PARISH BULLETIN – 5TH SUNDAY OF EASTER – 2 May 2021

Dear Parishioners,

I apologize for the late publishing of the bulletin. It was wonderful meeting you this past weekend and to celebrate my first Masses at your respective parishes. It’s a bit overwhelming to be moving into these beautiful and historic parishes, and the added challenges of dealing with Covid regulations made for some difficulty and confusion. Thank you for your continued patience as I accustom myself to the new environment.

This week I will follow what seems to be the current regular weekday schedule. There will be 10am Mass at St. Joseph from Tuesday to Saturday. I will probably change this schedule next week to add a couple Masses at St. Alphonsus. If you have any thoughts or suggestions, please feel free to talk to me after Mass or send an email (uppontiac@gmail.com).

In Christ,

Fr. Scott Murray

Parish Bulletin – 4th Sunday of Easter – 25 April 2021

Parish Bulletin – 4th Sunday of Easter – 25 April 2021

Masses for the Week of 20 April to 25 April

STREAMED MASSES:

TUESDAY:                10 AM      NO MASS

WEDNESDAY:**      10 AM   NO MASS

THURSDAY:             10 AM     NO MASS

FRIDAY:***              10 AM       NO MASS

SATURDAY:  (SJ)     10 AM    Mass for the Feast Day of St. Joseph the

Worker

LIVE MASSES:

SATURDAY:               5 PM (SH)    Terrance Joseph Morris – Donat & Doris Ranger

SUNDAY:                    9 AM (SJ)     Lester Gaudette – Paul & Sue Kelly

                               10:30 AM (CH)   Teresa McDonald – The Family

                                                            Merina & Neil Sullivan – The Family

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

Collections:  Sheenboro:  $150.00  St. Joseph’s:  $590.00   Chapeau:  $1140.00

Thank You!

NOTE: Due to the COVID restrictions we are once again limited to only 25 people at any Mass or service. Please call the parish office to reserve a place at the Mass of your choice. Please also note that while we will be covering the phones, the offices are officially closed to the public until we are removed from the Red Zone. We apologize for any inconvenience, but this is something that is not within our control at this time.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

1) St. Alphonsus CWL News: Thank you to all CWL members who have already send in their membership ($20). We would appreciate receiving others ASAP as it makes it much easier for all concerned when they can be sent in at one time.

2) Thank You: The family of Patsy Allard wish to express their gratitude to Fr. Tim Moyle for the celebration of the funeral Mass and his kind words of comfort. To Cindy Wheeler and Pauline Lepine, your music and hymns we beautiful and soothing. To our many friends, neighbours, and relatives, thank you for your messages, cards, emails, and prayers of condolences, your thoughtfulness will not be forgotten.

The Allard Family

3) St. Joseph Cemetery: Clean-up bee at St. Joseph’s cemetery on Monday, April 26th at 6:00 pm. If attending, please wear mask. Thank you.

4) Job Offer: The Sortir du Bois are looking for people (ages 18 to 45 yrs) interested in a 24-week paid work experience that leads to reintegration in the labour market. Call 819-648-5065 for more information or to register for the program. Come and try it out!

5) Please note that there are no scheduled weekday Masses this week because there will be funeral services on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday, with one addition funeral still to be scheduled in St. Joseph’s. Watch the parish blog or Facebook page to see which ones will be live-streamed. As of this time, only the Wednesday funeral for Mr. Art Fleming at 11 am from Chapeau is scheduled to be streamed.

6) NOTE FROM FR. TIM: This weekend brings to a conclusion my time here as pastor of our three parish communities which together comprise the Catholic Churches of the Upper Pontiac. My heart is conflicted as I leave because I have truly come to consider here to be my home and I am both sad at departing and feeling blessed by serving here for the past eight years. I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone for all of the kind words and generous best wishes I have received throughout my time as your pastor over these years, and especially for the many such acts of kindness I’ve received since the announcement of my transfer was made public. It has been a true honour and privilege to have been able to serve as your shepherd here in our corner of the Pontiac over the past few years.

