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: firstname.lastname@example.org Pastor Email: email@example.com
Facebook: Catholic Church Meadow Lake
Address: 504-3rd Ave. East, Meadow Lake, SK S9X 1H5
“Create in me a clean heart, O Lord, and put a new and right spirit within me”
March 21, 2021 - 5th Sunday of Lent
Our Vision: 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 night or Sunday morning 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 (20 small groups) and we do not want to turn someone away from the door.
Celebrating St. Joseph: This week we continued our Novena for St. Joseph. Our Novena has been an opportunity to remember, honour and praise St. Joseph and, in addition, it has been an opportunity to ask St. Joseph to intercede for the People of the Meadow Lake Cluster. On March 19th, we live-streamed the Litany for St. Joseph at 11:30 am, we prayed the Novena at 6:00 pm and at 6:30 pm we welcomed people to the Church for the celebration of mass in honor of St. Joseph, Husband of Mary. Wherever you are, let us continue to give thanks and praise for the faithful life and love of St. Joseph.
Mon., March 22 - Personal Intention
Tues., March 23 - 6:30 pm (Facebook) - + Lionel Lefort by Georgette Lefort
Wed. March 24 - 6:30 pm (Our Lady of Peace Church, Meadow Lake & Facebook) - + Lionel Lefort by Georgette Lefort
Thurs., March 25 - 6:30 pm (Diocesan Facebook) - Feast of the Annunciation – Prince Albert
Fri., March 26- 6:30 pm (Our Lady of Peace Church, Meadow Lake & Facebook) - Floyd Laliberte by Ernest Laliberte and Family
Sat., March 27 - 11:00 am (Diocesan Facebook) - Chrism Mass – Prince Albert
Sat. March 27 - 7:00 pm (Our Lady of Peace Parish Hall) - +Jerry Lavallee by Paul and Theresa Tourand
Sun. March 28 - 10 am (Our Lady of Peace Church, Meadow Lake & Facebook) - People of God in the Meadow Lake Cluster
Sun. March 28- 12:30 pm (St Jude’s, Green Lake) - People of God in the Meadow Lake Cluster
Sun. March 28 – 3:00 pm (Our Lady of the Smile, Waterhen Lake) - People of God in the Meadow Lake Cluster
THIS WEEK IN THE PARISH
Sask Health/Diocese of Prince Albert Regulations – We have been informed by the Diocese that the Province of Saskatchewan is suggesting that we can increase the number of people who physically take part in the Sunday liturgy (March 19). The Far North West Region of the province to which we belong is experiencing a downward trend in terms of Active Cases of Covid-19. We will be increasing the number of people who can take part in the liturgy here at Our Lady of Peace. The notices from SaskHealth and our own Diocese of Prince Albert remind us that other than an increase in the number of people who can attend church services, all other guidelines remain in place. Masks, sanitizing, social distancing, and registration for liturgies must still occur to safeguard our parishioners. We anticipate that we can handle 20 small family groups at our 10:00 am Sunday Liturgy. Please note that until we hear from the Bishop, a virtual liturgy continues to fulfill our Sunday obligation.
Regarding the Reception of the Covid-19 Vaccine - It has been reported in the news that the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a statement suggesting that we should choose certain vaccines over others. The news report may cause confusion. In response to the confusion, the Bishops wrote a follow up statement to offer clarification to people. Here is a portion of that statement taken from the Bishops’ website https://www.cccb.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/CLARIFICATION-CCCB-Statement-on-COVID-19-Vaccine-Choice-9-March-2021-EN.pdf
“On 9 March 2021, the Canadian of Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) published a short “Note on Ethical Concerns Related to Currently Approved COVID-19 Vaccines.” This Note was published in response to questions from Catholics who were concerned about the moral permissibility of receiving currently-approved COVID-19 vaccines. The Note did not refer to, nor intend to question the medical efficacy of any vaccine. In response to questions received since the publication of the Note, the CCCB wishes to clarify any misunderstandings that may have arisen.
1. Catholics are invited to be vaccinated, both in keeping with the dictates of their conscience and in contributing to the common good by promoting the health and safety of others.
2. The CCCB Note of 9 March 2021 simply restates the position outlined by the Holy See in its Note of December 21, 2020 regarding the use of vaccines.
3. All COVID-19 vaccines that are medically approved by the relevant health authorities may be licitly received by Catholics.
4. Since there is currently no choice of vaccine being offered, Catholics in good conscience may receive the vaccine that is available and offered to them.”
A Prayer as we Wait for a New Bishop
Heavenly Father, we give you thanks for sending us your Son, Jesus Christ, to be our shepherd.
We ask you to send your Holy Spirit upon us during this time of discernment.
We pray that the one you have chosen will respond to your call.
May your Spirit give him the wisdom for this calling and the love to continue to gather Your people in faith, joy, peace and hope.
