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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.

A letter to the parents who keep bringing their disruptive kids to Mass, week after week

Dear exhausted, discouraged parents,

So your kids are just terrible in Mass. Chaotic, disobedient, and disruptive, week after week. It’s like a big old spotlight is shining on you the whole time, you and your apparently sub-par parenting.

I’m right there with you. I’ve started to dread Sundays. I mean, we’ve tried everything. Going to the early Mass, going to the evening Mass, Mass books, whispered explanations, whispered threats, sitting in the front, sitting in the back, marching straight to the cry room … and maybe a few of the tricks have helped, but the bottom line is that we’re not getting out of that building without somebody screaming, making a mad dash for the altar, or God knows what.

But in spite of it all, every week, I and my loud, chaotic family are going to be there (in the back!) wiggling around and distracting everyone, and subjecting ourselves to the judgment of a large number of people who might not understand how hard it actually is to teach a toddler to sit quietly for 45 minutes. It looks insane. Still, we button up our wrinkled Sunday clothes anyway, and get our bodies under that roof, just like Mother Church asks us to.

I want you to know that if this is you too, that’s okay. It’s better than okay. Christ had something pretty important to say about people like us:

When [Jesus] looked up he saw some wealthy people putting their offerings into the treasury and he noticed a poor widow putting in two small coins. He said, “I tell you truly, this poor widow put in more than all the rest; for those others have all made offerings from their surplus wealth, but she, from her poverty, has offered her whole livelihood.” (Luke 21:1-4)

Isn’t this exactly what we are doing? We are giving it literally all we’ve got, in obeying the Church’s request to make it to Sunday Mass. (Sheer embarrassment, unfortunately, isn’t a good enough reason to stay home.) To the outside world, it looks like we’ve done the bare minimum. We’ve gotten into the building, sure, but are we concentrating? Are we having a spiritual experience? Did we even hear a word of the Gospel, for heaven’s sake? It doesn’t look like much. We are the only ones who know how much we are really giving. But Christ knows, too.

Just like the woman’s two small coins into the collection box look like nothing in comparison with the rich man’s gigantic bag of gold, our contribution looks so small a person might wonder why we even bother. Why even come to Mass, if you’re just going to spend the whole time doing toddler damage control? But Christ is there to remind us that he doesn’t see what the rest of the world sees.

Pretty often, I leave Mass feeling like the whole thing was a bust. I didn’t even manage to follow along, and I left so fast I forgot to genuflect. What kind of a Catholic am I? If that’s how you feel too, don’t forget — having little kids, or kids with special needs, or whatever situation you’re in that makes it impossible to kneel quietly and listen carefully, this is a unique kind of poverty. And we, in our poverty, really do give all we have, just by doing our best. Even if our best is just showing up.

So don’t stop. And please don’t worry too much about how your family looks. Even if it never gets easier, keep doing what you are doing, and know that even when the world doesn’t, God sees how valuable your sacrifice is.

 

Source: A letter to the parents who keep bringing their disruptive kids to Mass, week after week

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Parish Bulletin – 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 22 July, 2018

Masses and Celebrations for the Week

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

Chapeau

  Louise & Virginnie Chartrand

By: Jacquie Bowers & Jean Montgomery

 
Wednesday Chapeau

10:00 AM

  For Specials Intentions of all Priests of the Diocese

By: Marie DeSouza

 
Thursday 10:00 AM

St. Joseph

  Iona Morris

By: Jean Gallagher

 
Friday 10:00 AM

St. Joseph

  Clifford & Frances Giroux

By: Elwood Giroux

 
Saturday 5:00 PM

Sheenboro

  Carmelita Gleason

By: Larry & Nancy Gleason

Miles Venasse

By: Marylene, Fox & Lady

 
Sunday 9:00 AM

St. Joseph

  Missa Pro Populo  
Sunday 10:30 AM

Chapeau

  Bea Bertrand

By: St. Alphonsus C.W.L

Simon & Marie Drapeau

By: Levi & Sylvie Drapeau & Family

 
Parish Lectors Communion
Sheenboro Karen Shea Doris Ranger
St. Joseph Carol Price Margaret Tallon
Chapeau Lise Mainville Mariette, Nicole

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

Parish Sunday Collection             Counter
Sheen $ 755.00  
St. Joseph $1350.00 Sharon Gribbon, Monday July 23rd
Chapeau $1664.00 Mariette Sallafranque, Monday, July 30th

SAVE THE DATE: This year’s ‘Islandfest’ will be taking place on August 24th and 25th in the village of Chapeau. Games, activities, live music and much more! We hope to see you there. If you wish to volunteer, please contact the Municipal Office at 819-689-2266.

