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
“O that today you would listen to the voice of the Lord. Do not harden your hearts.” Psalm 95
January 31, 2021 - 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
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 we do not want to turn someone away from the door.
Donation envelopes and Income Tax receipts may be picked up from the Parish Office Monday to Friday 2:00 to 4:30 p.m.
A word of thanks to Don, Marie, Margaret, Elsie (Meadow Lake) and Dan (Green Lake) for leading our community prayer while I was away. Thank you for saying yes to my request that you serve the community as Prayer Leaders. I have heard numerous positive comments about your ministry! THANK YOU!
Masses and Intentions
Mon., Feb. 1 - Personal Intention
Tues., Feb. 2 - 9:30 am (Our Lady of Peace Church, Meadow Lake & Facebook) - Our Grandchildren by Ken and Margaret Alger
Wed., Feb. 3 - 6:30 pm (Facebook) - Family by Adeline Scammell
Thurs., Feb. 4 - 6:30 pm (Facebook) - Family by Adeline Scammell
Fri., Feb. 5 - 6:30 pm (Facebook) - +Abraham Family by Alice Abraham
Sat., Feb. 6 - 9:00 am (Facebook) - +Abraham Family by Alice Abraham
Sat. Feb. 6 - 7:00 pm (Our Lady of Peace Parish Hall) - People of God in the Meadow Lake Cluster
Sun. Feb. 7 - 10 am (Our Lady of Peace Church, Meadow Lake & Facebook) - People of God in the Meadow Lake Cluster
Sun. Feb. 7 - 12:30 pm (St Jude’s Church, Green Lake) - People of God in the Meadow Lake Cluster
THIS WEEK IN THE PARISH:
CWL Membership Fees – The membership fees of $30.00 are now past due. If you have not paid your 2021 membership fee, please drop your payment off at the Parish Office between 2:00-4:30 pm or contact Peggy Calvert at (306) 304-8180
First Reconciliation – A few folks have asked me for information regarding sacramental preparation. This year it is my plan to help parents prepare their children for the celebration of reconciliation. If your child is ready to begin preparation for the celebration of this sacrament, please contact me (Fr. Doug) at the Parish Office (306) 236 5122. I will arrange to meet with you, we will complete the registration information, I will share the resource books with you, and I will give you some tips re: how to use the books. When your child is ready, we will celebrate the sacrament of reconciliation. Because of Covid-19 this work which is often done in groups will be done individually to keep everyone as safe as possible.
The 2020 Bishops Annual Appeal - “Go and bear fruit that will last.” As of January 25, 2021, we have received 1,435 pledges and the amount pledged to the 2020 Bishop’s Annual Appeal by donors throughout the Diocese is $450,224.87. The goal of the appeal has been exceeded. Thank you to all those who have helped in promoting the Bishop's Annual Appeal, and a special thank you to all those who have donated to this year's appeal.
Please join us in prayer for our Seminarian Tai Le, currently on his Pastoral internship in our diocese. On Sunday, February 7, Tai will be receiving the ministry of Acolyte, the last step in preparation for his Diaconate, later this year. You are welcome to join us via livestream on the Diocese Facebook page.
WORLD DAY FOR CONSECRATED LIFE - February 2nd, 2021 marks the 25th anniversary of Pope John Paul declaring the feast of the Presentation of the Lord in the Temple as World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life. Our Diocese is hosting a time of prayer and information sharing at Sacred Heart Cathedral on January 31st, from 2-4. In our parish, on February 2nd we will have mass at 9:30 followed by an hour of prayer and adoration. It will be live streamed on Facebook for those who are unable to come to the Church for mass and adoration.
SaskHealth/Diocesan Covid-19 Guidelines – The province announced on Tuesday, January 26 that the current COVID-19 restrictions will be extended again until at least February 19, 2021. Please remember that our region currently has the highest case rate per capita in the province. We are asked to wear masks when in public, limit home gatherings and 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 maintain appropriate social distance. Let us continue to keep one another safe by following the Provincial guidelines. Let us express our love for one another 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
What’s your Catholic IQ? Last bulletin’s question and answer: The Old Testament prophet who spent some time in a lions’ den was (c) Daniel. This story is told in Daniel 6: 10-23. The king of Babylon put Daniel in the lions’ den because he wouldn’t worship a false god. God saved Daniel from the jaws of the lion.
