Our Lady of Peace Parish
Also Serving Our Lady of the Smile parish, Waterhen Lake and
St. Jude’s Parish, Green Lake
Office Hours For Parish Secretary: Monday - Friday: 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Office Hours For Fr. Doug: Tuesday - Friday 10:00 am - 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
“Abide in me as I abide in you, says the Lord; my branches bear much fruit.” John 15.4,5
May 2, 2021 -
5th 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:
Finance Council Chair:
Mass Attendance: If you would like to attend mass on Saturday nights or Sunday mornings in Meadow Lake, please call the Parish Office 306-236-5122 BEFORE FRIDAY NOON and leave a message. Reservations are necessary as we have limited capacity (30 people), and we do not want to turn someone away from the door.
SaskHealth/Diocese of Prince Albert Regulations – The presence of the Covid-19 variants continues to cause concern among health care professionals. The variants spread quickly and seriously impact our health and well being. Statistics show that they are also having a significant impact on younger people. Let us continue to exercise caution and get a vaccine if our doctors tell us we can. The virus has not gone away. As a result of the latest guidelines published by SaskHealth and communicated to us via our Bishop, Our Lady of Peace Parish can accommodate a total of 30 persons at each of our Saturday evening (7:00 pm) mass and Sunday morning (10:00 am) mass. If you would like to take part in our liturgy you must register, maintain social distance, wear a mask and sanitize your hands. A virtual liturgy continues to fulfill our Sunday obligation. Our Liturgies at Green Lake and Waterhen Lake are likewise limited by these regulations.
THIS WEEK IN THE PARISH
Mon., May 3 - Personal Intention
Tues., May 4 – 9:30 am (Facebook) - +M T Abraham by Swapna and Bijo
Wed. May 5 – 6:30 pm (Our Lady of Peace Church, Meadow Lake & Facebook) - +Mervin Tourand by Paul and Theresa Tourand
Thurs., May 6 - 9:30 am (Facebook) - +P J Augustine by Swapna and Bijo
Fri., May 7 - 9:30 am (Facebook) - Judile Fiddler by Joanne Martel
Sat., May 8 – No mass - No mass because of the RCIA Workshop
Sat. May 8 - 7:00 pm (Our Lady of Peace Parish Hall, Meadow Lake) - Alice Abraham by Joanne Martel
Sun. May 9 - 10 am (Our Lady of Peace Church, Meadow Lake & Facebook) - People of God
Sun. May 9- 12:30 pm (St Jude’s, Green Lake) - People of God
Sun. May 9 – 3:00 p.m. (Our Lady of the Smile, Waterhen Lake) - People of God
Our Lady of Good Counsel - Patron of the Catholic Women's League: Monday, April 26, was the feast day of Our Lady of Good Counsel. Our Lady of Good Counsel is the patroness of the CWL. On Monday evening, Father Doug, OMI, celebrated mass with a number of the ladies from the Council. Fr. Doug spoke about how Our Lady of Good Counsel became the patroness for the Catholic Women’s League in Canada, about the history of the icon of Our Lady of Good Council, about the scriptures and about how we are encouraged to do what we do today. The Mass was celebrated in the Parish Hall where we usually meet. Although we did not have a meeting, it was heartwarming to gather and see everyone. Father Doug, we appreciate you doing this for us on your day off. Thank you so much! CWL Ladies
Easter – The meaning of the Season (Taken from p 167 The Source Book For Sundays, Seasons, and Weekdays: The Almanac for Pastoral Liturgy, Liturgy Training Publications, Archdiocese of Chicago, Chicago, 2019) – Easter Time is the season of mystagogy. Yes, it is a time for catechizing those who were initiated into the Church at the Easter Vigil. Moreover, though, it is a time for these “neophytes” and the entire community “together to grow in deepening their grasp of the paschal mystery and in making it part of their lives through meditation on the Gospel, sharing in the Eucharist, and doing the works of charity” (RCIA, 244, see also 246). This deepening can happen in many ways, but the primary moment is “the Sunday Masses of the Easter season” (RCIA, 247). Celebrating the Rite of Sprinkling of Holy Water throughout the season is one way to symbolically emphasize the baptismal unity of the neophytes with the entire community.
