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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.

Parish Bulletin – 3rd Sunday of Advent – December 17, 2017

Masses and Celebrations for the Week

Day Time and Place Celebration Intention
Monday     No Mass
Tuesday 10:00 AM

Chapeau

  Lorna Keon

By:   Lois & Barry

Wednesday 10:00 AM

Chapeau

  Emily Nephin

By: Helen & Waverly

Michael Nadeau

By: Mariette & Wayne Fleury

Thursday 10:00 AM

St. Joseph

  Elmer Gallagher

By: Jerry & Louise Gallagher

Friday 10:00 AM

St. Joseph

  Reginald & Dora Cahill

By: Cahill Family

Saturday 5:00 PM

Sheenboro

4th Sunday of Advent Carmelita Doyle

By: Betty Morris

Sunday 9:00 PM

Sheenboro

Christmas Eve Percy Gleason

By: Emile & Jean Lebel

Leo Downey & Deceased Parents & Family Members

By: Teresa Downey & Family

Sunday 9:00 AM

St. Joseph

4th Sunday of Advent Loretta Reid

By: Jean Gallagher

Sunday 5:00 PM

St. Joseph

Christmas Eve Deceased parents of Jimmy & Lois Tierney & Darrell England

By: Lois & Jimmy Tierney

Sunday 10:30 AM

Chapeau

4th Sunday of Advent Lois Conroy

By: Pauline Lepine & Family

Sunday 7:00 PM

Chapeau

Christmas Eve Deceased parents of Marilyn & Harold Morris

By: Marilyn & Harold Morris

Annette Demers

By: Henry Demers & Family

Monday 10:30 AM

Chapeau

Christmas Day Helen Fleming & Marion Fleury

By: The Group of 5

Shelby Sullivan

By: Nana & Papa

 

Parish Lectors Communion
Sheenboro Sandra Brennan (Sat) Francis Downy (Christmas Eve) Peter Gleason (Sat)   Doris Ranger (Xmas Eve)
St. Joseph Eulalia Ryan (Sun) Frank Trzebiatowski (Christmas Eve) Paul Morris (Sun)   Ron Price (Christmas Eve)
Chapeau Peter Smith (Sun) Lise Mainville (Xmas Eve) Mike, Peter, (Sun) Meril, Nicole,Andre (Eve)
Chapeau Bernie Hendry (Christmas Day) Nicole, Meril
Parish Collection Counter (9:00 a.m.)
Sheen $1068.00 Laetitia Tardiff Peacock Monday, December 18th
St. Joseph $1234.00  
Chapeau $1727.00  

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

CHURCH ENVELOPES FOR 2018: will be available in the churches this weekend. Thank you.

ST. ALPHONSUS C.W.L: Thanks to all who attended and/or contributed to our Christmas Party and “Money Tree”. These donations will go to the Shawville Hospital’s Palliative Care this year.

Our card parties will finish December 18th. Thanks to all those who attended and all those who sent gifts for prizes. Christmas greetings to all.

CHAPEAU: New list for lectors and Eucharistic ministers are available in the sacristy.

SHEENBORO R.A:   is again renting the ice in the Arena on Dec.26th; 11:00-12:00 will be skating and 12:00-1:00 will be pick- up hockey. Helmets are recommended

Knights of Columbus Council 1531 Membership Fees are due before December 31st. If you would like to pay your 2018 membership dues, please send a cheque payable to the “Knights of Columbus – 1531” to D.Reynolds 343 Broadview Drive, Pembroke, Ont K8A 2A6 or drop off at the Knights of Columbus hall at 170 Ellis Ave, Pembroke, Ontario K8A 2H9.  If you have any questions, please contact Darrell at 613-732-8797.

NEW YEAR’S EVE BALL SPONSORED BY CHAPEAU R.A:  Sunday December 31, 2017 at Harrington Community Centre from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. D.J. Tazman & Trimmer’s Poutine late lunch. Get your tickets before December 30th to be entered in the early bird draw alcohol & snack prize basket Donated by DC Store & Bar. Contact Karie Bissionette on Facebook or 613-401-1850 to be entered. Cost is $15 per person and tickets are available from members of the R.A., Conroy’s Grocery, Waltham Station and DC Store.   The Chapeau RA thanks you for your support to improve recreational activities in the community. Future plans: Gazebo, trees and fence.

