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Parish Bulletin – 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 25 October 2020

Masses for the Week of October 26 – November 1/2020

STREAMED MASSES:

TUESDAY:*              10 AM             NO MASS

WEDNESDAY:**      10 AM             Claire Gleason – Francis Downey

THURSDAY:*           10 AM             Loretta Reid – Vince & Lorna Agnesi

FRIDAY:***              10 AM             Danny Kelly – Faye & M.J. Culleton

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   John Jack Jennings – Janet & Frank Retty

St. Joseph:   (Sunday)         9 AM   Danny Kelly – Liz Kelly

Chapeau:(Sunday)10:30 AM  1) Verna Sullivan – St. Alphonsus Choir

                                                            2) Jack & Helen Hill – The Family

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:   $  226.00

St. Joseph’s:                $1050.00

St. Alphonsus:             $  653.00

Total Online Donations to Date:  $ 8236.05

THANK YOU!

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1) The video course studying Jesus of Nazareth by Pope Benedict XVI continues on Tuesdays at 7 pm. No one has registered for the The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis course so I am going to move it to Thursday evenings at 7 pm. The second course will begin this Thursday October 30th. It’s never too later to register! Please email me at frtimmoylepp@gmail.com so that I can send you the link required to join in either conversation.

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) CHAPEAU R.A.: The Annual General Meeting took place on Wednesday, October 21st & the results are as followed:

President: Karie Bissonnette-Sullivan
Vice President: Shelley Conroy-godin
Secretary: Julie Angela (Venasse)
Treasurer: Karolann Fleming
Social Media: Rikki-lee Allard
Grant Co-ordinator: Marielle Lair

Other Current Active Members include: Mariette SallafranqueNicole FleuryNatalie SauriolJennifer Schryer-GodinKel Day (Kelly Gagnon-Dayment), Lise Vaillancourt & Krystal Landry

4) (UPDATED) I have received 5 responses so far to help to offer Catechetical classes online. We need at least one more person to be able to offer the course for all the students from Gr. 1 to Gr. 6. Please consider helping out with this initiative so that the children of our parishes can receive their Sacraments this year together with those who missed out on last year’s due to the COVID19 lockdown at the start of 2020.

5) We’ve come up with a plan to help recoup some of the revenues we’ve lost with the cancellation of our parish suppers in Chapeau and St. Joseph’s. We’re calling it our ‘Staying Warm this Winter‘ Initiative. We are going to ask every household on the Island to consider making a one-time donation to the parish equal to the amount they would have spent if we could have held them this year. (ex: $15 for each adult and $7.50 for each child under the age of 10 years of age living at home. Of course, people are always welcome to add more if they would normally have spent money on our various draws, silent auctions and games of chance too!)

Every family that makes such a donation will have their name thrown into a drum for a chance to win a handmade quilt! We thank Sylvia Dungeon for donating one to St. Alphonsus and Ethel Jones for donating one for St. Joseph’s. We have had three face-cords of wood donated to our prizes offered in support of the Chapeau Parish as well! (valued at $330) The prize includes free delivery if the winner lives on Allumette Island. If the winner lives off-island, it can be delivered for a small delivery fee. Our thanks goes out to J.P. & Jennifer Allard for this generous donation.

The draws will be held in each respective Church on the last Sunday of November (29/11/2020) at the end of Mass.  You can make your donation either through the parish blog at http://uppontiacparishes.wordpress.com, by mailing it via Canada Post (P.O. Box 40, Chapeau, QC. J0X1M0) or by dropping it off during business hours at either of the two parish offices. Or, you can drop your donation in a separate envelope in the collection basket at any Sunday Mass up to 22 November 2020. PLEASE JUST DO NOT INCLUDE IT IN YOUR REGULAR SUNDAY OFFERING ENVELOPE as 10% of those funds go to our diocese. If it comes separately, we can keep all 100% to help in paying our winter heating bills for the rectory and both Churches.

Thank you for your anticipated participation and support to help us get through these difficult and chilly financial times.

Fr. Tim

5) Attention Sheenboro Parishioners: Billy Brennan has accepted to serve on the Parish Pastoral Council for Sheenboro. So, we are looking for at least one more person to step up and serve as well. If you are interested, please contact Fr. Tim directly or speak with one of the existing members. Thank you.

6) Speaking of committee members, we are (STILL) in need of one more person to step up and join the Joint Finance Committee to represent St. Alphonsus Parish. Sue Collin has accepted to take one position and we thank her for doing so. Sue brings years of financial experience from her career at the Caisse Populaire and will no doubt be a great asset to the committee and parishes. So, we just need one more. The committee meets two or three times a year to review parish expenses and revenues as well as to discuss needed repairs or renovations to our buildings and property. Please call Fr. Tim if you’re interested.

