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: email@example.com Pastor Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Facebook: Catholic Church Meadow Lake
Address: 504-3rd Ave. East, Meadow Lake, SK S9X 1H5
“The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.” Psalm 118 Refrain
April 25, 2021 - 4th 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.
Pastor: Fr. Doug Jeffrey, OMI
Parish Secretary: Lorraine Thibeault
Pastoral Council Chair: Doris Beaubien
Finance Council Chair:
Mass Attendance: If you would like to attend mass on Saturday nights or Sunday mornings 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 (30 people), and we do not want to turn someone away from the door.
SaskHealth/Diocese of Prince Albert Regulations – The presence of the Covid-19 variants is causing concern amongst health care professionals because they are more serious in that they spread more easily and have a greater negative impact on our health. Statistics show that they are also having a significant impact on younger people. We are encouraged to maintain our vigilance as the virus has not gone away. As a result of the latest guidelines published by SaskHealth and communicated to us via our Bishop, Our Lady of Peace Parish can accommodate a total of 30 persons at each of our Saturday evening (7:00 pm) mass and Sunday morning (10:00 am) mass. While we were excited to welcome more people for Easter and the Second Sunday of Easter, we must once again limit participation in our liturgies to 30 people. If you would like to take part in our liturgy you must register, maintain social distance, wear a mask and sanitize your hands. A virtual liturgy continues to fulfill our Sunday obligation. Our Liturgies at Green Lake and Waterhen Lake are likewise limited by these regulations.
THIS WEEK IN THE PARISH
Mon., April 26 - Personal Intention
Tues., April 27 – 9:30 am (Facebook) - Diane Hughes by Joe and Lorraine Twidale
Wed. April 28 – 6:30 pm (Our Lady of Peace Church, Meadow Lake & Facebook) - Ron Budd by Joe and Lorraine Twidale
Thurs., April 29 - 9:30 am (Facebook) - Ron Budd by Joe and Lorraine Twidale
Fri., April 30 - 9:30 am (Facebook) - Diane Hughes by Joe and Lorraine Twidale
Sat., May 1 - 9:30 am (Facebook) - For the Dads/Fathers in our Parishes
Sat. May 1 - 7:00 pm (Our Lady of Peace Parish Hall, Meadow Lake) - People of God
Sun. May 2 - 10 am (Our Lady of Peace Church, Meadow Lake & Facebook) - People of God
Sun. May 2- 12:30 pm (St Jude’s, Green Lake) - People of God
Easter – The meaning of the Season (Taken from p 167 The Source Book For Sundays, Seasons, and Weekdays: The Almanac for Pastoral Liturgy, Liturgy Training Publications, Archdiocese of Chicago, Chicago, 2019) - This unified understanding of the fifty days as one celebration emphasizes the need to maintain our Easter joy throughout the entirety of the season. Fortunately, in most of the Northern Hemisphere, the season is happily concurrent with the arrival of spring, the gradual warming of temperatures, and the blooming of flowers. Also, unlike the overwhelming secular buildup to Christmas, there is less advance celebrating prior to Easter. Granted, stores do prominently advertise and sell plenty of candy and facilitate pictures with the Easter Bunny. But few radio stations or streaming channels play Easter hymns, and most homes are not decorated with Easter lights. As a result, we are not quite so exhausted by Easter prior to its arrival.
The prescribed liturgical texts and rubrics also do their part to help us sustain the joy. Bursting forth from the solemn celebrations of the Triduum and return of the Alleluia during the Easter Vigil, the Entrance and Communion Antiphons for the entire season end with Alleluia. The first eight days—the Octave of Easter—are celebrated as solemnities (see UNLY, 24). The Gospel readings for the first three Sundays and during the Octave of Easter “are accounts of the Lord’s appearances” (LMI, 100-101). The lit Paschal candle remains by the ambo in the sanctuary. The vestments are white. Easter flowers adorn the church until they begin to wilt—at which time, hopefully, they can be replaced by others to last for the duration of the season. As previously mentioned, the shared Preface texts are unifying. All of these symbols continually proclaim the message that our Easter joy should not abate.