Fr. Scott Murray is truly a blessed individual to be able to come to live among you and serve as your parish priest and I know you will be as generous with your support and praise with him as you’ve been to me. All I ask of everyone is that you make an extra effort in the weeks ahead to make him feel welcome among you as your new pastoral shepherd. It will take some time for you to get to really know each other but I know that he is looking forward to the opportunity to serve here, especially because of all the good things he has heard about the faithful of our parishes. I know that you won’t let him down and that I am passing the ‘pastoral baton’ into new hands that will continue the good work of bringing you ever closer to the heart of Christ, the eternal Good Shepherd.

So best wishes to all… and thank you for all your kindnesses and support throughout this term as your parish priest. Ad multos annos!

Scripture Reflection:

Opening Prayer: Lord, open my ears of faith to hear your voice as the Good Shepherd who calls and protects me. 

Encountering Christ:

  1. Jesus Offers to Help: Sheep are helpless creatures. They can’t protect themselves; they don’t have good ways of fighting off predators; they can’t run very fast; and they don’t last very long against a lone wolf or coyote. They rely totally on their shepherd for survival. We are like these sheep, and Jesus offers to be our shepherd. Our shepherd steps in to fight off our predators. Our shepherd is always nearby, so we don’t have to worry about anything. Because of our shepherd, we know our future is guaranteed. He promises eternal life. Do we live each day under our Shepherd’s care, or do we prefer to go it alone?
  2. The Shepherd Pledges His Life: Every shepherd risks his life to protect the sheep, to give them what they need, and Jesus did this for us. We are helpless and often face dangers that can severely wound us spiritually, psychologically, and even physically.  Jesus put his life on the line to protect us. Jesus accepted the death on the cross that my sins deserved. Am I willing to trust him and follow him, realizing how much he loves me? What else would he need to do for me to gain my trust?
  3. No One Else: Jesus loves the Father so much that he laid down his life in obedience to him. Of his own free will, in his own power, Jesus accepted the cross so that we may live with him eternally. “No one takes it from me, but I lay it down on my own.” In this Easter season, we ponder Jesus’s death and Resurrection. The depth of his sacrifice makes much more sense to us if we consider the meaning of eternity for our soul and the souls of those we love. Jesus willingly died for you and for me. If there were no one else alive but you, he would still have made the sacrifice. “Nowhere other than looking at himself in the mirror of the cross can man better understand how much he is worth” (St. Anthony of Padua).

Conversing with Christ: Lord, I am a clumsy, awkward, needy sheep. Fortunately, you are my Good Shepherd. Thank you for laying down your life for me. Help me to more profoundly appreciate the sacrifice you made for me and to value souls as you do.

Resolution: Lord, today by your grace I will stop every few hours to say a short prayer asking for your help and inspiration in all my undertakings so that I will remain close to you all day.

R.I.P. Art Fleming

Obituary of Arthur Joseph Fleming

Arthur Joseph Fleming of Chapeau, Quebec passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 18, 2021 in his 92nd year, following a long battle with heart and respiratory issues. Though he’d have preferred to die with his boots on, instead he was granted the serenity of a calm sleep. Art was born in Chapeau Quebec on November 27, 1929 to father William Fleming and mother Ellen Lapierre. One of 10 children, Art never had the opportunity for much formal schooling, yet our self-taught Dad led a life rich with so many “careers”. From working in the bush in his teen years, to farming, to hauling cargo-human and animal- across the icy Ottawa, to providing local farmers with “veterinary” assistance, to building his own business “Art Fleming & Sons”, to managing government projects in the war years, to remaining devoted to our Mother and us, Dad remains a role model for all. “Love what you do or get out of it” and “Hard work never killed anyone”. These are his guiding stars. He helped out on his family’s small farm and worked any odd jobs he could find starting at an early age. So many times in his life Art defied death. So many times he embraced life with adventure after adventure. Through it all our Mother stood by his side, ever devoted, providing strength, comfort, and indeed the vision that led to their creation of “Northfork” which will always remain a part of their shared legacy. Arthur was preceded in death by his parents and his siblings Herbert, Bill, Joe, Tom, Jack, Harold, Ada & Imogene. He is survived by his wife Frances (nee Mercier), children Colleen, Donna, Willie (Carmel), Neil (Angela); brother Bernard (Arlene); grandchildren; Matthew, Bradley, Brent, Benjie, Patrick, Ellen, Andrew, Tristan, Alexander, Lauren; and great-grandchildren Kiersten, Ethan, Noah, Blake, Abby, Gracie, Thomas, Greg and his faithful companion Phillip Everett. A private family gathering will be held at the Hayes Funeral Home, Chapeau, Quebec on Wednesday, April 28, 2021. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Alphonsus Church, Chapeau, Quebec in the intimacy of the immediate family only. People wishing to honour Arthur’s lifelong commitment to family and community can make donations to the Pontiac Community Hospital Foundation or the Meilleur Residence.