7) And while we’re on the topic of money… I have posted the Financial Statements for each of the three parishes both on our Parish blog and on our Facebook page. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to give the office a call. If I cannot answer your question immediately, I promise to research it and respond asap. Thank you for both your interest and continuing financial support of all our Churches. It is greatly appreciated, especially in these difficult times brought to us by the COVID shutdowns.

8) Congratulations to Tyler James (T.J.) Farrell and Charleen Rourke who were married last weekend in the Sheenboro parish! May God grant them a long and happy union.

9) We ask your prayers for the repose of the soul of Mr. Edward Carroll (formerly of Chapeau) and for the consolation of his family during their time of bereavement and grief. May God grant him a merciful judgment and comfort to those who have suffered his loss.

10) My thanks to Fr. Tom Fitzpatrick for replacing me this weekend in Sheenboro as I will be away celebrating the funeral for my aunt who recently passed away in Peterborough.

Scriptural Reflection of this Weekend’s Readings

There is always the danger that when we hear a song too often that we become complacent and take it for granted. The same can happened with the readings and gospels we hear when we come to mass. Perhaps this is one of those gospels. We have heard it some often that is no longer has any impact on us.

No one ever said the being a follower of Jesus was going to be easy! We are not only asked to have a relationship with God, we are also called and challenged to be aware of and concerned about those with whom we live and work. We are to love our friends and family as we love God and ourselves. We are reminded of this when we read in the bible, how can we love God whom we cannot see and not love our brother or sister whom we do see?

Being a Christian and a follower of Jesus is about relationships. Being a disciple of Jesus is about how I live my daily life in relation to others and God. It is not private thing between God and me. If I say I love God but do not take the time to be aware of and concerned about around those me, then something very important is missing. If I pray, but then ignore those around me at home or in work that need my help, what is the point of me praying? Praying is not about pleasing God or making myself feel better. Prayer is about me nurturing and nourishing my friendship with God. Then, having prayed and precisely because I have prayed, I am asked and called to turn my attention to those around me who need my help, support and love.

In Matthew’s gospel, Jesus reminds that whatever we do for each other, we do for and to Jesus himself. Whatever we fail to do for each other, we fail to do for Jesus. The smallest gesture of love can often have the greatest of impacts.

It is often through very small seemingly unimportant deeds, actions and gestures of love that our love for others and our faith can be seen and made visible. One poet wrote that God is the bits and pieces of every day. We should never underestimate the power of a small gesture such as a smile, a hand on a shoulder or a kind word. These small acts of kindness are how in our daily lives how we love God and our brothers and sisters and ourselves with all our heart, mind and soul.

This week, may we be more aware that God is in the bits and pieces of our ordinary daily lives. May we love God with all our heart, soul and mind. May we love our neighbours as we love ourselves.

Parish Bulletin – 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 2 August 2020

Parish Bulletin – 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 2 August 2020

STREAMED MASSES:

TUESDAY:*                  10 AM             Lily Sullivan and Deceased Family – M.J. Sullivan

WEDNESDAY:*            10 AM             Carmelita Doyle – Mary & Ed McCann

THURSDAY:*               10 AM              Gordon McCrea – Helen & Maureen Morris

FRIDAY:*                     10 AM             Bernice Battis – Colleen Gribbon

SUNDAY:                        9 AM             Missa Pro Populo

*These Masses will be streamed online, but there will not be any exposition or benediction following as they will be celebrated privately at my cottage during the month of August.

LIVE MASSES:

Sheenboro:     (Saturday)        5 PM    Donald Retty – Rosemary & Martin Flood

St. Joseph:       (Sunday)          9 AM   Merrill, Mike, & Danny Allard – Patsy & Family

Chapeau:         (Sunday)   10:30 AM   Trevor Lindley – Jerry & Marie-Paule Muldoon

Please remember to call the Parish Offices to reserve a space at the live Masses for St. Joseph’s and Sheenboro only as attendance is capped below the new government limits due to the constrictions of social distancing and the size of the buildings. We will be able to accommodate 150 people in the Chapeau Church. 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.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1) Bishop Guy Desrochers C.Ss.R, has announced the following moves to take effect on 1 September 2020:

Rev. William J. Kenney is retiring from active full-time ministry. He will be in residence at St. Francis Xavier Parish, Renfrew. Sincere thanks to Father Kenney for his years of dedicated service.

Rev. G. Ryan Holly is appointed Chancellor. In addition, he is appointed Pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Pembroke; Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, La Passe; and Our Lady of Grace Mission, Westmeath. The Bishop confirms Father Holly in the role of Judicial Vicar.

