CWL Newsletter 2019 Sep-Oct
Fr. Oliver Iwuchukwu CSSp.
Kim Deans & Marla Tanuan
President Elect/ Organization & Membership
Christian Family Life
Nancy Jane Martineau
Education & Health
Resolution & Legislation
Past President & Historian
A Message from the Spiritual Advisor – Fr. Oliver Iwuchukwu
I welcome all of us back from our summer holiday, back to that time of the year when we are busier than usual planning and doing things to keep our League alive and well. An important part of what we do in this regard is our prayers for the League to remain true to its mission in our changing world. In this world, to stay alive and well and relevant, organizations must continue to renew themselves. The leadership of our League knows this. It also knows that renewal is an uphill task. To be successful, those who undertake to renew themselves and their organization need all the help they can get from on high because, in spite of the best of our human efforts, so much depends on the will of God. This is why we are encouraged to persevere in our prayers for the renewal our League. And available to us for this purpose is the CWL Prayer of Renewal.
This beautifully crafted prayer is addressed to God of new beginnings, the God who is ever at work making all things new. In this prayer, we are asking for, among other things, “the grace discernment and that “each of us open her heart and mind to Your will and welcome the new life You bring to the League.” Open heart and mind, and the grace to welcome the new. We all need these lest we become trapped in the past and refuse the grace of renewal.
In a way, this prayer is a reminder to us that we need to take another look at the life of the League in our Parish. If we do, it will most probably become clear to us that all is not well. Recently, a concerned past president had this to say about the present state of our Council: “We cannot just boast that we have 212 members and not have programs that incorporate all the needs of the Council and no one to contribute.” I am sure that this expresses the thought of many of us. From all indications, we need the renewal we are praying for.
Perhaps we need to do more than we are doing to seek honest answers to such questions as: Why is there this evident lack of interest in the affairs of the Council on the part of many of the registered members? Why is there this evident unwillingness to accept leadership positions? Is our League, in keeping with its mission, calling the members to grow in faith, and to witness to the love of God through ministry and service? What can we renew to make sure that this League stays alive and well?
Surely the renewal we are praying for will happen with the help of our Lady of Good Counsel if we are open to the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Let us do all we can to make it happen.
A Message from the Presidents – Kim Deans and Marla Tanuan
Welcome back everyone! We hope you had a blessed and fun summer. The weather definitely cooperated this year.
We’re looking forward to a very busy fall and winter. We will be having another CWL recollection Saturday September 14th led by Father Oliver. His topic will reflect our September virtue of Prudence.
We’re also looking forward to Square Dancing on Saturday September (21st). For the first time Square Dancing will be a culmination of the Fall Village Festival and a movie night is on November 27th. The Bazaar is coming will be in November. Our planning meeting for the Bazaar is on Monday September 16th. We would love to see some new faces as well as those of you who have helped out in the past. We are especially looking for some help with the Apple Pie days. On October 19th, St. Joseph’s Church has the privilege of hosting the Bishop’s Altar Server Awards for the Eastern Pastoral region. We need help with this event, give us a call.
We’re very disappointed that we’ve had to cancel the Annual Interfaith Celebration after 25 years this year. We will definitely work hard to get this scheduled next year.
We’re looking forward to seeing everyone at our meetings and at our fruitful events this year. Please take a look at the Dates to Remember for more information.
Kim and Marla
A message from the Treasurer - Clare Gotera
Heritage Day Bazaar this year was once again a resounding success as you can see from the numbers. It is an effort from so many of you, our members, as well as the support from the KofC, 50+ club, parishioners, friends and family who support our efforts at each of the Bazaars. Thank you.
|International – Caribbean||$463.00|
|International - Indian||$254.00|
|International – Philippines||$548.00|
|Raffle Table $490.00|
|Covenant House||Sisters of Life||St. Francis Table|
|Society of St. Vincent de Paul||Toronto Right to Lie Association||Homeward Family Shelter/Juliette’s Place|
|Good Shepherd Ministries||Tony Stacey Centre||Save a Family Plan|
|Sleeping Children Around the World||Missionaries of Mary Mother of the Poor||Chalice|
|Salt & Light Catholic Media Foundation||Mater Care International||The Spiritans|
|Refugee-Outreach Committee||Coady International||Catholic Missions in Canada|
|Bishop Bernard Pappin Memorial Bursary Fund||St. Michael’s Scholarship Fund an||Hope for Children Foundation Fund|
|Family of Faith||RCIA||St. Joseph Parish|
Organization & Membership
We would like to invite all of you to come and support the Executive Team with your presence and participation at the monthly meetings as well as take part in the initiatives and events which are being organized for the success of the Council. The St. Joseph Highland Creek Counsel belongs to all of you and you have a say.