MARRIAGE BANNS:   There is a promise of marriage between Matthew Lyman Paul Allard son of Paul Allard and Charlene Durocher and Rikki-Lee Mary Godin daughter of Ricky Godin and Shelley Conroy. The wedding will be celebrated at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 11th at St. Alphonsus Church.

 PPJ CYCLOPARK 2018 JAMBOREE JULY 27-29TH: FREE! Ride the entire trail over 3 days and discover all the PPJ has to offer. Start in Shawville and ride all the way to L’Isle-aux-Allumettes, or join in along the way and ride a shorter distance. Accommodations and dining available for purchase along the trail. More information: Facebook.com/lesamiescycloparcppj, or call/text Tiziana at 418-271-9204, or email jamboreeppjcycloparc@gmail.com, or at jamboreeppj.com

The Sheenboro Canada Day Committee would like to thank the many volunteers who helped make our Canada Day celebrations such a success. This is an enormous undertaking and without your generous support, hard work and dedication, these festivities would not be happening. We also acknowledge those who took the time to decorate and enter a float into our parade which continues to be the largest in the region. A very big thank you to those who donated items to our silent auction, to those who purchased items, and to our sponsors Caisse Populaire Desjardins, Frank Carroll Financial, Art Fleming & Sons, Épicerie Dubeau, Pontiac Upholstering, Northfork Country Kitchen, Sullivan Homestead Lodging, M. Kidd & Sons, Labine Printers, and Heritage Canada. Your contributions are greatly appreciated.

We have scheduled a wrap up meeting at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, July 24th to discuss ways to improve our event. If you have a suggestion that would make next year’s Canada day even better, please join us, or send an email to us at jeaniegleason@gmail.com or jpmccann@rogers.com

Diocesan Pilgrimage: Tuesday, Aug. 28th to Thursday, Aug.30th. Cost: (includes bus, room,2 continental breakfasts) Alone in a room $460, 2 per room $285, 3 per room $235 4 per room $205. For more information or to register: Web: paroissestpierre.com Email: paroissestpierrefc@gmail.com, padrereal2002@yahoo.ca 819-683-2056. Complete payment due July 25th payable by cash, credit card, or cheque Paroisse St. Pierre (Fort-Coulonge QC).

ROY’S ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT: The golf tournament will be held on Friday, August 3rd at the Island Brae Golf Course and Club de Golf Pontefract. Proceeds are going to the Pontiac West Fire Department and the Meilleur Residence. Entry Fees are $60 for Golf, Supper & Prizes, Golf only $40 and Supper only $30. Supper will be served at 6:00 p.m. at the Sheenboro Parish Hall. (Salad, Steak, Baked Potato and Dessert). Register in Advance at George’s Bar 819-689-2715. Book your cart in advance.

Turkey Supper: St. Hedwig Parish, Barry’s Bay is serving a turkey supper on Sunday, August 19th from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (see poster on bulletin board for more details).

CHAPEAU GALLERY NEWS: Summer Hours – Tuesday to Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 pm. Come visit the Gallery, featuring an Art Exhibition, Market, History Books of Allumette Island, Indigenous, Exhibition, Gift Shop, museum (1850s Parlour and Bishop’s Room), Doll Collection, Vintage Clothing Boutique and Bridal Salon. The next bake, book sale will be on Saturday & Sunday August 4th & 5th. Each week, new items are added to the Garage Sale. ‘Someone’s throw away is someone’s treasure’. Thank you for your support!

 FEATURE ARTISTS/ARTISANS – Margaret Lynch-Beauchamp of Ottawa/Allumette Island. Margaret describes her art as the way she sees the sacred in ordinary things. Fruit, flowers and landscapes speak soulfully and joyfully and joyfully through her artwork.   Painting is Margaret’s form of meditation. Margaret will be available Sunday, July 29th at 1:30 to showcase her artwork.

