Our 90th Anniversary cake


CWL October meeting highlights

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! 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 and look for the Resolutions link.

God bless,
I think that’s enough for now!

Edna, your CWL president at St. Anthony’s (for another few months)!!

Highlights of the September 10 2014 CWL meeting

Here are the highlights of St. Anthony CWL meeting from September 10th:

Great potluck! Thanks to all who contributed.
23 ladies were present for the dinner and meeting.
For our Spiritual Development, Marlene R. gave a stirring talk on the importance of young people to develop a personal relationship with the Lord. Marlene plans to have someone speak, at the next two meetings, on how the Holy Spirit has moved in their lives. Hopefully, we can host a Life in the Spirit seminar in the near future. We concluded with a rosary for our priests.

Minutes from the last meeting: Our June meeting was a visit to St. Joseph Mission House in Marshall. We brought our picnic lunches, shared with one another, and had a good tour from Mother Cynthia and a reflection on “We have Seen the Lord”.

Up-coming Parish 100th celebration and our CWL council’s 90th anniversary on Sunday, September 21st starting with 11 a.m. mass, followed by a social in our new hall. We hope everyone will plan to come out for this!

From the spring bake sale, we cleared almost $600.00 and the Garage sale made just over $1100.00. Thanks again to everyone who helped with these fundraisers.

We provided a CWL honour guard at Elizabeth K’s funeral on August 15th. We also collected funds to present to the family to help with meal planning. We purchased gift certificates from Humpty’s Restaurant, Boston Pizza, Mr. Bill’s and Spiro’s. Thanks to all who helped in these ventures.

We currently have 109 paid members for 2014. 5 did not renew and 1 moved.

We learned about Our Lady, the Un-Doer of Knots (see the article in September’s Word Among Us)!

Life Chain is coming up the first Sunday in October. Watch the church bulletin for more information.

Development and Peace is working on a project to support small family farms.

There will be a special collection to help with the crisis in the Middle East, as requested by our Archbishop.

Support “Nickels for the North” to help our northern CWL members attend CWL functions (some northern dioceses have very few members and it is far to travel to CWL events anywhere) ; and also dimes for “Catholic Mission in Canada”(Again, travel for our priests, religious and missionaries in the northern dioceses is costly and time-consuming) Barb B. will collect your nickels and dimes to help these two causes.

Our next newsletter will be out in October.

Our funeral luncheon committee continues to “wait and see” until the kitchen is ready to resume funeral luncheons, once again, in our parish.

Ann R, as past president, has been working hard on up-dating our council’s history. See her results at the September 21st 90th celebration!

Elections for a new Executive will occur at the February 2015 meeting. We ask all our members to prayerfully consider letting your name stand for a position on the executive. It is a two year commitment – one that will hopefully be beneficial to you!

The Fall Diocesan meeting is coming up on September 27th in Rocky Mountain House.

IMPORTANT: St. Anthony’s Parish needs a CWL member to sit on a Refugee Committee. The parish hopes to sponsor a family, bring them to Lloydminster and help them get established in a home, school and our community. You would help this family with shopping, doctor’s appointments, etc. If you are interested and have the time to commit, please let me know….Edna….306-825-2699. This would be a time commitment of about one year.

Hospitality before mass – we do not have a schedule yet for greeting before mass. If you have the time, and see that a greeter is needed, please just do it! A warm smile and a handshake before mass may make someone’s day!

Watch the church bulletin for our Fall Supper details.

Our next meeting will be Wednesday, October 8th at 7 p.m. at St. Anthony’s Parish.

May and June 2014

Thanks to all who supported the first ever St. Anthony CWL garage sale! In spite of the cool weather, our ladies braved the tables for three days and we raised about $1200.00! Thanks again, to Pat, for the use of her garage.

Thank you, also, to Rosemary A for organizing our bake sale at the Farmer’s Market on May 24th!
Our finances are in a little better shape now. Perhaps, next year, we will combine the two events……..just a thought!

Currently, we have 108 CWL members in our council.

Some of our ladies, with the help of friends, have been diligently creating corsages for the mothers and fathers in our local nursing homes. Thank you to Elizabeth K for spearheading the Mother’s Day and Father’s Day projects for the past few years. The residents of our homes are very appreciative!

Our Grade 12 students will soon be finishing their exams and preparing for graduation. All grade 12 students who are members of St. Anthony’s parish are eligible to receive a crucifix, donated by the CWL, the Knights of Columbus and our parish. God bless all our students as they soon complete another school year!

Our ladies continue to provide a social opportunity for the residents of Dr. Cooke Extendicare, on the first Wednesday of each month, by assisting with the Bingo.
Additional workers are always welcome!

The 90 anniversary celebration of St. Anthony CWL council will be held this September in conjunction with the parish’s 100 anniversary.
Ann R has been updating our history book. The anniversary celebration is tentatively scheduled for Sunday, September 21st with 11 a.m. mass followed by a social in our new hall. God willing, the new hall will be ready!