Notes from Fr. Tim:

1) I stumbled across this short poem this week and thought it might be of comfort to those whose hearts are still broken with grief, especially as we approach the Christmas season as the loss of someone we love is felt all the more keenly at such festive times. It goes like this:

Peacefully sleeping, resting at last, the world’s weary troubles and trials are past.

In silence they suffered, in patience they bore, till God called them home to suffer no more.

They were sincere and true in heart and mind, and beautiful memories they left behind.

May God grant peace and comfort this season to those among us who are burdened with heavy hearts.

2) Confessions will be heard this Tuesday evening in Chapeau from 7-8 pm.

3) We’re going to show the 9th in the 10 part series ‘Catholicism’ following the Wednesday morning Mass in Chapeau. Each episode deals with one aspect of our faith so even these last two stand on their own and are well with viewing.

4) Our apologies to anyone who didn’t get a correct bulletin last weekend. We still have not figured out how Chapeau’s ended up being last year’s edition – but we’ll do our best to ensure that that mistake doesn’t happen again. Please remember that you can always find the most current version on our parish website at www.uppontiacparishes.wordpress.com.

5) Our sympathies go out to the family of Yvonne Chassie (nee Raymond) who died last Saturday. She was laid to rest beside her late husband Aurel on Wednesday. May God be merciful to her and to her family.

6) Anyone interested in studying the teachings of St. John Paul II, Pope Benedict’s series on Jesus, or the recent encyclicals of Pope Francis? I am willing to organize and lead a study group on any of these topics in the new year. Please just let me know if you have any interest in exploring the teachings of any of these Popes and if 2 or 3 people (or more!) would like to do so, I will schedule such a study group to begin in 2018.

7) Here again are the Christmas Mass times for this year:

     December 24    5 pm: St. Joseph’s; 7 pm: Chapeau; 9 pm: Sheenboro

     December 25   10:30 am: Chapeau

8) Thank you to all the Christmas Elves who delivered Christmas goodies to 44 shut-ins and seniors in Chapeau and Chichester. Your efforts were greatly appreciated.

 

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Parish Bulletin – 2nd Sunday of Advent – 10 December 2017

Masses and Celebrations for the Week

Day Time and Place Celebration Intention
Monday     No Mass
Tuesday 10:00 AM

Chapeau

  In Thanksgiving for favour received

By:   A parishioner

Wednesday 10:00 AM

Chapeau

  Andrew Keon

By: Lois & Barry

Thursday 10:00 AM

St. Joseph

  Marian Helen McGuire-Rochon

By: Maureen & Helen Morris

Friday 10:00 AM

St. Joseph

  For the intentions of Fr. MacRae

By: Maria DeSouza

Saturday 5:00 PM

Sheenboro

  Clare Schoof

By: Mike & Rita Fox

Nelson Morris

By: Betty Morris & Family

Sunday 9:00 AM

St. Joseph

  Missa Pro Populo
Sunday 10:30 AM

Chapeau

  Herman, Armand, Rachael Morin

By: Mary Lou & girls

Rose & Cyprien Chartrand

Jeanette et la famille

Parish Lectors Communion
Sheenboro Karen Shea Doris Ranger
St. Joseph Carol Price Elaine McGuire
Chapeau Mariette Saffafranque Mariette, André

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

Parish Collection Counter (9:00 a.m.)
Sheen $560.00 Laetitia Tardiff Peacock Monday, December 18th
St. Joseph $1234.00 Sharon Gribbon Monday, December 11th
Chapeau $1810.00  

CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PAGEANT-DURING CHRISTMAS EVE MASS IN ST, JOSEPH: We are excited to announce that we will be presenting a Children’s Christmas Pageant during Christmas Eve Mass. We are looking for angels, kings, and shepherds aged 4 and up who would love to participate.   If interested see Jessica Kelly Brennan or Rebecca Kelly Lepine. Thank you.