Good Shepherd Sunday – The Fourth Sunday of Easter is designated as the World Day of Prayer for vocations. We are invited to reflect on our baptismal call and our vocational call. What is God asking of us? Our faith reminds us that God continues to be present to us and to provide leadership for us through those who are called to the priesthood, the diaconate and to religious life. In his letter for this special day, Pope Francis writes,
“8 December last, the one hundred fiftieth anniversary of the declaration of Saint Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church, marked the beginning of a special year devoted to him (cf. Decree of the Apostolic Penitentiary, 8 December 2020). For my part, I wrote the Apostolic Letter Patris Corde, whose aim was “to increase our love for this great saint”. Saint Joseph is an extraordinary figure, yet at the same time one “so close to our own human experience”. He did not do astonishing things, he had no unique charisms, nor did he appear special in the eyes of those who met him. He was not famous or even noteworthy: the Gospels do not report even a single word of his. Still, through his ordinary life, he accomplished something extraordinary in the eyes of God.
God looks on the heart (cf. 1 Sam 16:7), and in Saint Joseph he recognized the heart of a father, able to give and generate life in the midst of daily routines. Vocations have this same goal: to beget and renew lives every day. The Lord desires to shape the hearts of fathers and mothers: hearts that are open, capable of great initiatives, generous in self-giving, compassionate in comforting anxieties and steadfast in strengthening hopes. The priesthood and the consecrated life greatly need these qualities nowadays, in times marked by fragility but also by the sufferings due to the pandemic, which has spawned uncertainties and fears about the future and the very meaning of life. Saint Joseph comes to meet us in his gentle way, as one of “the saints next door”. At the same time, his strong witness can guide us on the journey.”
Let us consider how God is calling us and let us be generous in our response.
Parish Secretary: Fr. Doug will be posting a job opportunity for parish secretary. If you know someone who would like this work, please have them contact Fr. Doug at the Parish Office (306) 236 5122 for additional information.
May 1 – Feast of St. Joseph the Worker – Today the Church celebrates St. Joseph, and around the world May 1st is known as International Workers’ Day. It is an opportunity for us to recognize and give thanks for the value and dignity of human work. It is important also for us to defend the dignity of working people and to make sure that everyone who works receives a living wage. In this time, let us give thanks for the people who cannot work from home, for those who have and continue to serve us in various ways on the front lines – health care workers for sure and for all who show up to deliver our goods, grow our food (plants and animals), deliver the mail, pump the gas and who make coffee and serve us burgers and fries! For all who labour, thank you!
Fr. Al Hubenig, OMI – Rest in Peace: Fr. Al Hubenig, OMI, a Missionary Oblate known for his work at the Our Family magazine, as a writer and artist, as a missionary, as a teacher, as a retreat director, as a pastor in Edmonton, as a preacher of parish missions in Western and Northern Canada and as a caring retired priest who provided ministry to two small communities in the Archdiocese of Edmonton, passed away at the age of 89 at the Sturgeon Hospital, in St. Albert, on Monday, April 19. His funeral service will be held on April 27, 2021. It will be live streamed at 11:00 am. We remember him with gratitude.
Prayers and Condolences: Theresa Bear from Flying Dust has passed away. Her funeral will be held at Flying Dust on Monday at 2:00 pm. Attendance at the funeral is limited to 30 people. Please pray for Theresa and her family. We give thanks for all that she accomplished with the help of God’s grace.
Landscaping Plans & Committee: The Old Parish Office Building is down, and we need to do something to finish the area where it sat. It is good for us to develop a plan to enhance the beauty of our entire Church yard. If you have ideas or if you would like to be a part of a committee or if you are willing to do some work, please be in touch with Fr. Doug at the parish office. Thanks! Looking forward to what we can do together to enhance the beauty of our property!
Grotto Rosary Project - May 2021 - Please note this project may be adjusted because of Covid-19. During the month of May it is my hope to have people from the parish come and pray the rosary every day at 6:00 pm at our Grotto. I have prepared a list of intentions for the month. You are asked to come – rain, snow, wind, sun, or mosquitos and lead the rosary. All people are invited to come (masked, social distancing – not more than 10 people total), so you may not be alone. If you sign up to lead the rosary, you are responsible for leading the rosary! You can lead the rosary in the language of your choice, regardless of who else is there. If you need help to lead the rosary, an outline will be available in a plastic bag in Fr. Doug’s mailbox!