May 1 – Feast of St. Joseph the Worker – Today the Church celebrates St. Joseph, and around the world May 1st is known as International Workers’ Day. It is an opportunity for us to recognize and give thanks for the value and dignity of human work. It is important also for us to defend the dignity of working people and to make sure that everyone who works receives a living wage. In this time, let us give thanks for the people who cannot work from home, for those who have and continue to serve us in various ways on the front lines – health care workers for sure and for all who show up to deliver our goods, grow our food (plants and animals), deliver the mail, pump the gas and who make coffee and serve us burgers and fries! For all who labour, thank you!
Landscaping Plans & Committee: The Old Parish Office Building is down, and we need to do something to finish the area where it sat. It is good for us to develop a plan to enhance the beauty of our entire Church yard. If you have ideas or if you would like to be a part of a committee or if you are willing to do some work, please be in touch with Fr. Doug at the parish office. Thanks! Looking forward to what we can do together to enhance the beauty of our property!
Grotto Rosary Project - May 2021 - Please note this project may be adjusted because of Covid-19. During the month of May, it is my hope to have people from the parish come and pray the rosary every day at 6:00 pm at our Grotto. I have prepared a list of intentions for the month. You are asked to come – rain, snow, wind, sun, or mosquitos and lead the rosary. All people are invited to come (masked, social distancing – not more than 10 people total), so you may not be alone. If you sign up to lead the rosary, you are responsible for leading the rosary! You can lead the rosary in the language of your choice, regardless of who else is there. If you need help to lead the rosary, an outline will be available in a plastic bag in Fr. Doug’s mailbox!
May 1 – For the safety of all who work – led by Marie Mamchur
May 2 – For all our parents
May 3 – For all our children
May 4 – For all who struggle with Covid-19 – led by Judy Barker
May 5 – For our deceased family and friends – led by Marcella Miller
May 6 – For the homeless – led by Elsie Michel
May 7 – For those who are struggling to forgive another
May 8 – In gratitude for all that we have received – led by Marie Mamchur
May 9 – For all mothers, living and deceased
May 10 – For the gift of peace
May 11 – For those who are struggling with addictions – led by Judy Barker
May 12 – For the grace to forgive ourselves – led by Marcella Miller
May 13 – In gratitude for the gift of the earth – led by Elsie Michel
May 14 – For the blessing of our seeds and the fields that receive them
May 15 – For farmers – their work with animals and fields – led by Marie Mamchur
May 16 – For those who work in our forests
May 17 – In gratitude for our medical professionals
May 18 – For all who are sick in our parish – led by Judy Barker
May 19 – For the victims of sexual abuse – led by Marcella Miller
May 20 – For those who are in prison – led by Elsie Michel
May 21 – For those who suffer from domestic violence
May 22 – For those who struggle with their mental health – led by Marie Mamchur
May 23 – For parents who are expecting children
May 24 – In gratitude for our grandparents
May 25 – For those who suffer because of racism – led by Judy Barker
May 26 – For reconciliation with our Indigenous brothers and sisters – led by Marcella Miller
May 27 – For all immigrants and refugees – led by Elsie Michel
May 28 – For all who will graduate this year
May 29 – For all who seek the Lord – led by Marie Mamchur
May 30 – In gratitude for the diversity of our community
May 31 – For our parish community that we might welcome those who are most in need
If you would like to sign up to lead the rosary at the Grotto – rain or shine – just call Lorraine at the Parish Office (306) 236 5122 to let her know which day you would like to volunteer to lead. If Lorraine is not in the office when you call, please leave her a message with your name & phone number and the date you would like to lead. She will return your call. You are welcome to come any night at 6:00 pm to join with whoever is praying as long as we do not exceed 10 people. There is no need to register if you just want to come and pray. Looking forward to seeing you as we gather in the presence of Our Blessed Mother, seeking the favour of the Lord.
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission and Bill C-15, May 4: An online conversation with the Honourable Murray Sinclair, Dr. Marie Wilson, and Chief Wilton (Willie) Littlechild - On Tuesday, May 4 at 7:00 pm (EDT), there will be a learning event: “The Truth and Reconciliation Commission and Bill C-15,” sponsored by Faith in the Declaration, a coalition of Canadian faith houses and faith organizations working together to support the implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). The three Commissioners of The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) will discuss the relationship of the TRC and UNDRIP and how that brings us now to Bill C-15 (“An Act respecting UNDRIP”). They will be asked how they envision Bill C-15 as the extension of their work with the TRC and whether this is the next chapter in the reconciliation journey. There will be reference to the Calls to Actions that are directed to faith bodies and next steps on the journey of reconciliation beyond Bill C-15. The event will be in English with simultaneous French translation.
