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Bulletin for 3rd Sunday of Advent – December 14, 2014

Masses and Celebrations for the Week

Day Time and Place Celebration Intention
Monday     No Mass
Tuesday 11:00 AM

Chapeau

  Funeral Mass for Rose Lamarche
Wednesday 10:00 AM

Chapeau

  Rene Gaudette

By: Jeannette & Family

Thursday 10:00 A.M

St. Joseph

  Souls in Purgatory

By: A parishioner

Friday 10:00 AM

St. Joseph

  Mrs. Carmen Keon

By: Lois & Barry

Saturday 5:00 PM

Sheenboro

4th Sunday of Advent Jackie Tremblay

By: George & Lucy Sullivan

Sunday 9:00 AM

St. Joseph

4th Sunday of Advent

 

Matthew Mercier

By: Sam & Elaine McGuire

Sunday 10:30 AM

Chapeau

4th Sunday of Advent

 

Missa Pro Populo
Parish Lectors Communion Collection Counter For Monday December

 

Sheen Nancy Gleason Peter Gleason
St. Joseph Frank Trezbiatowski Rita Keogh Cortolezzis
Chapeau André Chartrand André, Mariette  

 

Parish Offertory

Sunday November 30th

   
Sheen $700.00
St. Joseph $1,030.00
Chapeau $2710.00

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK: Alvin Lepine, Amelia Swann, Peter Breekyk, Frances Giroux (St. Joseph) Chris Gardner, Teresa Gaston, Norma Ranger ,Doreen Dubeau, Jacqueline Lepine, John Lapierre, and Judy Sullivan.

ALPHONSUS C.W.L: Our Monday night card parties are coming to an end (Dec. 15 is the last one sponsored by the C.W.L). Once again your attendance, donations of food and/or prizes was greatly appreciated.

Please continue to bring in your used stamps.

C.W.L. membership fees ($20.00) will be due 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. Thursdays January 8-Feb 12 from 12:30-1:30 at St. Joseph’s Centre for Families and Seniors. Cost is $65 for 6 sessions or $14 drop-in fee. **Minimum 10 people need to be pre-registered to offer the class** Contact the municipality of L’Isle-aux-Allumettes  to register :lisle-aux-allumettes@mrcpontiac.qc.ca or 819-689-2266.

Zumba. Mondays January 12-February 23 except February 9 (6 classes). Minimum 15 people required to offer the course. **You must pre-register and pre-pay**$36 for 6 weeks or $7 drop-in fee. Contact the municipality of L’Isle-aux-Allumettes to register :lisle-aux-allumettes@mrcpontiac.qc.ca or 819-689-2266.

CHOSEN: Once we enter in the New Year, Our Lady of Lourdes in Pembroke will begin a youth ministry program called “Chosen.” Youth from other parishes are most welcome. Who? Youth from Grades 9-12,

What ? Dynamic Faith formation. When? on Sundays from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm Where? at Our Lady of Lourdes Hall Why? This is an awesome program and our faith is worth it! Questions? Contact Fr. Michael 613-735-6392.

UPPER PONTIAC SPORTS COMPLEX: is open for public skating Wednesdays and Fridays 6:30 to 7:50.  The cost is $2 for adults, $1 for children and free when we have a sponsor.
SHEENBORO RECREATION ASSOCIATION: is sponsoring a free skate from 11:00-12:00 on Friday Dec.26th at the Arena in Chapeau. Also directly after the free skate, we will be sponsoring pick-up hockey from 12:00-1:00.   Helmets and gloves are highly recommended especially for the younger players.

Santa is coming to Sheenboro again this year on Sunday Dec.21st to visit the seniors. He will bring you a gift to warm your heart and a spirit to warm your body. So seniors, please welcome Santa and his elves and mark this date on your calendar.

SHEENBORO HALL NEWS: Please note that due to higher energy and cleaning costs, the rental rates will be increased effective immediately to $450 for a social event and $175 for a funeral luncheon. There will be an energy surcharge added for any event between 15 November – 15 March. Call Doris, Betty, or the Parish Office for more details.

