 1531 of the Knights of Columbus. Dates this year are March 8 and 15 starting at 1:30 p.m. and March 13 and 16 starting at 7:30 p.m. All shows will be at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Ellis Avenue in Pembroke. Tickets are available at all Mulvihill pharmacies in Pembroke, the CNIB outlet at Wal Mart in Pembroke and O’Grady’s Flowers and Gifts in Eganville. Tickets are $15 in advance at $18 at the door.

The Chapeau Agricultural Society will hold its annual general meeting at the Harrington Community Center on February 27th, 2020 at 7pm.  As we are spearheading a project to build a farmers market (to replace the old barn) and redesigning the community garden, we welcome new people to join our board. If you are interested and need more information, please contact Gene O’Brien 819-689-2410 or Edith Lair at 819-689-2950

Marriage Preparation Program: The next marriage Preparation program is coming up on March 7 &March 28, 2020, in Renfrew at St. Francis Xavier parish. The deadline to register is February 28, 2020. Registration is available online at http://www.pembrokediocese.com or a form can be obtained from any parish and mailed in. Inquires can be directed to Yvette Bourque at 613 732-7933 ext. 208 or yvettebourque@pembrokediocese.com.

Fr. Tim Notes:
1) This Wednesday marks the start of the Season of Lent. Masses will be celebrated in each of the churches. Since they will happen in all three parts of the day, please attend the one that best suits your schedule.

2) The Parish financial statements for 2019 will soon be published and made available. You will be able to either take a copy home as hard copies will be placed at the entrances of each church and they will be posted online on the parish blog as well. They are currently being reviewed by the bookkeeper we use to ensure their accuracy. Once they are out, please feel free to approach me for answers if you have any questions or concerns. If I cannot answer you right away, I will search out the answers and get back to you asap. Again, I thank each and every one of you for your generous ongoing support of all three of our parish communities.

3) Speaking of the parish blog, when was the last time you checked it out? I continue to post articles of interest on it to help everyone grow in their faith and knowledge about how to live out our Catholic faith. The parish bulletin is also published each week, usually on Fridays on the blog, Facebook, and Twitter. As more and more people are accessing this digital version of the bulletin, we are able to slowly reduce the numbers of hard copies we need to print out. This provides us with another opportunity to reduce our expenses as we can realize some significant savings in paper and photocopying charges. The web address for the blog is www.uppontiacparishes.wordpress.com.

4) The readings this weekend present quite the challenge to all of us to be ‘perfect as our heavenly Father is perfect’. No pressure there, eh? While it may seem impossible for anyone to live life perfectly in God’s eyes, it is a worthwhile goal to strive to attain if we desire to share eternal life with him. Just remember that God also provides us with the aid and grace to deal with any failures on our part through the Sacrament of Confession. To that end, I am always in the St. Joseph’s Church during the Adoration Holy Hours on Thursday and Friday and am available to hear confessions throughout the hour. All you need to do is sit near the confessional and I will slip in to offer that sacrament to anyone who desires it. I am also available to hear confessions before all of the weekend Masses as well. So, fear not if you find you sometimes fall short of perfection. There are always ways for us to make up for our failures… and thank God for that!

Parish Bulletin – 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 16 February 2020

Masses and Celebrations for the Week

Day Time and Place Celebration Intention
Monday Chapeau   No Mass
Tuesday Chapeau

10:00 a.m.

  Wiletta Gaudette

By: Verna and Pat Mercier

Wednesday Chapeau

10:00 a.m.

  Kenneth Conroy Sr.

By: Joan and Henry Sallafranque

Thursday St. Joseph

10:00 a.m.

  James & Mary Lavelle

By: The Cahill Family

Friday St. Joseph

10:00 a.m.

  Mary Lapierre

By: Linda Lapierre

Saturday Sheenboro

5:00 p.m.

  Carmelita Gleason

By: Teresa Downey and Family

Sunday St. Joseph

9:00 a.m.

