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 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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 (email@example.com). 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.