Our Lady of Peace Parish
Also Serving Our Lady of the Smile parish, Waterhen Lake and
St. Jude’s Parish, Green Lake
Office Hours For Parish Secretary: Monday - Friday: 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Office Hours For Fr. Doug: Tuesday - Friday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Office Phone: 306-236-5122
Cell Phone: 306-304-7271
Parish Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Pastor Email: email@example.com
Facebook: Catholic Church Meadow Lake
Address: 504-3rd Ave. East, Meadow Lake, SK S9X 1H5
“Give thanks to the Lord; His steadfast love endures forever.” Refrain from June 20th, 2021 Responsorial Psalm 107
June 20, 2021 - 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Father’s Day
A Community of Disciples
We commit to form disciples who joyfully and faithfully live out the mission of Jesus Christ
by enriching our relationship with God and neighbour through the intercession of Our Lady of Peace.
Pastor: Fr. Doug Jeffrey, OMI
Parish Secretary: Lorraine Thibeault
Pastoral Council Chair: Doris Beaubien
Mass Attendance: If you would like to attend mass on Saturday nights or Sunday mornings in Meadow Lake, please call the Parish Office 306-236-5122 BEFORE FRIDAY NOON and leave a message. Reservations are necessary as we have limited capacity, and we do not want to turn someone away from the door.
SaskHealth/Diocese of Prince Albert Regulations – As of May 30, we may welcome more people to our liturgies. What that means for Our Lady of Peace Parish is that we can now welcome 25 family groups of people to our Parish Hall and to our Parish Church. The size of the groups will determine how many people we can welcome as long as we do not exceed one-third the capacity of our building or 150 people. We are still required to wear masks, to sanitize and to maintain 2-metre social distance, and we are still required to register for mass. The presence of the Covid-19 variants continues to cause concern among health care professionals as they spread quickly and seriously impact our health and well being. The virus has not gone away. Our Liturgies at Green Lake and Waterhen Lake are likewise limited by these regulations.
Something to look forward to! When SaskHealth notifies us that we have reached Phase II of the Vaccination threshold, and we are able to gather with fewer concerns, it is my hope to have an outdoor Sunday celebration of the Eucharist here at Meadow Lake. The decision to pray the Eucharist outside will be a decision taken on a given Sunday as we must deal with wind and rain and such. Once things open up a little, I encourage you come to the Sunday morning liturgy with some sunscreen and your lawn chairs so we can gather outside. I will let you know when we have received new guidance.
THIS WEEK IN THE PARISH
Mon., June 21 - Personal Intention
Tues., June 22 – 9:30 am (Facebook) - +Tom & Ernestine Laliberte by Laliberte Family
Wed., June 23 – 6:30 pm (Our Lady of Peace Church, Meadow Lake & Facebook) - +Irene Caplette by Theresa Tourand
Thurs., June 24 - No live streamed mass – Fr. Doug is in Prince Albert - +Tom & Ernestine Laliberte by Laliberte Family
Fri., June 25 – 9:30 am (Facebook) - For the healing of people with addictions by Vi Dancy and Delma Iron
Sat., June 26 – 9:30 am (Facebook) - Tim and Eileen Rodrigue by Rodrigue Family
Sat. June 26 - 7:00 pm (Our Lady of Peace Parish Hall, Meadow Lake) - People of God
Sun., June 27 - 10 am (Our Lady of Peace Church, Meadow Lake & Facebook) - People of God
Sun., June 27 - 12:30 pm (St Jude’s, Green Lake) - People of God
Sun., June 27 – 3:00 pm (Our Lady of the Smile, Waterhen Lake) People of God
Evangelization and Catechesis Commission: On Tuesday, June 15, our Commission met by Zoom to discuss Chapter 5 of the Directory for Catechesis. This chapter explores the Pedagogy of Faith (process and method of sharing information – in this instance – relationship with God) and invites us to consider how God reveals God’s self and the hope God has for us!
The chapter opens with some reflections on how God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit reveal their identities and their desires for the whole of creation. God communicates with us where we are at; reaches out to all; is patient, admonishes us; encourages us; friendly; visible; is both the Giver and the Gift; leads us; works with us; dwells with us; renews us; provokes us; evoking a response; tenderly welcoming and loving us. As Catechists we realized that our approaches to sharing faith need to include these elements when we encounter those who are seeking God.