ST. ALPHONSUS C.W.L: Thanks all who attended and/or contributed to our Christmas Party and “Money Tree”. These donations will got to the Shawville Hospital’s Palliative Care this year.

Our card parties will finish December 18th. Thanks to all those who attended and all those who sent gifts for prizes. Christmas greetings to all

Celebrate Island lights – The Municipality of L’Isle-aux-Allumettes invites the public to join us in celebrating Island Lights on Saturday, December 16th 2017, 6pm at the Demers Center Municipal garage. There will be carolling, the lighting of the Christmas tree, followed by hot apple cider and hot chocolate. We will be accepting monetary donations that will go toward the breakfast program at Dr. Wilbert Keon School and Notre Dame du Sacré Coeur. Everyone is welcome!

SHEENBORO R.A: is again renting the ice in the Arena on Dec.26th; 11:00-12:00 will be skating and 12:00-1:00 will be pick up hockey. Helmets are recommended

CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PAGEANT:  We are excited to announce that we will be presenting a Children’s Christmas Pageant during Christmas Eve Mass in Chapeau. We are looking for angels, kings, and shepherds aged 4 and up who would love to participate. We are also looking for older boys and girls to join our Youth choir that will lead our pageant in the singing of lovely Christmas carols. Our practices will be held in Chapeau on Sundays, Dec. 10th and Dec. 17th after mass. If you are interested in either the pageant or the choir, please call Hélène Chartrand at 819-689-2320 to sign up!

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS: The annual Christmas party for members of Bishop N.Z: Lorrain council 1531 of the Knights of Columbus will be held Dec. 12 at the K of C Hall on Ellis Avenue, Pembroke Members are reminded to bring a gift (not to exceed $10). Social hour is at 6 p.m. and dinner is at 7 p.m. Members can also bring a donation to the food bank.

Knights of Columbus Council 1531 Membership Fees are due before December 31st. If you would like to pay your 2018 membership dues, please send a cheque payable to the “Knights of Columbus – 1531” to D. Reynolds 343 Broadview Drive, Pembroke, Ont. K8A 2A6 or drop off at the Knights of Columbus Hall at 170 Ellis Ave, Pembroke, Ontario K8A 2H9.  If you have any questions, please contact Darrell at 613-732-8797.

M.A.I.T.C: A great Christmas idea book 3 of family descendants, mayors, secretary treasurers of Allumette Island since 1846. Books are available at the Municipal Office and the CWL Craft show on Sunday, November 19th.

The collection envelopes for 2018 will be available in all three parishes next weekend.

Notes from Fr. Tim
1) Our sympathy goes out to the family of Lillian Smiley who passed away this week. It is difficult at the best of times to with deal with the death of a parent, but it’s even more so when it comes during a festive season. Please keep her family in your prayers.

2) I am sad to announce too the death of Michael Nadeau, son of the late Acey and Mary Nadeau of Chapeau at the young age of 56. His funeral will be celebrated in Pennsylvania, USA this coming week. Michael is the brother of Rosemary Ferrigan of Chapeau. Please pray for the comfort of his wife, daughter, and siblings.

3) Have you brought your decorations for our Trees of Life yet? These trees are intended to help us remember and celebrate the people and events in our family life. If you have not yet taken some home to personalize and decorate, please do so and return them to the church so that they can be added to the tree in your church.

4) Here are the Christmas Mass times for this year:

December 24    5 pm: St. Joseph’s; 7 pm: Chapeau; 9 pm: Sheenboro

December 25   10:30 am: Chapeau

5) Confessions will be heard this Saturday in Sheenboro from 3:30 – 4:30 pm.

6) Thank you to all the Christmas Elves who delivered Christmas goodies to 44 shut-ins and seniors in Chapeau and Chichester. Your efforts were greatly appreciated.

