Our Lady of Peace Parish
Also Serving Our Lady of the Smile Parish, Waterhen Lake and
St. Jude’s Parish, Green Lake
Office Hours: Closed Monday
Tuesday - Friday 1-4:00 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
The Lord is merciful and gracious; slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love.
Psalm 103 Refrain
A Community of Disciples
We commit to form disciples
who joyfully and faithfully
live out the mission of
by enriching our relationship
with God and neighbour
through the intercession of
Our Lady of Peace.
Fr. Uche Umechikelu, MSP
When there is a funeral, the daily mass will normally be cancelled. Check Facebook for the most up-to-date information. On Tuesday to Friday and on Sunday, Our Lady of Peace masses will be livestreamed on Facebook.
Mon., Sept.18 – No mass
Tues., Sept. 19 – 10:00 am Liturgy with Communion at the Lodge
Tues., Sept. 19 – 6:30 pm (Our Lady of Peace Church & Facebook) - +M. T. Abraham by Swapna & Bijo
Wed., Sept. 20 – 6:30 pm (Our Lady of Peace Church & Facebook) - Fr. Doug Jeffrey by Judy Barker
Thurs., Sept. 21 – 9:30 am (Our Lady of Peace Church & Facebook) - + Sr. Gerald by Swapna & Bijo
Fri., Sept. 22 – 9:30 am (Our Lady of Peace Church & Facebook) - Fr. Doug Jeffrey by Martin Bishop
Sat., Sept. 23 – 5:00 pm - (St. Jude’s, Green Lake) - People of God
Sun., Sept. 24 – 10:00 am – (Our Lady of Peace Church & Facebook) - People of God
Sun., Sept. 24 – 3:00 pm (Our Lady of the Smile, Waterhen) - People of God
THIS WEEK IN THE PARISH
Sunday Collection – Sept. 10: Meadow Lake $1041.65 Green Lake – $126.00 Children’s Collection $4.50
The Pope’s Prayer Intention for September – For People Living on the Margins – We pray for those persons living on the margins of society, in inhumane life conditions; may they not be overlooked by institutions and never considered of lesser importance.
Catechetical Sunday – September 17, 2023 – The theme of Catechetical Sunday this year is “Come to me all you who labour and are burdened.” Please pray for all teachers and students today and throughout the year. We are grateful to God for the work of people who dedicate themselves as catechists and teachers of children.
Parish Pictorial Directory – Our Parish is producing a pictorial directory in order to help us acquaint ourselves with one another and strengthen the bond of our faith community. The photographer will be taking pictures from October 17 – 21 inclusive from 1:30 to 8:30 each day and from 9:30 to 4:30 on Saturday. We will have sign up sheets available after mass this weekend and will also be phoning members of the parish to book appointments. There is no cost to get your picture taken and you will receive a free pictorial directory for taking part. You will have the opportunity to purchase photos if you wish.
Communion to Shut-ins – We are planning to start taking communion to the shut-ins and the sick who are unable to come to mass. If you would like to receive communion at home please register with the parish office – provide name, phone number and address. We hope to provide this service on the last Friday of each month.
Scripture Insights – Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Taken from Source Book for Sundays, Seasons and Weekdays 2023: The Almanac for Pastoral Liturgy, LTP Liturgy Training Publications Copyright 2022, 3949 South Racine Avenue, Chicago, IL 60609, pg. 334.
Starting in Romans 12, Paul has outlined our proper or “reasonable” response to God’s generosity by emphasizing a new messianic community of love and welcome. At the end of Romans 13, Paul asks his recipients to “put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh” (Rom 13:14). We should remember that Jesus is identifiable by his vulnerability and that “flesh” for Paul refers to a humanity that is calculating and competitive.
In Romans 14, Paul explains that love and welcome are not judgmental but accepting of difference, so a messianic community will not choose between what Paul calls a “weak” (rigid vegetarianism) and a “strong” (indiscriminate) eating practice; instead, each person should practice as his or her conscience dictates. Why? Because God has welcomed all, each belongs to and is accountable to God. Instead of being judgmental of others, Paul recommends the attitude of gratitude to God, who has welcomed us despite our unworthiness.
In this context, Paul reinforces his point that we belong to God even with the ultimate difference and divider: life and death. Since Christ has demolished the dividing difference between the living and the dead, we should no longer let other differences divide us. The messianic community lives in solidarity with and in commitment to others. We put aside our privileges to serve and care for each other, especially those who are weak.
Offense can create division and enmity between persons. The parable of the unforgiving servant in Matthew 18 reminds us that we should do for one another what God has done for us. Today’s readings from Sirach and from the Psalms also remind us that God is forgiving and does not judge or repay us with anger. We need to remember, be grateful, and be gracious to one another.
● God’s mercy and forgiveness is the opposite of wrath and anger. God’s compassion is love, not wrath and anger. It is the epitome of justice, not injustice. We do not earn it; rather, we receive God’s mercy freely given.
● When we hang on to wrath and anger because of wounds – however deep they are- we withhold forgiveness. Refusing mercy to those who harm us can leave us unable to accept forgiveness for our own. Sometimes, letting go of wrath and anger entails forgiving ourselves as compassionately as God forgives us. This will leave us free to forgive others.
● God’s forgiveness knows no limits. We do not receive it one time and have to fear that the next time we stand in need of mercy, God will withhold it from us. Once we receive God’s forgiveness, our responsibility lies in offering it to those who present themselves to us desiring mercy. From the depths of our heart, we forgive our brothers and sisters. We work to restore injured relationships with them.
DIOCESAN NEWS & BEYOND
2025 Jubilee: Holy Year Pilgrimage
Join Bishop Stephen Hero and Father Maurice Fiolleau of Prince Albert on a Pilgrimage to Rome, Vatican City and Assisi from December 10 – 18, 2025 during the 2025 Jubilee Holy Year. Mass will be celebrated daily. As “Pilgrims of Hope,” visit the Seven Jubilee Churches, the Catacombs and much more including the Pope’s Sunday Angelus and blessing and also attending the weekly Wednesday Papal Audience. Travel to Assisi, the home of St. Francis where Mass will be celebrated in the Basilica. Free time to see the sights of Rome during the Advent season is also worked into the Schedule. Come and learn more about this exciting Pilgrimage. Join us for a detailed Presentation at: St. Michael parish in Prince Albert 1505 – 13th Street West, Prince Albert, SK. Wednesday September 20th, 2023 at 7:00 p.m. Please RSVP to Tom Brothwell at 1-306-953-0740 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday September 15, 2023 if you are interested in attending the Presentation.
This bulletin is prepared by the Parish Secretary and the Pastor