Newsletter 2018 Sep-Oct
Fr. Oliver Iwuchukwu CSSp.
President Elect/ Organization & Membership
Christian Family Life
Education & Health
Resolution & Legislation
Past President & Historian
A Message from the Spiritual Advisor – Fr. Oliver Iwuchukwu
“Where has the summer gone,” we see ourselves asking, especially as we see our children and grandchildren dust clean their school bags for another school year. Another year for us too, after a summer of some very hot days and occasional downpour. For us, the members of the St. Joseph’s Council, September is the beginning of another year. For the first few months of this year, our attention will be focused on at least two important events: the election of the new officers of the League, and the celebration of the 65th Anniversary.
So much has already been done in preparation for this Anniversary Celebration—thanks to the hard-work of those in-charge. And I have heard it being talked about with much excitement on different occasions by different people. Indeed, we are all looking forward to that day to show-chase who we are, and to thank God for the witness we have been able to bear for sixty-five long years.
About the forth-coming election, I have not heard much. Perhaps, this is because our attention is focused on the Anniversary Celebration. Whatever may be the reason, we cannot afford to give this election less attention than it deserves. This is because successful elections guarantee the future of organizations such as ours—God willing, of course. This is why this election should be preceded with a prayerful discernment of what God is asking of our sixty-five-year old Council, and of us as individual as members of this Council.
Like the summer that has come and gone, so will this important Anniversary. It, too, will come and go. But what will come after it? A renewed Council optimistic about its future? Or a Council whose future is very uncertain because some of the members who can, are unwilling to serve in leadership positions?
With all of you, I am looking forward to a happy celebration 65th Anniversary. And I pray and hope that our focus on this celebration will not prevent us from finding time for a prayerful preparation for the election of the officers of the Council.
A Message from the President – Lucia Vacca
Welcome back everyone! Summer is now behind us and we are looking forward to the next few exciting months of activities which have been planned for the remainder of our term for this executive team.
Included in this newsletter is the Betty Anne Brown Davidson Award of Honour nomination instructions and form. Please take the time to nominate a worthy member of our Council to receive this award.
By now you will have received the Nominations packages for the next team of CWL executives for 2019-2020 term. Please be sure to nominate and sign your forms and submit them before October 12th. Allow the Holy Spirit to move you to say YES if you have been nominated. It is your turn to make a difference and continue the CWL story in our Parish.
Organization & Membership
Welcome the following new members: Lynda Nolan. Annjudine Fernandes and Ellen Stockman
Membership Renewal: Due to National before January 1, 2019
The November/December Newsletter will include the Membership Renewal Form for 2019. The form will also be available at our General Meetings. If you are receiving your Newsletter by email, please ensure that you print the form which will be a separate attachment. If you have moved, are in the process of moving or have had any change in your contact information, we need to have your correct information for our records and for the National Office. This will ensure your receipt of your League Magazine.
Bazaar Planning Mtg. Monday September 17th 7:00 p.m. Room 3
You are more than welcome to join in the planning of this event. Bring your ideas as to how we can improve and make this event successful.
Square Dance Social: Saturday October 20th at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall
Once again, we will be hosting an evening of Square Dancing. This is a very popular and fun event it is FREE of charge and is open to all families in our Parish community and guests. Refreshments will be available. So spread the word and let’s have some fun! Great exercise too!
Annual Apple Pie Making – Come and join us
Our Apple Pies are always a hit at our Bazaar. We are continuing our tradition of making our famous Apple Pies. We welcome and encourage new members to join in and learn, in order to ensure our reputation of St. Joseph’s having the Best Apple Pies. If you are already an expert in making these pies or you would like to help in any way or just simply have never made a pie before and would like to learn, we welcome you.
Here are the dates for our Fall 2018 apple pie making sessions:
- Thursday, October 4th 10:00am – 3:00pm
- Thursday, October 11th 10:00am – 3:00pm
- Thursday, October 18th 10:00am – 3:00pm
- Thursday, October 25th 10:00am – 3:00pm
Thank you for your continued support in this annual project. We look forward to seeing you there! It’s a great time to connect with your sisters in the League.
Scarborough Region Fall General Meeting
Wednesday October 17, 2017 beginning with mass at 7:00 p.m. followed by refreshments and meeting at St. Barnabas Parish (10 Washburn Way). All members from Scarborough are invited to attend. Make an effort to attend this meeting where you will hear what the Scarborough Parishes have been doing and meet the Toronto Diocesan Executives
Mass for Deceased Members
Scarborough – Wednesday November 7th – 7:00 p.m. at St. Dunstan’s Parish (Danforth and Victoria Park) . This is a mass which we all participate in honouring our deceased members by presenting the Book of Life at the altar. Everyone is invited to attend and remember our very valued sisters who are no longer with us.
