Monthly Archives: November 2013

Correction to Edmonton Diocesan website address

There is a new address for the Edmonton Diocesan CWL website.
It is

God bless,


2014 Membership Drive is on!

Dear Ladies of St. Anthony’s Parish,

We are currently accepting new and renewed memberships to the Catholic Women’s League for 2014.
Our year runs from January to December.
Our membership fee is currently set at $25 for one year. Cheques are payable to St. Anthony’s CWL. You may put your cheque in an envelope marked “CWL” and leave it in the collection plate on Sunday or at the parish office during the week.

The membership fee includes The Canadian League magazine which comes out four times per year.
As we are a grass roots organization, $21 of the $25 we collect per person goes to Edmonton Diocesan council, the Alberta Mackenzie Provincial council and a portion to National Council. We retain but $4 of the total $25.

If you feel called to join a National Organization rooted in Gospel values, calling its members to holiness through service to the people of God, then we are for you!!

The national CWL website may be found at
The Edmonton Diocesan website is found at

Thank you!

November 2013 Meeting highlights

St. Anthony’s Catholic Women’s League met in the evening on Wednesday, November 13th.

At the beginning of each meeting, we have prayers for loved ones, for those who are sick, dying or deceased, and special intentions. Last evening, we prayed in a special way for Marlene’s daughter and her family who are dealing with sickness while travelling to Florida; for Elizabeth K.;
Joan R, whose son recently died of cancer; and for all the people of the Philippines.

Marlene then led in a reflection on Purgatory. She stressed the importance of praying for our deceased loved ones.

Correspondence items of interest:

  • The Canadian Catholic Conference of Bishops are requesting all parishes and dioceses in Canada to have a special collection for the people of the Philippines who recently experienced a devastating Typhoon, leaving some for dead and many homeless.
  • Volunteers are needed to help run the children’s programs for the up-coming Festival of Praise, November 23rd. Please contact the parish if you are able to help.
  • In the recent Canadian League magazine, there were two postcard inserts entitled, “Pornography Hurts“. Members are urged to send one to Peter McKay, Federal Minster of Justice/Attorney General and the other to your Federal member of Parliament. These cards may be send postage-free.
  • We received an email from the seminarian we have “adopted” who is attending St. Joseph Seminary in Edmonton. His name is Ross C. and he is from the Hamilton Diocese. Over the past number of years, the Edmonton Diocesan Catholic Women’s League has linked a seminarian with a willing CWL council in the diocese who is able to give their support to a man preparing for the priesthood. Our council will be sending letters and cards of support to our seminarian from autumn 2013 to autumn 2014.
  • A letter went out to St. Anthony Parish council regarding a possible joint anniversary celebration. Next year, St. Anthony Parish celebrates 100 years and St. Anthony CWL council celebrates 90 years. How can we celebrate these two events next year?

At the end of each year, Executive members complete an annual report which summarizes the accomplishments of each committee. Executive members are reminded to complete their reports by December 7th so the reports can then be compiled by the President, and eventually submitted to our Diocesan Council Executive. Our Diocesan council uses these reports to plan accordingly for the future.
Our Community Life chair, Barb B, has been busy with a Development and Peace initiative which asks us to individually voice our concerns about Canadian mining companies in other countries. Are best mining practises being used? Postcards were available at last weekend’s mass to which you could sign your name and then mail to our federal government.
Also, Barb B is asking members and parishioners alike, to provide personal hygiene items to the Refugee kits which are assembled by St. Charles council in Edmonton. These kits are given to refugees entering Canada. Barb has a list of most needed items on her collection container in the Narthex.

The Fall 2013 St. Anthony CWL newsletter is out!
Rosemarie S, who is our communications chair, will be distributing these to all members.

Our Past President, Ann R, is working on our council’s history. Ann will be contacting people who have headed special projects over the years to write up a summary which will then be compiled and made available for reading. Did you head up a special CWL project in the past?


Saturday, November 30th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m in the BASEMENT of St. Anthony’s – CWL Bake sale and Lunch Spectacular!
Volunteers are needed for various areas. Please contact Rosemarie S. to help. The church elevator will be available and in use that day!! If you have difficulty with stairs, you may use the elevator!

Saturday, December 7 from 2 to 4 p.m. – in the BASEMENT of St. Anthony’s – ADVENT SOCIAL AND PIN PRESENTATION
Please join us as we recognize members who are celebrating significant membership years. Bring along a friend and a plate of goodies to share!

God bless you all,
Until next time….