  Intentions of our sick parishioners

By: A Parishioner

Sunday Chapeau

10:30 a.m.

  Missa Pro Populo

 

Parish Collection                      Counter
Sheenboro $ 484.00                       Toonie   $   91.00 Janet Retty, Monday, Feb. 24th
St. Joseph $ 941.00                      Toonie   $    70.65  
Chapeau $ 1301.00                   Toonie  $   113.20 Donna Gagnon, Monday, Feb. 17th

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK: Jimmy Gallagher, Dan Kelly, Barbara Coventry, Leonard Duff, Fran Flavelle, Earl Lepine, Annie Gaudette, Sandra Fletcher- McGuire, Roseanne Gagnon, Viola Fleury, Joanne Souliere, Patsy Lariviere, Ida-Mae Turner, Kerry Kelly, Kim Warren, Paul Dennie, Charlie Conway and Judy Sullivan.

 

Parish Lectors Communion
Sheenboro Karen Shea Jerry, Doris
St. Joseph Sam McGuire Ron, Margaret
Chapeau Mariette Sallafranque Mariette, Meril

Harrington Community Centre Hall Committee– Annual General Meeting:  Will be held at Harrington Community Centre on Tuesday, March 31st, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.  Everyone Welcome.

2019 INCOME TAX RECEIPTS:  Your 2019 income tax receipts are ready and available at the back of the churches this weekend.  If by chance your receipt is not there.  Please call the office (689-5757or 689-5232) and we will issue you one.  Thank you.

St. Alphonsus C.W.L:

1) Thank you to all C.W.L. members who have already sent in their membership ($20).  We would appreciate receiving the others ASAP as it makes it much easier for all concerned when they can all be sent in at one time.

2) C.W.L will sponsor a CARD PARTY this Sunday, February 16th at Harrington Community Centre.  Registration at 12:30 and cards begin at 1 p.m.  Proceeds will go to Coady Institute (St. Xavier’s University) which helps people worldwide to overcome poverty and build their own future.  Light lunch will be served and everyone is welcome.

Chrism Mass: All are invited to participate in the celebration of the Chrism Mass at St. Columbkille Cathedral, Pembroke, on Monday of Holy Week, April 6th, at 10:30 a.m. During the ceremony, the Oil of Catechumens and the Oil of the Sick will be blessed, and the Holy Chrism will be consecrated.

CAREGIVING: The challenges, the positives, planning and available resources! A Presentation by the Connexions Resource Centre.  Thursday, February 20, 11:00 am. At Résidence Meilleur du Haut Pontiac, 111 Notre Dame, Chapeau. ALL WELCOME: Seniors, family members, friends and the public!

The Gospel this weekend is from St. Matthew 5:17-37. In this Sermon on the Mount, we have various sayings of Christ, actually spoken on different occasions. Matthew, in his systematic manner, has gathered these sayings into one continuous discourse here. This makes it easier for his readers, who were Jewish converts, to grasp the new order of salvation as inaugurated by Christ. They knew the ten commandments, but they knew them as their rabbis had taught them. These rabbis, for the most part Pharisees, put all the stress on the letter of the law and on its external observance. Christ’s opening statement, that the attitude of his followers towards the commandments (and other precepts of the law) must be different, and superior to that of the scribes and Pharisees, clearly indicates how Christianity must differ from, and supersede, Judaism.

True and loyal service of God therefore begins in the heart and has its value from this interior disposition. Keeping the ten commandments is our way of proving to God that we are grateful, obedient and loyal to him who gave us all we have and who has promised us future gifts infinitely greater still. And just as our love for God is proved by our true love for our neighbour, so the last seven of the commandments impose on us obligations regarding our neighbour. It is only by fulfilling these seven that we can fulfill the first three which govern our relations with God.

This truth is expressed by our Lord in the words: If you are offering your gift at the altar, and remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there . . . first, be reconciled to your brother and then come and offer your gift.

