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
Make a joyful noise to God, all the earth! (Psalm 66 Refrain)
May 14, 2023 - 6th 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
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 15 – No mass
Tues., May 16 – 10:00 am Liturgy with Communion at the Lodge
Tues., May 16 – 6:30 pm (Our Lady of Peace Church & Facebook) - Special Intention by Louis & Yolande Gratton
Wed., May 17 – No mass
Thurs., May 18– No mass
Fri., May 19 – No mass
Sat., May 20 – 5:00 pm – St Jude Parish, Green Lake - People of God
Sun., May 21 – 10:00 am – (Our Lady of Peace Church & Facebook) - People of God
THIS WEEK IN THE PARISH
Sunday Collection – May 7: Meadow Lake $1464.05 Green Lake – $35.00
The Pope’s Prayer Intention for May – For church movements and groups – We pray that Church movements and groups may rediscover their mission of evangelization each day, placing their own charisms at their service of needs in the world.
Pancake Breakfast – On Sunday, May 14, we celebrate Mother’s Day, and the Knights of Columbus are hosting a Mother’s Day Breakfast after the 10:00 am Mass at Our Lady of Peace Parish. Come and join us for Mass and/or Breakfast. Everyone is welcome and the Breakfast and the Company will be great! 😊
Thank you! I want to express my gratitude to the People of St. Jude and Our Lady of Peace Parishes who volunteered to lead the Sunday Liturgies of the Word with Communion while I was away on retreat. Along with your brothers and sisters I am so grateful for your generosity. I have heard good things about the prayer that has taken place! Thank you!
I had a wonderful retreat at Chitek Lake. I used Week 3 of the Ignatian Exercises to guide my prayer. In Week 3 we are invited to reflect on the story of the Passion and Death of Jesus. As I prayed, I identified with the disciples who fell asleep. How often have I made choices that keep me from staying awake with Jesus – focused on myself and the things that are important to me rather than on the work of Jesus. I was brought to a heartfelt awareness of my tendency to remember the wounds from my past – I carry them with me and too often they influence in a negative way my present relationships. As I spend time with these wounds, I realize my attention is not on Jesus and on his Good News but rather on my past and what happened or did not happen to me. I was surprised as I became aware of the many ‘wound moments’ that I carry with me and worry over. At the same time, I became aware of how willing Jesus is to forgive me. As my retreat ended, I became aware of a desire and an invitation to let go and to share with others the same mercy and compassion that God constantly extends to me. After all, I too am a sinner, and I am in constant need of God’s grace. Perhaps my future will look a little different because of God’s mercy.
Baptismal Formation Session, Thursday, May 18th at 6:30pm – Make sure to read and complete Lessons Three and Four. Janessa will facilitate the conversations for this session. We will move forward according to our time!
The Pope’s Pastoral Works May 21 – This collection provides an opportunity for Catholics to make a financial offering to assist the Holy Father. One-third of the funds collected is for what is traditionally known as Peter’s Pence: donations used by the Pope for his charitable contributions to those most in need throughout the world, as well as for the support of the Holy See and its activities. Two-thirds of the Collection for the Pope’s Pastoral Works is to support the Holy Father in administering the Holy See and serving the Universal Church (see Canon 1271). Information about how Peter’s Pence is used, as well as donations in response to Canon 1271, is available in the Holy See’s yearly financial report.
“Each individual Christian and every community is called to be an instrument of God for the liberation and promotion of the poor, and for enabling them to be fully a part of society. This demands that we be docile and attentive to the cry of the poor and to come to their aid. . . . The old question always returns: “How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the world’s goods, and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses help?” (I Jn 3:17). Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, 187
Taken from Ordo: Liturgical Calendar 2022-2023 page 244
St. Eugene de Mazenod Feast Day – Eugene de Mazenod was born on August 1, 1782, at Aix-en-Provence, France, on the eve of the French Revolution. His father, Charles, was of the noble class; his mother, very wealthy. At the age of eight, young Eugene had to flee France as it was rumored that the revolutionaries intended putting to death the sons of nobles. His exile lasted eleven years.
