CWL Newsletter 2020 Nov-Dec
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
November is once again upon us. This is the last month of the Liturgical year and this is the month we remember those who have passed on from this life to the next. It is a good month to reflect upon the past year and to remember that our stay on earth is also finite. May God give us the grace we need to recognize our need to live a life fully dependent on Him and fully devoted to Him.
Immediately following is the season of Advent, the time when we await in joyful hope the coming of the Messiah, the Prince of Peace. Yes, it is a time of preparation. A time to think about others who have less material goods than we have. It is also a time to rebuild broken relationships. It is a time to reconcile with God and with our neighbour. May God grant us the grace to fully meditate on our relationship with Him and our relationships with others.
A Message from the Presidents – Kim Deans and Marla Tanuan
Sisters in the League, we hope that you have been keeping safe and healthy in this trying time. Although we haven’t been able to spend our holidays in the same ways that we usually do, we hope that you have been able to keep in contact with your loved ones by phone and even by virtual meetings. Please take this quiet time to get closer to God, to improve your prayer life and to read scripture.
It’s sad that we won’t be able to have our Christmas Bazaar. Our council was lucky in that this year our finances were in very good shape. We were able to fulfill all our charitable commitments for this year and expect to be able to do so next year despite having to cancel both bazaars.
We will also miss seeing everyone at the Advent Potluck. Congratulations to everyone who has reached a key service milestone this year. The names can be found in this newsletter.
We were glad to see many of you at the Fall Scarborough Regional meeting. We hope to see you in our virtual meetings throughout next year.
Have a Blessed Christmas.
Kim and Marla
Organization & Membership – Lucia Vacca
A Message from Spiritual Development – Patricia Hall
Dear sisters in the league, I hope and I pray that you and your families are in good health and keeping safe from this virus. As we navigate our way through this pandemic many of us find ourselves filled with fear and anxiety asking questions such as why is this happening and how long will this go on? Still, as we go about our daily lives watching the number of cases rise we can’t help but feel the pain that so many are experiencing. Amid all this despair, there are blessings that are taking place. Families are spending more time together. Eating meals as a family and genuinely cherishing quality time together. It has also been a time of deep reflection. A time to reevaluate our priorities.
A new encyclical was introduced by Pope Francis in Assisi on the theme of Humanity and Fraternity on October 3rd, 2020 entitled “Fratelli Tutti”. http://www.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/encyclicals/documents/papa-francesco_20201003_enciclica-fratelli-tutti.html or go to www.vatican.ca.
Continuous “Hail Marys” on Saturday, October 31st
The Legion of Mary would like to thank the CWL for our continued support in taking part in the prayers to Our Lady, some in person while others remotely, the total number of prayers on this date was 1930.
November 2nd was All Souls Day.
Due to the pandemic, Pope Francis has announced that plenary indulgences will extend throughout the month of November. Stating that those who are homebound may spiritually pray for the deceased and still receive the indulgences.
The annual mass for Deceased members of Scarborough Region took place virtually and live streamed from Precious Blood Parish on November 4th www.preciousblood.ca Thank you to Fr. Xavior De Pinto.
The season of Advent will soon be upon us. A new liturgical year will begin with a four week liturgical season that precedes Christmas. Advent means “Coming” in Latin. Prepare the way for the Lord. The Lord is coming. This is the message of Advent, a time of grace. The word grace means gift. The gift is our precious Jesus. Our Lord and Saviour. Advent gives the faithful an opportunity to prepare for Christmas and to not only celebrate the birth of Christ but also to prepare for His final coming. In closing, my wish for you and your loved ones is to be filled with the peace of Christ which surpasses all human understanding. Wishing you all a very blessed Christmas!
God bless you all.
IN MEMORIUM – Deceased Members in 2020 St. Joseph CWL
Angela Rodrigues – March 15
Doris McKeogh – June 20
A Message from Community Life – Tania Mascarenhas
A Message from Education & Health – Cheryl Mascarenhas
Dear Sisters in the League,
Hope you have had a happy Thanksgiving and a safe back-to-school.
As we’ve just finished the season of Thanksgiving, let me start off by saying how grateful I am to be a part of this group and for your support. With the current pandemic status it is important to continue to take measures to stay safe.
We should remember it is still important to wear our masks, wash our hands, socially distance, and do our best to stay safe and to flatten the curve.
With schools having reopened and the pandemic progressing back into Stage 2, it can be a stressful and difficult time for us all, and this can have an impact on mental health. In Canada, October is recognised as Mental Health Awareness Month. Especially during troubling and stressful times like these, it is important to remember to care for your mental health along with your physical health.
