Let us accept the grace of Christ’s Resurrection!  Let us be renewed by God’s mercy, let us be loved by Jesus, let us enable the power of his love to transform our lives too; and let us become agents of his mercy, channels through which God can water the earth, protect all creation, and make justice and peace flourish.”  Pope Francis

Victoria March for Life: May 9, 2019

Save the date for the 12th annual March for Life in Victoria. This year theme is

50 Years of Abortion. What’s Missing” Why do we march? We march for a right to life for all; We march for a law that will protect each and every human being from the time of conception until natural death; We march to send a strong message to MPs seeking re-election and new candidates, that our vote matters and also to encourage and show our support to pro-life lawmakers. For schedules, guest speakers, and transportation visit: www.m4lvictoria.ca/scheduleofevents/

The Catholic Women’s League of Canada believes in life from its beginning to its natural end.

 National Week for Life and the Family; May 12 – 19, 2019.

The theme for this year is “Listening to the Gospel as a Family”. The resources were prepared by the Catholic Organization for Life and Family (COLF) and are available for free downloading and reproduction at the CCCB website www.cccb.ca . It includes a poster, praying card and suggestions for parish use.

56th World Day of Prayer for Vocations, May 12, 2019

The Holy Father’s message is entitled “The courage to take a risk for God’s promise”.  “I will make you fishers of men” (Mk 1:17)  “Every vocation is a summons not to stand on the shore, nets in hand, but to follow Jesus on the path he has marked out for us, for our own happiness and for the good of those around us.” (Pope Francis, January 2019). The Pope’s message and available resources are on www.worlddayofprayerforvocations.com

Our National Chairperson of Christian Family Life, Pat Deppiesse, has requested that we publish the following message regarding a new and important initiative for members.

Ministry to Separated and Divorced

There is an article in the upcoming Spring 2019 issue of The Canadian  League contains information about the annulment process when some marriages just can’t be saved. Families affected by divorce may not be aware of available help allowing them to move forward and return to the graces of the church by petitioning for a declaration of nullity of their former marriage.

Consider reaching out in compassion, with loving prayers and supportive companionship to those affected by divorce. To assist with this initiative a booklet entitled Annulment Process will be available on the national website on April 23rd. This booklet was compiled with the assistance of the Vancouver archdiocesan marriage tribunal office. It is an effective educational tool for members and councils, the booklet may be downloaded from www.cwl.ca  and printed for council use.

Care for our Common Home – Water: “I ask the Lord that the works and initiatives carried out on this World Water Day may benefit those who suffer as a result of the scarcity of this good; and that, as St. Francis of Assisi said, ‘water, which is very useful and humble and precious and chaste’, may serve for the sustenance and benefit of ourselves and for future generations.”  Pope Francis’ message on World Water Day, 2019

Blessings to you all,

Blanca Stead