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
“I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord." Psalm 116
June 6, 2021 - Body & Blood of Christ
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.
Pastor: Fr. Doug Jeffrey, OMI
Parish Secretary: Lorraine Thibeault
Pastoral Council Chair: Doris Beaubien
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, and we do not want to turn someone away from the door.
SaskHealth/Diocese of Prince Albert Regulations – As of May 30 we may welcome more people to our liturgies. What that means for Our Lady of Peace Parish is that we can now welcome 25 family groups of people to our Parish Hall and to our Parish Church. The size of the groups will determine how many people we can welcome as long as we do not exceed one-third the capacity of our building or 150 people. We are still required to wear masks, to sanitize and to maintain 2-metre social distance, and we are still required to register for mass. The presence of the Covid-19 variants continues to cause concern among health care professionals as they spread quickly and seriously impact our health and well being. The virus has not gone away. Our Liturgies at Green Lake and Waterhen Lake are likewise limited by these regulations.
THIS WEEK IN THE PARISH
Mon., June 7 – Personal Intention
Tues., June 8 – 9:30 am (Facebook) - Chris Scammell by Adeline Scammell
Wed., June 9 – 6:30 pm (Our Lady of Peace Church, Meadow Lake & Facebook) - Shirley and Herb by Adeline Scammell
Thurs., June 10 - 9:30 am (Facebook) - Frey Family by Geoff Frey
Fri., June 11 – No mass – Fr. Doug is in Prince Albert - Episcopal Ordination of Bishop-Elect Stephen Hero
Sat., June 12 – 9:30 am (Facebook) - Anonymous Intention
Sat. June 12 - 7:00 pm (Our Lady of Peace Parish Hall, Meadow Lake) - People of God
Sun., June 13 - 10 am (Our Lady of Peace Church, Meadow Lake & Facebook) - People of God
Sun., June 13 - 12:30 pm (St Jude’s, Green Lake) - People of God
Sun., June 13 – 3:00 pm (Our Lady of the Smile, Waterhen Lake) - People of God
Note: Upcoming - June 11 – Feast of the Sacred Heart; Anniversary of Sacred Heart Cathedral, P.A.; World Day of Prayer for Priests; Bishop-Elect Stephen Hero’s ordination to the Episcopate
CONGRATULATIONS! - Congratulations to Zach and Jay Lee Brander and to Nicholas Brander as they celebrated their Confirmation and First Communion at the mass on June 4th. May the Spirit of God continue to inspire them and may the Body and Blood of Christ nourish them their whole life long!
Kamloops Residential School – The following statement was issued by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops: https://www.cccb.ca/announcement/cccb-statement-regarding-discovery-at-former-kamloops-indian-residential-school/.
The Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate who helped to administer the Residential School at Kamloops released the following statement: https://omilacombe.ca/media-release/.
We have heard, seen, and read various stories on the news and on social media of the discovery of a cemetery and 215 graves at the Residential School in Kamloops, BC. Given what we have heard, what might we do here in the Meadow Lake Cluster to move forward with efforts to deepen the healing and reconciliation that is needed at this time? Please email your ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org or phone the Parish Office 306 236-5122. This path forward we must walk together!
Finance Council Meeting Update - June 3, 2021: Our meeting was held in the Parish Hall and all members were present. We gratefully received feedback from some members of the parish and appreciated those parishioners who read the Letter to Parishioners and took the time to think about the items mentioned and offer their opinions. When this happens, it is a sign that our parish is healthy, and people are invested in what takes place in the parish. There was a general sense that people are happy with what is taking place in the parish. It was decided that we would work on a five-year plan for the parish. Two members will spearhead this work and bring something back to us in the Fall.
We reviewed our financial report – current to the end of May. Both our expenses and our income are pretty much on target with our budget projections. Our Diocesan tax was less than expected because our income is down. Because of construction costs last year, Pat has applied for a GST refund. We had to purchase an updated version of the computer software we use for tracking our parish list and our financial donations. Our version was out of date. This was an unexpected expense. Having said that, our expenses are a little less than projected. The one area where we need to do some work is on our Building Fund. We made use of those Funds and it is in our best interest to keep our Building Fund in good shape. If people have questions about or would like to see our financial statement, please contact the Parish Office and either Pat or Fr. Doug will provide the requested information. Transparency is an important value for us as a Council.
Following the information provided us to by the Landscape Committee and the feedback from the parish we will be moving ahead with work on the Parking Lot on the west side of the Church. The two priorities for us are getting the water from the roof out to the ditches and sloping the parking lot away from the Church. In doing this we hope to deal with the water that pools and freezes in the Parking Lot.