Tuesday Social Club:

We are asking for new and gently used adult t-shirts to be made into boy’s shorts. These are then sent to the Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) warehouse in Winnipeg through Smitty’s Home Hardware free of charge. CLWR then sends them to missions all over the world.

We are always happy to welcome new guests for a cup of tea and a chat. We meet from 1 to 3 pm on Tuesdays at Harrington Community Centre.

Knights of Columbus – Council 1531:  Bishop N.Z. Lorrain council 1531 will host its annual Shrove Tuesday Supper Feb, 25 at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Ellis Avenue, Pembroke. It starts at 5 p.m. and is open to everyone.

The Chapeau Agricultural Society will hold its annual general meeting at the Harrington Community Center on February 27th, 2020 at 7pm.  As we are spearheading a project to build a farmers market (to replace the old barn) and redesigning the community garden, we welcome new people to join our board. If you are interested and need more information, please contact Gene O’Brien 819-689-2410 or Edith Lair at 819-689-2950

Marriage Preparation Program: The next marriage Preparation program is coming up on March 7 and March 28, 2020, in Renfrew at St. Francis Xavier parish. The deadline to register is February 28, 2020. Registration is available online at http://www.pembrokediocese.com or a form can be obtained from any parish and mailed in. Inquires can be directed to Yvette Bourque at 613 732-7933 ext. 208 or yvettebourque@pembrokediocese.com.

Fr. Tim Notes:
 1) Our sympathy and prayers go out to the family of Tim Sullivan whose funeral was celebrated in Chapeau this week. Please remember to say a prayer for their consolation and the repose of Tim’s soul. Pray too for Mr. Reneld Chaput who passed away. His funeral will be celebrated in Chapeau on Friday, March 13th at 11 am.

2) Our video series on Mary has started. It continues this week on Tuesday evening in St. Joseph’s at 7 pm and in Chapeau Wednesday morning following the 10 am Mass. Each video is 30 minutes long but teaches a great deal about the role that the Blessed Virgin plays in our beliefs as Catholics.

3) Now is the time for couples who have completed their marriage prep course to contact me for their second interview. Please do not delay in setting up these appointments if you are getting married this year so that we have sufficient time to complete the paperwork and register your upcoming wedding with the government.

4) This weekend’s readings challenge us to ‘make a choice’ for God in our life. Choices confront us every day as we are forced to choose whether to do the ‘right (moral) thing’ or choose instead to sin. I will be preaching on sin this weekend, making a distinction between venial and mortal sins. Both are corrosive and dangerous to our souls and deserve our constant attention, but clearly, the latter is far more grievous than the former since by itself it breaks our relationship with God.

5) So, if you find that you have accumulated some sins, either venial or mortal in your life, you can always go to confession either before Mass or during the Thursday/Friday Holy Hours in St. Joseph’s Church. Why not come out and participate in any of our Eucharistic Adorations in any of our three churches whether you find the need to go to confession or not? It is always beneficial to spend some quality time with Christ if we are serious about growing in our relationship with him!

Parish Bulletin – 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 9 February 2020

Masses and Celebrations for the Week

Day Time and Place Celebration Intention
Monday Chapeau   No Mass
Tuesday Chapeau

10:00 a.m.

  Denis Venne

By:  Sally & Paul Romain

Wednesday Chapeau

10:00 a.m.

  Kitty & Marie Mercier

By:  Catherine D’Arcy

Thursday St. Joseph

10:00 a.m.

  James Labelle & Mary Coghlan Labelle

By:  The Cahill Family

Friday St. Joseph

10:00 a.m.

  Mary Lapierre

By:  Linda Lapierre

Saturday Sheenboro

5:00 p.m.

  Missa Pro Populo
Sunday St. Joseph

9:00 a.m.

  Loretta Reid

By:  Derek, Karolann, Kolton & Kendrik Fleming

Sunday Chapeau

10:30 a.m.