This week’s question: The great leader of the chosen people who received the Ten Commandments from God was (a) Abraham (b) King David (c) Moses (d) Zerubbabel.
PRINCE ALBERT DIOCESAN ANNOUNCEMENTS
WORLD DAY OF THE SICK – FEBRUARY 11 - “You have but one teacher and you are all brothers” (Mt 23:8). A trust-based relationship to guide care for the sick – This year on the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes we celebrate the World Day of Prayer for the Sick. Pope Francis writes:
“The theme of this Day is drawn from the Gospel passage in which Jesus criticizes the hypocrisy of those who fail to practice what they preach (cf. Mt 23:1-12). When our faith is reduced to empty words, unconcerned with the lives and needs of others, the creed we profess proves inconsistent with the life we lead. The danger is real. That is why Jesus uses strong language about the peril of falling into self-idolatry. He tells us: “You have but one teacher and you are all brothers” (v. 8).
Jesus’ criticism of those who “preach but do not practice” (v. 3) is helpful always and everywhere, since none of us is immune to the grave evil of hypocrisy, which prevents us from flourishing as children of the one Father, called to live universal fraternity.
Before the needs of our brothers and sisters, Jesus asks us to respond in a way completely contrary to such hypocrisy. He asks us to stop and listen, to establish a direct and personal relationship with others, to feel empathy and compassion, and to let their suffering become our own as we seek to serve them (cf. Lk 10:30-35).”
Pope Francis reminds us that when we are sick larger, deeper questions emerge:
“Sickness raises the question of life’s meaning, which we bring before God in faith. In seeking a new and deeper direction in our lives, we may not find an immediate answer. Nor are our relatives and friends always able to help us in this demanding quest.
The biblical figure of Job is emblematic in this regard. Job’s wife and friends do not accompany him in his misfortune; instead, they blame him and only aggravate his solitude and distress. Job feels forlorn and misunderstood. Yet for all his extreme frailty, he rejects hypocrisy and chooses the path of honesty towards God and others. He cries out to God so insistently that God finally answers him and allows him to glimpse a new horizon. He confirms that Job’s suffering is not a punishment or a state of separation from God, much less as sign of God’s indifference. Job’s heart, wounded and healed, then makes this vibrant and touching confession to the Lord: “I had heard of you by word of mouth, but now my eye has seen you” (42:5).”
Pope Francis invites us to share with others our own experience of encountering God. He invites us to be close to those who are sick:
“United to Christ by the working of the Holy Spirit, we are called to be merciful like the Father and to love, in particular, our frail, infirm and suffering brothers and sisters (cf. Jn 13:34-35). We experience this closeness not only as individuals but also as a community. Indeed, fraternal love in Christ generates a community of healing, a community that leaves no one behind, a community that is inclusive and welcoming, especially to those most in need.”
Being an inclusive and welcoming community is not just words, it requires something of each of us. Pope Francis writes:
““Serving means caring … for the vulnerable of our families, our society, our people” (Homily in Havana, 20 September 2015). In this outreach, all are “called to set aside their own wishes and desires, their pursuit of power, before the concrete gaze of those who are most vulnerable… Service always looks to their faces, touches their flesh, senses their closeness and even, in some cases, ‘suffers’ that closeness and tries to help them. Service is never ideological, for we do not serve ideas, we serve people” (ibid.).”
Pope Francis concludes his remarks by reminding us to leave no one behind – especially the most vulnerable. While it is a growing tendency in our society to rid ourselves of the weak, Pope Francis reminds us that we as Church, followers of Jesus, must behave differently.
“Dear brothers and sisters, the commandment of love that Jesus left to his disciples is also kept in our relationship with the sick. A society is all the more human to the degree that it cares effectively for its most frail and suffering members, in a spirit of fraternal love. Let us strive to achieve this goal, so that no one will feel alone, excluded or abandoned.”
Adult Faith Formation
A pre-Lenten virtual evening with Fr. Richard Leonard, SJ
Thursday, Feb 4 from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Lenten Journey...” What Are We Hoping For?”
A Virtual Lenten Bible Study with Christine Taylor and other members of the Evangelization and Catechesis Commission will be offered
Thursdays during Lent from Feb 18 - Mar 25 from 7:00-8:30 p.m.
A Virtual Lenten Retreat with Deacon Mike Hardwicke
The Great Story of Jesus in Nine Acts
March 6, 2021 from 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
This bulletin is prepared by the Parish Secretary and the Pastor