CATHOLIC TOUR is a 34 year old Catholic Travel Apostolate has been able to secure only 50 air seats, hotel beds, and Exposition Tickets for the upcoming Showing o the Original Shroud of Turin, the Air from your home city will be available. The pilgrimage pricing will be under $3, 599.00 dollars which includes your transatlantic airfare, hotel, most meals, tour escort, deluxe motor coach, and all air line with the next Exposition not available until the year 2025. Please contact Pam Adair in our office if you would like to receive our day by day itinerary and necessary registration forms. Please call or visit The Catholic Tour toll free at 1-877-627-4268 or simply e-mail pamadair@the catholictour.com for further information. The Catholic Tour looks forward to serving you in this recently announced possibly once in a life event of our Catholic Church.

ENVELOPE BOXES:  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 put you into the system. Thank you so much.

CHAPEAU CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PAGEANT: We are excited to announce that we will be presenting a Children’s Christmas Pageant during Christmas Eve Mass. We are looking for angels, shepherds and Kings aged 4 and up to participate. We are also looking for the older boys and girls to join our Children’s choir that will lead our pageant in the singing of lovely Christmas Carols. If you are interested in wither the pageant or the choir, please see Hélène Chartrand, Chantal Lair and Louis Schryer or call 819-689-2320.

CHRISTMAS CONCERT: Will be held on Friday, December 19th, 2014 at Harrington Community Centre beginning at 7 p.m. Admission is $5.00. There will be a 50/50draw, a silent auction, and beautiful door prizes. Santa is also coming for the children. All money from this fundraiser is for the Chapeau R.A. who are trying to raise money for the children’s outdoor recreation equipment at our ball park in Chapeau! Get in the Christmas Spirit, come and enjoy!

NOTES FROM FR. TIM
1) Bible Study Class:  Thursday Dec 18 at 7 pm in the St. Joseph’s Rectory

2) Our parish mission will be held from January 24-28, 2015. Fr. Denis Lemieux from Madonna House will be preaching. Fr. Denis has preached missions across the country and has a great reputation and an excellent message. This mission is part of our ’40 Hours for the Kingdom’ program so if you attend, don’t forget to let us know by using the coupons included with your parish envelopes.

3) Speaking of church envelopes, they are available this week in each of the churches. Please use these envelopes if you wish to receive a tax receipt for your donations. Thank you.

4) Please pray for the repose of the soul of Mrs. Rose Lamarche of Chapeau who died on Wednesday. Her funeral will be celebrated at St. Alphonsus this Tuesday at 11:00 am.

5) We have some very sick people in our midst these days. Please pray for Doreen Dubeau who is now in palliative care, Mr. John Lapierre who continues his life and death struggle with cancer, and Mrs. Jacqueline Lepine (Pauline’s mother) who is currently in Intensive Care at the Pembroke Hospital. It is always hard when a family member is facing a health crisis. It’s doubly so when it happens during the holiday season. Please consider reaching out to these families to help lessen the load during these times of trouble. Remember that Jesus said that visiting the sick was one of the expectations of Christians. It’s a great way to help ‘build the Kingdom’ here in the Upper Pontiac.

6) Thank you to the Young at Heart Club for inviting me to join them at their Christmas banquet. It was an excellent meal and a very pleasurable event for everyone.

7) Have you checked out our parish blog yet? It’s located at https://uppontiacparishes.wordpress.com

8) Would you be willing to assist as a sacristan in St. Joseph’s Church? I really need the help! It would involve such minor duties as the washing and ironing of the linens used during mass and ensuring that there are sufficient votive candles put out in the candle stand for each weekend mass. This would be a great way to build up your hours for the ’40 Hours for the Kingdom’ campaign!!

RIP Mrs. Rose Lamarche

Rose Lamarche

Peacefully in Manoir Sacre Coeur, Mansfield, Quebec on December 10, 2014 at the age of 79 years. Beloved wife of the late Leo Lamarche. Loving mother of Jerry (Diane), Gary (Nicole), Darlene (Brad), Diane, George (late Kathy), Beverly (Jeff), Justin (Tracy) and predeceased by Carl, Barry and Terry. She will be missed by many grandchildren and great grandchildren. Dear sister of Ella and predeceased by Laurin, Jean-Baptiste, Peter and Claire. Funeral will be held in St. Alphonsus Church, Chapeau, Quebec on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 11 a.m. Interment in the Spring. Donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Alzheimer’s Society would be appreciated. http://www.hayesfuneralhome.ca

Where the Rubber Hits the Road: End-of-life debate turns to newborns: ‘Postnatal abortion’ morally acceptable in some cases, ethicist says | National Post

Another demonstration of the creeping culture of death. The previous article says that it’s OK to deny health care procedures designed to ‘prolong life’ after attaining the age of 75 or older. This one argues that we should terminate the life of children born with severe handicaps a.k.a. ‘post-birth abortions’.

