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RIP: Albertina Turner Gagnon

Albertina Gagnon

July 18, 1928 – November 23, 2014

Passed away in Marionhill, Pembroke, on November 23rd, 2014 at the age of 86 years. Loving mother of Deanna Ranger (Wesley), David (Barbara), Debbie (Tim), Bernadine and John (Sandy). Predeceased by son Gary and brother Arthur. Loved by many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nephews and nieces. Cremation has taken place. There will be a private family graveside service.

R.I.P. Mrs. Lois Conroy

CONROY, Lois (nee Hempinstall)

Suddenly on October 31, 2014 after many battles with cancer, in hospital in Pembroke, Ontario in her 67th year.  Beloved wife of Francis Conroy (Conroy’s Store – Chapeau, Quebec) for 39 years. Loving mother of Shelley (Ricky Godin).  Cherished Nanny of Holly (Dan Chartrand), Rikki-Lee (Matt Allard), Riley and Jeffrey (Kim Fleury). Great Nanny of Brayden and Payton. Dear sister of Marilyn and predeceased by infant brother Bobby. She will be missed by many brothers and sisters-in-law and friends.  Friends may call at Hayes Funeral Home, 56 St. Jacques Street, Chapeau, Quebec on Monday, November 3, 2014 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. and on Tuesday from 9:15 to 10:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11 a.m. in St. Alphonsus Church, Chapeau. Interment Parish Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations to Pontiac Community Hospital Foundation – Day Medicine or the charity of your choice would be appreciated.

R.I.P. Mr. Andrew Gribbon

Obituary for Andrew Gribbon

GRIBBON, Andrew Arnold – Died suddenly on Monday, October 27th, 2014 in his 52nd year. Andrew Gribbon of Pembroke (formally of Allumette Island, Quebec), beloved husband of Colleen (Allard). Loving father of Jessica (Brian) McGarry, Justin and Jonathan Gribbon. Cherished Poppa of Charlee and Bentley. He will live on in the memory of his brothers and sisters Mary McKinnon (late Jerry), Jimmy (Kathleen) Gribbon, Larry Gribbon, Judy (Jan) Kaminski, Betty (Gerald) Chassie and Ada (Jean-Marc) Godin. Andrew is predeceased by his sister Shirley and his parents Arnold and Gertrude. He will be fondly remembered by his mother and father in law, Patsy and Merrill Allard, as well as by his brothers and sisters in law Mary-Kate (Allan) Duff, Anne (Rick) Huxtable, Teresa (André) Cloutier, John-Paul (Jennifer) Allard, Adele (Robert) Varner, Pat (Janet) Allard, Mike (Patsy) Allard, Christine (Bobby) Gallagher, Jennifer (Darwin) Groskleg. Andrew is predeceased by his brother-in-law Danny Allard. He leaves behind many nieces and nephews. Andrew was blessed with a wonderful sense of humour and the gift of gab. He truly loved his family and touched all of us with his caring and compassionate ways. The stories he shared with us over the years will give us comfort in the days to come. Visitation at the Neville Funeral Home, 491 Isabella St., Pembroke on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Alphonsus Church, Chapeau on Saturday, November 1st, 2014 at 11 a.m. Interment St. Joseph Parish Cemetery, St. Joseph. As an expression of sympathy donations can be made to the Pembroke Regional Hospital MRI Foundation or your charity of choice. Online Condolences may be left at

Parish Bulletin for November 2nd 2014

Masses and Celebrations for the Week

Day Time and Place Celebration Intention
Monday   St. Martin de Porres No Mass
Tuesday 10:00 AM


St. Charles Borromeo Rene Gaudette

By: Jeannette et Famille

Wednesday 10: AM


Ferial Edmond Vaillancourt

By: Aurel et Lucille Vaillancourt

Thursday 10:00 AM

St. Joseph

Ferial Linda Sunstrum

By: Dennis & Ida Czmielewski

Friday 10:00 AM

St. Joseph

Ferial Norma Sullivan

By: Donna Matte & Family

Sunday 9:00 AM

St. Joseph

32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Dedication of the Lateran Basilica) Missa Pro Populo
Sunday 10:30 AM


32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dedication of the Lateran Basilica

Francis Lepine

By:   Jacqueline & Family

Lorrain & Marie Anne Lair

By: Nicole & Lorenzo Bertrand

Sunday 11:00 AM


32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dedication of the Lateran Basilica

Lorne Meehan

By: His Family

Parish Lectors Communion Collection Counter-Monday November 10th
Sheen Nancy Gleason Peter Gleason Laetitia Tardiff Peacock
St. Joseph Sharon Fitzpatrick Margaret Tallon
Chapeau Monique Fleury Joan, Michael  
Parish Offertory

Last Sunday

Sheen $420.00
St. Joseph $1,168.00
Chapeau $1,620.00

FRIENDS OF PERU:  James and Alicia Keogh will be returning to Peru shortly and if you are giving a donation, could you please hand it in to Fr. Tim Moyle or James Keogh.

