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Parish Bulletin – 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time – July 23, 2017

Masses and Celebrations for the Week

Day Time and Place Celebration Intention
Monday     No Mass
Tuesday

 

10:00 AM

Chapeau

  Sharon Sullivan

By:   St. Alphonsus CWL

Wednesday 10:00 AM

Chapeau

  In Thanksgiving for favour received

By: A Parishioner

Thursday 10:00 AM

St. Joseph

  For the intentions of Fr. Mc Crea

By: Maria DeSouza

Friday 10:00 AM

St. Joseph

  Lucy Sullivan

By: Terry, Sheila & Paul Morris

Saturday 5:00 PM

Sheenboro

  Donald Retty

By: Raymond Morris

Alvin Smith

By: Shelley Smith

Sunday 9:00 AM

St. Joseph

  Missa Pro Populo
Sunday 10:30 AM

Chapeau

  Frank, Lillian, Francis & Jacqueline Lepine

By: Alvin Lepine

Mr. Alphire & Zita Demers

By: Daughter Madeleine & Aurel Chaput

 

Parish Lectors Communion
Sheenboro Karen Shea Mary Edwards
St. Joseph Sharon Fitzpatrick Rita Keogh
Chapeau Lise Mainville André, Janie

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK Viola Fleury, Cindy Chevalier, Joanne Souliere, J.P. Lariviere, Judy Bechamp, Lauretta Reid, Ashton Godin, Ida-Mae Turner, Kerry Kelly, Paul Dennie, Judy Sullivan and Norma Ranger.

Parish Collection Counter (Monday’s at 9:00 a.m.)
Sheen $910.00  
St. Joseph $1,340.00 Sharon Fitzpatrick, Monday, July 31st
Chapeau $1,630.00 Donna Gagnon, Monday, July 24th

MARRIAGE BANNS: There is a promise of marriage between Matthew Karl Juliusson son of Stefan Tait and Christina Juluisson-Morse and Marie Louise Lair daughter of Pierre Lair and Edith Adam. The wedding will be celebrated at 3:00 PM on Saturday, August 12, 2017 at St. Alphonsus Church.

REMINDER PARENTS – UPPER PONTIAC SUMMER DAY CAMP IS NOW OPENED AND RUNNING UNTIL AUGUST 25TH. If your child is not registered for the summer and you would like to drop them off for a day here and there.   You can do so at a cost of $10 per day. This Camp is for children ages 4-12 years old. Hours are Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.   Sponsored by Chapeau R.A.

On the occasion of the 150th Anniversary of Canada, there is a one-day bus trip to Ottawa on September 6th for $139 per person. Twenty dollars is required now to reserve your seat. Call Mariette Gaudette at 819-689-2544 for more information.

ROY’S ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT: Friday, August 4th at Island Brae Golf Course & Club de Golf Pontefract. Proceeds to the Pontiac West Fire Services and Residence Meilleur. Entry Fee $60 includes (golf, supper, prizes) Golf only $40 Supper only $30. Supper served at Sheenboro Parish Hall 6 pm (salad, steak, baked potato, dessert) Register in advance at George’s bar 819-689-2715   Book your carts in advance!!

WALK THE OPEONGO LINE – JULY 2730: A walking pilgrimage to celebrate the annual pilgrimage to St. Anne’s, Cormac. For more information and to register go to walktheopeongoline.com or contact Fr. Scott Murray -s.josephmurray@gmail.com or 613 735-6392.

Chapeau Gallery News: The Gallery is open for the summer – Friday, Saturday and Sundays – 11:00 am – 3:00 pm.  Come visit the artists and artisans new creations.  Featuring- paintings, pen and ink prints of landmarked sites, folk art, fused glass, hand painting and etched glass, homemade bath products, jewelry, designer doll clothes, herbs, spices, unpasteurized honey, maple syrup, knitting, crocheting, and much more.  Feature Artist – Patsy Allard of Allumette Island – Paints in acrylic, knits, crochets and sews baby clothes, quilts, hats, mittens, and scarves, etc. Each week, new items are added to the Garage Sale.  ‘Someone’s throw away – someone’s treasure’.

Next Bake Sale – Sunday, August 6th after mass.  Thank you for your support.

July 30th – Sheri Leadston of Cornwall – Proud owner of the Little Cottage Soap Shop.  She makes luxurious bath products using all natural ingredients.

PARISH SUPPER-ST. JOHN THE EVANGELIST PARISH- CAMPBELL’S BAY, QC: On Sunday, September 10, 2017, from 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm at the Parish Centre. The menu is Turkey, Ham, and trimmings- Homemade pies. Adults $15, Children 12 & Under: $6, Toddlers Free. Welcome to all! Fr. Ghislain & Parishioners.

OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED EVERY FRIDAY FOR THE SUMMER MONTHS.

Public Consultation: Meeting will be held to discuss the Future plans for a Waterfront Trail & Park in Chichester Village on Tuesday, July 25th, 2017 at 7 p.m. at the Chichester Fire hall. All residents are encouraged to attend.

Knights of Columbus in Pembroke will sponsor a bus for people wishing to attend the annual pilgrimage to the shrine at Cormac on July 30.  The bus will pick up pilgrims at Holy Name Church at 8:45; St. Jean Baptiste at 8:55; St. Columbkille’s Cathedral at 9:05 and Our Lady of Lourdes at 9:15. The bus will leave Cormac shortly after the 11 a.m. mass.