Still think that we pro-lifers are exaggerating when we assert that life is being threatened at both ends of the spectrum? Sadly, stories like these make it clear that we’re not.

Where the Rubber Hits the Road: End-of-life debate turns to newborns: ‘Postnatal abortion’ morally acceptable in some cases, ethicist says | National Post.

My sermon for the 2nd Sunday in Advent… and a message of hope for a family in grief.

I shared in a horrible experience today as I gathered with a family in the old parish cemetery to bury the body of an infant child. Morris Vaillancourt, the son of Stephanie Morris and Raymond Vaillancourt, who died a few short hours after his premature birth in Ottawa earlier this week, was laid to rest. It’s not the first time I’ve had to do this as a priest. Sadly nor will it be the last. But every time I gather with a family in such sad circumstances, I can’t help but note that the grief of a parent at their child’s grave has a darker, deeper, more forlorn quality to it than it does for others. When one is cheated out of all the anticipated joys and wonders of raising a child, being given only a few short hours of life in place of the hoped-for years together, then a cemetery is about the coldest spot on the planet that one could stand, no matter the season or weather.

The challenge earlier on in my priesthood was to know what words of comfort I could offer on such a sad occasion. Phrases like ‘Time heals all wounds’ or ‘Everything happens for reason’ quickly revealed themselves for what they are: empty platitudes that actually bring more pain than comfort to grieving parents when their child dies. Indeed any sentence that begins with the words ‘At least…’ (as in ‘At least they didn’t suffer’, or ‘At least they were spared the trials of life’, or worst of all, ‘At least you can still have more children’) should never be said to any bereaved parent anywhere or at any time. Nothing that rings hollow like such bromides can ever offer real comfort at such a time of loss and pain. Only faith… faith in God… faith in Christ’s victory over death… only this faith has the power to comfort parents following the death of a child of any age or stage of life.

This is the challenge posed to all of us in today’s readings for the 2nd Sunday of Advent. The 1st reading from the prophet Isaiah calls us to proclaim the coming of the God of creation as the true comfort of any people in times of trouble, pain, and suffering. A god capable of lifting high mountains and bringing them low again; a god that makes straight crooked paths and brings justice and salvation in his wake. A god that can comfort the afflicted. A god who carries the ewes in his arms like a loving shepherd who never loses one of the little ones entrusted to his care. That’s the God that we are called to believe in if we wish to experience his glory and power when he returns again as he has promised that he would do to right the wrongs of life and wipe away our tears, and turn our sadness into glad dancing.

We are challenged to measure, not just with our own limited sense of time as the measurement of all things, but to see things as God does; where one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are but a day. To accept this divine metric is to believe that however much or little time we are allotted in life, be it measured in years, months, weeks, or even be it a few short hours, it is sufficient to accomplish the end God intended for that soul. Sufficient to attain its promised reward of salvation. And sufficient to bring to pass the graces He intended that life to be for others. For this is the challenge put to us today by Peter in our 2nd reading. To see things from God’s perspective as an eternal being, and not just from our own transient sense of time as ephemeral beings that live for a few years and then are gone. This too is part of the comfort our faith can bring to us. It is what we are called to share with others.

How are we to live out this challenge? Today’s gospel passage, taken from the very beginning of Mark’s ‘good news’ gives us the answer. We are all called to be John the Baptist, proclaimers of the coming Kingdom of God. We are called to offer the answer of the cradle, the cross and the empty tomb as our belief that there exists a God who loves us into existence, cradles us throughout our lives, and ultimately desires to bring us back home to him. I know that this can sometimes seem a cold comfort and be hard for some to believe. I am aware that was the case for some gathered around the bereaved parents I stood beside this afternoon. But it the truth of our faith… and it is all that we can really hold on to in times of profound grief and pain.