The 50/50 draw will be drawn on Sunday, November 2nd at St. Joseph Church after the mass.  Thank you all for your collaboration.

SHEENBORO FAMILY SENIOR MUNICIPAL POLICY COMMITTEE has been working hard the past few months to develop a policy and three year action plan. This policy will guide the municipality in significant matters related to families and seniors of Sheenboro. We have prepared a short survey for all residents and cottagers to complete regardless of your age or location of permanent residence. The survey is confidential, and available from October 25 until November 10. Follow this link for the on-line survey: Https:// Paper copies will be available at the back of the St. Paul the Hermit Church on October 25 or pick one up at the municipal office hours( Mondays from 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm). Completed surveys can be returned to the municipal office or a special drop box that will be located between the church and the hall. (Surveys will be available in the drop box too). For more information contact Karen Shea or Darlene Pashak(

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS: The regular meeting of the Bishop N.Z Lorrain council of the Knights of Columbus will be held on Tuesday, November 11th at 7:30 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall.

Bishop N.Z. Lorrain council 1531 of the Knights of Columbus will hold its annual memorial mass for the deceased third and fourth degree members on Tuesday, November 18th at Our Lady of Lourdes Church. It starts at 7:00 p.m. and is opened to all families of deceased members, current members, their families and the parishes.

CATHOLIC TOUR is a 34 year old Catholic Travel Apostolate has been able to secure only 50 air seats, hotel beds, and Exposition Tickets for the upcoming Showing of the Original Shroud of Turin, the Air from your home city will be available. The pilgrimage pricing will be under $3, 599.00 dollars which includes your transatlantic airfare, hotel, most meals, tour escort, deluxe motor coach, and all air line fees and taxes. The next Exposition is not available until the year 2025. Please contact Pam Adair in our office if you would like to receive our day by day itinerary and necessary registration forms. Please call or visit The Catholic Tour toll free at 1-877-627-4268 or simply e-mail pamadair@the for further information. The Catholic Tour looks forward to serving you in this recently announced possibly once in a life event of our Catholic Church.

CATECHIST DAY: A formation day for Parish Catechists and all interested persons entitled Our Lives Proclaiming Christ will be held on Saturday, November 15th, 2014 from 8:30 to 2:00 at the Most Holy Name of Jesus Parish in Pembroke, 284 Trafalgar Road. Bishop Michael Mulhall will speak on the Spirituality of a Catechist followed by sessions with presenters from various ministries. The afternoon session will consist of a group sharing. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Please let us know if you have any food allergies. There is no fee for registration is necessary to inform us of your group of interest: Youth Ministry, R.C.I.A, Confirmation, First Reconciliation, First Eucharist, Baptism or Children’s Liturgy. To register, please contact Deacon Adrien Chaput at (613) 732-7933, ext 206 or by Friday, November 7, 2014.

PILGRIMAGE TO POLAND: May 14-25, 2015 under the spiritual guidance of Fr. Chris Shalla, pastor of St. Hedwig Parish, Barry’s Bay. Visiting sites Warsaw, Kaszuby Region, Gdansk, Westerpiatte, Oiiwa, Torun, Gniezno, Wroclaw, Trzebnica(Shrine of St. Hedwig), Czeshochowa, Auschwitz, Wadowice, Ludzmierz, Zakopane, Wieliczka, Laglewniki, and Krakow. Price $2999.00 if booked by December 31st, 2014 (double occupancy), after January 1, 2015 $3,150.00 Itinerary, registration forms and further details available by picking up forms at the entrance to the church or by contacting the parish office (613-756-2243).

CONFIRMATION: Will be held on Thursday, November 27th in St. Joseph Church at 7 pm. Fr. Tim would like to meet with the students making the sacrament on Wednesday, November 26th, at 7pm at St. Joseph’s Church.

FREE FLU SHOTS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR EVERYONE at HARRINGTON COMMUNITY CENTRE: on Monday November 3rd from 10:00 am to 6:30 pm and on Monday November 17th from 1 pm to 6:30 pm.

 SHEENBORO REMEMBRANCE DAY CEREMONY – ORGANIZED BY THE SHEENBORO MUNICIPAL COUNCIL & SHEENBORO RECREATION ASSOCIATION: will be held on Sunday, November 9th. Mass & dedication will begin at 11:00 am, 11:55 Remembrance Day Ceremony, 12:20 Meal in the Hall. Donation of Pies is needed: Please sign up at the back of the church. As is the tradition the roast beef meal is paid for by the Sheenboro Recreation Association but cash donations to offset the cost are much appreciated. The donation box is found at the entrance to the kitchen. All are welcome!

