Newsletter 2017 Mar-Apr

Spiritual Advisor

Fr. Oliver Iwuchukwu CSSp.

2017-2018 Executive


  • Lucia Vacca

President Elect/ Organization & Membership



  • Marla Tanuan


  • Ju-Ann Miranda

Spiritual Development

  • Mai Tran

Christian Family Life

  • Kim Deans

Community Life

  • Danielle Giggie


  • Tania Mascarenhas

Education & Health

  • Hyacinth Fernandes

Resolution & Legislation

  • Christine Lorenz

Past President & Historian

  • Ingrid Hart

A Message from the Spiritual Advisor – Fr. Oliver Iwuchukwu

We are already in Lent, another Lent. We have been given another opportunity to dust ourselves clean as we listen more attentively to the one who is forever calling us to fullness of life. Of course we have been through this penitential season before. Not once but many times. In our life‘s journey, we have sailed through many Lenten seasons— fasting and abstaining and responding, in our different ways, to the season‘s invitation to repentance, change and renewal. Yes, we have been through this season before. For those of us who have the time, it may useful to attempt honest answers to such questions as: What have these many Lenten seasons done for me? What have they done to me? Have I become a better person? More loving, more caring, more generous with my time and talents?

What makes Lent beautiful is that it is a preparation for the glorious new life we celebrate at Easter. May our journey through this penitential season make us become more like Him whose resurrection from the dead we are preparing to celebrate.

A Message from the President – Lucia Vacca

Love and Joy are fruits of the Holy Spirit. Are we inspired by the Holy Spirit in what we say? Are we witnesses of Christ‘s presence for others by what we do? Let us be the sign of love and joy to those we meet with a genuine willing heart to imitate God‘s unconditional love in our relationship with others. As we continue with our journey of 64 years as a St. Joseph‘s CWL Council, let us inspire others and be the witnesses of His love and love one another.

Your joyful participation and support of the initiatives of the League is what will encourage all of us to move forward to show our bond, commitment and strength in sisterhood built on our faith as Catholic Women. Let‘s use our hands in joyful service and hearts to love.

Wishing all of you a Happy Easter and may our Risen Lord, give us the spirit to respond to God‘s call with our actions. "Inspired by the Spirit, Women Respond to God’s Call”.



Organization & Membership

We Welcome Our New Members

  • Tina Tolpa
  • Cheryl Mascarenhas
  • Sajini Tom


The Toronto Diocesan Development Day

This was attended by over 340 members from across Toronto. The speakers focused on the new National theme with discussion and workshop. Keynote speaker was Sister John Mary from Sisters of Life. Our Parish was represented by 4 of our members: Marla, Christine, Lucia, Tania.

Scarborough Region Spring Meeting – Wednesday March 22nd 7:00 p.m.

This CWL meeting of the Scarborough Region will take place Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish at (Birchmount and Kingston Rd.). All members are welcome and encouraged to attend. Meet the members of the 10 Councils in the Scarborough Region as well as the Toronto Diocesan Council Executives.

Our Lady of Good Counsel Mass & New Members Ceremony and Luncheon SATURDAY April 22nd

We will be celebrating the feast of our Patroness, Our Lady of Good Counsel, with mass celebrated by our Spiritual Advisor, Fr. Oliver Iwuchukwu, at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday April 22nd at St. Joseph‘s Parish. At this event we will also welcome 7 new CWL members to our Parish Council. Show your support and solidarity to all, especially the new members by attending our special mass to our Patroness. A catered hot luncheon will be served following the mass. Tickets to attend the luncheon are $20 each, members and guest are welcome. To avoid disappointment purchase your ticket early as space and tickets are limited. For tickets call: Ingrid Hart 416 282-8775 or Lucia Vacca 416-283-3536


Inspired by the Spirit, Women Respond to God’s Call” This is the theme for the 2017 annual Toronto Diocesan Convention which will be held at the Marriott, 901 Dixon Road on Thursday, May 4th and Friday, May 5th. There will be speakers (Marie Claire Bissonnette, Margaret Ann Jacobs –National President), Business Reports, Presentation of Youth Awards, Elections of New Toronto Executives and lots of spirituality, learning more about the League and sisterhood, with masses (opening Mass Thursday May 4th), readings, Regional Hospitality Rooms and Closing Mass & Banquet etc.... As the Resolutions Dialogue is a very popular portion of this convention, please register early if you are interested to learn more and participate in this process.