R.I.P. Viola Rose (nee Turner) Fleury

Obituary of Viola Rose Fleury (nee Turner)

In hospital, Shawville, Quebec on April 17, 2021 in her 74th year, Viola Turner, of Nichabau, Quebec. Loving wife of the late Rodney Fleury. Dear sister of Louis (Jacqueline), Michael (Karen), Ivan (Janice), Helen (Don), Alvin (Bonnie), Thomas (late Margaret), Ida Mae and Mary Frances. Predeceased by sister Joan (Michael) and brothers Allen and Lloyd and by her parents Frances Theresa Fleury and Thomas John Turner. A family funeral service will be held in St. Alphonsus Church, Chapeau, Quebec on Friday, April 23, 2021 at 11 a.m. followed by interment in Holy Spirit Cemetery, Nichabau.

Parish Bulletin – 3rd Sunday of Easter – 18 April 2021

Parish Bulletin – 3rd Sunday of Easter – 18 April 2021

Masses for the Week of 20 April to 25 April

STREAMED MASSES:

TUESDAY:                10 AM             Mary Spence – Joe & Margaret Tallon

WEDNESDAY:**      10 AM             Carmelita Gleason – Francis Downey

THURSDAY:             10 AM             Norma Ranger – Tommy Marcotte & Joanne Gagnon

FRIDAY:***              10 AM             Glenn Lapierre – John & Donna Donnelly

LIVE MASSES:

SATURDAY:               5 PM (SH)    Laura Meehan – Teresa Downey

SUNDAY:                    9 AM (SJ)     Charlie Conway – Sheila Grennough

                               10:30 AM (CH)   Intentions of Living Members of the CWL

                                                            Robert Chartrand – Larry & Christine Turner

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

Collections:  Sheenboro:  $110.00  St. Joseph’s:  $1560.00   Chapeau:  $860.00

Thank You!

NOTE: Due to the COVID restrictions we are once again limited to only 25 people at any Mass or service. Please call the parish office to reserve a place at the Mass of your choice. Please also note that while we will be covering the phones, the offices are officially closed to the public until we are removed from the Red Zone. We apologize for any inconvenience, but this is something that is not within our control at this time.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

1) St. Alphonsus CWL News: Thank you to all CWL members who have already send in their membership ($20). We would appreciate receiving others ASAP as it makes it much easier for all concerned when they can be sent in at one time.

2) The Tuesday Social Club continues to function despite COVID. On March 25th we needed to ship as all our containers were full! We sent to Lutheran World Relief:

            12 pillowcase Sundresses

            2 pairs of boy’s shorts

            10 knit blankets

            10 soft toys (teddy bears and dolls)

            13 sleeping mats made from milk bags.

Thank you for all your donations that make this possible. The shipping is done by Smitty’s Home Hardware in west-end Pembroke.

We miss meeting in person but when COVID is behind us, we will be very happy to see old friends and we will be welcoming new members too. Hopefully in September.

For further information: Angie (819-689-2468); Sharon (819-689-297); or Bernie (819-689-5223).

