Our most recent CWL meeting was held on Wednesday, October 9th starting at 7 p.m.
After our opening prayers, Marlene R presented a DVD on the testimony of Marino Restrepo, an actor, musician and composer who was born in Columbia, moved to Germany and later the USA. He had turned away from his Catholic faith as a teenager, experimenting with every angle that New Age could offer. When he was around the age of 46, his mother, wife and 3 other loved ones died, within the span of 4 years.
On Christmas Eve, with the encouragement of a family member, Marino participated in the Baby Jesus novena. Within 12 hours, he was kidnapped and held captive for about 6 months. On day 15 of his captivity, he had an “out of body” experience in which he had a vision with the Lord, which lasted about 8 hours. This was the beginning of his conversion back to the faith and to the Lord. He spoke of God’s message of love and compassion. Being a Christian on earth is a great responsibility – we need to be willing to share our faith with others.
The Parish Ministry fair will be held on the weekend of October 26/27th after the four weekend masses. Everyone is encouraged to share their time and talents to benefit the parish community. You will also be able to renew your CWL memberships for 2014 at this time! It is still $25!
The Rosary ministry is also looking for additional people to sign up to lead the rosary before the Sunday masses. Please consider this important ministry. Members are also encouraged to help staff the table after the four weekend masses.
We continue to support Mother Cynthia with her work in the surrounding missions, by providing muffins for her catechism students.
We currently have 105 members in our council.
The Life Chain on Sunday, October 6th went well. Thank you to all for your continued support in prayer and action for life from conception to natural death.
Several of our members attended the Catch the Fire Development day in Vermilion on October 5th. We hope all were inspired.
On October 1st, CWL co-presented New Testaments to about 180 Grade 4 students. This is jointly funded by the parish, Knights of Columbus, Catholic School Division and the CWL.
Our Community Life chairperson, Barb B is encouraging all members to support the Welcome Bag for Refugees project. Save all your hotel shampoo, conditioners, soaps, toothpastes, brushes, razors, and hygiene products which can be donated to this cause. New refugees, who enter our diocese, are given a gift bag with toiletry products to help them in their new lives in Canada. Barb B will be collecting these items at each meeting.
Barb B is also looking for extra help with the Dr. Cooke bingo coming up on November 6th.
CWL presented two $50 cheques to Grade 9 students at Holy Rosary High School. They are Cameron P and Victoria C. Congratulations to these two students who showed marked improvement in their grade 8 studies!
We support Remembrance Day each year, by purchasing and presenting a wreath at the ceremony on November 11th. It’s a small way to show our gratitude to all our military men and women from past and present. The ceremony is held at Lloydminster Comprehensive High school gym.
Saturday, November 30th: CWL Bake Sale and Lunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Basement of St. Anthony’s Parish. Please show your support; come enjoy a delicious, homemade lunch! Help is needed, too, for this event. Rosemarie S is heading up this event.
Saturday, December 7: Annual Pin Presentation and Advent Social from 2 to 4 p.m. at St. Anthony’s. There are about 9 ladies who are celebrating various milestones as members of the Catholic Women’s League.
Funeral Luncheons: Although we are unable to do so at the time, we still receive requests to host funeral luncheons. Our continued prayers to the building construction team who are working hard on our new parish centre!
Fall Newsletter: Rosemarie S is asking members to write a short biography which could be published in the next newsletter. Deadline is October 31st.
Future events: January 8/13 regular monthly meeting; February 12/13 Annual General Meeting (dinner meeting); possible Soup and Share in March 2014; World Day of Prayer in March 2013.
Whew! That’s all for now,
God bless you and your families!
President, St. Anthony’s CWL