Update August 29, 2021
Update August 29, 2021
It is with a heavy heart that I pass on the message that Lise Blanchette’s mother, Rose Simard, passed away on July 27th, 2021. We are asking you all for prayers for the repose of Rose’s soul, as well as prayers for her family.
On a lighter note, our Silver Bells have become St. Paul’s newest celebrities! They were featured in our local paper. I have attached the article written about them. So proud of you ladies! We are so blessed to have you all as part of our CWL organization and St. Paul’s parish!
Update June 20, 2021
- Please remember in your prayers our sister, Cathy Buchanan. Her family is facing a number of different challenges and we lift up her and her family in our prayers.
- Request from Shirley Farrell – her husband has been diagnosed with cancer;
- Rosa Simon asks for your prayers;
- Rosalie Schwartzenberger asks that you pray for her guidance, strength and protection;
- Meghan Cornock-Martiens – her uncle Neil is in Palliative Care, please pray for him and his wife Gail; Also, her Aunt Dianne has bone cancer, pray for her and her husband Uncle Len;
- Paulette Curtis asks us to pray for her young adult children;
- Corryine DeSouza asks us to pray for all those who are suffering with Covid personally and those having trouble dealing with the fact that Covid is real;
- Coleen Coates and other members ask us to pray for the church and the souls of all those involved in the Residential School tragedy;
- Tina Steffler asks us to pray for Phyllis Steffler who is recovering;
- Please keep Father Bob in your prayers that they find a reason for his illness and a cure;
- Please pray for Rita & Rodney McDougall from Nova Scotia;
- Please pray for Elizabeth Metro’s needs
CWL Diocesan Virtual Wind-Up Celebration: Monday, June 28th, 7 pm – All CWL members are invited to join the fun! This one-hour program offers an energizing break from your everyday routine, an icebreaker game, scavenger hunt, and more! It is an opportunity to celebrate and thank every member for their contributions; and to casually connect with our sisters across the diocese. Bring a glass of wine or your favourite beverage! Zoom Party Link! See the June 18 email for the passcode.
Roman Catholic Diocese of Calgary Blog- Message from Bishop McGratton – 215 Children of the Kamloops Residential School
This is probably my last communication for the summer (unless something else pertinent comes up), so I will take this opportunity on behalf of myself and your Executive to wish you all a safe, happy, relaxing and spiritually rewarding summer. Let’s hope and pray we can get together again physically in the Fall.
On June 19th, celebrating the 100th Anniversary of The Catholic Women’s League in Canada (1920-2020) there was a Tree Planting ceremony. Fr. Bob will offered a short blessing. Many thanks to Leona Kowalick for tirelessly organizing this event.
Update June 6, 2021
NEXT CWL MEETING:
Our next meeting will be Wednesday, June 9 at 7pm on Zoom. We will be doing a decade of the Rosary in Spanish (thank you Rocio who will be teaching us and being VERY patient with us!!) And then we’ll be recognizing our new members from 2020 and 2021 and acknowledging our Sisters who have achieved milestone anniversaries. The Zoom link was provided in the email update on June 2, 2021. Here is a YouTube link to get familiar with the Hail Mary in Spanish if you’d like to practice!
Thank you again to Lauretta Dearing who always takes so much time to prayerfully set our spiritual focus each meeting. Last meeting some people were asking for a copy of the Marian prayer from last month; please find the link here.
St. Paul’s Golf Tournament
Hello Golfing Friends
I am very pleased to announce that St Paul’s Seventeenth Annual Golf Funraiser is a go for Sat July 10, 8 am shotgun start at Collicut Siding Golf Course in Crossfield. Please mark your calendars. See attached Registration form for golfers, hole sponsors and prize donators.
I want to thank all of you for your past support. The success of this Fundraiser is totally dependent on repeat participation. Many of you have supported this since our 1st Annual! Much appreciated!
Golfers, can you put a foursome together? Cost is the same as last year, despite rising costs. $140/golfer or $540 for a foursome. You get 18 holes, a golf cart, a steak lunch and prizes. Best value of any other tournament! Right now I expect the Tournament to be very similar to last year. Shotgun start at 8am, steak lunch around 12:30-12:45 with some sitting in the clubhouse restaurant and some outside on the verandah.
Special thank you to all the hole sponsors! We hope you can support us again. You get a sign for you / your business on the tee-off decks, mention in the programme and special thanks at lunch. It is good advertising. Special thank you to our prize donators. We are expecting lots of golfers so we need lots of Prizing, please.
Please fill in the attached combination registration form and e-mail or mail back. The preferred payment is a cheque, my address is on the form. Thank you in advance for your continued support of this important event in unique times.
