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
“This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad.” Psalm 118
April 4, 2021 - Easter Sunday
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 (20 small groups), and we do not want to turn someone away from the door.
Sask Health/Diocese of Prince Albert Regulations – At Our Lady of Peace Parish our Saturday evening (7:00 pm mass) and Sunday morning (10:00 am mass) can accommodate 20 households. 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. As our attendance numbers increase, we must maintain our vigilance as the virus has not gone away – the risk here in Meadow Lake has diminished but we want to continue exercising caution.
Celebrating St. Joseph: Wherever you are, let us continue to give thanks and praise for the faithful life and love of St. Joseph.
Mon., April 5 – Fr. Doug is away - Personal Intention
Tues., April 6 – Fr. Doug is away - +Abraham Family by Alice Abraham
Wed. April 7 – Fr. Doug is away - +Alcide Vandale by Paul and Theresa Tourand
Thurs., April 8 - 6:30 pm (Facebook) - +Fr. Paul Paprosky, OSB by Rhys and Pat Beaulieu
Fri., April 9- 6:30 pm (Facebook) - +Fr. Paul Paprosky, OSB by Rhys and Pat Beaulieu
Sat., April 10 - 9:00 am (Facebook) - Frey Family by Geoff Frey
Sat. April 10 - 7:00 pm (Our Lady of Peace Parish Hall, Meadow Lake) - People of God
Sun. April 11 - 10 am (Our Lady of Peace Church, Meadow Lake & Facebook) - People of God
Sun. April 11- 12:30 pm (St Jude’s, Green Lake) - People of God
Sun. April 11 – 3:00 pm (Our Lady of the Smile, Waterhen Lake) - People of God
THIS WEEK IN THE PARISH
Easter Triduum – Each year our Lenten season ends, and our Easter season begins with the celebration of the Easter Triduum. While we relive these historical moments, we do so through the eyes and the knowledge of Christ’s death and resurrection. This view shapes how we live and celebrate this moment. This year, how we celebrate the Triduum is shaped in part by the impact of the Covid-19 virus. In our efforts to ensure the safety of all participants, we will be asking all people to wear masks and to social distance. Singing which is an integral part of our celebrations has been suspended until we can do so safely. There are a few things about our way of celebrating our faith that have changed during this pandemic. We celebrate our faith as best we can, given current conditions. I want to remind people that our liturgies are live-streamed on our Facebook page (catholic church meadow lake) and that, by the mandate of our Holy Father and our Bishop, the obligation to physically take part in our liturgies is suspended during the time of the pandemic. If we have the technology to do so, taking part virtually, (Facebook or Television) meets our obligation.
Holy Thursday – This year, the ritual of the washing of the feet, which usually takes place after the homily, will be left out of our liturgy. The liturgy will unfold as usual and communion will be brought to people in their places. At the end of the Holy Thursday liturgy, it is customary for us to have a procession through the Church with the Eucharist accompanied by various ministers. This year, we will leave the Blessed Sacrament on the altar for adoration. When the liturgy ends, people will be invited to leave the Church building starting from the back of the Church. Those who wish to remain for adoration are asked to remain in their pew. They are invited to leave at their own discretion. When the last person has left the Church, I will repose the Blessed Sacrament in the tabernacle. It is our hope that next year we will be able to celebrate the liturgy as it is outlined in the Roman Missal.
Good Friday – The Good Friday Liturgy is composed of the Liturgy of the Word, the General Intercessions, the veneration of the Cross and the distribution of Communion. This year, because of the Covid-19 virus, the liturgy will begin with the ministers in place. The liturgy always begins with silence. The ministers will stand, move to the foot of the sanctuary and face the cross and bow for a time of silence. After the liturgy of the Word, there will be no procession with the cross. The cross already situated in the sanctuary will be unveiled with the acclamations spoken. We will venerate the Cross from our places. The ministers of communion will take communion to the people in their places. At the end of the liturgy people will leave in silence, beginning with the people in the back of the Church.
Easter Vigil – Our Vigil will begin at 8:00 pm with people in their places. We will not have a fire, nor will we have a procession with the Easter Candle. We will begin by simply lighting the Easter candle and engaging the rituals of signing the candle. We will then share the light with the people. The traditional sung acclamations announcing the Light of Christ will be spoken. The Exultet (shorter form) will be proclaimed with background music. The liturgy of the word will be shortened this year from seven readings from the Old Testament and their psalms to three readings from the Old Testament and their psalms. These readings will be followed by the Gloria, the epistle, the gospel and the homily. This year we will have the blessing of the water and the renewal of our baptismal promises, but the sprinkling rite will be omitted. People are encouraged to bring their own containers with water to be held up and blessed or to be filled after mass by Fr. Doug from our closed container with tap. The mass will continue as usual. Communion will be brought to people in their places. At the end of the liturgy, people who have brought Easter baskets will hold them up for a blessing. When the mass concludes, people are again invited to exit the Church building beginning with those at the back of the Church.
