Our Lady of Peace Parish
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
“Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths: all people shall see the salvation of God.”
Luke 3.4, 6
December 6, 2020 - 2nd Sunday of Advent
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. Doug Jeffrey, OMI
Pastoral Council Chair:
Finance Council Chair:
Mass Attendance: If you would like to attend mass on Saturday night or Sunday morning 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.
Living with Christ SUNDAY MISSALS for 2020-2021 may be picked up at the parish office between 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. The cost is $5.00 per missal. You can also get them at the Church/Parish Hall before or after mass for the same price! 😊
CHURCH ART CALENDARS 2021 are available at the Parish Office. The cost is $10 per calendar.
Fr. Doug will be available for emergencies only on Wednesday, December 9th and Thursday, December 10th.
Mon., Dec. 7 - No Mass
Tues., Dec. 8, 6:30 pm (Parish Church & Facebook) FEAST OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION
Raymond Wilfing by Nick and Eileen Charney
Wed., Dec. 9, 6:30 pm No Live-Streamed Mass
Raymond Wilfing by Nick and Eileen Charney
Thurs, Dec. 10, 6:30 pm (Facebook) - Anonymous
Fri., Dec. 11, 6:30 pm (Facebook) - Anonymous
Sat, Dec. 12, 9:00 a.m. (Facebook)
+Clarence Fiddler by Carmen Fiddler
Sat., Dec. 12, 7 p.m. (Parish Hall)
People of God
Sun., Dec. 13, 10 a.m. Parish Church & Facebook
People of God
Sun., Dec. 13, 12:30 pm St. Jude’s, Green Lake
People of God
Sun., Dec. 13, 3:00 pm Our Lady of the Smile, Waterhen Lake
People of God
THIS WEEK IN THE PARISH:
Bishop’s Appeal - “Go and bear fruit that will last.” We are now in the last month of the 2020 Bishop’s Annual Appeal. As of November 30, 2020, parishioners (1,056 donors) have pledged $323,078.59 towards the Diocesan goal of $450,000. If you have already sent in your pledge for the Bishop’s Annual Appeal, thank you for your generosity. If you haven’t done so yet and are planning to, the Appeal Office would like to receive all pledges on or before December 31, 2020. If you have lost or misplaced your Appeal information, additional pledge cards are available from your Parish Office. Please continue to pray for the success of the 2020 Bishop’s Annual Appeal.
Our Lady of Peace Parish – 32 pledges received for $12,210.00 with a goal of $16,904.
St. Jude’s Parish – 4 pledges received for $700.00 with a goal of $1,167.
Our Lady of Peace Parish REVERSE COLLECTION held in our parish each Advent will take place again this year. When we gathered physically, the basket containing slips of paper with needed items was passed around and we took out a few slips of paper depending on our ability to purchase items. We then purchased the items and brought them to the Parish Office or the Church. There are two ways you can participate this year: you can phone the parish office and Lorraine will draw the slips with the name of the items and let you know what you can purchase, or you can just purchase whatever you think is helpful. In either case, please bring your items to the Church on Sunday or to the Parish Office during the week. Remember to check for Office Hours.
CWL Christmas hampers: Thank you to all who donated to the CWL Christmas Hampers Project. 350 pounds of non-perishable food was collected as well as monetary donations and given to the Door of Hope for those who are in need.
SaskHealth/Diocesan Covid-19 Guidelines – The number of positive cases of Covid-19 and the number of deaths from the virus continue to rise. The latest SaskHealth Guidelines invite us to be even more vigilant when it comes to protecting ourselves and each other from the virus. There are new guidelines impacting the size of private home gatherings, travel and the wearing of masks. In order to protect one another, our Church gatherings are limited to 30 people. In addition, we are always to wear our masks, except when we receive communion, and we are to sanitize and maintain appropriate social distance. We have been doing a wonderful job, and I am grateful to you for that. Let us continue to keep one another safe by following the Provincial guidelines and putting our sisters and brothers first.
UPDATE ON RENOVATIONS: Many things have been accomplished in terms of our move thanks to many helping hands. The Old Office is empty, although there are a few things left to be salvaged if folks are interested. The building will be demolished on Monday/Tuesday, December 7/8. There are a few little things to be done in the Parish Office: the support bars, the mirror, and the towel dispenser etc. are needed in the bathroom; a covering is needed over the electrical cables; the doors are still on order; electrical outlets need to be added and the heater installed in the porch. The new LED lights in the Office make it much easier to see. The Emergency and EXIT lighting needs to be installed in the Church and the electrical work for our Audio – Video connections. We are also changing the lights in the Sanctuary to LED. The Initial cost of these lights will be recovered through much lower electrical usage and the bulbs will last a very long time. SaskTel came and finished their work so the Internet and phone are now fully connected. I want to say a huge word of thanks to the various people who have been coming to help – the packing, the sorting, the hauling, the cleaning, the unpacking and shelving. Your contribution to the parish is much appreciated. Several folks have been praying for all of us involved in the work – and several of you have been sharing words of encouragement. Your support and affirmation are much appreciated and are a sign of our unity in Christ. We are one body with many parts! A special word of thanks to Lorraine for keeping things in the Parish Office organized and for Pat who makes sure we pay all our bills on time!
