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
Note: christmas week modified hours: Office closed Dec. 24 & 25th
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
“Forever I will sing of your steadfast love, O Lord.”
December 20, 2020 - 4th Sunday of Advent
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 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 (30 people) and do not want to turn someone away from the door.
You must register for the Masses being celebrated on December 24 at 10:00 pm and December 25 at 10:00 am and 12:30 p.m. and for the masses to be celebrated on Saturday, Dec 26 at 7:00 pm and Sunday, Dec 27 at 10:00 am by 4 pm on December 23. We are limited to 30 people.
Living with Christ SUNDAY MISSALS for 2020-2021 may be picked up at the Church/Parish Hall when you come for mass or at the parish office between 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. The cost is $5.00 per missal.
CHRISTMAS LITURGIES 2020
On December 16, Bishop Thevenot organized a Zoom Meeting, with all the priests and deacons of our Diocese to talk about how we will celebrate our liturgies during the Christmas season. Bishop Thevenot encouraged us to make sure our people gather in safety. He reaffirmed that we may welcome 30 people to each liturgical celebration. We are to continue to exercise caution when we gather. We are to sanitize and wear masks and maintain our social distance. We are to ensure that our facilities are sanitized before and after welcoming people to our celebrations. We are to avoid gathering in small groups before and after the celebration – especially in the Churches and at the Entrances of the Churches (inside and outside) and in Parking Lots. It is my desire to gather with you for prayer AND to ensure that our parishioners are kept safe as we gather. Let us help one another to do this. Please know that you can also gather with us virtually as some masses will be live streamed on Facebook. This is a good and acceptable way during Covid19 to gather and celebrate our faith at Christmas.
We can welcome 30 people to each liturgy, so the first 30 people who call in to the Parish Office will be registered and admitted to the scheduled liturgy. To register for these liturgies please call the Parish Office (306) 236-5122, before 4:00 pm on December 23rd. Be sure to leave a message with your name and telephone number so that we can register you as you call! If you leave a message and do NOT hear from us that means we have reached our limit and you will NOT be admitted to the liturgy. If you cannot join us physically please join us on Facebook – Catholic Church Meadow Lake.
Please note that you will still be required to register for the Sunday liturgies on December 26th and 27th! Thank-you and have a blessed Christmas!
Mon., Dec. 21 - No Mass
Tues., Dec. 22, 6:30 pm (Facebook) +Henri Lazar by Norman and Francis Steier
Wed., Dec. 23, 6:30 pm (Our Lady of Peace Church, Meadow Lake & Facebook) +Leroy Steier by Norman and Francis Steier
Thurs., Dec. 24, 5:00 pm (Our Lady of the Smile, Waterhen Lake) - NATIVITY OF THE LORD - People of God
Thurs., Dec. 24, 8:00 pm (St. Jude’s, Green Lake) – NATIVITY OF THE LORD - People of God
Thurs., Dec. 24, 10:00 pm (Our Lady of Peace Church, Meadow Lake & Facebook) - NATIVITY OF THE LORD - People of God
Fri., Dec. 25, 10:00 am (Our Lady of Peace Church, Meadow Lake & Facebook) - NATIVITY OF THE LORD - People of God
Fri., Dec. 25, 12:30 pm (Our Lady of Peace Church, Meadow Lake) - NATIVITY OF THE LORD - People of God
Sat., Dec. 26, 7 p.m. (Parish Hall, Meadow Lake) - FEAST OF THE HOLY FAMILY - People of God
Sun., Dec. 27, 10 a.m. (Our Lady of Peace Church, Meadow Lake & Facebook) - FEAST OF THE HOLY FAMILY - People of God
Sun., Dec. 27, 12:30 pm (St. Jude’s, Green Lake) - FEAST OF THE HOLY FAMILY - People of God
Sun., Dec. 27, 3:00 pm (Our Lady of the Smile, Waterhen Lake) - FEAST OF THE HOLY FAMILY - People of God
Mon., Dec. 28 - No Mass
Tues., Dec. 29, 6:30 pm (Facebook) - Family – Norman and Francis Steier
Wed., Dec. 30, 6:30 pm (Facebook) - Family – Ken and Margaret Alger
Thurs., Dec. 31 6:30 pm (Our Lady of Peace Church, Meadow Lake & Facebook) Mass and Holy Hour - +Lucie Perry – Ken and Margaret Alger