Rod Green -St Paul’s Fundraising
Weekend Mass (Limit 180)
Sign-in/Registration at the Church prior to Mass on a first come basis. Doors will be opened a half hour prior to Mass and locked when Mass starts and during Mass. Please come with a non-medical face mask.
Saturday 5:00 pm (Also Livestreamed to Telus Optix customers on Ch. 877 and St. Paul’s Airdrie YouTube Channel)
Sunday 11:00 am
Updates May 1, 2021
Our next General meeting is Wednesday, May 12 at 7pm on Zoom. This month we’ll see how well we know each other by playing “Two Truths and a Lie” so bring your poker faces!
12 Hours of Prayer for Palliative Care:
Every year during the 1st week of May, we take time to pray 12 consecutive hours for Palliative Care. St. Paul’s CWL has chosen to do so on Friday, May 7th. We are asking people to commit to one hour of prayer (could be a decade or full Rosary, a Divine Mercy Chaplet, personal spontaneous prayer… there is no right or wrong way) at some point during “your” hour. There will be a sign-up sheet found on the table by the window in the hallway before weekend Masses and Daily Masses. It is ok for more than one person to be signed up in each hour. For those who want to do their prayers at church, there will be Eucharistic Adoration following 9am Mass until noon. If you are unable to come to the church to sign up but still want to commit to an hour, please email Lauretta at email@example.com
Palliative Care Webinar:
The federal government has expanded the accessibility of medical assistance in dying (MAiD) to Canadians. It is important to be educated about palliative care and how Catholics can maintain their faith beliefs respecting life from conception to natural death. The Catholic Women’s League of Canada is hosting a one-hour webinar during National Hospice and Palliative Care Week, May 2-8, 2021. Please spread the word and urge members, friends and family to attend.
|Topic:||A Practical Discussion about Palliative Care in Canada|
|Date:||Saturday, May 8, 2021|
|Time:||10:00 – 11:00 a.m. MDT|
|Presenter:||Simone Stenekes, Clinical Nurse Specialist|
Just a quick reminder to those of you who haven’t gotten around to paying the CWL dues this year, we are still open for collection.
Please note, the CWL is no longer collecting the following items:
- Save-On Foods receipts
- Co-op receipts
- Used Greeting Cards, and
- Pop can tabs
We want to sincerely thank all of you who contributed in the past!
2020 Impact Report – Diocese of Calgary:
Parish Council Secretary
St. Paul’s Parish Council is looking for a volunteer to act as Secretary on the Parish Council. If you, or someone you know may be interested, kindly contact Fr. Bob at (403) 948-5394.
Virtual Hike for Life:
CWL Scholarship Award:
Please remind all students and grandchildren that you are in touch with, that our Scholarship Award of $1,200 deadline is May 31st. If you know anyone who should be or could be eligible for this award, please refer them to our website at www.stpaulscwl.org to obtain the instructions on how to apply.
St. Paul’s Spring Fundraiser
We are inviting you to be a part of our plant Fundraiser this spring! Here are the instructions for ordering. Greenhouse Effects, which supplies our plants every year, has set up an online system to streamline ordering. If you have any questions, please get in touch with me. Supplies are limited, plants are in high demand this season, and this platform is open to other groups as well, so for best selection order early! Orders will be open until May 5th. Do not submit any orders after this date – our group code will be closed at that point and you will not be able to link to our group. Please read through all of the instructions below. The most important step is the GROUP CODE. Please ensure that you understand the instructions before proceeding. If you have any questions let me know. Thank you!
– Click or copy the link to find your way to the Greenhouse Effects website: www.greenhouseeffects.ca
– Click “Shop” and find the Fundraising Program.
– Click “Shop Now” and enter Guest Password: GE1000 This will give you access to the online store for ordering.
– Click on plants you want and follow directions. Once you have made your selections, continue to your Cart.
– This is where you will enter your GROUP CODE: Paul21
* This is very important. The purpose of the code is to link your purchase to our group. The code does not provide any further discount. Please ensure you complete this step! Thank you!
– From here you can proceed to Payment. You will go through the usual steps for an online purchase, and be asked for your GROUP CODE once more.
– Once you submit your payment you are all ready to go! Your order will be processed and delivered Woodside on Friday, May 7th, available Sat May 8 and Sunday, May 9, Monday, May 10. Please let me know what time you are coming about 24 hrs in advance. Masks and social distancing will be in effect.
A Message From the President, April 21, 2021
Thank you to all our CWL volunteers who commit their time, talent and treasure to the League, St. Paul’s and the greater community. We could not have a CWL without our volunteers; those who assist with fundraisers, help organize our meetings, communicate to our members, make phone calls to our fellow Sisters and everything in between.