Our New Zone 4 chairperson is Ann R. Zone 4 consists of the CWL councils from Wainwright, Vermilion, Provost and Lloydminster. Thank you, Ann for taking on this job!

The Olive Tree ministry is always looking for helpers. Please contact Christine A if you are able to help.

Our June social was held on Wednesday, June 11 at St. Joseph Mission House, near Marshall. Mother Cynthia and Brother Graham greeted our group that evening. We had a tour of the grounds, followed by our picnic lunches. Afterwards, we had a tour of the inside of the Mission House. Mother Cynthia explained the history behind their ministry – moving from BC to assist Fr. Ron D with his ministry, here in Saskatchewan, in the First Nation communities and how things blossomed.
The ministry in Onion Lake is growing, with God’s grace.
Let us continue to pray for Mother Cynthia and Brother Graham! Thank you for your hospitality and May God continue to bless you!

Have a wonderful summer!

God bless you and your families,
Edna H
President, St. Anthony’s CWL council Lloydminster

April 2014

The Month of March has come and gone.
We took part in the World Day of Prayer at the Salvation Army church on Friday, March 7th. The service was held just before noon and concluded with a lovely meal in the church hall. This year’s theme was “Streams in the Desert”. The service was prepared by the people of Egypt.

Several of our members also led a World Day of Prayer service at the Dr. Cooke Extendicare home on Tuesday, March 4th. Appreciation goes out to all those who helped!

Our Regular CWL March meeting was held on Wednesday, March 12th. My goodness our parish is busy!
First Communion classes were also held that evening, as well as the parish pastoral council.

Our ladies led the Stations of the Cross on Friday, March 14th. Thanks to all who helped out.

A few of us attended the Zone 4 meeting in Vermilion on Saturday, March 15th at Holy Name of Jesus Parish. Zone 4 consists of CWL councils from Vermilion, Wainwright, Provost and Lloydminster. It was good to share what each council does! Ladies from Wainwright were interested in the Prayer Shawl ministry, so information was forwarded to them. Fr. Roger Rouleau spoke to us on “Seeing God in Others”, and a couple from Vermilion shared their experiences in visiting Medjugorje. Wainwright council has a very successful garage sale which they have held for the past many years. (Looks like this might be something we’ll try).
Thank you to Zone Chair Donna for organizing the day!

Our regular CWL April meeting was held on Wednesday, April 2nd. We started the meeting with prayers for those who are ill and then watched a DVD with Char Vance on her conversion experience during/after visiting Medjugorje on the one year anniversary of the first apparition. With a great deal of humour, she shared how her life in broadcasting experienced highs and lows, during which time, the Holy Spirit touched her and “healed her head”.

At the meeting, we decided to hold two fundraisers in May.

GARAGE SALE: Thursday, May 1 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, May 2nd from 4 p.m to 8 p.m. and Saturday, May 3rd from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. It will be held at 5403 – 15 St.
Please phone ahead if you wish to drop off items – 780-875-0470. Also if you are able to volunteer your time, please indicate so. We are looking for all sort of household items, but no clothes, please.

FARMERS’ MARKET BAKE TABLE: Saturday, May 24th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Museum Parking Lot Farmers’ Market.
Please mark your donated baking with a list of ingredients. Drop off at the Farmers’ Market location that morning after 9 a.m. (Apparently, pies, buns and bread are the most popular items for purchase!)
If you are able to volunteer your time, please phone Rosemary at 780-874-9246.

MAY 8 ALBERTA MARCH FOR LIFE: support the ProLife movement through continued prayer and attendance at this event!

God bless,
President St. Anthony’s Catholic Women’s League Lloydminster

February 12 2014 Annual General Meeting Highlights

Stormy weather!
Thanks to all the ladies who came out to our AGM on Wednesday, February 12th at the Legacy Centre.
We had a lovely meal courtesy of Colleen’s Catering – delicious!
We followed that with a group photo which will be submitted to the Parish Directory for 2014. It is fitting as our council is celebrating 90 years this year! Pretty amazing!

Annual Reports were read to all present and are attached to this newsletter.

Up-Coming Events:

  • World Day of Prayer hosted by the Salvation Army church on Friday, March 7th.
  • Stations of the Cross led by our CWL on Friday, March 14th starting at 7 p.m. followed by 7:30 p.m. mass.
  • Zone 4 meeting in Vermilion at Holy Name of Jesus parish starting at 9:30 a.m.
  • Edmonton Diocesan CWL Convention in Edmonton on April 4-6, 2014

Keep our sick and homebound in your prayers.
God bless,

2013 President.doc
Christian Family Life 2013.docx
Communications 2013.doc
Community Life Report 2013.doc
CWLPast-Pres AnnualReport2014.docx
Funeral Luncheons 2013.doc
Organization Report 2013.docx
Spiritual Development 2013.doc

Date of Annual General Meeting and dinner

St. Anthony CWL Annual General Meeting and Dinner will be held on Wednesday, February 12th starting at 6 p.m at the Legacy Centre.
We hope you can join us!