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5th Sunday of Easter - May 7, 2023
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
Let your love be upon us, Lord, even as we hope in you. (Psalm 33 Refrain)
May 7, 2023 - 5th 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 8 – Fr. Doug will say mass on retreat - People of God
Tues., May 9 – 10:00 am Liturgy with Communion at the Lodge
Tues., May 9 – Fr. Doug will say mass on retreat - People of God
Wed., May 10 – Fr. Doug will say mass on retreat - People of God
Thurs., May11– 9:30 am (Our Lady of Peace Church & Facebook) - Special Intention – Louis & Yolande Gratton
Fri., May 12 – 9:30 am (Our Lady of Peace church & Facebook) - Special Intention – Louis & Yolande Gratton
Sat., May 13 – 5:00 pm – St Jude Parish, Green Lake - People of God
Sun., May 14 – 10:00 am – (Our Lady of Peace Church & Facebook) - People of God
Sun., May 14 – 3:00 pm – (Our Lady of the Smile – Waterhen Lake) - People of God
THIS WEEK IN THE PARISH
Sunday Collection – April 30: Meadow Lake $1329.00 Green Lake – No collection taken
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.
Thank you from The Lodge – We recently received a card from The Lodge thanking us for the Volunteer work we do in support of the residents. The card came after National Volunteer Week which was April 16 – 22.
Report on Extended Deanery Meeting – On Saturday, April 29th, people from Deaneries 4, 5 & 6 gathered at Edam for an opportunity to listen and to share experiences from the Synod. Specifically, we were invited to share what we have done with the two priorities we chose (Priority #1 and #4). The day began with a prayer and a presentation by Bishop Stephen reminding us of where we started and where we are at now. The work done by the parishes and missions of our Diocese was put together and shared with the Diocese. Our report was sent to a team chosen by the Bishops of Western Canada and a Western Canadian Report was put together. Finally, the reports from across the country were assembled into a Canadian report which was sent to Rome. Reports from around the world were put together and representatives – Bishops and Lay People from across the United States and Canada met via Zoom and responded to the World Report. They listened and discerned what the Holy Spirit was asking of the church at this moment. This process was done by the various continents – South America, Asia, Africa, and Europe. Each continent will submit a report to Rome for the gathering of Bishops and Lay Representatives in the Fall of 2023. Bishop Stephen urged us to continue listening and responding to what we have heard. Later we will incorporate what the Universal Church is hearing and saying into our own work. Bishop Stephen urged us to continue the work we have begun here and to make it a priority.
After Bishop Stephen’s presentation we were divided up into 6 groups of 10-12 people and we listened and shared our responses to 3 themes: 1) Building and Rebuilding Parish Community 2) Listening to the Holy Spirit and 3) Walking with others. We then listened to each group share their insights and reflections on the themes they worked with. In the afternoon following the group reports we listened to each parish share what they had been doing regarding the priorities they had chosen. Unfortunately, I had to leave after the reports and so I was unable to hear the final message of Bishop Stephen.
The gathering was good in that we were encouraged by the work being done by one another across the Diocese and the varied ways parishes are trying to rebuild their communities, discern the Spirit and walk with others. One person shared how when she was writing the report for her parish, she was discouraged but when she started listening to what was happening around the diocese in different communities her spirits were lifted. Unfortunately, other than I, no one was present from our Cluster. It was a great opportunity to experience the work of the Spirit in our Diocese.
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 involved 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!”
On May 10, at 2pm (EST), tune in to our Living with Christ webinar: Mary as a Guide to Holiness. Our speaker, Josephine Lombardi, will present us with ways in which we can be more devoted to the blessed Mother of God. More info and registration can be found at https://en.novalis.ca/products/mary-as-a-guide-to-holiness
Canada Health Day – Canada Health Day is celebrated May 12 in health care facilities and community services across the country. This day reminds us that health and healing are essential aspects of our baptismal vocation. We are called to take responsibility for our personal health: to prevent illness and to seek a healthy lifestyle. Good health concerns the physical, emotional, social, and spiritual health of our communities, respect for God’s creatures and the nurturing of the whole earth.
Baptismal Formation Session, Thursday, May 11th at 6:30pm – Make sure to read and complete Lessons Two and Three. We will move forward according to our time!
Pancake Breakfast – On Sunday, May 14, we celebrate Mother’s Day, and the Knights of Columbus are hosting a Mother’s Day Breakfast after 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! 😊
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.
Easter Season – The seven weeks from Easter to Pentecost are celebrated as one great Feast Day. St. Athanasius called them “the great Sunday.” Christians sing the “Alleluia” during these days in their rejoicing. Taken from the Ordo: Liturgical Calendar, page 211
Scripture Insights – Fifth 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. 196.
The nature of the Church’s ministry emerges in the first reading from Acts. In response to the continued growth of the early Church, the apostles chose seven men, filled with the Holy Spirit, to share their ministry of service. The role of deacon (from the Greek word diakonein, “to serve”) emerges. Preaching (leading people in worship of God) and service (caring for the poor) are the two foundational pillars of ministry.