Rev. Michael A. Smith is appointed Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia. He remains Pastor of Paroisse St-Jean-Baptiste, Pembroke.

Rev. Scott J. Murray is appointed Director of the Liturgy Office and Diocesan Master of Ceremonies. He remains Pastor of St. Anne Parish, Mattawa.

Rev. John P. Lacey is appointed Pastor of Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Renfrew, and St. Patrick Parish, Mount Saint Patrick.

Rev. Justin B.J. Bertrand is appointed Administrator of Holy Canadian Martyrs Parish, Combermere, and St. Francis de Sales Mission, Latchford Bridge.

Rev. Réal Ouellette is appointed Administrator of Paroisse St-Thomas-d’Aquin, Astorville; Paroisse Ste-Bernadette, Bonfield; and Sacred Heart Parish, Corbeil.

Rev. Cyril Okebanama, S.M.M.M., is appointed Pastor of St. Theresa Parish, Temiscaming, and Our Lady of the Lake Mission, Kipawa.

Rev. Peter G. Proulx is appointed Parochial Vicar at St. John Chrysostom Parish, Arnprior. Father Proulx will also be available to replace priests in parishes.

Rev. Peter T. Do is appointed Parochial Vicar at Paroisse St-Pierre, Fort-Coulonge; Paroisse St-Charles-Borromée, Otter Lake; St. Elizabeth Parish, Vinton; and Our Lady of Perpetual Help Mission, Waltham.

Rev. Mr. Michael F. Coyne, at the time of his ordination to the priesthood on September 8, 2020, will become Parochial Vicar at St. Francis Xavier Parish, Renfrew, and Most Precious Blood Parish, Calabogie.

2) We have a number of very ill parishioners these days in all three of our parishes. Please remember to pray for:

-Rosemary Ryan who is recovering from a stroke and expects to soon return home

-Jerome Sallafranque, Leonard Duff, Leo Beaulieu, and Dan Kelly (cancer).

If you know of someone who is in need of prayers, please call either parish office and we will include them in the weekly bulletin.

3) The Quebec government has mandated that everyone 12 years of age and older is to wear a mask in all public interior places. Remember though that it isn’t our local merchants that are requiring this of anyone so please don’t give them any grief if they ask you to put one on to shop in their establishment. The benefit of wearing a cloth mask is that it stops the vapour droplets that we all exhale when we breathe from infecting other people. This is important as one can be spreading the COVID-19 virus without having any symptoms themselves. So as annoying and uncomfortable as wearing one might be, please remember that doing so is a way of fulfilling the commitment God laid on our shoulders when we were baptized to love our neighbour.

4) As I mentioned above, I am taking my vacation during the month of August, but I will be available to celebrate weekend Masses and funerals and will stream my private Mass Tuesday to Friday at 10 am from my cottage. I thank Fr. Tom Fitzpatrick who has stepped in to assist by celebrating the Sheenboro Masses for the next 10 weeks. You can always reach Pauline Monday to Wednesday as well as Fridays at the Chapeau office (819-89-5757) and in St. Joseph’s on Thursdays (819-689-5232) if you require something from the parish. I will return to work fulltime on Tuesday September 8th and we will resume our regular office schedules at that time. I appreciate your understanding in letting me rest peacefully, free from parish business during the August weekdays.

5) Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is becoming evident that we will have to cancel our Parish Suppers this year in both Chapeau and St. Joseph’s. Given the importance of these events to the financial health of both parishes, we are asking every family to consider making at least a one-time donation equal to the amount they would have paid to purchase tickets for the meal if it had occurred. This equates to $15 for each adult in the family and $5 for each child under 10 yrs of age. Please make the effort to fulfill this commitment before the end of the Summer as we rely on the proceeds of those parish suppers to pay our heating and insurance bills. God willing, we’ll be able to put on these delicious events again next year. Thank you.

 VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR VARIOUS MINISTRIES DURING THESE PANDEMIC TIMES

6) We continue to search for volunteers to help serve in the parishes during these unusual times. In particular, we are looking for people to help distribute communion to those folks who do not feel comfortable yet attending Mass with a group of people. You will be asked to take the Blessed Sacrament to these people in their homes immediately following whichever Mass you attend. Please call the parish office if you are willing. I have also had one couple step forward to help initiate a live streaming of either the Rosary or the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. But we need at least two or three more people to get this project off the ground. Hopefully, we’ll be able to have everything in place to begin this spiritual initiative immediately after Labour Day.

7) This Saturday, August 1st is the Feast Day of St. Alphonsus of Ligouri. Not only is he the patron of the Chapeau Parish, but he was also the founder of the Redemptorist Order of which our Bishop, +Guy Desrochers, is a member. Please lift up special prayers on our Bishop’s behalf this weekend as well as for all the other members of the Redemptorist Order in Canada and around the world. Good St. Alphonsus… Pray for us!

