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
“Your words, Lord, are spirit and life; you have the words of eternal life.”
(John 6.63, 68)
August 22, 2021 - 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time
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.
Fr. Doug Jeffrey, OMI
Pastoral Council Chair:
Have you been vaccinated? Getting vaccinated is the best thing we can do to stop the spread of the Coronavirus. If we want to keep people safe and engage each other as we once did, getting vaccinated will help us get there. Please be aware that if you HAVE NOT been vaccinated and you choose to join us for liturgy, you are EXPOSING YOURSELF TO SERIOUS RISK because of the COVID-19 virus. Vaccinated people may still carry and transmit the virus even though they are not aware of any symptoms. Let us continue to be respectful of the health of one another.
THIS WEEK IN THE PARISH
When there is a funeral, the daily mass will be cancelled. Tuesday to Friday and Sunday the masses will be livestreamed on Facebook.
Mon., Aug. 23 – Fr. Doug’s Day Off - Personal Intention
Tues., Aug. 24 – 6:30 pm (Our Lady of Peace Church, Meadow Lake & Facebook) - +Marius (father) & +Joseph (brother) Durocher by Peter Durocher
Wed., Aug. 25 – 6:30 pm (Our Lady of Peace Church, Meadow Lake & Facebook) - +Donna Marie Moosomin by Peter Durocher
Thurs., Aug. 26 – 9:30 am (Our Lady of Peace Church, Meadow Lake & Facebook) - +Theresa & Lawrence (Sonny) Bishop by Paulette Beauchene
Fri., Aug. 27 – 9:30 am (Our Lady of Peace Church, Meadow Lake & Facebook) - +Theresa and Lawrence (Sonny) Bishop Paulette Beauchene
Sat., Aug. 28 – No morning mass - Wedding Mass of EJ and Elaine
Sat., Aug. 28 – 7:00 pm (Our Lady of Peace Church, Meadow Lake) - +Mervin Tourand by Theresa Tourand
Sun., Aug. 29 – 10 am (Our Lady of Peace Church, Meadow Lake & Facebook) - People of God
Sun., Aug. 29 - 12:30 pm (St Jude’s Church, Green Lake) - People of God
Music Ministry – The following is taken from the Music Ministry Booklet published by the Liturgical Office of the Diocese of Prince Albert
“Music ministers are members of the assembly. Their role is to support and enhance the song of the assembly. It is the assembly that is the primary music maker. Pastoral musicians allow the assembly to find its voice and take the role proper to it. Choirs should avoid any semblance of performing for the assembly. Choir leaders / song leaders should give direction to the assembly as well as the choir. Taken from ‘Praise God in Song!’ From the Diocese of Prince George
You will inspire people not just when you sing and play, but also by your demeanor throughout the Mass. When you are attentive, they will be too. When you observe silence, so will they. If you are in view of others at Mass, it is important that you be a good model of worship from start to finish. Have the music handy so you do not create a distraction when you set it up. Do not change music during readings or prayers…Avoid giving directions to the choir during Mass if these can be given before. You are there not just as a musician, but first as a member of the assembly. Taken from ‘Guide for Cantors: The Liturgical Ministry Series’ by Jennifer Kerr Breedlove & Paul Turner”
If you would like to assist our music ministers at Our Lady of Peace, please approach those who are involved now and offer your assistance as a musician or a singer! We welcome and need your talents and generosity!
Queenship of Mary – August 22: Queen of Heaven or in Latin, Regina Caeli is a title given to our Blessed Mother. At the First Council of Ephesus in the fifth century, Mary was proclaimed as Theotokos in Greek or Mother of God in English. The title Mary, Queen of Heaven has been used throughout the history of the Church in our prayers and devotional literature. In art, Mary is often portrayed with a crown on her head. Mary was portrayed this way long before there was a formal definition in the Church. In Israel the mother of the King was often seen as the Queen Mother of Israel. Perhaps this influenced our early Christian practice!
On October 11, 1954 Pope Pius XII published the papal encyclical AD CAELI REGINAM (To the Queen of Heaven) where in he established the Queenship of Mary as a Marian feast day in our liturgical calendar. This feast was created by Pope Pius XII in 1954 even though Mary was acknowledged as Queen as far back as the early Church. The feast day was celebrated on May 31 at the end of the month dedicated to Mary.
In 1969, St. Pope Paul VI moved the feast day to August 22, the last day of the Octave of the Assumption. St. Pope Paul VI did this to express and to emphasize the close bond between Mary's queenship and her glorification in body and soul next to her Son. The Second Vatican Council's Constitution on the Church states that "Mary was taken up body and soul into heavenly glory and exalted by the Lord as Queen of the universe, that she might be the more fully conformed to her Son" (Lumen gentium, 59).
This year the feast falls on a Sunday and so the Sunday takes precedence. It is our hope however to celebrate Mary by once again praying the Litany and the Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary at our Grotto. If you would like to join us, we will be there at 6:00 pm on Sunday evening!
Lorraine’s holiday – Lorraine will be taking a brief holiday from September 1 – September 13. I will be asking for folks to come and answer the phone and welcome visitors to the Parish Office from 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm. Your task will be simple – be a welcoming presence in our parish office for those who stop in and take phone messages! If you would like to help in the Parish Office, please talk to Fr. Doug.
