CWL Newsletter 2022 Mar-Apr

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Catholic Women's League

Chartered November 5th, 1953

2022-2023 Executive Team


Fr. Oliver Iwuchukwu CSSp.


Therese Baduria


Mary Kelly

Membership & Organization

Mary Kelly


Costanza Deluca


Maria Sol Tellis

Spiritual Development

Melrose McGill

Christian Family Life

Tina Zappulla

Community Life

Cheryl Mascarenhas


Ruth McDonnell

Education & Health

Mary-Louise Morris

Resolution & Legislation

Paola Protain

Past Presidents

Marla Tanuan & Kim Deans

Did you know that our Spiritual Advisor, Fr Oliver Iwuchukwu is also a singer, other than being a powerful preacher?
At the Second Sunday of Lent mass,  Fr Oliver opened his homily singing  "Lead Me, Guide Me" 

Lead me, Guide me

Lead me, guide me, along the way.
For if you lead me, I cannot stray.
Lord, let me walk each day with Thee.
Lead me, Lord, lead me.

To where? To Heaven!

As we journey though life, we experience times of darkness: loneliness, sickness, frustrations, anxieties, fears, doubts, worries. 

Do remember, always turn to Jesus.

This is my Son, the Chosen. Listen to Him.”

Focus on Him. Trust Him.

Let our Lenten journey be grace-filled and fruitful 

A Day of Lenten Recollection

March 19, 2022, 9:00 am- 12:00 pm at St Joseph Parish

A time of prayer to listen to God’s message through Fr Arinze Onwuzulike


Feast Day
19th March

St Joseph, Foster Father of the Son of God

St Joseph, Spouse of of the Mother of God

St Joseph, Head of the Holy Family

St Joseph, Protector of the Holy Church 

St Joseph, Model for Workers

St Joseph, Hope of the Sick

St Joseph, Patron of the Dying

St Joseph, Terror of Demons 

From the President's Desk


Greetings of Peace Fr Oliver and Sisters in the League,

I am pleased to share with you that we had been blessed for the past two months with our ongoing interactions as a League within our ownParish Council and with other CWL Councils.

Some of us attended a number of CWL events and meetings virtually Zoom: training sessions, prayer services, monthly meetings, Development Day, Parish Executive Trainings.

In person, some of us continued to serve at StJoseph’s as Lectors. Eucharistic Ministers, andUshers.

Truly, we are a blessed community of dedicated and committed Catholic sisters serving God andCanada, in our own little way. 

With this year’s theme, “Catholic and Living It”,we are fully embracing our Catholic faith through our actions, the way we live, so others can see truly that we are indeed members of the Catholic Women’s League. 

Let’s continue to inspire others – our family, friends, colleague, and our fellow parishioners. 

Our membership challenge is sill ongoing! Have you invited someone yet to CWLand have been told, “Not interested”?Never give up! Be persistent and have patience. In God’s time, they will also be called.

Matthew 22:14: “For many are invited, but few are chosen”.

Please join me, along with many otherCWL sisters on April 28-29, 2022 for the in-person 101th Toronto Diocesan Convention in Toronto Airport Marriot Hotel. Our Council will pay for your registration fees and banquet dinner. If interested, please let us know by March31, 2022. 

We continue to pray for each other, specially what is going on in Ukraine.

Looking forward to another fruitful months ahead!

God bless you and your families.


1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 a

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 


Good Shepherd Centre

ongoing collection of non-perishable food items monthly

St Joseph’s Outreach Refugee Committee

ongoing collection of non-perishable food items monthly

Dr Simone

members made phenomena vests and milk bag mats

CWL Members who are ill

received lap quilts made by members, as needed

CWL Seniors

received personalized Christmas cards

CWL Members

continue to receive personalized birthday cards

CWL Members who lost their loved ones

receive “Sympathy” cards

CWL Members who are sick

receive “Thinking of You” cards

2022 Lenten Drive for Sisters of Life

diapers for newborn babies

CWL Ukraine Relief Fund

donated $200

Message from the Past President, Marla Tanuan

Our Dear Sisters in the League:

What Should We Give Up for Lent?

This year, March 2 was Ash Wednesday which marked the beginning of Lent. If you really want some serious spiritual growth, don’t just go for the bare minimum of abstinence from meat on Fridays. Here are some suggestions you can meditate upon to help you decide. But before you even read the questions, ask the Lord in prayer what He wants you to give up for Lent.