A visiting Priest was attending a breakfast in Ohio Farm County.  He asked one of the impressive older farmers in attendance to say grace that morning.  After all were seated, the older farmer began: Lord, I hate buttermilk. The Priest opened one eye and wondered to himself where this was going. Then the farmer loudly proclaimed, Lord, I hate lard. Now the Priest was overly worried.  However, without missing a beat, the farmer prayed on, And Lord, you know I don’t care much for raw white flour. Just as the Priest was ready to stand and stop everything, the farmer continued, But Lord, when you mix them ’em all together and bake ’em up, I do love fresh biscuits.  So Lord, when things come up we do not like, when life gets hard, when we just do not understand what you are sayin’ to us, we just need to relax and wait till You are done mixing, and probably it will be somethin’ even better than biscuits.  Amen.

Notes from Fr. Tim
1) Congratulations to Cody Carroll and Andrea England who were married last weekend in Chapeau. Please pray that they have a long and happy life together!

2) We are starting to move into a summer vacation schedule in August. This will mean that there will be no weekday Masses during the entire month and the office will be closed every Friday. We appreciate your understanding in allowing both Pauline and myself a much-needed summer vacation.

3) The tickets are available for the Chapeau Parish Supper beginning this weekend. We are counting on every family selling or purchasing at least 10 books of tickets. The prizes this year begin with a handmade quilt followed by a number of substantial cash prizes. Please help make this project a financial success. We need the funds!!

4) Our prayers and condolences to the families of Marian McGuire-Rochon and Rene Picotte whose funerals were celebrated this past week. May God bring them peace in their time of bereavement.

5) Some folks have said that they find it hard to believe that what I have said is happening in the Pontiac Hospital is true. I don’t blame them given how horrific the situation is. But here is a quote taken from the email I received from this second case to prove my point:  “I too was struggling with this same issue at the Shawville Hospital for an elderly relative who also had a bladder infection. By the time I realized that when the doctor said she would keep him comfortable she meant pain medication and had no intention of giving an antibiotic for a bladder infection, I argued for treatment. She told me, in front of him, he was going to die…and die soon. I told this doctor and her replacement on hospital rotation that it was his decision and mine as POA (to be treated).They both said no that it was up to the doctor to decide in their opinion the best course of action or apparently if you are over 80, inaction.”

Happily, this case eventually had a positive outcome as she was able to find a doctor who prescribed the necessary antibiotics to treat the infection. “He has (now) been able to resume bladder function and is walking again with assistance. 

 

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Parish Bulletin – Sunday February 26, 2017 – 8th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Masses and Celebrations for the Week

Day Time and Place Celebration Intention
Monday     No Mass
Tuesday

 

10:00 AM

St. Joseph

  Doreen Dubeau

By:   Verna & Pat Mercier

Wednesday

 

9:00 AM

Sheenboro

 Ash Wednesday Claire Gleason

By: Betty Morris

Wednesday 11:00 AM

Chapeau

 Ash Wednesday Pat Ranger

Bobby & Viola Romain

Wednesday 7:00 PM

St. Joseph

 Ash Wednesday Reggie Chaput

By: Peggy Nadeau

Thursday 10:00 AM

St. Joseph

  For the intentions of Fr. MacRae

By: Maria DeSouza

Friday 10:00 AM

St. Joseph

  For Special intention of Michelle Jennings & Jean-Paul Lariviere

By: Gerard & Gilles Audet

Saturday 5:00 PM

Sheenboro

1st Sunday in Lent Ken, Noella & Alvin Smith

By: Merle & Carla Smith & Family

Sunday 9:00 AM

St. Joseph

 1st Sunday in Lent Jean Caughey

By: Maureen & Helen Morris

Sunday 10:30 AM

Chapeau

Ist Sunday in Lent Missa Pro Populo
Parish Lectors Communion
Sheenboro Patty Hansen Mary Edwards
St. Joseph Sam McGuire Rita Keogh
Chapeau Janie Carroll Janie, Bernie

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK: Joanne Souliere, J.P. Lariviere, Judy Bechamp, Andrew Bechamp, Billy Brennan, Lauretta Reid, Donald Retty, Ashton Godin, Ida-Mae Turner, Herman Morin, Kerry Kelly, Paul Dennie, Judy Sullivan, Teresa Gaston, Norma Ranger.

Parish Collection Counter
Sheen $1,385.00  
St. Joseph $1,599.00  
Chapeau $1,575.00 Donna Gagnon, Monday, March 5th

 2017 BOXES OF ENVELOPES:    are now available in the churches for pick up. If you are new to the Parish or if your name is not on any of the boxes, please feel free to take a blank box and put your name and address on your first couple of envelopes so we can enter it into the system. Thank you so much.

ST. PATRICK’S DANCE –SHEENBORO: will be held on Saturday, March 11th, 2017 at the Sheenboro Hall, from 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. Music by Small Town sound and a light Lunch will be served. Tickets are $10 person. Profits for St. Paul the Hermit Parish. Come on out and have a great time in Sheen!

The Office of Faith Formation of the Diocese of Pembroke invites you to join them for an Informative Session on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide with Father Ryan Holly and Deacon Adrien Chaput. “Say No to Euthanasia” will be held on Tuesday, February 28th, 529 Baume Street, Fort-Coulonge, QC For more information please contact Deacon Adrien Chaput at 613-732-7933 ext. 206 or at dcadrienchaput@pembrokediocese.com.

