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 9 am-12:00; Wednesday - Friday 10am—12:00 and 1pm-4:30
Office Phone: 306-236-5122
Cell Phone: 306-304-7271
Parish Email: email@example.com Pastor Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Facebook: Catholic Church Meadow Lake
Address: 504-3rd Ave. East, Meadow Lake, SK S9X 1H5
“My mouth will tell, O Lord of your deeds of salvation.” Psalm 71 Refrain
January 30, 2022 - 4th 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
Could your name be here?
Pastoral Council Chair:
SaskHealth has informed us that all citizens age 5 & older are eligible to receive a Covid19 vaccine and that booster doses of the Covid19 vaccine are available. Getting vaccinated is the best thing we can do to stop the spread of the Coronavirus. Please encourage one another, including your children, to get vaccinated. Wearing masks, sanitizing, social distancing and limiting the size of gatherings also help. Let us be safe and care for one another. If you HAVE NOT been vaccinated and you choose to join us for liturgy, you are EXPOSING YOURSELF TO SERIOUS RISK because of the more infectious omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus.
THIS WEEK IN THE PARISH
When there is a funeral, the daily mass will be cancelled. Check Facebook for the most up-to-date information.
On Tuesday to Friday and on Sunday, the Our Lady of Peace masses will be livestreamed on Facebook.
Mon., Jan. 31 – No mass - Personal Intention
Tues., Feb. 1 – 6:30 pm (Our Lady of Peace Church & Facebook) - +Donna Moosomin by Peter Durocher
Wed., Feb. 2 – 6:30 pm (Our Lady of Peace Church & Facebook) - +Cheryl Opikokew by Peter Durocher
Thurs., Feb. 3 – 9:30 am (Our Lady of Peace Church & Facebook) - +Marius Durocher by Peter Durocher
Fri., Feb. 4 – 9:30 am (Our Lady of Peace Church & Facebook) - +Joseph Durocher by Peter Durocher
Sat., Feb. 5 – 7:00 pm (Our Lady of Peace Church, Meadow Lake) - Anonymous
Sun., Feb. 6 – 10 am (Our Lady of Peace Church, Meadow Lake & Facebook) - People of God
Sun., Feb. 6 – 12:30 pm (St Jude Parish, Green Lake) - People of God
Parish Secretary Still Needed: We have yet to fill the position of parish secretary. Considering that, is there anyone who could volunteer to come in and prepare the bulletin (with my help) or is there anyone who can come in and do the research and preparation for people who are requesting baptismal certificates? I can manage the phones but completing these other tasks is dependent on a hierarchy of needs. In other words, the needs of someone, come before the completion of a bulletin. Please give the needs of your parish some consideration. Typing skills, familiarity with Microsoft Word, welcoming spirit and confidentiality are essential.
Synod 2021-2023 Information
On Friday morning, our Synod Committee met, and after reflection on these times we are living, we are happy to announce the following directions and decisions for how we will share in the Synod:
Next week a letter will be sent to all parishioners (email/ordinary mail) offering 3 ways to participate in the Synod. Those of you who would like, can register to take part in a zoom meeting, those of you who would like to meet with folks in your ‘circle of friends’ can do so and fill out your form, and those who would like may simply fill in the form. All forms must be back to the parish office by February 18th. The committee will gather the information and prepare a synthesis which will be given out to everyone so that we can ‘hear’ what others are saying. The synthesis will also be forwarded to the Diocese as our contribution.
There are numerous opportunities provided by the Diocese and our parish to take part in the Synod. Please do take some time, pick of the options available to you; share your thoughts and listen to others. If you don’t speak, we cannot hear you! If we don’t listen, voices will be unheard! If we cannot hear you, and you are not listened to, our community is the poorer for it. Please know that you matter and we would like to make space for you if we can!
You can take part at the parish level or you can take part at the Diocesan level. Each household in the parish is asked to pray every day, our Synod Prayer, from now until the end of March when we submit our thoughts and reflections to the Diocese.
Prayer for the Synod
We stand before you, Holy Spirit, as we gather together in your name.
With You alone to guide us, make Yourself at home in our hearts;
Teach us the way we must go and how we are to pursue it.