Welcome to our new members: Denise Poirier and Melissa Yankech
A Message from Spiritual Development – Patricia Hall
Come and join us on Saturday, September 14th (9:30 to 1:00) after the 9:00 mass for a retreat on “Prudence”. Open to all parishioners and you, our members. Take time for yourself and join us for this half day spiritual retreat.
Memorial Mass for Fr. Peter Tammearu – will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, October 25th at Immaculate Heart of Mary (131 Birchmount Rd.) Fr. Peter was a past Spiritual Advisor for the Scarborough Region. Let’s make an effort to attend this memorial mass.
Mass for Deceased Members – Scarborough Region Councils is set for Thursday November 7th – 7:00 p.m. at Our Lady of Fatima Shrine (3170 St. Clair Ave. East). 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.
Virtue of the Month
We will continue to highlight a new virtue for each month:
September: Prudence October: Generosity November: Hope December: Kindness
Scheduled Masses for our sisters, CWL Living and Deceased Members at St. Joseph’s:
Sunday Oct. 6Th, 2019 at 9:00 am, Sunday Nov. 10Th, 2019 at 9:00 am, Sunday Dec. 8Th, 2019 at 9:00 am
A Message from Community Life – Tania Mascarenhas
Hope you all had a great summer and are feeling rejuvenated!!
I want to start by sharing with you the first directive sent by Mary Capobianco, who is the new Ontario Provincial Council, Community Life Chairperson, According to her; “The next two years, our Provincial President, Colleen Perry, has challenged us to build on the momentum of the Homelessness and the Warmth and Comfort Project and focus on Loneliness. Loneliness, by definition, is a complex and usually unpleasant emotional response to isolation. Loneliness typically includes anxious feelings about a lack of connection or communication with other beings. The causes of loneliness are varied and include social, mental, emotional, and physical factors.”
Colleen Perry asked each standing chairperson to develop a plan of how they can address this issue in their committees and Mary initiated the following project for the Community Life Standing Committee.
The C.A.R.E. Connection Project.
C - Communicate - Reach out to someone. It starts with a simple Hello
A - Act - Do something! Don't just think about doing it or don't wait. Just do it!
R - Respect - Respect people's situation. Don't judge. Be aware of their boundaries.
E - Engage - You just need to take that first step to make a world of difference to someone.
Some of the questions asked that we should think about are:
- How does your council keep in touch with those members that can't attend meetings or attend regular Mass? How do you communicate with them?
- Does your council have a telephone committee?
- Does your parish have a Caring Ministry; a hospitality committee or greeters?
- Does your parish have a youth group; a craft circle, a mom and tots group?
- Do you have a group that visits shut-ins, nursing homes etc.?
The great thing is that the St. Joseph’s church and our CWL at St. Joe’s does in fact do many of the things that are listed above. However, we need to think about (a) Expanding what is already been done by maybe forming a sub-committee (b) thinking about new ways that we can reach out to those alone.
If you have any suggestions or would like to take the initiative to do something please do give me a call
10th Annual Mass to End Woman Abuse
The Catholic Family Services of Toronto Foundation invites you to attend the annual mass offered to End Woman Abuse. It will be held on Thursday, October 10th at 7:00 pm. at St. Roch Parish (2889 Islington Ave). All members and families are encouraged and invited to attend.
A Message from Education & Health - Cheryl Mascarenhas
Dear Sisters in the CWL,
Hope this newsletter finds you all in excellent health and have enjoyed the summer. As school reopens, allow me to draw to your attention our annual youth awards.