Easter Sunday – Our Easter Sunday liturgy will not have the traditional sprinkling rite. We will renew our baptismal promises and the mass will proceed in the usual manner. Communion will be brought to people in their places. At the end of the liturgy, people who have brought Easter baskets will hold them up for a blessing. When the mass concludes, people are again invited to exit the Church building beginning with those at the back of the Church.
Sacred Heart Medal recipient Catherine Gardner of St. Jude’s Parish, Green Lake – On Sunday, March 21, Bishop Thevenot came to Green Lake to pray with the community and to bestow on Catherine Gardner the Medal of the Sacred Heart. The Sacred Heart medal is given by the Bishop to individuals in the Prince Albert Diocese who have given of themselves for the sake of the gospel in the parish and in their local community. Catherine has distinguished herself as a faithful member of the parish, and, over the course of her lifetime, has provided leadership and support to the people of St. Jude’s Parish and to the people of Green Lake. We thank her for her service, and we rejoice with her as she receives the Sacred Heart medal from Bishop Thevenot. Congratulations Catherine!
Tai Le - Ordination to the Transitional Diaconate: Seminarian Tai Le first served at the parish of Sacred Heart Cathedral in Prince Albert under Fr. Roque Concepcion and is currently serving at St. Theresa in Wakaw under Fr. Matthew Nguyen. These internships have been the final steps of preparation for Tai in fulfilling his calling to the Priesthood. At 7:00 p.m. on April 30, 2021, on the feast of St. Marie of the Incarnation, Tai Le will be ordained to the Transitional Diaconate in the Rite of Ordination of a Deacon at St. Theresa Parish in Wakaw. Due to Covid-19 and possible restrictions at that time, attendance will be by invitation only. Your prayers will be very much appreciated for Tai on this special day and for his continued journey towards fulfilling his chosen path as Priest in the mission of the Lord.
Easter 2021 RESOURCESDaily Emails - I am with You: Lessons of Hope and Courage in Times of Crisis from Loyola Press
Multiple offerings from Prayer and Retreats to Art to Reflections on Specific Holy Days from Loyola Press
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: Good Friday - Apr 2; Holy Saturday - Apr 3; Easter Sunday - Apr 4.
What’s your Catholic IQ? Last bulletin’s question and answer: When Pontius Pilate asked the people what he should do with Jesus, they shouted (c) “Crucify him!” Pontius Pilate didn’t think Jesus was guilty, but he was afraid of the crowd. He took a bowl of water and washed his hands saying, “I am innocent of this man’s blood.” (Matthew 27:24) This week’s question: When Jesus was praying for his Father’s help in the garden before he was crucified, he said, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me.” But he finished this request by saying, (a) “yet, not my will but yours be done” (b) “Blessed are the merciful” (c) “Our Father, who art in heaven” (d) “Hail Mary, full of grace.”
Dear Clergy and Faithful of the Diocese of Prince Albert:
Greetings of peace and joy to you as Holy Week is upon us in which we will celebrate the death and
resurrection of the Lord. As most of you know, over the last few years we have been fundraising for a tractor for a community in need in Tanzania. This campaign has come to be known as the 'Tractor Project.' To date we have received $37, 650. I am very grateful for your generosity, for your desire to participate in this project and for being so generous to help with the purchase of a tractor, allowing these farmers to become more responsible to their families and to their nation. We hope, in time, they will be able to increase their capabilities of producing more from the land they are working and eventually to help alleviate the poverty in which they live. So, once again, this project was made possible through your generosity. My gratitude to you and may the Lord bless you during this holy season as we journey toward our salvation Easter morning!
Sincerely yours in Christ, Albert Thevenot, M. Afr. (Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Prince Albert)
A Virtual Easter Bible Study offered by the Office of Evangelization and Catechesis, facilitated by Christine Taylor. Thursdays from April 8 – May 20 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. To register go to the Diocesan Evangelization and Catechesis Webpage
Making Disciples Workshop – Reinvigorating Our Parish RCIA Teams
begin the week of Apr 18, 2021, with a series of videos (6-7 short clips altogether approximately one hour in length) released to watch prior to the two workshops.
Children’s Liturgy of the Word will be offered during the Easter Season until Pentecost inviting and supporting families in their domestic Church to grow the faith at home. It will be available both on the OEC Facebook Page and the Diocesan Evangelization and Catechesis Webpage on Sundays after 11 a.m. from April 11 – May 23, 2021.
This bulletin is prepared by the Parish Secretary and the Pastor