I know many of you also volunteer to help St. Paul’s through these weird COVID times and assist in other non-profits in Airdrie. Thank you. You truly are God’s hands and feet.
A Thank You Prayer is enclosed.
May God bless you and keep you all the days of your life,
Theresa Duncan President, St. Paul’s CWL
Our April meeting is on Wednesday, April 14th. It was an evening of Show and Tell where women could something they were proud of (e.g., a craft, a favourite souvenir from a trip, a treasured family picture).
Happy Easter, everyone! We have sung this at St. Paul’s (before Covid) and the congregation participated enthusiastically. Here are two sisters from Fort Frances, Ontario (south of Kenora on the Minnesota border) singing an Easter Hallelujah: Cassandra Star Armstrong, 10 and her older sister, Callahan Armstrong, 19.
At our March meeting, we were led in praying the Stations of the Cross: Personal Reflections in a Pandemic by Ann Gotfryd, an Associate of the Congrégation de Notre Dame. Some very important documents were attached to your email regarding major changes for the Catholic Women’s League as it undergoes renewal for the future of the organisation. One concerns changing our national patroness from Our Lady of Good Counsel to Our Lady of Guadalupe. Others seek to update committee names and areas of responsibility. Please take a look.
On February 10th, we voted on our annual budget. Those present chose to make a significant donation this year to the Airdrie Food Bank. Members are encouraged to keep in contact with one another by using snail mail to send greetings and by making phone calls.
St. Paul’s CWL is planning a Purdy’s Chocolates fund-raiser this spring. You, your friends and neighbours can order all your yummy Easter treats from us! Orders must be placed by March 17th. Please contact Michelle Goyer if you can assist with organizing this. Goodies will be available for curbside pick-up on Saturday, March 27th.
Pornography is a multi-billion-dollar industry and is easily accessible to everyone, including children and adolescents, through the internet. Eleven is the average age a child is first exposed to pornography, often accidentally. The societal impacts associated with online pornography are becoming too large to ignore. Last fall, Senator Julie Miville-Dechene introduced Bill S-203, An Act to restrict young persons’ online access to sexually explicit material. If it passes third reading, Peace River-Westlock MP Arnold Viersen will sponsor the bill in the House of Commons. If adopted by both chambers, it becomes an enforceable law. The Electronic Petition is open for signatures until February 4, 2021. It takes only three minutes to sign, submit, and confirm your support in a follow-up email. For every 30 written signatures, MP Arnold Viersen can speak to this issue in the House for 30 seconds. Please consider giving three minutes of your time, so we can make a difference in our children’s and grandchildren’s lives.
Member Meghan Cornock-Martens gave a talk on Health and Wellness at our January meeting. There was was a good turn-out and much appreciation for Meghan’s presentation.
The Airdrie & District Hospice Society is offering a free online Grief Support Program after Christmas. It runs Thursdays beginning on January 7th and ending February 25th. If you or someone you know might benefit from this, please let them know. For more information or to register, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 403-880-0424.
Home for Christmas: A Virtual Concert with the Daughters of St. Paul is a joy-filled online event and fund-raiser you can enjoy at home. They have an online store in Toronto if you are interested at https://paulinestore.ca/.
It’s a Christmas Zoom Party! Join us on Wednesday, December 9th at 7:00 pm with your screen and yummy treats at your house. Wear some Christmassy clothes and decorate your background scenery. No masks or physical distancing necessary.
It’s that time of year. Our Secret Prayer Partner match-ups end and begin anew. In this time of lockdown once again, it is a blessing both to receive a card with a positive message and to secretly send one to another woman who might be having a tough time in isolation. Check your email for instructions or email us a email@example.com if you didn’t.
The 14th Annual Calgary Diocesan CWL Advent Retreat is Saturday, November 28th from 9 am until 1 pm at St. Peter’s in north-west Calgary or virtually on Facebook. Go here to register: https://calgarycwl.ca/conventions/retreats-workshops/627-advent-retreat-2020
Remember Lectio: Eucharist with Dr. Grant Pitre, the book study Theresa Duncan was leading last winter when Covid happened? She is resurrecting this and holding an introductory Zoom meeting on Tuesday, November 3rd at 7:30 pm. Members should have received an email with the link. If you’re interested in participating on Tuesday evenings, please email or call Theresa.
We were not able to hold our Christmas Market this year as one of our two fund-raisers, so a committee was formed to sell poinsettias and wreaths. Orders were taken online at https://spcwl.growingsmilesfundraising.com/home during the month of November with pick-ups from the back of the church on December 4th and 5th. Thanks to all who supported this
We are looking for someone to take over managing this website and/or our Facebook page so that it is updated on a regular basis. Please let us know if you’re interested.