Scripture Reflection:

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, open the Scriptures to us as I turn my heart to you. I need your resurrected power and life. Just as you opened the Scriptures to the disciples on the way to Emmaus, open the Gospel to me and reveal your heart to me. Make my heart burn while you speak to me. 

Encountering Christ: 

  1. The Return from Emmaus: Today’s Gospel is a continuation of the story of Emmaus. The once-discouraged disciples returned on fire after their encounter with Jesus on the road. They didn’t recognize him until finally, as today’s Gospel explains, he revealed himself to them in the breaking of the bread. The Eucharistic bread revealed the real presence of Christ for these fleeing followers, just as it does for us. They poured their hearts out to Jesus and shared with him their discouragement. Their opening up in this way permitted Jesus to speak to them heart-to-heart and feed them in their need. Prayer is our chance to open our hearts in all sincerity to Jesus. Let’s talk to him now about what stirs us and concerns us, and ask him to reveal himself and appear to us in a resurrected way. 
    1. Jesus Appeared Offering Peace: Just as he restored confidence and passion to these apostles on their road out of Jerusalem, he suddenly appeared in the locked upper room. Even though they didn’t go looking for him, but cowered in fear and confusion, he met them more than halfway. He came all the way to their doorstep and went through it! “Peace.” And he took steps to calm their questioning, incredulous hearts. “Why are you troubled?” His question was not only rooted in their surprise at seeing him alive again, but went even deeper and further. It was an existential question that pierces every generation. It is the question to every follower who has yet to be transformed by the Resurrection. It is Jesus’s question to you today: “Why are you troubled?” Why do you doubt all that Jesus promised and guaranteed? His question is not meant to condemn us, but to prepare the way for a renewed faith. Let’s talk to Jesus about our answer to his question and let him reconfirm us in his faith and love. 
    1. He Opened Their Minds: We are never more primed to understand Jesus’s words than when we have been suffering with and for him. On the other side of the cross and after an encounter with the resurrected Jesus, the disciples could now understand. The cross seen from the vantage point of victory makes sense. It can never be divorced from the Resurrection. No death, failure, addiction, abuse, or illness is the full story. The victory of Jesus and his all-powerful love is what helps us endure and understand deeply the mystery of the cross. Let’s spend some time reflecting on crosses and victories in our lives and how Jesus has helped us understand the truth of his word. May this experience increase our confidence in him and his powerful love for us. 

Conversing with Christ: Lord, I know the power of your Resurrection transforms everything. I also know that the process of experiencing the fruits of your Resurrection is a progression of spiritual growth and maturity. Help me open my heart to your “breaking in” with your glory and love. Help me experience the peace that results from the understanding and hope in your word which never fails! 

Resolution: Lord, today by your grace I will be attentive to ways my heart is closed to you, locked in fear or doubt. I will claim the power of your Resurrection each time I notice fear, closure, or doubt. 

For Further Reflection: Catechism of the Catholic Church 641-644 on the Resurrection. 643: Given all these testimonies, Christ’s Resurrection cannot be interpreted as something outside the physical order, and it is impossible not to acknowledge it as a historical fact. It is clear from the facts that the disciples’ faith was drastically put to the test by their master’s Passion and death on the cross, which he had foretold. The shock provoked by the Passion was so great that at least some of the disciples did not at once believe in the news of the Resurrection. Far from showing us a community seized by a mystical exaltation, the Gospels present us with disciples demoralized (“looking sad”) and frightened. For they had not believed the holy women returning from the tomb and had regarded their words as an “idle tale.” When Jesus reveals himself to the Eleven on Easter evening, “he upbraided them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they had not believed those who saw him after he had risen.” 