Returning to Aix-en-Provence as a very worldly young man of twenty, Eugene sought to re-establish the family fortune by marrying into wealth. First, he could not find a woman rich enough, and then, the woman he intended to marry died!
But on Good Friday, 1807, at the age of twenty-five, Eugene encountered Christ in his own life and recognized him as his Savior. “My soul was longing for its ultimate goal, God, the unique good whose loss I deeply felt.” Long dormant aspirations came alive.
At the age of twenty-six, Eugene entered the seminary of St. Sulpice in Paris. His ideal was clear: He would be the servant and priest of the poor.
Ordained in 1811, his bishop was faced with the dilemma of what to do with this young aristocrat. “…so personal and impetuous” he was relieved when Fr. de Mazenod asked to work with the poor and abandoned of the cities and outlying missions. The zealous young priest turned his efforts towards the youth. He founded an association for young people. He worked also with prisoners and preached to the poor.
In 1815, Eugene de Mazenod felt the need for companions, who would share his apostolate, live in community with him, and commit themselves to God through religious vows. On January 25, 1816, Fr. de Mazenod and four companions committed themselves to God and dedicated their lives to bring the Good News to the poor. This they would do primarily by preaching parish missions. Pope Leo XII approved the Society in 1826 under the name of the Congregation of the Missionary Oblates of the Most Holy and Immaculate Virgin Mary. At his death on May 21 in 1861, his religious congregation numbered 417. His Oblates were found in France, Great Britain, Canada, the United States, South Africa and Sri Lanka. Today the Oblates number over 4000 brothers and priests working on five continents.
In 1995, the Church officially recognized him as a Saint.
Saint Eugene’s main spiritual synthesis is the book of the Constitutions and Rules of his Institute, a code of missionary action and of apostolic religious life. “The spirit of total devotion for the glory of God, the service of the Church and the salvation of souls is the spirit proper to our Congregation”, he wrote in 1817. He further stated, in 1830, that we must look upon ourselves “as the servants of the Father of a family commanded to succour, to aid, to bring back his children by working to the utmost, in the midst of tribulations, of persecutions of every kind, without claiming any reward other than that which the Lord has promised to faithful servants who have worthily fulfilled their mission”.
All his life, as a priest, a missionary and a bishop, Saint Eugene sought to teach the poor “who Jesus Christ is”. Paul VI said of him that he had been a pastor passionately committed to Jesus Christ and an unconditional servant of the Church. John Paul Il on the day of his canonization, December 3, 1995, declared Saint Eugene as an “Advent man”, one who opens the ways to the Lord whose new coming will be the fulfillment longed for by all humanity.
In 1861, on May 21st, the person who started the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, St. Eugene de Mazenod, died. Today, we as Oblates celebrate this day with glad thanksgiving. After serving the people of God and experiencing extensive suffering, St. Eugene was happy to return to the God who created him. In his last words he urged his brothers to be charitable to one another and to work hard so that everyone might come to know Jesus Christ.
Perhaps as we remember St. Eugene, we can look at our own sufferings and our response to them and ponder the question, “What is God asking of me?” There is no doubt that God needs each of us to help people become aware of God’s love for the world. Let us join with St. Eugene and with countless others and try to make the world a place where God is known and loved by all people, a place where the hurts of my brothers and sisters are my hurts too, a place where each person looks to care for and support their neighbour!
Fr. Doug is Celebrating 40 years as a Priest (June 3, 1983) – Come and join us for a special mass of thanksgiving on Pentecost Sunday, May 28th. The mass will be followed by a special pancake breakfast and program in the Parish Hall to celebrate Fr. Doug’s anniversary. The theme of his ordination was “…unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.” John 12:24. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend. The people from St. Jude’s and from Our Lady of the Smile are invited to join us for this celebration. There will be no mass in Green Lake on May 27th and there will be no mass in Waterhen on May 28th.