Reinvigorating Our Parish RCIA Teams presented in two sessions - Saturdays, May 8 and 15 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Upon registration, a series of videos (7 short clips – together 90 minutes in length) will be sent to participants to watch prior to the webinars. The cost for the event is $20/person or $15/person who registers in groups of 2 or more. To register contact the EC Assistant Mon-Tues-Wed mornings or Thurs-Fri afternoons at 306-922-4747 extension 228 or via email at email@example.com. The registration deadline is May 11, 2021.
SIGNS OF LIFE IN THE LOCAL CHURCH: May 2021 Webinar Series: Join in this series to explore signs that new missional perspectives are bringing life to local congregations.
For further information, contact Archdeacon Cheryl Toth at firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 6: Unmasking the Post-Covid Church May 13: Fabulously Flourishing in the Local Church
May 20: Blessed to be a Blessing ... The Stewardship of Opportunity
May 27: To The Regions Beyond: Spiritual Care in Under-served Areas
This series is planned in the spirit of the LAURC Covenant by the Ecumenical Stewardship Committee of the Anglican Diocese of Qu'Appelle, the Saskatchewan Synod of the ELCIC, and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Regina.
The Catechetical Directory - Reflection – Part Two: In our last gathering, the Diocesan Commission for Evangelization and Catechesis reflected on Chapter One (Revelation and Its Transmission) of the new Directory for Catechesis. Chapter One contains and explores 4 themes:
This past Tuesday our Commission gathered, and we explored Chapter Two which is entitled The Identity of Catechesis. It contains and explores 5 themes:
I was struck by a few things during our reading and our conversation. In Par 55 we were reminded that “Catechesis is an ecclesial act, arising from the missionary mandate of the Lord (cf. Mt 28:19-20) and aimed, as its very name indicates at making the proclamation of his passion, death and resurrection continually resound in the heart of every person, so that his/her life may be transformed.” In simple terms, the whole Church community is to make sure that everyone knows Christ and the story of his life and death and resurrection. This news transforms lives, and the task of sharing this news has been given to us by Christ himself.
The model and inspiration for all Catechesis (sharing the Good News) is the Adult Catechumenate Model or the RCIA as we often refer to it. The Directory tells us that the model highlights and invites us to focus on six elements – the death and resurrection of Jesus, a beginning, liturgy and ritual, belonging to a community, the ongoing nature of conversion and our role as witnesses to the work of God in the world, and the progressive nature of the process – each period builds on what has gone before (Par 64).
Paragraph 66 reminds us that the first proclamation of the faith “…announces the gospel and elicits conversion”. Paragraph 67 reminds us that, “Catechesis develops this initial moment and brings it to maturity.” We are reminded in Paragraph 68 that we must hear this proclamation again and again throughout our lifetime so that this moment continues to mature. In other words, proclamation and catechesis are linked throughout our whole lives.
Paragraph 73 reminds us that, “Catechesis is placed at the service of the believer’s response of faith enabling him/her to live the Christian life in a state of conversion.” In simple terms this means that any catechetical tool, ritual, resource, or program is intended to help the catechist meet the person where they are at and to help them to grow in their life of faith. It is important for the individual to have information, but it is more important that the person encounter Jesus and internalize his message of hope and new life. Paragraph 75 tells us clearly “At the center of every process of catechesis is the living encounter with Christ.”
Paragraph 79 and following outlines the tasks of any catechesis: know the mysteries of the Kingdom, initiation into the celebration of the Mystery (liturgy), forming for life in Christ, teaching prayer and an introduction into community life.
To assist the catechist, the Directory outlines sources for the work of proclamation and catechesis. They list: the Word of God in Sacred Scripture and in Sacred Tradition reminding us that the Word of God is known both in the written word and in our life of faith down through the ages; the Magisterium or the teachings of the Church; the Liturgy itself and the various rituals that are a rich treasure of our faith; the testimony of saints and martyrs – the way in which they have lived their faith; theology, our search for understanding; Christian culture and Beauty.
As we made our way through the chapter, it struck me that the diverse voices and resources of the community must be gathered and shared if our work of proclamation and catechesis is to bear fruit.
This bulletin is prepared by the Parish Secretary and the Pastor