We decided to move forward with sanding and painting the rectory. Walter LeBoeuf will spearhead this work but lots of volunteer help will be required. Walter will also spearhead the work of painting the deck as it needs some work. We will also move forward with removing the tar stain on the east side of the Parish Church.
We will move ahead with levelling and sloping the land away from the Church on the east side of the Parish. Part of that space will be fenced off so that Father has a backyard. The remaining space will be finished for parking space rather than lawn. The parish will cover these costs.
Fr. Doug will make some changes to the backyard space. A plan has been shared with both the landscape committee and the Finance Council. He will install a crushed rock pathway, gravel patio, plant various items (shrubs, flowers, and a tree). Fr. Doug will cover these costs himself.
We will also move forward with pruning trees in the Fall. Some trees will be cut down and replaced as this work is possible given volunteer help. Trees will be transplanted from public lands.
The idea of the installation of a Columbarium received some positive feedback and more information will be gathered. We will ask the Landscape Committee for suggestions re: location. This will come back to the Parish for further input.
The idea of burying the Power line was postponed due to costs. It is not in our budget currently.
Work on the Doors for the Parish Office will happen sometime in June. Work has been done on the parish steps. They are now complete. Work will take place to complete the ramp so that people can make use of that.
The City of Meadow Lake requires that we post the numbers locating our buildings (Church, Office, Rectory and Parish Hall) in appropriate size. This work will be done after consultation with Neil Marsh.
It was decided that Fr. Doug will present our mid-year financial information in early July. He will also encourage people to contribute to the Building Fund. At the same time, he will invite non-parishioners who are engaged in our Facebook page to assist us, if possible, in paying for our equipment which makes our various postings possible.
The Finance Council also said yes to the parish sponsoring a “pandemic safe outdoor mass and BBQ” when possible! The BBQ would consist of hotdogs, drinks (bottled water/soda) and a wrapped cookie/chocolate bar. It is seen as an opportunity to gather and celebrate our life as a parish. We are hoping to do this at some point this summer!
Body and Blood of Christ – Some Scripture Insights from Source Book for Sundays, Seasons and Weekdays 2021: The Almanac for Pastoral Liturgy, LTP Liturgy Training Publications Copyright 2020, 3949 South Racine Avenue, Chicago, IL 60609 - Blood is life. The people of ancient Israel knew that. They enacted laws against the spilling of blood (see Deuteronomy 19; 21; Leviticus 17) and used blood in rituals to sanctify altars, consecrate priests (see Exodus 29), and seal covenants between God and the people. It is fitting, then, that Jesus talks about his blood as the blood of the covenant. To drink his blood is to sprinkle it on one’s heart, just as Moses dashed blood on the people as a sign of their relationship with God.
The Letter to the Hebrews contrasts the Blood of Christ with the blood of the sacrifice for atonement in Leviticus 16. Aaron was forbidden to enter the Holy Place until he had sacrificed a bull to atone for his sins and a goat to atone for the sins of the people. Jesus comes before God by way of his own blood. The blood of the old covenant, says the Letter to the Hebrews, sanctified the body; the blood of the new covenant sanctifies the mind and heart forever.
In the story of the Exodus, Moses sprinkled the blood of a lamb on the doorposts of the Israelites so that the angel of death who came to destroy the firstborn children of Egypt would pass over their houses. In his First Letter to the Corinthians, Paul states: “For our paschal lamb, Christ, has been sacrificed” (1 Corinthians 5:7). In Paul’s theology, Christ becomes the means by which we escape the death caused by sin. It is the living sign of Christ’s blood that transforms our lives with grace.
We remember the Last Supper at every liturgy during the Eucharistic Prayer. We tell the full story of the Last Supper during the reading of the Passion on Palm Sunday and in Paul’s letter to the Corinthians on Holy Thursday. In the readings for the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ, we ponder the power and the depth of Jesus’ sacrifice for us. His Blood ratifies and sanctifies our relationship with God, atones for our sin, and protects us from “soul death”. When we remember the Last Supper, Jesus’ selfless act of love becomes present to us once again so that we can be transformed.
The Meaning of the Season - Ordinary Time during Summer and Fall: What anchors our faith during this season is Sunday—the Lord’s Day. Dies Domini offers a beautiful extended meditation on the rich theological importance of Sunday for Christians. It emphasizes that from the early days of the Church, “Christians celebrated the weekly day of the risen Lord primarily as a day of joy” (55). As Ordinary Time progresses, our celebration of the Mass anchors the changing seasons, for as the Catechism of the Catholic Church reminds us, “The Sunday celebration of the Lord’s Day and his Eucharist is at the heart of the Church’s life” (2177).