PILGRIMAGE TO SHRINE OF ST. ANN IN CORMAC: Plan to attend the 80th Annual pilgrimage to the Shrine of St. Ann in Cormac on Sunday, July 29th, with Bishop Mulhall and Father Denis Lemieux. The theme of the Pilgrimage will be “The Way of the Listening Heart”. The principal Pilgrimage Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. with Bishop Michael Mulhall presiding, and a Mass of healing will be celebrated at 2:00 p.m. Local priests will be assisting with the blessing with St. Ann’s oil. A section of preferential seating in the shade will be given to those with lawn chairs. Religious articles, St. Ann’s Mass League memberships, and food and refreshments will be available. Everyone Welcome! For further information, please see: www.cormacpilgrimage.com.

Pembroke Council 1531 will sponsor a bus to the annual pilgrimage to St Anne’s Church, Cormac on July, 29. Pickups will be at Holy Name Church at 9 a.m. and St. Columbkille’s Cathedral at 9:15 a.m. The bus returns after the healing mass.

STONE FENCE THEATRE COMES TO SHEENBORO: The Old Fort William Cottagers’ Association (OFWCA) hosts Stone Fence Theatre’s musical production “I Come from the Valley! Tales and Times of Joan Finnigan” at Sheenboro Parish Hall, Saturday, August 11, 2018, 7:30 pm.   The hall and bar open at 6:30 pm. St. Paul the Hermit Parish will host the bar and keep the proceeds. Tickets are $28 per person and the price includes dessert and tea/coffee at the intermission.   We will again seek pie donations from our talented bakers of Fort William and Sheenboro! If you wish to make a donation of a pie, dessert or squares, please contact Chris Graham at don.graham2@icloud.com. At past theatre events, our bakers wowed everyone with their delicious pies, we hope that you do again! You may purchase a ticket from Chris Graham, Janet Retty, Chris Cavan, Diane Lacourse and Joann McCann.

 ST. THERESA’S -FORT WILLIAM: Will be having a mass on Sunday August 19th at 11:00 a.m. with Bishop Michael Mulhall the intentions of this mass will be for all deceased cottage families of Fort William.

Notes from Fr. Tim:
1)’Come away to a quiet place’. This line from this weekend’s gospel inspired me years ago to name my cottage, “A Quiet Place’. Alas, given the renovations that have been ongoing there, it’s been anything but quiet so far this summer. Happily, those renovations are soon coming to a completion. But now I face the task of transporting a number of furniture items and a gazebo that have been stored in the garage in St. Joseph’s to the cottage to make the place ready before I host some summer visitors (brother priests) at various times during the month of August and I am turning to you for some help. If you have some free time this week and are handy with a wrench and screwdriver, would you consider helping me to get set up and ready to move there for the start of August? Please let me know if you are able and willing to help. I am very limited in what I can do, but I can ensure that at least there will be some ‘libations’ available to quench any thirst that might occur for those who can volunteer some time to help me out. Thank you for considering this personal request.

2) The annual Parish Draw tickets for St. Alphonsus will be available beginning this week. Once again the prizes are a homemade quilt and various cash prizes. This is an important component of the revenues we generate as part of our Parish Supper so we ask that each family either sell or purchase 10 books. Thank you for your continued assistance in this annual fundraising effort.

R.I.P. Beatrice Battis (nee Conroy)

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Bea Battis

Passed away peacefully on July 12, 2018, in Manoir Sacre-Coeur, Mansfield, Quebec at the age of 91 years.  Predeceased by first husband Maurice Allard and by second husband Harry Battis and son Ronnie as well as brothers Michael (late Mona) and Bernard (late Theresa).  Beloved mother of Richard (Regina Ricci) and Janice (Rene Leblanc) and Debbie (Anthony Romano).  Cherished Nanny of grandchildren David, Emily, Danielle, Jordan, Mark, and Chase and great-grandchildren Casey, Quinn, Grayson, Wyatt, Levi, Aria, Eva and Charlotte.  Beloved sister of Gordon (Toni), Kenneth (late May), Francis (late Lois), Joan (Henry Sallafranque), Marilyn and Norma (John Duggan).  The family wishes to express its gratitude to the staff at Manoir Sacre-Coeur for their compassionate care and kindness to “Miss Bea” as well as to her family.

Friends may call at Hayes Funeral Home, 56 St. Jacques Street, Chapeau, Quebec on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. and on Wednesday from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.  Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, July 18, 2018, at 11 a.m. in St. Alphonsus Church, Chapeau, Quebec.  In lieu of flowers, donations to the Fondation Manoir Sacre-Coeur, Heart and Stroke Foundation or Alzheimer’s Society would be appreciated.