Attending convention with your League sisters from across Toronto Diocese is a wonderful opportunity to spend time with like-minded women in an atmosphere of unity, love for the League and sharing in the great work we do "For God and Canada”. The cost to attend this convention is covered for you by our council. If you are interested in attending either both days, one day or the banquet only, please call Marla at 416- 209-8659 ASAP so we can get you registered to attend. Registration deadline is April 15th, 2017.

CWL Attendees
WDOP March 3rd was well attended by our St. Joseph community. Thank you to our readers who participated in the prayerful service from the women of the Philippines

A Message from Spiritual Development – Mai Tran

Spiritual Growth

We, as CWL members, all have been called and inspired by the Spirit to share our faith in actions by involving in the faith activities with the community. Our prayer is the most important and cannot be neglected. However, as children of God, to fulfil our duties for the Love of God and of one another, we truly need the guidance of the Holy Spirit for our directions.

"If you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for whatever you please and you will get it. 8 It is to the glory of my Father that you should bear much fruit and be my disciples". [John 15:7-8]

When we pray with the Gospel, God is speaking directly to us, and we truly are "rooted in Gospel value". Praying with the Gospel, we also dearly listen to God‘s voice that dialogue with us. How do we do that in our daily busiest time? If we have a desire to spend a little time with God each day in this busy ‗life style‘, surely God will be with us and provide helps for our need. To have a good connection and good relationship with God is the wisdom of the children of God. First, we need to realize and experience God‘s love for us, and then we are able to share that love with one another. We cannot share or give to others what we do not have.

A brief sharing of cultivating individual spiritual growth

As we all know, everything that we do well requires a good practice, which will help to get us into good daily habits. The church has prepared for us the Daily Missal - Living with Christ - which I myself find very helpful for daily prayer with God beside the Liturgy of the Hour. To start the day before getting ready for work, I spend about 20 minutes to read the Living with Christ from the Entrance Antiphon to the end of all the readings and prayers of that day. Then I spent sometimes for a reflection. Everyday then becomes enlightened and refreshed with God‘s word. Some days, when things turn sour unexpectedly, I find myself still protected with God‘s peace. At the end of the day in the family, we pray together, and we share our struggles of the day from work places and anywhere else. We offer praises and thanks to the grace of God that helps us to end the day with peace and joy. I myself also need to have some time for a brief self-examination each day, in order to experience whether God is present in all of my actions. Then I pray to God for helping me do better in the next day.

Feast of Our Lady of Good Counsel Televised Mass

The taping of the Feast of Our Lady of Good Counsel Televised Mass will take place at Loretto Abbey, 101 Mason Boulevard North York, on Wednesday April 19, 2017 at 4:00 pm. The mass will be televised on Vision TV April 26, 2016. All CWL council members are encouraged to attend and to wear their CWL scarves.

12 Hours of Prayer for Palliative Care (May 4th)

The taping of this Televised Mass will take place at Loretto Abbey, 101 Mason Boulevard North York, on Wednesday April 26, 2017 at 5:00 pm. The mass will be televised on Vision TV May 4, 2017. Once again all CWL council members are encouraged to attend and to wear their CWL scarves.

Prayers for our Sisters in the League

Our condolences to our Sisters in the League who have had a death in their family.

Eternal Rest, grant unto them and let perpetual light shine upon them. May all the faithful departed rest in peace.

A Message from Education & Health – Hyacinth Fernandes

Congratulations go to Vinusha Virge a grade 7 student from Cardinal Leger School, the winner of the Parish level Mary Matthews Public Speaking Contest. Vinusha spoke to us about Gender Inequality. Vinusha is now preparing to represent our Parish at the Scarborough regional level contest which will take place March 12th at Barnabus Catholic Church at 2.00pm. All CWL members were invited to attend and lend their support to this brave and very capable student. We are very proud of Vinusha.

