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: firstname.lastname@example.org Pastor Email: email@example.com
Facebook: Catholic Church Meadow Lake
Address: 504-3rd Ave. East, Meadow Lake, SK S9X 1H5
Sing praises to the Lord who heals the broken-hearted.
Psalm 147 Refrain
A Community of Disciples
We commit to form disciples
who joyfully and faithfully
live out the mission of
by enriching our relationship
with God and neighbour
through the intercession of
Our Lady of Peace.
Fr. Uche Umechikelu, MSP
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., Feb. 5 – No mass
Tues., Feb. 6 – 10:00 am Liturgy with Communion at the Lodge
Tues., Feb. 6 – 1:00 pm Communion Service at Elders Lodge (Flying Dust)
Tues., Feb. 6 – 6:30 pm (Our Lady of Peace Church & Facebook) - Thanksgiving by Swapna & Bijo
Wed., Feb. 7 – 6:30 pm (Our Lady of Peace Church & Facebook) - Anonymous
Thurs., Feb. 8 – 8:30 – 9:30 am Exposition/Adoration before mass
Thurs., Feb. 8 – 9:30 am (Our Lady of Peace Church & Facebook) - Anonymous
Fri., Feb. 9 – 9:30 am (Our Lady of Peace Church & Facebook) - Anonymous
Sat., Feb. 10 - 9:30 am (Our Lady of Peace Church) - For all women of the parish
Sat., Feb. 10 – 5:00 pm (St. Jude’s Green Lake) - People of God
Sun., Feb. 11 – 10:00 am – (Our Lady of Peace Church & Facebook) - People of God
Sun. Feb. 11 – 3:00 pm (Our Lady of the Smile Waterhen) - People of God
THIS WEEK IN THE PARISH
Sunday Collection – Jan. 28: Meadow Lake $1276.45 Green Lake $32.60 Children’s Collection $3.00
The Pope’s Prayer Intention for February – for the terminally ill – We pray that those with a terminal illness, and their families, receive the necessary physical and spiritual care and accompaniment.
Old Palms – Please bring old palms and leave them in the box at the back of the church.
Evangelization Activity for February – We are encouraging parishioners to pray every day at 1:00 pm for a family member, friend or neighbor to begin attending regular Sunday Mass.
Special Mass and Meeting – For CWL ladies & all other ladies of the parish – please come to mass at 9:30 am on Saturday, February 10. A short meeting with Fr. Uche will follow mass. All women are encouraged to attend.
Give Care NOT MAiD Postcards – Please write your name and address on the back lefthand corner of the card and include a short message such as “We need better health care access for all and NOT more access to MAiD.” Or a similar message. You can leave your card with the greeters after mass, and we will mail them. Or you can take your postcard home, fill it out and mail it yourself. No postage is required.
Meadow Lake Homeplate Shelter Coalition Corp. - ML Homeplate Shelter is a newly formed charitable organization looking for funding to operate the Emergency Shelter. They are asking for a financial gift to support the work of providing shelter for the homeless of our community. We will have envelopes available at the back of the church if you wish to support the homeless shelter. Please make cheques payable to Our Lady of Peace. During the month of February we will collect these envelopes and then send the total donations to ML Homeplate. Thank you for helping the homeless.
Parish Fun Day – We are planning a Parish fun Day for February 11 after mass. It will begin with a pancake breakfast prepared by the Knights of Columbus. Afterwards there will be fun activities (including bingo) for all ages with prizes and door prizes. All activities will be indoors. Everyone welcome!
Scripture Insights – Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Taken from Source Book for Sundays, Seasons and Weekdays 2024: The Almanac for Pastoral Liturgy, LTP Liturgy Training Publications Copyright 2023, 3949 South Racine Avenue, Chicago, IL 60609, pg. 84.
Job, the blameless and upright man who was rich in family, land, and animals until his life was turned upside down, reflects on the human condition. He, who had recognized that he had once been the recipient of God’s many blessings, now sees life with different eyes. Interestingly, today’s verses begin with rather generic remarks about the human state and move to lines that speak specifically of Job’s experience of misery and darkness. The psalm refrain proclaims, “Praise the Lord, who heals the brokenhearted.” If seen as a direct response to Job, the refrain would indicate that Job’s condition is not permanent.
For the third consecutive week, the Gospel is from the first chapter of Mark. The verses for today’s selection immediately follow last week’s reading, in which Jesus performed his first miracle. With no time wasted and no verses excluded, Jesus moves from the synagogue to Simon’s house, accompanied by Simon, Andrew, and James (two weeks ago, these men were “called” in the Gospel reading).
Immediately after entering the house, Jesus is told that Simon’s mother-in-law was ill. Jesus took her hand and “helped her up.” Later that evening, Jesus cured “many who were sick . . . and he drove out many demons.” Before dawn, Jesus and his companions left the house, and the text tells us that Jesus prayed. It would seem, however, that this prayer was brief, since “everyone” was looking for him. Jesus’ response is one of incredible kindness. He is ready to move on to wherever he can preach and heal.
· Job expresses the anguish that many of us can relate to: Are we working to live, or living to work? Where is the joy of life – and what is the point – of we are struggling with work/life balance? This is often an opportunity to reflect on our life’s brevity, and what we might do with the little time we have. What difference can we make in our little corner of the world?
· Paul’s words remind us that the Good News is for everyone, not for a select few. And yet look around our tables. Who is missing? Who does not have access to this Good News? Where are we being pulled to let go of our own pride to make room for God’s message of love?
· Today’s Gospel speaks of healing many illnesses. One of the “demons” that plagues our communities is that of mental illness. Some statistics show that 25 percent of our population struggles with this in some form. What a gift it would be to see this struggle recognized in our preaching and in our outreach.
DIOCESAN NEWS AND BEYOND
2024 NATIONAL HEALTH CARE WEEK
From February 4-10, 2024, the CHAC will mark National Catholic Health Care Week in Canada. Celebrating the healing ministry of Jesus Christ in everyone who cares for someone in their home, as a doctor, nurse, care aid and in Home Care, provides or supports sacramental ministry to the sick, and many others not named here.
This bulletin is prepared by the Parish Secretary and the Pastor