As we worked our way through the Chapter, it was noted that the faith community, the people who show up at our parish liturgies, are essential to communicating our faith. We, together, are the Body of Christ and our testimony, individually and together, helps those who are seeking entrance into our community to see and understand the diversity of our community and of our God. It is important that pastors affirm and encourage every parishioner to own the work of sharing faith. Perhaps it would be good for pastors to remind parishioners by the way they function and by their preaching that each person has a role to play in welcoming people of faith. In paragraph 165, the authors reflect on the key elements of divine pedagogy. In my work, I would hope that we can work on communicating the presence of God’s gratuitous love and the importance of God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
As Catechists it is important that we remember that we are ‘faith in action’. When we share faith, it is not about the words only, it is about what we do and how we do it, both within the Church structures and in our daily encounters with people.
The Chapter then went on to present the criteria for proclaiming the Good News. I was struck by how important it is that we have a Trinitarian message and that we remember to maintain the Unity and the Integrity of our Faith. In other words, it is important not to get caught up in one aspect of the Good News but to be sure to share the whole of the message. I was also reminded that becoming a faith person is a journey. The development of a faith relationship with God is a gradual process. I am not and must not be in the same place today as I was five years ago. Our relationships with God are unfolding in marvelous ways.
The final paragraphs of the chapter talk about the relationship our faith has with the human sciences. We were reminded that our faith is not at odds with the human sciences but rather builds on them. The human sciences are at the service of our relationship with God. God’s grace is active in us and leads us in marvelous ways to encounter the fullness of life.
National Indigenous Peoples Day, June 21, 2021 - This June 21, 2021 is the national 25th anniversary of celebrating the heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples! Due to Covid-19 restrictions we are being encouraged to celebrate this day from our homes! For further information please see the following website: https://www.rcaanc-cirnac.gc.ca/eng/1100100013248/1534872397533
A Step in the Process of Healing and Reconciliation: Last Sunday when I was at Waterhen Lake, I had the opportunity to listen to the parishioners share their thoughts and feelings about the discovery of the graves at the Kamloops Indian Residential School. The sharing was an important moment for all who were gathered. We also committed ourselves to reflecting on the question: What do we do as a Catholic community? We will explore this in future gatherings. Orange hearts had been placed in the Church to help us remember the children and their families.
Indigenous People from Meadow Lake and Flying Dust: On Thursday evening, June 17, Fr. Doug gathered with Indigenous People from Flying Dust and Meadow Lake. The purpose of the gathering in the Parish Hall was two-fold: to give people the opportunity to share where they are at today in light of their Residential School experience and to consider how we might move forward on a healing path. The gathering which lasted just under two hours gave participants a safe place to share where they are at today.
As the evening unfolded ideas about a path of healing emerged.
Fr. Doug will work to provide further opportunities to gather in the Parish Hall as the summer unfolds. At some point an information meeting about the recommendations from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission might be helpful. In addition, we might ask ourselves how we as Catholics can nurture respect and healing in our relationships with Indigenous Peoples.
Kamloops Residential School and the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops – The following statement was issued by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops on Thursday June 10, 2021. It is worth reading and sharing with others who are concerned about the response of the Catholic community to the Kamloops Residential School and the graves that have been discovered: https://www.cccb.ca/announcement/cccb-statement-delegation-to-the-holy-see/
Muslim-Catholic Resources: “Maybe it is time for Christians, Jews and Muslims to realize, really realize, that in many areas of faith and charity, we have common interests and must work together!” says Deacon Gregory Bobbitt of the Diocese of Prince Albert. He passed on a Vatican News article for us to consider.
The "Reasons for Our Hope" project, promoted by the Oasis International Foundation and the McGrath Institute for Church Life, aims to help Christians reach “a new understanding of their faith by taking Muslims' questions seriously.”
Seeking to address questions and stereotypes that Muslims may have concerning Christianity, the Oasis International Foundation, in collaboration with the McGrath Institute for Church Life, has launched the “Reasons for Our Hope” project to open paths of exchange. The series of videos in the project aims to illuminate “why Christians remain Christians” and share the “reasons for our hope.” At the same time, it seeks to help Christians reach “a new understanding of their faith by taking Muslim questions seriously.”
