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
Address: 504-3rd Ave. East, Meadow Lake, SK S9X 1H5
“Blessed is everyone who fears the Lord.” Psalm 128
November 15, 2020 - 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
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 night (7 p.m.) or Sunday morning (10 a.m.) 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 do not want to turn someone away from the door.
This weekend we have a Recovery Collection for Development and Peace – It is “aspecial collection…designated for Development & Peace initiatives in response to COVID-19 around the globe.” Your donation will give aid to areas of the world where hunger, starvation and unclean water are the daily life of many; the people also need our prayers and love to have the courage to overcome the poverty.
Mon., Nov 16 No Mass
Tues., Nov 17, 6:30 pm (Facebook) - +Louis and Germaine Wilfing by Nick and Eileen Charney
Wed., Nov 18, 6:30 pm (Parish Church & Facebook) - +Louis and Germaine Wilfing by Nick and Eileen Charney
Thurs, Nov 19, 6:30 pm (Facebook) - +Louis and Germaine Wilfing by Nick and Eileen Charney
Fri., Nov 20, 6:30 pm (Facebook) - +Louis and Germaine Wilfing by Nick and Eileen Charney
Sat, Nov 21 - No Mass because of workshop
Sat., Nov, 21 p.m. (Parish Hall) - +Louis and Germaine Wilfing by Nick and Eileen Charney
Sun., Nov. 22, 10 a.m. Parish Church & Facebook - People of God
Sun., Nov. 22, 12:30 pm St. Jude’s, Green Lake - People of God
PARISH EVENTS: This week in the parish:
BISHOP’S APPEAL - The Bishop’s Annual Appeal runs from Sunday, October 4, 2020, until December 31, 2020. The Bishop’s video can be viewed on the Diocesan Website at https://www.padiocese.ca/bishops-appeal or on the Diocesan Facebook page Roman Catholic Diocese of Prince Albert. The Diocesan goal for the 2020 Bishop’s Annual Appeal is $450,000. As of November 12, 2020, the amount pledged is $253,845.53 with 829 donors. Thank you to all who have pledged.
Our Lady of Peace Parish – 28 pledges received for $9,755.00 with a goal of $16,904.
St. Jude’s Parish – 3 pledges received for $450.00 with a goal of $1,167.
CATHOLIC WOMEN’S LEAGUE – OUR LADY OF PEACE: On Tuesday, November 10th, several CWL ladies gathered in the parish hall to consider how the Council might function this year. They have decided that they will continue to do privately what CWL members do and publicly they will engage in limited activities shaped by the Sask Health Regulations and Diocesan/Parish guidance. Given the departure of Lorraine and Jacqueline Thibeault, Pat Beaulieu and Marie Mamchur will step in to provide limited animation and direction until COVID-19 is over. Beginning Monday, November 16 through to Friday, November 27, a CWL member will be in the Parish Hall from 2:00-4:00 pm (Monday to Friday) to receive perishable food contributions from CWL members. The items will be included in a Christmas Hamper to be given to the Door of Hope to assist them in their efforts to alleviate hunger in Meadow Lake. If you miss the opportunity to donate to the CWL hamper, remember that beginning the first Sunday of Advent, we will begin our “Parish Reverse Collection.” Stay tuned for further information in the bulletin.
CHRISTMAS SHOEBOXES: Bring them back by Sunday, November 15th at 11:00am.
UPDATE ON RENOVATIONS: Mark from Weber Electric began setting up for the power switch by doing lots of indoor work in preparation for the new line. Dean from H & D’s Plumbing and Heating installed the new lines for the gas switch. Still waiting on SaskTel.
For the Love of Creation is hosting a Fall Forum every Monday evening this November on Zoom. Join us to learn more about our collective work for climate justice, engage with guest speakers, and take action for climate justice together online. Simultaneous translation will be available. For more information on dates and registration, please follow the above link. https://www.padiocese.ca/ecumenical-commission
100 pages of Gratitude - Celebrating the Ministry of Bishop Albert Thevenot, M. Afr. On Saturday, November 7 the gathering for Bishop Albert Thevenot was postponed due to road and weather conditions. If you have not prepared an 8 ½ x 11 sheet of gratitude you can still do so…drop it off at the Parish Office.
A PRAYER AS WE WAIT FOR A NEW BISHOP
Heavenly Father, we give you thanks for sending us your Son, Jesus Christ, to be our shepherd.
We ask you to send your Holy Spirit upon us during this time of discernment.
We pray that the one you have chosen will respond to your call.