In his first letter, Peter identifies the risen Lord as “a living stone” (2:4), chosen by God the Father, as the cornerstone of a spiritual house where we, his followers, become “living stones.” In spiritual unity with the risen Christ, we are “a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of his own” (2:9).
The context for the Gospel reading is Jesus’ discourse with his followers at the Last Supper. Jesus refers to himself as “the way and the truth and the life” (Jn 14:6). We are followers of the Way (Jesus) that leads us to the Father. Jesus reveals his intimate relationship with the Father: he is in the Father, as the Father is in him. Jesus’ words are the Father’s words, and Jesus’ works are the Father’s works. United with him, Jesus promises his followers that they too will do great works.
From these readings emerge a deeper understanding of Jesus and of our identity. Jesus is the human face of God, as Pope Benedict XVI described him in his encyclicals Saved in Hope and Charity in Truth. As God’s chosen race, we follow Jesus, the Way, to our eternal home.
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!
Ron Rolheiser – “Struggling to Give Birth To Hope” (April 10, 2023). The following article, Struggling to Give Birth to Hope is taken from the following website: https://ronrolheiser.com/en/#.ZEx1IHbMKM8
After Jesus rose from the dead, his first appearances were to women. Why? One obvious reason might be that it was women who followed him to his death on Good Friday, while the men largely abandoned him. As well, it was women, not men, who set off for his tomb on Easter morning, hoping to anoint his dead body with spices – so it was women who were in the garden when he first appeared. But there is, I believe, a deeper and more symbolic reason. Women are the midwives. It is generally women who attend to new birth and women who are more paramount in initially nurturing new life in its infancy.
In any birth a midwife can be helpful. When a baby is born, normally the head pushes its way through the birth canal first, opening the way for the body to follow. A good midwife can be very helpful at this time, helping to ease that passage through the birth canal, helping ensure that the baby begins to breathe, and helping the mother to immediately begin to nurture that new life. A midwife can sometimes mean the difference between life and death, and she always makes the birth easier and healthier.
Jesus’ resurrection birthed new life into our world, and in its infancy that life had to be specially midwifed, both in its emergence and in the initial breaths it took in this world. The resurrection birthed many things, and these had to be midwifed; initially by the women to whom Jesus first appeared, then by the apostles who left us their eyewitness accounts of the risen Jesus, then by the early church, then by its martyrs, then by the lived faith of countless women and men through the centuries, and sometimes too by theologians and spiritual writers. We still need to midwife what was born in the resurrection.
And many things were born in that event – an event as radical as the original creation in what it gave birth to. The resurrection of Jesus was the “first day” a second time, the second time light separated from darkness. Indeed, the world measures time by the resurrection. We are in the year 2023 since it happened. (Christianity was born with that event. New time began then. But scholars calculated that Jesus was thirty-three years old when he died and so they added thirty-three years so as to begin new time with the date of his birth.)
Prominent within what the resurrection gives birth to and what needs still to be midwifed, is hope. The resurrection gives birth to hope. The women in the Gospels who first met the resurrected Jesus were the first to be given a true reason for hope and were the first to act as midwifes of that new birth. So too must we. We need to become midwives of hope. But what is hope and how is it given birth in the resurrection?
Genuine hope is never to be confused with either wishful thinking or temperamental optimism. Unlike hope, wishful thinking isn’t based on anything. It’s pure wishing. Optimism, for its part, takes its root either in a natural temperament (“I always see the bright side of things”) or on how good or bad the evening news looks on a given day. And we know how that can change from day to day. Hope has a different basis.
Here’s an example: Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, a deeply faith-filled scientist, was once challenged by an agnostic colleague after making a presentation within which he tried to show how the story of salvation history fits perfectly with the insights of science regarding the origins of the universe and the process of evolution. Teilhard went on to suggest, in line with Ephesians 1, 3-10, that the end of the whole evolutionary process will be the union of all things in one great final harmony in Christ. An agnostic colleague challenged him to this effect: That’s a wonderfully optimistic little schema you propose. But suppose we blow up the world with an atomic bomb. What happens to your optimist schema then? Teilhard answered in words to this effect: If we blow up the world with an atomic bomb, that will be a set-back, perhaps for millions of years. But what I propose is going to happen, not because I wish it or because I am optimistic that it will happen. It will happen because God promised it – and in the resurrection God showed that God has the power to deliver on that promise.
What the women who first met the risen Jesus experienced was hope, the kind of hope that is based on God’s promise to vindicate good over evil and life over death, no matter the circumstance, no matter the obstacle, no matter how awful the news might look on a given day, no matter death itself, and no matter whether we are optimistic or pessimistic. They were the initial midwives helping to give birth to that hope. That task is now ours.
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This bulletin is prepared by the Parish Secretary and the Pastor