“I Come from the Valley!” hits the stage 

A review of the upcoming play in Sheenboro on August 11, sponsored by the Fort William Cottagers Association with bar profits going to St. Paul the Hermit Parish. Check out the parish bulletin for info on how to obtain a ticket(s). Don’t delay as seating is limited in the Parish Hall and tickets will sell out fast!

 

 

Source: “I Come from the Valley!” hits the stage | Pembroke Daily Observer

Parish Bulletin – 15 Sunday in Ordinary Time – 15 July 2018

Masses and Celebrations for the Week

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

Chapeau

  For the deceased members of the Drapeau Family

By: Gene, Eddie & Family

Wednesday 11:00 AM

Chapeau

  Funeral Mass for Beatrice Battis
Thursday 10:00 AM

St. Joseph

  Herman Morin

By: Sharon Gribbon

Friday 10:00 AM

St. Joseph

  Sherry-Lee Maria Fleury

By: Genevieve Bresseau

Saturday 5:00 PM

Sheenboro

  Missa Pro Populo
Sunday 9:00 AM

St. Joseph

  For Special intentions of Merrill & Patsy Allard

By: The Family

Lester Gaudette

By: Helen & Sharon Fitzpatrick

Sunday 10:30 AM

Chapeau

  Edgar & Anita Gaudette & Deceased Relatives

By: The Family

Linus Coghlan

By: Janie, Patsy & Francis

Parish Lectors Communion
Sheenboro Patty Hansen Jerry Muldoon
St. Joseph Sam McGuire Paul Morris
Chapeau Marlene Adam Gail, Meril

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

Parish Sunday Collection             Counter
Sheen $1005.00  
St. Joseph $1201.00 Sharon Gribbon, Monday July 23rd
Chapeau $1397.00 Susanne Lapierre, Monday July 16th

THANK YOU: The family of the late Miles Venasse wish to thank everyone who offered their sympathy or gave donations and brought food to the house during our time of sorrow. Thank you also to our family and George and Erla Picard for providing the lunch venue; Fr. Tim Moyle for his kind words at the funeral and St. Paul the Hermit Church choir. Also thanks to the nursing staff at the CLSC in Fort Coulonge for their assistance and to Hayes Funeral Home for their professional services.

ROY’S ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT: The golf tournament will be held on Friday, August 3rd at the Island Brae Golf Course and Club de Golf Pontefract. Proceeds are going to the Pontiac Ouest Fire Department and the Meilleur Residence. Entry Fees are $60 for Golf, Supper & Prizes, Golf only $40 and Supper only $30. Supper will be served at 6:00 p.m. at the Sheenboro Parish Hall. (Salad, Steak, Baked Potato and Dessert). Register in Advance at George’s Bar 819-689-2715. Book your cart in advance.

CHAPEAU GALLERY NEWS: Summer Hours – Tuesday to Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 pm. Come visit the Gallery, featuring an Art Exhibition, Market, History Books of Allumette Island, Indigenous, Exhibition, Gift Shop, museum (1850s Parlour and Bishop’s Room), Doll Collection, Vintage Clothing Boutique and Bridal Salon. The next bake, book sale will be on Saturday & Sunday August 4th & 5th. Each week, new items are added to the Garage Sale. ‘Someone’s throw away is someone’s treasure’. Thank you for your support!

 FEATURE ARTISTS/ARTISANS Nancy Nighbor of Pembroke: Nancy’s creation of drawings in pen and ink prints of landmarked sites in the area (Fred’s, Keon’s, St. Alphonsus church, Fort William etc.). Nancy will be available to demonstrate a pen and ink drawing of a landmark site on Sunday, July 22nd at 2 p.m.

CHAPEAU REGIONALE GALLERIE: 2 p.m. tea and social hour on Tuesdays. All are welcome, bring a friend. For more info. Call Donna 689-5344, Peggy 689-5141 or Bernie 689-5223. (Coffee doesn’t go over well in the heat)

PILGRIMAGE TO SHRINE OF ST. ANN IN CORMAC: Plan to attend the 80th Annual pilgrimage to the Shrine of St. Ann in Cormac on Sunday, July 29th, with Bishop Mulhall and Father Denis Lemieux. The theme of the Pilgrimage will be “The Way of the Listening Heart”. The principal Pilgrimage Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. with Bishop Michael Mulhall presiding, and a Mass of healing will be celebrated at 2:00 p.m. Local priests will be assisting with the blessing with St. Ann’s oil. A section of preferential seating in the shade will be given to those with lawn chairs. Religious articles, St. Ann’s Mass League memberships, and food and refreshments will be available. Everyone Welcome! For further information, please see: www.cormacpilgrimage.com.

