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GREAT News!

Effective Monday February 22nd, 2021, the entire Outaouais region moved from the Red into the Orange Zone. These means that we will once again be able to open up our churches for Sunday Masses so long as we limit our numbers to 25 people who follow all the other social distancing regulations (mask, wash hands, stay 2 metres apart). So beginning on the weekend of 27 & 28 February we will resume public Masses in all three of our parish churches. Please remember that you will need to call the parish office (Mon-Wed 819-689-5757; Thurs-Fri 819-689-5232) to reserve your place. The Mass times will remain as before the lockdown: Sheenboro at 5 pm on Saturdays, St. Joseph’s at 9 am and Chapeau at 10:30 am on Sundays

So the news isn’t all that we might have hoped for, but it is a good step in the right direction that we can at least gather again starting on the 2nd week of Lent. Let’s all keep praying that soon all these government restrictions will be lifted once we receive our vaccinations and this pandemic is finally put behind us. Until that time, you can check out this government link to see what activities will be allowed in an Orange Zone.

https://www.quebec.ca/en/health/health-issues/a-z/2019-coronavirus/progressive-regional-alert-and-intervention-system/level-3-alert-orange/

Daily Prayers for our Novena to St. Joseph

Veni Sanctus Spiritus

Come, Holy Spirit, send down those beams, which sweetly flow in silent streams from Thy bright throne above.

O come, Thou Father of the poor;

O come, Thou source of all our store, come, fill our hearts with love.

O Thou, of comforters the best,

O Thou, the soul’s delightful guest, the pilgrim’s sweet relief.

Rest art Thou in our toil, most sweet refreshment in the noonday heat; and solace in our grief.

O blessed Light of life Thou art; fill with Thy light the inmost heart of those who hope in Thee.

Without Thy Godhead nothing can, have any price or worth in man, nothing can harmless be.

Lord, wash our sinful stains away, refresh from heaven our barren clay, our wounds and bruises heal.

To Thy sweet yoke our stiff necks bow, warm with Thy fire our hearts of snow, our wandering feet recall.

Grant to Thy faithful, dearest Lord, whose only hope is Thy sure word, the sevenfold gifts of grace.

Grant us in life Thy grace that we, in peace may die and ever be, in joy before Thy face.

Amen. Alleluia.

Litany of St. Joseph

Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

Christ, hear us. Christ, graciously hear us.

God, the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us.

God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.

God the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us. Holy Trinity,

One God, have mercy on us.

Holy Mary, pray for us.

Saint Joseph, pray for us.

Noble Offspring of David, pray for us.

Light of Patriarchs, pray for us.

Spouse of the Mother of God, pray for us.

Chaste Guardian of the Virgin, pray for us.

Foster-Father of the Son of God, pray for us.

Zealous Defender of Christ, pray for us.

Head of the Holy Family, pray for us.

Joseph Most Just, pray for us.

Joseph Most Chaste, pray for us.

Joseph Most Prudent, pray for us.

Joseph Most Courageous, pray for us.

Joseph Most Obedient, pray for us.

Joseph Most Faithful, pray for us.

Mirror of Patience, pray for us.

Lover of Poverty, pray for us.

Model of Workmen, pray for us.

Glory of Domestic Life, pray for us.

Guardian of Virgins, pray for us.

Pillar of Families, pray for us.

Comfort of the Afflicted, pray for us.

Hope of the Sick, pray for us.

Patron of the Dying, pray for us.

Terror of Demons, pray for us.

Protector of the Holy Church, pray for us.

Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, Spare us, O Lord. Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, Graciously hear us, O Lord.

Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, Have mercy on us

Parish Bulletin – 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 14 February 2021

Parish Bulletin – 6th Sunday of Ordinary Time – 14 February 2021

Masses for the Week of 16 February to 21 February

STREAMED MASSES:

TUESDAY:                10 AM             Iona Morris – Larry & Nancy Lavallee

WEDNESDAY:**      10 AM             George Sullivan – Jerry & Mary-Paule Muldoon

THURSDAY:             10 AM             Grace Allard – Frances Tracey

FRIDAY:***              10 AM             Fr. Mike Costello – Maureen & Helen Morris

SUNDAY:                   9 AM             (1) Merrill Allard – David & Julie Gallagher

                                                            (2) Neil Sullivan – Gail & Cecil Sullivan

                                                            (3) Victor Gagnon – Paul & Sally Romain

All weekday Masses are celebrated in St. Joseph’s Church.

