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 9 am-12:00; Wednesday - Friday 10am—12:00 and 1pm-4:30
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
“Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord.”
Psalm 1 Refrain
February 13, 2022 - 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time
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:
SaskHealth has informed us that all citizens age 5 & older are eligible to receive a Covid19 vaccine and that booster doses of the Covid19 vaccine are available. Getting vaccinated is the best thing we can do to stop the spread of the Coronavirus. Please encourage one another, including your children, to get vaccinated. Wearing masks, sanitizing, social distancing and limiting the size of gatherings also help. Let us be safe and care for one another. If you HAVE NOT been vaccinated and you choose to join us for liturgy, you are EXPOSING YOURSELF TO SERIOUS RISK because of the more infectious omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus.
THIS WEEK IN THE PARISH
When there is a funeral, the daily mass will be cancelled. Check Facebook for the most up-to-date information.
On Tuesday to Friday and on Sunday, the Our Lady of Peace masses will be livestreamed on Facebook.
Mon., Feb 14 – No mass - Personal Intention
Tues., Feb. 15 – 6:30 pm (Our Lady of Peace Church & Facebook) - +Jason Aubichon by Christine and family
Wed., Feb. 16 – 6:30 pm (Our Lady of Peace Church & Facebook) - +Sue Cameron by Dale and Carmelita Cameron
Thurs., Feb. 17 – 9:30 am (Our Lady of Peace Church & Facebook) - Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate by Doug Jeffrey, OMI
Fri., Feb. 18 – 9:30 am (Our Lady of Peace Church & Facebook) - +Paul and Eleanor Wegwitz by Carmelita Cameron
Sat., Feb. 19 – 7:00 pm (Our Lady of Peace Church, Meadow Lake) - Anonymous
Sun., Feb. 20 – 10 am (Our Lady of Peace Church, Meadow Lake & Facebook) - People of God
Sun., Feb. 20 – 12:30 pm (St Jude Parish, Green Lake) - People of God
Parish Secretary Needed: Typing skills, familiarity with Microsoft Word, welcoming spirit and confidentiality are essential. Thanks to those folks who have volunteered to help us out. We will organize a schedule soon. We are still looking for someone to fill this position.
Wednesday, February 16th: The Parish Office will be closed on Wednesday! Fr. Doug will be away from the parish on Wednesday, February 16th but will be back in time for mass! He will be purchasing some Church supplies. The 5-day candles we are currently using are not available due to production issues. We have been able to purchase 7-day candle inserts. The cost of lighting a large candle will go from $5.00 per candle to $7.00 per candle.
February 17 – Approval of the Rule of Life of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate – In 1826, Pope Leo XII at the request of Bishop Eugene DeMazenod approved the rule of life for the Missionary Oblates. Bishop Eugene went to Rome and personally met with members of the Curia and received the news that the Congregation’s Rule of life had been approved. Each year Oblates around the world rejoice and celebrate on this day! St. Eugene in the preface of the rule wrote that he wanted men who were zealous for spreading the gospel. He looked around and saw countless needs and wanted to do something about them. This same desire has motivated men to join our community down through the years. Today, in addition to welcoming men to become priests and brothers the Missionary Oblates welcome lay people to associate themselves with our community and assist us in our ministry and community life. On February 17th, join us for mass and enjoy a muffin or donut and some juice, coffee or tea; all in honor of St. Eugene!
Synod 2021-2023 Information
This past week a letter was sent out to all Our Lady of Peace parishioners (email/ordinary mail) offering different ways to participate in the Synod. The letter highlights 3 ways you can take part in the Synod at the parish level and encourages everyone to reach out and listen to the voices of others. Those of you who would like, can register to take part in a zoom meeting, those of you who would like to meet with folks in your ‘circle of friends’ can do so and fill out your form, and those who would like may simply fill in the form. All forms must be back to the parish office by February 18th. The committee will gather the information and prepare a synthesis which will be given out to everyone so that we can ‘hear’ what others are saying. The synthesis will also be forwarded to the Diocese as our contribution.
There are numerous opportunities provided by the Diocese and our parish to take part in the Synod. Please do take some time, pick one of the options available to you; share your thoughts and listen to others. If you don’t speak, we cannot hear you! If we don’t listen, voices will be unheard! If we cannot hear you, and you are not listened to, our community is the poorer for it. Please know that you matter, and we would like to make space for you if we can!
You can follow the diocesan Synod plans here: https://www.padiocese.ca/synod2023.
Other Upcoming Synod Zoom Sessions available at the Diocesan Level:
· Celebration (The Mass, Prayer, Devotions (rosary, pilgrimages etc.)) – February 23rd REGISTER HERE
· Main Synod Questions (Belonging/Listening/Speaking Out) – March 9th REGISTER HERE
· Missionary Disciples (Sharing Responsibility) – March 23rd REGISTER HERE
Each household in the parish is asked to pray every day, our Synod Prayer, from now until the end of March when we submit our thoughts and reflections to the Diocese.
Prayer for the Synod
We stand before you, Holy Spirit, as we gather together in your name.
With You alone to guide us, make Yourself at home in our hearts;
Teach us the way we must go and how we are to pursue it.
We are weak and sinful; do not let us promote disorder.
Do not let ignorance lead us down the wrong path
nor partiality influence our actions.
Let us find in You our unity so that we may journey together to eternal life and
not stray from the way of truth and what is right.
