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
Glory and praise for ever! - Daniel 3 Refrain
June 4, 2023 - Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity
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., June 5 – No mass
Tues., June 6 – 10:00 am Liturgy with Communion at the Lodge
Tues., June 6 – No mass
Wed., June 7 – 6:30 pm (Our Lady of Peace Church & Facebook) - +McCallum Family by Florence Bell
Thurs., June 8 – 9:30 am (Our Lady of Peace Church & Facebook) - +McCallum Family by Florence Bell
Fri., June 9 – 9:30 am (Our Lady of Peace Church & Facebook) - +Lachance Family by Florence Bell
Sat., June 10 – 5:00 pm (St. Jude’s Green Lake) - People of God
Sun., June 11 – 10:00 am – (Our Lady of Peace Church & Facebook) - People of God
Sun., June 11 – 3:00 pm (Our Lady of the Smile, Waterhen) - People of God
THIS WEEK IN THE PARISH
Sunday Collection – May 28: Meadow Lake $1392.30 Green Lake – No mass
Children’s Collection $18.30
The Pope’s Prayer Intention for June – For the abolition of torture – We pray that the international community may commit in a concrete way to ensuring the abolition of torture and guarantee support to victims and their families.
About Today’s Solemnity – The essential component of being in relationship with our Trinitarian God is to allow that relationship to impact all that we say and do. To be disciples of the Lord is to live according to Jesus’ values and lifestyle and to model for others what relationship with God entails. Our mission is to do for others what Jesus has done for us, in both his words and his deeds, most especially in his loving outreach to all. Blessed are we for having been chosen to be apostolic witnesses to all.
Taken from Sourcebook for Sundays, Seasons and Weekdays page 228
I want to personally thank the people from Waterhen Lake, Green Lake and Meadow Lake for your kindness and generosity. I wanted to give thanks to God for the call he gave to me over 40 years ago, the call to be a priest and to be a Missionary Oblate of Mary Immaculate. On Sunday, May 28th you touched my heart again! I am so grateful for all of you, your words, your gifts, your kindness, and your presence. I am grateful also for all that you do for the Church and for your respective communities. We each live out God’s call to love one another and to forgive one another in different places. As I read through the cards that you gave to me and as I looked at your gifts and as I remembered your many words and the music you shared with me, tears of gratitude flowed. I am blessed by your goodness. Through you God is continuing to call me to serve the People of God. Thank you and may the God of peace be your constant companion, now and always!
Flowers and Flower Beds – A special word of thanks to Chris for tilling our newest flower beds, to Rhys and Pat for putting in new borders on our two flower beds and to Marie and Melba for planting and transplanting. This work helps to make our Church Building look a little more welcoming. Thank you!
Rosary at the Grotto – During the month of May several folks gathered at the Grotto each night at 6:00 pm to pray the rosary. Our prayer intention was the well-being of those who are sick and suffering in any way in our Meadow Lake Cluster. A word of thanks to all who gathered with us and prayed. A special word of thanks to Bernice who led us every day without fail. May God bless you all for your care of your brothers and sisters.
NEEDING A JANITOR OR JANITORS – The Finance Council is looking for one or two people who are willing to clean the Parish Hall after our functions. If you or someone you know is interested in providing on demand cleaning, please call the Parish Office as soon as possible. We cannot rent the Parish Hall without having someone to clean it. Thanks for your help in this matter.
Our Lady of Peace Scholarship
Our Pastoral Council is promoting the idea of a Scholarship for students who graduate from Carpenter High School and pursue post secondary studies in the Fall of 2023.
This week, June 4, we will take up a collection at the end of mass. The money collected will be set aside for the Our Lady of Peace Scholarship. If you prefer you can drop off a donation at the Parish Office during regular Parish Office hours. Please put your donation in an envelope – include your name and your Envelope Box number and your donation will be credited to you. If you offer a cheque, please make the cheque payable to Our Lady of Peace Parish and on the memo line indicate that it is for the Our Lady of Peace Scholarship.
Ordinary Time – In his Apostolic Letter approving the Roman Calendar (14 February 1969), St. Paul VI noted some important facts about the Liturgical Year: 1. Over many centuries, Catholics had become accustomed to so many special religious devotions that the mysteries of redemption lost their proper place. This was due to the large number of vigils, holydays and octaves, and to the growing dominance of various seasons over the Church year; 2. St. Pius X and St. John XXIII restored Sunday to its former dignity, so that everyone should once more consider it as the Church’s original Feast Day; 3. The Popes restated the traditional teaching of the Church: The celebration of the Liturgical Year has a special sacramental power and force which nourishes and strengthens the life of Christians. The Church Year is not merely a recalling of the historical events by which Christ won our salvation; 4. The reason for the restoration of the Liturgical Year is to help believers through their faith, hope and love to share more fully in the entire mystery of Christ as it is unfolding throughout the year. Taken from Ordo: Liturgical Calendar 2022 – 2023 page 255
Scripture Insights – Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity
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. 228.
The first reading, from Exodus, comes just after the sad story about the Israelites making a golden calf and offering sacrifices to it (Ex 32). Although God pronounces judgement against the people, he comes down to meet Moses on the mountain; God reveals his true nature by reinstating the covenant with Israel. Why? Because God is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, faithful, and kind.