Save Tuesday, November 24th for our annual Memorial Mass for Our Deceased Members. This will be held jointly with the Knights of Columbus following health regulations as is done for Mass. There will be no reception this year.
October’s Zoom meeting was held on Wednesday, October 14th at 7 pm. Those who participated had some social time before the rosary was prayed. A number of items were discussed and updates given. Jill Coombs recently celebrated her 95th birthday; several members presented her with cupcakes at her home.
Our first meeting of the year was held after the 11 am Mass on Sunday, September 13th in Nose Creek Park . We are not yet permitted to meet in the parish hall so will be holding Zoom meetings. A motion was passed to share the cost of a Zoom account with the Knights of Columbus. To enable those who wish to attend Tuesday evening masses, CWL meetings have been moved to the second Wednesday of the month until further notice.
At the request of the national Catholic Women’s League of Canada because of the coronavirus pandemic, our current Executive has agreed to stay on for an additional year, making theirs a three-year rather than a two-year term. We are very grateful to each one of them.
Our new pastor is Fr. Bob Dielissen who began his term at St. Paul’s on August 1st.
Fr. Julian Studden’s last weekend with our parish was July 25th & 26th. The Knights of Columbus held a farewell tailgate barbeque in the parking lot after the 5 pm Mass to celebrate Fr. Julian’s service to our community. He has been the Spiritual Advisor to our CWL Council and we thank him for his gracious support over the past few years.
Since we cannot gather for our June Wind-Up, please RSVP to your email regarding a CWL Zoom Meeting on June 10th at 7:30 pm. Let’s gather virtually!
Thursday, May 7 is 12 Hours of Prayer for Palliative Care. Sometime between 8 am and 8 pm on May 7th, please intentionally pray for Palliative Care and the need to preserve conscience rights of our Health Care Professionals. As Catholics, we hold life sacred, from conception to natural death. At end of life, during patients’ and families’ darkest hours, we need access to caring, compassionate, and affordable palliative and hospice care for all Canadians, regardless of geography or socio-economic situation.
The Feast of Our Lady of Good Counsel is on Sunday, April 26th. Bishop McGrattan will celebrate Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral on Sunday, April 26th at 10:00 a.m., with Diocesan Spiritual Advisor, Fr. Jonathan Gibson, serving. Mass will be offered for the Catholic Women’s League, with a special intention for the Honorary Life and Life Members, as gifted to them by the 2019 National Convention Planning Committee. Members are urged to participate via the Mass Livestream.
Online Masses and daily meditations from St. Paul’s are now available. Fr. Julian’s Easter homily can also be accessed. Go to St. Paul’s Airdrie on youtube.com to view. Masses are also being broadcast from St. Peter’s in northwest Calgary and are live-streamed from St. Mary’s Cathedral with Bishop McGrattan.
Although the celebration of the Mass and all other church-related activities have been suspended due to Canada’s efforts to limit the spread of the coronavirus, we can still pray. Our Communications Chair, Janet Jones, sent out an email including a prayer that can help us focus on receiving Jesus into our hearts, a spiritual uniting with Christ, since we are unable to receive the Sacrament of the Eucharist at this time. We can pray for our families, friends and neighbours as well as those in our health system and all political leaders who are doing the utmost to guide us wisely. We can pick up the telephone, write a letter, email, text or use other technology such as Facetime, Zoom or Skype to connect with those who may be alone in their homes.
The Calgary Diocesan CWL Convention scheduled for May 1- 3 in Calgary has been cancelled.
St. Paul’s Annual Spring Rummage & Bake Sale scheduled for Saturday, May 2nd has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. See you next year!
Our annual Women’s Lenten Twilight Retreat was cancelled.
President Theresa Duncan was leading a Bible study during Lent, Lectio: Eucharist with Dr. Brant Pitre, beginning on February 20th.
Our Budget Meeting was held on Tuesday, February 11th after the 7 pm Mass. This meeting was postponed due to the bitterly cold weather the week of our scheduled January meeting. There was an excellent turn-out and much discussion regarding recipients of CWL funds. The following organisations will receive donations with further decisions to be made at our April meeting: St. Paul’s Building Fund; Retired Priests; the Airdrie Food Bank; and the Airdrie & District Hospice Society. Smaller donations were allotted to: the purchase of a new Pascal Candle for St. Paul’s; Elizabeth House; Community Links; and the Airdrie & District Victims’ Assistance Society (ADVAS).
