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 10am-12:00 and 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
“We are his people: the sheep of his pasture.” Psalm 100 Refrain
May 8, 2022 - Fourth 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., May 9 – No mass - Anonymous
Tues., May 10 – 6:30 pm (Our Lady of Peace Church & Facebook) - Dave Pope by Marty & Val Bishop
Wed., May 11 – 6:30 pm (Our Lady of Peace Church & Facebook) - +Mervyn Tourand by Theresa Tourand
Thurs., May 12 – 9:30 am (Our Lady of Peace Church & Facebook) - Leslie Morgenstern by Marty & Val Bishop
Fri., May 13 – 9:30 am (Our Lady of Peace Church & Facebook) - Anonymous
Sat., May 14 – 7:00 pm – (Our Lady of Peace Church, Meadow Lake) - Anonymous
Sun., May 15 – 10 am (Our Lady of Peace Church, Meadow Lake & Facebook) - People of God
Sun., May 15 – 12:30 pm (St Jude Parish, Green Lake) - People of God
THIS WEEK IN THE PARISH
Thank You to the Knights of Columbus for a delicious pancake breakfast last Sunday. Thank you to all who came to enjoy the great food and fellowship. Approximately $400.00 was raised to be donated to the parish to help cover the cost of the new computer.
Rain or Shine Rosary at our Grotto – Tuesdays at 6:00 p.m. beginning May 10th and continuing throughout the month of May. Come and join us at the Grotto for the Rosary, rain or shine! A basket will be placed at the entrance of the Church, and you can drop off your prayer needs/intentions and we will pray for them every Tuesday, beginning May 10th!
NEW INITIATIVES IN OUR PARISH
Conversations: Beginning this Saturday live and on Facebook I will start a program called Conversations. In his encyclical letter Fratelli tutti (Fraternity and Social Relationships), Pope Francis is encouraging us to encounter one another. He recognizes that there are many divisions in our world and many of them flow from the fact that we are not talking to and listening to one another. He suggests that we need to encounter one another so as to see and understand each other. This initiative called Conversations is an attempt to help us see and understand one another. From time to time I hope to have a conversation with someone who can help us to see points of view which may be overlooked. This is an effort to help us learn. I will evaluate this, with your help, as the weeks unfold.
Our commitment to our faith is a lifelong journey. We need help and support along the way. The mission of the Church (that is all of us together) is to help and support each other as we get to know our Triune God. We know from personal experience that our knowledge and experience of God unfolds as our life unfolds. Parents have the wonderful responsibility of sharing and supporting their own faith in the sacrament of marriage, and they have the wonderful responsibility of sharing faith with their children; helping them to become intentional disciples of Jesus. Recently, in our parishes when someone has come to have their child baptized the focus has been sharing information about the sacrament of baptism thus assuming that they were prepared to share faith with their children. The New Catechetical Directory and the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults invite us to refocus our efforts. These documents recently published encourage us to help people explore their relationship with God so that they are better equipped for their journey of faith and their responsibility to share the Sacraments of Initiation with their children (Baptism, Reconciliation, Confirmation and Communion). In light of this I have been working (consulting the Director of Evangelization and Catechesis for our Diocese) to develop a program for our parish which will better prepare people for their work of faith sharing. As people come seeking the sacraments for their children they will be invited and encouraged to reflect on their relationship with God and with the Church. I will be sharing this program and approach with the parishes in one of my homilies. I will also be sharing this approach with people as they come requesting the sacraments.
Synod 2021-2023 Information: The parish synod committee has prepared a synthesis of the responses in Our Lady of Peace and in St. Jude’s. A copy of the Synthesis was sent out electronically to people with email addresses. A hard copy will be sent out to those who do not have email. It is our hope that we hear each other. Perhaps having heard we can continue to speak and to share our faith in Jesus Christ with one another. The work of the two parishes was combined and submitted to the Diocese as our contribution from the Cluster. Thank you for sharing with us! Please know that you matter, and we have made space for you! You can follow the diocesan Synod plans here: https://www.padiocese.ca/synod2023. The Diocese is now moving into the Synthesis Phase of our synodal journey. The online surveys have been closed as we compile the Diocesan Synthesis from the parish summaries, the online feedback, and the Virtual Diocesan Synod sessions.
Highlights from the Diocesan Synthesis will be provided at our June 4, 2022, concluding event at St. Joseph Parish in Prince Albert. There will be a closing Mass to conclude this event at 11:30 am. PLEASE BE SURE TO SAVE THE DATE. The Diocesan Synthesis must be sent to the Western Canadian Bishops by June 17, 2022, and the Diocesan Synthesis will also be made available to parishes once it is complete.