All this we ask of You, who are at work in every place and time,
in the communion of the Father and the Son, forever and ever. Amen
Green Lake News about the Synod: The members of St. Jude’s Parish have begun their Synod work. Some will take the Synod process home and will meet with people individually or together (as appropriate), do the work of the Synod and then fill in their sheets and return them to the parish. A summary will be made of the responses and returned to the parish members so we can nurture our life as a community. The information will also be forwarded to the Diocese. Could you please return your completed forms to Fr. Doug by February 18th at the latest! Thanks!
Sunday Collection – Sunday, Feb 8: Our Lady of Peace Parish: $1,325.50; St. Jude’s Parish: $174.00
Looking for a WINTERFUN DAY? Weather permitting, we will have a parish winter party on March 6th from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm in the parking lot of Our Lady of Peace Parish. Bring your kids and grandkids! Connect and re-connect with parishioners you have not seen for a while! The Knights of Columbus have graciously agreed to take care of the fire and to provide wieners and marshmallows for roasting. We will have some games for people to engage in! Some might want to do something creative with snow! And what is a celebration without music? For those of you who would like a less active/more social day, you can come and visit and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate around the fire! The Parish Hall will be open for those who prefer winter indoors! If you would like to help with a game or some aspect our WinterFun Day, please be in touch with Fr. Doug! More Info to come!
Praying for the Sick – On Friday, February 11th we celebrated the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes and the World Day of Prayer for the Sick. A number of people gathered to receive the sacrament. Let us continue to pray for the many people in our families, in our parish and in our communities, who need God’s healing power!
Pope Francis – Prayer Intention for February: This month Pope Francis invites us to pray for religious sisters and consecrated women. Let us join with Pope Francis in praying: We pray for religious sisters and consecrated women; thanking them for their mission and their courage; may they continue to find new responses to the challenges of our times.
Furnishing a Room in the Northwest Community Lodge. On Tuesday, February 15, members from our parish will present our cheque to the Leadership of the Northwest Community Lodge Fundraising Committee. More to come later!
Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time: 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. 92
Trust is not easy to define in the abstract, but we know it when we see it. We also know that we must take the leap before something can be experienced. Today’s readings invite us to take the leap and trust in the Lord who gives life.
The first reading consists of a collection of wisdom sayings centered on the importance of trusting in God and the foolishness of turning away and trusting in human values. The imagery of a tree with deep roots is frequently used to describe those who trust in God, because even in times of trouble they will survive.
In today’s gospel, we encounter Jesus and a large crowd of Jews and non-Jews gathered on a plain in Galilee to hear him speak. He goes on to deliver the Beatitudes, which are, in fact, about trust in God who cares for those who suffer. Jesus also includes a matching series of “woes” that focus on those who have turned away from God by refusing to do their part in alleviating these sufferings. Where will you stand?
The second reading is a small part of a longer teaching on the doctrine of bodily resurrection. In this section, Paul explains the consequences of not accepting this teaching. In effect, he says, we would have to declare that Christ was not raised and that our faith is in vain. We know Christ was raised. Paul says, and, with him, all who trust in his name will be raised to new life.
*What does hope look like in a world where people are killed for the color of their skin, are violently abused and hated because of their sexual orientation, ignored for their gender, abandoned for their immigration status?
*Jesus calls Christians to the margins. It is the economically poor, sleeping on street corners and in cars, who receive Christ’s blessing. Who are the blessed people in our community? How are we accompanying them?
*Which blessed statements do you identify with? What about the woe statements? It can be easy to focus just on the ways we are blessed. But it’s important to also sit with the discomfort of the woe statements and take seriously their consequences. The woe comes when we have considerably more than we need and are not willing to share. As Christians, we are always responsible for the needs of more than just ourselves. We are to care for all our sisters and brothers. This selfless love is what leads to a blessed life.
DIOCESAN NEWS & BEYOND
From the Office of Evangelization and Catechesis (thanks to the Bishop’s Annual Appeal): Four events are occurring in February that will be focusing on the Year of Amoris Laetitia Family…particularly relationships and marriage. Pope Francis has dedicated a year to The Joy of Love. In a document of the same title, he invites us to consider the joy and the struggles of love in marriage and the family. There are five goals during this year, three of which we will focus on in our February events!
Catholic Separated or Divorced: Now What? Thursday, February 17, 2022 from 7:30-8:30pm
Presenters Madeline and Peter Oliver are the co-founders of Olive Branch Marriage and Family Ministry and have a combination of thirty-six years of pastoral experience and thirteen years of formal education in philosophy, theology and mediation. Their model of accompaniment strives to help individuals and couples discover their path towards resilience.
In a recent document, Pope Francis spoke about the pastoral care of couples who are struggling in their marriages and the care of those who have separated or divorced. In this interactive evening presentation, participants will hear about the importance of resilience, grief, and healing, embracing the challenge in their current marital state to become stronger and grow in love wherever the path may lead. To register type in or click on the following link: https://www.padiocese.ca/evangelization-and-catechesis.
The Joy of Love: Pope Francis’ Vision of Marriage and Love in the Family. Thursday, Feb. 24 from 7:30 -8:30
In a document entitled, The Joy of Love, Pope Francis shares his vision of Marriage and love in the family. Through the lens of mercy and love, he speaks realistically of the real struggles that couples face and the day to day challenges of family life; as well as, the beauty and gift of marriage and family life.
During an evening presentation evening presentation, Dr. Josephine Lombardi will break open the beauty of Pope Francis’ vision and share with us The Joy of Love. Dr. Lombardi is a well-known Canadian theologian, author and gifted presenter. Dr. Lombardi is a wife, a mother and a teacher. This evening is sure to be a blessing for all who attend. To register type in or click on the following link: https://www.padiocese.ca/evangelization-and-catechesis.
This bulletin is prepared by the Parish Secretary and the Pastor