  1. What is the one thing stopping you from improving your relationship with God?
  2. Name one spiritual discipline you wish you were good at.
  3. Name something that takes up way too much of your time.
  4. Name something that you find difficult to let go, but would if you absolutely have to.
  5. Are there sins you need to confess or habits you need to let change? 

Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Ordinandi Dinner 2022

Our Council contributed to the prayers for these seminarians with the following 

  • Masses 15,654
  • Rosaries 800
  • Stations of the Cross 52
  • Prayers 565,920
  • Other 720
  • Total of 583,146 

Thank you for your prayerful contributions.

Recipe from Maria Sol

Fast and easy, go wild with the brightest red jello you can find for Valentines Day.


16 oz. box of flavored gelatin

1cup boiling water 

1 bar of butter, 8 tablespoons

1 can evaporated milk

2 tablespoon condensed milk( optional) but you won’t regret it


Prepare gelatin according to Instructions omitting1cup of cold water

Add liquid gelatin to blender with butter and evaporated milk and blend well. 

Empty to large mold or individual molds (I chose individual dessert glasses)

Place in fridge until it sets then serve.

National – TO INSPIRE – Youtube

The National has created a new portion to their website called TO INSPIRE – take a look at the new section on the National Website

Called TO INSPIRE – A new way of introducing what the League is all about and to reaffirm why you are a member.Take a look at all the Youtube videos at the bottom of the page.

To learn all about The Catholic Women’s League and the reason as to why you are a member. 

You can follow the CWL updates onTwitter, Facebook, Instagram and Youtube.

Be Inspired! 

CWL Websites as your resources

REMEMBER to view these websites on WEB WEDNESDAY!

Member Spotlight

Dianna Clare

Collected tons of pop tabs for March of Dimes

Dianna Clare

Best Outfit at our February 2022 General Meeting "All we need is LOVE"

What happened at our Council?

Hearts' Night on February 15, 2022
Installation Ceremony of New Executive, February 27, 2022
Goodbye, Fr Tony Adusei | Welcome, Fr Arinze Anwuzulike

Dates to Remember

Convention Highlights

All CWL Members, Spiritual Advisors, Catholic Girls League and Guests are invited to attend and share in a celebration of our achievements.

Thursday, April 28, 2022 

6:30 a.m. Breakfast (Hotel options) 

7:30 a.m. Registration 

9:00 a.m. Opening Eucharistic Celebration 

9:45 a.m. Break 

10:15 am Business Session – Call to Order 

12:00 noon Lunch Break (Hotel options) 

1:15 p.m. Business Session

2:15 p.m. Break 

2:45 p.m. 100th Anniversary Closing Celebrations 

4:15 p.m. Deceased Members Prayer Service 

5:00 – 6:30 p.m. Dinner (Hotel options) 

7:00 p.m. Poetry & Essay Awards 

7:30 p.m. Keynote Speaker: Catholic and LivingIt! We Rise Again 

8:30 p.m. Entertainment 

10:00 p.m. Closing Night Prayer in Prayer Room 

Friday, April 29, 2022 

6:30 a.m. Breakfast ((Hotel options)) 

7:30 a.m. Registration 

8:45 a.m. Business Session – Call to Order 

9:15 a.m. Resolutions 10:00 a.m. Break 

10:50 a.m. Instructed Votes 

12:00 – 1:15p.m. Lunch Break (Hotel options) 

1:45 p.m. 2022-2024 Diocesan Elections 

2:45 p.m. Official Close of Business Session 

3:30 p.m. Closing Eucharistic Celebration &2022-2024 Executive Installation 

5:00 p.m. Photo Booth: Event Imaging 

6:00 p.m. Cocktail Reception – Cash Bar 

7:00 p.m. Closing Banquet 

March 23, 2022, 7 pm


Joint General Members’Meeting; Peel, Toronto,Scarborough Councils

April 26, 2022


Feast Day of Our Lady ofGood Counsel

Book Club

Every last Wednesday of the month, 7 pm, via Zoom

Holy Week 

April 11-17, 2022

Divine Mercy Sunday

April 24, 2022

Monthly Virtual Rosary andChaplet of the Divine Mercy

March 22 via Zoom

Support our Fundraiser

CWL St Josephs Parish Council


The Easter Gift Baskets

Support our 2022 Charities

Buy your tickets

1 x $5.00 or 3 x $10.00

Call Lucia at 416-283-3536 or

etransfer payment to

The draw will take place at our

CWL General Meeting

on Monday April 11, 2022, 7 pm

Thank you all for your generosity! May God continue to bless you all

Baseket #1
Baseket #2
Baseket #3

Book Club

MARCH 2022
APRIL 2022
Celeste Ng
MAY 2022
Laurie Frankel
JUNE 2022
Kate Quinn

Learn more on the Two Proposed Resolutions for the Toronto Convention

TDC 2022.01 – Promoting a Holistic Parish-Based Theology of the Body Lifestyle and

