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CHRISTIAN FAMILY LIFE ARCHIVES

    

Christian Family Life Communiqué #2

Christian Family Life Communiqué #3 - July 2011

Christian Family Life Communiqué - November 2012

Christian Family Life Communiqué - September 2014

 

Christian Family Life Communiqué #1 - September 2014

 

Erika Maier
Saskatchewan Provincial Council

 

Welcome back from your summer off. I can hardly believe we are rolling into fall. The children are back at school and with that our busy scheduled lives begin. Catechetical programs start up, lets keep our youth in our thoughts and prayers.

 

Please join me in welcoming in our new National Christian family Life Chairperson; Judy Lewis.

 

MARRIAGE & FAMILY

  • Hold special Masses for National Family Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and special anniversary
  • Give complimentary membership to new bride and the R.I.C.A. candidates
  • Arrange for speakers on topics related to marriage and family
 

SANCTITY OF LIFE

  • Invite speakers on issues such as euthanasia, end of life issues, abortion; hold workshops
  • It is when we are at our most vulnerable, we become preyed upon. It is easier for society to give us a forced exit than provide us with the compassion we need to survive.
  • Promote letter writing to all levels of government on issues related to the sanctity of life.
  • This involves issues related to abortion, euthanasia, disabled, seniors, etc.
 

MINISTRY TO YOUTH:

  • Support Catholic Girls League, Bible camps, Youth retreats
  • Sponsor youth to attend World Youth Day
  • Sponsor programs to teach Christian and family morals
 

MINISTRY TO DISABLED:

  • Assist disabled person(s) living on their own with housework, gardening, snow shovelling, cooking, travel.
  • Visit those in homes, hospitals and long-term care homes.
  • Welcome disabled people and encourage them to take part in liturgical celebrations
 

MINISTRY TO SENIORS:

  • Host elder-workshops
  • Provide transportation to Mass for seniors, communion to the sick and shut –ins.
  • Pay membership for CWL members living in long-term care homes
 

MINISTRY TO WIDOWED:

  • Support widows/widowers with Masses, sympathy cards, memorial services, home visits.
  • Encourage widows to attend CWL meetings
  • Make them feel apart of their Parish community
 

MINISTRY TO SEPARATED and DIVORCED

  • Assist women struggling with depression, divorce, widowed or an illness.
  • Arrange a couple of hours of baby-sitting for single mothers
  • Make casseroles, or drop off meals
 

VOCATIONS:

  • Continue to support our seminarians with masses, prayers, invite into your homes
  • How do we express our appreciation for those who serve us, who encourage and address our spiritual needs.
 

I’m sure each of you have exceptional ideas to add. It takes special people to ensure our Faith is kept alive and our members are informed. Thank you all for everything you are doing to Spread the good news and give everyone that closer step to our Lord.

 

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Christian Family Life Communiqué - November 2012

 

Helen Kayfish
Saskatchewan Provincial Council

 

Dear Sisters in the League:

 

With the writing of this communique I first wish to thank you for the prayers you have been sending forth on my behalf. I am working through the difficulties life has handed me, only because of the strength given to me by God.

 

This is the “Year of Faith” as proclaimed by the Pope. As in the “On Good Soil “ document for Pastoral Planning for Evangelization and Catechesis with Adults put out by the CCCB we are called to evangelize. Our families are dealing with many changes and challenges and we the members of the Catholic Women’s League need to step forward and help to evangelize the families, possibly starting with our own.

 

The following areas are we can concentrate on working or helping.

 

Marriage and Family:
Encourage the families in your parishes to pray together. They could be encouraged to simply begin with grace before meals. Tell the adults to allow their children see them pray so it may become a common thing that they can see. Have the parents encourage their children to pray, they can lead the grace and lead prayers before bed. Encourage families to display a cross in their homes.

 

At our parish to help encourage married couples, once at the beginning of each month Father invites any parishioner who is celebrating a birthday and any married couples celebrating an anniversary during that month to come forward for a special blessing. He then invites everyone else to extend their hands and pray with him the blessing he bestows on each person. He also encourages couples celebrating a milestone anniversary to have a special celebration possibly a renewal of vows.

 

Sanctity of Life:
Show the Catholic Churches Teachings on Pro-life issues and Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide. Consider printing in the Sunday bulletin each week one of the Social Justice Principals of Catholic Social Teachings.

 

Ministry to the Youth, disabled, seniors, widowed, separated and divorced:
Invite members of these groups to attended mass and meetings, offering rides if needed. Offer your support even if you don’t feel you can relate, they may just need someone to talk to. Don’t write an invitation titled for “all couples” write it for everyone.

 

Vocations:
Pray for vocations, consider inviting the priests, deacons, brothers and religious sisters to your home to share a meal. They can offer so much to our families by sharing their stories.

 

As Margaret Ann Jacobs says: Be open to the Holy Spirit, through your words and examples you can teach stewardship and charity to others especially the children.
Remember that the path toward the future passes through the family. (taken from the executive handbook CFL 39)

 

Thanks to Margaret Ann Jacobs National Chairperson for Christian Family Life, for her communique where I have taken some of the above information.

 

Think about the Letters C W L what other words can be written with these letters?

Charitable - Welcoming - Loving
Chosen - Women - (of the) Lord

 

Are we any of the above? What do you think? Can you be or are you Charitable, Welcoming, Loving, a Chosen Women of the Lord?