A Message from Spiritual Development – Mai Tran
25th Interfaith Celebration
We will once again be the hosts for the Annual Interfaith Evening Celebration. This event brings together our many faith communities in our area. We invite all of you to join in this Annual celebration and bring a friend to a Spiritual and Social celebration. Friday, October 12th at 7:30 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Parish our theme continues with “Inspired by the Spirit Women Respond to God’s Call” with a focus on the homeless. Your contribution of finger foods to share would be greatly appreciated. Let us be welcoming to our community our St. Joseph hospitality.
October is the month to pray the Rosary. Make an effort to pray the Rosary, especially on October 7th the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary.
A Message Resolutions & Legislations – Tina Tolpa
The following are the Resolutions which were presented and passed at the three levels of the Catholic Women’s League conventions:
Toronto Diocesan Convention: TD 2018.01 Develop National Standards for Levels of Pharmaceuticals in Canada’s Drinking Water
Ontario Provincial Convention: ON.18.01 Develop National Standards for Levels of Pharmaceuticals in Canada’s Drinking Water ON.18.02 Full Implementation of Income Security: A Roadmap for Change for Disabled Adult Ontarians ON.18.03 To Fully Implement Alternative Sentencing to Incarceration of Indigenous Offenders
National Convention: 2018.01 Attestation Requirement on Canada Summer Jobs Program 2018.02 Setting a Standard for Products Marketed as Flushable 2018.03 Legislate Designation of Hospice/Palliative Care, Free from Medical Assistance in Dying.
For full details and action plans, please go to the following websites:
A Message from Community Life – Danielle Giggie
As Community Chair, I have been focusing a lot in helping the poor in our community, especially in the way of soup kitchens and food banks.
St Ann’s Parish, in downtown Toronto has had a good bank in its existence since 2005. For the past 13 years the bank has steadily increased its clients, with serving 700 + every month. Here in Scarborough, we have a soup kitchen called 5N2. This kitchen is located at 1250 Markham Road. Just South of the 401 on the West side. This is a fairly new kitchen which just celebrated its 5th year of serving its neighbors free and healthy meals.
The 5N2 is run by Directors, volunteers, community leaders and donors. They plan, prepare and make free hot meals for those who are most vulnerable, working 7 days a week with servings to over 9 locations. For more information or how you can play a role in this operation, whether you are a student or a senior or somewhere in between, you can phone 5N2 kitchen at 647 993 9513.
A Message from Education & Health – Hyacinth Fernandes
Hello Sisters in the league…..I hope that you all had a restful summer and took time to recharge and rejuvenate with family and friends. The dog days of summer will soon give way to the shorter days of fall and for some of us perhaps more time indoors and diets that may begin to include less fresh green vegetables.
Given this, I thought it might be a good time to share with you an article on Liver health as your liver is the organ whose primary function is to filter or clean your blood coming from the digestive tract, before passing it to the rest of the body. Here are 12 things that you can do to maintain a healthy Liver:
People who drink a few cups of coffee a day may be less likely to get liver diseases including cancer and scarring (fibrosis, cirrhosis). It might even slow those conditions in some people who have them.
Don’t Overdo Acetaminophen
It’s in more than 600 meds, including many cold and flu drugs. Most adults shouldn’t get more than 4,000 milligrams per day.
Check on Your Supplements
They cause almost a quarter of all liver damage. Herbs like borage, comfrey, groomwell, and coltsfoot have “pyrrolizidine alkaloids” that can gum up the tiny blood vessels inside the organ, either over time or all at once (if you take a lot). Other herbs like Atractylis gummifera, Camellia sinensis, celandine, chaparral, germander, and pennyroyal oil (used in tea) can also cause liver problems.
Skip Herbal Liver Remedies
Common liver remedies like milk thistle, turmeric, and astragalus don’t have much research behind them. Colloidal silver, sometimes used (with little scientific support) for hepatitis C, can cause irreversible side effects like turning your skin blue. Tell your doctor about all pills, herbs, and supplements you take. First, to check on the safety of each item, but also because of how they might interact with each other.
Drink Only in Moderation
When you drink, your liver stops doing other things so it can break down the alcohol and remove it from your blood. If you overdo it — more than a drink a day for women, two a day for men — it’s really hard on the organ and could hurt it. Over time, this often leads to “fatty liver,” an early sign of disease. It also might cause bad bacteria to grow in your gut that can travel to your liver and cause damage.
Eat the Rainbow
That means fruits and vegetables from all the colors of the rainbow, which helps ensure you get all the nutrients and fiber you need. Avoid refined carbs like doughnuts and white bread in favor of whole-grain rice, breads, and cereals. A bit of meat, dairy, and fat can also help. But not too much, and look for “good” (monounsaturated, polyunsaturated) fats from seeds, nuts, fish, and vegetable oils.