The second reading is the closing greeting of Paul’s Second Letter to the Corinthians. In it, he suggests that God extends grace through the Father, love through the Son, and fellowship through the Spirit, so that humanity can live in love and fellowship with one another. Later theologians would see this as an example of the activities of the “economic Trinity.” The term comes from the Greek word oikonomikos, which means “pertaining to the management of a household,” in this case, the household of God.
Likewise, the Gospel highlights God’s activity in salvation history. God the Father is described as giving the greatest gift of love to the world – his only son – and the Son is described as doing the work of the Father. The Spirit is not mentioned here, but later in John’s Gospel account we learn that the Spirit is the Advocate sent to be with the believers after Jesus’ return to the Father.
DIOCESAN NEWS & BEYOND
Catholics and Our Use of Social Media
"Towards Full Presence. A Pastoral Reflection on Engagement with Social Media" (#FullyPresent) is the title of the document published by the Dicastery for Communication on Monday 29 May. The aim of the document is to promote a common reflection on the involvement of Christians in social media, which have increasingly become part of people's lives. Inspired by the parable of the Good Samaritan, the document offers an opportunity to begin a shared reflection on how to promote a culture of being "loving neighbours" also in the digital world.
Looking at the theme within the context of the world of social media, where individuals are often both consumers and commodities, the pastoral reflection seeks a faith-based response. And this response begins with discerning the stimuli we receive and with intentional listening. Attention, together with a sense of belonging, reciprocity and solidarity, are key for creating a sense of unity that should ultimately strengthen local communities, enabling them to become drivers of change. By becoming "weavers of communion" through the creativity of love, we can imagine new models built on trust, transparency, equality, and inclusion, learning to be present in God's style and bearing witness.
Beware of pitfalls on the "digital highways"
The digital revolution has certainly created opportunities, but it also presents many challenges. The document identifies several pitfalls to avoid as we travel the "digital highways." From treatment of individual users as only consumers and commodities, to the creation of "individualistic spaces" that target like-minded people or encourage extreme behaviour, the journey through the online environment is one where many have been marginalised and wounded. For Christians, this raises the question: how can we make the digital ecosystem a place of sharing, collaboration and belonging, based on mutual trust?
From awareness to real encounter
Becoming a "neighbour" in the social media environment begins with a disposition to listen with the awareness that those whom we meet online are real people. Even in an environment characterised by "information overload," this openness to intentional listening and of the heart allows us to move from mere perception of the other to an authentic encounter. We can begin to recognise our digital neighbour, realising that their suffering affects us. Our goal then is to build not only "connections," but encounters that become real relationships and strengthen local communities.
From encounter to community
In our journey along the "digital highways," we can meet others either with a spirit of indifferent bystanders or with a spirit of encouragement and friendship. In the latter case, we - who are sometimes the good Samaritan and sometimes the wounded - can begin to help heal the wounds created by a toxic digital environment. Here we need to rebuild digital spaces so that they become more human and healthier environments. At the same time, we can help make these environments more capable of fostering real communities, based on a person-to-person encounter that is indispensable for those who believe in the Word made flesh.
A distinctive style
Christians bring to social media a distinctive "style," one of sharing that has its origin in Christ, who loved us and gave himself for us with his words, actions, soul and body. He taught us that truth is revealed in communion and that communication also springs from communion, that is, from love. The presence of Christians in digital media should reflect this style that communicates truthful information in a creative way, one that springs from friendship and builds community. This style often makes use of stories. It will bring to bear its influence online in a responsible way, as Christians become "weavers of communion." It will be reflective, not reactive, and it will be active in fostering activities and initiatives that promote human dignity. It will also be helping us to open our hearts and welcome our brothers and sisters.
Witness in the digital world
The presence of Christians in social media will also bear the mark of witness. Christians are not there to sell a product or proselytize, but rather to bear witness. They are there to confirm with their words and their lives what God has done by creating a communion that unites us in Christ. Whether Christians may find themselves the wounded or the Good Samaritan, or both, their engagement on social media platforms can be encounters with neighbours, brothers and sisters, whose lives concerns them and, therefore, encounters with the Lord. In this way, communication offers a glimpse of the communion that is rooted in the Holy Trinity, our true "promised land." Taken from: https://www.vaticannews.va/en/vatican-city/news/2023-05/good-samaritan-inspiration-those-inhabiting-social-media.html
VOCATION WALK 2023
The Diocese of Prince Albert Vocation Commission invites you to a pilgrimage walk from Duck Lake to St. Laurent Shrine. July 15, 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm; Supper at 6:00 pm; Confessions at 7:00 pm; Mass at 8:00 pm; Torch Light procession at 9:30 pm.
The Diocese of Prince Albert Vocations Commission is having a student coloring/poster contest. The purpose of this contest is to invite students to create art that promotes vocations to religious life. The invitation to participate is open to students from grade 1 to grade 12. There are four categories: Gr.1-3, Gr. 4-6, Gr.7-9, Gr.10-12. The regulations and entry form can be found at the following link: https://www.padiocese.ca/vocations-commission
This bulletin is prepared by the Parish Secretary and the Pastor