R.I.P. Michael Nadeau (son of the late Mary Lapierre Nadeau of Chapeau)

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Mike Nadeau, 56, of Washington Township, PA, passed away at St. Luke’s Hospital on Wednesday, December 6 with his loving wife, Paula, holding his hand by his side. Born on May 4, 1961, in Chapeau, Quebec, he was the son of the late Mary LaPierre Nadeau and Acey Nadeau. He was greatly influenced by his parents who gave him his strong work ethic, taught him to be kind and generous and blessed him with the ability to build or fix anything, hunt, fish, and bake. Mike was a High School graduate who started his paving stone career sweeping the floors and worked his way up to Chief Operating Officer and part owner of Techo-Bloc Corp in Pen Argyl, where he worked for the past 14 years. Mike believed that with hard work, dedication and passion, he and anyone could accomplish anything. He instilled these values in his employees, friends, and family.

Mike is survived by his loving wife of 17 years, Paula Pantaleo Nadeau, and his 15-year-old daughter, Teresa, who was his pride and joy. His greatest joys were playing guitar with Teresa, listening to her sing or play piano, watching her act, time spent fishing on his boat with “his girls” and his annual epic snowmobile trips with his brothers and great friends. Mike is also survived by his loving brothers, Dr. John Nadeau (Stephanie) and Hugh (Ginette) both of whom he greatly loved and admired, and who traveled far to be at his side during his illness, his sisters Rosie Flanagan (Bob) and Jean McConneghy, his mother-in-law, Isabella Pantaleo, and sister-in-law, Frances (Bob). He was predeceased by his sister, Joan, a brother, James, and his father-in-law, Philip Pantaleo. Mike will be greatly missed by his many nieces and nephews and his friends and colleagues in the US, Canada, and Europe that he touched, encouraged, taught and influenced, and especially his partner, Charles Ciccarello and his wife, Nancy, and family, and his best friend, Chris McAllister, who was by his side and helped take care of Mike and his family during his illness.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated, 11 AM, Tuesday, December 12, 2017, at St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church, 300 W. Babbitt Avenue, Pen Argyl, PA. There will be visitation hours, Monday beginning at 5 PM until 8 PM and Tuesday beginning at 10 AM until 10:45 AM all at St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church. Interment will be in St. Roch’s Cemetery, West Bangor. The Ruggiero Funeral Home, LLC, http://www.ruggierofuneralhome.com, Pen Argyl is in charge of arrangements.

R.I.P. Lillian Smiley

 

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Lillian Smiley (nee Bechamp)

 

Passed away peacefully surrounded by her family in hospital, Shawville, Quebec on Friday, December 1, 2017, at the age of 89 years. Daughter of the late Joseph Bechamp and the late Delina Ranger. Beloved wife of the late Ivan Smiley. Loving mother of Janice (Ivan Turner), Jacqueline (Louis Turner), Suzanne (John Brisson), Nancy (Jean-Paul Picotte) and Karen (Billy Turner). Special grandmother of 13 grandchildren and great-grandmother of many great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. Dear sister of Angeline (Keith Davidson), Alphire (Maggie) and Laurier. Predeceased by a daughter Margaret and by her brothers Joseph, Paul, Lorrain, Rene and Alire. Resting at the Hayes Funeral Home, 56 St. Jacques Street, Chapeau, Quebec on Thursday, December 7, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 12:40 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Alphonsus Church, Chapeau, Quebec on Thursday at 1 p.m. Interment Parish cemetery.

Parish Bulletin – First Sunday of Advent – December 3, 2017

Masses and Celebrations for the Week

Day Time and Place Celebration Intention
Monday     No Mass
Tuesday 10:00 AM

Chapeau

  Alice Donlan Ballerscheff

By:   Joan & Henry Sallafranque

Wednesday 10:00 AM

Chapeau

  Teresa Conroy

By: Carmel & Edmond Chartrand

Thursday 10:00 AM

St. Joseph

  Carmelita Doyle

By: Eulalia Ryan

Friday 10:00 AM

St. Joseph

  Donna & Joe Tallon & Victor Gleason

By: Pat & Marguerite Tallon

Saturday 5:00 PM

Sheenboro

  Missa Pro Populo
Sunday 9:00 AM

St. Joseph

  Danny Allard

By: The Family

Helen Fleming & Loretta Reid

By: Elizabeth Kelly

Sunday 10:30 AM

Chapeau

  Andrew Keon (Ann)

By: Mado & Family

Peter & Elie Picard ( Ann)