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS: The annual Shrove Tuesday pancake supper, sponsored by Bishop N.Z. Lorrain council of the Knights of Columbus, will be held on Tuesday, Feb 28 in the Knights of Columbus Hall, Ellis Avenue, Pembroke. It starts at 5 p.m.

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS: The annual Irish Play, sponsored by the Columbus Drama Club, will be held March 12 (1:30 p.m.) and March 15, 16 and 17 (all at 7:30 p.m.) in the Knights of Columbus Hall, Ellis Avenue, Pembroke. Tickets are available at all three Mulvihill Pharmacy locations, CNIB Corner Store at WalMart, and O’Grady’s Flowers and Gifts in Eganville. Cost is $15 in advance and $18 at the door.

 CHILDREN’S CATECHISM CLASS: The next Catechism class will take place on Sunday, March 5th at 9:15 a.m. Dr. Wilbert Keon School.

HELPING HANDS CRAFT SHOW: will be held on Saturday, March 11th at Harrington Community Centre from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. All proceeds raised at this Event, will be donated to the Robbie Dean Family Counselling Centre.

COLLECTION COUNTERS: Looking for a few more volunteer counters from each Parish for Monday’s from 9:00 a.m. to 1030 a.m.. If interested please contact the office to give your name 819-689-5232. Thank you.

Upper Pontiac March Break Day Camp sponsored by the Chapeau R.A: What: Days of activities: swimming Monday(Pembroke)skating, bowling, outdoor activities, movie, cooking workshop, and a visit to the sugar bush (Fort-Coulonge),snowshoeing Who: Children 4 to 12 years Where: Harrington Community Centre When: February 27-28, March 1-3 from 7:00am to 4:30pm Cost: $10.00/day first child , 5$/day second child, third child free (Only children registered by February 22th will be accepted) What to bring: Skates, helmet, warm clothes, healthy lunch, healthy lunch, snacks and healthy drinks, bathing suit, towel)We will be accepting a maximum of 30 children. It is a first come, first serve.

To register call Mariette at 819-689-2448, please leave a message and I will call you back or by e-mail at francosucre77@hotmail.com . Please present this registration form on the first day of camp. Fees required on first day of camp.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS MARCH 26, 2017

ST. ALPHONSUS FUNDRAISER – SPRING CONCERT AND DINNER 

–     Reserve your ticket(s) – $20 – Dinner and Concert

–     $10 Concert only. 

Limited 200 dinner tickets.  Also, planning a Silent Auction – If you are interested in donating a prize or to purchase ticket(s), please contact Gene O’Brien at 819-689-2410 and Helen Davis 819-689-5271.  COME AND SUPPORT YOUR CHURCH!

CHAPEAU DISTRICT LION’S CLUB:  will be having a Pancake breakfast this Sunday, February 26th from 8 to 12.

ST. ALPHONSUS C.W.L: will meet at Harrington Community Centre on Tuesday, March 7 at 1:30 p.m. Everyone welcome.

Thank you to all those members who have paid their membership fees ($20.00). Anyone who intends to pay their fees and hasn’t already done so, we’d appreciate receiving them ASAP.

Notes from Fr. Tim
1) Thank you to everyone who participated in the parish meeting in Sheenboro last Saturday after mass. Among the lessons I learned was that I was mistaken in my belief that St. Paul the Hermit only paid 10% of staff salaries. The correct number was 25%. This fact was announced at each of the other masses last weekend. I look forward to working with the parishioners of all three parishes as we work towards the goal of increasing revenues across the board. Please remember these two basic facts: 1) all three churches need to increase their revenues, and 2) if everyone currently contributing would put at least $20 a week in the collection basket, we would have more than enough to pay all our regular expenses.

2) The date for Confirmation has been set. It will be celebrated in Chapeau on June 11, 2017 at the 10:30 am mass.

3) The date for this year’s First Communion Sunday is May 28, 2017. First Confessions will be heard at 11 am in Chapeau the day before (May 27th).

4) Our bible study group continues on Thursday evenings at 7 pm. in the St. Joseph’s rectory. Since our group continues to grow we will soon be moving our meetings into the Sacristy, hopefully by the end of March.

5) Work is continuing on the side entrance project in Chapeau. This coming week should see the start of the drywall installation. We also received some great news from our Federal M.P. (Will Amos). Watch for more details in the coming weeks. Once the work is finally completed, our office hours will be as follows:

Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday (9 am to 4 pm) in Chapeau;

Thursday (9 am to 4 pm) and Friday (9 am to 3 pm) in St. Joseph’s.

Appointments with me can be arranged outside of office hours in either place.

6) Don’t forget that Lent begins this week with the celebrations of Ash Wednesday in each of our three churches. The schedule is posted on the page opposite. This is a day of fast and abstinence for Catholics between the ages of 8 and 65 years old.