** Includes public recitation of the Rosary

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

LIVE MASSES:

All Live Masses are suspended in accordance with Quebec COVID regulations until at least February 21, 2021

ANNOUNCEMENTS

1) Well, sadly 2021 hasn’t exactly started off any better than the last year ended, at least as regard to the pandemic. The provincial government, on top of instituting a night-time curfew has also ordered the closing of all churches and church offices until at least 21 February 2021. I will continue to stream both weekdays (10 AM) and Sunday Masses (9 AM) from St. Joseph’s, including the public recitation of the Rosary on Wednesdays and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy on Friday. On Sunday, I will offer the Mass for three intentions, one from each parish. Please pray that we will soon find our way out of danger in these difficult times and get back to celebrating as usual in all three parishes.

2) Just a reminder that just because you can’t come to church doesn’t mean you can’t continue to support your parish. You can go to the parish blog at www.uppontiacparishes.com and make an online donation. Just remember to include which church you are directing your donation to in the message box of the donation widget. I thank you for your continuing support by whatever means possible in these difficult months with large heating bills and no regular Sunday collections. Your generous help is much appreciated.

3) Tax receipts for 2020 donations (excluding the online donations which produce receipt at time of donation) will be available once the government allows us to reopen our offices for business. We thank you for your patience.

4) Teens– be prepared for Lent: Order the Teen Lent Companion by LIFETEEN and use it to develop a daily prayer life that will last you a lifetime. See other great resources for teens at www.lifeteen.com.

5) Calling All Moms: Check out the options for Moms to stay connected at www.CatholicMomsgroup.com and sign up to Midday Moms, a regular virtual Mother’s group meet up with host Mary Wagner and her MOM Jane Wagner on Zoom.

6) Rosary: Father Réal Ouellette is planning the recording/editing of the Rosary to be broadcast on various social media. To participate and contribute, please see details here.

Chapelet/Rosaire: Père Réal Ouellette planifie l’enregistrement et le montage du Chapelet/Rosaire pour être diffusé sur les médias sociaux. Pour participer et contribuer, veuillez consulter https://fr.ourabcparishes.com/rosary-project.

7) Pope Francis has dedicated 2021 to be a holy year St. Joseph. In that spirit we will be beginning a 33-day novena of dedication beginning on Sunday February 14th culminating with a consecration to St. Joseph on March 19th. Join with me when we will pray the litany of St. Joseph at the end of every one of our streamed Masses. I will post a copy of the litany on the parish blog (www.uppontiacparishes.com) so that you can pray it personally.

8) We will be starting a new book on Tuesday February 23rd at 7 pm. Entitled Learning to Pray: A Guide for Everyone by Fr. James Martin, s.j. published by HarperOne Publishers c.2021. It can be purchased online from Amazon.ca or Chapters.ca in either a hardcover or ebook version, or it can be ordered through the bookstore in the Pembroke Mall. If you are interested in joining in, please call or email me at frtimmoylepp@gmail.com and I will send you a link to be able to join in the discussion. Learning to Pray is accessible for even novices to prayer to grasp and will undoubtably help you to deepen your prayer relationship with God. I hope that many folks will take advantage of this opportunity to join the group!

9) I ask your prayers for repose of the soul of Mr. Jerome Sallafranque. Please pray that these days be consoling and grace-filled for Françoise, their children, extended family, and for all who called him friend.

10) Our parish community has suffered another tragic loss this week with the presumed death of Robert Chartrand whose snowmobile went through the ice on Friday evening. As of the time of this bulletin, his body has not yet been found by the SQ divers. PLEASE… pray that they will be successful in finding him and bring this young lad home to his grieving family as soon as possible. Any further developments will be posted both on the Facebook and on the parish blog.

Scripture Reflection For This Weekend

Opening Prayer: Jesus, I put myself in your presence, deeply aware of my weakness. I cry to you like the leper, “If you wish you can make clean”—and holy, and pure, and good!

