I have been writing about educational topics for the past couple of communiques, so this one is about health topics. I am so hopeful that the ideas from the Chocks Away workshops which I included in my last communique might have been inspiring members to action.

From our National Convener, Faith Anderson: The League is a proud supporter of the Canadian Blood Services Partners for Life program. New and regular blood donors are asked to consider registering for the program under the League’s unique partner identification number (CATH011269).

Visit https://www.blood.ca/en/ways-donate/donate-partner/becoming-partner/partner-registration  for more information. Encourage members to donate and use the identification number. Your name is associated with the partners for life ID number, so you don’t need to bring it with you each time you donate.

For more information, view their website at Canadian Blood Services at blood.ca or phone 1-888-2Donate or 1-888-236-6283.

Members of the BC and Yukon CWL attended the March for Life in Victoria on May 9,that followed Mass with Bishop Gordon, Bishop of Victoria at the Cathedral, and Archbishop Miller at Saint Patrick’s parish. In addition, some of us participated in the week of 12 Hours for Palliative Care prayers www.bcyukoncwl.com  /resources/meditation for palliative prayer, and cwl.ca/12 Hours for Palliative Care. Palliative care – a definition – In paragraph three of the brief the World Health Organization and the International Association of Hospice and Palliative Care state, “that hospice and palliative care: provides relief from pain and other distressing symptoms; affirms life and regards dying as a normal process; and neither hastens nor postpones death”. When discussing why we are praying for Palliative Care, this helps address some misconceptions.

Our participation in the March for Life and 12 Hours for Palliative Care brings to mind our object of the League, “to recognize the human dignity of all people everywhere” that our National Spiritual adviser, Bishop Jensen is writing about in our League magazine. The objects of the League remind us of the intention of our work for the League, and support our new mission statement, “The Catholic Women’s League of Canada calls its members to grow in faith, and to witness to the love of God through ministry and service.”

I am enthusiastic about our Canada Food Guide of this year. Most of us have picked up on the basic messages – for food varieties – have plenty of vegetables and fruits, make water your drink of choice, eat protein foods preferably vegetable based, and choose whole grain foods; and for eating habits – eat together, cook more often, and enjoy your food. It is the recommendations about how to eat that surprised. But is that not how our Lord ate, with others, after saying a prayer of thanksgiving? Most dinners with Catholics begin with the common dinner prayer, “Bless us O Lord…” Another practice in some families is to say the prayer after meals, “We give thee thanks for all our benefits Almighty God, who lives and reigns forever. May the souls of the faithfully departed rest in peace”. Besides avoiding animal proteins and sugar, it is a gift to offer these prayers to our Lord as we eat together.

Water Challenge Pledge Forms – This form was included in the parish council mailing with the return date for the forms of June 30, 2019, to the National Office.  Would you, as Diocesan Chairpersons, please provide a reminder for members to take part in this awareness and action initiative? It would be great to hear about any special water initiatives that have been undertaken. A report will be compiled from the pledge forms.

May God richly bless you as you care for yourselves and others through your dedication to CWL. May our Lady of Good Counsel guide you.