8) Congratulation to Koralie Marie Sharon Roussell-Fleming who was baptized after Mass in Chapeau last Sunday. Koralie is the daughter of Derek and Karolann Fleming. Please remember to pray that she has a long, happy, and blessed life as a Catholic member of the Roussell-Fleming family.

9) Please pray for the repose of the soul of Mr. Donald Reid, formerly of Waltham who passed away this week. Donald was the widower of the late Loretta Desrochers. I also ask you to pray for the repose of the soul of Mrs. Rhea Vaillancourt whose funeral was celebrated in Chapeau on Tuesday. Rhea was the widow of the late Jean Vaillancourt and mother of Andre, Louise, and Charlie Vaillancourt. May God grant comfort and consolation to both of their families and friends.

Spiritual Reflection From This Weekend’s Readings:

Jesus Is a Team Player

Let’s put ourselves in this scene.

  • After a long day, the exhausted and exasperated disciples try to get Jesus to send away the hungry throng.
  • But Jesus looks at them, so preoccupied with their own selfish concerns, and says, “Feed them yourselves.”
  • Imagine their shock.
  • Five thousand men, with another few thousand women and children, and the Master wants the apostles to give them a meal.
  • They look at each other in confusion and apprehension.
  • They point out that they have barely enough food even for themselves, let alone to feed thousands of hungry hangers-on.
  • But Jesus insists, and finally they hand over their little stash, and Jesus works wonders.

The most obvious lesson hidden in this scene is about Christ’s heart.

  • Jesus’ compassion leads him to put aside his own plans for the sake of the needy crowds.
  • And then it overflows in a miracle so awe-inspiring that it is the only miracle recorded in all four Gospels.
  • This is our God! He is always thinking of us! He fills us with good things and is preparing even better things for us in heaven.

But there are other lessons here too – like the lesson about how Jesus works.

  • After blessing and breaking the bread, he gave it to his apostles and told them to distribute it, and the miracle only occurred when they obeyed him.
  • This is still how Jesus works today. He’s a team player, not a solo act.
  • He feeds each one of us with his Word and his sacraments through the Church.
  • And he feeds those outside the Church with the light of his truth through each one of us.

At least, he wants to – but it’s up to us to let him.

Being a Good Member of Christ’s Team

Jesus is a team player, and we are on his team.

The goal of Christ’s team is nothing less than eternal life and everlasting happiness.

To achieve that goal, each of us needs to fulfill three basic team responsibilities.

First, we need to keep our eye on the ball – on Christ, that is.

  • We need to stay close to our team leader, getting to know him better every day, learning to see all things as he sees them.
  • This we do by prayer, by reading and studying Church teaching, and by conversations with other people who know Christ well.

Second, we need to play good defense.

  • Good defense means avoiding unnecessary temptations.
  • We are all vulnerable to temptations that come from our own selfish tendencies, from the devil, and from the self-centered world around us.
  • God gives us enough grace to resist temptations, but we cut ourselves off from that grace when we purposely put ourselves in dangerous situations,
  • like wasting time surfing the Internet,
  • going to parties centered on destructive behavior,
  • distancing ourselves from family relationships and healthy friendships,
  • or even just being lazy.

Third, we need to play good offense.

  • Good offense is simply doing God’s will.
  • 90% of the time, God’s will is easy to identify.
  • It means following the commandments,
  • obeying our conscience,
  • fulfilling well our normal responsibilities,
  • and striving to love our neighbor as ourselves.
  • 10% of the time, God’s will is hard to see – then we need extra prayer, patience, and the advice of a priest or other wise person.

Jesus is eager for us to discover the joy and satisfaction that comes from being more active members of his team.

If we keep our eye on the ball, play good defense, and play good offense, we won’t let him down.

Parish Bulletin – 4th Sunday of Easter – 3 May 2020

1)  Teresa Downey of Sheenboro turned 89 on April 28th. Many locals honoured her by gathering for a drive-by birthday. Teresa asked me to post a thank you from her to the fiddlers, the photographers and all those who celebrated her birthday from their cars She would also like to thank those who gave cards and brought gifts for the baskets. Their efforts were very appreciated. Thank you.