By: Sharon Picard

 

Parish Lectors Communion
Sheenboro Patty Hansen Peter Gleason
St. Joseph Sam McGuire Rita Keogh
Chapeau Peter Smith Peter, Meril

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

Parish Collection Counter (9:00 a.m.)
Sheen $560.00  
St. Joseph $1330.00 Sharon Gribbon Monday, December 11th
Chapeau $1810.00 Catherine Keon Godin, Monday, December 4th

SENIOR’S NETWORK –AGES 50 +: A tablet training workshop for seniors, will be starting December 7th at the municipal office from 9 a.m. to noon.  Please call Rachel at 819-665-3604 for more information.

2017 Christmas FOOD DRIVE:  Will be held on Thursday, December 7th, 2017, from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.  On Allumette Island at the intersection of Hwy 148 and Pembroke Road, Bouffe Pontiac volunteers and partners will be posted to collect donations from motorists. We will collect food, new toys, and monetary donations. With these generous donations, Bouffe Pontiac will distribute 200 Christmas baskets to Pontiac households in need.  Please give generously and drive safely!

CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PAGEANT:  We are excited to announce that we will be presenting a Children’s Christmas Pageant during Christmas Eve Mass in Chapeau. We are looking for angels, kings, and shepherds aged 4 and up who would love to participate. We are also looking for older boys and girls to join our Youth choir that will lead our pageant in the singing of lovely Christmas carols. Our practices will be held in Chapeau on Sundays, Dec. 3rd, Dec. 10th and Dec. 17th after mass. If you are interested in either the pageant or the choir, please call Hélène Chartrand at 819-689-2320 to sign up!

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS: The annual Christmas party for members of Bishop N.Z: Lorrain council 1531 of the Knights of Columbus will be held Dec. 12 at the K of C Hall on Ellis Avenue, Pembroke. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at Town and Country Men’s Wear or from deputy grand knight Dick Kelly. Tickets must be purchased by Dec. 8. Members are reminded to bring a gift (not to exceed $10). Social hour is at 6 p.m. and dinner is at 7 p.m. Members can also bring a donation to the food bank.

CRAFT & VENDOR SHOW:  Will be held this Sunday, December 3 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Harrington Community Centre.  Chapeau, Qc.  Come check out over 20 local Vendor’s and Crafter’s.  Lunch and baked goods available for purchase.   All money raise at this Event will be donated to the Chapeau R.A.

M.A.I.T.C: A great Christmas idea book 3 of family descendants, mayors, secretary treasurers of Allumette Island since 1846. Books are available at the Municipal Office and the CWL Craft show on Sunday, November 19th.

CHAPEAU GALLERY: Animal Aid Pontiac is hosting a Christmas Luncheon on Friday, December 8th from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Masonic Hall, 244 Main Street, Shawville, Quebec. All proceeds go to the A.A.P.

ST. ALPHONSUS C.W.L: Mark your calendar for the CWL Christmas Party on Tuesday, December 5th(7:00 p.m.) at Harrington Community Centre.  You are more than welcome to join us for a few games and music.  Anyone attending is asked to bring a small plate of goodies to share.  The “Money Tree” donations will go to Shawville Hospital (Palliative Care) this year.  Do join us and bring a friend.

THANK YOU: Helen Donlan and family want to thank friends and neighbours for their love and support as we mourned the loss of Alice.

YOUNG AT HEART NEWS: Christmas Party on Wednesday, December 6th at 1 p.m. Roast beef served by Cheryl Smith. Door prizes, music & B.Y.O.B. Tickets $22.00 each.

Notes from Fr. Tim
1) We start putting decorations on our ‘Tree of Life’ this weekend, beginning with the crosses in memory of those who have died. Over the next three weekends, we will put on the creche decorations (children) and stars (accomplishments/celebrations) before turning on the lights in anticipation of the birth of Christ, the “Light of the World” born on Christmas morning.

2) Thank you to everyone who called in names for our Christmas elves to bring goodie packages to their homes in the Chapeau/Chichester area. They will be delivered over the next couple of weeks.