- Mary Matthews Public Speaking Contest
- The Parish level Mary Matthews Public Speaking Contest has been set for Sunday March 1, 2020 at
St. Joseph’s. from 1:00 – 4:00
The Toronto Diocesan level contest is on March 28th, 2020 and will be held at St. Roch Parish.
- The Parish level Mary Matthews Public Speaking Contest has been set for Sunday March 1, 2020 at
- Jean McCann Service Award
- Mary Dobell Pro-Life Essay and Contest
All these contests will be held again this year and are open to students in grades 7 and higher. Please spread the word by encouraging young people in your family and/or friend circle to participate! More information about the contests can be easily accessed through CWL website at www.cwltoronto.ca
Just before the summer, many of our sisters took a pledge to save water in multiple ways, and we encourage you to continue to help us care for our common home.
Another environmental concern is plastic waste, a major part of which is one-time use and disposable plastic waste. At the 2018 G7 Summit, the Oceans Plastic Charter was signed by leaders of many countries committed to more sustainable, responsible and efficient plastic management, namely Canada, France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom and the European Union. This is an extremely important issue for the future of our planet – but each of us can do a small part to help, for example, bringing your reusable water bottles and shopping bags. For more information on how you can help, please visit g7.gc.ca/wpcontent/uploads/2018/06/OceanPlasticsCharter.pdf.
This month of September marks the 8th World Alzheimer’s Month, an international campaign held every year that aims to combat misinformation, stigma and stereotypes and spread awareness about dementia, an ever-important issue. The impact of World Alzheimer's Month is growing, but the stigmatisation and misinformation that surrounds dementia remains a global problem with global effect that requires global action.
Stigmatisation of Alzheimer’s prevents those affected from accepting or seeking help, and often prevents help from being provided, as well as worsening the illness. Global discourse and discussion about this topic are essential to reducing the stigma. During World Alzheimer’s Month we encourage you to find out more and play your part in reducing the stigma and improving the lives of people with dementia and their caregivers in your community.
October 10th, 2019 marks World Mental Health Day, with the overall objective of raising awareness and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health. This year, the theme is suicide prevention. Every suicide is a tragedy that affects families, communities and entire countries and has long-lasting effects on the people left behind. Suicide occurs throughout life and is the second leading cause of death among 15-29-year-olds globally but affects all ages and backgrounds.
On average, over 10 Canadians die by suicide daily. For every person lost to suicide, many more experience suicidal thoughts or attempts, and many more are affected by the loss. It is, however, important to remember that if each of us does even a little to help, we can combat many major issues, and let us all do our best to learn more about these issues, and do our bit to make this world a better place.
A Message from Communications – Ju-Ann Miranda
Pornography Hurts Campaign – This is an issue which we must continue to bring to the forefront.
CWL Councils and Parish Communities from across the Country are encouraged to fill out and mail these “Pornography Hurts Everyone” cards to the House of Commons (No Postage Required). These cards are available at each of our General Meetings and will be available to you at our upcoming Potluck Dinner on Monday December 9th – 7:00 p.m. and will mail them in bulk on your behalf.
Facebook Page: – be sure to follow us at - CWL St. Joseph Highland Creek
Websites of Interest:
- Salt & Light: www.saltandlighttv.org
- Salt & Light the Rosary: https://saltandlighttv.org/rosary/
- Catholic Register: www.catholicregister.org
- FORMED: www.formed.org
CWL Websites as your resources:
- National www.cwl.ca
- Provincial www.cwl.on.ca
- Toronto www.cwltoronto.ca
- As well as our own Parish www.stjosephstoronto.org for upcoming events.
REMEMBER WEB WEDNESDAY!
A Message from Christian Family Life – Nancy Jane Martineau
September brings with it ”Back to School” comforting rituals. The first day of school represents something of a rebirth. It offers an opportunity for new experiences, new relationships, new knowledge and new skills. For most of individuals, these routines bring excitement and eager anticipation. But for some students these are days of anxiety. I ask that you please pray for all staff and students as they begin to strive towards their fullest potential this school year. May they feel and see God’s loving presence each day within the classroom.