  Alphire Bechamp

By:  His Family

Zita Demers Mainville & Elida Chaput

By:  Madeleine Chaput & Family

 

Parish Collection                      Counter
Sheenboro $   485.00                         Toonie  $    70.00 Martin Flood, Monday, February 10th
St. Joseph $ 1415.00                        Toonie  $    65.00  
Chapeau $ 1897.00                        Toonie  $ 200.00 Donna Gagnon, Monday, Feb. 17th

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK: Jimmy Gallagher, Dan Kelly, Barbara Coventry, Leonard Duff, Fran Flavelle, Earl Lepine, Annie Gaudette, Sandra Fletcher- McGuire, Roseanne Gagnon, Viola Fleury, Joanne Souliere, Patsy Lariviere, Ida-Mae Turner, Kerry Kelly, Kim Warren, Paul Dennie, and Judy Sullivan.

Parish Lectors Communion
Sheenboro Patty Hansen Peter, Jerry
St. Joseph Lawrence Duff Paul, Ron
Chapeau Marlene Adam André, Peter

Harrington Community Centre Hall Committee– Annual General Meeting:  Will be held at Harrington Community Centre on Tuesday, March 31st, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.  Everyone Welcome.

2019 INCOME TAX RECEIPTS:  Your 2019 income tax receipts will be ready and available at the back of the churches next weekend.  If by chance your receipt is not there.  Please call the office (689-5757or 689-5232) and we will issue you one.  Thank you.

 Jesus proclaims to all who wish to follow him that they are to be light to the world, and salt of the earth. These are powerful images, as powerful today as they were when Christ first proclaimed them. For disciples of every time and place, these images are not mere ego boosters. No, they are a constant challenge to dare to become for God and others that which Jesus was, himself, so clearly willing to be.

 To be a light to the world is to illumine others with God’s truth and mercy. Likewise, that same light must expose the sins of pride, envy, meanness, indifference, injustice and anything else that blinds us from the divine truth and mercy that Christ has gained for us. Insofar as sin is anything that makes it more difficult to see in ourselves and one another the light and love of Jesus Christ, exposing such sin not only frees us from darkness but also better enables us to do all that is good and life-giving.

 To be salt is to accept the fact that our efforts – or lack thereof – to follow Christ do have an impact upon others, regardless of whether we are always aware of that impact or not. There are times in our lives when we lose our taste for God and/or the things of God: more frequently than not this is displayed by our own feelings of inadequacy and/or indifference when it comes to practicing virtue. We all have our moments when we are tempted to believe that our day-to-day efforts at following Christ simply don’t make a positive difference in the lives of others, let alone in God’s overall plan for salvation.  Unlike salt, however, we can regain that taste for doing what is righteous and good through prayer, the sacraments and, perhaps most practically, by doubling – even tripling – our efforts at practicing those very virtues that we are tempted to cease pursuing.

Tuesday Social Club: we are asking for new and gently used adult t-shirts to be made into boy’s shorts. These are then sent to the Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) warehouse in Winnipeg through Smitty’s Home Hardware free of charge. CLWR then sends them to missions all over the world. We are always happy to welcome new guests for a cup of tea and a chat. We meet from 1 to 3 pm on Tuesdays at Harrington Community Centre.

Knights of Columbus – Council 1531:

1) The next meeting of Bishop N.Z. Lorrain council 1531 will be Tuesday, Feb.11. It will be held at the Knights of Columbus Hall, Ellis Avenue, starting at 7:30 p.m.

2) Bishop N.Z. Lorrain council 1531 will host its annual Shrove Tuesday supper Feb, 25 at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Ellis Avenue, Pembroke. It starts at 5 p.m. and is open to everyone.

St. Alphonsus C.W.L:

1) Thank you to all C.W.L. members who have already sent in their membership ($20).  We would appreciate receiving the others ASAP as it makes it much easier for all concerned when they can all be sent in at one time.

2) C.W.L will sponsor a CARD PARTY on Sunday, February 16th at Harrington Community Centre.  Registration at 12:30 and cards begin at 1 p.m.  Proceeds will go to Coady Institute (St. Xavier’s University) which helps people worldwide to overcome poverty and build their own future.  Light lunch will be served and everyone is welcome.