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2)  We are still struggling with our live streaming equipment this week. One essential component (video encoder) isn’t working because it’s not compatible with the rest of the equipment. Unfortunately, almost every online site from Amazon to Best Buy has sold out their entire stock of encoders at this time and they have no anticipated date for new ones to sell. The reason? Because churches, institutions, and families have bought them all up so that they can live stream and video conference during this time of being quarantined into our homes. But fear not! We will eventually get the item we need and then the quality of picture and sound from my live-streamed masses will be much better than it is now. Thankfully, at least we’ve been able to use my iPhone and will continue to use it for the time being. Just say a prayer that I can soon locate an Aja Video encoder that works with HDMI and USB ports because that’s the make and model of equipment that we’re searching for. Perhaps you can offer a prayer to St. Anthony or St. Jude to help us find this missing piece of our live streaming puzzle.

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3)  My sincere thanks to the folks who are using the ‘Donate’ widget on our parish blog (https://uppontiacparishes.com/) to make their financial contributions to the parishes. Hopefully, others will soon discover this means to resume their support as well. You can use either a credit card, PayPal, or a gift card to pay for your donations. I personally use PayPal as I was able to link it to my personal bank account as a debit card so that I don’t have to put my credit card numbers out there online. If you go to PayPal.com you can discover how easy it is to set such a service up. Note as well please that our donation widget allows you to either make a ‘one-time donation’ or set up a monthly one. If you choose the latter, you can send us your total monthly support automatically and will receive at the same time the tax receipt issued in the parish’s name. I thank you again for your consideration of this option as it will ensure that we can depend on a set amount of money each month which makes budgeting a lot less difficult for us.

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4) Another Sheenboro native has died. Mary Grace Bryson (née Morris) passed away. Her obituary is posted on the parish blog, but I also include it below. May God grant comfort and consolation to those who grieve her death.

It is with deep sadness but also with much gratitude for her long fulfilling life, that we announce the gentle passing of Grace Bryson on Monday, April 27, 2020, in her 96th year. Beloved wife of the late Jim Bryson. Dear mother of Joyce and Brady. Loving grandmother of Jean Pierre (deceased), Denis Claude (Lizl), Marc, Grace and Georgia. Cherished great grandmother of Ciel. Lovingly remembered by her many nieces and nephews and friends. Grace spent all her years caring for others as a nurse in Pembroke. She was a wonderful hostess and welcomed all with warmth and hospitality and the teapot was always ready to greet visitors. Grace will be remembered for her strong faith, her deep love of family, her sense of fun and many humorous sayings and stories. Many thanks to Dr. G Clersaint and Dr. Andrew Douglas. Thank you to the caseworkers from LHIN, the personal support workers from Bayshore, especially “my Farida”, and the nurses from Carefor, especially Ruth. A celebration of mom’s life will be held at a later date when we can gather to remember her and share stories.


“Fear not nor grieve at my departure
You whom I have loved so much,
For my roots and yours
Are forever intertwined.”- “A Psalm for the Dying”, Edward Hayes


Condolences gratefully accepted at: 32 Inuvik Cres. Kanata, OnK2L1A2. Donations may be made in Grace’s name to the University of Ottawa Heart Unit, or St. Paul the Hermit Church, Sheenboro, PQ.

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5) The theme of this weekend’s readings all deal with Christ as the Good Shepherd. Here’s a short reflection on that subject.

Today’s readings revolve around the truth of faith that Christ is our Shepherd and we are his flock, called to participate in his admirable victory over sin and death (cf. Opening Prayer).

  • Through baptism we enter into His sheepfold, we are integrated into His flock which is the Church He established with Peter as His vicar (1streading: Acts 2: 14a, 36-41). After the Ascension of Our Lord, Peter and the apostles started proclaiming the necessity of repentance from our sins and of being baptized in order to receive the forgiveness of sins, the gift of the Holy Spirit and form part of Christ’s flock.
  • Forming part of Christ’s flock, Christ’s Church entails following the footsteps of Our Lord, who suffered for us and “bore our sins in his body upon the cross, so that, free from sin, we might live for righteousness” and made it possible for us to return to God, the “Shepherd and Guardian of our souls”(2nd reading: 1Pt 2:20b-25).
  • In addition to the title of Good Shepherd, Christ applies to himself the image of the dooror gate into the sheepfold of the Church. “I am the gate. Whoever enters through me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture. (Gospel, Jn 10:1-10).”
  • Jesus Christ, the Good Shepherd “calls his sheep by name and leads them out.” That is why we can always exclaim with joy and confidence in Christ: “The Lord is my shepherd, there is nothing I shall want,” for He not only gives us his grace in the sacraments, especially in the Eucharist, whose abundant table He prepares for us every Sunday (Resp. Psalm) but also promised that we “might have life and have it more abundantly.”

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6) 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. Don’t forget to add a prayer or two for those suffering in any way from the COVID-19 virus and for those people tasked with helping to make them well again.