3) We’re approaching the last few episodes of the ‘Catholicism’ series on Wednesday mornings in Chapeau following the 10 am Mass. Each episode stands on its own so you are welcome to come and watch them with us. The episodes last between 40-45 minutes.

4) Going to Confession is an important way of getting ready for Christmas. To this end, I will be hearing confessions in each parish at the following times: Sheenboro – Saturday, December 16 from 3:30 to 4:30 pm; Chapeau – Tuesday, December 19 from 7 to 8 pm.; St. Joseph’s – Thursday, December 7 from 7 to 8 pm.

5) Congratulations to Ivy Rae Chartrand child of Dan Chartrand and Holly Godin who was baptized into our Catholic faith this past Sunday.

6) Here are the Christmas Mass times for this year:

December 24

5 pm: St. Joseph’s; 7 pm: Chapeau; 9 pm: Sheenboro

December 25

10:30 am: Chapeau

Parish Bulletin – Feast of Christ the King – November 26, 2017

Masses and Celebrations for the Week

Day Time and Place Celebration Intention
Monday     No Mass
Tuesday 10:00 AM

Chapeau

  For favour received

By: A Parishioner

Wednesday 10:00 AM

Chapeau

  Alice Donlan Ballerscheff

By: Mado Keon & Family

Thursday 10:00 AM

St. Joseph

  For the intentions of Fr. MacRae

By: Maria DeSouza

Friday 10:00 AM

St. Joseph

  For the intentions of Ann Doré

By: Joan Taylor

Saturday 5:00 PM

Sheenboro

  For the intentions of Genevieve Keogh

By: Sharon Gribbon

Carl Taylor

By: his wife Joan Taylor

Sunday 9:00 AM

St. Joseph

  Missa Pro Populo
Sunday 10:30 AM

Chapeau

  Rita & Len Mainville &Mr. & Mrs. Zephr St. Cyr

By: Mike St. Cyr

Darrell Belland

By: Mom & Dad

 

Parish Lectors Communion
Sheenboro Kaleigh Gleason Mary Edwards
St. Joseph Lawrence Duff Margaret Tallon
Chapeau Monique Fleury Janie, Nicole

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

Parish Collection Counter (9:00 a.m.)
Sheen $455.00 Angie Retty, Monday, November27th)
St. Joseph $1434.00  
Chapeau $1510.00 Catherine Keon Godin, Monday, December 4th

YOUNG AT HEART NEWS: Christmas Party on Wednesday, December 6th at 1 p.m. Roast beef served by Cheryl Smith. Door prizes, music & B.Y.O.B. Tickets $22.00 each.

ST. ALPHONSUS C.W.L:  Don’t forget the CWL Craft Sale and Luncheon Today (November 19th) at Harrington Community Centre.

CHILDREN’S CATECHISM CLASS; The next children’s catechism class will be held on Sunday, December 3rd classes begin at 9:15. If there are any children that missed the first session, parents please be advised that it is your responsibility to call the office and arrange to have your children’s book before the next session. Thank you for your cooperation.

The Confirmation class will meet with Fr. Tim immediately after the 10:30 mass in the Sacristy.

FLU SHOTS: The next flu shot will take place this Monday, November 27th at Harrington Community Center from 12:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Everyone Welcome. Please be sure to bring your health card. Thank you.

ST. ALPHONSUS C.W.L: Thank you to all vendors, shoppers, luncheon folks and workers who helped make our craft Sale and Luncheon so successful once again. Rachelle Durand was the lucky winner of the 50/50.

Mark your calendar for the CWL Christmas Party on Tuesday, December 5th (7:00 p.m.) at Harrington Community Centre. You are more than welcome to join us for a few games and music. Anyone attending is asked to bring a small plate of goodies to share. The “Money Tree” donations will go to Shawville Hospital (Palliative Care) this year. Do join us and bring a friend.

CHAPEAU LION’S CLUB PANCAKE BREAKFAST: Will be held this Sunday, November 26th, followed by the Christmas parade.

CHRISTMAS PARADE: Will be this Sunday, November 26th at 1:30 p.m. followed by a visit from Santa at the Harrington Community Center. To enter a float, contact Patrick Fleming at 819-689-1061. This event is sponsored by the Chapeau Lions Club and the Chapeau RA.