Members of the Catholic Women’s League of Canada were asked to take part in the federal government’s survey on medical assistance in dying. Should this be opened to “those suffering from a mental illness” or to “mature” children? While the consultation survey deadline has now passed, feel free to email or send a letter to The Honourable David Lametti, Minister of Justice and Attorney General for Canada. You can copy it to our Member of Parliament, Mr. Blake Richards. Mail it to House of Commons, Parliament Hill, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A6. No postage is required.
Our annual Christmas Party was Tuesday, December 10th after the 7 pm Mass. This year our chosen charity was the Calgary Veterans’ Food Bank; Christy Urban graciously made the donation to a volunteer with the Calgary Veterans’ Food Bank Association in January.
The Christmas Market and Bake Sale was a huge success. Thank-you to organizers Maria Ricci and Corinne Ramler as well as to all the members and students who helped make this a great day. Items we did not sell at our CWL Craft Table will be donated to those in need locally. At our January budget meeting, profits will be disbursed to worthy causes, many of whom are hurting in these tough economic times.
Our annual Memorial Mass for deceased CWL and Knights of Columbus members was on Tuesday, November 26th at 7 pm. If you were unable to attend, please keep those we have lost in your prayers. Click here to view their photos.
Friday, November 22nd from 5:30 to 9:00 pm Fr. Julian led a Pre-Advent Retreat at St. Paul’s for the parish. Our CWL coordinated this event. The Retreat consisted of a Potluck Supper, Prayer, Talks, Breaks, Reconciliation and Adoration.
Cathy Buchanan was awarded the Maple Leaf Service pin by our Council at the end of Mass on Sunday, November 17th by President Theresa Duncan. A lovely blue, white and yellow cake awaited everyone in the hall afterwards. Cathy is a past-president of our Council serving for several terms as well as two terms on the Calgary Diocesan CWL Council. She continues to volunteer and promote the Catholic Women’s League of Canada.
We had a very healthy turn-out for November’s meeting on Tuesday, the 12th. Chris Jacyk, a member of St. Paul’s Parish Pastoral Council and Acting-Chairperson of the Finance Council spoke to us about the development of parish vision and mission statements. These will be followed by a strategic plan that outlines our goals for St. Paul’s Parish. Everyone in our parish is encouraged to participate in providing input.
Our Spiritual Development Chair, Lauretta Dearing, prepared Vespers in which we all participated to begin our meeting. Our president, Theresa Duncan, ran a very efficient meeting. An awful lot was accomplished before 9 pm, so read your Minutes when you get them. Please check the Calendar and, if you haven’t already, share some of your time and talents with us to make our events this month a real success.
On Sunday, October 6th at 1 pm guest speaker, Janet Lymer, Executive Director of the Calgary Catholic Education Foundation, joined us.
Our annual Christmas Market & Bake Sale is set for Saturday, November 30th. Raffle tickets are available now. Please pick yours up after any Mass or contact Maria Ricci at (403) 948-5098. If you know anyone who does handicrafts or has a home business and would like to rent a table, please contact Anne Webb at firstname.lastname@example.org. Vendor tables are still available for $50; the fee is reduced with a prize donation to our in house raffle.
President Theresa Duncan is hosting another Book Study this fall. It will be held on Fridays from 7:00 – 9:00 pm in the Parish Hall from October 11 to December 7 (excluding Oct 25 and Nov 22). This study is entitled: Gaze Upon Jesus: Experience Jesus’ Childhood Through the Eyes of Women. Cost of the book is $25. If you are interested, please contact Theresa Duncan asap at email@example.com to ensure enough time to order the books. If money is an issue, let Theresa know in confidence. That’s why we have an Angels’ Fund.
Coffee at the Bethany Care Centre during October is being organized again by Maria Ricci. Please contact Maria at (403) 948-5098 with any questions and/or if you can donate an hour or so to volunteer to help serve and meet the delightful residents of Bethany.
Our first meeting of the year was Tuesday, September 10th after the 7:00 pm Mass. In addition to a “Welcome Back” social, we went over the 2019/20 schedule and did a short Lectio Divina spiritual exercise.
We have ‘adopted” Tania, a novitiate with the Calgary religious community Seeds of the Word which was founded in 2004 in Palmas, Brazil. Please pray for her as she makes her first promises on December 1st.
Due to ongoing immigration issues, our pastor, Fr. Domingo, has had to return to the Philippines for a year where he will be serving in the Manila Diocese. Fr. Julian Studden has been appointed Administrator of St. Paul’s Parish. Please keep them both in your prayers. We hope things get sorted out and that we’ll see Fr. Domingo return in August 2020. Fr. Julian will continue to serve as our Spiritual Advisor.