These Sundays of Ordinary Time begin with two “idea feasts”: The Most Holy Trinity and the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi). Trinity Sunday has been celebrated on the first Sunday after Pentecost since the fourteenth century, when Pope John XXII universalized a practice that had already been growing for centuries. Corpus Christi and its traditional procession developed amid the devotional Eucharistic spirituality of the Middle Ages. The calendar reform of 1969 combined the Feast of Corpus Christi with the Feast of the Precious Blood. In doing so, it recognized the presence of Christ in both species.
These celebrations of the Trinity and the Body and Blood of Christ are not simply moments for considering abstract theological ideas. They celebrate the Trinitarian God who is always with us, and the Eucharist, which nourishes us. Thus, they are “a celebration of the living presence of the Risen Lord in the midst of his own people” (DD, 31).
DIOCESAN NEWS & BEYOND
Ordination of our New Bishop: You are invited virtually to the Episcopal Ordination of the most Reverend Stephen Andrew Hero, Bishop-Elect of Prince Albert through the Laying on of Hands and Prayer of Ordination on Friday, June 11 at 2:00 p.m. The celebration will be livestreamed at https://www.facebook.com/padiocese. We encourage you to send us a picture of yourself at home, with family, friends, or fellow parishioners while virtually attending the Ordination. These pictures will be organized into a booklet and gifted to Most Rev. Stephen Hero. Pictures can be forwarded to Debbie McHarg at email@example.com. Thank you. A Drive-by Welcome Parade will take place after the ordination (about 3:45 p.m.) in Prince Albert - down 13th St. West, right on to 4th Ave West, passing by the Cathedral, right on to 15th St. West. Line up at 13th & 4th Ave West at 3:00 p.m. Please follow these directions:
Stay in your car, bring a smile and a wave, bring your family, decorate your car (i.e.) cultural tradition.
CATHOLIC FAMILY SERVICES: To register or for more information, call: Catholic Family Services 922-3202 or 1-877-922-3202 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
CALMING THE STORM- Anger Management for Adults - THIS IS A VIRTUAL CLASS. A new session is posted each Monday for six weeks. The participant has the full week to view the lesson and complete the assignments. Date: Week of May 24 – June 28 Time: At the convenience of participant within each one-week period
Fee: $25 – This class is partially funded by Community Initiatives Fund
Development and Peace - An urgent appeal - In India, a terrible new wave of the COVID-19 pandemic is infecting over 300,000 people and killing more than 3,500 every day. To help Caritas India cope with this emergency, Development and Peace has committed an initial sum of $50,000. Given that much of the Indian subcontinent is vulnerable to this crisis, much more help will be needed. Caritas India's executive director, Fr. Paul Moonjely, has appealed to the "the community of (the) faithful, institutions and people of goodwill to contribute generously." Let's respond with open hearts!
What’s your Catholic IQ? Last bulletin’s question and answer: The Bible says that in the desert John the Baptist ate: (d) locusts and wild honey. You can read about this in Matthew 3: 4. Some translations of the Bible say “grasshoppers” instead of “locusts.” While eating either grasshoppers or locusts does not sound good to us, it was not unusual for people to eat locusts at the time of John the Baptist.
This week’s question: Of the following, the one that is not a gift of the Holy spirit is (a) courage (b) wisdom (c) right judgment (d) anger.
Now it Springs Forth: Looking for Ecumenical Movement with Fresh Eyes - June 16, 2021
https://www.padiocese.ca/ecumenical-commission This event is bilingual (English and French), with simultaneous translation in both languages. This online celebration is free for all who would like to attend, but a small contribution to offset the cost is welcomed. Rev. Canon Dr. Scott Sharman will present the 2021 De Margerie Lecture on Christian Reconciliation and Unity. The De Margerie lecture was named in honour of Fr. Bernard de Margerie, who established the Prairie Centre for Ecumenism in Saskatoon. The lecture will be presented online from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, June 16 co-hosted by St. Thomas More College, St. Andrew's College, and the Prairie Centre for Ecumenism.
For more information and for links to this event, please follow the above link.
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN OF SASKATOON - (IWS) is a non-profit, grassroots, and equality-seeking women’s organization dedicated to improving the status of immigrant and refugee women and their families residing in Saskatoon and the area by assisting them to become fully participating members in all aspects of the Canadian society. It has launched the Welcome to Saskatchewan app for those immigrating to Canada making it easier for new Canadians to connect to their new homes.
This bulletin is prepared by the Parish Secretary and the Pastor