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
I shall dwell in the house of the Lord my whole life long.
Psalm 23 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., Oct. 16 – No mass
Tues., Oct. 17 – 10:00 am Liturgy with Communion at the Lodge
Tues., Oct. 17 – 6:30 pm (Our Lady of Peace Church & Facebook) - +Annie Santos by Jane & Ed Weber
Wed., Oct 18 – 6:30 pm (Our Lady of Peace Church & Facebook) - +Rick Roth by Jane & Ed Weber
Thurs., Oct. 19 – 9:30 am (Our Lady of Peace Church & Facebook) - In Thanksgiving by Louis & Yolande Gratton
Fri., Oct. 20 – 9:30 am (Our Lady of Peace Church & Facebook) - For family members who are ill by Sandra Senga
Sat., Oct. 21 – 5:00 pm - (St. Jude’s, Green Lake) - People of God
Sun., Oct. 22 – 10:00 am – (Our Lady of Peace Church & Facebook) - People of God
Sun., Oct. 22 – 3:00 pm – (Our Lady of the Smile, Waterhen) - People of God
THIS WEEK IN THE PARISH
Sunday Collection – Oct. 8: Meadow Lake $1867.60 Green Lake – $67.00 Children’s Collection $10.95
The Pope’s Prayer Intention for October – For the Synod – We pray for the Church, that she may adopt listening and dialogue as a lifestyle at every level, and allow herself to be guided by the Holy Spirit towards the peripheries of the world.
Daily Rosary during October – Please join us daily at 6:00 pm from Monday to Friday during October. We will also say the rosary before Sunday mass beginning at 9:30 am.
Our Lady of Peace Statue – The new statue has arrived! There is still an opportunity to donate to help cover the cost of the statue. So far $5850.00 has been generously donated.
World Food Day – October 16 – A World Food Day has been promoted by the Food and Agriculture Organization since 1981. The Church is concerned about the issue of hunger in the world, remembering the words of the Son of Man on the last judgment of the nations, “. . .I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink. . .” (Mt 25:35) Taken from Ordo page 376
CWL and Ladies of the Parish – There will be a meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 17 from 1:30 – 2:30 pm in the church. Sylvia Jones and Shirley Lamoureux, guest speakers representing the diocese, will be present to speak on “The Unity Program”. Bring a friend. If you have any questions please phone Marie Mamchur at 306-240-6155.
Knights of Columbus – The knights will be having a pancake breakfast next Sunday, October 22 after mass. Come out to enjoy their delicious pancakes! The Knights will be having a regular meeting on Tuesday, October 24 after the evening mass.
Pastoral Council Meeting – The next Pastoral Council Meeting will be held Wednesday, October 25 after the 6:30 pm evening mass. Pastoral Council is focusing on three main areas: Catechism, Communication and Evangelization.
Finance Council Meeting – The finance Council will meet at 1:00 pm on October 25.
Parents of Catechism Students – There will be an organizational meeting for parents and an introduction of the sacraments on October 29 following mass.
Our Lady of Peace Fall Supper – Our Fall Supper will be held on Sunday, October 29. Stay tuned for more details.
Christmas Shoebox – Our parish is once again collecting shoeboxes for the needy. The main reason to pack a shoebox is to ensure that children from the poorest families of the world know that someone cares, which is demonstrated by receiving a shoebox that is filled with toys, school supplies, and personal care items. Shoeboxes can be picked up at the back of the church. More boxes have been ordered, also an ordinary shoebox can be used. All shoeboxes must be at the church on or before November 12th. For gift suggestions and information google SamaritansPurse.ca/OCC
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.
Bishop’s Annual Appeal
“Believe Love Share. . . In Jesus”
October 15, 2023 – December 31, 2023
Every gift is greatly appreciated!
Bishop’s Annual Appeal – The Bishop’s Annual Appeal will begin this weekend, October 15, 2023. It is time for us to do what we can to support the programs and ministries that benefit both our parish and the wider community. For example, the children’s catechetics program, youth and young adult events and retreats, and programs such as the Forming Intentional Disciples initiative with “Called and Gifted” Training, Catechist Formation and Appreciation, Pastoral Care Initiative “Horizons of Hope”. Your gift and your prayers will help to make this year’s appeal a success. Our parish is asked to raise $15,734.00 this year for the appeal. St. Jude’s Parish in Green Lake is asked to raise $1301.00. Every contribution counts. We can do this if, after thoughtful consideration and prayer, every one of us gives according to our ability.
Scripture Insights – Twenty-Eighth 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. 360.
Today’s parable from Matthew compares the kingdom of heaven to a king and his lavish feast for his son’s wedding. This king’s behaviors are rather disturbing. Since some of his original guests declined his invitation to tend to their farm or business, they are people with resources, and the banquet is not meant to provide for the needy. The subsequent filling of the banquet hall with people off the street reads like a face-saving move, given how the king gets upset with a replacement guest who does not dress right. How could he expect all to have the proper attire when they were just gathered off the streets? His burning the cities harms more than those who arrested, attacked or killed his slaves.
Note that the parable never indicates who is making this comparison and that it is part of Jesus’ response to the religious leaders, who question his authority after his celebrated entry into Jerusalem and his cleansing of the Temple. The closing statement, “Many are invited, but few are chosen” (Mt 22:14), may conclude Jesus’ series of three parables instead of merely this parable. In fact, this statement hardly fits the parable since the king kicks out only one guest. Those chosen may refer to people who reject this parable’s comparison.
Psalm 23 and Isaiah 25 also present God as one who provides abundant food and drink, but they present a different picture of God. In these passages, God is a provider and a protector rather than a temperamental tyrant.