May 1 – For the safety of all who work
May 16 – For those who work in our forests
May 2 – For all our parents
May 17 – In gratitude for our medical professionals
May 3 – For all our children
May 18 – For all who are sick in our parish
May 4 – For all who struggle with Covid-19
May 19 – For the victims of sexual abuse
May 5 – For our deceased family and friends
May 20 – For those who are in prison
May 6 – For the homeless
May 21 – For those who suffer from domestic violence
May 7 – For those who are struggling to forgive another
May 22 – For those who struggle with their mental health
May 8 – In gratitude for all that we have received
May 23 – For parents who are expecting children
May 9 – For all mothers, living and deceased
May 24 – In gratitude for our grandparents
May 10 – For the gift of peace
May 25 – For those who suffer because of racism
May 11 – For those who are struggling with addictions
May 26 – For reconciliation with our Indigenous brothers and sisters
May 12 – For the grace to forgive ourselves
May 27 – For all immigrants and refugees
May 13 – In gratitude for the gift of the earth
May 28 – For all who will graduate this year
May 14 – For the blessing of our seeds and the fields that receive them
May 29 – For all who seek the Lord
May 15 – For farmers – their work with animals and fields
May 30 – In gratitude for the diversity of our community
May 31 – For our parish community that we might welcome those who are most in need
If you would like to sign up to lead the rosary at the Grotto – rain or shine – just call Lorraine at the Parish Office (306) 236 5122 to let her know which day you would like to volunteer to lead. If Lorraine is not in the office when you call, please leave her a message with your name & phone number and the date you would like to lead. She will return your call. You are welcome to come any night at 6:00 pm to join with whoever is praying as long as we do not exceed 10 people. There is no need to register if you just want to come and pray. Looking forward to seeing you as we gather in the presence of Our Blessed Mother, seeking the favour of the Lord.
A Virtual Easter Season Sunday Gospels Study offered by the Office of Evangelization and Catechesis, facilitated by Christine Taylor. A Virtual Easter Bible Study of the Gospel readings for each of the Easter Season Sundays has been created using The Catholic Serendipity Bible for Personal and Study Groups, Lyman Coleman. The reflection and bible study will run Thursdays from April 8 – May 20 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. To register, go to the Evangelization and Catechesis Webpage Adult Faith Easter Resources web page. You will see the registration link in the left-hand column. The bible study that we will be following can be found here. We will be praying in the style of Lectio Divina for the first 20 minutes of each evening. This will be followed by small groups sharing on questions designed to help participants dig deeper into the Gospel reading.
Children’s Liturgy of the Word will be offered during the Easter Season until Pentecost inviting and supporting families in their domestic Church to grow the faith at home. It will be available both on the OEC Facebook Page and the Diocesan Evangelization and Catechesis Webpage on Sundays after 11 a.m. from April 11 – May 23, 2021.
Reinvigorating Our Parish RCIA Teams presented in two sessions - Saturdays, May 8 and 15 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Upon registration, a series of videos (7 short clips – together 90 minutes in length) will be sent to participants to watch prior to the webinars. The cost for the event is $20/person or $15/person who registers in groups of 2 or more. To register contact the EC Assistant Mon-Tues-Wed mornings or Thurs-Fri afternoons at 306-922-4747 extension 228 or via email at email@example.com. The registration deadline is May 11, 2021.
Upcoming Ordinations and Solemn Profession of Vows - 2021:
We would like to invite you to take part in a spiritual bouquet through your parish. People often ask, what to get Clergy or religious for their ordinations or solemn professions? We suggest – prayer. It is the prayer of the people that will sustain them throughout their ministry. To this end, we are asking each parishioner to offer a prayer (a Rosary, Holy Hour, Days of Fasting, Act of Charity, Special Novena, or any other spiritual action) for our parish spiritual bouquet for Deacon Tai, Bishop Stephen and Sr. April. "What is a Spiritual Bouquet?" Spiritual Bouquets are prayers or devotional acts that someone (the giver) has or will offer for someone else (the recipient). The idea is that each prayer is like a flower, and combined prayers are a bouquet offered to the individual. It can be given from an individual or a parish to express joy and/or best wishes. It is our hope that our newly ordained and professed will keep these bouquets close to their hearts for the rest of their lives. Call Lorraine at the office and let her know who you are and what prayers you will say.
What’s your Catholic IQ? Last bulletin’s question and answer: The saint who followed what she called “The Little Way” to holiness is (b) St. Therese, the Little Flower. (1873-1897) She wrote that we should try to please God by doing even little things as sacrifices for his sake. She is the patron saint of the missions and her feast day is October 1.
This week’s question: The saint who loved animals so much that animals are now blessed on his feast day is (a) doubting Thomas (b) St. Francis of Assisi (c) St. Bridget (d) St. Ignatius.
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This bulletin is prepared by the Parish Secretary and the Pastor