DEANERY 6 CATECHIST APPRECIATION EVENT - On May 30th here in our Parish Hall, we will welcome Christine Taylor from the Office of Evangelization and Catechesis to animate a meeting for Parish Catechists. Catechists from the various communities in Deanery 6 will gather and Christine will encourage us to share our thoughts on catechesis, celebrate what has been done and offer some direction for new catechists. At the present time anyone interested in helping with children’s baptism, children’s liturgy, sacramental preparation, general catechesis, and RCIA are welcome to join us for the evening. If you want to take a closer look at what being a catechist is all about…come and join us. Our parish needs catechists, so your generosity is appreciated. Our evening will begin at 7:00 and conclude at 8:30 pm.
Special CWL Mass at 6:30 pm on May 31. You are all invited to come and share in the prayer and in the social time that will follow the mass. There will be coffee, tea and snacks following mass. Please join us for this evening as we celebrate the Feast of the Visitation of Mary and give thanks for the work that God is doing in the Catholic Women’s League.
Report from Our Lady of the Smile, Waterhen Lake – On Sunday, April 30th after the celebration of our Sunday Eucharist at Joanne’s house we reviewed a sketch that had been developed for our new faith and worship space. Having made some adjustments and additions we will now meet with Bishop Stephen to look once again at our Facility. We will also make plans for the next step which involves obtaining a draftsman to make a technical drawing. Once a technical drawing is in place and we know the cost of what we hope to create we will begin fundraising and putting our finances in place for the construction and furnishing of the Church Building. Please continue to pray for us. We left Joanne’s house with lots of energy and enthusiasm. One person noted, “I can hardly wait until it’s built, and we can pray in it!”
Scripture Insights – Sixth Sunday of Easter
Taken from Source Book for Sundays, Seasons and Weekdays 2023: The Almanac for Pastoral Liturgy, LTP Liturgy Training Publications Copyright 2022, 3949 South Racine Avenue, Chicago, IL 60609, pg. 202.
Jesus reminds his followers of his call to follow his commandment of love: “If you love me, you will keep my commandments” (Jn 14:15). Love is at the heart of every relationship, especially our relationship with God and with our neighbor. We share in the very life of God, a life of love: “Whoever loves me will be loved by my Father” (14:21).
In the reading from Acts, the life of the early Church flourishes through the power of the Holy Spirit. Hearing that the Word of God had been preached to the Samaritans, the apostles send Peter and John to empower them with the gift of the Holy Spirit as “they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus” (Acts 8:16). As Jesus came “to baptize with the Holy Spirit” (Jn 1:33), the apostles confer the gift of the Holy Spirit by “[laying] hands on them” (Acts 8:17). Here the foundation for the sacraments of baptism and confirmation is expressed clearly.
DIOCESAN NEWS & BEYOND
Rosary and Reflection The next reflection from Bishop Stephen will be offered May 27th from 6:30 pm – 7:45 pm! It will be livestreamed on Facebook from the Diocese of Prince Albert!
Oblate Spirit – The Oblate Spirit is published 4 times a year. It is available both online at: https://omilacombe.ca/mami/oblate-spirit/ and twice a year it is available in a magazine format. The move away from the magazine format to the online format is to help us cut expenses so that more money can be sent to our missionary work. If you would like to know about our work please go to the link. You can also offer financial support to our missions by contacting our Office in Saskatoon. Our address is:
AMMI Lacombe Canada MAMI
601 Taylor Street West
Saskatoon, SK S7M 0C9
Phone: 306 653-6453 or Toll Free : 1-866 432-MAMI (6264) or Fax: (306) 652-1133
This bulletin is prepared by the Parish Secretary and the Pastor