We see a similar expression of faith by Paul in Philippians 4. Because Paul has experienced both prosperity and paucity, he has learned the secret that Christ is sufficient and can strengthen him to face any situation. God, for Paul, is one who will meet our every need.
· We have been journeying throughout the liturgical year to the feast of the kingdom. Our response to God’s invitation to the feast might have ebbed and flowed from week to week. In prayer this week, consider your response to the invitation. Will you come or refuse to come? Will you be prepared?
· Preparing ourselves for the feast of the kingdom requires that we frequently check in with ourselves about how we are living the Gospel values Jesus has taught us along the journey. Have we cultivated humility, compassion, and justice? Admitting where we still need God’s forgiveness, asking for it, and changing our lives as we need to are also important ways we prepare for the kingdom feast.
DIOCESAN NEWS AND BEYOND
Diocesan Pastoral Council - October 28 from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm at Plaza 88 in Prince Albert
Speakers: Bishop Stephen Hero; Mary Martin with the Diocesan Called and Gifted Team; Responsible Ministry (protocol update); Diocesan Communications; Finance Representative; World Youth Day Representatives
Deadline for Registration: Friday, October 20, 2023
Register with Debbie McHarg, Resource Center, firstname.lastname@example.org or call 306-922-4747 ext. 229
EMBRACING THE CALLS TO ACTION
In honor of our 80th Convention, the Catholic Health Association of Saskatchewan (CHAS) would like to extend an invitation to the faithful of the Prince Albert Diocese to attend our TRC evening with Chief Wilton Littlechild and Fr. Ken Thorson OMI, moderated by Sandi Harper. This event is part of CHAS' annual convention taking place from Oct. 26 - 27th, 2023. To accommodate as wide an audience as possible, we are holding the presentation at St. Philip Neri Parish, 1902 Munroe Ave S. Date: Oct. 26th. Presentation 7 - 9 pm, doors open at 6:30 pm. A suggested donation of $10 would be welcome.
For more information about the presenters or the convention go to: queenshouse.org
OUR LIFESTYLE AND OUR OVER-STRAINED PLANETOCTOBER 9, 2023
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In a book, The Book of Hope, which he co-authored with Jane Goodall, Douglas Abrams makes this statement: Creating the human race may be the single biggest mistake evolution ever made.
He says this tongue-in-cheek since he recognizes that the emergence of the human race was clearly intended by the evolutionary process and that rather than being a colossal mistake it is the apex of the process. Nonetheless, today, the human race is a huge threat to planet earth. Simply put, there are now over seven billion people on the planet and already in many places we have used up nature’s limited resources faster than nature can replace them. By the year 2050 there will probably be ten billion of us. If we carry on with business as usual, the planet simply cannot sustain us, at least if we continue in our present lifestyle.
And the lifestyle referred to here is not, first of all, the lavish lifestyle of the rich who can be reckless and consume more than their share of resources. They, of course, contribute to the problem and unduly influence the rest us in our own habits of consumption; but, the lifestyle referred to here is what you and I, conscientious consumers, are living, even as we conserve, recycle, compost, drive electric cars, and try to live simply.
I can take myself as an example. I’m trying to be sensitive to what my own consumption is doing to mother earth. By comparison to those who have a luxurious lifestyle, I can claim to live pretty simply. I don’t buy what I don’t need, have a very small wardrobe, and am cautious about the amount of electricity and water I use. I drive a second-hand compact car and try to drive it only when necessary. I help assure that the thermostat in our house is set so as to ensure the minimal use of electrical energy, and I live in a relatively small house, recycle, and try to use as little plastic as possible.
But, on the other hand, I have two computers, a desktop in my office and a laptop at home. I have a cellphone which, through the years, has had to be updated four different times in terms of buying a new model and junking the old one. I shower daily and, depending upon physical work and exercise, sometimes take a second shower. I drive a car. I get on an airplane at least once a month for conferences and meetings and I fly internationally several times a year to visit family. I don’t have a lot of clothes, but my ministry and work require a certain standard of dress (which I meet minimally).
I think I can claim a simple lifestyle, given where I live and the work I do. However, realistically, if all seven (plus) billion people in the world lived as I do, there wouldn’t be enough resources to sustain us. Bottomline, the world cannot support eight billion people if everyone lives as I do, and as most of us do in the more affluent parts of our world. What’s the answer?
We can lay a guilt trip on ourselves and on others, though this isn’t necessarily helpful. What can be helpful? There’s no easy answer. Those of us living in the more affluent parts of our world can make changes, but can we simply stop using computers and mobile phones? We can conserve water, but can we abandon our present standards of hygiene? We can conserve electricity, but can we simply stop driving our cars and darken all our city buildings at night? We can be more scrupulous on how much we travel on airplanes, but can we live without airplane travel? We can cut back on what we buy in terms of excess food, excess clothing, and excess luxuries and entertainment. We can recycle, compost, and not use plastic bags – and all of this, cumulatively, will make a difference. Indeed, all of this needs to be done. However, helpful though this is, it alone will not solve the problem.
For Jane Goodall, beyond these individual things, we need to do some collective things to solve the existential threat to this planet. Goodall names three: First, we must alleviate poverty. If there are people living in crippling poverty, it is understandable that they will cut down the last tree to grow food or catch the last fish because they are desperate to feed their families. Second, we must eliminate government corruption and corporate greed. Without good government and concern for the common good in business, it is impossible to solve our enormous social and environmental problems. Moreover, those who for their own benefit refuse to face the problem will go on unchallenged. Finally, collectively too, we must realistically face up to the tension between our lifestyle and the ever-growing population on this planet. Thoughtless consumers are part of the problem – but so are the rest of us, me included, who fancy ourselves as living simply.
A message from Fr. Ron Rolheiser, OMI
This bulletin is prepared by the Parish Secretary and the Pastor