Masses for the Week of October 26 – November 1/2020
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
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.
St. Paul the Hermit: $ 226.00
St. Joseph’s: $1050.00
St. Alphonsus: $ 653.00
Total Online Donations to Date: $ 8236.05
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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:
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.
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.