Organist for Hire!   Catherine Helferty is available to play organ for Masses (Sundays, weddings, funerals, etc.). She has a level eight organ certificate with the Royal Conservatory of Music. Please contact Catherine directly at catherinehelferty@hotmail.com for more details.

Chrism Mass: All are invited to participate in the celebration of the Chrism Mass at St. Columbkille Cathedral, Pembroke, on Monday of Holy Week, April 6th, at 10:30 a.m. During the ceremony, the Oil of Catechumens and the Oil of the Sick will be blessed, and the Holy Chrism will be consecrated.

Marriage Preparation Program: The next marriage Preparation program is coming up on March 7 and March 28, 2020, in Renfrew at St. Francis Xavier parish. The deadline to register is February 28, 2020. Registration is available online at http://www.pembrokediocese.com or a form can be obtained from any parish and mailed in. Inquiries can be directed to Yvette Bourque at 613 732-7933 ext. 208 or yvettebourque@pembrokediocese.com.

Fr. Tim Notes:
1) As I write this, I am still at the Seminary in Baltimore where I’ve been making my annual priest retreat as there is a major snowstorm that’s closing roads between here and home. Hopefully, the worst of it will be over by tomorrow morning and I will be able to hit the road early and make it home in time to celebrate the weekend Masses! Until then, I guess God and/or Mother Nature wants me to spend at least one more day in quiet prayer and study before I can depart. (UPDATE: It took more than a few hours longer than the trip down… but I made it home!!)

2) This week we will start a new video series in St. Joseph’s (Tuesday at 7 pm) and Chapeau (Wednesday at 10:20 am) on the subject of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Given the prominent role she plays in our faith, it would be a great idea to try to attend and learn just how important she is to us.

3) Don’t forget that on Sunday, February 16th we will be having our ‘make-up’ Catechism classes for the children of our parishes.

4) Inspired by this weekend’s Gospel, can you answer the question as to how you will bring the light and salt of your faith forward to help build the Kingdom of God in our present time? Remember that one essential point of this weekend’s readings is that it isn’t enough for us to use our faith only for our own personal salvation. We are expected to use it to help save others too. This is the task of evangelization and it is the responsibility of all baptized Christians, not just the work of Clergy and Religious communities!

Parish Bulletin – Presentation of the Lord – 2 February 2020

Masses and Celebrations for the Week

Day

Time and Place

Celebration

Intention

Monday

Chapeau

No Mass

Tuesday

Chapeau

10:00 a.m.

No Mass

Wednesday

Chapeau

10:00 a.m.

No Mass

Thursday

St. Joseph

10:00 a.m.

No Mass

Friday

St. Joseph

10:00 a.m.

No Mass

Saturday

Sheenboro

5:00 p.m.

Patricia Smith

By:  Marilyn & Harold Morris

Donny Wasney

By:  Sheila Stacey

Sunday

St. Joseph

9:00 a.m.

Missa Pro Populo

Sunday

Chapeau

10:30 a.m.

Michael Allard

By:  Staff & Friends at Jean Lajoie

Lorenzo Fleury

By:  Michael & Rosa Maria Mainville

Parish

Collection                            

Counter

Sheenboro

$   580.00                     Toonie  $ 69.10

Martin Flood, Monday, February 10th

St. Joseph

$1,171.55                    Toonie  $ 78.45

Chapeau

$   991.35                    Toonie  $ 88.65

Suzanne Lapierre Monday, February 3rd

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK: Jimmy Gallagher, Dan Kelly, Barbara Coventry, Leonard Duff, Fran Flavelle, Earl Lepine, Annie Gaudette, Sandra Fletcher- McGuire, Roseanne Gagnon, Viola Fleury, Joanne Souliere, Patsy Lariviere, Ida-Mae Turner, Kerry Kelly, Kim Warren, Paul Dennie, and Judy Sullivan.