Autumn also brings with it a change in weather. The long sunny days become shorter and the nights become cooler. We experience more rainy days and even the first flakes of snow. However, God provides us with such splendid colours in the leaves, each one so unique like ourselves. God asks us to take the time to reflect on all the things we are “Thankful” for in our lives and consider our own unique qualities.
Ignatius spirituality recognizes how in the Autumn we spend more time indoors and calls us to consider the interior of our hearts. God is present with us at all times, but can we pay attention to the “Movement of the Spirit” within us. The challenge is can we find a quiet time this season to make a new effort to attend to the movements within and discern where God calls us to go?
Remembering Our CWL Members
Western individualism has sparked unprecedented social isolation, so we need to recover the biblical vision of human nature and community. I am sure most of us have spoken with friends, family or CWL sisters who are experiencing loneliness and isolation. This only increases when individuals may no longer be able to get out in the community for various reasons and have become shut in their homes or have limited social activities. In Paul’s letters he emphasizes establishing healthy community through sacrificial relationships.
Presently, we have about 14 CWL sisters who are shut-ins and would love to receive a phone call or visit from our members. As some of you are aware for those sisters who are not well we provide a beautiful handmade lap quilt. On the back of the quilt there is a special message telling our sisters that they were prayed for as this quilt was loving made just for them. I am sure you can image how this touches a person’s heart knowing they are cared for so deeply. God asks us to be devoted to one another in love. If any CWL members feel “Called to this Ministry” to visit or phone our CWL members please contact Lucia Vacca. Be a joyful spirit for those in need.
Life Chain- Solidarity for the Unborn
The Annual Life Chain will take place on Sunday October 6th. St. Joseph Parish will gather as a group 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.
Thanksgiving - Monday, October 7th, 2019 is the Thanksgiving Holiday.
A Prayer of Thanks for Our Many Blessings
"Oh God, You are so good. You are faithful and gracious and You have blessed me beyond measure. Thank you for everyday blessings to which I have become accustomed, but never want to take for granted: clean drinking water, electricity, food in my pantry, hot showers, a roof over my head, and a bed to sleep in.
Thank you for legs that carry me where I need to go and hands that enable me to accomplish many things. Thank you for my hearing and my vision and for a sound, healthy mind.
Thank you my family, my friends, my job, my neighbors. Thank you for freedom to attend my church, for my pastors, and for my small group(s) and my many relationships.
Thank you for the things You are doing in my heart and in my life. I’m grateful that by the power of Your Holy Spirit, I am much different today than I was 10 years ago, or a year ago. I am even different that I was at the beginning of this year, and it’s because of Your power at work in me, continually transforming me into Your image.
I love and adore You, Lord, and my heart overflows with gratitude for all these blessings. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen."
A Message from Resolution & Legislation
The following are the Resolutions which were presented and passed at the three levels of the Catholic Women’s League conventions. These very important resolutions will be brought to the various levels of Government by the representative body. We (CWL) does make a difference in the creation of legislation and Bills brought to the floor. This is one very unique part of why we are members.... We make a difference and speak for those who have no voice.
Toronto Diocesan Convention:
- TDC 2019.01 Canadian Support for the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons
Ontario Provincial Convention:
- ON.19.01 - Psychotherapy Pilot Project for Adults
- ON.19.02 - Abortion and the Effects on Mental Health
- ON.19.03 - Long Term Care Beds in Ontario
- ON.19.04 - Canadian Support for the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons
- 2019.01 – Canada to Honour its Commitment to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child 2019.02 – Canadian Support for the United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons
For full details and action plans, please go to the following websites:
A Message from Past President/Historian – Lucia Vacca
Archive Review Committee
We are looking for members who are interested in helping us to review our Archives. If you are interested in this type of work, please call me. 416-283-3536
Members have a responsibility too
Did you know that the National Manual of Policy and Procedures has a full page dedicated specifically on the members responsibilities at meetings? Take a look at www.cwl.ca under https://cwl.ca/resources/600-series-manuals/
On page 83. All about what the members responsibilities are at meetings, be present and active. This is our Council.