Congratulations VinushaCongratulations Vinusha

St. Michael’s College scholarship

This $3000 Scholarship is open to any young woman of Catholic Faith who is applying to St. Michael‘s College as her first college of choice for post-secondary education. Deadline for application is May 31st 2017.

CWL National Bursary

This bursary is open to members who are pursuing studies in adult faith formation or youth ministries. Applications must be submitted to the CWL National office by May 31st 2016. Application forms are available at under resources/forms.

For further details on criteria and guidelines and application forms, please call me at 416 287 1231.

Protection against thyroid Cancer

On Wednesday, Dr. Oz had a show on the fastest growing cancer in women, thyroid cancer. It was a very interesting program and he mentioned that the increase could possibly be related to the use of dental x-rays and mammograms. He demonstrated that on the apron the dentist puts on you for your dental x-rays there is a little flap that can be lifted up and wrapped around your neck. Many dentists don't bother to use it. Also, there is something called a "thyroid guard" for use during mammograms. By coincidence, I had my yearly mammogram yesterday. I felt a little silly, but I asked about the guard for the thyroid guard and sure enough, the technician had one in a drawer. I asked why it wasn't routinely used. Answer: "I don't know. You have to ask for it." Well, if I hadn't seen the show, how would I have known to ask? We all need to pass this on to our daughters, nieces; mothers and all our female friends and husbands tell your wives. Please remember to ask for "Thyroid Guard" when you go for dental X-ray or Mammogram.

A Message from Community Life – Danielle Giggie

Community and development reaches to far corners of the world

Women are often major makers of change in their homes and communities. United Nations statistics show that maintaining families and caring for family members lies primarily on the shoulders of the world‘s women, and on average most of the responsibilities for the home are borne by women

Pope Francis invited us to pray this in May 2016, "that in all countries of the world, women may be honoured, respected and valued for their essential contribution to society."

Women are often major makers of change in their homes and communities.

Above all else, it is to act in solidarity with and walk along side those women and men who advocate for an equal and inclusive society, one in which women can participate hand-in-hand with men in building the world of tomorrow. Be at the heart of change!

A Message from Resolutions & Legislation – Christine Lorenz


The Toronto Diocesan Council on their 96th Annual Convention on May 4th and May 5th will be tabling the following Resolution:

Toronto Diocesan 2017.01 – Grant GST/HST Zero-Rated Status to Child Safety Products Listed In The Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (CCPSA)

Resolution Dialogue will take place on Thursday May 4th at 9:30 a.m. if you wish to attend this convention be sure to register. Contact: Marla 416-209-8659.


Letter SigningOn the weekend of February 28th and 29th our parishioners at St. Joseph Highland Creek paid close attention to Dr. Natalie Leong as she spoke about the need to raise our voices and support the "Call for Conscience Campaign– February 6 – March 31, 2017.

"It is about the Ontario Government depriving health care professionals of their basic human right to religious freedom through Bill 84 which is to dictate that doctors and nurses must refer directly to someone who will kill their patient by lethal dose and also all faith based institutions in Ontario who will have to provide access to the lethal dose."

Letters were signed and have been sent to our MPP.

A Message from Christian Family Life – Kim Deans

Spiritual Bouquet for the Ordinandi ( Banquet March 1st 2016)

It was my first Ordinandi Banquet but it will definitely not be my last. I heartily recommend it to everyone in the CWL. The food and fellowship were wonderful but there were two key reasons why it was a great night. The first was to hear the staggering numbers of prayers for the Ordinandi that we contributed to – 1,610,575 in total including 92,358 Masses and 54,320 Rosaries. Our parish including the CWL and other ministries, the parishioners and the schools contributed 67,389 in total including 8415 Masses and 1902 Rosaries. St. Brendan‘s and Dominic Savio‘s numbers were especially amazing. Thanks to everyone who helped!

Banquet PhotographThe best reason to go to the Banquet was to hear the heart-warming, funny and inspirational stories of the 11 men for whom we collected these prayers. They ranged from a 25 year old figure skater from a farm to a 58 year old grandfather from India. It surprised me how many of the Ordinandi were athletes and how many of them answered 'NO' when they first heard the call. Most needed many reminders and opportunities before they fully realized their calling. My favourite story was from Favin Alemao who recalled how, as a teenager, he pretended to have the calling so he could get the chaplaincy award and make his mother happy despite his low marks. Of course, along with the award, he got a trip to a retreat that changed his life. God works in mysterious ways!