Forming our children as Intentional Disciples of Jesus – We invite you to start thinking about deepening your child’s love for God and the Church by preparing them for the celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. If you think your child is ready to celebrate this important sacrament, please contact the Parish Office as we will be preparing for their catechesis this year.
Scripture Insights – 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time – Source Book for Sundays, Seasons and Weekdays 2021: The Almanac for Pastoral Liturgy, LTP Liturgy Training Publications Copyright 2020, 3949 South Racine Avenue, Chicago, IL 60609, pg. 308.
In the reading from John’s account of the Gospel the disciples are grappling with a difficult teaching from Jesus that they do not entirely understand, mainly because they cannot see beyond the literal interpretation of his words.
Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians contains a text that is troubling for many today. The command for wives to be submissive to their husbands has been taken out of context and misused for centuries. In this section of Ephesians, Paul has been exhorting his listeners to give up all manner of vices, becoming people of love and forgiveness. He also envisions a different way for people to relate in marriage. Paul understands marriage as a metaphor for Christ’s relationship with the Church and develops an image to express that relationship; the Church as a body with Christ as its head. Paul uses this image to frame his understanding of the marriage covenant.
Marriage was seen as a metaphor for God’s relationship with Israel long before Paul used it to describe Christ and the Church. Paul adds the element of mutual reverence and love, using the image of the head and body to include interdependence in the hierarchical marriagte relationship of that time. The body and the head work together in life. This is the obedience that Paul advocates for wife and husband—one that allows them to live as a united whole. Paul adds that the head must love the body, countering the notion of wives as property that was common in Paul’s time. The husband must love his wife as Christ loves the Church. If such love is the foundation of the husband’s part in the marriage, he cannot abuse or neglect, cannot be faithless, cruel, or cold. These are the vices that followers of Christ give up. Just as disciples become new people, husbands and wives become a new unity in the marriage covenant, practicing kindness and forgiveness. In the same way, Christ and his Church become a single entity in the new covenant.
PILGRIMAGE AT OUR LADY OF LOURDES SHRINE: September 8 - 7:30 pm Eucharistic Celebration and Candlelight Procession
What’s your Catholic IQ? Last bulletin’s question and answer: Jesus gave his disciples the Beatitudes (c) in the Sermon on the Mount. In Matthew 5:1, we read that Jesus “went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. Then he began to speak, and taught them…” Chapters 5-7 of Matthew’s Gospel contain the Beatitudes and many other teachings of Jesus.
This week’s question: Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family… (a) you did it to me” (b) it brings honour to the whole human race” (c) it will earn you points in heaven” (d) you do for yourself”
Information from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission - In an effort to understand the Truth and Reconciliation Process, it is my intent to offer excerpts from the various documents that have been published that might help us wrestle with and understand what the Commission is asking of us as Canadians and as Catholics – Dioceses, Parish and Religious Communities. The following excerpt is taken from: What We Have Learned – Principles of Truth and Reconciliation, 2015. This excerpt outlines the principles that Aboriginal Peoples believe must form the foundation of a pathway to healing and reconciliation.
“Principles of Reconciliation
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada believes that in order for Canada to flourish in the twenty-first century, reconciliation between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Canada must be based on the following principles.
1. The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is the framework for reconciliation at all levels and across all sectors of Canadian society.
2. First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples, as the original peoples of this country and as self-determining peoples, have Treaty, constitutional, and human rights that must be recognized and respected.
3. Reconciliation is a process of healing of relationships that requires public truth sharing, apology, and commemoration that acknowledge and redress past harms.
4. Reconciliation requires constructive action on addressing the ongoing legacies of colonialism that have had destructive impacts on Aboriginal peoples’ education, cultures and languages, health, child welfare, the administration of justice, and economic opportunities and prosperity.
5. Reconciliation must create a more equitable and inclusive society by closing the gaps in social, health, and economic outcomes that exist between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Canadians.
6. All Canadians, as Treaty peoples, share responsibility for establishing and maintaining mutually respectful relationships.
7. The perspectives and understandings of Aboriginal Elders and Traditional Knowledge Keepers of the ethics, concepts, and practices of reconciliation are vital to long-term reconciliation.
8. Supporting Aboriginal peoples’ cultural revitalization and integrating Indigenous knowledge systems, oral histories, laws, protocols, and connections to the land into the reconciliation process are essential.
9. Reconciliation requires political will, joint leadership, trust building, accountability, and transparency, as well as a substantial investment of resources.
10. Reconciliation requires sustained public education and dialogue, including youth engagement, about the history and legacy of residential schools, Treaties, and Aboriginal rights, as well as the historical and contemporary contributions of Aboriginal peoples to Canadian society.”
DIOCESAN NEWS & BEYOND - GROWING IN WISDOM: SEEKING DEEPER GENERATIVITY - This two-year program beginning in September 2021 is an ecumenical program designed for those seeking to engage in their maturing years with wisdom and grace. This is a time in which we can begin as elders to look back on the life we have lived and find openness to new or previously undeveloped inner vistas. It is a time to begin to come to terms with our own mortality and the grace we find in facing this time in our lives with wisdom and satisfaction. For more information contact Nancy Phillips, program coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org - 204-470-9437. Register before September 1st.
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This bulletin is prepared by the Parish Secretary and the Pastor