2017 Christmas FOOD DRIVE: Will be held on Thursday, December 7th, 2017, from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. On Allumette Island at the intersection of Hwy 148 and Pembroke Road, Bouffe Pontiac volunteers and partners will be posted to collect donations from motorists. We will collect food, new toys, and monetary donations. With these generous donations, Bouffe Pontiac will distribute 200 Christmas baskets to Pontiac households in need. Please give generously and drive safely!

CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PAGEANT: We are excited to announce that we will be presenting a Children’s Christmas Pageant during Christmas Eve Mass in Chapeau. We are looking for angels, kings, and shepherds aged 4 and up who would love to participate. We are also looking for older boys and girls to join our Youth choir that will lead our pageant in the singing of lovely Christmas carols. Our practices will be held in Chapeau on Sundays, Dec. 3rd, Dec. 10th and Dec. 17th after mass. If you are interested in either the pageant or the choir, please call Hélène Chartrand at 819-689-2320 to sign up!

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS: The annual memorial mass for deceased 4th and 3rd degree members of the Knights of Columbus in Pembroke will be held at St. Jean Baptiste Church on Nov. 28 at 7 p.m. Members, their families and families of those deceased members are welcome to attend as are members of the parishes in Pembroke.

The annual Christmas party for members of Bishop N.Z Lorrain council 1531 of the Knights of Columbus will be held Dec. 12 at the K of C Hall on Ellis Avenue, Pembroke. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at Town and Country Men’s Wear or from deputy grand knight Dick Kelly. Tickets must be purchased by Dec. 8. Members are reminded to bring a gift (not to exceed $10). Social hour is at 6 p.m. and dinner is at 7 p.m. Members can also bring a donation to the food bank.

CRAFT & VENDOR SHOW: Will be held on Sunday, December 3 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Harrington Community Centre. Chapeau, Qc. Come check out over 20 local Vendor’s and Crafter’s. Lunch and baked goods available for purchase. Contact: Tara Homuth 819-689-2579. All money raise at this Event will be donated to the Chapeau R.A.

M.A.I.T.C: A great Christmas idea book 3 of family descendants, mayors, secretary treasurers of Allumette Island since 1846. Books are available at the Municipal Office and the CWL Craft show on Sunday, November 19th.

CHAPEAU GALLERY: Animal Aid Pontiac is hosting a Christmas Luncheon on Friday, December 8th from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Masonic Hall, 244 Main Street, Shawville, Quebec. All proceeds go to the A.A.P.

Notes from Fr. Tim
1) Our prayers and sympathy go out to the Fleury and Donlan families as they deal with the deaths of Sherry Fleury and Alice Donlan Ballerscheff, two women who died at an early age this past week. May God grant comfort to the bereaved and mercy to the deceased.

2) Bible Study: We’ve finished our journey through Paul’s Letter to the Romans and have decided to wait until January to resume. That will be an excellent time to join the group! Meetings will resume on Thursday, January 4, 2018, at 7 pm in St. Joseph’s.

3) We will be watching the next presentation in the ‘Catholicism’ series on Wednesday after the 10 am mass in Chapeau. The second presentation of the ‘Pivotal Catholics’ series will be shown in St. Joseph’s this Friday after the morning mass there.

4) We are still looking for more names of people who might appreciate a visit from our Christmas Elves initiative in the Chapeau parish. Packages of cookies, candies, and meat pies will be delivered before the middle of December as a little token of good cheer from the parish. Please call the office in you can think of someone who might appreciate a visit from these generous elves.

5) Food for thought: Here’s a little tidbit I once saw on a poster that might resonate with a few folks in our communities who think it important to stick their noses into other peoples affairs to report anything they don’t approve of to the authorities. I hope they might appreciate its wisdom as much as I do. “You never need to put a lid on a bucket of crabs. Any time one crab tries to get ahead by climbing out, other crabs will reach out and drag them back down. People are a lot like crabs!” Let’s all do our best to ensure that everyone gets ahead in our communities and families by putting ourselves authentically at the service of one another and put our individual ‘crabbiness’ behind us.