Parish Bulletin -3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time – January 22, 2017

Masses and Celebrations for the Week

Day Time and Place Celebration Intention
Monday 11:00 AM

Sheenboro

  Funeral Mass for Lucy Sullivan
Tuesday

 

10:00 AM

St. Joseph

  Margaret Duquette

By:   Anna Mary and Don Grattan

Wednesday

 

10:00 AM

St. Joseph

  For the intentions of Fr. MacRae

By: Maria DeSouza

Thursday 10:00 AM

St. Joseph

  For Special Intentions

By: A Parishioner

Friday 10:00 AM

St. Joseph

  Reginald & Dora Cahill

By: The Cahill Family

Saturday 5:00 PM

Sheenboro

  Missa Pro Populo
Sunday 9:00 AM

St. Joseph

  Lawrence Chaput

By: Euchre Friends Centre – Lajoie

Sunday 10:30 AM

Chapeau

  Dillon Godin

By: Betty & Family

Jackie & Francis Lepine

By: Pauline & Family

 

Parish Lectors Communion
Sheenboro Francis Downey Peter Gleason
St. Joseph Frank Trezbiatowski Paul Morris
Chapeau Monique Fleury Mariette, Peter

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK: Lauretta Reid, Donald Retty, Ashton Godin, Ida-Mae Turner, Shane Sullivan, Herman Morin, Kerry Kelly, Paul Dennie, Judy Sullivan, Teresa Gaston, Norma Ranger, Genevieve Bresseau.

Parish Collection Counter
Sheen $600.00 Monday, January 23rd, Janet Retty
St. Joseph $1,265.00 Monday, January 30th, Laetita Tardiff Peacock
Chapeau $1,610.00  

 2017 BOXES OF ENVELOPES:    are now available in the churches for pick up. If you are new to the Parish or if your name is not on any of the boxes, please feel free to take a blank box and put your name and address on your first couple of envelopes so we can enter it into the system. Thank you so much.

LION’S CLUB PANCAKE BREAKFAST: will be held on Sunday, January 29th from 8 am to 12 pm.

ST. ALPHONSUS C.W.L: Thank you to all who attended and/or supported our card party for Jésus (our Peruvian child) last Sunday. These donations will help with his education and he and his family are very grateful.

CWL MEMBERSHIP FEES ($20.00) will be due early in the New Year. Kindly use the envelope in your box or a regular one marked “CWL FEES” with your name on it. It can be put in the collection basket or given to a member.

YOGA WITH JASON: Yoga sessions have restarted again on Thursday, January 19th from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM at the St. Joseph’s Senior Hall. A six week session costs $65. Drop in Cost $12. Everyone is welcome! Please bring your mat.

CHILDREN’S CATECHISM CLASS: The next Catechism class will take place on Sunday, February 5th at 9:15 a.m. Dr. Wilbert Keon School.

TUESDAY SOCIAL CLUB: at 12:30 pm and go until 3:00 pm. Welcome everyone! Come and see our flying fingers in action knitting & crochet lessons available. Thank you for the milk bags. Keep them coming. We also welcome donations of yarn. For more information call Angie 689-2486, Sharon 689-2907, and Bernie 689-5223.   Thank you!

 There will be a SURPRISE 98TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION for Gordon McCrea at the Pinewood Retirement Residence this Sunday, January 22nd from 2 pm until 4 pm. Everyone Welcome! Best Wishes only!

UPPER PONTIAC SPORTS COMPLEX: We would like to thank all of our sponsors for the month of December. A big thanks to Derek Fleming, Dubeau’s Grocery, L’Ancienne Banque and SRB technologies. If you would like to sponsor a Friday night skating please contact Dave Vaillancourt at (613) 401-6953.

The Office of Faith Formation of the Diocese of Pembroke invites you to join them for an Informative Session on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide with Father Ryan Holly and Deacon Adrien Chaput. “Say No to Euthanasia” will be held on Monday, January 30, 2017 at St. Columbkille’s Cathedral Parish Hall 188 Renfrew Street, Pembroke, and on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at St. Francis Xavier Parish Hall 331 Plaunt Street, Renfrew. For more information please contact Deacon Adrien Chaput at 613-732-7933 ext. 206 or at dcadrienchaput@pembrokediocese.com.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: This year, St-Jean-Baptiste Parish, Pembroke, will welcome the Christian community (Catholic and Protestant, anglophone and francophone) of the region to celebrate the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. There will be a potluck supper in the parish hall at St-Jean-Baptiste at 5:00 p.m. on January 22, followed by a Liturgy of the Word (bilingual) at 6:30 p.m. Everyone welcome.

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS: Dr. Scott Murray of Pembroke will be featured speaker at the January 24 meeting of the Knights of Columbus in Pembroke. His topic will be prostate diseases of today.   The meeting is open to all members, their families and the community. It starts at 7 p.m. in the K of C Hall on Ellis Avenue.

ST. ALPHONSUS FUNDRAISER – SPRING CONCERT AND DINNER 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS MARCH 26, 2017

Reserve your ticket(s) – $20 – Dinner and Concert and–  $10 Concert only.  Limited to 200 dinner tickets.  Also, planning a Silent Auction – If you are interested in donating a prize or purchase ticket(s), please contact Gene O’Brien at 819-689-2410 and Helen Davis 819-689-5271.  COME AND SUPPORT YOUR CHURCH!

Notes from Fr. Tim
1) Our bible study class has completed our look at the Gospel of John. Now we’re going to start a trip through the Book of Revelations beginning on Thursday, February 16th. So if you’ve wanted to join in but didn’t want to arrive in the middle of something, now would be your chance. We meet at the Parish Rectory in St. Joseph’s from 7 – 8 pm. New members are always welcome.

2) Our sympathy once again goes out to the members of the Sullivan family. Eight days after the death of their father George, they are gathering together again in Sheenboro for the funeral of their mother, Lucy Sullivan. Please keep this family in your prayers during these very trying times.

