Our Lady of Peace Parish
Mission Statement: “We, the Family of God in Our Lady of Peace Parish – a Eucharistic Community, exist to praise and serve our God by living our call to proclaim the Gospel.”
Our Lady of Peace Prayer
Most holy and immaculate Virgin, Mother of Jesus and our loving Mother, being his Mother, you shared in his universal kingship. The prophets and angels proclaimed him King of peace. With loving fervor in our hearts, we salute and honor you as Queen of peace.
We pray that your intercession may protect us and all people from hated and discord, and direct our hearts into the ways of peace and justice which your Son taught and exemplified. We ask your maternal care for our Holy Father who works to reconcile the nations in peace. We seek your guidance for our President and other leaders as they strive for world peace.
Glorious Queen of peace, grant us peace in our hearts, harmony in our families and concord throughout the world. Immaculate Mother, as patroness of our beloved country, watch over us and protect us with your motherly love. Amen.
Our Lady of Peace Parish
Our Parish History
In 1904, Father Henri Voisin and Paul Chauvin, priests of St. Marie de Tinchebray, took up residence in the old Innisfail Hotel. Father Voisin made visits on horseback over an area of approximately 25 miles radius, which included Red Deer and Olds.
Mass was celebrated in homes until the first church was built in 1905. It was dedicated and blessed by Bishop Emile Legal, MMI of St. Albert in honour of Louis, King of France on July 21, 1907. This building now converted to a dwelling stands at 4828 – 47th Street. Some families at that time had come directly from France. Sister Emile of St. Joseph’s convent in Red Deer is the daughter of Emile Hermany who built the church. Other families were the Leroughers and Becarts. Mrs. Margaret Wilson, (Nee St. Denis), was one of the original Innisfail families. She helped in the building and supplied many reminiscences of the early years.
Father Liju Jose
Father Liju Jose has been a part of the local parish since August 16, 2018, replacing Father Tom Puslecki. Originally from the state of Kerala in India. Fr. Liju Jose was ordained December 27, 2010, in Keralal, India. Fr. Liju came to Canada to serve in the Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton in October, 2016.
He initially served as a chaplain at the University of Alberta Hospital and the Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton. Fr. Liju was then sent to Innisfail, his first Canadian parish. The parishioners of Our Lady of Peace feel very blessed to have him with us.
Parish Council Chair