Encountering Christ:

  1. Our Impossible Dreams: Many times in life we find ourselves yearning for something that seems elusive and out of reach. It might have to do with our health, like the leper in the reading today, or it might be something in another realm of our lives. When we realize that we cannot have it on our own, that our sheer human frailty puts it beyond reach, we can say with the leper, “If you wish you can make me clean.” That kind of prayer, from our weakness, speaks from the deepest part of our soul. In those moments we show the depth of our faith.
    1. Magnetic Misery: For us, misery can repel, making us look away. For Jesus, it acts like a magnet; it pulls him in and his merciful heart feels compelled to bring relief. Confident and trusting in Christ’s heart, we need to look our cynicism in the eye and say “begone Satan.” Without faith, we wallow, but with faith, we seek the loving gaze of Jesus who saves us from sinking into a miserable morass.
    1. Devoted Discretion: “See that you tell no one.” This directive of Jesus seems puzzling; Scripture scholars speak of the “messianic secret,” in which Jesus sought to avoid people projecting upon him mistaken notions of who the Messiah was to be. But for us, what might it mean? Perhaps we could think of how we must savor our blessings and graces in our hearts and not merely on our social media platforms. Counting our “likes” does not feed our souls in the way that simply resting in the beauty of Jesus’s loving care for us does.

Conversing with Christ: Lord, I bring you my misery and my smallness. Help me, Lord! I give you my wholehearted cry of faith so that you will rescue me and come to my aid. Never allow me to doubt your goodness. On this day that celebrates love, I thank you for the beautiful relationships in my life. Help me to appreciate more deeply each person I have been privileged to know and love.

Resolution: Lord, today by your grace I will stop my work every few hours to thank you for surrounding me with love, both human and divine.

Parish Bulletin Correction

Yikes! It was just pointed out to me that the announced time for the Sunday Mass has been wrong few the last number of weeks. My apologies for not noticing it earlier myself and correcting it sooner. Until Premier Legault lifts us out of the Red Zone, (which is now to come no earlier than 22 February if he keeps his word and reviews our status again by then) I am celebrating the Masses privately but livestreamed on both my and the parishes Facebook pages. I’ll post below the correct scheduled Masses for this week.

STREAMED MASSES:

TUESDAY:                10 AM           Larry Patrick Lapierre – Angie Retty

WEDNESDAY:**     10 AM             Gerald Spence – Eulalia Ryan

THURSDAY:             10 AM           Joyce Bechamp – Roger & Teresa Samson

FRIDAY:***              10 AM            Jean Caughey – Rosemary Flood

SUNDAY:             9 AM             (1) Carmelita Gleason – Jerry & Marie-Paule Muldoon

                                                  (2)  Lester Gaudette – Gordon & Anne Armstrong

                                                  (3)  Remi Vaillancourt – Nicole & Lorenzo Bertrand

All weekday Masses are celebrated in St. Joseph’s Church.

Parish Bulletin – 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 7 FEBRUARY 2021

Parish Bulletin – 5th Sunday of Ordinary Time – 7 February 2021

Masses for the Week of 9 February to 14 February

STREAMED MASSES:

TUESDAY:                10 AM             Larry Patrick Lapierre – Angie Retty

WEDNESDAY:**     10 AM             Gerald Spence – Eulalia Ryan

THURSDAY:             10 AM             Joyce Bechamp – Roger & Teresa Samson

FRIDAY:***              10 AM             Jean Caughey – Rosemary Flood

SUNDAY:             9 AM             (1) Carmelita Gleason – Jerry & Marie-Paule Muldoon

                                                            (2) Lester Gaudette – Gordon & Anne Armstrong

                                                            (3) Remi Vaillancourt – Nicole & Lorenzo Bertrand

All weekday Masses are celebrated in St. Joseph’s Church.

** Includes public recitation of the Rosary

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

LIVE MASSES:

All Live Masses are suspended in accordance with Quebec COVID regulations until at least February 21, 2021

ANNOUNCEMENTS

1) Well, sadly 2021 hasn’t exactly started off any better than the last year ended, at least as regard to the pandemic. The provincial government, on top of instituting a night-time curfew has also ordered the closing of all churches and church offices until at least 21 February 2021. I will continue to stream both weekdays (10 AM) and Sunday Masses (9 AM) from St. Joseph’s, including the public recitation of the Rosary on Wednesdays and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy on Friday. On Sunday, I will offer the Mass for three intentions, one from each parish. Please pray that we will soon find our way out of danger in these difficult times and get back to celebrating as usual in all three parishes.

2) Just a reminder that just because you can’t come to church doesn’t mean you can’t continue to support your parish. You can go to the parish blog at www.uppontiacparishes.com and make an online donation. Just remember to include which church you are directing your donation to in the message box of the donation widget. I thank you for your continuing support by whatever means possible in these difficult months with large heating bills and no regular Sunday collections. Your generous help is much appreciated.