3) I had a walk-through this week with the contractor responsible for the new Chapeau Church entrance and am pleased to report that we are making good progress. All of the interior framing etc. has been completed and this week will see the installation of the insulation and the start of plumbing. Hopefully, it won’t be too much longer before we get to celebrate the completion of this major project. Once it is finished, we will begin splitting our office hours between the two offices as follows: Monday (morning only), Tuesday and Wednesdays in Chapeau; Thursday, Friday, and evenings in St. Joseph’s. As parish priest, I will continue to live in the St. Joseph’s rectory.

4) NOTICE for the Confirmation students that meet with Fr. Tim. Because I will away on retreat at the start of February (Feb 3 – 11), our class is rescheduled to Sunday, February 19th following the 10:30 am. Chapeau mass. Please ensure that you have read the assigned chapters for that class!!

5) We will be distributing the 2016 Year-End Financial Statements in each of the parishes next weekend. To save on paper, we will leave a number in each church to be picked up as well as posting a copy of the bulletin boards. If you want your own copy and there are none left, please let me know and we will refresh the number of copies available each week until everyone is satisfied. I thank you for both your ongoing financial support and consideration.

 

Bishop Michael Mulhall’s letter on the subject of Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide

September 5, 2016

Bishop’s Message on the subject of Euthanasia

My dear faithful,

The events of the past year regarding euthanasia have been a very troubling experience. On June 17, 2016, Bill C-14 received royal assent, making euthanasia and assisted suicide legal in Canada. In supporting euthanasia, both private and institutional voices have neglected the intrinsic value of life and have undermined the fundamental value of individual freedom of conscience. The program of support for euthanasia has been marked by misrepresentation and manipulation, which in turn has created significant frustration for many people of good will.

Our country finds itself in a tragic position. This eventuality was not unforeseen. I wish to thank the many people who continue to work to protect life and who speak in favour of the sanctity of life. I wish to recognize many heroic people in the past, who prophetically observed the slippery slope down which our society was travelling. Their warnings, made in the midst of much ridicule, have been realized.

As Catholics, we believe firmly in the sanctity of life, a life created by God and a life that belongs to God. My life does not belong to me. I am challenged to act as a trustworthy steward of a life granted by God, a life given so that I may love both God and my brothers and sisters. Flowing from this truth is the sanctity of every life and the duty that neighbours, societies and governments play in protecting, nurturing, and caring for all life, especially the lives of the most vulnerable.

In the years ahead of us, the Church will respond to a new law regarding euthanasia by continuing to minister in the name of Jesus Christ to all people. The sacramental care of the sick and dying has always been and will continue to be one of the highest priorities of the Church’s mission. As always, these sacraments will be available to those baptized Catholics who are properly disposed to receive these gifts of God’s mercy. Circumstances arise in which Catholic priests are called upon to discern the disposition of those seeking the sacraments.

Though each individual situation needs careful discernment, it is very difficult to envision an instance where it would make sense to give the Sacrament of the Sick, for example, to a person who has made a firm decision to obtain an assisted death.

The Sacrament of the Sick, after all, is a sacrament of healing, both spiritual and, at times, physical. Euthanasia, by contrast, closes off the possibility of healing. The Church and its ministers wish always to be present with those who suffer in any manner, but the Church rejects the principle of euthanasia as incompatible and contrary to the gift of the sacraments.

The Diocese of Pembroke has been deeply blessed with the vocations of many people who serve in palliative care, both professionally and on a voluntary basis. I have been blessed to have seen the dedicated ministry of palliative care offered by our parishioners. Hospices provide indispensable care for those in various stages of dying. We should all cherish these institutions and the people who care for the sick and dying. As care is given to those who are dying, the sanctity of life is celebrated and made evident. God’s gift of life is loved and cherished. The mystery of God’s victory over death becomes a precious reality in the lives of those who face death. Family members enter into the same mystery in a manner touched by deep human communion. In this context, the full expression of the sacraments of the Church transform the lives of those involved.

To any of you who are tempted to accept the false promises of euthanasia, I ask you to resist the ever-present attraction of what might seem to be an easier road. May prayer and the support of others allow each of us to appreciate and resolve to live the example and the very life of Jesus. The narrow road is the way of Christ. The disciple of Christ accepts the cross, which is an unavoidable part of human life. The cross is the way that leads to resurrection, life eternal, and the joys of heaven. I am deeply thankful for the example of the Church as she has accompanied those sharing the cross of Christ. The Lord has provided for us the example of many parents, brothers and sisters, religious, deacons and priests who have cared for those who suffer and for those approaching death.

My dear people, let our care for each life, and especially may our care for the sick and dying be our greatest testimony against the evil of euthanasia.

+Michael Mulhall Bishop of Pembroke

Parish Bulletin – February 28, 2016 – 3rd Sunday of Lent

Masses and Celebrations for the Week

Day Time and Place Celebration Intention
Monday     No Mass
Tuesday

 

10:00 AM

Chapeau

  No Mass
Wednesday

 

10:00 AM

Chapeau

  Cyril, Pat & Brian Ranger

By: Lois Ranger & Family

Thursday 10:00 AM

St. Joseph

  Souls in Purgatory

By: A Parishioner

Friday 10:00 AM

St. Joseph

  Bud Culleton

By: Linus Sullivan

Saturday 5:00 PM

Sheenboro

4th Sunday of Lent Alvin & Earl Smith

By: Merle Smith & Family

Sunday 9:00 AM

St. Joseph

4th Sunday of Lent Doreen Dubeau

By: Shirley & Paul Morin

Sunday 10:30 AM

Chapeau

4th Sunday of Lent Missa Pro Populo

 

Parish Lectors Communion
Chapeau Nicole Bertrand Nicole, Meril
St. Joseph Denzil Spence Rita Keogh-Cortolezzis
Sheen Patty Hansen Doris Ranger

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK: Viola Fleury, Dean Fitzpatrick, Kerry Kelly, Alexis Lepine, Paul Dennie, Judy Sullivan, Teresa Gaston, Norma Ranger and Shirley Bissonnette.