Please consider coming next year! If you want to see the program to read about the Ordinandi, let me know. You can also go into these 2 websites for more information.

A Message from Communications – Tania Mascarenhas

We do hope that you are enjoying reading the bi-monthly newsletter. If you have any suggestions, articles etc. that you would like to share, we would love to hear them and try to incorporate them. Please send it to me at:

Also, we are trying to make the General meetings more interesting by getting in guest speakers. Please do try to come out and attend at least a few of these meetings.

We have quite a few events coming up that are listed below. Please do try and attend a few of these.

Web Wednesdays

Reminder to check the CWL websites on a weekly basis on "Wednesdays" to see any updates to the CWL information posted. Make this part of your weekly ritual.



CWL Events
Dianne Dias who spoke to us at our General Meeting in February about settlement of a Refugee family.


Donated Mat
Brianna who attended our January meeting and donated a mat that she crocheted out of plastic bags.


February General Meetig
We were very proud of the work of many hands. Thanks to so many who created these pneumonia vests for children in third world countries. We had more than 90 sent to Dr. Simone for distribution. This picture was taken at our February General Meeting.

A Message from Past President/Historian – Ingrid Hart

Our Mission Statement

The Catholic Women‘s League of Canada is a national organization rooted in gospel values calling its members to holiness through service to the people of God.

Objects of the League

The objects of the League shall be to unite Catholic women of Canada:

  • to achieve individual and collective spiritual development
  • to promote the teachings of the Catholic church
  • to exemplify the Christian ideal in home and family life
  • to protect the sanctity of life
  • to enhance the role of women in church and society
  • to recognize the human dignity of all people everywhere
  • to uphold and defend Christian education and values in the modern world
  • to contribute to the understanding and growth of religious freedom, social justice, peace and harmony

CWL Book Club

The 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:

Books we will discuss...
Month Book Author Year No.of pagesApr. What the Psychic told the Pilgrim: A Midlife Misadventure on Spain’s Camino De Santeago De Composteia 2007 295May. The Translation of Love Lynne Kutsukake 2016 336Jun. Barnacle Love Anthony De Sa 2008 216

Birthday Wishes - March Birthdays

  • Yolande Fernandes
  • Kumuthini Prabhaharan
  • Patricia Sheehan
  • Maria Sol Tellis
  • Marlene Campbell
  • Paula Phang
  • Yoshiko Huang
  • Gabriel Celeste Van Veen
  • Avrie Johnson
  • Ingrid Hart
  • Elenor Boyle
  • Lola Gray
  • Peggy Sheehan
  • Jose Chundamala
  • Cecilia Chung
  • Auriel Cordeiro
  • Samantha Meharchand
  • Maria Teresa de Manuel
  • Gloria Anok
  • Julie Lee

Birthday Wishes - April Birthdays

  • Raffaela Civello
  • Ruth Oliveros
  • Philomena Fernandes
  • Mary Burns
  • Ehly Hianik
  • Christine Banks
  • Gloria des Vignes
  • Jennifer Fernandes
  • Lavern Walters
  • Irene Dillabough
  • Josie Troccoli
  • Delma Alphonso
  • Judith Tieber
  • Patsy Smith
  • Carolyn Tanuan

Something to Think About...

Pope Francis proposes these 15 simple acts of charity as concrete manifestations of love:

  1. SMILE. A Christian is always cheerful
  2. Say THANK YOU for little things (even if you don't have to).
  3. Remind others how much you LOVE them.
  4. GREET with joy the persons you see every day.
  5. LISTEN to other people's stories without prejudice, and with love.
  6. STOP to help. Pay attention to whoever needs you.
  7. Try to RAISE the spirits of people around you.
  8. CELEBRATE the qualities or success of others, thus avoiding envy or jealousy.
  9. SORT OUT the things you no longer use or need, and give them to those in need.
  10. Be ready to HELP when you are needed so that others may rest.
  11. GIVE CORRECTIONS with love, do not keep quiet out of fear. 12. Maintain good relations with those around you.
  12. KEEP CLEAN the things you use in the house.
  13. HELP others overcome obstacles.
  14. CALL, and call on, your parents more often.

