As always, we begin our meeting with prayerful intentions for family and loved ones. Please keep in mind all your friends and family who are in need of your prayers.
Theresa B. spoke during our Spiritual Reflection on how the Holy Spirit filled her life. She spoke on how the Charismatic Renewal influenced and infused her life.
We hope to host a Life In the Spirit Seminar in our parish next year sometime. Keep posted!
Our 90th council Anniversary and the Parish’s 100th anniversary was well received on September 21st.
We anxiously await when our new kitchen and hall is 100% completed and ready for occupancy!
Our council received a certificate from Alberta Provincial CWL council for increasing our membership in 2013. There is a challenge from Edmonton Diocesan council that each member should try to recruit one new member.
Currently, Edmonton Diocesan CWL has 4410 members in 67 CWL councils.
Ann R. and I attended the Fall Diocesan Meeting in Rocky Mountain House on Saturday, September 28th. We drove in the day before (Friday), watched a horrible Edmonton Eskimo/Saskatchewan Roughrider game that night, and attended the meeting at St. Matthew’s parish the next day.
About 104 members were present for the day. At each of the three Diocesan meetings held annually (Fall meeting, Mid-winter meeting and April Annual convention), we have mass and the mass disbursements are collected for a worthy cause on which the members vote. This fall, we collected funds for St. Matthew elementary school (in Rocky Mountain House) breakfast program. The ladies very generously donated over $840.00 for this program.
Dorothy J., who serves on the Provincial CWL council, was our guest speaker for the afternoon. She spoke on Servant Leadership and What Floats your boat?
In a very engaging and humourous way, Dorothy challenged us to to be the best CWL member we can be – learn to delegate, be accountable, be credible, have humour, humility and be human, have an enthusiasm for Jesus!
www.TransformationTextiles.com create and provide Dignity kits for young women in various African countries. The dignity kits are feminine Hygiene products which are re-usable and last up to 3 years. Each kit is $10. They allow a young woman to continue going to school and graduate, without missing classes. Check out the website for more information.
Development and Peace meeting at St. Anthony’s next Wed. October 15th, starting at 7 p.m. This fall’s campaign is called, “Sow Much Love” – Small family farmers feed the world.
Membership Drive: the weekends of October 25/26 and November 1/2 after the 4 Sunday masses. Membership is still $25 for 2015.
Life Chain on Sunday, October 5th went well. There was a respectable turnout and the weather cooperated!
Bingo is at Dr. Cooke every first Wednesday of the month from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Our members help residents play the game and provide the prizes (fruit and other goodies)!
Our Fall newsletter will be out soon!
Elections for a new executive will be held in February 2015. The nomination forms will be going out soon. Please prayerfully consider letting your name stand for a position on the Executive. It is a two year commitment – but one of our executive commented that the time went very quickly!
Fall Fundraiser: We are looking at a couple of dates in November. We’ll keep you posted!
The next Festival of Praise is October 18th at St. Anthony’s!
Our annual Advent Social and Pin Presentation is tentatively slated for Saturday, December 6th from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Narthex.
Nickels for the North and Dimes for Catholic Missions in Canada– save your nickels to help our northern CWL members attend functions in their dioceses; save your dimes to help our missionaries in Canada’s north – both groups have huge territories to navigate.
Adopt a Seminarian program: This program is organized through the Edmonton Diocesan CWL Christian Family Life committee. There are many men studying for the priesthood and many of them need our prayers and support during their years in the seminary. Once again, we have “adopted” Ross Campbell, a young man from the Hamilton Diocese. You may send him prayers and letters of encouragement through rosss_25. Please identify yourself as a member of St. Anthony’s CWL council when you write him!
Western Canadian Catholic Youth Conference: October 2-4, 2015 in Red Deer. This will be the first of its kind and is open to students in grade 9-12. They have invited students from Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and BC. Please pray for their success. They hope to run this event every second year. Contact Jeannette at wccyc2015 for more information.
Face to Face United Conference in Saskatoon on November 22 and 23rd, 2014. This is open to all ages.
We are encouraged to continue letter writing to the various levels of government.
At the Alberta-Mackenzie Provincial CWL convention in June, members passed the resolution “Flavoured Tobacco Products”. This was passed at the national level at the annual general meeting in August – Resolution 2014.03 Flavoured Tobacco Products Ban. Alberta Bill 206 amended the Tobacco Reduction act by adding the following 7:4 “No person shall sell or offer to sell a tobacco product that contains a flavouring agent prohibited by the regulations” (Find details by googling Alberta Bill 206).
Please write or phone your AB MLA (Richard Starke) and ask for this bill to be proclaimed when the legislature convenes.
For other resolutions of interest, check out the national CWL website at www.cwl.ca and look for the Resolutions link.
I think that’s enough for now!
Edna, your CWL president at St. Anthony’s (for another few months)!!