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7) Don’t forget that our Sunday Masses are celebrated at 10 am on Sunday morning. You can always find it on my personal Facebook timeline and (hopefully) on the Catholic Parishes of the Upper Pontiac page as well. All you need to be able to participate fully is your Sunday Missal which includes all the appropriate responses and refrains. I will simply presume that you’re doing your part to make this as full an experience of the liturgy as possible. Hope to see you there!  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parish Bulletin – Palm Sunday – 5 April 2002

Parish Bulletin: Palm Sunday – 5 April 2020

Scripture Reflection:

In the ancient world, palm branches were the symbol of victory.

  • For the Israelites in the Old Testament, the elegance, strength, and simplicity of this tree became a symbol of the just man or woman, the one in whom God’s law triumphed.

It also symbolized victory for the Romans.

  • Palm trees were not native to Italy.
  • And so, when the Romans started conquering other nations in the Mediterranean, the generals brought palm trees back to Rome as souvenirs of their victories.

So the crowds waving palm branches as Jesus entered Jerusalem were declaring his victory.

Today, we echo them, we join them, and we declare and celebrate Christ’s victory.

But what victory is it? And how did Christ win it?

It is the victory over original sin.

  • Original sin was mankind’s disobedience to God and obedience to the devil.
  • It shattered God’s plan, let loose the scourge of evil, and gave the devil a certain power over earthly society.

Jesus, through his passion, death, and resurrection, reversed the disobedience of original sin by obeying his Father’s will in spite of all the devil’s attempts to thwart him:

  • The betrayal of Judas, the abandonment of his apostles, the false accusations, the condemnation, the humiliation, the scourging and crowning with thorns, the torture of crucifixion – all of these sufferings were the devil’s attempts to get Jesus to say “no” to his Father, just as he had gotten Adam and Eve to say “no”.
  • But Jesus defeated the devil. He continued to love, forgive, and obey through it all. And so he, unlike Adam, unlike every other person in history, can say, “I have not rebelled” [first reading at the Mass].

His obedience establishes a beachhead in this world that is under the devil’s sway: Jesus’ Passion is D-Day for the devil and liberation for us.

This is the victory we celebrate.

Today and throughout this week we should give thanks to God for the great things he has done, reflect on his saving love, and renew our commitment to follow him.

But above all this week, we should stay united to Christ our Savior.

This week we should each be hooked up to Christ the way people in the hospital are hooked up to an IV.

  • We need his strength to come into our lives so we can have the courage to live as he wants us to live.
  • We need to let all the graces he wants to give us this week flow freely into our souls and renew us, bringing a spiritual springtime into our hearts.

There are two things we can do to stay united to Christ, to stay hooked up to his grace.

First, there is prayer.

  • We should spend more time in prayer this week, both in quantity and in quality.
  • Come and sit with Jesus here in the Tabernacle.
  • Take that rosary off the rear-view mirror and use it for what it was meant for.
  • Spend some time reading the Gospels and meditating on them.

Second, there is obedience.

  • Jesus is always instructing us about how to live, how to be responsible in our life’s duties, and selfless in our relationships.
  • This week, let’s pay special attention. Whatever he asks of us, let’s say OK.

Today is Palm Sunday, Victory Day. As Christ comes among us once more, let’s renew our faith in the victory he won for us, and claim it once again as our own.


CONFESSIONS: 

Here are the scheduled times for confession:

St. Joseph’s: Holy Monday from 7 to 8 pm.

Chapeau: Holy Tuesday from 7 to 8 pm.

Sheenboro: Holy Thursday from 7 to 8 pm.

I’ll be sitting in my car in the parking lot of each parish. Just pull up beside me, respecting, of course, the 6 ft. space between the vehicles and roll down your window. I will be wearing a mask but that’s only for our mutual protection. It isn’t necessary for you to do the same.


Announcements:

1) The Church suggests that as many of us as possible should try to live stream the Holy Week masses and services offered by Cardinal Thomas Collins of Toronto. You can find the schedule and links by going to www.stmichaelscathedral.com/live

2) Because of the above suggestion, we will hold off on beginning our live streaming of weekday and weekend Masses until the week after Easter. While we intend to try to get all the bugs worked out on this initiative by trying to broadcast our weekday Masses (Tuesday to Friday mornings at 10 am), there might be some difficulties in getting everything right. We anticipate that by the Mass on Sunday, April 19th (at 10 am.) we will be up and going without too many problems. I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible then.

3) People have been calling in to ask about how they can support the parishes financially during these difficult times. To that end, we have registered with ‘CanadaHelps.org’ a conglomerate of Canadian charities so that you will need only click on a ‘donate’ button on our Facebook page to make a contribution via a credit card. Anyone who wishes to send donations directly from their own bank account without using a credit card, you can choose the option of an ‘Interac transfer’ if that’s an option offered by your bank. Just use our parish email address (uppontiac@gmail.com) and use the phrase ‘church donation’ as the answer to the security question. Please simply put the name of your parish in the line where you get to set the question. This way we can know which account to transfer your donation into. Thank you for any support you can offer during these difficult times.

