Welcome to Our Lady of Peace Parish
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.
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The Most Holy Name of Jesus
The month of January is dedicated to the Holy Name of Jesus. “In the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those that are in heaven, on earth and under the earth” (Phil 2:10). Christ’s name is chosen in heaven, and the Angel Gabriel announces it when he informs the Blessed Virgin of the incarnation: “Behold thou shalt conceive in thy womb and shalt bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus”. It is a name that has marvellous implications, for it means “saviour.” The very name bespeaks the magnitude of His mission, His infinite love, a love that will cause Him to offer Himself up for us.
The name of Jesus is the sweetest of all names, and He who bears it is most worthy of all love. He who calls Jesus his friend can be assured that this friend is the most devoted and unselfish of all friends.
Jesus is our all. In His name, we may pray to the Father with the assurance of being heard. In His name, the Church administers all her sacraments. In His name, she offers all her prayers and blesses homes, the fields, and the sick. In the name of Jesus she casts out evil spirits, and at the hour of our death bids us, “Go forth, Christian soul.” She assures us that whoever shall call upon this name will be saved. When our soul has departed this life to seek its eternal home, the Church asks in the name of Jesus, “Eternal rest give unto him, O Lord.”
— Benedict Baur, O.S.B.
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 Curtis Berube
Father Curtis grew up in the Edmonton area, on an acreage near Beaumont, as the 2nd oldest of 11 children. He has 3 brothers and 7 sisters. After graduating high school in 2011, he began his priestly formation at St. Joseph Seminary in Edmonton in 2012. He completed his seminary studies in Philosophy and Theology over the course of 8 years.
He was ordained to the priesthood for the Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton on June 29th, 2020. In his first 2 years of priesthood, he served as Associate Pastor at St. Thomas More Parish in Edmonton and Holy Family Parish in St. Albert. As of July 13th, 2022, he has been appointed to serve as Pastor of Our Lady of Peace Parish.
Father Curtis feels blessed to be the Pastor of our wonderful parish. He looks forward to serving the people of the parish and being involved in the community in many different ways over the course of his ministry with us.
Parish Council Chair