Parish Bulletin – Divine Mercy Sunday – 11 April 2021

Parish Bulletin – Divine Mercy Sunday – 11 April 2021

Masses for the Week of 13 April to 18 April

STREAMED MASSES:

TUESDAY:                10 AM             Marian McGuire Rochon – Eulalia Ryan & Family

WEDNESDAY:**      10 AM             Iona Morris – Gene & Eddie O’Brien

THURSDAY:             10 AM             Wilietta Gaudette – John & Evelyn Dunn

FRIDAY:***              10 AM             Stan Bresseau – Glen Keogh

LIVE MASSES:

SATURDAY:               5 PM (SH)    Iona Morris – Wayne & Lynne Anne Storms

SUNDAY:                    9 AM (SJ)     Ian Picard – His Parents

                               10:30 AM (CH)   Jerome Sallafranque – Helen & Larry Perry

                                                            Gordon Conroy – Norma Duggan

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

Collections:  Sheenboro:  $1105.00  St. Joseph’s:  $1552.00   Chapeau:  $2137.00

Thank You!

NOTE: Due to the COVID restrictions we are once again limited to only 25 people at any Mass or service. Please call the parish office to reserve a place at the Mass of your choice. Please also note that while we will be covering the phones, the offices are officially closed to the public until we are removed from the Red Zone. We apologize for any inconvenience, but this is something that is not within our control at this time.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

1) St. Alphonsus CWL News: Thank you to all CWL members who have already send in their membership ($20). We would appreciate receiving others ASAP as it makes it much easier for all concerned when they can be sent in at one time.

2) I extend my thanks and appreciation to Fr. Tom Fitzpatrick (Sheenboro) and Fr. Ryan Holly (St. Joseph’s and Chapeau) for stepping up to cover this weekend’s Masses on my behalf. Out of an abundance of caution, I have been asked to isolate myself because of contact I had with a potential COVID case. My exposure is 2nd hand (meaning I was with someone who was exposed to someone else who has tested positive) and the odds of my having contracted the virus are minimal. But just to be safe, it has been recommended that I stay isolated until the person I met gets their (hopefully negative) test results back at the beginning of this coming week. These are not the times to take unnecessary risks and I want to ensure that I do not pass along the virus in the very unlikely chance that I have contracted it. I am very grateful for Fr. Tom & Fr. Ryan stepping in at a moments notice to help us out so that it wasn’t necessary to cancel any weekend Masses.

3) Job Offer: Sortir du bois is looking for people (18-45) interested in a 24-week paid work experience that leads to reintegration in the labour market. 819-648-5065 Come and try it out!

4) I want to express my thanks and appreciation to those who helped to make our Easter celebrations a little special during these difficult pandemic times. Special thanks to Louis Schryer, Chantal Lair, and Helene Chartand for the gift of their fiddle music in St. Joseph’s as well as to Cindy Wheeler who played the organ at both the Sheenboro and Chapeau Masses in accompaniment to Jeannie Gleason-Lebel and Pauline Lepine-Godin who sang. Thank you one and all for sharing your musical talents!

Scripture Reflection:

Opening Prayer: Lord, thank you for Sister Faustina, your messenger of Divine Mercy. May I be enriched by your word as I reflect in this Easter season on your Resurrection.

Encountering Christ:

Gift-Bearing: The resurrected Jesus greeted his disciples, who were hiding away for fear of the Jews, with a manifold array of spiritual gifts. First, he imparted his peace—twice. The peace of God surpasses all human understanding (Philippians 4:7), and how relieved and joyful they must have felt as recipients of this heavenly peace in the midst of their fear. Next, Jesus commissioned them: “As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” They were to become his emissaries and would be given all the grace they would need for their mission’s completion. Finally, he gave them the power to forgive sin. This extraordinary power is reserved for Christ’s priests. “The apostles and their successors carry out this “ministry of reconciliation,” not only by announcing to men God’s forgiveness merited for us by Christ, and calling them to conversion and faith; but also by communicating to them the forgiveness of sins in baptism, and reconciling them with God and with the Church through the power of the keys, received from Christ” (CCC 981). What an illustration of Our Lord’s superabundant grace! May each of us recognize his visitations and gifts in our life!