But I know too that the proclamation of John the Baptist is indeed fulfilled in the person of Jesus. And I know that it is his message of salvation that is our one sole real source of comfort in the face of death. For when one is looking down at a tiny white coffin being lowered into the frozen ground… that little small box which contains all a parent’s dreams, hopes and desires for their child after he breathes his last… real comfort is a much sought after but rare commodity. It is especially true in times such as this afternoon’s grave service. But it is nevertheless true, especially whenever suffering or trial confronts us and others that we love and cherish.

May God give us the grace and courage to proclaim the Good News of faith wherever we find ourselves this week. May He inspire us to be words of encouragement, hope, and faith to those in doubt, grief, or any type of trial which darkens their lives. May we never be afraid to proclaim our faith in the promises of Jesus, no matter how dark or somber the occasion. Let us truly be a ray of light for each other today and every day to come until we all receive the promised rewards that our faith tells us awaits us when we return to God. And may the warmth of our faith bring a measure of comfort of the Vaillancourt and Morris families whose souls are so deeply chilled by the death of their infant child we buried today.

Parish Bulletin: December 7, 2014

Masses and Celebrations for the Week

Day Time and Place Celebration Intention
Monday   Immaculate Conception of Mary No Mass
Tuesday 10:00 AM

Chapeau

Saint Juan Diego Deceased Members of the CWL
Wednesday 10:00 AM

Chapeau

Ferial Andrew Keon

By: Mado & Family

Thursday 7:00 P.M

St. Joseph

Saint Damasus Souls in Purgatory

By: A Parishioner

Friday 10:00 AM

St. Joseph

Our Lady of Guadalupe Matthew Mercier

By: Paul & Sue Kelly

Saturday 5:00 PM

Sheenboro

3rd Sunday of Advent Missa Pro Populo
Sunday 9:00 AM

St. Joseph

3rd Sunday of Advent

 

Danny Allard

By: Merril & Patsy Allard & Family

Andrew Gribbon

By: Sharon Gribbon

Sunday 10:30 AM

Chapeau

3rd Sunday of Advent

 

Matthew Mercier

By: Waverly & Helen Nephin & Family

Andrew Keon

By: Bruce & Lila Furgoch

Parish Lectors Communion Collection Counter For Monday December

22nd

Sheen Francis Downey Mary Edwards Anita Sawyer (Dec. 22)
St. Joseph Denzil Spence Margaret Tallon
Chapeau Tom Carroll Bernie, Janie  

 

Parish Offertory

Sunday November 30th

   
Sheen $740.00
St. Joseph $1,069.00
Chapeau $1,799.00

 PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK: Alvin Lepine, Amelia Swann, Peter Breekyk, Frances Giroux (St. Joseph) Chris Gardner, Teresa Gaston, Norma Ranger ,Doreen Dubeau, Jacqueline Lepine, John Lapierre, and Judy Sullivan.

YOUNG AT HEART CHRISTMAS DINNER: Wednesday, December 10th, 2014 from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Happy Hour and 1 pm Dinner (Roast Beef). Entertainment and prizes to follow. Obtain tickets from any director ($10 member, $15 for non-members).

CHAPEAU CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PAGEANT: We are excited to announce that we will be presenting a Children’s Christmas Pageant during Christmas Eve Mass. We are looking for angels, shepherds and Kings aged 4 and up to participate. We are also looking for the older boys and girls to join our Children’s choir that will lead our pageant in the singing of lovely Christmas Carols. If you are interested in wither the pageant or the choir, please see Hélène Chartrand, Chantal Lair and Louis Schryer after mass to sign up or call 819-689-2320.

CHRISTMAS CONCERT: Will be held on Friday, December 19th, 2014 at Harrington Community Centre beginning at 7 p.m. Admission is $5.00. There will be a 50/50draw, a silent auction, and beautiful door prizes. Santa is also coming for the children. All money from this fundraiser is for the Chapeau R.A. who are trying to raise money for the children’s outdoor recreation equipment at our ball park in Chapeau! Get in the Christmas Spirit, come and enjoy!

CHOSEN: Once we enter in the New Year, Our Lady of Lourdes in Pembroke will begin a youth ministry program called “Chosen.” Youth from other parishes are most welcome. Who? Youth from Grades 9-12,

What ? Dynamic Faith formation. When? on Sundays from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm Where? at Our Lady of Lourdes Hall Why? This is an awesome program and our faith is worth it! Questions? Contact Fr. Michael 613-735-6392.