Parish

Lectors

Communion

Sheenboro

Kaleigh Gleason

Marie-Paule, Peter

St. Joseph

Andre Bouchard

Elaine, Paul

Chapeau

Lise Mainville

Meril, Peter

Harrington Community Centre Hall Committee– Annual General Meeting:  Will be held at Harrington Community Centre on Tuesday, March 31st, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.  Everyone Welcome.

C.W.L Membership Fees ($20.00) will be due early in January.  An envelope is provided in your box or a regular one marked “C.W.L Fees” with your name on it.  It can be put in the collection basket or given to a member. 

Organist for Hire!   Catherine Helferty is available to play organ for Masses (Sundays, weddings, funerals, etc.). She has a level eight organ certificate with the Royal Conservatory of Music. Please contact Catherine directly at catherinehelferty@hotmail.com for more details.

Tuesday Social Club: we are asking for new and gently used adult t-shirts to be made into boy’s shorts. These are then sent to the Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) warehouse in Winnipeg through Smitty’s Home Hardware free of charge. CLWR then sends them to missions all over the world.

We are always happy to welcome new guests for a cup of tea and a chat. We meet from 1 to 3 pm on Tuesdays at Harrington Community Centre.

Young at Heart News:  On Wednesday, February 12th at 11:30 a.m. there will be a lunch of Chicken & Dumplings (Free for members).  For reservation call Jerome 689-2208 or Jeannette before the 5th of February.  Thank you.

Knights of Columbus – Council 1531: 

1.The next meeting of Bishop N.Z. Lorrain council 1531 will be Tuesday, Feb.11. It will be held at the Knights of Columbus Hall, Ellis Avenue, starting at 7:30 p.m.

2. Bishop N.Z. Lorrain council 1531 will host its annual Shrove Tuesday supper Feb, 25 at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Ellis Avenue, Pembroke. It starts at 5 p.m. and is open to everyone.

The presentation of Jesus in the Temple was a bit like our baptisms. This was the formal dedication of a firstborn boy to the God who gave him life. Like baptism, it symbolized the child’s consecration as part of a people of faith moving toward God.

In our traditions, some families bring the baby dressed in a gown that has passed through the clan, symbolizing ties of faith that link families and generations. Beginning with that gown, the signs of light, the anointing, and passing through the water all symbolize dimensions of the Christian life into which the child is being introduced. The family gathered round may not fully grasp the meaning of each sign, but everybody gets in on the act and somehow understands that every member of the community has been changed and their responsibilities have grown because this new person has been brought into their circle.

That’s the dynamic of sacrament: It does what it symbolizes; it changes us in ways we may not fully comprehend.

Luke’s depiction of what happened when Joseph and Mary brought Jesus to the Temple is likewise full of symbol and mystery. Prophets like Malachi had promised that the Lord would one day come to the Temple with a power no one could withstand. Luke’s story reveals that only saintly seniors recognized the divine visitation in the guise of the infant child of poor, simple parents.

Luke put everything together in this one scene: The parents were fulfilling the law; God appeared in the Temple; the prophets had predicted the coming; the elders celebrated the event. The scene summarized the mystery of God’s presence among us: the law, the prophets, tradition and the Temple. And none of it looked like most people would have anticipated.

Fr. Tim Notes:
1) One of the books I brought to read during my retreat is ‘The Spirit of the Liturgy’, authored by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, perhaps best known as Pope Benedict XVI, in which he makes the following point connecting Eucharistic adoration with Communion.

“So let no one say, The Eucharist is for eating, not looking at.” It is not “ordinary bread”, as the most ancient traditions constantly emphasize. Eating it – as we have just said – is a spiritual process, involving the who man. “Eating” it means worshiping it. Eating it means letting it come into me, so that my “I” is transformed and opens up into the great “we”, so that we become “one” in him (cf. Gal 3:16). Thus adoration is not opposed to Communion, nor is it merely added to it. No, Communion on reaches its true depths when it is supported and surrounded by adoration.”