BOWLING: We are in need of a couple of bowlers to fill at team. If interested, please contact Yogi 819-689-5508.

CHAPEAU R.A. UPCOMING EVENTS: Christmas Parade & Visit of Santa- Sunday, November 30th, 2014(TBD) More information to be provided shortly.

YOUNG AT HEART NEWS: From November 5th until the New Year we will play cards in the afternoon from 1:00 pm to 3:00 p.m. in order to accommodate most of our members. Also reserve December 10th for our Christmas Party at noon.

Final Results sheets of the St. Alphonsus Parish Supper are available at both entrances of the Church. Thank you! Thanks to the efforts of all concerned, we have realized a profit of $14,694. Your hard work and support are greatly appreciated.

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK: Amelia Swann, Lois Conroy, Peter Breekyk, Frances Giroux (St. Joseph) Chris Gardner, Teresa Gaston, Norma Ranger, Doreen Dubeau, Jacqueline Lepine, Natasha Godin, Rosa Kroetch and Judy Sullivan.

ST. ALPHONSUS C.W.L: Mark your calendar for our annual Craft Sale and Chicken Pot Pie Luncheon which will be held Sunday, November 16, at Harrington Community Centre. Contact Joan (819-689-2523) to reserve your table. More details will follow.

1) Our sympathies to Colleen Gribbon and family upon the tragic death of her husband Andrew this past week. Please remember them in your prayers this week and throughout the months of grief and mourning that faces this family.

2) Please remember to mark November 27th on your calendar. That’s the day that our Bishop comes to offer the sacrament of Confirmation to some young ladies and gentlemen of our parishes. This year’s celebration is being held in St. Joseph’s Church. Next year, it’s in Sheenboro!

3) Your Church Envelopes will soon be available to be picked up in each of the Churches. Keep an eye out for them as they are required if you wish to receive a tax receipt at the end of the year.

4) NOTICE: The parish office will be closed this week as Pauline will be away as her first grandchild is to come into the world on Monday! Please pray for a safe and happy delivery of Chapeau’s newest resident. Fr. Tim will respond to any messages that are left on the parish voicemail as soon as possible. We thank you for your patience and understanding.

5) ST. ALPHONSUS C.W.L: will meet at Harrington Community Centre on Tuesday, November 4th at2 p.m. Everyone is Welcome!

Mrs. Norma Sullivan, R.I.P.

mike and norma sullivan
Norma and Mike Sullivan

We regret to inform our parishioners that Mrs. Norma Sullivan of Sheenboro (seen above with her late husband Mike) passed away on Sunday October 12th in the Gatineau Hospital (Hull Campus) after a short illness. Funeral arrangements are as follows:

Wake: Thursday evening from 7-9 pm and Friday morning from 9-10 am. at the Hayes Funeral Home in Chapeau.

Funeral Mass: St. Paul the Hermit Parish in Sheenboro, QC. on Friday morning at 11 am. Burial to follow the mass in the Sheenboro Parish Cemetery.

Our deepest sympathy and prayers to her family and friends in this time of grief and loss.

A little humour to address a serious issue

facebook sinner

One of the things that drives me nuts as a parish priest is the recent phenomena of people posting inappropriate things on social media sites such as Facebook.

What’s inappropriate you might ask?

Top of the list would be people who post accident pictures et al and announce to the world that someone has been seriously injured or killed before the family finds out about. This has happened WAY TOO MANY times in recent years to the shock and detriment of family members. It doesn’t matter if you were a ‘close friend’ or even present when the accident or death occurred. It is WRONG for the news to be released to the public before the family is notified and makes it public themselves.

Next on the list would be personal and/or defamatory comments posted to embarrass people. While I have never been the object of such an attack I know people who have – and they never appreciate having their own ‘dirty laundry’ aired in such a public forum. So if you have a fight with a friend or neighbour, keep it between yourselves. No one looks good when a private spat spills out into a public forum.

One other example would be any post, no matter how humourous that is self-deprecating or filled with inappropriate language. People should soon come to realize that things posted online lives forever and that something posted while drunk, stoned, or during a fit of rage will come back to hurt them when they go to apply for a job etc. One of the first things that a potential employer will do these days is Google search a prospective employee. If they find material that reflects poorly upon the judgement of the applicant it is not likely that they will be offered a position of employment.

Got any other example that should make my list? Feel free to post them in the comments. Just remember that the reason these comments are moderated is to keep just such types of offensive nonsense from public view. So mind your manners!  (smile)

Fr. Tim

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