Keep a Healthy Body Weight
That means working to keep a body mass index (BMI) of between 18 and 25. There are online tools to help you figure out your number. Exercise and a well-balanced diet are the best way to help maintain a good-for-you weight and lower your chances of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. Your doctor can help you set a weight goal that will help keep your whole body well over the long term.
Wash Your Hands
It’s a simple, easy way to keep germs away that could infect your liver. Just a little soap and warm water will do. It’s especially important right before you prepare food and right after you change a diaper or go to the bathroom. You can spread hepatitis A in particular when you touch food or water with contaminated hands.
It can help keep your BMI at the right level, which could protect against nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. But even if your BMI doesn’t change, exercise is likely to help. Why? Because it improves how your insulin works and burns triglycerides, a type of fat in your blood.
These might be chemicals in cleaning products, spray cans, insecticides, and other household items. They could hurt cells in your liver if you touch, absorb, or breathe in too much of them. You can protect yourself if you wear a mask and goggles and open the windows when you use them.
Check for Liver Damage
It’s especially important for your doctor to do this if you drink heavily or have a family history of liver disease. Early treatment helps, and you might not have symptoms at first.
You should also get tested if you’re more likely to have hepatitis C. This includes anyone who:
Had a blood transfusion before 1992 — Ever used illegal drugs — Is on dialysis — Has HIV– Was stuck by an infected needle — Got a tattoo from an unregulated place — Was born between 1945 and 1965
You can get it for hepatitis A and hepatitis B, but not for hepatitis C. A lot of kids have been vaccinated, but many adults haven’t. Talk to your doctor about whether you need it. It might be especially important if your immune system is weak or your liver already shows some damage.
A Message from Christian Family Life – Kim Deans
Welcome back! I hope everyone had a wonderful summer and made some great memories with their families during this vacation time. Ever since our family vacation to Rome, I’ve been thinking about how important making memories together is to a Catholic Family’s Life. Even when things go wrong – a ridiculously long flight, losing a hat and telling the Swiss Guards I was looking for the ‘capo’ rather than the ‘cappello’, the pope rather than the hat, memories give you stories to talk and laugh about together. I hope everyone had lots to remember and enjoy this summer.
Now that we’re back, please think about joining the Life chain this year. It’s very easy to do and only an hour or so of your time. In this time when a Pro-Life stance is considered not relevant in 2018, it’s important to let people know that we exist and are willing to stand up for our beliefs. It will be held on Sunday October 7th from 2 to 3:30 and the Knights supply signs. All you have to do is hold the sign and stand up for your beliefs. My favourite sign is ‘Adoption the Loving Option’. For more information, the website is http://www.nationallifechain.org/.
Life Chain- Solidarity for the Unborn
The Annual Life Chain will take place on Sunday September 30th. St. Joseph Parish will gather at Lawrence and Kingston Rds at 2:00 p.m. My family makes this an annual event. It doesn’t take a lot of time and it would be great to see more of you this year. We need to show our support for this important Social Issue. Be the Voice of the Voiceless.
Annual Mass to End Woman Abuse
The Catholic Family Services of Toronto Foundation and St. Edwards the Confessor Parish invites you to attend the annual mass offered to End Woman Abuse. It will be held on Wednesday October 18th at 7:00 pm at St. Edward the Confessor (75 Churchill Ave.). All members and families are encouraged and invited to attend.
At the Provincial Convention there were many speakers on the Homeless in particular to the health and palliative care. We had a very emotional skit (take a look at the picture) to address this huge issue which needs to have more of our societies attention. The youtube below shows actual homeless people who are very sick and alone.
- https://journeyhomehospice.ca/ Journey Home Hospice
- http://www.icha-toronto.ca/ Inner City Health Associates
- http://www.icha-toronto.ca/programs/peach PEACH – Palliative Education and Care for the Homeless
- https://www.cbc.ca/news/health/journey-home-hospice-toronto-homeless-end-of-life-care-1.4715540 CBC feature
We delivered our collected donations of $400.00 cheque and a huge laundry basket of toiletries and other items from this convention and were delivered to Juliette’s Place (home for abused women and children’s shelter). There is an endless need out there.
A Message from Communications – Tania Mascarenhas
“The Truth Will Set You Free” (Jn 8:32). Fake News and Journalism for Peace,” is the theme that Pope Francis has chosen for World Communications Day which this year, will fall on May 13, 2018. https://w2.vatican.va look for the full message from His Holiness Pope Francis for World Communications Day.
Representation from CWL St. Joseph was Mary Tuccitto, Tina Tolpa, Winnie Yan and Lucia Vacca.