UPPER PONTIAC SPORTS COMPLEX: is open for public skating Wednesdays and Fridays 6:30 to 7:50.  The cost is $2 for adults, $1 for children and free when we have a sponsor. Thanks to the following sponsors there will be free skating , December 5 (DC Groceries).

SHEENBORO RECREATION ASSOCIATION: is sponsoring a free skate from 11:00-12:00 on Friday Dec.26th at the Arena in Chapeau. Also directly after the free skate, we will be sponsoring pick-up hockey from 12:00-1:00.   Helmets and gloves are highly recommended especially for the younger players.

Also, Santa is coming to the Sheenboro again this year on Sunday Dec.21st to visit the Seniors. He will bring you a gift to warm your heart and a spirit to warm your body. So Seniors, please welcome Santa and his elves and mark this date on your calendar.

3RD ANNUAL CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE AND ART SALE: Saturday, December 6th from 10 am to 4 pm. Five local artists will be displaying their work including potters, jewelry, watercolour and acrylic paintings, fabric art, stained glass and fused glass. Refreshments served and live entertainment. All are welcome! Taking place at the home of Pam Cunningham, 49 Lapierre Lane, Chapeau. Telephone for more information 613-585-6450.

BAZAAR-FOR CHRISTMAS -OTTER LAKE: on Saturday, December 13, 2014, beginning at 10 A.M. to 3 P.M. There will be vendors, Food, Bake Sale and Draws at the St. Charles Borromeo Church Hall.

SHEENBORO HALL NEWS: Please note that due to higher energy and cleaning costs, the rental rates will be increased effective immediately to $450 for a social event and $175 for a funeral luncheon. There will be an energy surcharge added for any event between 15 November – 15 March. Call Doris, Betty, or the Parish Office for more details.

Bishop N.Z. Lorrain K of C. council 1531 will host its annual Christmas dinner for members at the K of C Hall on Ellis Avenue on Dec. 9. Happy hour is at  6p.m and dinner at 7p.m. Tickets are $15 each and are available by contacting Grand Knight Maurice Levesque or at Town and Country Men’s Wear. A gift of $10 is also required and a donation to the St. Joseph’s Food Bank would be appreciated.

CATHOLIC TOUR is a 34 year old Catholic Travel Apostolate has been able to secure only 50 air seats, hotel beds, and Exposition Tickets for the upcoming Showing o the Original Shroud of Turin, the Air from your home city will be available. The pilgrimage pricing will be under $3, 599.00 dollars which includes your transatlantic airfare, hotel, most meals, tour escort, deluxe motor coach, and all air line with the next Exposition not available until the year 2025. Please contact Pam Adair in our office if you would like to receive our day by day itinerary and necessary registration forms. Please call or visit The Catholic Tour toll free at 1-877-627-4268 or simply e-mail pamadair@the catholictour.com for further information. The Catholic Tour looks forward to serving you in this recently announced possibly once in a life event of our Catholic Church.

NOTES FROM FR. TIM
1) We offer our sympathies and prayers to the family of Albertina Gagnon (nee Turner) who died last week and was buried in the Chapeau cemetery. We also offer our condolences to Raymond Vaillancourt and Stephanie Morris who’s infant son (Morris Vaillancourt) was born prematurely and died this past week after only a few hours of life. Please remember to keep these good folks in your prayers throughout the coming weeks.

2) Bible Study: Our Bible Study class meets this Thursday at 7 pm at the parish rectory in St. Joseph’s.

3) Your new collection envelopes will be distributed in the churches next weekend.

4) Have you checked out our parish blog yet? It’s located at  https://uppontiacparishes.wordpress.com

5) Would you be willing to assist as a sacristan in St.Joseph’s Church? I really need the help! It would involve such minor duties as the washing and ironing of the linens used during mass and ensuring that there are sufficient votive candles put out in the candle stand for each weekend mass. This would be a great way to build up your hours for the ’40 Hours for the Kingdom’ campaign!!

6) Congratulations to the nine students who were confirmed by +Mulhall this past Thursday evening. Thanks as well to those who sang in the choir and the St. Joseph’s CWL for the reception that followed.

7) There will be no more ash burials take place until the spring.

