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: email@example.com Pastor Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Facebook: Catholic Church Meadow Lake
Address: 504-3rd Ave. East, Meadow Lake, SK S9X 1H5
Lord, make me know your ways.
Psalm 25 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., Jan. 22 – No mass
Tues., Jan. 23 – 10:00 am Liturgy with Communion at the Lodge
Tues., Jan. 23 – 6:30 pm (Our Lady of Peace Church & Facebook) - Anonymous
Wed., Jan. 24 – 6:30 pm (Our Lady of Peace Church & Facebook) - Anonymous
Thurs., Jan. 25 – 8:30 – 9:30 am Exposition/Adoration before mass
Thurs., Jan. 25 – 9:30 am (Our Lady of Peace Church & Facebook) - Anonymous
Fri., Jan. 26 – 9:30 am (Our Lady of Peace Church & Facebook) - Anonymous
Sat., Jan. 27 – 5:00 pm (St. Jude’s Green Lake) - People of God
Sun., Jan. 28 – 10:00 am – (Our Lady of Peace Church & Facebook) - People of God
Sun., Jan. 28 – 3:00 pm (Our Lady of the Smile Waterhen) - People of God
THIS WEEK IN THE PARISH
Sunday Collection – Jan. 14: Meadow Lake $1148.50 Green Lake – No mass Children’s Collection $4.20
The Pope’s Prayer Intention for January – For the gift of diversity in the Church – We pray that the Holy Spirit may help us to recognize the gift of different charisms within the Christian community and to discover the richness of different traditions and rituals in the Catholic Church.
Tax Receipts – Tax receipts for 2023 donations are ready to be picked up at the back of the church.
Knights of Columbus – The Knights will be holding an initiation degree for new members after mass on Tuesday, January 23. This degree is open to everyone. Please come to support Fr. Uche as he joins the Knights.
Sunday of the Word of God – In the Apostolic Letter Aperuit illis, Pope Francis instituted the Sunday of the Word of God, which is celebrated on the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time. “Devoting a specific Sunday of the liturgical year to the word of God can enable the Church to experience anew how the risen Lord opens up for us the treasury of his word and enables us to proclaim its unfathomable riches before the world.”
St. Paul’s Feast Day Mass & Fundraising Dinner – Saturday, January 27, 2024 starting with mass at 10:30 at St. Joe’s Parish in North Battleford and followed by dinner at 12:00. Fr. Uche has tickets ($30/adult). Please let him know if you want to attend this celebration and show support for him.
Scripture Insights – 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Taken from Source Book for Sundays, Seasons and Weekdays 2024: The Almanac for Pastoral Liturgy, LTP Liturgy Training Publications Copyright 2023, 3949 South Racine Avenue, Chicago, IL 60609, pg. 70.
Today’s first reading, from the Book of Jonah, can easily give us the wrong impression of this prophet. Why? This selection provides the picture of a prophet who hears the Word of God and immediately responds to what the Lord commands. It is important for us to know that in the first three verses of the book, we hear God giving Jonah a more detailed command to preach against Ninevah. How does Jonah respond? He completely ignores this command and flees in the opposite direction! The material between Jonah’s first and second command from the Lord is familiar to many. While on a ship headed away from Ninevah, the prophet is thrown overboard during a storm, is swallowed by a large fish, and then prays to God, after which he is spewed onto dry land. Then, only then, do we hear today’s reading that portrays Jonah as the obedient prophet. Interestingly, the psalm refrain “Teach me your ways, O Lord,” would certainly have been an appropriate prayer for this prophet.
Our short passage from Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians and the opening lines from Mark’s Gospel account remind us that God’s kingdom is near. The Gospel continues with material not unlike what we heard from the Book of Jonah. Both of these excerpts can be referred to as “call narratives,” texts in which an individual or individuals are called by God and given a particular command. You may notice that Mark’s call of Simon and Andrew (as well as James and John) is somewhat different from how John presented the call of these two men in last Sunday’s Gospel.
· Today’s readings certainly convey a sense of the urgency of the kingdom. This brings to mind the great American poet Mary Oliver’s invitation for us to consider what we might do with our “one, wild and precious life.” Take care not to dwell on what is often portrayed as an Old Testament God to be feared. Instead, welcome the reflection on what we are willing to do right now, in this life, today, to bring forth that kingdom of love and justice: Are we willing to leave our labor? Our comforts? Our predictable way of life, favoring the risk of following the road less traveled for the sake of heaven’s hope?
· Think of those gathered in the assembly: surely, family life is a big part of the story of your community. The example of the disciples leaving their friends and family to follow Jesus can be confusing for those who are committed to living in faithful communion with a spouse, partner, or children. What might those in partnered or family life be invited to leave behind so that the gift of family life might also share in that mission of ushering the world toward that beautiful kingdom of God?
DIOCESAN NEWS AND BEYOND
WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY 2024
January 18 – 25, 2024
The 2024 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is on the theme "You shall love the Lord your God ... and your neighbour as yourself" based on Luke 10:25-37. This year's theme was prepared by an ecumenical team in Burkina Faso.
This universal week of prayer encourages Christians of all denominations to meet, to participate in various liturgical and other community activities, and to pray together that all may be one, as Christ desires.
Resources include an Order of Service, a Bible study, and various reflections on the theme. There are also hymn suggestions and resources for children, high schools, and university campuses. Download these free materials at https://www.weekofprayer.ca/2024-wpcu-resources
This bulletin is prepared by the Parish Secretary and the Pastor