For your interest and knowledge building, become familiar with the roles and responsibilities of the executives: Section 5: Positions and Responsibilities of the Executive positions including the Spiritual Advisor.
Our Council needs you, the members, to become an active and committed to the support of the events and initiatives of the League to make a change and move forward into the future. Our Counsel at St. Joseph is now 66 years since it was chartered in November 1953.
If you have any questions regarding the above or would like to know more, please give me a call or email me.
RECIPE FOR GOOD MEETINGS
Give your members:
- Something to LEARN!
- Something to SEE!
- Something to HEAR!
- Something to DO!
THE BEST ADVICE
- Save money every week! It doesn’t matter how much. Just save!
- Listen to your parent’s advice...at the end of the day they are the only ones who want the best for you.
- Choose your friends wisely as you are the product of your environment.
- Learn to be alone and independent. It’s a skill few master.
- Educate yourself – read, read, read.
- Be Healthy & look after your body.
- Don’t wait for someone to love you; learn to love yourself first.
Blessing to all of you, Lucia
NEW SPECIAL COMMEMORATION PIN FOR THE 100th ANNIVERSARY OF THE TORONTO DIOCESAN COUNCIL $10.00 each – if you are interested in ordering one call Lucia 416-283-3536
Dates To Remember
|September 14 (Saturday)||CWL Recollection Retreat on PRUDENCE – 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend – Speaker: Fr. Oliver – refreshments available after the 9:00 mass|
|September 16 (Monday)||Bazaar Planning Mtg. @7:00 p.m. Room 3 - Need your help to organize this event. Come and join in this planning for a successful event.|
|September 21 (Saturday)||Square Dancing in the Hall 7:00 (SHARP!) to 9:00 p.m. Open to all ages. Invite friends. Events during the day in the Village of Highland Creek “Harvest in the Village” Corn roast and other activities|
|October 6 (Sunday)||CWL mass for living and deceased members 9:00 a.m.|
|October 6 (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 10 (Thursday)||Apple Pie Making 10:00 – 3:00 St. Joseph Hall|
|October 10 (Thursday)||10th Annual Mass to End Women Abuse – St. Roch Parish 7:00 p.m. (2889 Islington Ave.) – all members and family are invited to attend. This mass is organized by the Catholic Family Services and CWL Toronto Diocesan Council|
|October 15 (Tuesday)||General Meeting 7:00 p.m. Rosary - meeting to follow|
|October 17 (Thursday)||Apple Pie Making 10:00 - 3:00 St. Joseph Hall|
|October 17 (Thursday)||Scarborough Region Fall General Mtg. – 7:00 p.m. mass at Precious Blood Parish – all members invited and encouraged to attend this mass and meeting, be counted in representing St. Joseph Parish open to all members.|
|October 24 (Thursday)||Apple Pie Making 10:00 - 3:00 St. Joseph Hall|
|November 2 (Saturday)||CWL Recollection Retreat – St. Joe – 9:30 a.m. –1:00 p.m.|
|November 7 (Thursday)||Annual Scarborough Regional Mass for Deceased Members – 7:00 p.m. at Our Lady of Fatima Shrine (3170 St. Clair Av. E) – all members welcome to attend this memorial mass. Let’s all pray together for our deceased members.|
|November 10 (Sunday)||CWL mass for living and deceased members 9:00 a.m.|
|November 11 (Monday)||General Meeting – Rosary 7:00 – Room 2 – Remembrance Day. Attend these monthly meetings - want to see you!|
|November 15 (Friday)||Setup for Bazaar (11:00 – 9:00)|
|November 16 (Saturday)||Bazaar Day 8-4 (9:30 – 2:00)|
|November 18 (Monday)||Bazaar Wrap up meeting @7:00 p.m. Rm. 3|
|November 27 (Wednesday)||Movie Night – Fatal Flaws – 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. everyone is welcome Documentary on Euthanasia from Euthanasian Prevention Coalition|
|December 8 (Sunday)||CWL mass for living and deceased members 9:00 a.m.|
|December 9 (Monday)||Potluck Dinner 7:00 p.m. Service Awards (50) – need help to setup the room etc….bring your yummy food dish to share…|