Parish Bulletin – 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 27 September 2020
TUESDAY:* 10 AM Rose Mary Gaudette McKay – Alice Roy
WEDNESDAY:** 10 AM Margaret Maloney – Lorne & Vince Agnesi
THURSDAY:* 10 AM Yvonne O’Brien – Sharon Gribbon
FRIDAY:*** 10 AM Carl Bowers – The Lapierre Family
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
Sheenboro: (Saturday) 5 PM Teresa McDonald – Harold & Marilyn Morris
St. Joseph: (Sunday) 9 AM Lorette Reid – Mike & Lise Gallagher
Chapeau: (Sunday) 10:30 AM 1) M/M Carmen Keon – Lois & Barry Ferguson
2) Lucille Vaillancourt – Eric, Lorraine Demers & family
Please remember to call the Parish Offices to reserve a space at any live Masse for all three Churches as attendance is capped at 25 people (including priest). 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. Here is a list of common symptoms of the COVID19 virus.
Fever greater or equal to 37.8 Celsius,
- new or worsening cough,
- Shortness of breath.
- Sore throat,
- difficulty swallowing,
- changes in sense of smell or taste,
- abdominal pain,
- runny nose or nasal congestion (different than usual allergy symptoms).
Atypical signs and symptoms of COVID-19 should be considered, particularly in children:
- Unexplained fatigue,
- malaise or muscle aches,
- delirium (acutely altered mental status),
- unexplained falls or functional decline,
- exacerbation of chronic conditions, chills,
If you have any of the above symptoms, please stay home! God will understand!!
St. Paul the Hermit: $ 802.00
St. Joseph’s: $ 915.00
St. Alphonsus: $ 618.00
Total Online Donations to Date: $ 7,458.08
1) The video courses studying Jesus of Nazareth by Pope Benedict XVI (Tuesdays at 7 pm) or The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis (Fridays at 2 pm) begin this week. It’s not to later to register! Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org so that I can send you the link required to join in the conversation.
2) Message from Bishop Desrochers to the clergy and faithful in the Quebec sector of the diocese:
This afternoon, the Quebec Minister of Health advised people to avoid voluntarily all “social gatherings” as a means of stemming the spread of COVID-19.
I would personally encourage you to keep the churches open, unless there is some future directive to the contrary. The Mass and the other Sacraments are not “social gatherings” where people are sitting closely together and talking loudly. Hand-sanitizing, physical distancing, and the wearing of masks at least when physical distancing is a challenge have been effective in ensuring that no outbreak has occurred in Quebec as the result of a church service.
The dispensation from the Sunday obligation remains in effect. Please exercise your good judgment. If you feel sick, please stay home.
At this time, I repeat the urgent request that you receive Communion in the hand rather than on the tongue.
Let us pray that a safe and ethical vaccine will soon be found.
With the Lord’s help, we will get through this.
+ Guy Desorchers, C.Ss.R.
Bishop of Pembroke
Message de Mgr Desrochers aux membres du clergé et aux fidèles du secteur québécois du diocèse :
Cet après-midi, le ministre de la Santé du Québec a conseillé aux gens d’éviter volontairement tout « rassemblement social » afin d’endiguer la propagation de la COVID-19.
Je vous encourage personnellement à garder les églises ouvertes, à moins d’une directive contraire à l’avenir. La messe et les autres sacrements ne sont pas des « rassemblements sociaux » où les gens sont assis ensemble et parlent fort. La désinfection des mains, la distanciation physique et le port de masques, au moins lorsque la distanciation physique est un défi, ont permis de s’assurer qu’aucune éclosion ne s’est produite au Québec à la suite d’un service religieux.
La dispense de l’obligation du dimanche reste en vigueur. Veuillez exercer votre bon jugement. Si vous vous sentez malade, veuillez rester à la maison.
Je vous réitère la demande urgente que vous receviez la communion dans la main plutôt que sur la langue.
Prions pour qu’un vaccin sûr et éthique soit bientôt trouvé.
Avec l’aide du Seigneur, nous nous en sortirons.
+ Guy Desorchers, c.ss.r.
Évêque de Pembroke
3) The following is a report explaining the repair work that has been done of St. Paul the Hermit Church in Sheenboro. Our deepest thanks and gratitude to Martin Flood for generating this report as well as overseeing the entire project from start to finish. His efforts saved our parish literally tens of thousands of dollars!
St Paul the Hermit Church Repairs
Total Expenditures to 20/09/2020 $28,968.79
Additional to be expended (approximately) 1,000.00
Total Cost of Repairs $29,968.79
Total Funds Collected to 20/09/2020 $24,662.35
Total Funds Still Needed to be raised $5,306.44
Details of Expenditure
Re-glaze and paint exterior window frames $ 2,056.39
Repair & paint ceiling & ductwork on ceiling $3,736.69
Repair and paint wall inside front entrance.