4) Here’s a bit of positive news! Thanks to the Canadian government extending to all register charities in Canada the opportunity to participate in their wage subsidy program in which they will pay 75% of all salaries we will be able to keep Pauline, our parish secretary on our payroll and not lay her off as we had planned to do. Even though she will not be allowed to open any of the offices, she will use call forwarding from the Chapeau office (819-689-5757) to respond to your calls. I will continue to man the St. Joseph’s office (which is also closed) and can be reached by phone at 819-689-5232.

5) Here’s a question for you to consider. What have you done this week to reach out to people in your social circles (and beyond) who you know are facing this lockdown alone in their homes? Phone calls (or Facetime or Skype calls if they have internet services) to them will help to break up the loneliness that might afflict them. You can check and see if they are in need of any food or prescriptions and perhaps help them get what they need. In that vein, are you aware that Metro in Fort-Coulonge is making deliveries of groceries to local addresses or that you can place an order over the phone at Conroy’s Grocers and they will bring out the order to your car when you come to pick it up and pay for it? L’Ancienne Banque restaurant is also making deliveries from their menu to for a nominal fee of $5. We commend all the local businesses who are trying to provide us with the best service possible in these dangerous times.

6) Another parishioner, Joe Selkirk of Sheenboro, has suffered the loss of his home to fire this week. There is a GoFundMe page set up by his friends to help him as his house was not insured. Please be generous if at all possible, in helping him in this time of need.

STAY HOME – STAY SAFE – SAVE A LIFE!

 

 

Parish Bulletin – 5th Sunday of Lent – 29 March 2020

Catholic Parishes of the Upper Pontiac

Parish Bulletin

Fifth Sunday of Lent – Sunday March 27, 2020

 

This is the first of what promises to be a number of ‘virtual bulletins’ that will be posted online throughout the current COVID-19 crisis. Hope you find it worth reading.

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Jesus is drawing to the end of his earthly mission.  His disciples have been accompanying him for almost three years. And here once again they see Jesus showing divine knowledge: he knew how Lazarus’s sickness would end, and he knew, without any need for a messenger, when Lazarus had died. And yet, even at this late point in his ministry, after three years of continually

  • witnessing Christ’s miracles,
  • and experiencing his divine wisdom,
  • his disciples still don’t understand him; they still don’t know their Lord.

They still misconstrue his words – they think he’s talking about normal sleep when he is really talking about death. They still doubt his good sense and power – they try to dissuade him from returning to Jerusalem, where his enemies lurk. After all this time and experience, they just don’t get it. Any lesser Lord would have long ago given up on these slow and artless followers, but not Jesus.

  • He is a Lord who serves his subjects, teaching them and guiding them to the fullness of life with tireless patience.
  • The needier they are, the more attentive he is, the more eager to give them whatever it takes to help them believe in, trust, and follow him.

And aren’t we just like the Apostles?

  • We have been Christians for so long, heard so many sermons, received Holy Communion so often.
  • And yet, in the middle of life’s ups and downs we still find it hard to figure out what God is asking of us.
  • In the middle of life’s temptations, we still find it hard to trust him enough to follow his will instead of our whims.

But he hasn’t given up on us, and he never will. Our Lord is truly Lord, but he is a Lord who rules by love. Everything in this church reminds us that God never gives up on us.

  • The altar is solid and immovable – like God’s love.
  • The crucifix is front and center, the emblem of God’s unlimited forgiveness.
  • The tabernacle and the sanctuary lamp quietly keep vigil over the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist – perhaps the greatest proof of all that God will never give up on us.

But one item expresses God’s untiring love with particular eloquence: the confessional. The mere existence of confessionals proves that God doesn’t just make empty campaign promises – he puts his love and power into action.

  • He entrusted the forgiveness of sins to his Church, because he knew that his followers would need it.
  • He knew that we would keep being tempted, keep falling into sin, keep experiencing our weakness.
  • He knew that the devil would try to use those experiences to discourage us and distance us from God.

But the confessional is the guaranteed shield against that temptation. Its mere presence is an undeniable witness to the fact that Christ will never give up on us.  No matter what happens, no matter what we do or fail to do, we can always go into that confessional,

  • receive God’s forgiveness, with no room for doubt,
  • get some solid spiritual advice and sacramental grace,
  • and start over again.