3) Diocesan Marriage Preparation Program (Feb. 27th and March 6th): This course will be online only. New deadline date to register is Feb. 15th as materials need to be mailed out to participants.

4) 2021 National Theology on Tap: Intentional Disciples presents “Virtual National Theology on Tap” on Friday, February 12th at 9 p.m. E.T. with guest speakers Ralph Martin and Archbishop Chaput. Visit the Intentional Disciples website for more information.

5) Tax receipts for 2020 donations (excluding the online donations which produce receipt at time of donation) will be available once the government allows us to reopen our offices for business. We thank you for your patience.

6) 2021 World Day of the Sick: The 29th World Day of the Sick will be celebrated, as it is every year, on 11 February, the memorial of Our Lady of Lourdes. The Holy See has released the Holy Father’s Message which is entitled “You have but one teacher and you are all brothers” (Mt 23:8), which encourages a trust-based relationship with the sick and the nurturing of integral human healing. In his Message, Pope Francis writes: “…the commandment of love that Jesus left to his disciples is also kept in our relationship with the sick. A society is all the more human to the degree that it cares effectively for its most frail and suffering members, in a spirit of fraternal love. Let us strive to achieve this goal, so that no one will feel alone, excluded or abandoned.”

Message of the Holy Father

Journée mondiale du malade 2021: La 29e Journée mondiale du malade aura lieu le 11 février, mémoire de Notre-Dame de Lourdes, comme c’est le cas chaque année. Le Saint-Siège a publié le message du Saint-Père qui est intitulé « Vous n’avez qu’un seul maître et vous êtes tous frères » (Mt 23, 8), qui souligne une approche à l’égard du malade fondée sur une relation de confiance et favorisant une guérison humaine intégrale. Dans son message, le pape François écrit : « …le commandement de l’amour que Jésus a laissé à ses disciples se réalise aussi concrètement dans la relation avec les malades. Une société est d’autant plus humaine qu’elle prend soin de ses membres fragiles et souffrants et qu’elle sait le faire avec une efficacité animée d’un amour fraternel. Tendons vers cet objectif et faisons en sorte que personne ne reste seul, que personne ne se sente exclu ni abandonné. »

7) Teens– be prepared for Lent: Order the Teen Lent Companion by LIFETEEN and use it to develop a daily prayer life that will last you a lifetime. See other great resources for teens at www.lifeteen.com.

8) Calling All Moms: Check out the options for Moms to stay connected at www.CatholicMomsgroup.com and sign up to Midday Moms, a regular virtual Mother’s group meet up with host Mary Wagner and her MOM Jane Wagner on Zoom.

9) Rosary: Father Réal Ouellette is planning the recording/editing of the Rosary to be broadcast on various social media. To participate and contribute, please see details here.

Chapelet/Rosaire: Père Réal Ouellette planifie l’enregistrement et le montage du Chapelet/Rosaire pour être diffusé sur les médias sociaux. Pour participer et contribuer, veuillez consulter https://fr.ourabcparishes.com/rosary-project.

10) Pope Francis has dedicated 2021 to be a holy year St. Joseph. In that spirit we will be beginning a 33-day novena of dedication beginning on Sunday February 14th culminating with a consecration to St. Joseph on March 19th. Join with me when we will pray the litany of St. Joseph at the end of every one of our streamed Masses. I will post a copy of the litany on the parish blog (www.uppontiacparishes.com) so that you can pray it personally.

11) We have finished the Zoom Study course on Pope Benedict’s work, Jesus of Nazareth and will be starting a new book on Tuesday February 16th at 7 pm. Entitled Learning to Pray: A Guide for Everyone by Fr. James Martin, s.j. published by HarperOne Publishers c.2021. It can be purchased online from Amazon.ca or Chapters.ca in either a hardcover or ebook version, or it can be ordered through the bookstore in the Pembroke Mall. If you are interested in joining in, please call (819-689-5232) or email me at frtimmoylepp@gmail.com and I will send you a link to join in the discussion. Learning to Pray is accessible for even novices to prayer to grasp and will undoubtedly help you to deepen your prayer relationship with God. I hope that many folks will take advantage of this opportunity to join the group!