We are weak and sinful; do not let us promote disorder.
Do not let ignorance lead us down the wrong path
nor partiality influence our actions.
Let us find in You our unity so that we may journey together to eternal life and
not stray from the way of truth and what is right.
All this we ask of You, who are at work in every place and time,
in the communion of the Father and the Son, forever and ever. Amen
You can follow the diocesan Synod plans here: https://www.padiocese.ca/synod2023.
Other Upcoming Synod Zoom Sessions:
· Main Synod Questions (Belonging/Listening/Speaking Out) – February 9th REGISTER HERE
· Celebration (The Mass, Prayer, Devotions (rosary, pilgrimages etc.)) – February 23rd REGISTER HERE
· Main Synod Questions (Belonging/Listening/Speaking Out) – March 9th REGISTER HERE
· Missionary Disciples (Sharing Responsibility) – March 23rd REGISTER HERE
Sunday Collection – Sunday, Jan. 23: Our Lady of Peace Parish: $385.00; St. Jude’s Parish: $131.00
Looking for a WINTERFUN DAY? We are thinking of a having a small winter party. With all the snow we have, perhaps families or groups of people could build some snow sculptures, snowmen/women, we could have a fire, some hot chocolate, roasted marshmallows’ etc. Sculpture work could begin on a Saturday with the lighting of the fire, finish the next afternoon with a little judging and some prizes. If you are interested in helping to coordinate our WINTERFUN DAY or if you would like to work on a sculpture let me know! The Knights of Columbus have graciously agreed to take care of the fire and to provide wieners for roasting.
Furnishing a Room in the Northwest Community Lodge. Goal $12,000.00 - To date, $10,955.00.
Knights of Columbus Vocation Endowment Fund – The Knights of Columbus Charitable Foundation has previously established a fund to assist Dioceses as they sponsor the studies and formation of their seminarians. Earnings from this fund are distributed equally among the Roman Catholic Dioceses and the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy in Saskatchewan. While this is not the sole source of funds for seminary formation it is an important one. Information will be handed out at masses this weekend. If you are not at mass and would like to contribute, please contact the parish office. If you can make a contribution, we ask you to do so according to your means. We thank you in advance for your generosity.
Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Source Book for Sundays, Seasons and Weekdays 2022: The Almanac for Pastoral Liturgy, LTP Liturgy Training Publications Copyright 2020, 3949 South Racine Avenue, Chicago, IL 60609, pg. 72
Doing God’s will isn’t easy. Especially when it involves criticizing a people who have become complacent in their faith or who feel they are above reproach. Jeremiah is an excellent example of a prophet with a difficult assignment. A little more than one hundred years earlier Isaiah had told Jerusalem they would survive Assyria’s invasion because God promised to protect David’s city (see Is 29:1-8). Now Jeremiah must announce the opposite. Because of the Judeans’ unrepentant sinfulness, God was evicting them from the Promised Land, and Babylon was to be the instrument of this justice. Jeremiah’s job was to tell a people who presumed they were indestructible that their defeat was at hand. The authorities in Jerusalem considered his words blasphemy and sedition; they attempted to kill him several times (see Jer. 11:18 and chapters 20 and 26). The reading today shows us God encouraging the people to remain steadfast in the face of such pressure.
Jeremiah serves as a type for Christ (a foreshadowing of Christ), who will also face hostile opposition to his message. Today’s gospel reading is one of the more extreme examples. Here Jesus’ preaching in his hometown of Nazareth goes painfully awry when he declares that the message of salvation proclaimed by Isaiah (read last week) is fulfilled in his ministry. His own townspeople reject the idea that a carpenter’s son in their town could be their savior. The Nazarenes resemble the Judeans who opposed Jeremiah and also those of us today who resist God’s will, even when it is preached directly to us.
Both of these readings challenge us to be aware of and open to God’s will, regardless of how difficult it may be to hear. They also encourage us to take up God’s message and proclaim it as best we can, whatever the consequences may be.
*Contemplate Jesus’ opening line: “Today this Scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing” (Lk 4:21). Jesus understood the word of God to be a living Word, one that takes on flesh in him and the rest of the Body of Christ. Could we say the same thing in our parish today? What Scripture passages do we fulfill as a community?
