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 1-3:00 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
Lord, you will show me the path of life. Psalm 16 Refrain
April 23, 2023 - 3rd Sunday of Easter
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:
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., Apr. 24 – No mass
Tues., Apr.25 – 10:00 am Liturgy with Communion at the Lodge
Tues., Apr. 25 – 6:30 pm (Our Lady of Peace Church & Facebook) - Anonymous
Wed., Apr. 26 – No mass (Funeral Service – Cindy Carrier at 2:00 pm)
Thurs., Apr. 27– 9:30 am (Our Lady of Peace Church & Facebook) - Anonymous
Fri., Apr. 28 – 9:30 am (Our Lady of Peace Church & Facebook) - Anonymous
Sat., Apr. 29 – 5:00 pm (St Jude Parish, Green Lake) - People of God
Sun., Apr. 30 – 10:00 am (Our Lady of Peace Church & Facebook) - People of God
Sun., Apr. 30 – 3:00 pm (Our Lady of the Smile, Waterhen) - People of God
THIS WEEK IN THE PARISH
Sunday Collection – April 16: Meadow Lake $2292.85 Green Lake – $38.25
The Pope’s Prayer Intention for April – For a culture of peace and non-violence – We pray for the spread of peace and non-violence, by decreasing the use of weapons by States and citizens.
Easter Season – The seven weeks from Easter to Pentecost are celebrated as one great Feast Day. St. Athanasius called them “the great Sunday.” Christians sing the “Alleluia” during these days in their rejoicing. Taken from the Ordo: Liturgical Calendar, page 211
World Day of Prayer for Vocations – On April 30, the fourth Sunday of Easter, Christians are invited to reflect on the meaning of God’s call and to pray for vocations. Christ, the Good Shepherd, continues to lead his people through His Bishops, Priests, and Deacons, and calls many to follow Him in this way. Priestly, diaconal, and religious vocations should be a constant concern in the hearts of God’s people.
Taken from Ordo: the Liturgical Calendar page 228
Cleaning Day in the Church at Our Lady of Peace – Thank you to everyone that came on Wednesday, April 19 to help do a deep clean in the Church. The building has been renewed. Your generosity is appreciated.
Extended Deanery Pastoral Council Meeting – Saturday, April 29th in Edam. We will be reviewing our Synod statements and priorities. The meeting starts at 9:00am Registration and Opening ritual 9:30am and ends at 3:15pm. Our parish chose points 1 and 4 as priorities:
1. Ongoing opportunities for listening to each other to continue healing and reconciliation in our parishes as we become more a Church that journeys together, particularly, with our Indigenous brothers and sisters.
4. Greater emphasis on outreach to those in our parishes who need support and those in need in our communities, both local and global.
I would encourage as many people as possible to take part in this meeting, especially those in leadership positions and the members of the Catholic Women’s League and the Knights of Columbus. Please reserve the date. We will be invited to share how we are doing with our priorities.
Meadow Lake Parish Annual General Meeting – Finances and Facilities – Last Sunday we had the AGM – Pastoral Ministry after the 10:00 am mass. A special word of thanks to all those who took part in the meeting and a special word of thanks to those who said yes to serving on our Parish Pastoral Council. I want to take this opportunity to thank those who have been serving during these last years and especially during the pandemic. A special shout out to Doris Beaubien who was the chair of the Council. On Sunday, April 30th we will have our AGM – Finances and Facilities, after 10:00 am mass. Please mark April 30 on your calendars and plan to attend. Depending on the questions and ideas that surface, the meeting should take about 45 minutes. The report for the meeting is at the end of the bulletin. Our Financial Statements will be handed out at the meeting.
Seating and Reception of Communion - Effective Sunday, April 16 a few pews are reserved on the west side of the Church for those who are concerned about their health and need to take precautions when in large groups of people. These pews will have a RESERVED sign on them. The remaining pews on the west side are open for general use. Fr. Doug will distribute communion to the people in the Reserved section and then go to the front where he will distribute communion to the general members of the congregation. Fr. Doug will continue to sanitize his hands and wear a mask when distributing communion. The extraordinary ministers of communion will be asked to sanitize their hands prior to distributing communion but will no longer be required to wear a mask unless they distribute communion on the west side of the Church. Extraordinary Ministers of Communion, other Ministers and parishioners may choose to wear masks as they take part in our Liturgies and parish gatherings. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls – On May 4th, Flying Dust is organizing a walk to honor the missing and murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. The walk will start out at Our Lady of Peace Parish and conclude at the Gymnasium at Flying Dust. Further details will be given as the event draws near. I encourage all who can, to take part in this Walk to support those who are missing and those who are grieving.
Annual Retreat – Each year, we as priests are encouraged to make an extended retreat. I have been doing an 8 day retreat since my ordination and I plan to do this again this year. I will be away from noon on Wednesday, May 3rd until Wednesday, May 10th. If you need a priest during this time, please contact the Parish Office and Pat will help you. I look forward to this time of prayer and silence and I assure you that my daily prayer will be for you and your needs!
Scripture Insights – Third Sunday of Easter
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. 184.
Today’s Gospel reading vividly reveals the transforming power of an encounter with the risen Lord. Two bitterly disappointed disciples are leaving Jerusalem, where their hopes have been destroyed. Jesus, “the Nazarene, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word” (Lk 24:19) and whom they believed had promised a new kingdom, had been crucified, died, and was buried. All their hopes and expectations have come to nothing. Along the road to Emmaus, a stranger joins them, and they share with him their frustrations.