Our CWL National Convention was August 18 to 21, 2019 in Calgary. Several members attended including Michelle Goyer, our Organization Chair.
June 11th was the last meeting for this year. Ten-year service pins were presented at Mass to Sacha Kimball, Shannon Pearson and Alice Hanson. Denise Ahlers, Haley George, Margaret Wawrzyniewcz-Kasprzak, Janie Hollman, Sheila Nielsen, Jocelyn Littlefair, Kirsty Sanesh, Jackie Sadoway, and Sheila Lewrenz were unable to be with us. This was followed by a short meeting and party complete with birthday cake to honour all those who turned 80 years or older this year; this illustrious group includes Kay Malyk, Elizabeth Metro, Margaret Gibeau & Olga Van Rusenveld — among others who are hiding!
Saturday, June 1st from 9:30 am until 2:30 pm, was St. Paul’s Annual Rummage & Bake Sale. Elaine Wiedemann, Ann Marie Bantigue and Cathy Buchanan, coordinators, would like to thank everyone who contributed to a very successful event! Thanks also to the Kidney Foundation for pick-up of items that were not sold.
At our May 14th meeting Fr. Julian discussed how we can emulate Mary in our daily lives. President Theresa reported on the Calgary Diocesan CWL Convention held in Medicine Hat May 3rd to the 5th. Social time followed.
May 5th to 11th was National Palliative Care Week. CWL encourages all councils to pray for increased access to Palliative Care across our country and to pray that conscience rights of medical professionals be respected. Consider participating in or supporting the Airdrie & District Hospice Society‘s Hike for Hospice on May 11th at East Lake Park; the Hike for Hospice is held in communities across Canada.
At the 2016 CWL National Convention, a resolution on palliative care was passed. This year St. Paul’s council chose Friday, May 3rd from 8:30 am – 8:30 pm as a special time of prayer for our members. Fr. Julian suggested having these 12 hours be Adoration Before the Blessed Sacrament. Lauretta Dearing, our Spiritual Development Chair, invited everyone to take a half hour and spend some time in Jesus’ company.
Michelle Goyer, our Organisation Chair, chaired our April 16th regular meeting. This was a week later than usual due to a parish Lenten event on the 9th.
Remembering Carole Nelson and the Relay for Life Event for Cancer, back in May 2010 . . .
As in the past, rather than having a meeting in March, we participated in dinner and a Women’s Twilight Lenten Retreat at Mount St. Francis in Cochrane on Tuesday, March 19th. After dinner, Fr. Gerry Clyne gave a beautiful talk on Listening Without Judging and also discussed this year as the 800th anniversary of a meeting between St. Francis of Assisi and the most powerful ruler in the Middle East at the time, the Muslim Sultan el-Kammil in 1219. During the time of the Crusades, St. Francis preached peace. This visit led to the Franciscans being permitted to be the “Custodians of the Holy Land” on behalf of the Catholic Church in what is now Israel. A commemoration of this event led Pope Francis to recently visit Abu Dhabi where he met with Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, the grand imam of Cairo’s al-Azhar mosque, which is the highest seat of learning for Sunni Muslims.* After a quiet meditation time and spectacular sunset, we gathered for song and and a summary of Fr. Gerry’s message. (*https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-47106204)
Winter cleaning? Our CWL will once again organise St. Paul’s Annual Spring Rummage & Bake Sale. Save your gently used items for Saturday, June 1st, 9:30 am to 2:30 pm. More details to follow.
We hosted Stations of the Cross on Friday, March 15th. This was preceded by a meatless soup supper in the church hall and organised by our President, Theresa, and Spiritual Development Chair, Lauretta.
On February 12th at the 7 pm Mass, our new executive was installed as well as some of our new members. Afterwards we sang Happy 90th Birthday to Kay Malyk, enjoyed some social time and held a short meeting. (Click on the photos above to read captions.)
Some unique and beautiful Birthday, Sympathy and Get Well cards were made in the church hall the evening of February 1st. Doreen Thibeault is our new greeting card co-ordinator.
Our annual January Budget Meeting was Tuesday, January 8th. The 2019 budget was approved and charities selected to receive donations were: Community Links, Meals on Wheels, the Airdrie & District Hospice Society, and our parish Building Fund.
The CWL Christmas Party was enjoyed by a good crowd on December 11th. This year members were requested to bring donations or contribute to a silver collection for the Airdrie Food Bank. As you can see, Fr. Domingo and Fr. Julian both joined us too.
Our Women’s Advent Retreat was held on Friday, November 30th at the Sisters of Divine Mercy Retreat Centre at Balzac.