Questions? Please email email@example.com or call the Diocesan office at 306-922-4747 extension 227.
Sunday Collection – May 5: $1716.15 St. Jude Parish: $183.70
Aid to Ukraine: Please help the Missionary Oblates help the people of Ukraine. You can donate on-line through our website: www.omilacombe.ca/mami/donations ; E-transfer to firstname.lastname@example.org. Call our office directly 1-866-432-6264; send a cheque payable to AMMI Lacombe Canada MAMI or bring to Parish Office. Mail to 601 Taylor Street West, Saskatoon, SK S7M 0C9. Income tax receipts are available for all donations.
OUR LADY OF THE CAPE – Canada was Consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Ottawa in 1947. This year, we celebrate the 75th Anniversary of this event. The Marian Statue that was used at the time was from Canada’s National Marian Shrine located at Cap de la Madeleine near Trois Rivières, Quebec. The original statue is known as Our Lady of the Cape. As a result, the Marian Devotional Movement is visiting various dioceses in Canada in 2022 as it spearheads pilgrim statue tours of Our Lady of the Cape to provide opportunities for Canadians to venerate Canada's National Madonna, to promote consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and to promote enrollment in the Confraternity of the Most Holy Rosary.
A replica statue of Our Lady of the Cape will be touring our diocese from May 18 - May 20. Exact dates, times and locations are as follows:
May 18 – Sacred Heart Cathedral - Prince Albert - Noon Mass, Quiet prayer/devotion for the afternoon, 7:00 -8:00 pm – Marian Hour
May 19 – Our Lady of Peace Parish – Meadow Lake – 7:00 pm-8:00 pm - Marian Hour
May 20 – Notre Dame de Lourdes – North Battleford - 1:30 – 3:00 pm (Introduction/Rosary & Prayer),
4:00 pm-7:00 pm Quiet prayer/devotion, 7:00 pm-8:00 pm - Marian Hour
The Pope’s Prayer Intention for May – For Faith-filled Young People: We pray for all young people, called to live life to the fullest; may they see in Mary’s life the way to listen, the depth of discernment, the courage that faith generates, and the dedication to service.
Marian Month: May as a Marian Month has to be understood within the wider context of the Liturgical Season. During the Easter Season, the Regina Caeli (see CBW III, no 460 “Be Joyful, Mary, Heavenly Queen”) is appropriate. Where there is a custom of a Marian hymn at Mass, it should be the concluding song of the celebration. See Pastoral Note 28b, p 53. Which says the following: Marian Months: May and October as “Marian” months must always reflect and support the context of the Liturgical year. Weekdays of May generally fall within the Easter Season. Thus, May devotions highlight the special sharing of the Blessed Virgin in the Paschal Mystery of Christ her Son, including the Pentecost event in which she joined with the Apostles awaiting the gift of the Holy Spirit. October often includes the rosary, always recited as a prayerful reflection on the entire Paschal Mystery. On Sundays especially, celebrations must always respect the best traditions of the church and its liturgical regulations. Taken from the Ordo Liturgical Calendar 2021-2022 published by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops p 230.
Scripture Insights – Fourth Sunday of Easter: Taken from Source Book for Sundays, Seasons and Weekdays 2022: The Almanac for Pastoral Liturgy, LTP Liturgy Training Publications Copyright 2020, 3949 South Racine Avenue, Chicago, IL 60609, pg. 198.
It is helpful to recall that Luke authored a two-volume work, Luke-Acts. In his first volume he unfolds the healing life, death, and resurrection of Jesus; in Acts, he shows the life-changing effect of Jesus that the disciples who knew him carried to the whole world.
In Luke’s account of the Gospel, Jesus sends the twelve to announce the Kingdom of God but warns them that if they are not welcomed, they are to shake the dust from their feet, a sign of dissociating oneself from another. In Acts, Paul and Barnabas proclaim Jesus as the Messiah who has begun God’s rule on earth, but some Jews reject this testimony. Obedient to Jesus, they turn to the Gentiles. In this manner, they fulfill the Old Testament and demonstrate one of Luke’s major themes: the spread of the Good News “to the ends of the earth” (Acts 13:47).
The second reading and Gospel continue the motif of universality, showing Jesus as the Good Shepherd for all people. Belonging to Jesus depends not on ethnicity or religious background or any accident of birth but on recognizing and responding to his call: “My sheep hear my voice” (Jn 10:27).