So, if you want to receive the complete grace and benefit of the Eucharist when you consume it in Communion you should add an element of adoration into your life too. It sounds like a great reason for spending some time participating in our Adoration programs in either Chapeau, St. Joseph’s or Sheenboro.

2) We welcomed young Wyatt John Monette, son of Lindsay McGuire and Ivan Monette who was baptized in St. Joseph’s Church last Sunday. Please lift up a prayer for him and his family as he begins life as a member of our Catholic faith.

3) It’s now official that the make-up Catechism Classes will be held on Sunday, February 16th. Please mark this date on your calendar to ensure that your child or grandchild attends. This class replaces the January class that was canceled due to bad weather.

4) Beginning on Tuesday, February 11th in St. Joseph’s (7 pm) and Chapeau of February 12th (10:25 am), we will begin a few weeks of videos teaching us about who Mary was and why she is so important to us as Catholics. I strongly recommend these videos to everyone who wants to learn more about our Catholic faith.

5) As I continue to spend these days of retreat and quiet study down here in Baltimore, please be assured that you share a prominent place in my prayers. I appreciate your prayers for me too! Thank you.

Parish Bulletin – 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time – February 26, 2020

Masses and Celebrations for the Week

Day Time and Place Celebration Intention
Monday Chapeau   No Mass
Tuesday Chapeau

10:00 a.m.

  Denis, Marie, & Marcel Drapeau

By:  The Family

Grace Allard

By:  Sally & Paul Romain

Wednesday Chapeau

10:00 a.m.

  No Mass
Thursday St. Joseph

10:00 a.m.

  No Mass
Friday St. Joseph

10:00 a.m.

  No Mass
Saturday Sheenboro

5:00 p.m.

  Missa Pro Populo
Sunday St. Joseph

9:00 a.m.

  Merrill Allard

By:  Peter McCann

Sunday Chapeau

10:30 a.m.

  Aurel Chaput

By:  Madeleine Chaput

Eunice Meilleur

By:  St. Alphonsus C.W.L

 

Parish Collection                      Counter
Sheenboro $   597.00                     Toonie  $ 77.20  
St. Joseph $1,110.00                    Toonie  $ 61.10 Sharon Gribbon, Monday, January 27th
Chapeau $2,133.00                    Toonie $182.90 Suzanne Lapierre Monday, February 3rd

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK:  Dan Kelly, Barbara Coventry, Leonard Duff, Fran Flavelle, Earl Lepine, Annie Gaudette, Sandra Fletcher- McGuire, Roseanne Gagnon, Viola Fleury, Joanne Souliere, Patsy Lariviere, Ida-Mae Turner, Kerry Kelly, Kim Warren, Paul Dennie, and Judy Sullivan.

Parish Lectors Communion
Sheenboro Kaleigh Gleason Marie-Paule, Peter
St. Joseph Andre Bouchard Elaine, Paul
Chapeau Danielle Allard Meril, Peter

Harrington Community Centre Hall Committee– Annual General Meeting:  Will be held at Harrington Community Centre on Tuesday, March 31st, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.  Everyone Welcome.

Children’s Catechism Class:  The next Children’s Catechism Class will be held next Sunday, February 2nd at 9:00 a.m. at D.W.K. S.

C.W.L Membership Fees ($20.00) will be due early in January.  An envelope is provided in your box or a regular one marked “C.W.L Fees” with your name on it.  It can be put in the collection basket or given to a member.

Lion’s Club Pancake Breakfast:  Will be held on Sunday, January 26th at Harrington Community Centre.  Adults:  $6.00 and Children $4.00

What did the call of Jesus bring in today’s gospel? A joy and happiness that became real in Jesus’ presence. He is the promised light that has come into our midst, His physical presence that expresses the definitive arrival of the Light. The light that shines brightly marks God’s initiative performing His first merciful and free step towards a wounded humanity.