12) I ask your prayers for Mr. Jerome Sallafranque who is walking his final days on earth. Please pray that he be granted a peaceful and merciful death and that these days be consoling and grace-filled for Françoise, their children, extended family, and for all who called him friend. Jerome has played a very important role in our parish and community and I know that I will miss his guidance and help. May St. Alphonsus accompany him during his final days among us and bring his soul safe to God’s hands in heaven.

Scripture Reflection For This Weekend

Opening Prayer: Lord, as I reflect on your words, allow me to experience the healing power of your presence. Help me trust that you take care of me and the people I love. 

Encountering Christ:

1. He Entered the House: The Apostles accompanied Jesus while he was teaching in the synagogue, but this day was different from others because Jesus was about to give them a unique blessing: He planned to enter their house. When Christ asks to enter our reality, there isn’t an aspect that he fears, that he shuns, or that he doesn’t care about. He already knows our darkest recesses and loves us anyway. Why are we sometimes tempted to block his entrance to certain “rooms” in our life? Fear of rejection? Fear of exposure? Fear of loss of control? Fear of suffering? When we acknowledge and deeply reflect on who is asking to enter, our fears melt away. 

2. Approached, Grasped, Helped: Jesus’s first action upon entering the house was to cure Simon’s mother-in-law. This miracle was able to happen because the woman allowed herself to be the recipient of Jesus’s love. It often requires more humility and trust to let Jesus take care of our problems than it does to try to solve them on our own. Jesus wants to be wanted. Jesus desires that we ask. “Ask, and you will receive” (Matthew 7:7). He is constantly reaching out to each of us with his healing presence. We simply respond in faith to receive his blessings. 

3. For This Purpose Have I Come: Throughout the Gospels, Christ revealed his dedication to the mission his Father entrusted to him. He saw sickness as an opportunity to extend the healing touch of God and did not hesitate to enter into others’ suffering. We are called to imitate Christ in this willingness to offer a helping hand, to empathize with others who suffer, and to be his healing presence to others. We fulfill our purpose–to be Christ to others–when we first allow him to enter and possess our hearts.

Conversing with Christ: Lord, help me remember the power of your presence within me. May I be your healing presence to others. Give me the certainty that I am sent with you, by the Father, into this world. There is no darkness or difficulty that cannot be overcome by your grace.

Resolution: Lord, today by your grace I will seek out someone who needs to be touched by you and do my best to serve them, for your glory.

Pope’s new Day for Grandparents and Elderly may address ‘ache’ of COVID

Barbara Dowding has been promoting the importance of grandparents for years, so when Pope Francis announced the creation of a World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly, she was filled with “joy,…

Source: Pope’s new Day for Grandparents and Elderly may address ‘ache’ of COVID: chancellor – BC Catholic – Multimedia Catholic News

R.I.P. Nora Smith (nee Conway)

In her 77th year after a lengthy and courageous battle with cancer, Nora Smith of Chichester, Quebec, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family on Friday, January 29th, 2021. Daughter of the late Leo and Marjorie Conway (nee Dillon). Dear wife of the late Lester Smith. Loving mother of Peter, Brian, Cheryl (Pat Trimm), Sandra (Tim Morris) and the late Patricia (Patsy) and infant children Mary Theresa and Michael. Loving and caring Granny of Deborah Lapointe, Allyson Gagnon, Greg and Alyssa Morris and Kendyl Smith. Great grandmother of Hope. Loving sister of Bob Conway (Mary), Pat Conway (Bev) and Leo Conway (Donna). Predeceased by her sisters Joan (Walter Mielke) and Rebecca Laflair (the late Leslie), her brothers Danny and Gerard and sister -in -law Denise Conway. Fondly remembered by many nieces and nephews and special sister-in-law to Kempton Smith. Nora will be fondly remembered by her neighbours and special friends for her kind and thoughtful ways. She was an active volunteer in her parish and community. Nora had a passion for baking and happily spent many hours baking for the annual cookie drive, the Chapeau Regional Gallery fundraisers and any other community events that came her way. Nora was also a familiar smiling face readily lending a helping hand at the annual parish supper. A private family gathering will be held at the Hayes Funeral Home, Chapeau, Quebec on Friday, February 5th, 2021. A Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Alphonsus Church Chapeau, Quebec in the intimacy of the immediate family only. Interment Holy Spirit Mission Cemetery, Nichabau, Quebec. As Nora was very devout in her faith, donations to St. Alphonsus Church, Chapeau, Quebec or a charity of your choice would be greatly appreciated.