Special Note – The furnace from the Parish Office has been sold to St. Jude’s Parish. Ron’s Plumbing and Heating added a Propane Kit to it and installed it. This furnace will replace the two smaller, older furnaces in the Church. The two furnaces were showing their age.
Apostolic Blessings - It has been a long tradition to ask for and receive Apostolic blessings for a variety of occasions – significant birthdays or anniversaries. Previously, in the Diocese of Prince Albert, it was necessary to order such blessings through the Chancery Office. As Pastors we can continue to do this, or we can now order them directly from the Apostolic Nunciature. If you would like an Apostolic Blessing for someone, please contact the Parish Office well in advance of the important occasion you want to celebrate.
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
100 pages of Gratitude - Celebrating the Ministry of Bishop Albert Thevenot, M. Afr. If you have not already prepared an 8 ½ x 11 sheet of gratitude you can still do so. Drop it off at the Parish Office.
The DYING HEALED WORKSHOP held virtually on November 21, was well attended and well received. There is a plan to hold another workshop in the Spring. Thank you to all who support the Bishop's Annual Appeal. Because of the many who generously donate, events such as this are made possible.
Teen/Young Adult: Advent and Christmas Sunday and Holy Days Bible Study plus Advent Reflections, Traditions, Calendars, and Retreat options are available online. Check the Diocesan website. A video series, which hopes to support families in bringing the Advent and Christmas Seasons into the home, will be offered for the next 8 weeks. It will be on the RC Diocese of Prince Albert: Evangelization and Catechesis Facebook page and on the Family Advent and Christmas Page on the Diocesan webpage. One video will be posted each week. Each video will be between 15-30 minutes and contain information about the activity, a craft, a challenge, and a prayer.
ADVENT SEASON VIDEO SCHEDULE
Week of Nov 30 - Prepare for the Feast of Saint Nicholas.
Week of Dec 7 - Prepare to Celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.
Week of Dec 14 - Learn about and make a nativity scene.
CHRISTMAS SEASON VIDEO SCHEDULE
Dec 27 - Feast of the Holy Family Jan 1 - Feast of the Holy Mother of God
Jan 3 - Feast of Epiphany Jan 10 - Baptism of the Lord
SOCIAL JUSTICE: https://www.padiocese.ca/social-justice Christmas is a time for sharing our blessings with others. With all that is happening in today’s world, the need to reach out to the less fortunate is even more important. There are many ways that we can share with our neighbours in our communities and in other parts of the world. The following charities are in dire need of your financial support as well:
a) Support for the victims of the typhoons in the Philippines and Vietnam through Development and Peace, Caritas Canada. https://www.devp.org/en
b) Saskatchewan Food Banks https://skfoodbanks.ca/
c) COVID-19 RELIEF AND CHRISTMAS HAMPERS PAKISTAN – a tax-deductible receipt will be provided by Canadian Aid to Persecuted Christians CAPC). You are invited to feed the poor and let them know that it’s Christmas time. A team of volunteers has visited door to door to find out the challenges these poor residents are facing and assess the need. As our fieldworker visited the homes, it was emotional to find many families without food. Mothers were worried over the lack of food for their children. Initially, a list of 300 families from Christian slum areas has been made to provide Christmas Hampers and warm clothes for the children. Immediate Needs Assessed:
• COVID-19 kits (hand sanitizers, masks, soaps, Dettol, wipes)
• Warm clothes and shoes for small children (jackets, socks, caps, and shoes)
• Christmas food rations
For more information on CAPC please link to https://www.padiocese.ca/social-justice.
What’s your Catholic IQ? Last bulletin’s question and answer: A Jesse tree (a) shows the family tree of Jesus who was descended from David, Jesse’s son. The custom of using a Jesse tree to show Jesus’ family tree comes from pictures that decorated early Bible manuscripts. Jesus was known as a son of David. The prophet Isaiah said, “A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse” (Isaiah 11:1), and this was taken to mean Jesus.
This week’s question: A Hispanic Christmas custom of acting out Joseph and Mary looking for an inn is called (a) Hide and Seek (b) The First Noel (c) Las Posadas (d) Tiny Tim’s Christmas. Find the answer in next week’s bulletin.
This bulletin is prepared by the Parish Secretary and the Pastor