Parish   Collection Counter
Sheen $620.00  
St. Joseph $1,378.00 Sharon Fitzpatrick, Monday, February 29th
Chapeau $1,377.00 Donna Gagnon, Monday March 7th

REMINDER: The box for used stamps is still at the back of the church. One thing to remember when cutting them please leave at least ½ inch of paper all around the stamps.

CHILDREN’S CATECHISM CLASS: The next catechism class will be held on March 7th at 9:15 a.m. at Dr. Wilbert Keon School.

 INCOME TAX RECEIPTS: Income Tax Receipts are available in the churches. If by any chance yours is not there please contact the office and let us know. Thank you!

Anyone intending to pay their CWL fees ($20.00) and hasn’t already done so, we would appreciate receiving them A.S.A.P. Thank you to those who already handed theirs in.

St. Alphonsus CWL will meet at Harrington Community Centre on Tuesday, March 1 at 1 p.m. All members are welcome!

St. Alphonsus C W L will sponsor a CARD PARTY on Sunday, March 6 at Harrington Community Centre. Registration at 12:30 and cards at 1:00 pm. Proceeds will go to the Coady Institute (St. Xavier’s University) which helps people worldwide to overcome poverty and build their own future. Light lunch will be served and everyone is welcome.

TUESDAY SOCIAL CLUB: We love to welcome new people to a pleasant afternoon (1-3 pm) of chatting, knitting, sewing, painting, book exchange, card playing, board games and anything that’s legal. Once in a while we have tea and cookies. See you there.  Angie at 819-689-2486.

ST. PATRICK’S DANCE: will be held in Sheenboro on Saturday March 5th, 2016 at Sheenboro Hall. Music will be provided by the Ramblin’ Valley Band from 9 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. A light lunch will be served. Cost is $10.00 per ticket. Everyone Welcome!

CHRISM MASS: all are invited to the Chrism Mass which will be celebrated at St. Columbkille Cathedral, Pembroke on Tuesday of Holy Week, March 22, 2016 at 10:30 a.m.

CHAPEAU R.A – MARCH BREAK DAY CAMP: The day camp will be held on March 1st & 2nd from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.   Children ages 4-12 (must be in school) & maximum for 40. For more information please call Holly Godin at 819-689-1039.

New beginnings for St Josephs’ Convent in Chapeau, Quebec: The Sisters of St Joseph in Canada (Pembroke Community) and Réjean Marion have been gathering Historical Memorabilia in memory of the Former Teachers College in Chapeau Quebec. This project will display the History of the Parish, Teachers College, Normalienne’s and of course the Sisters of St Joseph. Photos, copies of report cards, school books, copies of diplomas etc.… Some exhibits have been already completed, if you would like to share a scanned copy of photos and other above mentioned items relating to History of the College please contact us at Couvent100ruenotredamechapeau@hotmail.com  A Sincere Thank you to all.

The Upper Pontiac Sports Complex is open for public skating Wednesday and Friday evenings from 6:30 to 7:50 pm. The cost is $2 for adults and $1 for children, but free on Fridays when we have a sponsor. Please make an effort to thank and support our generous sponsors and if anyone would like to become a sponsor, call Mark Jennings at 819-689-1096. See you on the ice!

PILGRIMAGE TO POLAND: There will be a pilgrimage to Poland for the Jubilee of Mercy with Fr. Chris Shalla from October 17-29, 2016 (13 days), visiting Warsaw, Czestochowa, Krakow and Zakopane. The cost is $3999 per person (double occupancy). For further information and registration, contact Laurie Courchesne-Dooley at 613-732-5739.

Annual Irish Play sponsored by Council 1531 of the Knights of Columbus will be held Sunday, March 13 at 1:30 p.m. and March 15, 16 and 17 at 7:30 p.m.  All performances are at the KofC hall on Ellis Avenue in Pembroke. Tickets are available at all three Mulvihill Pharmacy locations, the CNIB Corner Store at Walmart and O’Grady’s Flowers and Gift Baskets in Eganville. Advance tickets are $12 and $15 at the door. The play is called Murder at the OK Corral.

DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY DEVOTION: Please join us as we celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday on April 3rd from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. at St. Columbkille Cathedral, 188 Renfrew St., Pembroke. The guest speaker will be Father Denis Lemieux of Madonna House. This will be a time with Our Lord with adoration, singing of hymns and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. Let us join together and pray for God’s mercy upon the whole world. For more information, contact Deacon Adrien Chaput at 613-732-7933 ext. 206 or dcadrienchaput@pembrokediocese.com.

OUR LADY SEAT OF WISDOM SPEAKER SERIES: Professor Randy Boyogoda will speak at St. Hedwig Parish Hall on Tuesday, March 1 at 7:30 p.m. on Fr. Richard John Neuhaus Vocation to Public Life. Reception will follow.

SISTERS OF ST. JOSEPH OF CANADA BURSARY: The Sisters of St. Joseph are offering a bursary to assist students whose lives, passion and zeal fit with their desire to assist appropriate candidates who lack adequate financial means for their education. Information and application forms may be accessed on their website at www.csjcanada.org by clicking on ‘About’ tab.