Parish Bulletin – 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 31 January 2021

Parish Bulletin – 4th Sunday of Ordinary Time – 31 January 2021

Masses for the Week of 2 February to 7 February

STREAMED MASSES:

TUESDAY:                10 AM             Fred Meilleur (ann.) – The Family

WEDNESDAY:**      10 AM             Elizabeth Donnelly  By:  Marie Paule Muldoon

THURSDAY:             10 AM             Hughette Groulx – Sheila Morris

FRIDAY:***              10 AM             CANCELLED DUE TO FUNERAL IN CHAPEAU

SUNDAY:            10:30 AM             (1) Iona Morris – Paulette Demmons

                                                            (2) Rita Jacqueline Hurd – Denzil & Claudette Spence

                                                            (3) Marie Drapeau – Annie & Clarence Gaudette

All weekday Masses are celebrated in St. Joseph’s Church.

** Includes public recitation of the Rosary

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

LIVE MASSES:

All Live Masses are suspended in accordance with Quebec COVID regulations until at least February 8, 2021

Collections:

Total Online Donations For 2020:  $11,098.68

Total Online Donations For 2021:  $  2,084.09

Thank you!

ANNOUNCEMENTS

1) Well, sadly 2021 hasn’t exactly started off any better than the last year ended, at least as regard to the pandemic. The provincial government, on top of instituting a night-time curfew has also ordered the closing of all churches and church offices until at least 8 February 2021. I will continue to stream both weekdays (10 AM) and Sunday Masses (9 AM) from St. Joseph’s, including the public recitation of the Rosary on Wednesdays and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy on Friday. On Sunday, I will offer the Mass for three intentions, one from each parish. Please pray that we will soon find our way out of danger in these difficult times and get back to celebrating as usual in all three parishes.

2) Just a reminder that just because you can’t come to church doesn’t mean you can’t continue to support your parish. You can go to the parish blog at www.uppontiacparishes.com and make an online donation. Just remember to include which church you are directing your donation to in the message box of the donation widget. I thank you for your continuing support by whatever means possible in these difficult months with large heating bills and no regular Sunday collections. Your generous help is much appreciated.

3) Diocesan Marriage Preparation Program (Feb. 27th and March 6th): This course will be online only. New deadline date to register is Feb. 15th as materials need to be mailed out to participants.

4) Our sympathy and prayers go out to the family of Mrs. Nora Smith (nee Conway) of Nichabeau who died on Friday evening. Her funeral will be privately celebrated in Chapeau this week in accordance with the COVID restrictions of the province.

5) 2021 National Theology on Tap: Intentional Disciples presents “Virtual National Theology on Tap” on Friday, February 12th at 9 p.m. E.T. with guest speakers Ralph Martin and Archbishop Chaput. Visit the Intentional Disciples website for more information.

6) Tax receipts for 2020 donations (excluding the online donations which produce receipt at time of donation) will be available once the government allows us to reopen our offices for business. We thank you for your patience.

7) Chronicle from Bishop Guy Desrochers: NEW!Click here to read Bishop Guy’s chronicles. This week’s chronicle: Pope Francis creates a new ecclesial entity called CHARIS

Chronique de Mgr Guy Desrochers: NOUVEAU! Lire les chroniques de Mgr Guy ici. Le titre de sa nouvelle chronique: Le Pape François crée une nouvelle entité ecclésiale appelée CHARIS.

8) 2021 World Day of the Sick: The 29th World Day of the Sick will be celebrated, as it is every year, on 11 February, the memorial of Our Lady of Lourdes. The Holy See has released the Holy Father’s Message which is entitled “You have but one teacher and you are all brothers” (Mt 23:8), which encourages a trust-based relationship with the sick and the nurturing of integral human healing. In his Message, Pope Francis writes: “…the commandment of love that Jesus left to his disciples is also kept in our relationship with the sick. A society is all the more human to the degree that it cares effectively for its most frail and suffering members, in a spirit of fraternal love. Let us strive to achieve this goal, so that no one will feel alone, excluded or abandoned.”