 

Have a Blessed and Merry Christmas. God Bless all.

 

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Christian Family Life Communiqué #1

 

Helen Kayfish
Saskatchewan Provincial Council

 

Blessed greetings for a beautiful and restful summer!

 

I would like to introduce myself: My name is Helen Kayfish and I have lived in North Battleford for 24 years. My husband Glenn and I have been married for nearly 31 years, we have 4 grown children, two married who have given us 7 grandchildren. I am a second generation member of the Catholic Women’s League, My mother having been a member of the Military Ordinate for several years before my father’s retirement from the air force and her transfer to other councils. I have served at several levels of the league both at the parish, diocesan and now provincial levels. I am looking forward to working with all on this new standing committee. I wish to encourage you to consider studying some of the older resolutions that have been passed in previous years look them up and work on them.

 

The members of the league are women Centered on Faith & Justice. They are members who life their faith through service to God’s people. Through our prayers and our generous support we can continue to assist those less fortunate and in many cases those who do not have a voice of their own due to other circumstances.

 

World Youth Day will be held in Madrid Spain this August 16th – 21st. Please pray for the pilgrims who are attending that they be “Planted and built up in Christ Jesus and be firm in their faith”, which is the theme of this years WYD.

 

There is a “Christian Family Life Study Kit” available from national office which was prepared by the Ontario Provincial Council of the CWL for the International Year of the Family. This is an excellent resource that can be used by all levels of the league.

 

I am including the Universal Prayer for Grandparents composed by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI in 2008. Thank you to Peggy Roche National Chairperson of Christian Family Life for the inclusion of this prayer in her communiqué and for some of the information included above.

 

PRAYER FOR GRANDPARENTS

 

Lord Jesus,
you were born of the Virgin Mary,
the daughter of Saints Joachim and Anne.
Look with love on grandparents the world over.
Protect them! They are a source of enrichment
for families, for the Church and for all of society.
Support them!

 

As they grow older,
may they continue to be for their families
strong pillars of Gospel faith,
guardian of noble domestic ideals,
living treasuries of sound religious traditions.
Make them teachers of wisdom and courage,
that they may pass on to future generations the fruits
of their mature human and spiritual experience.

 

Lord Jesus,
help families and society
to value the presence and roles of grandparents.
May they never be ignored or excluded,
but always encounter respect and love.
Help them to live serenely and to feel welcomed
in all the years of life which you give them.
Mary, Mother of all the living,
keep grandparents constantly in your care,
accompany them on their earthly pilgrimage,
and by your prayers, grant that all families
may one day be reunited in our heavenly homeland,
where you await all humanity
for the great embrace of live without end. Amen!

 

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Christian Family Life Communiqué #2

 

Monica Beavis, Provincial Christian Family Life

 

The Christmas Season is upon us compelling us to enter into the spirit of Advent as we prepare for the coming of Jesus and to find a place in our hearts for Him and for all those in our families.

 

Topics of Discussion in this communiqué will include the following:
 

  1. Prolife Conference
    The Prairie Messenger reported on the presentation that Alex Schulenburg from EUTHANSIA PREVENTION COALTION on Bill C 384. He stated that Bill C 384 is not limited to the terminally ill. It doesn’t define terminal illness. It directly threatens the lives of people with disabilities, and chronic conditions because their situation is often perceived as no prospect of relief or cure. Therefore we must be vigilant and promote the discussion related to hospice and palliative care. Information concerning end of life care and compassionate palliative care may be accessed by purchasing of Father Mark Miller’s DVD or CD. They are available by contacting the Catholic Health Association of Saskatchewan. There are four sessions, about 45 minutes long, very informative and discussion questions are included.

  2. Spirit of Sharing in Season of Advent
    As we enter into the season of Advent, our thoughts go to the people who are marginalized, blessed be the poor, the hungry, the homeless and those in the Third World countries that we remember them in this season of sharing.
    World Vision –www.worldvision.ca---has published a catalogue that illustrates what a gift of money can buy for a community, family or a child. For $35.00 you can sponsor a child to further their education, purchase an agriculture pack or purchase goat. This can happen any time of the year. This is a project that is worthy of consideration for those in need, it is a good example for children to get involved in.

  3. COLF – Catholic Organization for Life and Family
    This organization has educational materials on various family related topics such as marriage, natural family planning education, care for the sick and the elderly and excellent information on the role of the family in society today. The web site www.colf.ca has illustrations of the various publications.
    Parents are our greatest teachers –they are the role models of children our future leaders in society today. Are you looking for a book to recommend to young parents in your community? THE WORLD NEEDS YOU KID –by Marc and Craig Kiel burger. It focuses on how to raise children who care and contribute as a member of society.

  4. NATIONAL CWL EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS
    Elder care kit (as prepared by Ontario Provincial Council)Euthanasia- 15 min. worship.
    Rainbow and Flowers –a half day workshop developed using World Peace: a family recipe. Worship reflecting on the vocation of marriage and family and the importance of passing peace on to the next generation by being a sign of peace in the family.
    There is also a skit available, it is a 20 min. workshop focusing on seeing the CWL as a supportive group of sisters struggling with current issues in their own lives.
 

This concludes my communiqué . May you have a blessed Christmas with your family and Blessing in the New Year!