* God appoints Jeremiah as a prophet and encourages him to speak the truth even when met with resistance. Prophets are not a call of the past. God appoints prophets in our midst today. Who are examples of prophets in our country? In our local community?
* One way this Gospel story plays out today is in anti-immigrant movements. Like the crowds in Nazareth, these anti-immigrant crowds crucify those who are different. They extend hate instead of hospitality. If these people really saw the immigrant and knew her, would they still hold such resentment? Our God is revealed in the most marginalized. Will we help or hate?
Green Lake News
Congratulations to Garret and Shayla Durocher: On Sunday, January 23, at Jude’s Parish in Green Lake we celebrated the baptism of their child, Mazikane Isidore Grey Derocher. Mazikane, we welcome you to our parish family and we look forward to celebrating the mysteries of our faith with you!
The Synod - The members of St. Jude’s Parish have begun their Synod work. Those members who feel comfortable doing so will take the Synod process home and will meet with people individually or together (as appropriate), do the work of the Synod and then fill in their sheets and return them to the parish. We will gather the responses and come up with a summary document which will be returned to parish members so we can nurture our life as a community. The information will also be forwarded to the Diocese. The Synod process will be made available beginning Sunday, January 30 as decided by the parish.
DIOCESAN NEWS & BEYOND
From the Office of Evangelization and Catechesis (thanks to the Bishop’s Annual Appeal): Four events are occurring in February that will be focusing on the Year of Amoris Laetitia Family…particularly relationships and marriage. Pope Francis has dedicated a year to The Joy of Love. In a document of the same title, he invites us to consider the joy and the struggles of love in marriage and the family. There are five goals during this year, three of which we will focus on in our February events!
WHAT'S LOVE GOT to DO WITH IT? DATING and SEX TODAY - Thursday, FEBRUARY 3rd from 7:30 - 8:30 pm As Pope Francis has said, “The desire to marry and form a family remains vibrant, especially among young people.” Yet amid a popular culture that has undermined an optimistic view of marriage and created a distorted understanding of our sexuality, the dating landscape today offers a complicated maze of challenges instead. In this interactive presentation, Leah Perrault will speak with young adults about today’s dating and the challenge of finding a meaningful relationship. This is a virtual event. Register HERE.
Author of three books, including How Far Can We Go? A Catholic Guide to Sex and Dating, and a popular column called Barefoot and Preaching, Leah offers an authentic and hope-filled response to the question: What’s Love Got to Do with It?
FOR BETTER OR WORSE: THE GIFT OF SACRAMENTAL MARRIAGE
Thursday, FEBRUARY 10th from 7:30 - 8:30 pm Presenters Peter and Madeline Oliver are the co-founders of Olive Branch Marriage and Family Ministry have a combination of thirty-six years of pastoral experience & thirteen years of formal education in philosophy, theology & mediation. Our model of accompaniment strives to help individuals and couples discover their path towards resilience. Recently Pope Francis wrote, “The sacrament of marriage is not a social convention, an empty ritual or merely the outward sign of a commitment. The sacrament is a gift.” In this interactive evening presentation, couples will be invited to consider the gift of the sacrament of marriage in the best of times and the worst of times. This evening is for all married couples, whether you have been married for a few years or many. Register HERE.
World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life: February 2nd 2021 is World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life. We will celebrate it on January 30, 2022.
In order to learn more about Consecrated Life, and to pray for those individuals who have been called to this life, and for an increase in Vocations to the Consecrated Life, the diocese is hosting a 2 hour adoration, January 30th, at St. Michael Parish in Prince Albert (1505-13th Street West), from 2:00 pm-4:00 pm.
There will be music, scripture, and reflections on the Consecrated life. Due to Covid restrictions, although this is a diocesan celebration, we are not recommending people travel in for this prayer time. If you would like to organize something in your own parish, a rosary or an hour of adoration for example, or at your own home, please see the links on our Vocations page of the website: https://www.padiocese.ca/vocations-commission
This bulletin is prepared by the Parish Secretary and the Pastor