Revelation looks forward to the culmination of history and the completion of God’s reign through Jesus. In the vision of John the Seer, those who pass through suffering and death like Jesus, with complete trust in God, will also emerge transformed and victorious (symbolized by white robes and palm branches) at the end. Regardless of “nation, race, people, and tongue” (Rv 7:9), all who hear and follow the voice of Jesus belong to his flock, now and forever.
DIOCESAN NEWS & BEYOND
May 8 is GOOD SHEPHERD SUNDAY and the WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS. Please take the time to watch an Interview with Most Reverend Stephen Hero https://youtu.be/KGGZisBIcXQ
Canonization of Marie Rivier: Pope Francis recognized the miraculous healing of Angel Marie Degamo, from the Philippines, obtained through the intercession of Marie Rivier. The canonization will take place on May 15, 2022 in Rome. The celebrations will be live streamed on the Vatican Site. Saturday, May 28, 2022, you are all invited to join the Sisters for a Prince Albert Diocesan Celebration for the Canonization of Marie Rivier to be held at Sacred Heart Cathedral at 11:00 am officiated by Bishop Stephen Hero. Following the Eucharistic Celebration, a buffet lunch will be served in the basement of the Cathedral. To honor our Foundress, a musical program will be held at the auditorium of Bishop Pascal Place at 2:00 pm. Please register by calling the Sisters at (306)764-3445. If you are interested in attending the Canonization of Marie Rivier on May 15, 2022, please contact: Mike at Lobstick Travel - 306-764-4274 or email email@example.com
Details of the trip to be determined. https://www.padiocese.ca/news-articles
Deacon Tai Le will be ordained on Friday, June 10th, 2022, at 7:00 pm at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Prince Albert. Keep Deacon Tai in your prayers as he continues to prepare for priesthood and a life of service of God’s People. https://www.padiocese.ca/news-articles
Please join with the Catholic Bishops of Saskatchewan as they recognize the gift and impact of Catholic Education as we celebrate Catholic Education Week in our province from May 22 to May 29. This year’s theme is “Catholic Education: Rebuild, Restore, Renew Together.”
Online Community? Church Hybridity? The Digital Body of Christ? Mark your calendars for the first annual summer learning event held on-line and co-sponsored by the Saskatoon Theological Union and St. Thomas More College. From June 13 – 16, we will explore the theme of Religious Community in a Digital World. Our keynote speakers are Dr. Deanna Thompson (author of The Virtual Body of Christ in a Suffering World) and Dr. Jeffrey Mahan (author of Church as Network: Christian Life and Connection in Digital Culture). Our speakers will be looking at our new digital-ecclesial landscape through historical, theological, and pastoral lenses. For those of us planning on engaging our plugged-in world, no matter how bewildered we may feel in it, these conversations will be missional and life-giving, practical and prophetic. For more information, please contact Shawn Sanford Beck at firstname.lastname@example.org or (306) 441 6367.
Queen’s House of Retreats – Spiritual Care for Those Living with Dementia – This workshop offered by Sr. Cindy Lewans, PM will be offered on Zoom, on Saturday, May 7th, from 1:00 – 4:30 pm. Sr. Cindy is an Associate Chaplain of Sherbrooke Community Centre and Central Haven and is a member of the Sisters of Presentation of Mary. For the past six years she has had the grace and privilege of journeying with people – including those living with dementia in a mutual quest for spiritual health and full life.
In this workshop, we will briefly look at: • Situating ourselves and where we are at with dementia • Defining dementia; understanding the key characteristics; how it affects family and friends; and the changes which occur in the brain • Implications for how we approach and communicate with someone who has dementia • The challenge of dementia for Western culture • Redescribing dementia • Spiritual needs; common issues • Helpful responses and tools
To register for this workshop: Visit our website: https://www.queenshouse.org/programs/
OR call Queen’s House and register over the phone: 306-242-1916x226. As our staffing is minimal, please leave a message and we will be in touch as soon as possible.
Queen’s House of Retreats - Pastoral Counselling, with a focus on Marital Conflict / Separation and Divorce offered by Madeline Oliver. Sometimes you simply need a safe place to talk. I provide a listening ear, non-judgmental feedback, and an openness to talk about your relationship with God.
Olive Branch Ministry is supported by the Missionary Oblates, and their office is located in Queen’s House
Free consultation; $50.00 session. No one will be turned away for financial reasons.
Contact: Madeline Oliver 306-361-9318 or email: email@example.com
This bulletin is prepared by the Parish Secretary and the Pastor