Fri., Jan. 1 – 10:00 am (Our Lady of Peace Church, Meadow Lake & Facebook) - MARY, MOTHER OF GOD
Bishop Thevenot by Elsa Slykhus
Sat., Jan 2 – 9:00 am (Facebook) - +Jeff Smith by Galen and Eleonor Smith
Sat., Jan 2 – 7:00 pm (Parish Hall, Meadow Lake) - EPIPHANY - People of God
Sun., Jan 3 – 10:00 am (Our Lady of Peace Church & Facebook) - EPIPHANY - People of God
Sun., Jan 3 – 12:30 pm (St Jude’s, Green Lake) - EPIPHANY - People of God
THIS WEEK IN THE PARISH:
Bishop’s Appeal - As of December 14, 2020, the amount pledged is $365,983.569 with 1,191 donors towards the goal of $450,000. If you have already sent in your pledge for the Bishop’s Annual Appeal, thank you for your generosity. The Appeal Office would like to receive all pledges on or before December 31, 2020. If you have lost or misplaced your Appeal information, please call our Parish Office. Let us pray for the success of the 2020 Bishop’s Annual Appeal.
Our Lady of Peace Parish – 41 pledges for $14,610.00 with a goal of $16,904.00
St. Jude’s Parish – 4 pledges received for $700.00 with a goal of $1,167.
Our Lady of Peace Parish REVERSE COLLECTION – Many thanks to the people who have contributed to our Reverse Collection. If you would like to drop off non-perishable items, please do so at mass in the Parish Hall or the Church or during Office Hours or by special arrangement. It is not too late to make an offering!
SaskHealth/Diocesan Covid-19 Guidelines – The number of positive cases of Covid-19 and the number of deaths from the virus continue to rise here in Saskatchewan. Most of us can now name people who have had the virus. We now have over 100 people who have died from the virus here in Saskatchewan. The latest SaskHealth Guidelines ask us to wear masks when in public, limit the size of private home gatherings and limit travel. In order to protect one another, our Church gatherings are limited to 30 people. We are asked to sanitize our hands, wear our masks (except when we receive communion), and we are to maintain appropriate social distance. We have been doing a wonderful job. Let us continue to keep one another safe by following the Provincial guidelines and by putting our sisters and brothers first.
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
Year of St. Joseph – 150 years ago Pope Pius IX named St. Joseph as the patron of the Universal Church. In honor of that declaration and taking into consideration our own experience at this time, Pope Francis has declared that from December 8, 2020 to December 8, 2021 is the year for St. Joseph. You can read firsthand the release from the Vatican announcing this year. https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2020-12/pope-francis-proclaims-year-of-st-joseph.html. I will be reflecting on the Pope’s declaration as 2021 unfolds. His letter reflects on Joseph as a model for our times in terms of dealing with life’s challenges, our children/family and our faith. Pope Francis invites us to pray the following prayer together throughout the year.
Hail, Guardian of the Redeemer,
Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
To you God entrusted his only Son;
in you Mary placed her trust;
with you Christ became man.
Blessed Joseph, to us too,
show yourself a father
and guide us in the path of life.
Obtain for us grace, mercy, and courage,
and defend us from every evil. Amen.
What’s your Catholic IQ? Last bulletin’s question and answer: The custom of using Xmas for Christmas (a) uses an abbreviation for Christ that was used early in the Church’s history. The X, which stands for the Greek letter chi, was used along with the Greek letter rho, as an early abbreviation for the word Christ. Far from crossing Christ out of Christmas, Xmas is part of our long history!
This week’s question: Before Jesus was born, Joseph and Mary needed to go to Bethlehem because (a) Caesar Augustus wanted the whole empire to register in their families’ hometowns (b) Mary wanted to visit relatives (c) Joseph wanted to visit relatives (d) an angel told them in a dream to do this. Find the answer in next week’s bulletin.
This bulletin is prepared by the Parish Secretary and the Pastor