God never gives up on us; the confessional proves it. But we often give up on God, settling for being an inoffensive Christian instead of striving to become a saint. Today, let’s reboot our spiritual lives. Let’s get back in tune with Christ’s dream for our lives, and promise to use every means he gives us to make that dream come true

To help us all prepare for the great Feast of Easter, Fr. Tim will be hearing confessions in each of our three communities during Holy Week… but not in the usual way. If the temperature and weather permit, he’ll take a chair out into the parking lot of each church. You can drive up and confess by speaking to him via your rolled-down car window. Once you’ve completed, then you can just drive away with a clear soul and conscience. If the weather doesn’t cooperate, he will do the same thing by sitting in his car with his window down and you can pull up beside him, roll down your window and confess away! Here are the scheduled times for confession:

St. Joseph’s: Holy Monday from 7 to 8 pm.

Chapeau: Holy Tuesday from 7 to 8 pm.

Sheenboro: Holy Thursday from 7 to 8 pm.

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We ask you to pray for the repose of the soul of Helen Hill and Edmond Mainville who have both passed away recently. Their funerals will be celebrated in Chapeau once the COVID-19 virus lockdown has been lifted.

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All of the churches in our diocese of Pembroke are closed until further notice. The buildings are locked to ensure that they are kept from any virus. At this point, all of the pews in each church have been washed with a bleach solution to have them ready to go on a moment’s notice once the prohibition of public gatherings in finally lifted and we can resume celebrating the sacraments publicly once again. This means that there can be no funerals, weddings, or baptisms celebrated until that date as well. If you had planned to be wed this Spring or Summer in one of our Churches, please get in touch with Fr. Tim asap to work out whether or not the ceremony can still proceed.

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Due to the lack of revenue coming in with the suspension of Masses, we have been forced to lay-off Pauline Lepine, our Parish secretary until we restart our regular schedule. If you need something from the parish office, please call Fr. Tim at 819-689-5232 and he will try to help you. At this point, we are NOT taking any reserved dates for Masses as we don’t know how long this period will be before we can start up again.

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Please remember to 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.

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If you have anything that you want to be included in this digital bulletin, please either call Fr. Tim (819-689-5232) or email them to the parish office (uppontiac@gmail.com)

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Looking for some material to keep kids occupied while the schools are closed? Peggy Shannon from the Chapeau Gallery says they have an amazing selection of child-friendly movies and books you can purchase or borrow. Just call her at 819-689-5141 and work out a time when you can connect at the Gallery.

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Notes from Fr. Tim:

1) These are indeed strange times! None of us has ever faced anything like what we are experiencing these days with everyone sheltering at home to try to avoid the COVID-19 virus. But the current restrictions are both unavoidable and necessary to save the lives of many people. If you wonder if this is much ado about nothing, I ask you to consider the following. Canada has a population of approximately 35,000,000 people. Medical experts tell us that probably 50% of us will contract the virus before the end of the year. That amounts to 17,500,000 souls. Of this group, experience in other countries shows that approximately 6% (1,050,000 people) will require hospitalization to survive the virus’s effects. Currently, there are 71,412 beds in all the hospitals in Canada, almost all of which are used for all the medical events that afflicted us before the arrival of the COVID-19 virus in our country. Clearly, there are far, far too few beds if all of this million+ Canadians get sick in a short span of time. Staying in our homes and practicing social distancing is the only way we can have a chance to keep the rate of spread of the virus down to a level where the hospitals will be able to some chance of being able to save them. We all then need to do our part. So stay home… stay safe… and pray both for our country as a whole, and especially for the medical professionals many of us are going to depend upon in the months ahead.

2) The Parishes of the Upper Pontiac is going online! At least that’s the plan. We are currently waiting for the arrival of some equipment which will permit me to begin to live stream Masses and other devotions from the St. Joseph’s sacristy chapel. You will be able to participate in these events by connecting to our new page (Catholic Parishes of the Upper Pontiac) on Facebook as well as on a YouTube channel I am working to set up. It’s not as good as being together in the real world, but even a virtual connection between me as your pastor and you as my parishioners will be a blessing these days. Watch here for the announcement as to the date and time these digital Masses will start.

3) Another item I’m working on is an online digital portal through which people can make a donation to help pay our bills. It will be found here on the parish blog and hopefully on our new Facebook page as well. It should be up and running before the middle of next week. I thank you in advance for your anticipated generous cooperation with this initiative.

4) I promise that I’m praying for you each and every day. Please be kind enough to offer a prayer for my intentions as well so that I can continue to serve when needed without contracting the virus myself. As someone who suffers from COPD myself, the odds are getting sick with that bug will be a real and present danger to my health. So, I thank you in advance for helping to keep me safe and functioning on this side of the sod!

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!