 

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Parish Bulletin: November 30, 2014 – 1st Sunday in Advent

Masses and Celebrations for the Week

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

Chapeau

  Albertina Gagnon

By: Westley & Deanna Ranger

Wednesday 10:00 AM

Chapeau

Ferial Norma & Mike Sullivan

By: Helen & Maureen Morris

Thursday 7:00 P.M

St. Joseph

Ferial No Mass
Friday 10:00 AM

St. Joseph

Ferial Special intentions for Leona Audet & Doreen Dubeau

By: Gerard & Gilles Audet

Saturday 5:00 PM

Sheenboro

2nd Sunday of Advent Norma Sullivan

By: Marilyn Robillard

Sunday 9:00 AM

St. Joseph

2nd Sunday of Advent

 

Missa Pro Populo
Sunday 10:30 AM

Chapeau

2nd Sunday of Advent

 

Darrell Belland

By: Mom, Dad, Poncho, Naomi, & Nathan

Rose & Cyprien Chartrand

By: Jeannette et Famille

Parish Lectors Communion Collection Counter For Monday December

15th

Sheen Karen Shea Doris Ranger
St. Joseph Eulalia Ryan Ron Price Margaret Tallon ( Dec. 15th)
Chapeau Marlene Adam André, Meril  

 

Parish Offertory

Sunday November 16th

   
Sheen $680.00
St. Joseph $1,295.00
Chapeau $1,488.00

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK: Amelia Swann, Peter Breekyk, Frances Giroux (St. Joseph) Chris Gardner, Teresa Gaston, Norma Ranger ,Doreen Dubeau, Jacqueline Lepine, John Lapierre, and Judy Sullivan.

C.W.L CHRISTMAS PARTY: will be held on Tuesday evening (7 p.m.) December 2nd at Harrington Community Centre. Donations from the “Money Tree”(instead of gift exchange) will go to Shawville Hospital (Dialysis or where they see best!) Please join us—a small plate of snacks provides a sweet treat!

CHRISTMAS CONCERT: Will be held on Friday, December 19th, 2014 at Harrington Community Centre beginning at 7 p.m. Admission is $5.00. There will be a 50/50draw, a silent auction, beautiful door prizes. Santa is also coming for the children. All money from this fundraiser is for the Chapeau R.A. who are trying to raise money for the children’s outdoor recreation equipment at our ball park in Chapeau! Get in the Christmas Spirit, come and enjoy!

CHOSEN: Once we enter in the New Year, Our Lady of Lourdes in Pembroke will begin a youth ministry program called “Chosen.” Youth from other parishes are most welcome. Who? Youth from Grades 9-12, What ? Dynamic Faith formation. When? on Sundays from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm Where? at Our Lady of Lourdes Hall Why? This is an awesome program and our faith is worth it! Questions? Contact Fr. Michael 613-735-6392.

UPPER PONTIAC SPORTS COMPLEX: is open for public skating Wednesdays and Fridays 6:30 to 7:50.  The cost is $2 for adults, $1 for children and free when we have a sponsor.
Thanks to the following sponsors there will be free skating, November 28 (Lepine’s Garage), December 5 (DC Groceries).

3RD ANNUAL CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE AND ART SALE: Saturday, December 6th from 10 am to 4 pm. Five local artists will be displaying their work including potters, jewelry, watercolour and acrylic paintings, fabric art, stained glass and fused glass. Refreshments served and live entertainment. All are welcome! Taking place at the home of Pam Cunningham, 49 Lapierre Lane, Chapeau. Telephone for more information 613-585-6450.

BAZAAR-FOR CHRISTMAS -OTTER LAKE: on Saturday, December 13, 2014, beginning at 10 A.M. to 3 P.M. There will be vendors, Food, Bake Sale and Draws at the St. Charles Borromeo Church Hall.

Sheenboro Hall: news, Please note that due to higher energy and cleaning costs, the rental rates will be increased effective immediately to $450 for a social event and $175 for a funeral luncheon. There will be an energy surcharge added for any event between 15 November – 15 March. Call Doris, Betty, or the Parish Office for more details.

Bishop N.Z. Lorrain council 1531 of the Knights of Columbus will host its annual Christmas dinner for members at the K of C Hall on Ellis Avenue on Dec. 9. Happy hour is at  6p.m and dinner at 7p.m. Tickets are $15 each and are available by contacting Grand Knight Maurice Levesque or at Town and Country Men’s Wear. A gift of $10 is also required and a donation to the St. Joseph’s Food Bank would be appreciated.