Next year this convention will take place in the Diocese of Kingston in July
A Message from Past President/Historian – Ingrid Hart
Betty Anne Brown Davidson Award of Honour
The Betty Anne Brown Davidson Award was initiated by our Council in 2013 to honour Betty Anne Brown Davidson who became a CWL member here at St. Joseph’s Council in 1973, and continued her CWL journey to become National President in 2012.
We would like to continue this Annual Award and if you (our members) have someone in mind that you feel will meet the Criteria for Eligibility, we need to hear from you. For your information and to eliminate duplication, in 2013, the first recipient of this award was Pat Sheehan, in 2014 the recipient was Anne Rode, in 2015 Delma Alphonso, in 2016 Lucia Vacca, and in 2017 Jean Lewis.
For your convenience, attached to this Newsletter, you will find the Guidelines and Criteria for Eligibility and the Nomination form which can be printed, filled out and returned to your Executive committee for consideration. Please place your nomination in a sealed envelope marked: “CWL – Betty Anne Brown Davidson Nomination”. This may be dropped off at the Parish office or in the collection basket at any Mass.
Please note: the Deadline for submissions for this Award is October 22nd, 2018. If you need to contact me for any questions in this regard, please call 416-282-8775 or email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The CWL Book Club
C.W.L. Book Club meets the third Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. Please contact: Jackie (416-266-4604) for more details. These are the books we will discuss:
|Month||Book & Author|
|October||Born A Crime by Trevor Noah|
|November||The Second Mrs. Hockaday by Susan Rivers|
|December||News of the World by Pauline Jiles|
Members are encouraged to bring their own mugs to meetings, so please remember to “Lug A Mug”.
We are also collecting the following items:
Campbell Soup Labels — Pop Tabs for Wheelchairs — Donations of extra blank cards and blank birthday cards are welcomed and appreciated — Donations of your extra Rosaries or Religious items are welcomed — Milk bags (clean/dry) are being collected to be used in the project of making sleeping mats for people in need in Africa — Your used postage stamps are being collected for forwarding to Development and Peace to help fund projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America — We are also collecting food items at every meeting to help out Outreach Program at St. Joseph’s
Dates To Remember
|September 10 (Monday)||General Meeting – Rosary 7:00 Meeting 7:30|
|September 17 (Monday)||Bazaar Planning Mtg. @7:00 p.m. Room 3|
|September 30 (Sunday)||Life Chain – (Kingston Rd. & Lawrence 2-3:30 pm) Be there! We should make an effort to be present for this silent protest.|
|October 4 (Thursday)||Apple Pie Making 10-4|
|October 6 (Saturday)||CWL Mass for Living and Deceased 5:00 p.m. October 9 (Tuesday) General Meeting 7:00 p.m. Rosary – meeting to follow|
|October 10 (Wednesday)||Moira Ste. Marie Lecture – 7:00 p.m. University of St. Michael’s College – Madden Hall|
|October 11 (Thursday)||Apple Pie Making 10:00 – 4:00|
|October 12 (Friday)||24th Annual Interfaith Celebration – 7:30 p.m. Service & Reception in the Hall – need help for setup and take down – bring some goodies to share|
|October 17 (Wednesday)||Scarborough Regional Mtg. St. Barnabas 7:00 p.m. mass meeting to follow – All are invited to attend.|
|October 18 (Thursday)||Apple Pie Making 10:00 – 4:00|
|October 18 (Thursday)||9th Annual Mass to End Women Abuse 7:00 p.m. St. Edward the Confessor Church (75 Churchill Ave. North York) all are welcome to attend|
|October 20 (Saturday)||Square Dancing Night 7:00 p.m. St. Joseph Hall – all families are invited to come and join in the fun of learning how to square dance. Free of charge! Snacks will be provided|
|October 25 (Thursday)||Apple Pie Making 10:00 – 4:00|
|November 7 (Wednesday)||Deceased Members Mass for Scarborough – St. Dunstan Parish (Danforth Rd /Victoria Park) 7:00 p.m. all invited|
|November 11 (Sunday)||CWL Mass for Living and Deceased 9:00 a.m. November 12 (Monday) General Mtg. – Rosary 7:00 – Room 2 ELECTIONS NIGHT for NEW Executives for 2019-2020|
|November 16 (Friday)||Setup for Bazaar (11:00 – 9:00)|
|November 17 (Saturday)||Bazaar Day 8-4 (9:30 – 2:00)|
|November 20 (Tuesday)||Bazaar Wrap up meeting @7:00 p.m. Rm. 3|
|December 14 (Friday)||Setup for our anniversary celebration – need all the help we can get to set tables etc…. member can come and help.|
|December 15 (Saturday)||65th Anniversary Celebration mass 11:00 followed by Luncheon/Awards – RSVP members only – limited space.|