Message of the Holy Father

Journée mondiale du malade 2021: La 29e Journée mondiale du malade aura lieu le 11 février, mémoire de Notre-Dame de Lourdes, comme c’est le cas chaque année. Le Saint-Siège a publié le message du Saint-Père qui est intitulé « Vous n’avez qu’un seul maître et vous êtes tous frères » (Mt 23, 8), qui souligne une approche à l’égard du malade fondée sur une relation de confiance et favorisant une guérison humaine intégrale. Dans son message, le pape François écrit : « …le commandement de l’amour que Jésus a laissé à ses disciples se réalise aussi concrètement dans la relation avec les malades. Une société est d’autant plus humaine qu’elle prend soin de ses membres fragiles et souffrants et qu’elle sait le faire avec une efficacité animée d’un amour fraternel. Tendons vers cet objectif et faisons en sorte que personne ne reste seul, que personne ne se sente exclu ni abandonné. »

Message du Saint-Père

9) Diocesan Young Adult Ministry (18-35 yrs.): This gathering is postponed until further notice due to the Ontario government restrictions.

10) Teens– be prepared for Lent: Order the Teen Lent Companion by LIFETEEN and use it to develop a daily prayer life that will last you a lifetime. See other great resources for teens at www.lifeteen.com.

11) Calling All Moms: Check out the options for Moms to stay connected at www.CatholicMomsgroup.com and sign up to Midday Moms, a regular virtual Mother’s group meet up with host Mary Wagner and her MOM Jane Wagner on Zoom.

12) Catholic Christian Outreach (CCO): Are you in University and interested in learning about the Catholic faith and meeting others like you? CCO (Catholic Christian Outreach) is a University Campus ministry that does just that AND is now online! Contact a CCO representative at your University by clicking here: https://cco.ca/get-connected.

13) Rosary: Father Réal Ouellette is planning the recording/editing of the Rosary to be broadcast on various social media. To participate and contribute, please see details here.

Chapelet/Rosaire: Père Réal Ouellette planifie l’enregistrement et le montage du Chapelet/Rosaire pour être diffusé sur les médias sociaux. Pour participer et contribuer, veuillez consulter https://fr.ourabcparishes.com/rosary-project.

Scripture Reflection For This Weekend

Opening Prayer: Lord, fill my heart with love for your word as I reflect in these moments. Send me not only understanding, but a deeper movement of my heart toward you.

Encountering Christ:

1. A New Teaching: In this first chapter of Mark, Jesus was just beginning his ministry and was welcomed in the synagogue to teach. As he began, the devout Jews who were listening realized something greater was in their midst (Luke 11). He taught with authority—with power from the Father, and they were astonished. Every day when we reflect on the word with Christ, he wants to teach us in the same way. He has given us commandments and the Church as authorities in our life. May we be as receptive to his authority as were the men in the synagogue that day. 

2. Even the Devil: Jesus’s authority and power calm stormy seas, heal the sick, forgive sins, and expel demons. We know this about Jesus because of his word, but the congregation that day didn’t have hindsight, and they failed to recognize Jesus as the Son of God. The demons even proclaimed that Jesus was “the Holy One of God” but the men did not yet believe. When we listen attentively to Jesus’s teachings and subjugate ourselves to him, we will grow to recognize Jesus’s actions in our daily lives. And we’ll be astonished as he teaches us and shows his tender loving care for us and those we love. 

3. Jesus Was Famous: Mark tells us in this Gospel that fame followed Jesus from the very beginning of his ministry. In our modern post-Christian culture, Jesus is “famous” as a spiritual leader of sorts, but those of us who love him want a different kind of fame for Jesus. We want others to know and love Jesus the way we do. When those bogged down with temporal needs come to us for consolation, are we able to give them Jesus? To remind them that they are children of this powerful and loving Trinitarian God? Are we able to spread Jesus’s fame person by person?

Conversing with Christ: Lord, even though I talk to you daily in my prayer, I know that I do not even begin to comprehend the depths of your love for me. I want to recognize your actions in my daily life, to become ever more aware of your presence. And I want to share the “good news” with others so that they too will love you. Speak to me, teach me, and allow me to be your messenger to someone today.

Resolution: Lord, today by your grace I will speak your name aloud if given the opportunity to console or advise someone.

Parish Bulletin – 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time – 24/01/2021

Parish Bulletin – 3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time – 24 January 2021

Masses for the Week of 26 January to 31 January

STREAMED MASSES:

TUESDAY:                10 AM             Margaret Maloney – Mary Michaud

WEDNESDAY:**      10 AM             Merrill Allard – Leonard & Atje Duff & Family

THURSDAY:             10 AM             Brandon Perrault – Jim & Carmel Harrington

FRIDAY:***              10 AM             Dillon Godin – Betty Godin & Family

SUNDAY:            10:30 AM             (1) John (Jack) Jennings – Janet & Frank Retty

                                                            (2) Lester Gaudette – Kempton Smith

                                                            (3) Gilles Groulx – Sheila Stacey

All weekday Masses are celebrated in St. Joseph’s Church.