The Gospel reading contains a remarkable message for us and every generation. Like those disciples on the road to Emmaus, we encounter the presence of the risen Lord every time we gather to hear the Scriptures proclaimed and witness the bread of the Eucharist broken. “The Church has always venerated the divine Scriptures just as she venerates the body of the Lord, since, especially in the sacred liturgy, she unceasingly receives and offers to the faithful the bread of life from the table both of God’s word and of Christ’s body” (Dei verbum, 21).
DIOCESAN NEWS & BEYOND
Message from Fr. Ken Forester OMI, from the Oblate Missionary Association – Fr. Ken Forester, OMI, one of the Directors of our Missionary Association has taped a message for all who have helped or are interested in helping the Oblates share the Gospel around the world. The message is entitled: You are Simon of Cyrene Carrying the Cross of Christ!
It can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CxlcFzsoL_8&feature=youtu.be
From Catholic Missions in Canada – The Tastes of Heaven Gala will be livestreamed on Thursday, April 27, 2023, beginning at 5:00 pm Eastern Time (3:00 pm here in Saskatchewan). This event is a fundraiser for Catholic Missions in Canada. Faith communities here in our Diocese receive some funding from Catholic Missions in Canada. Both Waterhen Lake and Green Lake receive funding from Catholic Missions. The goals of the Fundraiser include raising $250,000.00 and making known the work of Catholic Missions in Canada. Please mark your calendars and inform yourselves of the work of the Church in Canada. This year (2023) Catholic Missions in Canada will disburse $4,834,441.00 to parishes across our Great Country. The funds are used to pay salaries, pay for travel, train lay people, provide funds for seminarians, help with Church repairs, provide utilities in remote areas to name just a few. If you would like to make a donation please contact Pat or Fr. Doug.
Rosary and Reflection – Once a month, from 6:30 pm – 7:45 pm, with Bishop Stephen. The next reflections will be offered May 27th! Livestreamed from Prince Albert!
Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine welcomes Pilgrims to our Annual General Meeting
When: Saturday May 6, 2023 from 1:00 - 2:00pm
Where: Museum in Duck Lake which is right off the highway
We welcome Pilgrims:
AGM – Finances and Facilities
April 30, 2023
As indicated earlier I have decided to split up the Pastoral Ministry and the Finances and Facilities AGM so that the meetings are not so long. The Finance and Facilities AGM will take place on April 30th after 10:00 am mass.
This report will encourage us to think about and reflect on our Financial Resources and the use of our Grounds and Facilities – Parish Hall, Parish Garage, Parish Rectory, and our Parish Church building. This reflection will include our Financial Report for 2022, our Budget for 2023, the new Contract for the Parish Hall, the Cemetery Committee and the possibility of adding a few members to our Finance Council. At the present time our Finance Council is composed of Margaret Alger, Judy Barker, Sandra Senga, Pat Bencharski, (Bookkeeper/Accountant) and Fr. Doug.
Financial Report for 2022 - Things to take note of in our Financial Report.
In the past year we purchased two new furnaces for the Parish Hall as the previous furnaces had reached the end of their life. We also purchased a furnace for the Church. We completed the fencing of the yard for the Pastor. We resolved the sump pump issues in the basement of the Church and as a result no longer must deal with the sewer gas smell that was often present in the Parish Office. A new lawn tractor was purchased. We paid out our commitment to furnishing the new room at the Lodge. Last year we also experienced a significant increase in our insurance rates, and our Utilities expenses.
During the pandemic our Sunday income dropped significantly and in the latter part of 2022 we saw a gradual increase in our Sunday income. Having achieved all those things and the payment of our ordinary expenses we were left with a deficit of $3,636.55.
It is important to note that in the past year we set aside $190,000.00 for two long-term GICs. We received good interest rates on both investments in the Royal Bank and in the Credit Union.
Budget for 2023
For the coming year there are no significant expenses in our ordinary budget. It is our intention to pinpoint and resolve the sewer smell at the Parish Rectory and to purchase a new computer to broadcast song lyrics at our Sunday masses. It is also our intention to repaint the statue at the Grotto. We incurred an extraordinary expense when we received the bill from the RM ($6000.00) for fighting the fire at Cabana.
You will notice that we are anticipating an increase in our Sunday collections. We also anticipate increases in our Power and Heating bills. As a result, we are projecting a deficit of $11,890.00.
We are looking at some additional Fundraising activities in the parish that will serve to deepen our appreciation of our community members and at the same time bring in a few dollars for our parish.
Parish Hall Contract – copies of the Parish Hall Contract will be made available at the meeting for our consideration and feedback. The rental of our Parish Hall will be dependent upon finding and recruiting an on-call janitor service and parish volunteers to oversee each function.
Cemetery Committee – the Diocese has asked us to ensure that our 3 cemeteries are properly cared for – for now and on into the future. To that end we are establishing a Cemetery Committee that will review the status and the state of the three cemeteries and help us make decisions for their ongoing care.
Additional Members – while it is our opinion that our Finance Council is working well, we would like to add a few members who would be able to take the place of those who left the Council after the beginning of the pandemic.
Things to Note: We exceeded our Bishop’s Annual Appeal Goal for the third year in a row. Thanks to the generosity of our people.
We would like to replace the wooden tables in the Parish Hall with plastic tables. Next year’s budget?
We anticipate that we will need to arrange for an engineering assessment of our Church building in 2024 as our previous assessment reaches its best before date!
This bulletin is prepared by the Parish Secretary and the Pastor