Tuesday, November 20th was our Memorial Mass for Deceased CWL and Knights of Columbus members. Fr. Domingo, Fr. Julian and Deacon Doug con-celebrated. Many of our members and family of those who have passed away joined us in honouring the lives of these beloved men and women. We also prayed for members of St. Paul’s Parish as well as the departed loved ones of our members.
Tina Steffler did a super job of coordinating St. Paul’s Christmas Market on Saturday, November 17th. Michelle Goyer coordinated all the yummy baking that members and parishioners donated. The grand raffle prize of a ten-minute grocery shopping spree at Superstore was won by one of our Past-Presidents, Paulette Curtis!
Written by Madelon Kirov Discover Airdrie.com (https://www.discoverairdrie.com/local/airdrie-woman-wins-10-minute-grocery-spree)
It is certainly the Season of Giving, $1,095.87 to be precise. Paulette Curtis of Airdrie entered a raffle on December 2 at the St. Paul’s Catholic Church Chirstmas Market and was drawn as the lucky recipient of a 10-minute grocery shopping spree.
Apart from a limit of one grocery cart and no more than $200 worth of meat, Curtis had ten minutes to fill her cart with as many as groceries she needed at Real Canadian Superstore in Airdrie.
Paulette suffered a concussion a year ago and the past year has been a struggle for her.”It’s pretty exciting. It’s a blessing and I’m looking so forward to doing this,” said Curtis. “I get to shop and I don’t have to look at prices . . . . I can grab what I want and that never happens.”
With her cart decorated in gold tinsel and a countdown over the P.A. system, Curtis took off, being cheered by other shoppers through the aisles. Curtis managed to fill her cart with $1,095.87 worth of groceries in only ten minutes, including cheeses, meats, and cooking supplies needed for the holidays.
She says she had a strategy for getting all the items she needed efficiently within the ten minutes that were allotted to her. “I kind of had an idea of what path to take and what I wanted and where it was, what aisles to avoid. We had it all figured out before hand what we wanted to do. I think we did okay!”
The spree was organized by Tina Steffler and the Catholic Women’s League at St. Paul’s Catholic Church.
Tuesday, November 13, 2018 we had a presentation focussing on Seniors’ Services provided by Community Links. Other programs such as their toy-lending library, emergency fund, and counselling were also mentioned. Our new CWL Executive for 2019-2020 was acclaimed. Thank-you to Ann Marie Urdal, another Past-President, for recruiting some new faces! Thank-you also to our Organization Chair, Michelle Goyer, and her crew who prepared and mailed out all the nomination and membership forms.
At our October meeting, Crystal Boys of Airdrie POWER (Protecting Our Women with Emergency Resources) presented to us. Her organisation’s “ultimate mission is to establish a women’s shelter in Airdrie where women will have a safe place to stay for up to 21 days while having the resources and support to plan out their next steps.”
Are you interested in furthering your understanding and relationship with the Holy Spirit? If so, please join us for a nine-week study of the Holy Spirit using the book Living in the Power of the Holy Spirit: A Catholic Bible Study by Rich Cleveland. Our first session was Wednesday, September 19 at 7:30 pm in the Parish Hall, but if you missed it, feel free to come anyway. The book is $12. All parishioners are welcome! For questions or to register, please contact Theresa Duncan.
Our September Meeting saw a great turn-out! Michelle led us in Lectio Divina. Our yearly calendar of events was presented and passed. Our new Associate Pastor, Fr. Julian Studden, is now our Spiritual Advisor . Please make Fr. Julian feel welcome; we look forward to his input and guidance.
The Calgary Diocesan Fall Meeting and Workshop was Saturday, September 22nd at St. George’s in Hanna this year. Our president, Theresa, attended and will report back to members at our October meeting.
Our Lady Queen of Peace School held their school opening BBQ on Thursday, September 6th around 5 pm. We had a few members man a table for us; this kind of participation helps educate staff, students and parents on what the Catholic Women’s Leagues is all about.
Sheila Neilsen hosted a summer garden party in her beautiful prairie oasis near Balzac on August 8th. Despite the heat in town, it was a perfect evening at her place. We had a great turn-out and are very appreciate of Sheila’s wonderful hospitality!
Our June Wind-up and Presentation of Service Awards was Tuesday, June 12th. Father Domingo blessed service pins which were presented during the Mass at 7 pm. Recipients of 25-year pins who attended were Wendy Timmermans, Sandra Drewniak, and Michaeline Jacob. Rosalie Schwartzenberger was awarded her 10-year pin. Afterwards, we celebrated and had fun with some party games. Lu Derkach and crew did their usual décor magic.