Thomas versus Faustina: St. Thomas’s reputation often suffers when this Scripture is read because he doubted that Jesus would rise from the dead, despite Jesus predicting at least three times that it would happen. How could he have doubted, having ministered alongside Jesus so intimately as one of the Twelve? In truth, all great saints–all of us humans–have our doubts from time to time. Sister Faustina, who revealed Christ’s Divine Mercy to the world, doubted. “Although the temptations are strong, a whole wave of doubts beat against my soul, and discouragement stands by, ready to enter into the act,” she wrote. But like Thomas, who exclaimed, “My Lord and my God,” when he encountered Christ, Sister Faustina said of her doubt, “I see how many actual graces God grants me; these support me ceaselessly. I am very weak, and I attribute everything solely to the grace of God” (Diary 1086). Faith in Jesus is the remedy for all doubt.

Blessed Are We: As contemporary followers of Jesus, we can draw great consolation from the knowledge evidenced here, that Christ has had us in mind from the beginning. “Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.” That’s all of us! Not only did he acknowledge us here, but he blessed us. When we doubt or struggle because we “have not seen” we can claim this blessing, straight from the mouth of Our Lord.

Conversing with Christ: Lord, thank you for the gifts you have given me, especially the spiritual ones. I know that you see me, know my heart’s desires, and bless me in ways that are best for my personal thriving. You are pure love.
Resolution: Lord, today by your grace I will praise and thank you for at least three concrete gifts you have given me. 

For Further Reflection: Listen to “I Am Blessed” by Rachael Lampa

R.I.P. Patsy Allard

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our Mother, Patsy Allard, on Friday, April 2, 2021 at the Marianhill Nursing Home in Pembroke. Patsy is predeceased by her devoted husband Merrill Allard of 66 years and her boys Mike and Danny. Patsy was a much loved mother by her children, Mary Kate (Allan Duff), Anne (Rick Huxtable), Teresa (Andre Cloutier), John Paul (Jennifer Trimm), Adele (Robert Varner), Pat (Janet Cadieux), Christine (Bobby Gallagher), Colleen (Steve White and the late Andrew Gribbon), Jennifer (Darwin Groskleg). Mom will be dearly missed by her beautiful 30 grandchildren and her 35 great-grandchildren who brought her so much joy. She will be fondly remembered by her godchildren, nieces, nephews and friends. Patsy leaves behind her dear sister Evelyn (Bob Lacroix), her brother Hector (Barbara Tierney), her brother-in-law Murray Manley (Rosemarie Atwell), she was predeceased by her mother Evelyn Burke, her father Hector Chugg and her siblings Margaret Anne, Jimmy (Marina Hearty) and Caroline (Murray Manley). Mom will be fondly remembered for her kindness to others, her smiles, her laughter (giggles), large family gatherings, her many gourmet meals, her pies and cookies. Christmas was a very special time for Mom as she enjoyed giving gifts to everyone, she would start shopping in August, we sure loved those pajamas. Mom also knitted many baby bonnets for the newborn babies at the Pembroke Hospital. Mom loved to knit baby Christening blankets, bonnets, sweaters and booties. She made sure no little toes would be cold in the winter knitting so many pairs of socks and her scarves were welcomed by all. Patsy loved to play her piano and listen to the kids play the violin, guitars, piano and with her beautiful voice she would sing along. Mom also loved her gardening. We would like to thank the staff at Marianhill Nursing Home for their care, support and compassion; you made a difference. We would also like to thank Supples Retirement Residence for the care they provided to Mom over the last couple of years. A private family gathering will be held at the Hayes Funeral Home, Chapeau, Quebec on Wednesday, April 7, 2021. A Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Alphonsus Church, Chapeau, Quebec in the intimacy of the immediate family only. Funeral Mass will be live streamed on Fr. Tim Moyle’s and on the Catholic Parishes of the Upper Pontiac Facebook page at 1 p.m. Interment St. Alphonsus Cemetery, Chapeau, Quebec. In memory of our dear mother and in lieu of flowers, you are invited to make a donation to the Alzheimer’s society of Canada at w.w.w.alzheimers.ca or to the Marianhill Foundation.

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