The Best Fasting

I recommend the following as better fasting during this Lent.

  • Fast on offensive words and transmit only sweet and tender words
  • Fast on dissatisfaction and fill yourself with gratitude.
  • Fast on anger and fill yourself with meekness and patience.
  • Fast on pessimism and be filled with optimism
  • Fast on worries and be filled with confidence in God
  • Fast on laments and take pleasure in the simple things of life.
  • Fast on stress and fill yourself with prayer.
  • Fast on sadness and bitterness, and fill your heart with joy.
  • Fast on selfishness, and be filled with compassion for others.
  • Fast on unforgivingness and vendetta, and be filled with acts of reconciliation and forgiveness.
  • Fast on words and fill yourself with silence and readiness to listen to others.

If we all practice this style of fasting, our everyday will be filled with peace, joy trust in each other, and life.

Dates To Remember

March 15 (Wednesday) Line Dancing - St. Joe Hall 7:00 p.m.March 18 (Saturday) Installation of New Executive Officers after 5:00 p.m. mass – join usMarch 22 (Wednesday) Line Dancing – St. Joe Hall 7:00 p.m.March 22 (Wednesday) Scarborough Region Spring General Meeting – at Immaculate Heart of Mary 7:00 p.m. mass followed by meeting – all are invited and encouraged to attend this meeting.March 25 (Saturday) Toronto Diocesan Council - Mary Matthews Public Speaking Contest – St. Francis Xavier Mississauga 1:00 p.m. all are welcome to attend and hear the top students participate at the Toronto Level APRIL
April 5 (Wednesday) Toronto Diocesan /Patricia Beattie Mentoring Award DeadlineApril 5 (Wednesday) Line Dancing – Room 2 7:00 p.m.April 10 (Monday) General Meeting – Rosary 7:10 Meeting 7:30April 19 (Wednesday) Line Dancing St. Joe Hall – 7:00 p.m.April 19 (Wednesday) TV Taping of the mass for Feast of Our Lady of Good Counsel – Loretto Abbey,101 Mason Boulevard at 4:00 p.m. everyone is welcome to attend this mass (April 26th )April 22 (Saturday) Our Lady of Good Counsel Mass & New Members Ceremony at St. Joseph 11:00 a.m. – Luncheon to follow - Tickets $20 are available call Ingrid Hart 416-282-8775 or Lucia Vacca 416-283-3536April 24 (Monday) Heritage Day Festival planning – Room 2 7:00 pm – we need you to be involved with this planning and take an active role in this event. With your help we can make this day a success.April 26 (Wednesday) Our Lady of Good Counsel Feast DayApril 26 (Wednesday) TV Taping of the mass for the “12 Hour of Prayer for Palliative Care” day (May 4th) Loretto Abbey,101 Mason Boulevard at 5:00 p.m. everyone is welcome to attend this mass
May 3 (Wednesday) Line Dancing – Room 2 7:00 p.mMay 4 & May 5(Thursday /Friday) 96th Toronto Diocesan Convention – Toronto Airport Marriott Hotel all members encouraged to attend – registration is requiredMay 6 (Saturday) CWL mass for Living and Deceased 9:00 a.m.May 10 (Wednesday) Line Dancing – St. Joe Hall 7:00 p.m.May 13 (Saturday) St. Joseph CWL Crafts Day 9:30 – 12:30 Room 2 all are invitedMay 15 (Monday) General Meeting – Rosary 7:00 Crowning of Mary Meeting 7:30 – Mother’s Day Meeting – special prayers/hymnsMay 16 (Thursday) March for Life – Parliament Hill – OttawaMay 17 (Wednesday) Line Dancing – St. Joe Hall 7:00 p.m.May 31 (Wednesday) Line Dancing – St. Joe Hall 7:00 p.m.

We Need You!! If you are a Knitter/ Crocheter or have wool to give, we would like to hear from you.