Outside updating & Repairs $4,354.50
Purchase and installation of new fire door
Purchase and installation of ice guard on roof to protect
Repair of framing and soffit under electrical stack
Repair of soffit at front door
Install aluminum cladding on one outside window frame to
Prevent further rot
Rebuild retaining wall & installation of outside stairs $10,025.84
Purchase of outside stairs and railing $ 1,958.65
Repointing of exterior walls of Church $ 6,837.56
Repointing yet to be completed $ 1,000.00
Funds Collected to September 20, 2020
Toonie Collection $ 8,662.35
Special Donations in memory Hayes Estate $10,000.00
Teresa & Elmer Hayes and parents
Parish Wood Lot $ 6,000.00
($4,800.00 sold and paid plus $1,200.00
Cut and waiting on landing as of June 2, 2020) _________
Toonie Collection as Reported in Parish Bulletin
October 6, 2019 $ 122.00
October 15, 2019 $ 143.00
October 20, 2019 $ 158.00
October 27, 2019 $ 1,101.00
November 3, 2019 $ 20.00
November 10, 2019 $ 93.45
November 24, 2019 $ 94.00
December 1, 2019 $ 119.00
December 8, 2019 $ 74.00
December 15, 2019 $ 235.00
December 22 $ 87.90
January 12, 2020 $ 5,798.00
January 19, 2020 $ 61.15
February 2, 2020 $ 69.10
February 9, 2020 $ 70.00
February 16, 2020 $ 91.00
February 23, 2020 $ 77.30
March 1, 2020 $ 70.70
March 13, 2020 $ 87.75
March 20, 2020 $ 90.00
4) We will be publishing a financial report for all three parishes in a couple of weeks. Watch for it here in the bulletin as well as an individual post on the parish blog. A couple will also be put up on the bulletin board of each church. Unfortunately, we cannot print out copies for people to take home from church as we still don’t have permission in Québec to distribute paper items in Church due to the COVID restrictions.
5) I’ve been giving a lot of thought to how we can still offer Catechetical Instruction for the youth of our parishes and have concluded that we need to take a page out of the new protocols followed by schools and offer it online. So, we require the assistance of a few Catechists who would be willing to work with me in putting the material they traditionally use online so that they can be distributed electronically to the students. These are uncharted waters for us but there is a wealth of material online that we can use to create our own program to meet our local needs. If you are at all interested in helping either to prepare or teach these video sessions with our Catholic children, please contact me as soon as possible so we can decide whether or not to proceed this way or simply take a year’s pause and wait for the pandemic to finally pass us by and in-person classes can resume as before. Thank you.
Scriptural Reflection of this Weekend’s Readings
“What do you think? A man had two sons; he went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work in the vineyard today.’ He answered, ‘I will not’; but later he changed his mind and went. The father went to the second and said the same; and he answered, ‘I am on my way, sir’; but he did not go. Which of the two did the will of his father?” They said, “The first.” Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are going into the kingdom of God ahead of you. For John came to you in the way of righteousness and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes believed him; and even after you saw it, you did not change your minds and believe him.
Introductory Prayer: In you, Lord, I find all my joy and happiness. How could I offend you by chasing after fleeting success and lifeless trophies? I believe in you because you are truth itself. I hope in you because you are faithful to your promises. I love you because you have loved me first. I am a sinner; nevertheless, you have given me so many blessings. I humbly thank you.
Petition: Lord, help me to follow you, regardless of circumstances and times.
1. A Higher Authority: Jesus is in Jerusalem, exchanging words with the Pharisees. They have tried to trap our Lord by asking him where he gets his authority. Our Lord, in his wit, turns it back to them. He asks them a question which brings them to accuse themselves of lacking fidelity to God. Jesus is looking for faith. Faith is the attitude that searches for authority in life higher than one’s own. When God calls us to live his will, we should in faith accept it and live it. Even if it seems inconvenient or uncomfortable to us, we should not look for ways to live outside it. It is very important that we bypass inauthentic outlooks on life.
2. Christ’s Mentality: If we are to understand this Gospel passage, we must make an effort to rid ourselves of the “modern mentality.” In the modern mentality, we do whatever we please as long as we don’t step on anyone else’s toes. Jesus proposes a different mentality. Jesus suggests that we not only listen to but also do the will of God in our lives. Neither son in this parable was perfectly in tune with Christ’s suggestion, but at least one of the sons came to his senses and repented for his stubbornness of heart.
3. An Apparent Defeat: Many of us reading through this scene would congratulate Jesus for putting down his enemies and winning the debate. We would toss confetti at the Lord for his wisdom and knowledge in getting out of this predicament. This, though, wasn’t the case. Jesus felt it as a loss. He did not care about appearing better than the others. He left this encounter saddened because he truly desired that the Pharisees believe him and accept his saving message. We ought not to try to shine over our foes. Instead, we should work hard to help them see the light.
Conversation with Christ: With even a little of your charity, I could certainly be a son of two “yeses.” Help me to say “yes” when you ask me something and also to do it immediately – without hesitating for even a moment. Lord, may your will be done!
Resolution: This week, when the alarm goes off early to start my day, I will make an effort to be diligent and punctual for love of God’s will.