Procreation Teachings

1 Resolved, that the Toronto Diocesan Councilof The Catholic Women’s League of Canada inits

2 101st annual convention assembledadvocates for establishing a collaborativenational dialogue

3 with the Canadian Conference of CatholicBishops (CCCB), Catholic Organization forLife and

4 Family (COLF), and pertinent CatholicHealth organizations, services andindividuals to develop

5 and promote a holistic Parish- Based modelof Theology of the Body (TOB) andProcreation

6 (Natural Family Planning-NFP) that can beimplemented in all Canadian Parishes and beit

7 further

8 Resolved, that this resolution be forwardedthrough the Ontario Provincial Council of the

9 Catholic Women’s League of Canada in its75th convention assembled to the nationalcouncil of

10 the Catholic Women’s League of Canadafor consideration at its 102nd annual national

11 convention assembled 

Gifted by St. Timothy Council, North York,North York Region

TDC 2022.02 Canada Needs a National Strategy to Address Loneliness

1 Resolved, that the Toronto DiocesanCouncil of the Catholic Women’sLeague of Canada

2 request that the Ontario ProvincialCouncil of The Catholic Women’sLeague of

3 Canada to urge the provincial and federal governments to develop a national

4 strategy to address loneliness, and be it further,

5 Resolved, that this resolution be forwarded to the Ontario ProvincialCouncil of the Catholic

6 Women’s League of Canada for consideration at its 75th AnnualConvention in

7 July 2022.

Gifted by St. John Fisher Council, PeelRegion


Patricia Beattie Annual Memorial Mentoring Award

The Patricia Beattie Mentoring Award is an award to honour all those special dedicated women of The League who have, through their knowledge and active encouragement, promoted growth in other members in TheLeague. 

Awards to be announced at the 2022 Toronto DiocesanConvention, nominations must be received by March 31, 2021. 

For further information and forms go to this link 

Let's Pray


Feast Day, April 26, 2022

Holy Virgin, moved by the painful uncertainty we experience in seeking and acquiring the true and the good, we cast ourselves at thy feet and invoke thee under the sweet title ofMother of Good Counsel. 

We beseech thee: come to our aid at this moment in our worldly sojourn when the double darkness of error and of evil plot our ruin by leading minds and hearts astray.

Seat of Wisdom and Star of the Sea, enlighten the victims of doubt and of error so that they may not be seduced by evil masquerading as good; strengthen them against the hostile and corrupting forces of passion and of sin.

Mother of Good Counsel, obtain for us our most urgent need: 

(here mention your request) 

and secure for us from thy Divine Son the love of virtue and the strength to choose, in doubtful and difficult situations, the course agreeable to our salvation.

Supported by thy hand we shall thus journey without harm along the paths taught us by the word and example of Jesus our Saviour, following the Sun of Truth and Justice in freedom and safety across the battlefield of life under the guidance of thy maternal Star, until we come at length to the harbour of salvation to enjoy with thee unalloyed and everlasting peace. Amen

Say the Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be three times each

Synod Survey

Pope Francis has launched the Synod on Synodality, an ambitious two-year global process of listening to the faithful.

With the Synod on Synodality, Pope Francis is asking every Catholic to help discern what the Holy Spirit is telling us at this moment as the Church enters its third millennium.

The first phase of the Synod on Syndodality will last through the first half of 2022 and will see the world’s faithful sharing their thoughts at a diocesan level. All those diocesan-level responses will be collected and summarized. Then the bishops of Canada will meet to discuss what they heard in their respective dioceses, followed by larger multinational meetings and, ultimately, culminating in a synod of bishops in theVatican in 2023.

Your participation is incredibly important for the success of the Synod on Synodality, so we kindly ask you to complete the survey below. Thank you and God bless.

Synod Survey