According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, one in five Canadians will personally experience a mental health problem or illness, due to a combination of biological, environmental, and personal factors – but this year, this will be exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic. As a result, every Canadian will be affected, directly or indirectly, by Mental Health and illness at some point.
Our daily lives have been considerably affected as a result of the pandemic – for students adapting to new classroom methods, healthcare workers trying to deal with rising medical cases, people trying to cope with loss, those economically affected, and everyone in general who is isolated, alone, or unable to reach out to friends due to the pandemic. We must do our part to reach out to each other for support.
World Mental Health Day falls on October 10th, an opportunity to talk about what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide. This year’s theme is “Mental Health for All”.
This year, it matters more than ever that we do what we can to enlighten ourselves and understand mental health, to reach out, to be there for each other, and be the network of support for our friends.
As well, it is important to know when to get help – this is perhaps the most important thing any of us can do.
A Message from Communications – Ju-Ann Miranda
Be sure to follow us on Facebook at – CWL St. Joseph Highland Creek and The Catholic Women’s League https://www.facebook.com/cwlstjosephhighlandcreek
Websites of Interest
Salt & Light: www.saltandlighttv.org
Salt & Light the Rosary: https://saltandlighttv.org/rosary/
Catholic Register: www.catholicregister.org
CWL Websites as your resources:
Toronto www.cwltoronto.ca and our own Parish www.stjosephstoronto.org for upcoming events.
REMEMBER WEB WEDNESDAY!
A Message from Christian Family Life – Nancy Jane Martineau
In previous newsletters I had spoken about the new social encyclical called Laudato Si written by Pope Francis. Within this encyclical Pope Francis addresses climate or ecological issues and social complexities.
When looking at “Caring for our Common Home”, you cannot separate protecting the environment from combating poverty. We play an intricate role interacting with nature and respecting and protecting it in turn cares for humanity and vice versa.
The last 4 Ways You Can Live Laudato Si is the following
Advocate to protect our common home
There is an urgent need to develop policies so that, in the next few years, the emission of carbon dioxide and other highly polluting gases can be drastically reduced.
-Laudato Si’ 26
It seems surprising that during these unprecedented times there has been a reduction in emissions of carbon dioxide in Toronto because of the number of individuals working from home. News reports during the summer months often spoke about the pollution levels being subsequently lower. It has been a silver lining during this pandemic and perhaps a call to re-think and take further action. What could the new work model look like for individuals?
- Find ways as a family to contribute to care for creation, such as taking children to the park for a clean up or even in your local neighbourhood. Buy local or plant your own garden.
- In Canada write to our MP and MPP or Federal Government regarding Global Warming. Here in Canada there is a rapid melting of Sea Ice in the Artic . This impacts food sources for Polar Bears and other animals. This melting of Sea Ice also will double carbon dioxide impacting both the ecosystem and humans.
- Ask each person in the family, including children, what your community could do to be kinder to creation. IE: reduce, reuse, recycling, asking ourselves do I really need to purchase this item?, donating clothing, towels etc
The Popes final focus is “civic and political love”. I like his thought on love being overflowing small gestures of mutual care “love for society and commitment to the common good are outstanding expressions of a charity which affects not only relationships between individuals but also macro-relationships, social economic and political ones.”
Make a small gesture by thinking of your neighbours, give them a call, perhaps a donation to the food bank or local charity.
Any small gesture of LOVE will make a difference in someone’s life.
A Message from Past President/Historian – Lucia Vacca
Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the Catholic Women’s League of Canada took place on Saturday October 3rd 2020. Each council across Canada has been asked to plant a tree as a symbol for the theme of “Care for Our Common Home” as part of the Laudato Si Encyclical and to mark this 100th year milestone of the League created in 1920. Our council planted two “Sweet Summer Hydrangeas” on either side of the plaque of the “Unborn” with the hope that these plants will bloom each year and create a focal point. A special prayer service to reflect this event took place, with the Land Acknowledgement, League Prayer, Prayer of Thanksgiving, Creation Prayer, Reading from Genesis 1:26-2:3 and Intercessions concluding with A Prayer of Gratitude from Creation. Fr. Oliver graced us with a Blessing for all in attendance and of course the plants which will adorn the front of the Parish. We had about 25 members in attendance and three of the KofC members, with masks and socially distanced. Concluded with the Rosary. A beautiful sunny day.