St. Paul’s Parish Rummage and Bake Sale on Saturday, May 26th which we coordinate each year has been and gone. Thank-you Tina Steffler for coordinating the Rummaging and Michelle Goyer for organising all the Baking. And to Helen Callihoo for lining up all the volunters! To all who put in whatever time they could to help set up, clean up, and sell with joy and laughter — another great big thank-you!
At our May meeting Crystal Boys, president of Airdrie POWER (Protecting Our Women with Emergency Resources) was not able to present, but a lot of interesting items were covered by members. We had an excellent turn-out. Hopefully Ms. Boys will be able to come in the fall.
May 2 to 16 was National Palliative Care Week. At the 2016 CWL National Convention, a resolution on palliative care was passed. It is up to members to email or write letters to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the federal Minister of Health, The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, MP for Moncton-Riverview–Dieppe, and their Members of Parliament (in our case, Blake Richards, M.P. Banff-Airdrie). Simply write one letter to one of these elected members and copy it to the other two. We can to do our part to lobby the federal government:
- to identify palliative care as an insured health service covered under the Canada Health Act, and
- to develop a national strategy for uniform standards and delivery of palliative care as defined by the World Health Organization.
Make sure to ask what actions the current government has taken towards achieving this. If you wish to write to the provincial government, Alberta’s Minister of Health and Deputy-Premier is The Honourable Sarah Hoffman; our MLA is Ms. Angela Pitt.
Our new members were installed at Mass on April 10th. Welcome Cecilia Ganza, Becky d’Haêne, Marlene Chambers, Terri Stirling, Lorraine Urvald, Linda Fenrich, Buena Lamont and Cherie Lamont. Shirley Farrell is also new to us; she was previously with St. Mary’s CWL in Beiseker.
Know any young people graduating from grade 12 this year, or who have recently graduated, and are heading to a post-secondary institution in the fall? Give them one of our CWL Scholarship Brochures available in the foyer on our display table. Or direct them to this website. The application deadline is May 31st.
Our annual Women’s Lenten Twilight Retreat organized by our Spiritual Development Chair, Heidi Pack, was on Tuesday, March 6th. Fr. Dan Gurnik, who was at St. Paul’s filling in one weekend last summer, led our retreat. He spoke about building healthy communities through seeing the Trinity in everyone and in all of creation. Accept others as they are and be kind to one another. While his message was serious and, as always with the Franciscans, filled with love and a sense of awe, Fr. Dan has a great sense of humour that left us laughing and experiencing joy in his message and in each other. The ribs and veggies at supper were excellent too. If you missed this evening, plan to come along next year!
We are still in need of more Executive assistance. A huge thank-you to Donna Pittman and Janet Jones who have offered to share the responsibilities of Communications Chair! Please pray on this and if you can spare some time to help us out, contact Theresa at our general mailbox (firstname.lastname@example.org). You are more capable than you believe!
New this year is a Lenten Book Study, Walk in Her Sandals: Experiencing Christ’s Passion through the Eyes of Women by Kelly M. Wahlquist. Please join us each Wednesday, March 7th to April 25th from 7:30 to 9 pm in the church hall. Written specifically for women’s bible study groups to enter more deeply into Christ’s Passion, it is a wonderful opportunity to study scripture, deepen our prayer lives, and join in fellowship with other faith-filled women.
At our February 13th monthly meeting Debra Dolhun from Alberta Health Services, Addiction & Mental Health spoke to us about depression, recognising the signs and symptoms and how you can help sufferers.
Tuesday, January 9th was our budget meeting. Members will recall that a motion was passed last year which made a major change to how we do donations. Proceeds from last spring’s Rummage Sale and November’s Christmas Bazaar are now determined at the January budget meeting along with all our other annual donations. See the January Minutes which were emailed to you to discover which charities members chose to support this year.
If you are new and wish to participate in our Prayer Partner Program, please email us at our general mailbox and we will forward your message. This is something we do for each other: praying for and, particularly on special occasions, sending notes or cards to the person whose name you receive from our coordinator, Christy.
Tuesday, December 12th was our Christmas Party featuring a live auction of wrapped gifts. Thank-you Michelle Goyer for being a fantastic auctioneer! Although attendance was down, those who came out managed to raise over $1000 this year which will go to Airdrie and District Victims’ Assistance Society (ADVAS)
Friday, December 1st at 7 pm our CWL hosted an Advent Retreat at the Divine Mercy Centre in Balzac. This was for all women in our parish.
Our Memorial Mass for Deceased CWL Members and Knights was held jointly with the Knights of Columbus again this year on Tuesday, November 28th. Please pray for those wonderful women who have gone before us.