May your Spirit give him the wisdom for this calling and the love to continue to gather Your people in faith, joy, peace and hope. We ask this prayer through your Son and Mary, mother of the Church. Amen
CATHOLIC WOMEN'S LEADERSHIP FOUNDATION - Leadership Program https://www.padiocese.ca/catholic-women-s-leadership-foundat "Are you called to join other Canadian Catholic women learning how your leadership has the power to transform where you work, volunteer, and live? Applications are now available for the 2021-2022 Catholic Women’s Leadership Foundation Program. The in-person and online program, facilitated by the Providence School of Transformational Leadership and Spirituality at Saint Paul University (Ottawa), runs from April/21 to May/22. Visit www.cwlfcanada.ca Application deadline November 20, 2020", or follow the diocesan link above. If you have any questions about the Catholic Women’s Leadership Foundation or our program, please contact: Neysa Finnie, Chair, Catholic Women’s Leadership Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org or 604-813-1612
What’s your Catholic IQ? Last week’s question and answer: Where does the water for baptism come from? Ordinary water receives a special blessing either during the ceremony or at the Easter Vigil. In this blessing, the priest asks God to send the Holy Spirit upon the water so that the baptized can be born of water and the Spirit. Jesus told us that no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit. See John 3:5.
This week’s question: Besides killing, the fifth commandment forbids (a) deep anger (b) hatred (c) fighting (d) all of these. See next week’s bulletin for the answer.
Letter from Bishop Thevenot: The recipients of the Medal of the Sacred Heart are as follows: Deanery 1 – Lorraine Tremblay (St. Mark Parish in Prince Albert); Deanery 2 – Rev Travis Myrheim (Pastor of Zenon Park, Carrot River and Arborfield); Deanery 3 - Delores Smallchild (Beardy’s & Okemasis Cree Nation); Deanery 4 – Ellen Tetreault (St. Therese de L’Enfant, Leoville); Deanery 5 – Deacon Gil Bellavance (St. Andre in North Battleford and Indigenous Ministry); Deanery 6 – Catherine Gardiner (St. Jude’s Parish, Green Lake); Bishop Thevenot’s nominations: Raymond Keller (Christopher Lake/Diocesan Finance Council) and Louise Zurowski (Sacred Heart Cathedral/Catholic Family Services). The medals will be distributed when possible to the various recipients. The Medal acknowledges the faithful generosity and service of the recipients to their parish, the Diocese and the local community.
DYING HEALED WORKSHOP - On Saturday, November 21, 2020 from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 a.m., thanks to the Bishops Appeal, the Diocese will offer a workshop that will provide comprehensive education on palliative care/end of life issues and preliminary training for palliative and hospice care volunteers as well as those providing compassion and support to family at the end of life. Fr. Doug will be taking part in the Workshop through the Zoom technology in Our Lady of Peace Church. If you are interested in taking part please contact the parish office.
FAMILIES ARE INVITED TO TAKE PART IN CHILDREN'S LITURGY ON-LINE: From October 18 – November 22, 2020, the Diocese will be offering Children's Liturgy on-line. The posts will be up at 11:00 a.m. following the 10:00 a.m. streamed Diocesan Sunday Mass and later that same day on the Diocesan website at www.padiocese.ca. Click on the following link to view Children’s Liturgy. For other resources to promote faith at home, families are also invited to check-out these online resources. LOYOLA PRESS: Family Faith Ideas, Crafts and Articles, and CATHOLIC ICING: Family Faith Ideas with Crafts for Young Families.
UPDATE – WATER PROJECT – CWL/CHALICE: Part 2: PROGRESS REPORT ON BOREHOLE WATER DRILLING FOR THE FRANCISCAN SISTERS OF ST ANNE AND THE COMMUNITY SERVED
Lwak is a complex of many institutions namely; Lwak Convent, Lwak Girls High School, St Elizabeth Lwak Hospital, Lwak Girls Primary School, Lwak Mixed Primary School, St Antony School of Catering, St Francis Academy, St Clare Nursery School and the villages that surround the complex. All these rely on rain harvesting and raw water from Lake Victoria. Most of these institutions are run by the Franciscan Sisters of Anne. Lwak was founded in 1958 by missionaries who came from Oudenbosch, Netherlands. The congregation’s objective was to improve the education of girls, and they settled in Lwak village. This mission has since grown from a small primary school to all the other institutions mentioned above, expanded and run by local sisters.
Being in the semi-arid area of Siaya County, the area receives rainfall twice a year. The long rains are usually from March to June and short rains from September to October both of which are unreliable. As a result of a long spell of drought, the institutions and the local community face an inadequate water supply both for domestic use, personal hygiene and environmental hygiene. Rainwater harvesting is not enough for these institutions, especially with the increasing population. Most people therefore resort to fetching “raw” lake water from the highly contaminated lake or buying clean water which is expensive. When it rains, community members draw water from any stagnant water points and ponds which increases the risk of health infections.
It was for these reasons that the Franciscan Sisters of Saint Anna requested support from Chalice Canada to drill a borehole which will provide clean water to ease the burden of these institutions and the surrounding community members. This will in turn free up their meager financial resources which could otherwise be used for the purchase of other basic needs like food and medicine. The project is intended to solve issues associated with water shortage and consumption of dirty waters including bilharzia, amoebiasis, cholera and typhoid which are frequent in the area. The project will also solve the long distance travelled by community to access the lake which is about 12kms away. (Stay tuned for Part 3)
This bulletin is prepared by the Parish Secretary and the Pastor