We ask this prayer through your Son and Mary, mother of the Church. Amen
Development and Peace – The Canadian Conference of Bishops and the leadership of Development and Peace have issued a statement regarding the concerns that had been expressed re: monies being given to organizations that are in opposition to Catholic Social Teaching. All points of concern have been resolved and Catholics are invited to support Development and Peace. Our own Bishop, Albert Thevenot has released a letter urging us to support the work of Development and Peace. Please see the websites of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops https://www.cccb.ca/media-release/canadian-conference-of-catholic-bishops-and-the-canadian-catholic-organization-for-development-and-peace-caritas-canada-conclude-joint-review-of-ccodps-international-partner-organiz/ and/or Development and Peace https://www.devp.org/en/articles/canadian-conference-catholic-bishops-issues-letter-backing-share-lent-campaign for further information.
Live 5th Sunday Mass: https://vimeo.com/saltandlight Visit this page at 1:00 pm EST on Sunday, March 21 to view the national Fifth Sunday Mass celebrated by +Guy Desrochers, Bishop of Pembroke, and broadcast live on Salt + Light television. The Mass will begin at 1:30 pm and will be preceded by a 30-minute special program on Development and Peace.
Contributions: You can contribute to Development and Peace (D & P) by using your donation envelopes (Solidarity Sunday, March 21), by donating online at devp.org/sharelent, by mailing a cheque to 1425 Rene-Levesque Blvd. W., 3rd Floor, Montreal (Quebec) H3G 1T7 or by calling 1-888-234-8533. Thank you for participating in Share Lent 2021.
CATHOLIC WOMEN'S LEAGUE OF CANADA – Thank you to all who participated in our 2021 Virtual St. Pat’s Day Tea & Quilt Display. Our Lady of Peace has been hosting the event for 91 years since Mrs. Evans hosted the event in her hotel dining room. The Catholic Women’s League ladies took over coordination of the event in 1958 or 1959 and have continued the event over the last 60+ years. Thank you to the quilters who submitted 38 quilts for this event and to those who supported the event. We even had one submission from Ontario. Special thanks to Jacqueline Thibeault for her technical support for the event, the light-hearted Irish blessings, the YouTube Irish-themed music and for the trivia and questions about St. Patrick’s Day.
What’s your Catholic IQ? Last bulletin’s question and answer: Jesus said, “This is my body” and “This is my blood” to the apostles (c) at the Last Supper. This is when Jesus instituted the Eucharist. On Holy Thursday we celebrate this in a special way at the Mass of the Lord’s Supper.
This week’s question: When Pontius Pilate asked the people what he should do with Jesus, they shouted (a) “Let him go!” (b) “Send him to Rome!” (c) “Crucify him!” (d) “Let him be a soldier!”
LENT 2021 RESOURCES
A bible study of the Gospel readings for each of the six-Sundays of Lent has been created using the The Catholic Serendipity Bible for Personal and Study Groups, Lyman Coleman. The six-week bible study can be found here.Daily Emails - I am with You: Lessons of Hope and Courage in Times of Crisis from Loyola Press
- Led by the Spirit Lenten Reflections with Dr. Tim Gray from Formed
- It's Not What You Give Up This Lent: It's Who You Become from Dynamic Catholic
Multiple offerings from Prayer and Retreats to Art to Reflections on Specific Holy Days from Loyola Press
For Young Adults: Lent in Three Minutes from Busted Halo
Our Journey Through Lent from Franciscan Media
25 Great Things You Can Do for Lent: Besides Giving Up Chocolate from Busted Halo
Preparing for Lent and What's the Purpose of Lent from Fr. Mike Schmitz
Lenten Calendar - Lent-themed Daily Jolt and Microchallenge! from Busted Halo
Family Faith Formation for the Home: A video series to support families in telling the Easter story to their children. Posted on the RC Diocese of Prince Albert: Evangelization and Catechesis Facebook page and later on the Evangelization and Catechesis webpage on the RC Diocese of PA website. Each video is between 15-30 minutes and contains a short reading from the story Benjamin’s Box, a Scripture reading, a craft, a challenge, and a prayer. By the end, families will have heard the Easter story and collected items symbolizing key moments of Jesus’ experience during his last days: His triumphant entry into Jerusalem on a donkey , the last supper, Jesus’ prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus’ torture and crucifixion and the resurrection on Easter morning.
Here is the video schedule remaining: Mondays March 22 & 29; Good Friday - Apr 2; Holy Saturday - Apr 3; Easter Sunday - Apr 4.
Other resources for families - Lenten Activities from Loyola Press: 40 Ideas for 40 Days, Catechetical Activities for Lent, Lent at Home, Lenten Activities for Children, Lenten Family Calendar, Lent Frequently Asked Questions: With Joe Paprocki; CatChat Productions - Treasures of Faith Journey
Feast of the Annunciation - Thursday March 25, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Prince Albert.
Chrism Mass - Saturday, March 27, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Prince Albert.
To register for the above church services in Prince Albert, please call Laura Dorosh at the Diocesan office
1-306-922-4747 Ext. 222. Registration is on a first call in - first serve basis.
Note: Each of these celebrations will be live streamed on the day as well.
This bulletin is prepared by the Parish Secretary and the Pastor