Pembroke Council 1531 will sponsor a bus to the annual pilgrimage to St Anne’s Church, Cormac on July, 29. Pickups will be at Holy Name Church at 9 a.m. and St. Columbkille’s Cathedral at 9:15 a.m. The bus returns after the healing mass.

STONE FENCE THEATRE COMES TO SHEENBORO: The Old Fort William Cottagers’ Association (OFWCA) hosts Stone Fence Theatre’s musical production “I Come from the Valley! Tales and Times of Joan Finnigan” at Sheenboro Parish Hall, Saturday, August 11, 2018, 7:30 pm.   The hall and bar open at 6:30 pm. St. Paul the Hermit Parish will host the bar and keep the proceeds. Tickets are $28 per person and the price includes dessert and tea/coffee at the intermission.   We will again seek pie donations from our talented bakers of Fort William and Sheenboro! If you wish to make a donation of a pie, dessert or squares, please contact Chris Graham at don.graham2@icloud.com. At past theatre events, our bakers wowed everyone with their delicious pies, we hope that you do again! You may purchase a ticket from Chris Graham, Janet Retty, Chris Cavan, Diane Lacourse and Joann McCann.

 ST. THERESA’S -FORT WILLIAM: Will be having a mass on Sunday August 19th at 11:00 a.m. with Bishop Michael Mulhall the intentions of this mass will be for all deceased cottage families of Fort William. Marlyne Turner, Sherry, Richard and the Venasse Family

SAVE THE DATE: This year’s ‘Islandfest’ will be taking place on August 24th and 25th in the village of Chapeau. Games, activities, live music and much more! We hope to see you there. If you wish to volunteer, please contact the Municipal Office at 819-689-2266.

 PPJ CYCLOPARK 2018 JAMBOREE JULY 27-29TH: FREE! Ride the entire trail over 3 days and discover all the PPJ has to offer. Start in Shawville and ride all the way to L’Isle-aux-Allumettes, or join in along the way and ride a shorter distance. Accommodations and dining available for purchase along the trail. More information: Facebook.com/lesamiescycloparcppj, or call/text Tiziana at 418-271-9204, or email jamboreeppjcycloparc@gmail.com, or at jamboreeppj.com

Notes from Fr. Tim:
1) Please pray for the repose of soul for Mrs. Beatrice (Bea) Battis (nee Conroy) who passed away at the nursing home in Fort Coulonge on Thursday. The arrangements for her funeral have yet to be finalized but will be posted on the parish website (uppontiacparishes.wordpress.com) once they are made.

2) Congratulations to Fiona Brennan, infant daughter of Jessica Kelly and Richard Brennan who was baptized in St. Joseph Church last Sunday. May she live a long life of faith and joy.

3) The financial statement of our revenues and expenses are available in each of the churches this weekend. A copy will be posted on the bulletin board at the entrances and others available for you to take one home. You will note that all the parishes are running a deficit at this point in the year. This is because: a) repairs that have been done to the rectory and churches, and b) the high oil bills that came from the endless winter of 2017-18. It isn’t a great concern though since we traditionally receive more revenue and fewer expenses in the 2nd half of each year. We were in a similar state at this point last year as well and yet each of the parishes ended the year in good shape. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to speak to me about them. If I don’t have the answer right away, I will research it and reply asap. I thank everyone very much for your generous financial support of each of the parishes.

4) The annual Parish Draw tickets for St. Alphonsus will be available beginning this week. Once again the prizes are a homemade quilt and various cash prizes. This is an important component of the revenues we generate as part of our Parish Supper so we ask that each family either sell or purchase 10 books. Thank you for your continued assistance in this annual fundraising effort.

5) Once again this weekend there will be strawberries for sale on the grounds of the Chapeau Gallery after the 10:30 am Mass with the proceeds going to support our Peruvian carpenter’s school project. Don’t be tardy in getting to the tent if you want to make a purchase as last week all the strawberries sold out very quickly!

6) Jesus sends out his disciples to spread the good news of the Kingdom in today’s gospel passage. If we want to be considered among his followers (and thus inherit the promised eternal life he offers) he expects us to do the same. So what have you done this week to accomplish that same end?