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS: The next regular meeting of Council 1531 of the Knights of Columbus will be held at the Knights of Columbus hall on Ellis Avenue, Pembroke on Tuesday, March 8th starting at7:30 p.m.

On Tuesday, March 22 Council 1531 of the Knights of Columbus will host a session with the St. Vincent de Paul Society. Representatives of the organization will be on hand to speak and explain the role it plays in the community. It will be held in the Knights of Columbus Hall starting at 7 p.m. and is open to all knights, their families, parishioners and the community at large.

Notes from Fr: Tim
1) God has revealed himself to us as the great god of I AM and he patiently waits for us to recognize him and invite him into our lives. But just like the fig tree in today’s gospel, our time to produce this act of faith is not without limits. Let us pray that we, as well as those we love, accept God into our hearts before it is too late.

2) Did you notice the Parliamentary committee advising the Federal Government on Euthanasia recommended that the ‘right’ to an assisted death should be extended to children and the mentally ill as well as those suffering from a terminal illness? So instead of reaching out with compassion, understanding, and treatment, the government is offering a quick exit from life. And this is supposed to be a good thing?

3) The Stations of the Cross move back to St. Joseph’s this coming Friday at 7 pm.

4) I need to be away from the parish on Monday and Tuesday to attend to some legal affairs I accepted as executor of a friend’s estate. I’ll be back in the saddle again by Wednesday morning. Thanks for your understanding.

Sean Murphy: Turning physicians into executioners | National Post

This is an excellent article by Sean Murphy on one of the consequences of the rush to legalize doctor-assisted suicide. Murphy argues that the proposed policy of the CMA will indeed force some physicians to kill their own patients even it doing so violates their own morals and beliefs. As he states: “a patient’s right to assisted dying becomes the physician’s obligation to take that patient’s life.”

Click on the link below to read the entire article.

Sean Murphy: Turning physicians into executioners | National Post.

Parish Bulletin: May 15, 2015 – Ascension Sunda

Masses and Celebrations for the Week

Day Time and Place Celebration Intention
Monday     No Mass
Tuesday

 

10:00 AM

Chapeau

  Albertine Gagnon

By: Harold & Marilyn Morris

Wednesday

 

10:00 AM

Chapeau

  Geneva Dunn

By: Ewana Leahy

Thursday 10:00 AM

St. Joseph

  William Ryan

By: Barbara & Laurie Thompson

Friday 10:00 AM

St. Joseph

  Leona Audet & Doreen Dubeau

By: Gerard & Gilles Audet

Saturday 5:00 PM

Sheenboro

  Matthew Mercier

By: Stephen Sallafranque, Dale & Isabelle

Grace Gleason

By: Claire Gleason & Family

Sunday 9:00 AM

St. Joseph

  Missa Pro Populo
Sunday 10:30 AM

Chapeau

  Rodney Fleury

By: Viola Fleury

T.J. & Frances Turner

By: Mary Frances Turner

Parish Lectors Communion
Chapeau Janie Carroll Janie, Peter
St. Joseph Eulalia Ryan Elaine McGuire
Sheenboro Nancy Gleason Peter Gleason

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK: Henri Beaulieu, Claire Gleason, Alexis Lepine, Alvin Lepine, Paul Dennie, Frances Giroux (St. Joseph) Chris Gardner, Teresa Gaston, Norma Ranger, Dick Cavey, Shirley Bissonnette, & John Lapierre.

Parish     Collection Counter
Sheen $985.00   Anita Sawyer (Monday, May 25th )
St. Joseph $1,301.00    
Chapeau $1,485.00   Mariette Sallafranque(Monday, May 18)

ALPHONSUS CWL~JUNE DINNER will be held on Tuesday, June 9th (7 p.m.) at Harrington Community Centre. Msgr. Douglas Bridge(50th ordination anniversary celebrant) will join us as guest speaker. Several members will be receiving special pins. Dinner will be catered by our soon-to-open L’Ancienne Banque. Tickets are $20.00 per person. Contact persons Gail (819-689-2883), Joan (819-689-2523), Janie (819-689-2736) before June 5th.

BANNS:   There is a promise of marriage between Kevin Fabian son of Robert Fabian and Lynn Fabian and Candice Plotz daughter of Peter Plotz and Teresa Plotz Lacourse. The wedding will be celebrated at 4:00 PM on May 23, 2015 at St. Alphonsus Church.

OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP PARISH SUPPER-BRAESIDE; Barbecued Chicken Supper on Sunday, May 24th, 2015 from 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Rainbow Draw ~50/50 Adults – $15.00, Children 12 and under – $5.00. Everyone Welcome!

Sheenboro Irish Heritage Festival, July 24-26, 2015, Advance Tickets Available
There will be a festival this summer and we promise a fun-filled weekend with good local music and dance, a tearoom and local arts and crafts. The festival kicks off on Friday night with local fiddlers, square dancing and musicians playing at the Hotel Pontiac. On Saturday, the festival runs in Sheenboro all day under a big tent with Dominic D’Arcy kicking off the event, Louis Schryer, Gail Gavan, the Ramblin Valley Band, Erin and Siobheann Leahy and many other talented musicians and dancers. There will be a Jam session from 6:00 to 7:30 pm under the tent and all musicians and dancers are welcome. The entertainment continues into the evening with the Ryan Bros. playing from 8 pm till midnight. On Sunday, the festival will end with a mass followed by a cold lunch in the hall.
We need your help as the past festival did contribute to the parish purchasing two new stoves for the hall and we made a significant contribution to the parish funds.   If everyone donates an hour to our festival, we will lighten the load on our small group of energetic volunteers.  To volunteer, please contact Lorna Agnesi, Volunteer Coordinator at 819-689-2317 or fiddle-fingers@hotmail.com.  Keep watching our Sheenboro Heritage Festival Facebook page for updates on performers and you can see the draw prizes there too.