CATHOLIC TOUR is a 34 year old Catholic Travel Apostolate has been able to secure only 50 air seats, hotel beds, and Exposition Tickets for the upcoming Showing o the Original Shroud of Turin, the Air from your home city will be available. The pilgrimage pricing will be under $3, 599.00 dollars which includes your transatlantic airfare, hotel, most meals, tour escort, deluxe motor coach, and all air line with the next Exposition not available until the year 2025. Please contact Pam Adair in our office if you would like to receive our day by day itinerary and necessary registration forms. Please call or visit The Catholic Tour toll free at 1-877-627-4268 or simply e-mail pamadair@the catholictour.com for further information. The Catholic Tour looks forward to serving you in this recently announced possibly once in a life event of our Catholic Church.

NEXT CATECHISM CLASS: will be held December 7th at 9:15 AM at Dr. Wilbert Keon School. If there are any children without their books yet, parents please make arrangements to pick one up at the Parish Office. Cost is $10. Thank you!

 

CHAPEAU R.A. UPCOMING EVENTS: Christmas Parade & Visit of Santa- this Sunday, November 30th, 2014. Beginning at Harrington Hall in Chapeau at 1 p.m. Included : entertainment, refreshments and a visit with Santa Claus. Sponsored by Chapeau & District Lions Club. Hosted by the Chapeau & Chichester Recreation Associations. For information call Karolann Gauthier 689-5130. For float arrangements call Patrick Fleming 689-1061. After the parade we invite everyone to come into the Harrington Hall for refreshments! Santa will be coming for a visit so make sure to bring your children to meet him! We will also be selling 50/50 tickets! Hope to see you all on November 30th!

YOUNG AT HEART CHRISTMAS DINNER: Wednesday, December 10th, 2014 from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Happy Hour and 1 pm Dinner (Roast Beef). Entertainment and prizes to follow. Obtain tickets from any director ($10 member, $15 for non-members).

CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PAGEANT: We are excited to announce that we will be presenting a Children’s Christmas Pageant during Christmas Eve Mass. We are looking for angels, shepherds and Kings aged 4 and up to participate. We are also looking for the older boys and girls to join our Children’s choir that will lead our pageant in the singing of lovely Christmas Carols. If you are interested in wither the pageant or the choir, please see Hélène Chartrand, Chantal Lair and Louis Schryer after mass to sign up or call 819-689-2320.

NOTES FROM FR. TIM
1) Congratulations to the students who were confirmed this week by Bishop Mulhall. Many thanks to the St. Joseph’s CWL for the cake and reception that followed, to the choir members from each of the churches who helped with the music, and the servers who participated in the celebration. Your generous assistance made for a memorable and wonderful mass.

2) Please remember to pray for the repose of the soul for Mrs. Albertina (Turner) Gagnon who died this past week. Mrs. Gagnon was the mother of Deanna Ranger (Wesley), David (Barbara), Debbie (Tim), Bernadine and John (Sandy). Our sympathies to them in their time of loss.

3) We kick-off our 40 hours for the Kingdom campaign with the first of our monthly Holy Hours this Friday (Dec 5) at 10 am in St. Joseph’s Church. The hour starts with mass at 10 am followed by exposition of the Blessed Sacrament until benediction at 11:15 am. Confessions will also be heard from10:20 am to 11:10 am. There are many very sick folks in our parishes these days. Why not come and pray for them during this hour of prayer?

4) Looking forward to joining the Young at Heart Seniors for the Annual Christmas Banquet on Wednesday Dec. 10th. This is ALWAYS a great meal where good spirits abound. Don’t forget to buy your ticket from anyone on the board of directors. It’s the best meal for the money you’ll spend all season!

5) The 2015 collection envelopes will be distributed in the churches during the first half of December. Please remember that using these envelopes is required if you want a tax receipt for your donations.

6) Things are happening on the main street of Chapeau these days! Congratulations to Derek Bertrand on the commencement of his new enterprise (brewery and pub-style restaurant) and to Pauline Godin (parish secretary) on her new home which will be delivered in a week!

News and Events from the Catholic Parishes of the Upper Pontiac