** Includes public recitation of the Rosary

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

LIVE MASSES:

All Live Masses are suspended in accordance with Quebec COVID regulations until at least February 8, 2021

Collections:

Total Online Donations For 2020:  $11,098.68

Total Online Donations For 2021:  $  1,472.70

Thank you!

ANNOUNCEMENTS

1) Well, sadly 2021 hasn’t exactly started off any better than the last year ended, at least as regard to the pandemic. The provincial government, on top of instituting a night-time curfew has also ordered the closing of all churches and church offices until at least 8 February 2021. I will continue to stream both weekdays (10 AM) and Sunday Masses (9 AM) from St. Joseph’s, including the public recitation of the Rosary on Wednesdays and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy on Friday. On Sunday, I will offer the Mass for three intentions, one from each parish. Please pray that we will soon find our way out of danger in these difficult times and get back to celebrating as usual in all three parishes.

2) Just a reminder that just because you can’t come to church doesn’t mean you can’t continue to support your parish. You can go to the parish blog at www.uppontiacparishes.com and make an online donation. Just remember to include which church you are directing your donation to in the message box of the donation widget. I thank you for your continuing support by whatever means possible in these difficult months with large heating bills and no regular Sunday collections. Your generous help is much appreciated.

3) Diocesan Marriage Preparation Program (Feb. 27th and March 6th): This course will be online only. New deadline date to register is Feb. 15th as materials need to be mailed out to participants.

4) 2021 Diocese of St. Augustine Virtual Catholic Holy Spirit Healing Conference “Who Do You Say I Am?” (Matthew 16:15) on January 31st. Keynote speaker: Dr. Ralph Martin, President Renewal Ministries. No Cost, however donations are greatly appreciated.

Click here to register or for more information.

5) 2021 National Theology on Tap: Intentional Disciples presents “Virtual National Theology on Tap” on Friday, February 12th at 9 p.m. E.T. with guest speakers Ralph Martin and Archbishop Chaput. Visit the Intentional Disciples website for more information.

6) Tax receipts for 2020 donations (excluding the online donations which produce receipt at time of donation) will be available once the government allows us to reopen our offices for business. We thank you for your patience.

Scripture Reflection For This Weekend

Opening Prayer: Lord, open my heart to be prepared to encounter you in prayer today. 

Encountering Christ:

1. Jesus Begins His Mission: Mark’s Gospel is all about people meeting Jesus and being impressed by him. He is trying to provoke the question in his readers, “Who is this?” and variations of this question occur all through the Gospels. We need to answer this question for ourselves too–not the answer we find in the Catechism or in books–but rather, “Who is Jesus for me?” When Jesus looks in our heart, what answer does he find there? The first few lines contain the essence of Jesus’s message. This is what all humanity has been waiting for—the coming of the Messiah. He calls everyone to be ready and respond to his call for repentance.

2. He Calls Me Personally: Although Mark starts out stating Jesus’s mission in general terms, Jesus immediately began to make his mission personal. He talked personally to Simon and Andrew and then to James and John. He wanted them to share in his mission in a personal way. He asked them to become fishers of men. They respond immediately, dropping everything to follow him. His personal call to mission is how he approaches everyone.

3. The Fascination of Jesus: The brothers reacted to Jesus in an unusual way. They dropped everything to follow him. They didn’t know what it meant to be “fishers of men.” Mark doesn’t tell us that they had met him before. Yet they left behind the work they had done all their lives and their families to follow Jesus. We see this kind of reaction over and over again. There was something beguiling in that personal contact with Jesus—something we can still experience today. We want to have this personal encounter with Jesus and be won over by him! We want to feel the fascination they felt!

Conversing with Christ: Lord, you met these humble fishermen and they were so fascinated by you that they left everything they valued in life to follow you. They felt it was worthwhile. Help me to experience you in the same way they–and so many who came after them–did, in my prayer life, in the sacraments, in Scripture, and in the acts of charity I perform each day. I want to be won over by you so profoundly that I am ready to leave everything in order to follow you!

Resolution: Lord, today by your grace I will make a special effort in all my contact with you–in my prayer, the sacraments, Scripture, and charity–so I can be won over by you more than ever before.