For full day and evening admission, advance Tickets are $20 for adults and free to those under the age of 15 years old. At the gate, they are $25 so please contact any of the committee members to purchase advance tickets.

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS:   will be selling roses after the mass next Sunday, May 24th. Thank you!

TEACHER’S REUNION LUNCHEON: at Northfork on June 26th at 11:30. Please be advised that the cost is $35 for each graduate & $30 for each companion. Payment required by the end of May. For further info call or email Lorna Venasse Roel (819-689-2129) or Bernadette Matte Hendry 819-689-5223 (class of 53).

JOSEPH’S C.W.L: We are having our Father’s Day Brunch, Sunday June 21st 12:00 in St. Joseph’s Municipal Hall. Mass will be at 11:00 o’clock. Price $10 per adult. Children under ten $5. Thank you. We hope to see you there.

SUMMER JOB: The municipality of Sheenboro is looking for a student to work for the municipality during the summer. Under the supervision of the town foreman the student will work 35 hours a week at $10.55 per hour for 9 weeks. The job involves working weekends. All interested candidates please send your resume to the following address before June 1st 2015 for an interview. (Municipality of Sheenboro 59 Sheen Rd, Sheenboro, QC, J0X 2Z0).

PROCESSION FOR THE FEAST OF CORPUS CHRISTI: All are invited to celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ ( Corpus Christi)at St. Columbkille Cathedral in Pembroke on June 7, 2015. The 10:30 celebration of the Eucharist will be followed by a Procession (with hymns and adoration) through the streets of Pembroke. For more information, contact Deacon Adrien Chaput at 613-732-7933 ext. 206 or dcadrienchaput@pembrokediocese.com. Please see poster on the church bulletin board.

FIFTH ANNUAL WOJTYLA SUMMER INSTITUE AT OLSWA: Calling all teachers! On July 23-26, 2015 Our Lady Seat of Wisdom Academy will be hosting its fifth annual Wojtyla Summer Institute for Teacher’s This year’s theme is Understanding the Past, Shaping the Future: The Catholic Church in Time. For more information and to register, please go to the www.seatofwisdom.org or call 1-877-369-6520.

THE OFFICIAL KICK-OFF for the Résidence Meilleur du Haut Pontiac, a seniors’ apartment complex will be held: Saturday, June 6, 2015 8 pm to midnight. Upper Pontiac Sports Complex (Chapeau arena) Eli & the Scramblers with many special guest. Cost $20 per ticket, Light lunch served. Tickets available at businesses throughout the are or call Kathy at 819-689-2005.

Adult Faith Retreat: The Diocesan Faith Formation Office is sponsoring an Adult Faith Retreat on Saturday, May 23, 2015 at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Hall in Pembroke from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This retreat is open to all the faithful of the diocese. The theme will be ‘’Living God’s Plan for Our Lives’’ and the guest speaker will be Damon Owens from the Theology of the Body Institute. Please join us on this special day as we hear about the teachings of Saint John Paul II. To register or for more information, contact Deacon Adrien Chaput at   dcadrienchaput@pembrokediocese.com or call 613-732-7933 ext. 206. Registration deadline is Thursday, May 21, 2015.

WEST PONTIAC CONNECTS:  has received funding for a summer student. Interested students can leave their resumes at West Pontiac Connects (computing center)

NOTES FROM FR. TIM

a) Welcome to our many cottagers who have returned to open their cottage this long weekend. You are an important part of our parish communities and your presence amongst us is always a blessing at our weekend masses.

b) Our prayers and condolences to Lucien & Madeleine Chartrand and Marie Drapeau on the death of their grandson, Simon Drapeau of Stockton Manitoba. Please keep the Chartrand and Drapeau families in your prayers during this difficult time of bereavement.

c) Have you visited our parish blog yet? We publish our weekly bulletin, obituary notices, and the occasional story that you might find interesting. You can find it at:

https://uppontiacparishes.wordpress.com

d) We honor Claire Gleason, the sacristan of St. Paul the Hermit parish in Sheenboro this weekend for her 40 years of service in that position. On behalf of the parishioners in Sheen we are giving her an enrollment into the Jesuit Mass Association. As well we have hired a young lad to come and prepare and plant all her flower gardens for the season. THANK YOU Claire for your continuing support and service to your church community.

e) We do not have a “right to die.” Many people now speak of such a thing, but without the proper understanding of the terminology they use. A “right” is a moral claim. We do not have a claim on death. Rather, death has a claim on us! We do not decide when our life will end, any more than we decided when it began. Much less does someone else — a relative, a doctor, or a legislator–decide when our life will end. None of us is master over life and death. What we do have a right to is proper care. It is never “care” in any sense of the word, to terminate life, even if that life is full of suffering. We have no right to terminate life. There are groups in our country pushing for the “right” to use lethal injections on the seriously ill, or to remove their food and water. We must oppose such moral nonsense with all our strength. And the time to oppose it is now, before it becomes solidified in law.