Founded in 2004 in Venice by Cardinal Angelo Scola, the Oasis International Foundation studies the interaction and fosters mutual understanding between Christians and Muslims, in our world characterized by the hybridization of civilizations and cultures.
Further explaining the purpose of the project, the foundation draws inspiration from the words of Pope St. John Paul II in his 2001 letter to all Catholics (Novo Millennio ineunte, § 55 - 56), in which he outlined the priorities of the Church for the new millennium. Pope St. John Paul II gave a special place to dialogue, stressing that it “will be especially important in establishing a sure basis for peace and warding off the dread spectre of those wars of religion which have so often bloodied human history.” However, the Polish saint warned that dialogue cannot be based on religious indifferentism. Rather, Christians “are in duty bound, while engaging in dialogue, to bear clear witness to the hope that is within us”, while “approaching dialogue with an attitude of profound willingness to listen.”
Trusting in the Spirit of God who “blows where He wills” and who helps “Christ’s followers to understand more deeply the message which they bear,” Pope St. John Paul II urged the faithful to take up an “attitude of openness, combined with careful discernment” which was adopted by the Second Vatican Council in relation to other religions.
In three preliminary videos already released, the project tackles important questions and presents the patterns in the universe of both the Bible and the Qur’an. The first video outlines the similarities and differences between the Qur’anic and the Biblical presentation of Jesus and his mission. A second video shows the place of Jesus in the Qur’an, exploring the Islamic understanding of history, the laws governing it and how Jesus fits into it; while the third explores the place of Jesus, Our Savior, in the Bible. Further videos will be released in coming days
What’s your Catholic IQ? Last bulletin’s question and answer: Besides killing, the fifth commandments which states “Thou shalt not kill” forbade: (d) all of the following: deep anger, hatred, fighting and insults. You can read Jesus’ teaching in Matthew 5:21-24.
This week’s question: Blasphemy means (a) speaking or acting against God (b) blowing up a building with dynamite (c) being sly (d) having a good time at a party.
DIOCESAN NEWS & BEYOND
SOCIAL JUSTICE https://www.padiocese.ca/social-justice - CREATION CARE SCHOOL
Pope Francis' encyclical Laudato Si challenges us to engage in environmental education and action inspired by a Christian spirituality of Creation. This new training tool provides interested volunteers with a firm foundation in caring for the environment as Christians.: The link to the Creation Care School includes 2 free courses. https://creationcare.teachable.com/
Laudato Si': A Revolutionary Encyclical - Care for our common home through prayer and action
Duration: less than an hour Cost: FREE
Greening Your Church - These 10 steps will inspire your faith community towards sustainability. Duration: less than an hour. Cost: FREE
Father’s Day (123Dentist.com accessed June 18, 2021) - As with many holidays we celebrate today, Father’s Day began as a primarily religious observance. A traditional Catholic holiday celebrating fatherhood, Father’s Day has been recognized in some way dating back to the Middle Ages. Traditionally, Father’s Day took place on March 19, which is the date the Catholic Church celebrates the Feast of St. Joseph.
While the modern version of Father’s Day began in the US in the early part of the twentieth century, it was soon adopted in Canada, and Canadians have celebrated Father’s Day ever since.
(Wikipedia.org and Timeanddate.com accessed June 18, 2021) - Father’s Day has become increasingly popular throughout North America and other parts of the world over the years. The date when Father’s Day is celebrated varies from country to country. It is celebrated in Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States on the third Sunday of June.
It is a day for people to show their appreciation for fathers and father figures. Father figures may include stepfathers, fathers-in-law, grandfathers, guardians, foster parents and family friends. Father’s Day activities include (but are not limited to):
FATHER’S DAY BLESSING
St. Joseph, guardian of Jesus and chaste husband of Mary, you passed your life in loving fulfillment of duty. You supported the holy family of Nazareth with the work of your hands. Kindly protect those who trustingly come to you. You know their aspirations, their hardships, their hopes. They look to you because they know you will understand and protect them. You too knew trial, labor and weariness. But amid the worries of material life your soul was full of deep peace and sang out in true joy through intimacy with God's Son entrusted to you and with Mary, his tender Mother. Assure those you protect that they do not labor alone. Teach them to find Jesus near them and to watch over him faithfully as you have done.
And May almighty God bless all our fathers, living and deceased, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen Prayer of Pope John XXIII
This bulletin is prepared by the Parish Secretary and the Pastor