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The Roman Catholic Parishes of St. Joseph's (Allumette Island), St. Alphonsus (Chapeau) and St. Paul the Hermit (Sheenboro) of the Diocese of Pembroke.

R.I.P. John Joseph ‘Jack’ Jennings


Peacefully, at home, with his family by his side on Wednesday, March 14, 2018. John Joseph Neil (Jack) Jennings at the age of 85. Son of the late Neil Jennings and Doris Hayes.  Jack leaves behind his loving wife and best friend of 56 years, Marilyn Lapierre. Loving father of Jeff (late Carole), Ann Marie (Jean Giroux), and Jodi. Cherished Grandpa of John, Emma, Thomas, and Olivia. Dear brother of Jim (Anastasia), Anne (Dr. Wilbert Keon), Rose Marie (Phil Levesque). Predeceased by his brother Bob (Jeannine). Jack will be dearly missed by many nieces and nephews. Special thank you to the many health care professionals and support staff who were so kind and caring. Jack was a devoted family man and his positive personality was infectious. He always looked forward to springtime and heading to the cottage that he dearly loved in Sheenboro.  Friends may call at Hayes Funeral Home, 56 St-Jacques St., Chapeau, Quebec on Sunday,  March 18, 2018 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. and on Monday, from 9:30-10:30 a.m. The funeral mass will be held in St. Paul the Hermit Church, Sheenboro Quebec on Monday, March 19 at 11 a.m. Interment parish cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Ottawa Regional Cancer Centre, The Ottawa Heart Institute, CHEO or a charity of your choice.


Parish Bulletin – 5th Sunday of Lent – 18 March 2018

Masses and Celebrations for the Week

Day Time and Place Celebration Intention
Monday 11:00 AM


  Funeral Mass of John Joseph “Jack” Jennings
Tuesday 10:00 AM


  For Special intentions of all the priests of the Pembroke Diocese

By: Maria DeSouza

Wednesday 10:00 AM


  Carl Bowers

By: Mary Lapierre & Family

Thursday 10:00 AM

St. Joseph

  Robert Godin (Anniv.)

By: Pauline & Family

Friday 11:00 AM


  For Special Intentions of Evangeline Audet & Monique Pleau

By: Gerard & Gilles Audet

Friday 7:00 PM


  Stations of the cross
Saturday 5:00 PM


Palm Sunday Leo Downey & deceased parents & relatives

By: Teresa Downey & Family

Myrtle Sullivan

By: Mary Spence

Sunday 9:00 AM

St. Joseph

Palm Sunday Missa Pro Populo
Sunday 10:30 AM


Palm Sunday Alice Donlan Ballerscheff

By: Catherine D’Arcy

Darrell Belland

By: Mom & Dad


Parish Lectors Communion
Sheenboro Francis Downey Peter Gleason
St. Joseph Carl Price Paul Morris
Chapeau André Chartrand André, Meril
Parish Collection Counter
Sheen $ 732.00  
St. Joseph $1014.00  
Chapeau $1575.00 Donna Gagnon, Monday, March 19th

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK: Merrill Allard, Earl Lepine, Annie Gaudette, Sandra Fletcher- McGuire, Aspyn Carroll, Roseanne Gagnon, Viola Fleury, Joanne Souliere, J.P. Lariviere, Ida-Mae Turner, Kerry Kelly, Paul Dennie, Judy Sullivan and Norma Ranger.

CHRISM MASS: Bishop Mulhall will preside at the celebration of the Chrism Mass to be held on Tuesday of Holy Week, March 27th, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Columbkille Cathedral. Everyone is invited to participate at this Mass during which the Bishop will bless the Oil of Catechumens, the Oil of the Sick and will consecrate the Holy Chrism.

NORTHFORK Country Kitchen is hosting their Annual PANCAKE BREAKFAST: This

Sunday, March 18, 2018 from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Adults $20.00 Children $10.00 Children under 5 Free. Please call 819-689-2588 for reservations. MENU includes: homemade pancakes with fresh maple syrup, omelette, home fries, bacon, sausage, homemade beans, juice, tea, coffee.

FISH FRY -HARRINGTON COMMUNITY CENTREGood Friday, March 30th: take out is available $12.00 adults $7.00 children. Supper will be ready at 4pm fish, fresh fries, coleslaw, bun, tea, coffee Sponsored by Chapeau District Lion’s club and Pontiac West Fire Dept. Tickets sold in advance, get them early limited amount sold. Tickets can be purchased from your local firefighters or Lion’s Club members.

THANK YOU: A sincere “Thank You” is extended from Marianhill to St. Alphonsus CWL and the “Four Shades of Green” who entertained at their March Birthday. Your presence with us was truly appreciated.

CHAPEAU LION’S CLUB: Will be having a pancake, sausage & homemade bean breakfast on Sunday, March 25th. Everyone is Welcome!

ECUMENICAL WAY OF THE CROSS: An Ecumenical Way of the Cross through the streets of Pembroke will be held on Good Friday, March 30, 2018. This year marks the 38th year of the pilgrimage which will begin at 11:30 a.m. at Metro Moncion Grocers Pembroke Market (425 Pembroke St. East) and will end with a Hunger Meal at the Most Holy Name of Jesus Parish Annex (284 Trafalgar Road). Transportation will be provided from the Annex back to Metro Moncion Grocers following the Hunger Meal. Voluntary donations for the poor will be excepted. For more information, please contact Deacon Adrien Chaput at 613-732-7933 ext. 206 or at

EASTER ACTIVITIES-SPONSORED BY THE CHAPEAU R.A: Please join us for a fun filled afternoon of Easter fun! Activities include crafts and cupcake decorating. We will also have live bunnies and an Easter surprise. Fun for all ages! Cost: $2/child on Saturday, March 24, 2018 1pm – 3 pm at Harrington Community Centre basement. All children must be accompanied by an adult!

DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY: Come and join us as we celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday on Sunday, April 8, 2018 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at St. Columbkille Cathedral, 188 Renfrew Street, Pembroke, with adoration, singing of hymns and the recitation of the Divine Mercy Chaplet. We will pray for God’s mercy upon the whole world. Our guest speaker will be Father Michael Weitl from Madonna House. For more information, please contact Deacon Adrien Chaput at 613-732-7933 ext. 206 or            at the Diocese of Pembroke.

“West Pontiac Connects: is proud to announce that we are now running our third session of the 12th Skills Link program. We are seeking volunteer opportunities for our 8 students to gain experience and promote community participation running from March 12 to May 18, 2018. The students are available for tasks such as yard work assistance, helping seniors with difficulties, providing support, etc. Please contact Chrissy Payne or Victoria Branco at 819-689-2878 or by email at if interested.”

Next Diocesan Marriage Preparation Program : will be held on April 7th and April 14th, 2018 at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Pembroke. Register online at or contact your parish office. Deadline to register is March 29th.

The Ottawa Mission: If you would like to donate warm clothing or other items for the homeless frequenting the Ottawa Mission, call Roger at 613-732-1148, Bruce at 613-584-3951 or Ron at 819-689-5440. Volunteers will ensure that all items are delivered.

Medjugorje – Children’s clothing (ages 3 to 12 yrs.) is needed in Medjugorje for children of impoverished and needy families. Since 1993, Pat Duggan of Combermere has been involved in a small but diversified mission making a difference in Medjugorje. For information please refer to or call Pat at 613-756-2655, Roger at 613-732-1148, Bruce at 613-584-3951 or Ron at 819-689-5440. Clothing will be delivered in mid-May and end of Sept. 2018.

The Sheenboro Parish Council chose the St. Bryce Mission in Costa Rica as our parish’s cause to help mothers and their infants. This mission helps the Cabecar indigenous people at the St. Francis Emmaus Center is located in Turrialba, Costa Rica, the nearest city to the Chirripo indigenous reservation. According to the mission’s website: “The center, modeled off the internationally-lauded model of “pregnancy waiting homes”, provides a safe, comfortable place for up to 30 Cabecar mothers, who must journey long hours on foot to have access to medical care, in the days before and after the birth of a child or in the event of the hospitalization of a child.” Because of the lack of access to medical services and harsh living conditions, the Cabecar population suffers infant and maternal mortality rates nearly 5 times higher than the rest of the Costa Rican population. However, annually, 400 mothers visit the centre and the medical help has reduced infant mortality by 50%. For more information, please see Please watch Fr. Tim’s and the parish blog, as he will be posting informational videos about St. Bryce Mission.

Notes from Fr. Tim:
1) I ask please that you pray for the repose of the soul of John Joseph “Jack” Jennings brother of Jim, Anne, and Rose Marie who died this past week. His funeral will be celebrated on Monday in Sheenboro. May God grant solace and comfort to his wife Marilyn Lapierre and his family as they grieve his loss.

2) Congratulations to William Thomas Swan child of Deidra Chartrand and Adam Swan who will be baptized into our Catholic faith this Sunday in St. Joseph .

A short video everyone should watch

Any person who has ever been blessed to be able to call someone born with Down Syndrome a friend will no doubt find their hearts renewed watching this video. It offers a reminder of what it is about them which endears them so deeply to us: an endless innocence and ‘joi de vie’ that most of us wish could only wish were the hallmarks of our own lives.

A friend of mine once said that since Down Syndrome is caused by the presence of an extra chromosone in one’s DNA, he was convinced that it was one of “innocence and sunshine granted to a few ‘more perfect souls’ than the rest of us”. To be able to journey through this life largely untouched or tainted by the the things that steal the joy for life and troubles our mind while possessing a capacity to love others so unconditionally, to always see the best in others and believing it will always work out OK in the end. Such a trip through life like that is an experience worthy of only the best of souls. Having such a person in your life is a blessing in itself as well, something I can happily attest to as true in my own life’s experiences.

So if you’re looking for a bit of sunshine or something sure to bring a warm memory of such friends throughout the years, look no farther than to the video above. I’m fairly certain it’ll to do the trick! It did for me.

James McGuire Obituary – Pembroke, Ontario | Neville Funeral Home

MCGUIRE, James Cecil “Jim” – Peacefully at the Ottawa Heart Institute surrounded by loved ones on Friday, March 9th, 2018 in his 87th year. Jim McGuire of Allumette Island, Quebec, beloved husband of Helen McGuire (nee Perry). Loving father of Tim McGuire (Sandy Fletcher), Bev (Léonel) Chaput, Perry (Noella) McGuire, Jimmy McGuire, Paul McGuire (Jacky Lusweti) and Bonnie McGuire. Proud grandfather to 11 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Also survived by siblings Mary and Donald McGuire. The family will receive relatives and friends at the Neville Funeral Home
491 Isabella St., Pembroke, ON, K8A 5T8 (613) 732-7481
on Tuesday from 1-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Joseph Church, Chapeau on Wednesday, March 14th, 2018 at 11 a.m., followed by cremation. As an expression of sympathy, donations to the Ottawa Heart Institute would be appreciated. Online Condolences may be left at


Source: James McGuire Obituary – Pembroke, Ontario | Neville Funeral Home