This dynamic is expressed through Jesus’ call of the first Apostles. He chooses them with an unequivocal call, ‘Follow Me’. Faced with God’s sudden interruption in their lives He invited them to abandon their nets and trust themselves totally to the Lord for a new ‘catch’, a new definitive horizon. At the Last Supper, the end of His earthly life, Jesus reminds His disciples ‘you did not choose me, no, I chose you’ (Jn 15:16).

This Sunday’s Gospel invites us to remember that our personal vocation is founded on God’s original and absolutely free choice. His invitation towards us, therefore, is an invitation to make a final decision to let Him conquer or re-conquer us to mark a turning point in our lives.

Let us ask the Lord, for us and the whole Church, for the gift of a true conversion of our hearts enabling us to receive Christ as the only Light to follow. Christ is the only one that really dispels the darkness within and around us.

Tuesday Social Club: we are asking for new and gently used adult t-shirts to be made into boy’s shorts. These are then sent to the Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) warehouse in Winnipeg through Smitty’s Home Hardware free of charge. CLWR then sends them to missions all over the world. We are always happy to welcome new guests for a cup of tea and a chat. We meet from 1 to 3 pm on Tuesdays at Harrington Community Centre.

Allumette Island 4-H Club:  Registration will take place on Wednesday, January 29th at St. Joseph Hall at 6:00 p.m.  Ages 7 to 15 are welcome.  Cost $30 per child annually.  Bi-Weekly meetings will follow.  Phone Elizabeth Kelly for more info.  819-689-5576.

Young at Heart News:  We are all invited to a Lumber Jack Supper at the Spruce Home in Fort-Coulonge on Friday, January 31st at 5:30 p.m.  $30 per person with free Transportation.  You don’t have to be a member.  If interested call Jerome at 689-2208 before January 24th.  P.S.  This is a reminder for the people who did not yet renew their membership for 2019/2020….  please do so.

Knights of Columbus – Council 1531   Will host Garry Engler, spiritual care co-ordinator for the Pembroke Regional Hospital, l on Jan 28. This event will be held at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Ellis Avenue starting at 7 p.m. and is open to members of the Knights of Columbus, their families, parishes and the community.

Fr. Tim Notes:
1) Due to my leaving on retreat this week, the Eucharistic Adoration in St. Joseph’s will be cancelled this coming week. It will continue as per usual in Sheenboro on Saturday morning and during the day in Chapeau on Tuesday and Wednesday. The video classes are also cancelled for the next two weeks.

2) Speaking of the video classes, we’re about to start a series teaching us about the Blessed Virgin Mary. She has such a prominent role in our faith but many people know so little about her. These classes will be a great opportunity to grow in both our knowledge and faith in her. They will start on Tuesday, February 11th at 7 pm in St. Joseph’s and Wednesday, February 12th at 10:20 am in Chapeau.

3) Want to learn more about the faith but can’t make it to our various classes? If you have access to a computer you can surf the web for some excellent material. The difficulty in this method though is that there is a great deal that either masquerade as authentic teaching or deliberately misrepresents it to lead people away. To help you out, I’ll start posting both in the bulletin and on our parish website (https://uppontiacparishes.com/) various sites and suggestions that are worth search out. For example, want to know how to read the Bible ‘sensibly’? Then check out John Bergsma’s presentation on the subject. It can be found at https://vimeo.com/90537121.

4) Many thanks to Fr. Tom Fitzpatrick for stepping in to replace me next weekend. He will also cover any other pastoral needs that pop-up in my absence. We are very fortunate to have his help and support here in our parishes given how few in number we active priests are these days. How about making a point of expressing your appreciation of his services when you see him before or after Mass? A heartfelt ‘thank you’ is always a pleasant gift for the soul, both for the giver and the receiver!

5) We’re still trying to come up with a date for the make-up catechism class that was lost due to the recent storm two weeks ago. Hopefully, it will be on Sunday, February 16th, but we still need to confirm the availability of the DWKS for that weekend. Watch here, on the parish blog, and on Facebook for confirmation asap.