September somehow can feel like it is the first month of the new year for the Catholic Women’s League of Canada. I hope we all have experienced a wonderful and restful summer at the beach or cottage and welcomed many friends and relatives to our home for a few days.  Most of our councils have had their first meeting after the summer already and are bursting with ideas for Fall and Christmas Fair fundraisers.  It is great to be back together with our sisters in the League.

I would like to welcome four new diocesan chairpersons of Communications;

Terry Mae Sinclair, Kamloops, Pat Forster Prince George, Marilyn Martin, Vancouver, Gerry Haywood, Victoria, and to the returning Chairs, Elaine Smuland, Nelson, and Carol Vanderbyl, Whitehorse. Special and sincere thanks to these chairpersons, and the many contributors for the trial issue of the Summer Communicator, we hope our readers enjoyed the news of the BC & Yukon Provincial Convention in beautiful Nanaimo and were inspired to attend the 2020 convention in Vernon.

The highlight of my summer was to attend the National Convention in Calgary; a special and sincere thank you to the organizing team.  The convention floor was filled with over 800 delegates who came with expectations of being “Branded in Christ” and left with the same exuberance and excitement of the year 1 implementation team engaged to market bring awareness of the Catholic Women’s League of Canada to women across the country.

I encourage you make time to visit the National website at www.cwl.ca and scroll down past the woman with open arms to the next section, first block on the left with the title “Quick Links” Double click on the topics one at a time and you will know all that has been meticulously worked on and studied over the past years.  You will need some patience to navigate back and forth to go through each section.  Each topic has sub-sections.  Don’t miss reading the Oral Reports made at the convention by the national council. The League has a bright future!

(here are the topics from Quick Links that will get you started.)

99th Annual National Convention – Calgary, Alberta
Implementation of the Strategic Plan
The League’s 100th Anniversary
Testimonials Video
Prayer Corner
Care for our Common Home

In order to endorse and promote the implementation of the Strategic Plan it would be best to educate yourselves by going through the second link above in detail. Remember to double click!  In here you will have the opportunity to participate in surveys that will add to your knowledge. ( see*NEW* (September 3, 2019) Hold the ctrl key on your device or just and hold down the ctrl  key and click here  at the same time to request to sign up and participate in surveys!  It will direct you to send an email to the executive director.

I can assure you that you will be an ambassador of communication for the implementation plan and you will help to grow the League tremendously.

Summer experiences:

This summer I was invited to attend a celebration of life for the husband of one of our CWL members.  It was on a beautiful sunny afternoon and lots of guests came, but something didn’t seem quite right.  After the ceremony I learned that it was a medically assisted death that had occurred a few months ago.  The feeling of grief within the family was like a shadow which made me very disturbed. Thoughts of inadequate palliative care in our country prompted a visit to my MP.

The conversation was positive, and I told my MP that I strongly appose MAiD and fully support Palliative Care and Compassionate Care.  I told him when I speak to people who support MAiD I ask would you agree to euthanize your mother or other family members?  I know families who have agreed to the procedure and their grief is almost unbearable, they have no closure only much regret, guilt and sorrow.  We should make sure that our loved ones live in comfort to natural death with the love of family and friends to journey with them through palliative care.

He said, “I totally understand, there are issues, one is how the legislation is structured and the lack of palliative care options for many people have yet to be improved. These are issues that I believe must be addressed in the next session of Parliament”

These are encouraging words. Please consider talking to your MP about euthanasia too.

Suggest that your council has a membership with the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition to support Alex Shadenberg in his tireless work around the world and you will be kept up to date on its accomplishments that you may communicate to your council, friends and neighbours.

Reminders:

A reminder that traditionally during the latter months of the year we mail the Pornography Hurts and the Mandatory Age Verification for Adult Pornographic Websites postcards to the federal governmeny. Artwork is available as a download from the national website at www.cwl.ca under Resources, 100 Series: Crests, Stationery and Other Council Supplies  Take the artwork to your local printer if you need to purchase some.  NOTE:  Please wait until after the elections and the new cabinet is appointed before mailing the postcards.  No postage is required.

Important:

A reminder that the Advent Communicator” will be published in late November and I would love to have an article and photographs of what your Councils have been up to over the summer and fall.  It would be great to have news from all the councils in the province.

The theme of the Advent Communicator is

“O Come, O Come Emmanuel”

Please email your submissions to me at comm@bcyukoncwl.com by November 15, latest.

May Our Lady of Good Counsel pray for us,

Sylvia Jurys